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Basaksehir crowned Turkish champions for first time

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Istanbul side Basaksehir celebrated their first ever Turkish top flight title on Sunday following a defeat for their closest rivals.

Trabzonspor’s defeat to Konyaspor left Basaksehir, managed by former Turkish international Okan Buruk, four points clear with a match to play.

They become the sixth club to clinch the title after Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Trabzonspor and Bursaspor.

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Promoted to the first division in 2014 they have become a significant power thanks initially to the work of former boss Abdullah Avci, who left to coach Besiktas last season.

Their title-winning campaign did not start encouragingly with two straight defeats for a side that has come in for criticism over its lack of a fan base and the political connections of its directors.

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