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Istanbul Basaksehir win Turkish Superlig for first time as former Premier League stars help

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Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish Superlig for the first time on Sunday, snapping the dominance of the city’s ‘Big Three’ clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas.

Basaksehir, formerly the Istanbul municipality team established in 1990, captured the title after a 1-0 win over Kayserispor. Second-placed Trabzonspor lost 4-3 to Konyaspor.

Basaksehir, who became only the sixth club to win the Superlig since its inception in 1959, top the standings with 69 points, seven ahead of Trabzonspor with one round left.

Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish Superlig for the first time and became 6th different winner

Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish Superlig for the first time and became 6th different winner

Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish Superlig for the first time and became 6th different winner

Former Premier League stars such as Robinho (centre) helped the club to their league triumph

Former Premier League stars such as Robinho (centre) helped the club to their league triumph

Former Premier League stars such as Robinho (centre) helped the club to their league triumph

Sivasspor were third, with Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.

Playing in an empty stadium under novel coronavirus-related restrictions, Basaksehir’s players hugged and cheered after the game, which was interrupted twice by power outages.

TV footage showed fans, who watched the game on big screens sitting in plastic chairs outside the stadium, celebrating as the Trabzonspor match ended, before the final whistle blew in the Basaksehir game.

They lit torches, hugged and chanted, waving flags in Basaksehir’s orange and blue colours outside Fatih Terim stadium.

Basaksehir stands in marked contrast to the city’s ‘Big Three’ clubs – Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas, who have won the Superlig title 54 times between them.

Basaksehir, established in 1990, captured the title after a 1-0 win over Kayserispor

Basaksehir, established in 1990, captured the title after a 1-0 win over Kayserispor

Basaksehir, established in 1990, captured the title after a 1-0 win over Kayserispor

Former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba helped Basaksehir to their first ever league title

Former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba helped Basaksehir to their first ever league title

Former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba helped Basaksehir to their first ever league title

The Big Three have huge fan bases while Basaksehir have few supporters to fill the stands in their 17,000 capacity stadium.

Their name was changed to Basaksehir in 2014 when they moved to a new stadium in the Istanbul district of the same name, a stronghold of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP).

Then-Prime Minister Erdogan played in the club’s orange kit in an exhibition match to mark the occasion.

Last year, Erdogan said he had established the club and that it would be revolutionary if they won the league.

Basaksehir’s chairman Goksel Gumusdag is a former AKP official and related to Erdogan’s wife by marriage.

The conclusion of the season was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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9pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Alex Telles terms ‘AGREED’, Sancho TOP target, Khedira FREE, Traore linked

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THE transfer window rolls on for Manchester United – and reports suggest they are close to landing Porto’s Alex Telles.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kick off their season this weekend, hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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Phil Mickelson US Open horror show costs punter £35,000 after they bet him to complete career Grand Slam at Winged Foot

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THE miracle the world’s bravest – or dumbest – punter was hoping for never looked like happening, as Phil Mickelson waved a sad farewell to the US Open.

A Las Vegas gambler slapped down £35,000 on Mickelson at odds of 75-1 before the start of the tournament, hoping to scoop a £2.6million jackpot.

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Mickelson suffered a shocker on the course where he threw away the 2006 US OpenCredit: AP:Associated Press

That looked wildly optimistic considering Mickelson is now eligible for the over-50s Champions Tour – where he recorded his only victory this year – and he squandered a host of winning chances in this event when he was in his heyday.

His backer must have been getting excited after the five time Major champion started the tournament with birdies at the first two holes. But it was all downhill from there.

Mickelson, 50, collapsed to a first round 79 as he hit only two fairways, and threw in nine bogeys and a double.

It would have taken the greatest comeback of all time – and a torrent of birdies – for Lefty to have won after that.

But the punter was soon tearing up his betting slip as Mickelson could only manage a four over three par 74 in the second round, to finish on a sorry-looking 13 over.

And it seems even more certain that the Major he needs to become only the sixth player to complete the Grand Slam will remain out of reach.

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Mickelson’s frustration was picked up by the TV cameras, as he yelled “I’m so sick of this”, after sending yet another tee shot hurtling miles wide of the short stuff.

He left Winged Foot knowing he should have been a US Open champ long before this.He has been a runner-up six times, and his cruellest defeat came at this course in 2006.

Mickelson needed a par at the 72nd hole for victory, or a bogey to take Geoff Ogilvy to a play-off – but a trademark wild drive led to double bogey six. He will surely never have a better chance than that.

Rory McIlroy’s partially American accent has ex Ireland rugby ace Stephen Ferris joking that he ‘needs to get back home’

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Thiago Alcantara seals Liverpool transfer in £25million deal from Bayern Munich in huge coup for Jurgen Klopp

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LIVERPOOL have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard, 29, has signed a four-year deal.

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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern MunichCredit: AFP or licensors

Liverpool are believed to have paid a transfer fee of £25million including potential bonuses.

The Premier League champions saw off competition from Manchester United to seal the deal for in-demand Champions League winner.

Thiago said: “I think it’s an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here.

“When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more.

“I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.

“It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.”

Thiago arrives in England having helped Bayern dethrone Liverpool as kings of Europe by beating PSG in the Champions League final last month.

He spent seven seasons in Germany, having signed from Barcelona in 2013.

The midfielder won the Bundesliga title in every season with Bayern, finishing with 235 appearances for the club.

Thiago – who has  39 caps for Spain – had just a year left on his current deal in Munich before embarking on a new challenge.

He added: “I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now.

“Everything is more compact and we started a little bit later, but still it is football and I think we have to mix all the big things up, all the good things we have.

“I will help the team in a defensive and offensive [way] and also in a mental aspect.

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“[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things.

“I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.”

There has been speculation that current midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be on his way out of Anfield, with the Netherlands international entering the final year of his contract.

He’s been linked with a move to Barcelona.

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