Building Bursaspor #2 | 2018/19 | An FM18 Story

I hope that you all enjoyed Part 1 of Building Bursaspor save and welcome to Part 2. In this part we will be trying to improve on our unbelievable debut season in Turkey and if you haven’t checked it out yet I would definitely recommend catching up before reading this part! You can find the previous post by clicking here.

So what is my main aim for this season? Well after winning the league title last season I think that I will be focusing on the Turkish Cup and the Champions League because I personally can’t see Bursaspor causing another massive upset and retaining the title.

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Transfers

So now lets get into the transfers, even after winning the title and qualifying for the Group Stage of the Champions League our budget was extremely restricted meaning that I brought in mostly free transfers and could only afford to buy one player.

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Bursaspor transfer history

My free transfers included Belgium centre back Dries Wouters who comes into the side as a backup, however with attributes such as 15 marking and 14 heading he is certainly a more than capable backup.

Next up is Turkish midfielder Dogan Erdogan who comes in from Austrian side Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub – an important part of my philosophy with Bursaspor is to bring in home grown players to the club to grow both our reputation and also the Turkish National team’s. Dogan fits that philosophy perfectly.

Lastly the only player which I actually spent money on was another Turkish midfielder this time brought in from rivals Fenerbache: Salih Uçan. Salih becomes one of the top midfielders in my squad and with impressive attributes such as 18 technique and 16 first touch I look forward to seeing how he fits into my side.

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Dries Wouters

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Dogan Erdogan

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Salih Ucan

Turkish Cup

We had a fairly easy start in the Turkish Cup this season overcoming Second Division side Keçiörengücü 4-0 on aggregate. Next up came Sarıyer who were also comfortably defeated this time 6-1 on aggregate. In the Quarter Final we were held to a goalless draw by Göztepe in the first leg but managed to overcome them thanks to a big 3-0 win away from home.

In the Semi-Final we came across fierce rivals Galatasaray who we actually managed to see off 1-0 in both legs meaning that we progressed to the Final only conceding one goal throughout the entirety of the competition.

However, our stellar defensive record wouldn’t continue in the Final against Beşiktaş, this was due to former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel who scored an unbelievable goal to seal a 2-1 win for the side from Istanbul.

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Bursaspor cup run

Turkish Super Cup

So there’s not really much to say about the Turkish Super Cup, once again we played Beşiktaş but this time we managed to take our revenge. Senegalese forward Moussa Sow scored the opener with Congolese winger Dzon Delarge grabbing a second just twenty minutes later. Cyle Larin scored a late consolation goal but it wouldn’t change the final result of the game as we won our second trophy in two years with the mighty Bursaspor!

Turkish Super League

Once again we had yet another fantastic season in the Turkish Super League, however we just couldn’t retain a title unfortunately. We did manage a second place finish which means we once again qualify for the Champions League which is not something to be disheartened by in my opinion.

Our main problem this year was that we drew too many games, in fact we draw a total of 10 out of 33 games this season. Galatasaray, who were crowned champions, only drew 2 of the games this season so you can see the difference in class between our two sides.

I would say our best game of the season was a crushing 3-0 victory against Beşiktaş (who seem to be becoming our biggest rival in this series), however we were on the end of a 5-1 drubbing by relegation threated Akhisarspor which was definitely the most disappointing game in the entire series so far.

Something I have just noticed whilst writing this blog post is that our final points tally of 70 would actually have been enough for us to win the title last season, which highlights just how good Galatasaray were this season.

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Turkish Super League table

Champions League

As mentioned before we managed to qualify for the Champions League in our first season at the club and were drawn into a group with Belgian Pro League side RSC Anderlecht, Italian giants Napoli and also Zenit St. Petersburg who will provide a challenging trip to Russia. So how did we get on?

A draw and a win against Anderlecht meant that we went unbeaten against the Belgians, the same can be said for Napoli as again we managed a draw and a shock win against the team from Naples. However the same cannot be said for Zenit as we lost away in Russia (as expected) but actually managed to seal another huge win in the return fixture, this means that we finished top of our group by a single point which is amazing for our first season in the Champions League.

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Champions League group stage

In the First Knockout Round we were drawn against Inter Milan who brushed us aside with ease. The tie finished 7-1 on aggregate in their favour, but Inter Milan did actually go on to win the competition in the end, so personally I don’t think we can be too disappointed in being knocked out by them.

Player Performances

This season I would say that our best player was winger Jirès Kembo-Ekoko who really impressed me for the second year running. Even though he is 31 years old and starting to lose his pace and acceleration slightly he still managed to grab 7 goals and 10 assists in the Turkish Super League this season, gaining an overall rating of 7.20.

I feel like I once again have to give a shout out to my dynamic duo in defence, Brazilian Titi and Nigerian international William Troost-Ekong were once again outstanding. Titi is now 31 years old so I am unsure if he will be at the club for much longer but regardless he has been a rock at the back and it will be a shame if he is to leave.

Due to the good form of our centre backs, our keeper Harun Tekin secured the golden glove beating off competition such as Uruguayan Fernando Muslera. Harun is wanted by a number of clubs such as Werder Bremen but hopefully now that we have secured Champions League football once again for next season he will stay at Bursaspor.

For me, one of the most disappointing players was Czech target man Tomas Necid. I’m not sure if you remember but in Part 1 of Building Bursaspor I bigged this man up and was extremely excited to get him back from his loan at Slavia Prague this season but he just didn’t perform as expected. He played around half of our games in the league but could only manage to score just the one goal which was really disappointing. This means that I will be looking to move him on next season.

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Overall best XI

Next Season

So next season I have actually been promised an increased budget by the board so my main aim is to bring in some better squad players to allow us to cope with the demands of multiple competitions. I also hope to bring in some better Turkish players to be able to meet the regulations and rules of the Turkish Super League.

As we are hoping to make some great new additions to the squad I am also planning to try and win my Turkish Super League title back from Galatasaray and yes I say my title as I want to make my Bursaspor side the dominant side is Turkish football constantly seeing off the challenges of the teams battling us for the title.

So I hope that you all enjoyed my second blog in this Building Bursaspor series and I hope that you tune in for the next part to see if we win back our title or possibly achieve some European success, anyway that’s all for now see you next time and thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog.


This post was written by @Casual_FM_. Do leave some comments below if you have any thoughts about this save with Turkish club Bursaspor. Have you managed in Turkey on FM before? Be sure to follow Casual_FM_ through his Twitter linked above.

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