Meet the unlikely best team in Europe! Stacked with Premier League rejects from Man United, Chelsea, Southampton and Bournemouth… this club have won ALL 18 of their games this season
Nine wins from nine in the league and a flawless nine wins from nine in Europe.
That is the blistering start made to the season by Turkish club Fenerbahce, who have looked invincible in the opening weeks.
The sensational run continued on Thursday night when they took a firm grip on their Europa Conference League group with a 3-1 victory over Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad.
That followed earlier group phase wins over Danes Nordsjaelland and Spartak Trnava of Slovakia but, even more impressively, Fenerbahce had already fought through three qualifying rounds to get that far.
They saw off Zimbru Chisinau of Moldova, Maribor of Slovenia and FC Twente of the Netherlands, winning all six legs along the way.
In the Turkish Super Lig, they have a maximum 27 points from 27 played for since the season began in mid-August and unsurprisingly lead the way, albeit just a couple of points ahead of Istanbul rivals Galatasaray.
Coach Ismail Kartal, who returned to the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium for a third spell in the summer, couldn’t have wished for a better start and their squad contains plenty of familiar names to Premier League fans.
The Brazilian midfielder Fred, signed from Manchester United at the start of the season, has featured in 13 of those 18 games and provided four goal assists in a bright start to life in Turkey.
Up front, they have the former Chelsea man Michy Batshuayi, who joined last year and has scored four goals in their European campaign so far.
Batshuayi was on target in the win over Ludogorets before later setting up Miha Zajc for the team’s second.
Another familiar name is the Bosnian, ex-Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, signed from Inter Milan in the summer.
Dzeko may now be 37 but he’s finding Turkish football very much to his liking with nine goals and seven assists so far since his arrival.
Another of Fenerbahce’s attacking options is Joshua King, the former Man United academy graduate who went on to play for Blackburn, Bournemouth, Everton and Watford. He’s netted four times already this season.
Dusan Tadic, who spent four years at Southampton, plays in their midfield having joined in July following five successful years at Ajax.