Istanbul BB opens up the season with two wins. Coach Abdullah Avci is excited to be part of League 1 and also honored that he's working with a manager like hedache. When asked about the first two games, he had a shy smile. "These two games were must win games for us... In many ways! We know where we stand in the league, there will be games we will fight to steal points, in a few it'll be a 50-50. These two games were the ones that we had to win to stay par with our mid table target for the end of the season". In their home opener against Villareal, Istanbul gave up an unusual quick goal. Quickly recovering from that and tying with a quick response, the team dominated in possession and created chances all game long. But the finishing wasn't there. With a capacity of 80000, Istanbul Ataturk Olympic Stadium hosted a record breaking attendance of 482. Probably the initial excitement of being in a new league. As they thought Istanbul BB was about to settle for a point, Slovakian international Filip Holosko met with the ball in the box, quickly observing the goalie coming at him, threw him off the angle with a nice move and put it in the net in the dying seconds of the game to send Villareal back to Spain with a broken heart. "I'm not gonna lie to you, I thought it would not go in all night. We are fortunate to end up with the deserved 3 points." Second game of the week was against the English giants at Anfield. They may never walk alone, but they did a lot of walking back to the kick off circle in the first half of their game. One missed PK on 13th, another scored in 25th along with 2 more quick goals in the first half, Istanbul BB took good advantage of defensive mistakes of the Merseyside reds. Keeping it in control during the second half, the crew had a fun flight back to Turkey with the 3 points in their pocket. "This was an important win. This puts us in a good spot for the upcoming Champions League. It's very important for our budget to make it into this competition. If we can host a few big names in group stage, that will be big help for us financially". The lowly rated Istan-Bulls are looking forward to week 2 to pull a few surprises and prove that they belong in this league.