Beşiktaş – Season 12 Review


The season for Besiktas turned out to be somewhat hectic. After 28 turns riddled with bad results, the team was 17th in the table and with the morale of the players totally sunk. In Turkey, there was already talk of the possible arrival of a new coach to change the negative trend of recent times.

Around this time, Dr Martínez was fully focused on his success with FC Basel, promoted from Div5 to Div1 where he was ranked 11th in the table. These results did not go unnoticed and that is why Anderlecht took over their services after matchday 28 of this season. This feat was taken as a personal and professional challenge by Dr Martínez to try to fight for some top-level title in the Top 100. However, his illusions were truncated by criticism of his management and after receiving several messages comparing him with the previous Anderlecht manager. For this reason, Dr Martínez terminated the contract with the Belgian club just 2 days later without having played a single match and without signing any player.

Dr Martínez was released, he had no team, so Besiktas took this opportunity to negotiate a long-term contract with the Spanish coach. The Valencian manager did not take long to bring in players of his confidence to change the course of the team, after many hours of negotiation with various teams, these were the most prestigious players he signed: Marlos, Stepanenko, Leiva, Franco Vázquez, Ismaily, Monreal, Baumgartlinger, Damián Suárez, Bastos, Fabra, Noble, Fer, Berg. However, he did not forget some players he had in Basel, so some players wanted to follow in his footsteps and travel to Turkey: Edgar González, Günter, Schlotterbeck, Pituca, Vidal, Joselu and Nyom; in addition to those already mentioned, Damián Suárez, Stepanenko and Leiva.

Dr Martínez led 10 games with Besiktas. The balance was as follows: 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. With 23 goals for and 8 against. In the end, the Instambul team was able to move away from the 17th position and finished 6th and played the Playoffs. However, he still needs to improve a lot for the following season because Werder Bremen showed his superiority to advance to the Playoffs Final.

It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. Welcome season 13!

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