OKAN UDO – Optimistic Black Eagles look forward to better season

Optimistic Black Eagles look forward to better season“Make hay while the sun shines,” they say, so BeIiktaI’s Croatian coach Slaven Bilic and his Black Eagles are leaving nothing to chance. Some Spor Toto Super League teams are still holidaying and some do not have a coach.

But the Black Eagles, as BeIiktaI is commonly known, have already kicked off their summer training camp in Marienfeld, Germany — practicing vigorously and preparing for next season’s UEFA Champions League qualifying round as well as the domestic league. Without an ounce of doubt the players are having a wonderful time in Germany and really loving what they are doing.

Two players, winger Olcay Iahan and injury-prone defender Necip Uysal, found time to share their experiences and their expectations for the upcoming 2014-15 season with the media “The camp is going fantastically well and the camaraderie among the players is indescribable,” said Dusseldorf-born left-winger Iahan. “There are very important matches ahead of us both in the [Champions League] qualifiers and in the Super League.

The conditions [in the camp] are very good and we are trying to make the most of it,” he noted. “For two seasons now I have not suffered any major injuries.

God willing, it shall continue that way. I am indebted to my parents and because they are alive and well, they take very good care of me.

My friends also take care of me because any player who is not supported cannot play in a big club like this,” he added. “We will be playing at our new stadium [next season] and with the support of our fans no team will be able to beat us there.

Moreover, because we will be scoring an average of three to four goals every match, we will create a very good atmosphere for football and for our fans,” Olcay added.  Injury-prone Necip recovering Necip, 24, started by telling reporters that he was a natural midfielder but he could play in any position assigned to him by the coach.

  “It’s a very beautiful camp [in Marienfeld] and the hotel is very beautiful. I am quickly recovering from the injury I suffered last season and hope to be fully fit sooner rather than later,” he said.

 “I hope to start training with the team in the near future. I am a bona fide midfielder but I can also play in a variety of positions if the coach instructs me to,” he stated.

 Commenting on players from the team who have moved on to pastures new, Necip said: “Teamwork is essential, individual performance comes second. Some of our friends have left but the incoming ones will definitely be able to fill the void created by their departure.

However, the issue of transfers is the duty of the club administrators.” Necip, who has been at BeIiktaI for 13 years and was promoted to the senior squad in 2009, said he intends to continue playing for the Black Eagles until he retires.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman