Our prediction for this match:
Steinbergstadion in Leogang will host Saturday’s friendly between Istanbul Basaksehir and Fortuna Dusseldorf. Basaksehir were more than unfortunate not to win the Turkish Super Lig trophy last term and, no doubt, they are determined to regain the title in the upcoming season. New coach Okan Buruk has a number of top-class players to choose from and regardless of which footballers will be deployed in the starting XI against Fortuna Dusseldorf, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Turkish club.
Friedhelm Funkel’s troops, on the other hand, scored no fewer than 20 goals in total in back-to-back wins over lower-league sides Weyer and Sportfreunde Siegen, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Saturday’s football match against Istanbul Basaksehir as the likes of Robinho, Demba Ba and Eljero Elia are all part of the Turkish outfit.
Highlighted Player (Arda Turan):
Arda Turan is one of the most famous footballers in the history of Turkish football and he is widely tipped to break Rusti Recber’s record of 120 caps for Milli Takim. The attacking midfielder came to prominence at Galatasaray, while also impressing as Turkey reached the Euro 2008 semi-finals, and he immediately received offers from top European clubs to cash in on his impressive showings. However, it would take another three years before he finally decided to accept the call from Atletico Madrid, thus becoming the most expensive Turkish footballer.
Turan played a key role for Diego Simeone’s side that impressed in both Spain and Europe from 2011 onwards, lifting the league trophy with los Colchoneros and narrowly missing out on the Champions League title.
Achieving a superstar status in his country, Turan always performed well for the Turkey national team, making more than 90 appearances for Milli Takim before the age of 30, and scoring more than 15 goals.
Highlighted Team (Fortuna Dusseldorf):
Founded on May 5, 1985, Fortuna Dusseldorf are a German side that compete in Bundesliga . The Fingeraner welcome their rivals at their Espirit Arena, the venue that was opened in 2004. The capacity of the stadium is 54,600, but the venue did not host 2016 FIFA World Cup games.
Fortuna Dusseldorf play home games in red shirts and red shorts, with the team wearing white shirts with red stripes and white shorts on the travels. The club did well to win the Western German championship in 1931 and two years later they lifted the trophy in the German championship, which is considered their biggest success.
Speaking of the German Cup, Fortuna Dusseldorf won the DFB-Pokal twice (1979, 1980), while making it to the final of the competition in 1937, 1957, 1958, 1962 and 1978. The likes of Paul Janes, Anton Turek, Stanislaus Kobierski, Klaus Allofs, Ernst Albrecht and Erich Juskowiak are some of notable footballers who played for the Fingeraner in the past.