Football is a funny old game as they say! But for one Turkish team, their reality of playing in the top flight of Turkish football is one step closer.
Fetiyhespor from the region of Fethiye were promoted to the official TFF League One after their successful play-off victory at the end of the May this year.
They now belong to the second tier of the Turkish football league system which was created in 2000. Although they have started with a couple of defeats, they have certainly kicked off awareness of the club after being victorious as Promotion Playoff Winners in TFF League Two.
Fethiyespor were initially promoted to the Turkish Second Division nearly a decade ago in the 2005/06 season. In addition they have felt heartbreak in the 2011/12 season when Fethiyespor lost their final playoff game to gain promotion to the next division.
Currently they are mixing it up with some of the bigger fishes in TFF League One with teams such as Mersin İdman Yurdu as well as Orduspor.
Both in fact have previously played in the top flight of Turkish football known as the Süper Lig which has played host to a number of different starlets from Nicolas Anelka and former Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder to Chelsea legend Dider Drogba who plied his trade with Galatasaray.
Founded in 1933, Fethiyespor have created somewhat of a following thanks to their use of social media. At present, they have a Facebook following of more than 10,000 which has been acquired in a short space of time.
In March 2013 the club celebrated their 80th anniversary and after some hard lobbying not to mention across Twitter, Facebook and via emails, they managed to hit the back of the net by attracting interest from one of the sport channels Lig TV.
This led to the channel hosting one of their games at the Fethiye Şehir Stadyumu, With less than a 9,000 capacity, the stadium was packed to the rafters as tickets were going in some case for less than 1 Turkish Lira! This was pretty big not only for Fethiyespor but also Fethiye
Meanwhile, tickets to home games this season (2013/14) are very well priced between 5 TL to 20 TL. With season ticket prices coming in at 150 TL, it is no wonder Fetiyhespor have been increasing their radar among expats and travellers.
Now to matters on the pitch. Some of their key players include the likes of German born Emre Öztürk who has previously turned out for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
Aside from the big three teams, namely Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş there is plenty of support for local clubs including Fethiyespor.
However the future looks bright. Plans are afoot for a potential brand new stadium not to mention purchasing a luxury team bus, whilst they have the full back of the local council known as Fetiyhe Belediyesi.
Written by Simon Lazarus