Our Irishman in London, Brendan (we really must find a Kanka name for you Brendan, any suggestions?), brought up a point in the comments section concerning the situation as to who gets to qualify for the UEFA Cup next season. I've done some extensive research (ie I e-mailed Lanky Kanka Jorg) and received this reply:
If Fener or Besiktas win the Turkish Cup (they both go into the second legs of the semi-finals with big leads), this means that also the pos. # 4 in the league wins a UEFA CUP position (if Besiktas ends up in front of Gencler).
So there are two scenarios.
Fener wins the Cup. 3rd and 4th in the league get UEFA Cup spots.
Besiktas wins the Cup. Gencler only has to finish above Kayseri and Trabzon to grab the other UEFA spot.
Theoretically there are some other teams in the equation but I can't be bothered to include them.
The position now is Genclerbirligi are 4th, two points ahead of Kayseri (who seem to have imploded in the last six weeks or so) and four ahead of Trabzon.
Lanky Kanka also points out that Genclerbirligi have told UEFA they are prepared to play in the InterToto Cup if they qualify this year. So even fifth would mean mean some sort of European football.
Of course, I would rather not rely on mathematics and am hoping for a third place finish which guarantees us a place next year in the UEFA Cup.
Thanks Bredan for pointing this out to me and thanks Lanky Kanka for the extra information.
Hope this clears up some of the confusion