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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Turkish teams to take to European stage tonight

Turkish eyes will be on the Europa League tonight as three Turkish teams take to the field in hopes of qualifying for the group stages of the competition.

Turkish Cup winners Besiktas, Bursaspor, and Trabzonspor will all be in action in the first legs of a two legged playoffs to reach the UEFA Euro League stage.

Besiktas host Russian team Alania at the Inonu Stadium in Istanbul while Bursaspor are also at home against a more formidable opponent in Belgium’s Anderlecht. Trabzonspor face a very difficult task away in Spain against Athletic Bilbao.

Turkish football is currently in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Severe allegations of match fixing has implemented all three teams competing tonight and you wonder if that could have an effect on the concentration of the players.

All three teams have been implicated in the match fixing allegations and could face hard punishment should they be found guilty of corruption. There will be no better way to shift the image of Turkish football to a more positive image than to record a win today for all three Turkish football teams.

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