I hope Fener wins the CL. Back in Istanbul I lived a stonethrow away from the Fener stadium. Although I am not a fan by any means, I wish them well and they appeal to me more than the other clubs remaining in the CL.
An early goal at Stamford Bridge and then I don't see Chelsea get the needed result. If Chelsea scores first it's a different story, but I think as soon as Fener would score an early goal they're almost sure to go through.
What I find most refreshing is that finally we have a Turkish team winning fans over rather than gathering haters as they progress.
Not that I've agreed with the notion, but in past it's usually been about the dirty, aggressive, lunatic Turks that people wanted to see losing. This time around we're hearing the words "refreshing", "positive", "attractive", "attacking", to go with people thoroughly enjoying their experiences in Turkey rather than talking about how they feared for their lives in the stadium or things along those lines.
I wonder if Tommy Smyth has jumped on the bandwagon yet after beating the team down into the dirt at the start of the season, I hope not.
With the win last night, Fenerbahce have gone further than any Turkish team in the CL. Considering past performances in the European campaigns, Fenerbahce have done enough to permanently leave a mark in history. But wow, would it be amazing to have a trophy to show for all this! :happy:
And I couldn't agree more with what Seytan wrote - Perhaps more than the results, I'm proud of the way the Fenerbahce supporters have greeted visiting fans, shown a positive style to their approach to the game, and helped to erase the (sometimes unfair) stereotypes of Turkish stadiums, Turkish hooligans and Turkish football. roud:
It's a technically correct and incorrect statement.
Galatasaray have made the semi-finals of the European Cup. Since the inception of the 'Champions' League' with it's new format and everything else, two teams have made quarter finals, Galatasaray in 2001 and Fenerbahce this season.
But he is correct in a way, because in it's current format Fenerbahce is the only team to make the quarter finals. Infact, the only Turkish team to win a tie in the knock-out stages (beating Sevilla). When Galatasaray made the quarter finals, the Champions' League was using the old system where there was two group stages (last 16 made 4 groups of 4).
We reached the quarterfinals by passing the group stages twice like Seytan mentioned, but we we're eliminated by a far stronger side, Real Madrid. We managed to beat them at home with 3-2 after we were 0-2 down thanks to our fans but we got trashed away with 3-0.
If fener would make it to the semi's, they would become the first turkish club that makes it of the semi's of CL. But it would be a HUGE suprise if fener would manage not to get beat in SB, Chelsea even managed to dominate most parts of the game in Istanbul, but in other hand fener showed some good football in away games too, just not against the teams that were of Chelsea's level.