Besiktas face battle to retain title

August 4, 2003
By Daren Butler
ISTANBUL, Aug 4 (Reuters) - A series of high-profile signings have raised hopes at both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray that they can regain the Turkish title in the new season beginning on Friday.Each side had won the title in the two previous seasons before Besiktas stormed to their first league championship since 1995 by an eight-point margin this year.The victory, crowning the club's centennial celebrations, was seen as a personal vindication for Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu a year after he was ousted ...

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