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.

7 comments:

  1. Great report Nadeem.

    I should also like to mention Hibernian FC of Scotland who were very close to being taken over by Hearts in the 1970s.

    However, thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Farmer and some excellent Directors appointed since then, Hibs have shown the way on how to successfully manage resourses available.

    Debt free, a new Stadium (4th largest in Scotland), a state of the art Training Complex near Tranent and a professional Manager in situ is testament to the way Hibs are proceeding.

    Good luck to Ordu and I hope they continue to take the Super League by (Black Sea) storm !!!

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  2. Yes great report Nadeem. It's good to see that some clubs are run on a level headed basis.

    Eski Jim: - One of your ex players (Hibs) Meroane Zemmama is doing a good job at Boro. He's popped up with one or two vital goals, mainly from set pieces. Sadly he keeps getting injured, currently out with a hamstring strain.

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  3. Zemmama was always an excellent player whose only problem was his attitude. Signed along with Benjaloun at Hibs.

    I just wish Ankaragucu could take a leaf out of Ordus book, although there is talk that Ankaragucu will be made a company and floated on the stock market.

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  4. Maybe my favorite of your articles so far Nadeem. I think sometimes a smaller community has an easier time of it because they can be more focused, and there are less likely to be the types of ego clashes that we have suffered here in Ankara. Let's hope someone here has the wisdom to follow the Ordu play book, unless of course we prefer to pursue to path of pettiness that we've been following for years.

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  5. Thanks damon,

    I think Ordu sounds like it has a tight we community and the club are moving in the right direction.

    If Ankaragucu can show even half the ambition of them then we will do well

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