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Thursday, 24 August, 2000, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Time for change at Galatasaray
Galatasaray celebrate last year's Uefa Cup success
Galatasaray celebrate last year's Uefa Cup success

The Uefa Super Cup will be shown live on BBC Two in the UK at 19:30 BST

What a year it has been for Galatasaray. A domestic double was topped off by the shoot-out success against Arsenal in the Uefa Cup final.

Many of their players went on to impress at Euro 2000 but the ensuing publicity has led to a number of key figures moving on.

Inspirational coach Fatih Terim is now in charge at Fiorentina and star striker Hakan Sukur has joined Inter Milan.

International midfielder Arif Erdem moved to Real Sociedad while another member of Turkey's Euro 2000 squad Sergen Yalcin has joined Trabzonspor.

New coach Mircea Lucescu has wasted little time in stamping his own identity on the side.

Brazilian Mario Jardel was signed for nearly 19m, and striker Serkan Aykut, top-scorer in the Turkish league last season, came in from Samsunspor.

Controversial defender Emre Asik joined from Istanbulspor while Galatasaray also looked close to signing Alan Boskic.

The move fell through when the Turkish Football Federation ruled that clubs would only be allowed to start games with five foreigners - and a sixth on the bench.

Coach: Mircea Lucescu

Replacing Fatih Terim is going to prove quite a task for Lucescu.

Galatasaray's most successful manager remains a legend at the club following his achievements in recent years.

Mircea Lucescu
Mircea Lucescu has a tough act to follow
Four titles in a row were capped off with a Uefa Cup victory before the former Turkish international moved to Italy.

Ex-Romanian player and manager, Lucescu, had his most recent success with Rapid Bucharest, whom he joined in 1997 and in just one season brought them to their first championship victory in 32 years and the second in their entire history.

Lucescu left Rapid prematurely when summonsed to Inter to take over as caretaker coach for the remainder of the 1998-99 Serie A season.

He was accustomed to the Italian challenge, having also enjoyed spells at Pisa (1990-91) and Brescia (1991-96).

Three to watch

Gheorghe Popescu

The key man at the back for Galatasaray, he recently signed a two-year extension to his contract committing him to the club until 2003.

Gheorghe Popescu
Popescu has more than 100 caps for Romania
His pace has diminished over the last couple of seasons, but he makes amends with his ability to read a game and an astute positional sense.

He passed the 100 caps mark at Euro 2000 but was injured against England and missed the quarter-final defeat against Italy.

Popsecu has played in three World Cups as well as Euro 96. In France 98 he appeared in all four of Romania's games, including the defeat of England.

Popescu has won league titles in his own country, with Steaua Bucharest, in Holland with PSV and, of course in Turkey. He has also played for Tottenham and Barcelona, with whom he won the European Cup Winners Cup in 97.

Gheorghe Hagi

Euro 2000 provided an explosive end to Hagi's international career - that is of course provided he does not go back on his decision to call it a day.

Gheorghe Hagi
Gheorghe Hagi can now concentrate on club matters
Yellow cards at Euro 2000 against Germany and Portugal ruled him out of the England game and he was sent-off on his return against Italy in the quarter-final.

That followed his red card in the Uefa Cup final against Arsenal and Hagi seems determined to bow out in a blaze of controversy.

One of the greats of the European game and certainly Romania's best ever player, most of Hagi's reputation has been built around his considerable achievements at international level.

Hagi has played more games and scored more goals for Romania than anyone and has been named Romania's Player of the Year on six occasions.

Mario Jardel

Galatasaray needed a top-class striker to make up for the loss of Hakan Sukur and they found one in Jardel.

Mario Jardel
Jardel was a big money signing from Porto
The Brazilian was Porto's most successful goal-scorer of the last decade before his 18.8m summer switch to Gala.

He consistently notches more than 30 goals per season and is one of the most prolific marksman in Europe, if not the most prolific.

Last season he netted 38 times in 32 games and he also scored 10 times in the Champions League, including both goals in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid.

The Brazilian eventually finished joint top-scorer in the competition along with Raul and Rivaldo.

Having previously won four caps for his country the Fortaleza born hit-man hopes to use the transfer as a springboard back in to the Brazilian squad and credits compatriot Claudio Taffarel for persuading him to move to Istanbul.

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