Saturday, 13 October 2012
Hector Cuper and the Orduspor Revolution !
Ok so this is a blog dedicated to Ankaragucu, so what has Hector Cuper and Orduspor got to do with Ankaragucu ? Well quite a lot and the rest of Turkish Football could learn a lot from Orduspor and the remarkable success they have had on and off the field over the last couple of seasons.
A few eyebrows were raised when Orduspor appointed Hector Cuper as their new manager on 19th December 2011. The club had just been promoted from the Turkish First Division and wanted an experienced foreign coach to take them to the next level. Cuper was a runner up in the Champions League twice with Valencia, and also a runner up in the UEFA Cup with Mallorca. In Italy he was Runner up for the Scudetto with Inter Milan.
Orduspor won promotion to the Turkish Super Lig just two seasons ago, unlike clubs who win promotion Orduspor's objection wasn't just to avoid relegation, but to challenge for Europe. After a great start to the season Ordu started to find it tough and were dragged into a relegation battle. Cuper was hired as manager at Christmas to try and steady the ship. Bogdan Stancu and Julio Cruz were both brought in on loan from Galatasaray and helped Orduspor retain their place in the Turkish Super Lig.
Although Orduspor will be disappointed they didnt finish higher up the table, they can be pleased that they are still in the Top Flight and can now look to climb higher up the table this term. Orduspor to date are the only undefeated team in the Turkish Super Lig. Good wins over Eskisehirspor and Galatasaray see them sit second in the league at the moment.
Hector Cuper has added some good players to the squad, Quality Turkish Players like Atilla Turan, Hasan Kabze and Yigit Gokoglan as well as impressive foreign players such as Jean Jaques Gosso, David Barral and Javier Umbides. Its not just on the field that Orduspor are doing things that are catching the eye. Off the field they have an impressive Business Management team that are working with Local Businesses and look to build the brand value. The club are also investing in youth football and grass roots football to produce local talent.
While clubs in Turkey continue to spend recklessly and add debt, Orduspor are showing how it should be done. Cuper has spoke of his love at managing the club and living in Ordu. " Everyday i go to training, and then when i return i have dinner in a local restaurant in Ordu, when i have a day off i wander round the city of Ordu, the local people are so friendly ".
Its easy to see why Hector Cuper is so successful, if his passion and hard work rubs off on his team then they will go on to better things. "He who works hards succeeds, it takes more than money to be successful, you can have all the money in the world but still not win anything. ". With the Turkish National team struggling and possibly looking for a new manager if Abdullah Avci is sacked then there cant be many better candidates than Cuper.
Ankaragucu are a club from the capital city of over 5 Million people, Ordu is a small city with only 145,000 people yet its the latter who are leading the way in terms of Professionalism, ambition, and the ideas which will take Orduspor to the Top of Turkish Football.