2024/2025 Season

Just a quick update this season due to real life commitments.

So with our transfer business done, we are ready. Can we build on last seasons 8th place finish? Or will we suffer from Second Season Syndrome?

This was the formation we started the season with and as you can see, we got off to a decent start. I was relatively happy but I was concerned at the lack of clean sheets. I was disappointed with losses to BB Erzurumspor and Adana Demirspor as they are teams we really should be beating.

The FM Gods decided to bless us with an injury crisis in defence which can only have added to our issues.

As you can see… we got further than the fifth round of the cup! Don’t worry though, normal service was resumed in the sixth, we lost on away goals.

The January transfer window saw three additions, Abukar Mohamed is the most notable and he comes in to be a first team regular as our midfield needed improving.

I decided to take a risk and change the formation, we went strikerless. We were doing okay with the other formation but I wasn’t entirely happy with it. Watching us play, we could have been 4-0 up and I still wouldn’t put it beyond us to implode and concede 5.

I wanted a formation where we could be defensively sound and play to our strengths which is short passing, keeping possession and catching teams on the break.

Oh then and this happened:

Fantastic.

We had a brilliant end to the season, this formation works a treat. It’s like we are finally playing the football I have been wanting us to play from the start.

We keep the ball so well, it’s so pleasing to watch. Irfan was our star man this season, chipping in with 14 goals and 13 assists. I love seeing players like Irfan, Kaan, Serkan thriving in the top tier. They have been with us from the start when we were in the third division and have developed with us as a club.

The main issue I see is the defence, so we don’t face too many shots per game but we do concede a lot of them. I think we may have to look into strengthening the defence over the future seasons.

So… where did we finish? We were 8th last season. Our media prediction for this season was 16th.

THIRD!!!!

We recorded the clubs best ever finish! European football is coming to Sakarya! I am so proud of this team.

Looking at the table, Galatasaray are just streets ahead of everyone else, I am confident we can catch Fenerbahce within a couple of years though. Besiktas have fallen apart is recent seasons.

I know it’s the teams success but this was nice…

What a season!

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