Written by Patrick Keddie Produced by Tifo Studios

This has been strange season in the Turkish Super League.

The Big Three clubs of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray—who between them have won most Turkish titles and are supported by around 80% of Turkish fans—are all struggling.

Austerity has shaken up the sport. The normally big-spending Turkish transfer window was uncannily quiet this summer as pressure from UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations have hobbled the big teams, while a currency crisis and economic downturn has added to a wider sense of malaise.

The Turkish game is now probably in its worst ever financial state.

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