Coach Şenol Güneş speaks to Uefa.com about Liverpool and how they plan to cause a huge upset..
As Trabzonspor AŞ head for Anfield for Thursday's UEFA Europa League play-off opener against Liverpool FC, memories are flooding back for coach Şenol Güneş. The 58-year-old played in goal for the Black Sea side when fresh from becoming the first team from outside Istanbul to win the Turkish title they met the same opponents in the 1976/77 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round.
A Cemil Usta strike gave the Turkish club a 1-0 win in the first leg, but while they lost 3-0 on Merseyside in the return, Güneş told UEFA.com that "a big upset" could be in the offing this time around provided, of course, that they have brought their wet-weather boots this time.
UEFA.com: What did that 1-0 win against Liverpool back in 1976 mean to Turkish football?
Şenol Güneş: We had beaten a huge world football institution. It was a big source of self-confidence for us, and we were very proud. That victory was like a miracle for those days. Trabzonspor were a newly emerging club on the European stage, while Liverpool were a big club from England from the birthplace of football.
UEFA.com: What do you remember about playing at Anfield?
Güneş: It was exciting and fascinating. In those days, Turkish football was not so advanced in terms of infrastructure and facilities. The first steps were just being taken. Early in the morning of the matchday, we went to see the state of the pitch. It was sunny and the surface was dry. However, when we got to the stadium in the evening, it was wet and slippery. We were 3-0 down within the first 20 minutes. Back then we didn't know people watered pitches before the game; we saw that for the first time at Anfield. The boots we had were not suitable for a wet pitch.
UEFA.com: How good was that Liverpool side?
Güneş: Liverpool were the best team in Europe that year. They had excellent players; goalkeeper Ray Clemence and midfielder Terry McDermott were leading names, while Kevin Keegan was fantastic. Tools of mass communication were not so widespread in those days and Trabzon is quite a long way from Liverpool, but we knew Bob Paisley was a very well respected coach.
UEFA.com: Can Trabzonspor spring a surprise 34 years on?
Güneş: We aim to cause a big upset. We are playing against a team that deserve to be in the UEFA Champions League, but nowadays you can get any result in football. In order to be a big club, you need to work hard enough to spring surprises. That's what we are doing. It's like an early final for us. I desperately want my team to carry on in Europe. If we can reach the group stage and get to the last 32, I will consider that a success.
UEFA.com: Trabzonspor took the Turkish Cup last year and recently won the Turkish Super Cup: what are the targets for this season?
Güneş: Winning the title is of course one of our targets, but especially fighting for a Champions League place. I want Trabzonspor to be an ever-present in European competition. We want to be a competitive brand that gets impressive results; to be able to use our home-grown players; to play brave, entertaining and attacking football with principles.
Originally Posted by Mrkela
Lol ****ing Turks you turned half of Europe Africa and Asia into shit then you emigrated and turned those places into shit too