Trabzonspor crowned 2021-2022 Turkish Super Lig Champions


Trabzonspor created a historical moment after becoming the champion of the Turkish Super Lig in 2021-22 after a 2-2 draw against Antalyaspor on Saturday 30 April, ending a 38-year desire for a city associated with football. In history, 73 clubs participated in this league but only 6 teams won the championship in each season. Trabzonspor claimed the title with 3 games remaining and 9 points ahead of Fenerbahce who are in second place.

Trabzonspor was the first club to clash with the “Big Three” Istanbul clubs - Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas who collectively won 57 of the 65 Super Lig titles over so many years.

Thousands of supporters gathered at the city's Atatürk Square and a public park created in Trabzonspor's previous home field, Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium, due to the sold out of Senol Gunes Stadium.

Match Performance 2:2 (Trabzonspor vs Antalyaspor)

Trabzonspor only requested a point to secure the 2021/22 Super Lig title, but they were pushed to the limit by Antalyaspor at their home enol Güneş Stadium.

Denmark forward Andreas Cornelius opened the scoring third minute with his 15th goal of the season, but the first half finished 1-0 on behalf of the hosts. In the second half, Antalyaspor came out firing, and Alassane Ndao equalised in the 51st minute. Their barrage continued as Alfredo Ribeiro 'Fredy' had a chance to extend the visitors' lead from the penalty spot after 5 minutes later. In addition, Trabzonspor goalkeeper Uurcan Cakir was at the top of his game on the night and denied the Angolan.

Trabzonspor’s right back Toköz scored six minutes after Cakir save to restore the home side's lead, much to the delight of the home crowd. When Wright equalised again for Antalyaspor, the home stadium was deafeningly quiet for a few minutes.

Trabzonspor kept up the pressure and as the final whistle approached, Trabzonspor supporters began cheering even louder. When the final whistle blew, the entire stadium erupted into a massive party.

Nearly ten thousand of fans who were unable to attend the game gathered in Trabzon's Atatürk Square and a public garden built on the site of Trabzonspor's old home field, Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, which was the previous stadium.

This was also Abdullah Avc's first league title, despite his being one of Turkey's most successful managers, who signed with Trabzonspor in November 2020. He led the team to become the top of the Turkish League in just over a year.

In result, Trabzonspor had a good 2021-2022 Super Lig season with 22 wins, 11 draws and 2 losses in total 77 points, with 3 matches remaining. Besides, Trabzonspor managed to achieve great results with 3 wins, 3 draws and 0 loss when against the “Big Three” Istanbul clubs. According to the result, Trabzonspor proved that they are ready for the UEFA Champions League with other clubs.

In this season, the "Big Three" are on a mission to put an end to the pain and suffering. For the first time in a generation, they are struggling, and we may see some new faces from Turkey in European football next season, but one thing appears certain: Trabzonspor became the champions for the first time in 38 years.

Best Players
Players Goals Assists
Andreas Cornelius 15 3
Edin Visca 9 12
Anthony Nwakaeme 11 10