Football: Fenerbahce woes continue in young season

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey's powerhouse football club Fenerbahce has been in a downfall since the start of the season and they show no sign of recuperation against Caykur Rizespor on Sunday evening.

The 'Yellow Canaries' forgot how to fly in away games as they suffered their fourth loss in the young Turkish league season with a 0-3 loss.

It was Caykur Rize's first victory this season. Muriqi, Umar and Samudio scored the goals against Fenerbahce in a 11-minute-span in the first half.

In summer, Fenerbahce changed their chairman by electing Ali Koc, with hopes of becoming champions in the Turkish league again and go far in the European competitions.

But it was not the case so far, as the team only accumulated 7 points in 7 matches, only two points clear from relegation.

Recent results have also made Fenerbahce manager Philip Cocu's seat a hot one, as the Dutch coach is under pressure by fans who showed their downheartedness to the chairman Ali Koc after Sunday's loss.

The team has already lost 4 of their first seven matches against Kayserispor, Yeni Malatyaspor, Goztepe and lastly Caykur Rize.

– Disappointing start to European journey

Fenerbahce fans were expecting a berth to UEFA Champions League group stages this season, after 11 years of failing to do so.

However, their hopes were crushed in August, when Fenerbahce were eliminated by Portugal's Benfica in the qualification match in the UEFA Champions League.

Fenerbahce also had an unwanted start in the UEFA Europa League.

In the first game in the Europa League group match in September, Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb beat Fenerbahce 4-1.

At home, Fenerbahce will play against Spartak Trnava on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League match.