Football sensation: This is how Trabzonspor was celebrated in Hamburg

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This is how Hamburg fans celebrated Trabzonspor’s triumph

The euphoria knew no bounds.  Trabzonspor fans celebrated the league title with passion.

The euphoria knew no bounds. Trabzonspor fans celebrated the league title with passion.

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There was a surprise winner of the title in the Turkish Süper-Lig. It also led to euphoria among supporters of the Hanseatic city.

Hamburg. Yes, is it still a summer fairy tale? Phrases like this come to mind when walking through the neighborhoods of Hamburg these days Finkenwerder or Wilhelmsburg moves. Maroon and blue flags hang outside windows and balconies, and if you look closely you’ll see the letters T and S cleverly intertwined. They represent the football club. Trabzonspordied on Saturday after beating Antalya 2-2 at home Turkey Championship won – no club outside Istanbul had done so for twelve years. The long-standing dominance of Istanbul clubs Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce has been sensationally broken by Black Sea side Trabzonspor.

It’s one of the reasons why the cheers from all the fans after the final whistle at Medical Park Stadium knew no bounds. Thousands of people stormed the pitch and the German fans also celebrated exuberantly. In Berlin, a burgundy and blue procession snaked through the Kudamm, in Hamburg hundreds of Trabzonspor fans gathered on the Rathausmarkt.

Football sensation: Trabzonspor win first league title in 38 years

Also present: Kayra and Adem Akman from Finkenwerder. “I’ve been a fan of Trabzon since I was born,” 13-year-old Kayra says over the phone, “this championship means everything to me.” On Saturday, he and his father Adem got into the car with a flag and jersey and drove downtown to celebrate the historic victory. And even at the start of the week, the feeling of great triumph is still present – this Monday, the end of Ramadan for Muslims, the sugar festival is celebrated and sweetened with a title that no one could have dreamed of at the start of the season. For Trabzonspor, it is the first league title in 38 years.

Although Adem Akman is stepping in here, that’s not quite right, says the Hamburg native with Turkish roots, who has the club’s logo tattooed on his calf. “Trabzonspor also became champions in 2011, but Fenerbahce bought the title back then,” says Akman. In fact, a Turkish court saw it as proven, European football association UEFA banned Fenerbahçe from all European competitions for two seasons. But the championship remained denied Trabzonspor. A process that has not gone unnoticed by any fan.

“It’s been an extraordinary season,” striker Emrehan Gedikli said a few weeks ago in an interview with the online portal “Transfermarkt”. of the season finale, bus stops that resemble the benches of the substitutes in the stadium, and traffic lights with the inscription “This year is the day”.

Now the title is there. It will be an unforgettable weekend for Adem and Kayra Akman.

Mon. May 2, 2022, 6:08 p.m.

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