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Monday, March 31, 2008

Besiktas's Matias Delgado to Arsenal?....

According to British press, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up a £5 million move for Besiktas central midfielder Matias Delgado.

The Argentine international has little over a year left on his current deal with Besiktas and is believed to be available at a cut-down price.

However, Arsenal are likely to face competition for the 25-year-old's signature from Everton and Middlesbrough, who are known to be keen admirers, while Valencia and Villarreal are also monitoring the situation from Spain.

But Delgado is believed to be enticed by the premise of Champions' League football, which could help to sway the balance in Arsenal's favour.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

FENERBAHCE KNOCKS OF BESIKTAS !.....

Demirel reacts after their goal against Besiktas during their Turkish Super League derby soccer match at the Inonu stadium in Istanbul,Turkey, Saturday, March 29, 2008.
(AP Photo/Serkan Senturk)



As I warned last week , troubled defense for Besiktas cost another match for Besiktas. This loss will put Besiktas way behind in the race. The Dark days ahead for Besiktas. Because They will play against Sivasspor next weekend in SIvas. A loss their too, will put Besiktas, out of the European competition.
So, dark days are waiting for Besiktas!.. Rookie Coach Ertugrul Saglam has to be punished for this !........
Alex, scored the both goals for Fenerbahce. Before the big match in the CL, against Chelsea, this was Good morale boost for Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce coach won another Istanbul Derby ...
Also on Saturday, Ankaraspor beat Trabzonspor 1-0, and Denizlispor beat Genclerbirligi at home 3-2.
WEEK 28:
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Ankaraspor 1- 0 Trabzonspor
Denizlispor 3 - 2 Genclerbirligi
Besiktas 1 - 2 Fenerbahce..... MATCH OF THE WEEK

Sunday, 30 March 2008
Ankaragucu 2-0 Bursaspor
Galatasaray 0-0 Gaziantepspor
Kasimpasa 0-4 Sivasspor
Kayserispor 1-2 Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK
Konyaspor 0-1 Genclerbirligi OFTAS
Manisaspor 2-1 Caykur Rizespor

Friday, March 28, 2008

Altintop could miss Euro 2008!


Turkish National Team midfielder Hamit Altintop is likely to miss the rest of the season and is also doubtful for Euro 2008 after suffering a broken metatarsal.

Altintop had surgery in Germany after injuring his foot in Turkey's 2-2 draw with Belarus on Wednesday, his club Bayern Munich said in a statement.

"It's a shock," Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Thursday. "It's doubtful whether he'll be able to play again this season."

Turkey are in Group A at Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. The tournament begins on June 7.


Source:Wires

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SCORE AND MATCH IS FRIENDLY!...2-2



Turkey's Tuncay Sanli celebrates his goalagainst Belarus during their friendly soccer match in Minsk March 26, 2008.
(REUTERS)



Turkish National Team had to come from behind twice to scrape a 2-2 draw away to Belarus in their friendly international.
Belarus, who were recently beaten 1-0 by Luxembourg, took the lead in the 36th minute with Vitaly Kutuzov beating Tolga Zengin in the Turkey goal. But the visitors were back on terms five minutes before the interval with Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli finding the net. Veteran coach Fatih Terim would have expected a much-improved display from his side after the break, but they again found themselves on the back foot.
Viatcheslav Hleb delighted the Dinamo Stadion crowd as he restored Belarus' advantage in the 65th minute.
Turkey's response was again swift, with substitute goalkeeper Vasily Khomutovsky unable to prevent Tumer Metin from equalising for a second time.


This was second consecutive draw in warmup matches for the European Championship.
Fatih Terim's boys, played to a 0-0 draw against Sweden last month.



Lineups:

Belarus: Yuri Zhernov (Vasily Khomutovsky, 46), Ryhor Filipenka, Vladimir Korytko, Vitaly Bulyga, Anton Putsila (Ihar Shitau, 88), Maksim Romashchenko, Aleksandr Hleb, Aleksei Skvernyuk (Pavel Plaskonny, 25), Vitaly Kutuzov (Viacheslav Gleb, 48), Raman Kirenkin, Nikolai Kashevsky.

Turkey: Tolga Zengin, Servet Cetin, Hakan Kadir Balta (Sabri Sarioglu, 22), Mehmet Topal, Mehmet Aurelio, Nihat Kahveci, Gokhan Unal, Ceyhun Gulselam, Tuncay Sanli (Gokhan Gonul, 78), Hamit Antintop, Serdar Ozkan (Arda Turan, 61; Tumer Metin, 65).

Feldkamp leaving Galatasaray at end of season



German coach Karl-Heinz Feldkamp said Wednesday he will not serve as the coach of Turkcell Super League team Galatasaray next season.

"However, Galatasaray's President Adnan Polat designated me to choose both the squad for 2008-2009 season and the new coach," he told a press conference in Istanbul.

Feldkamp previously coached Galatasaray in 1992-1993, and also coached another Istanbul club, Besiktas in 1999.

In June 2007, he returned to Galatasaray by signing a two-year contract and replacing outgoing coach Erik Gerets.


Galatasaray to play one game without fans

The Turkish Soccer Disciplinary Board ruled that Galatasaray soccer team of Istanbul will play its next home game in the Turkcell Super Soccer League without spectators.

The board said the decision was taken because Galatasaray fans were responsible for rowdy scenes during the game against Ankaraspor.

Galatasary which is chasing the title and will play a crucial game at home against Gaziantespor this weekend without its fans.

Galatasary is second in the standings with 60 points. Fenerbahce which will play a derby game with powerful Besiktas in Istanbul is the leader also with 60 points but on a better goal average.

Source:wires

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Turkey 08/09 Nike football kits launched

TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM NEW UNIFORMS FOR EURO 2008
TFF,The Turkish Football(soccer) Federation unveiled the home and away uniforms in a press conference on Monday in Istanbul.

At the press conference some of the National players model the uniforms to press.

Here are some pictures from TFF........

You could buy these Uniforms at my page www.turkishsoccer.com
Just click on the uniform on the right top side.....






Turkey, Belarus to play friendly game

Turkish national soccer team coach Fatih Terim talks during a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, March 24, 2008. Turkey will play Belarus in Minsk in a friendly match on Wednesday. Turkey is in Group A with Switzerland, Portugal and Czech Republic in the Euro2008, European Soccer Championship finals which will take place in Switzerland and Austria in June.
Photo:(AP)

Turkey is making final preparations for Wednesday's friendly game with Belarus in Minsk.

The friendly game with Belarus is part of getting ready for the Euro 2008 to take place in Switzerland and Austria later in June.

Turkey-Belarus game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. (Turkish local time).


Meanwhile, Turkish coach Fatih Terim announced the players that will be in his squad in Belarus: Volkan Demirel, Mehmet Aurelio, Ugur Boral, Yasin Cakmak, Gokhan Gonul, Selcuk Sahin (Fenerbahce), Hakan Kadir Balta, Servet Cetin, Sabri Sarioglu, Mehmet Topal, Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Serdar Ozkan, (Besiktas), Mehmet Yildiz (Sivasspor), Gokhan Unal (Kayserispor), Tolga Zengin (Trabzonspor), Gokhan Emreciksin (Ankaragucu), Remzi Giray Kacar (Genclerbirligi OFTAS Spor), Mustafa Sarp (Bursaspor), Emre Asik (Ankaraspor), Nihat Kahveci (Villarreal), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough), Halil Altintop (Schalke 04), Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), Yildiray Basturk (Stuttgart), Tumer Metin (Larissa), Mevlut Erdinc (Sochaux), Caner Erkin (CSKA Moscow),Ceyhun Gülselam (SpVgg Unterhaching).

IT IS HONOR TO BE WANTED BY CHELSEA TEAM BUT,I AM FOCUSED TO EURO 2008 WITH THE TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM NOW.......



In reference to rumors that he would sign England's Chelsea soccer club at the end of this season, Fatih Terim said he would be occupied with the Turkish national soccer team until the end of Euro 2008. "I currently have no time to talk to any soccer club as I am very busy with the Turkish national soccer team," Terim also said.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

IT'S FENERBAHCE'S TURN TO BE ON TOP!

Let me say it again....Turkcell Super League has not seen a race like this in the history of Turkey's soccer history!...

Seven weeks left in the League and we have four potential contenders for the top spot....This is first time....Before it was either two or three never four.....

If you remember my old posts on this blog, I have said Sivasspor was for real in this League and they proved me right!...They are for real....
What is so interesting in this weekend matches is Besiktas the team who was in first place went to fourth place after losing against Istanbul B.B.Spor......

We all know Besiktas has a big problem on defense...we talked about this before..
I can not understand why young Rookie coach Ertugrul Saglam can't see this!...

He already lost the Turkish Fortis Cup run , If he does not finish on top or second place at the end of season , it will be all over for him ...he will bite the dust!.

He was the one who wanted all those transfers for defense ..they are all been bust..

Besiktas will have though two week coming up first, this weekend a big Derby match against Fenerbahce in Their home turf than, following weekend they will face Sivasspor in Sivas. If they don't step up and play , they will be out of this race in my opinion!...Next two weeks will be really cruatual for Besiktas.

On the other Hand , Fenerbahce, the team who captured the top spot on Saturday, won the match against League's last place team Kasimpasaspor in the last fifteen minutes of the match...Turkey's top goal scorer and super sub Semih Senturk scored a goal and Alex and Kezman also scored for Fenerbahce.

So, At the end of the 27th week, Fenerbahce shares the top spot with Galatasaray after Galatasaray winning in the last seconds of the match against Denizlispor on Sunday. They both have 60 points. Third place Sivasspor have 58 points and fourth place Besiktas also have 58 points.

Here is the Sunday Recap in the Turkcell Super League.....

A last-gasp Servet Cetin goal saw Galatasaray snatch a 2-1 win over Denizlispor to move level on points with Super Lig leaders Fenerbahce.

Hasan Yigit gave the visitors a surprise lead on 24 minutes before Okan Buruk equalised just after the half-hour mark and Cetin pounced on 88 minutes to give Galatasaray all three points.


Three goals in six minutes saw Sivasspor beat Konyaspor 3-0 to move top within two points of the top two.

Ivan Cvetkov broke the deadlock on 74 minutes and half-time substitute Ugur Yildirim doubled Sivasspor's advantage three minutes later before Mehmet Yildiz sealed the victory.

MEXICAN SOCCER PLAYER Antonio De Nigris SCORE TWO GOALS AND STAYS IN THE RACE FOR TOP SCORER.........

Ankaraspor put a bit of daylight between themselves and the relegation zone as they triumphed 3-1 at fellow strugglers Genclerbirligi.

Antonio De Nigris put the visitors in front after 33 minutes and doubled his and his side's tally shortly after half-time.

Mehmet Nas pulled one back for his side on 79 minutes but a last-minute goal by Murat Tosun sealed Ankaraspor's second away win of the season to see them move two points away from the drop zone.

Caykur Rizespor occupy the last relegation spot but still have hopes of securing safety after holding ninth-placed Ankaragucu to a goaless draw.

Umut Bulut scored at either end of the match to snatch a late victory for Trabzonspor in their clash with Kayserispor.

The visitors were 13 points above Trabzonspor in fifth place but the hosts got off to the best start as Bulut opened the scoring in the sixth minute.

Leonardo Iglesias grabbed one back for Kayserispor just after the hour mark, but Bulut's second two minutes from time gave Trabzonspor all three points to send them to sixth in the table.

Top Scorers
14
Semih Şentürk - Fenerbahçe
12
Antonio de Nigris - Ankaraspor
11Ümit Karan - Galatasaray
Gökdeniz Karadeniz - Rubin Kazan
Umut Bulut - Trabzonspor
Filip Hološko - Beşiktaş
Mehmet Yıldız - Sivasspor
10
Alex - Fenerbahçe
Gökhan Ünal - Kayserispor
Mateja Kežman - Fenerbahçe
Shabani Nonda - Galatasaray
9
Mert Nobre - Beşiktaş
Bobô - Beşiktaş
Mohamed Ali Kurtuluş - Sivasspor
Deivid - Fenerbahçe
8
Hakan Şükür - Galatasaray
Mehmet Topuz - Kayseri
7
Necati Ateş - İstanbul BB
Okan Öztürk - Gençlerbirliği
Yusuf Şimşek - Denizlispor
Murat Hacıoğlu - Konyaspor
Mehmet Çakır - Gençlerbirliği
Burak Yılmaz - VESTEL Manisa

Fatih Terim could be the new coach for CHELSEA


Turkish coach could move to Premier League According to reports,Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is already drawing up a secret hit-list of potential managers to replace Avram Grant. Turkey boss Fatih Terim is reported to be one target.

Avram Grant coming under increasing pressure in his brief tenure as Chelsea manager, several likely candidates are, reportedly, being sized up by Roman Abramovich.


Fatih Terim, could be heading the potential list of successors.

Terim, who at 54 has had success with Galatasaray and AC Milan and Fiorentina, is reportedly leaving his current role after the Euro 2008 finals.

His agent, Mel Goldberg, has been quoted as saying,

"There has been interest from at least four Premier League clubs and of course he would be interested in a job in England."

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Brand New Turkey 08/09 Nike home football kit




According to http://www.footballshirtculture.com, web site, there is a brand new Turkish National team home kit coming up....

Nike Company has not yet officially launched the kit ....we will be watching...

By the way, I want to thank one of my regular reader and avid Turkish soccer fan, Sukru Kemal from England to give me heads-up on this web site.....Thanks

FATIH TERIM TO ENGLAND?....


If everything is reported by British media truth, we might see Fatih Terim coaching in the one of the best leagues in the world next year.....

According to his British Agent( I did not know he had a British Agent) and the British media, Fatih Terim is getting a lot of offers from English teams!......

Here is the Report......

Turkish coach Fatih Terim has offers from a number of Premier League clubs, his British agent has claimed.

Terim is rated very highly in Europe having guided Galatasaray to UEFA Cup success in 2000.

He went on to manage both Fiorentina and AC Milan before returning to Gala, who he left again in 2005 to take up his current role as coach of the national side.

Terim has guided Turkey to Euro 2008 - their first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.

But Terim is now attracting attention from a number of clubs sides and Chelsea are the latest side said to be interested.

Terim's agent Mel Goldberg confirmed there was a lot of interest from England.

"There has been interest from at least four Premier League clubs and of course he would be interested in a job in England," Goldberg told the Daily Mirror.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Fatih Terim announced a 30-man squad for Turkish National Team

Turkey coach Fatih Terim announced a 30-man squad on Friday for the friendly against Belarus in Minsk on Wednesday.

Turkey are in Group A with Czech Republic, Portugal and co-hosts Switzerland at Euro 2008 in June.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce), Rustu Recber (Besiktas), Tolga Zengin (Trabzonspor)

Defenders: Emre Asik (Ankaraspor), Servet Cetin (Galatasaray), Gokhan Zan (Besiktas), Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce), Ugur Boral (Fenerbahce), Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray), Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray), Remzi Giray Kacar (Genclerbirligi Oftasspor), Yasin Cakmak (Fenerbahce)

Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Mehmet Aurelio (Fenerbahce), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan), Caner Erkin (CSKA Moskova), Tumer Metin (Larissa), Yildiray Basturk (VfB Stuttgart), Gokhan Emreciksin (Ankaragucu), Selcuk Sahin (Fenerbahce), Sabri Sarioglu (Galatasaray), Serdar Ozkan (Besiktas), Mustafa Sarp (Bursaspor)

Forwards: Halil Altintop (Schalke 04), Gokhan Unal (Kayserispor), Mehmet Yildiz (Sivasspor), Nihat Kahveci (Villarreal), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough), Mevlut Erdinc (Sochaux)

Turkcell Super League Week 27,fixtures

Turkcell Super League Week-27, fixtures between March 21st and 23rd:

March 21st, Friday:
Fenerbahce 3-0 Kasimpasa

March 22nd, Saturday:

Genclerbirligi OFTAS Spor 1- 0 Vestel Manisaspor...Live Score

Gaziantepspor 1 - 0 Bursaspor ...Live Score

Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor 2 - 1 Besiktas...Live Score

March 23rd, Sunday:

Genclerbirligi-Ankaraspor

Caykur Rizespor-Ankaragucu

Sivasspor-Konyaspor

Trabzonspor-Kayserispor

Galatasaray-Denizlispor

Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner to resign after Euro 2008

Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner will retire from soccer after this year's European Championship.

The 68-year-old Bruckner said he will end his coaching career after the tournament. His team is in a first-round group with Switzerland, Turkey and Portugal. "I've decided to retire after the championship," Bruckner said Thursday while announcing his squad for a friendly at Denmark next week.

"Thirty-four years of coaching are 34 years," Bruckner said. "That was enough."

He said he did not plan to lead the national squad against England in a friendly match scheduled for Aug. 20 at Wembley.

"I won't be involved in that match," Bruckner said.

Bruckner took over from Josef Chovanec after the Czechs failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, and has led the country to all major international tournaments since.

When Bruckner took command, he rebuilt a fractious squad with low morale to create what many observers have said is the most exciting Czech side ever.

Bruckner changed the team's defensive style into an attacking approach highly appreciated by fans, and good results followed.

At the 2004 European Championship, the Czechs won accolades for their flee-flowing, attacking soccer which brought surprise victories over Germany and the Netherlands during a run to the semifinals.

The Czech Republic then qualified for its first World Cup as an independent nation and two years later reached another European Championship, which it opens on June 7 in Basel against co-host Switzerland.

"It would a success to advance from the group," Bruckner said Thursday.

Bruckner has won 47 and lost just 10 of his 69 matches in charge, although he didn't lead the team for last month's friendly against Poland because he was ill.

No replacement was immediately announced.

Bruckner coached several Czech and Slovak clubs since the 1970s, including a notable run to the 1992 UEFA Cup quarter-finals with Olomouc.

Source: Wires

Roberto Carlos Visits Old Team Mates

Brazilian and Fenerbahce star Roberto Carlos paid Tuesday a surprise visit to his old team mates in Real Madrid where he played for eleven years before signed an official two-year contract with Turkish league champions Fenerbahce last June.
"I have many friends in Real Madrid and most of them are like brothers to me. I am very excited to be here again," Carlos said.

"I will send you the tickets for the game in Moscow," a joke Carlos told his friends as he hoped his team Fenerbahce would make to the final at the Champions League.

Fenerbahce will take on England`s Chelsea in quarter finals in the Champions League.

UEFA EURO 2008 on ESPN IN THE USA...

ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic will combine to present exclusive and unprecedented live coverage of ALL UEFA European Football Championship 2008 matches, including the final on ABC Sunday, June 29, at 2:30 p.m.

Coverage will begin Sunday, June 8 with four games starting at 2:30 a.m. (Portugal vs. Turkey) on ESPN2. Additional coverage will include highlights show on match days, unlimited re-air rights across all networks and media platforms, magazine programs, and UEFA EURO 2008 Final Draw.

ESPN Deportes will be the exclusive Spanish-language network for EURO 2008 in the United States. The network will feature separate Spanish-language studio highlights show on match days, and Spanish-language editions of the EURO 2008 Final Draw, magazine programs and match re-airs.

ESPN2 will also be presenting “2008 Euro Preview Show”, a weekly 30-minute Thursday evening show, starting on May 1, at 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE ROUND- UP

BESIKTAS STILL ON TOP

Turkish Turkcell Super League leaders has changed hands in two days this weekend but Besiktas regain the top spot back again....

First, on Friday, Sivasspor after away draw, in Manisa with Manisspor(1-1) took the top spot for only for one day,until Galatasaray beating Ankaraspor in Ankara on Saturday.But, on Sunday,Besiktas reclaim the top spot back again....

At the end of the week 26, Besiktas has 58 points, second place Galatasaray has 57 points and third place team Fenerbahce also has 57 points. Fourth Place team Sivasspor fell behind a Little after a draw this weekend and they have 55 points.

That is what is going on on top.....Last eight weeks in the league will bring a lot of interesting matches....

The race will not only be on top , we will see a tight race in the bottom too....

The team, every one thought they were already eliminated , Kasimpasaspor, has been on the move....They beat Istanbul B.B, spor at home this weekend....
Don't count them out yet!....

On the other hand , Manissaspor , Caykur Rizespor and Ankaraspor teams are in big trouble!...

In their last six matches, Manisaspor and Caykur Rizepor only three and Ankaraspor only earned four points in the league..

We could add Genclerbirligi,Konyaspor, Genclerbirligi Oftas and Konyaspor to this list ....if they don't shape up in the future.....

So,the race is getting hotter on top and the bottom....

Here is the report from Sunday matches......

Besiktas maintained their one-point lead at the top of the table with a huge 3-0 win against Trabzonspor at the BJK Inonu Stadium.

It took Besiktas just five minutes to get off the mark through striker Mert Nobre.

Matias Delgado added another on the stroke of half-time and despite being reduced to 10 men following Ibrahim Toraman's dismissal, they recovered to score a third through substitute Aydin Karabulut.

Fenerbahce added to their good form in the UEFA Champions League with a 4-1 win at Konyspor.
Fener recovered after trailing to Ceyhun Eris's goal, with Semih Senturk and Mateja Kezman both bagging a brace to keep them one point off the leaders and level on points with Galatasaray.

Bottom club Kasimpasa fought to a 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK. An early goal from Joseph Mawaye proved to be enough, although a win still leaves them five points from safety.

Sixth-placed Denizlispor nudged past Gaziantepspor with a narrow 2-1 win. They led through a Selahattin Kinali goal in the seventh minute, before Beto equalised. Serhat Gulpinar scored the winner in the second half.

Ankaragucu eased to a narrow 2-0 win against Genclerbirligi. Murat Erdogan gave them the lead in the first minute, before an 82nd-minute goal from Silvino Joao Jaba sealed the points.

Top Scorers
13 S. Senturk
11 U. Karan
11 G. Karadeniz
10 M. Kezman
10 S. Nonda
10 M. Yildiz
9 M.M. Nobre
9 A.D. Sousa
9 U. Bulut
8 D. Bobo
8 d.S. Deivid
8 H. Sükür
8 A.D.N. Guajardo
8 F. Holosko
8 M.A. Kurtulus
7 Y. Simsek
7 M. Cakir
7 M. Topuz
7 M. Hacioglu
7 B. Yilmaz
6 S.J.D. Carvalho
6 M.E. Delgado


Form Table (Last 6 weeks) Pld Pts Avg
1 Besiktas 6 15 2.5
2 Fenerbahçe 6 13 2.2
3 Kayserispor 6 13 2.2
4 Galatasaray 6 12 2.0
5 Sivasspor 6 12 2.0
6 Genclerbirligi 6 10 1.7
7 Denizlispor 6 10 1.7
8 Trabzonspor 6 10 1.7
9 Kasimpasa 6 10 1.7
10 Istanbul Büyüksehir 6 8 1.3
11 Bursaspor 6 8 1.3
12 Ankaragücü 6 7 1.2
13 Gaziantepspor 6 4 0.7
14 Ankaraspor 6 4 0.7
15 Caykur Rizespor 6 3 0.5
16 Genclerbirligi OFTAS 6 3 0.5
17 Manisaspor 6 3 0.5
18 Konyaspor 6 3 0.5

Friday, March 14, 2008

SIVASSPOR SETTLES FOR A DRAW

Sivasspor moved to the top of the Turkish Turkcell Super League for the first time since January after a 1-1 draw against the team that is losing blood in the League, Manisaspor. Manisaspor fired their Part-time coach Yilmaz Vural and hired Levent Eris.

Burak Yilmaz gave the hosts the lead with four minutes to play, but they could not hold on for a shock three points as Sezer Badur grabbed an equaliser just a minute later.

The draw takes Sivasspor ahead of Besiktas on goal difference, both sides having 55 points, though they have now played a game more.

Manisaspor remain second from bottom.

FENERBAHCE DRAW CHELSEA!.....

IT IS NOT WHAT YOU HOPE IT IS WHAT YOU DRAW!.....

Fenerbahce wanted to draw Schalke 04 but that did not happened ..Instead, they draw the Blues from England.

Champions League quarter-final draw:
1 Arsenal v Liverpool
2 AS Roma v Man Utd
3 Schalke 04 v FC Barcelona
4 Fenerbahce v Chelsea

Champions League semi-final draw:1 Arsenal/Liverpool v Fenerbahce/Chelsea
2 Schalke/Barcelona v AS Roma/Man Utd

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Turkcell Super League Week-26, fixtures

Besiktas faces Trabzonspor on Sunday in bid to stay on top

Turkcell Super League Week-26 fixtures between March 14 and 16:

March 14, Friday:

Vestel Manisaspor v Sivasspor


March 15, Saturday:

Kayserispor v Genclerbirligi

Bursaspor v Caykur Rizespor

Ankaraspor v Galatasaray


March 16, Sunday:

Ankaragucu v Genclerbirligi OFTAS Spor

Denizlispor v Gaziantepspor

Kasimpasa v Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor

Konyaspor v Fenerbahce

Besiktas v Trabzonspor

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

GOKDENIZ KARADENIZ GOES TO RUSSIA


Trabzonspor has reached an agreement in principle with Russian side Rubin Kazan on the transfer of attacking midfielder Gökdeniz Karadeniz for the upcoming 2008-09 season, the Black Sea club said on Tuesday.

A statement from the Black Sea club said, “Developments regarding a possible transfer of our player GOkdeniz Karadeniz to Rubin Kazan, which have been reported in the media for some time now, have reached a final stage as we have agreed in principle with the Russian club. However, this deal will only be finalized after Kazan pays the price tag and fulfills the other things agreed upon.”
KAZAN TEAM WILL PAY 8.7 MILLION EURO TO TRABZONSPOR.

EURO 2008 coaches gather in Vianna


The head coaches of the 16 nations who will compete at UEFA EURO 2008™ are expected to attend the finalists' workshop in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday, in preparation for June's final tournament in Austria and Switzerland. Some 130 guests are expected in the Austrian capital, with each delegation potentially sending up to eight members including the president, general secretary, head coach, ticketing officer, manager and team doctor.


Wednesday will feature general presentations, with group meetings about specific topics scheduled for the following day. The most important topics being addressed are tournament guidelines, services and facilities available to the participating teams, organisational activities of UEFA and Euro 2008 SA, accommodation, transport, accreditation, pitches, match operations, medical services, TV and media issues and anti-doping.

All 16 associations will sign an Anti-Doping Charter in a ceremony at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion – the venue for the final on 29 June. The charter pledges that the anti-doping campaign will be given full backing by all of the countries taking part. Other events heralding the EURO tournament will take place at the workshop, with details to be unveiled during the course of the two days in Vienna. Eight venues – Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Vienna (Austria) and Basel, Berne, Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland) – are staging UEFA EURO 2008™ between 7 and 29 June.


Source: This Blog,UEFA and Wires

Sunday, March 9, 2008

BESIKTAS STILL ON TOP BUT WITH A LITTLE LUCK!

I have been following the Turkish soccer seen for a long time and I have never seen a race like this on top for quite a long time.

And, I don't even remember, four teams, running for the top spot....
it was either two or three, never four!...

Well, this year , I said before, Sivasspor is for real!....They are putting a hell of fight on top.


In the Last Nine weeks, Turkish Turkcell Super League will witness really though matches and we will see a lot of changes on top!...

Besiktas stayed on top, with a little luck, scoring in the last seconds of injury time, by a fish goal, after a defenders, big mistake!

I don't know but, I did not counted, this was Besiktas's seventh winning in the last minutes of the matches...How long this luck will go on?....

Besiktas has a major defense problem....Guys like Baki on defense needs to learn to cover a man..... He is really bad!...on, one and one he is just disaster ...plus he can really clear any balls!.So, Besiktas played on Friday and won, on Saturday, Galatasaray played and won....and on Sunday, Sivaspor and Fenerbahce payed and they won.
So, like I said, nothing has changed at the end of the 25Th week in the Turkish Super League!...

Here is the report from this weekend.......

BESIKTAS WINS IT WITH A LITTLE LUCK..
Besiktas substitute Deivson Bobo has grabbed a last-minute winner at Genclerbirligi.

All had looked to be going to plan for the visitors when Ibrahim Toraman put them ahead on the hour-mark, only for Kerem Seras to restore parity for the hosts nine minutes later.But Bobo had the last word to secure Besiktas a 2-1 victory.

GALATASARAY BEAT KAYSERISPOR
Galatasaray knows hoe to win, at home they defeated one of the strong teams in the league Kayseripsor with the score of 2-0.

Kayserispor, Second half's best perform team could not function against Gala, and lost their first game since the start of the second half in the league.

FENERBAHCE WINS BIG!....

Fenerbhace booked their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in midweek with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against Sevilla and their comfortable win against Manisaspor ensured they remained one point behind Turkish Turkcell Super League leaders Besiktas.On the other hand,Manisaspor, ever since they let go coach Giray Bulak and hired Part-Time coach Yilmaz Vural, playing with a strange defense and every game they are getting scored like 3 or 4 goals...
Looks like this season again, Mr.Vural, will go down with another team to the lower division....this will be a record!...

Mateja Kezman struck either side of the break with further goals from Mehmet Aurelio and Selcuk Sahin setting Fener on their way to victory before Burak Yilmaz grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.

Australian goalkeeper Michael Petkovic Score a goal for Sivaspor!...
Sivasspor also remain a point behind the leaders after a dramatic 3-2 win against Ankaragucu.

Murat Sozgelmez gave the hosts a 19Th-minute lead before Abdullah Sume equalised 10 minutes later.

Australian goalkeeper Michael Petkovic (41) and Muhammet Kurtulus (55) gave Sivasspor a two-goal lead, which they needed after substitute Joao Jaba's last-minute penalty.

Bursaspor twice came from behind to record a 2-2 draw with Genclerbirligi with Egeman Korkmaz (30) and Ronald Gutierrez (44) cancelling out strikes from Da Silva Sandro (13) and Remzi Giray Kacar (43).

First-half goals from Huseyin Cimsir and Baris Memis sent Trabzonspor on their way to a 2-1 win over Kasimpasa, who got a consolation goal through Erhan Kucuk.

And Beto's 57Th-minute strike earned Gaziantepspor a 1-1 draw with Caykur Rizespor after they opened the scoring through Mustafa Cicek in the 32nd minute.

With these scores, Besiktas on top with 55 points Galatasaray second 54, Fenerbahce third with 54 and Sivaspor on fourth place with also 54 points.

At the bottom....last team Kasimpasaspor has 16 points on top of Kasimpasa is Manisaspor and they have 22 points. The 16th place team Caykur Rizespor and 15th place team B.B. Ankarspor each have 24 points.

Top Goal Scorers:

11 goals: Semih (Fenerbahce), Gokdeniz (Trabzonspor), De Nigris (Ankaraspor), Gokhan (Kayserispor)

10 goals: Nonda, Umit Karan (Galatasaray), Mehmet (Sivasspor), Holosko (Besiktas)

9 goals: Alex (Fenerbahce), Bobo (Besiktas)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

TURKMAN FAMILY SMILED WITH FENERBAHCE..



Dear Friends, the news about my long time friend Dr.Renan Turkman, His mom, long time Fenerbahce Club member(one of the oldest female member) and also Club's High Councel member Dr. Suheyla Turkman, was visiting his dear son in Rochester,New York.

Dr. Renan Turkman chocked on a piece of meat back in 2001.

It has been seven years, mom, still waiting for miracle from God (Allah) so his son could wake up some day!....

On Tuesday, After Fenerbahce made history , she was smiling for his son Renan Turkman...Because, He was also rapid Fenerbahce fan...and was know as "KALAMIS ABI" on famous Fenerbahce fan web site Antu.com

Please read my article in HurriyetUSA.com...

Sorry...It is in Turkish.....

Türkmanlar Fenerbahçe ile güldü

Fenerbahçe'nin Şampiyonlar Ligi'ndeki başarısı ABD'de hastanede olan acılı anneye moral oldu.



Ahmet TURGUT / ROCHESTER

Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü'nün en eski kadın üyelerinden aynı zamanda kulübün Yüksek Divan Kurulu üyesi olan Doktor Süheyla Türkman, Fenerbahce'nin salı akşamı Şampiyonlar Ligi'nde İspanyol takımı Sevilla'yı elerken yaşattığı tarihi sevinci, ABD'de hastanede tedavi gören ve kendisi gibi koyu Fenerbahçeli olan oğlu Doktor Renan Türkman'ın yanında yaşadı.

Yılda iki sefer oğlunu ziyarete gelip uzun zaman yanında kalan acılı anne, Fenerbahçe'nin başarısıyla biraz güldü.

2001 yılının Mart ayında yemek yerken boğulan ve o zamandan beri hastanede olan Doktor Renan Türkman da, Fenerbahçe taraftarlarının sitesi Antu.com'da, "Kalamış Abi" takma isimiyle tüm Fenerbahçelilerin yakından tanıdığı bir isim. Antu.com, Renan Türkman'ın adına özel bir forum sayfası açmıştı.

New York Eyaleti'nin Rochester Kenti'nde RIT Üniversitesi'nde 1984 yılından beri öğretim üyeliği yapan Doktor Renan Türkman'ın adına, çalıştığı okul bir burs açmış ve her sene öğrencilere Renan Türkman Bursu vermeye başlamıştı.



Doktor Renan Türkman'ın başucunda Fenerbahçe forması asılı yatağı


Fenerbahçe'nin bu tarihi mutluluğunu oğlunun yanında beraber yaşamanın sevinci içinde olan anne Doktor Süheyla Türkman, oğlunun sağlığına tekrar kavuşmasının ümidiyle yaşadığını söylerken, "Allah'ın bir gün bana o büyük mutluluğu da yaşatacağına inanıyorum" dedi.

http://www.hurriyetusa.com/haber/haber_detay.asp?id=14791

Fortis Turkey Cup - Semi-finals Draw


Draw for Fortis Turkey Cup was made in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Genclerbirligi will take on Galatasaray in semi-finals while Caykur Rizespor will play against Kayserispor.

First leg between Caykur Rizespor and Kayserispor will be played on March 18th in Rize while Genclerbirligi and Galatasaray will play the first leg in Ankara on March 19th.

Second legs will take place on April 16th.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

FENERBAHCE'S DREAM COME THROUGH...........



Photo:AP
WE SAID .....WE BELIEVE IN YOU................

ALL TURKISH PEOPLE ARE FENERBAHCE FANS TODAY!.... MARCH /4/2008

Historic night for Turks....

FENERBAHCE'S DREAM COME THROUGH...........


Fenerbahce Keeper Volkan Demirel was first goat than hero for Fenerbahce as they advanced from a penalty shoot-out with Sevilla and into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

After 90 minutes Sevilla led 3-2 to cancel out the first-leg deficit and make the score 5-5 on aggregate and with no goals in extra-time, it was left to visiting goalkeeper Volkan, who saved from Julien Escude, Ivica Dragutinovic and Dani Alves.



Volkan had earlier gifted Sevilla a two-goal lead within nine minutes, as four goals were scored in a pulsating first half.



Edu Dracena and Luis Fabiano on a ball hunt

He failed to deal with long-range efforts by Dani Alves and Seydou Keita, and although Brazilian forward Deivid pulled a goal back for Fenerbahce on 20 minutes, Sevilla restored a two-goal advantage with a deflected Frederic Kanoute shot just before half time.



Deivid pounced for his second with 11 minutes left, and with no more goals after extra time it was left to Volkan to make amends for his earlier errors.



He saved Sevilla's second penalty from Escude, and although Palop kept out Edu Dracena's powerful effort in response, Volkan then stopped Enzo Moresca's blasted shot and punched away Alves' powerful effort to send the Turkish side through.



Sevilla had dominated from kick-off, their early pace troubled the Fenerbahce defence, and when Keita was held back by Selcuk Sahin the home side fortuitously took a fourth-minute lead with the resulting free-kick.



Alves' powerful 35-yard strike was straight at Volkan, who could only punch the ball into the top corner putting Sevilla ahead in the tie under the away goals rule.



Their confidence yielded a second goal just five minutes later, Keita striking a left-foot swerving shot from a similar range which deceived the 26-year-old Turkey goalkeeper and flew into the top-left corner.



Fenerbahce began to recover and Deivid scored on 20 minutes, shooting low from 12 yards through an advancing crowd after a Mehmet Aurelio corner had not been cleared.



Both sides then went close as space opened in midfield, and Sevilla took advantage five minutes before the break.



Alves crossed from the right to Kanoute, who controlled with his chest from 12 yards and fired a low volley at goal, which was deflected by Gokhan Gonul past the helpless Volkan.



Sevilla held on for the rest of the half, Christian Poulsen clearing off the goal-line deep into injury time after Aurelio had set-up Deivid's shot.



Fenerbahce played with more fluency in a quieter start to the second half, and came close to an aggregate equaliser through Alex and then two chances for Ugur Boral.



And the home side paid the price for their own missed opportunities on 79 minutes as Fenerbahce drew level on aggregate.



Deivid crept unmarked behind the defence to latch onto a long free-kick from Alex, and first hit the post before pouncing on the rebound to score from two yards.



The game remained 3-2 after 90 minutes and went into extra-time, where both sides struggled to maintain their earlier intensity.



Deivid had chances for a hat-trick, but missed two 20-yard efforts within a minute while Alves shot a 25-yard free kick wide on 99 minutes.

Alves hit a 25-yard free-kick against the wall in injury time, and the game went into penalties, where Volkan's saves ensured a safe passage for Fenerbahce.

Fenerbahce 20th In Club World Ranking

Turkish football(soccer) team Fenerbahce, chasing both championship at Turkcell Super League and quarter finals at European Champions League, held the 20th place among football teams all around the world.
According to a classification made by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), Fenerbahce secured the 20th rank up from the 21st with 195 points as of the end of February.

Other Turkish football teams Galatasaray achieved an impressive improvement and ranked the 52nd up from the 64th. Besiktas was down by 7 ranks to the 31st.

Fenerbahce's rival at Champions Leauge Sevilla FC lost the leadership in the Club World Ranking after a record period of 17 months because they lost 3-2 in Istanbul against Fenerbahce.


Source: turkish wires

Monday, March 3, 2008

ANOTHER COACHING DILEMA IN THE TSL...


Coaching Mary go Round still on, in the Turkcell Super League!...

Ankaraspor the team who is really struggling in the league Sacked their coach Hikmet Karaman and hired a new, "tested" coach Saffet Susic .

The reason for change ... According to Ahmet Gokcek, the team official also son of Melih Gokcek Mayor of Ankara, "Hikmet Karaman made mistakes this weekend changing players during the match against Gaziantepspor"

This is what I mean!...... I wonder, how young Ahmet Gokcek, knows soccer(football) more than coach Hikmet Karaduman!...

MOST IMPORTANT MATCH FOR FENERBAHCE!



It is the most important match for Fenerbahce and for Turkey.
If Fenerbahce get a ticket to quarter finals.......it will be the first time, a Turkish Soccer team will advance in the Champion League Tournament.

Fenerbahce football team is set to take on Spain's Sevilla in an away game on Tuesday to make its way to the quarter finals in the European Champions League.

Fenebahce toppled Sevilla 3-2 in the first match in Istanbul and the team need a win or a draw at Tuesday's revenge game to claim the best result ever in their history in the European league.

Fenerbahce's expected squad includes Volkan, Gokhan, Edu, Lugano, Vederson, Deivid, Aurelio, Slcuk, Ugur, Alex and Kezman.

The game will start 9:45 p.m. Turkish local time at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Swiss Massimo Busacca will referee the match.


14:45 ET..... Sevilla FC v Fenerbahce ....LIve GameCast

SENOL GUNES'S TEAM BEAT BECKHAM'S TEAM

Former Turkish National team coach Senol Gunes' team FC Seoul beat Beckham's Galaxy team in a friendly match after a penalty shootout.

David Beckham was the only one of five Los Angeles Galaxy players to convert in a penalty shootout and the Major League Soccer team lost to South Korea's FC Seoul in an exhibition game Saturday.

After the match ended 1-1, Seoul won 2-1 in the shootout thanks to four saves by goalkeeper Kim Ho-jun.

"We were disappointed to lose on penalties but penalties are like that -- there has to be a winner and a loser," Beckham said. "The overall play of the team in the first 30 minutes was good, some of the best football I've played with the Galaxy."

Every Beckham touch was applauded by the crowd that filled just half of the 65,000-capacity Seoul World Cup Stadium.

"The fans were giving me thumbs-down before the penalty so when I scored, I gave them the thumbs-up," Beckham said. "It was all a bit of fun."

The Galaxy had the better of an energetic first half, but the game slowed considerably after the break.

After just six minutes, Beckham was brought down by Lee Chung-young and the former England captain exchanged words with the young Korean.

In the 20th minute, Beckham set up the opening goal, floating a freekick into the penalty area, where Alan Gordon slotted the ball past Kim from close range.

Seoul equalized 10 minutes later when Jung Jo-gook scored from the penalty spot.

Beckham was the first player up in the shootout and blasted his kick high into the net, but Kim wasn't beaten again.

It was the opening leg of the American team's preseason East Asian tour. The Galaxy will play against Shanghai-Hong Kong United in Shanghai on Wednesday and then travel to play Hong Kong Union on March 9.

Source: This blog editor and wires

TURKEY TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE WEEK 24,RESULTS AND TABLE

Results of the Turkcell Super League soccer matches played between February 29nd and March 2nd.

RESULTS

Friday, 29 February 2008

Konyaspor 1-0 (HT 1-0)

Saturday, 01 March 2008

Ankaragucu 0-0 (HT 0-0) Fenerbahce

Kasimpasa 0-0 (HT 0-0) Genclerbirligi

Manisaspor 1-1 Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK

Sunday, 02 March 2008

Ankaraspor 1-1 Gaziantepspor

Besiktas 1-0 (HT 0-0) Galatasaray

Bursaspor 0-1 (HT 0-0) Sivasspor

Caykur Rizespor 0-0 Genclerbirligi OFTAS

Kayserispor 1-1 (HT 0-0) Denizlispor

TABLE
Team P PTS
1.BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş. 24 52
2.GALATASARAY A.Ş. 24 51
3.FENERBAHÇE 24 51
4.SİVASSPOR 24 51
5.KAYSERİSPOR 24 45
6.TRABZONSPOR A.Ş. 24 32
7.DENİZLİSPOR 24 30
8.GENÇLER. OFTAŞSPOR 24 29
9.MKE ANKARAGÜCÜ 24 29
10.GENÇLERBİRLİĞİ 24 28
11.KONYASPOR 24 28
12.BURSASPOR 24 27
13.GAZİANTEPSPOR 24 27
14.BÜYÜKŞEHİR BLD.SPOR 24 26
15.ANKARASPOR A.Ş. 24 24
16.ÇAYKUR RİZESPOR 24 23
17.VESTEL MANİSASPOR 24 22
18.KASIMPAŞA 24 16



FIXTURE

Friday, 07 March 2008

Genclerbirligi v Besiktas, 18:00

Saturday, 08 March 2008

Denizlispor v Ankaraspor, 11:30

Galatasaray v Kayserispor, 17:00

Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK v Konyaspor, 11:30

Sunday, 09 March 2008


Fenerbahce v Manisaspor, 17:00

Gaziantepspor v Caykur Rizespor, 11:30

Genclerbirligi OFTAS v Bursaspor, 11:30

Sivasspor v Ankaragucu, 11:30

Trabzonspor v Kasimpasa, 13:00

CNN.com:Fenerbahce determined to reach the top


ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turks Fenerbahce hope to step up their claim to become a world force in football when they travel to Spain with a 3-2 lead for the second leg of their Champions League tie against Sevilla.


Brazilian coach Zico is convinced that Fenerbahce can become a great European club.

The 17-time Turkish champions have big ambitions.

"Our objective is to join the best clubs in the world - AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea. It's not easy to get to that level but we have the ability," said team manager Volkan Balli.

Turkey has a modest record in European football, with Galatasaray's 1999-2000 UEFA Cup triumph a rare success..

Money is not a problem for Fenerbahce, who are financed by their president Aziz Yildirim, and they play at a 52,500-capacity ground on the Asian banks of the city - the Sukru Saracoglu stadium.

The club's organization and support is so widespread that it is nicknamed "Republic of Fenerbahce".

"Its true, the club is a republic. It's incredible. Everyone helps each other out. The fans love Fenerbahce, they buy Fenerbahce, they help the club." added Balli.

The club also supports basketball and volleyball teams who play at the highest international level.

The organization is also listed with a budget this season of around $200 million.

They have had no difficulty in attracting big name players like Argentine midfielder Ariel Ortega (2002-2003), Dutch striker Pierre van Hooijdonk (2003-2005) and French attacker Nicolas Anelka (2004-2006).

But their speciality is bringing Brazilians to the club.

World Cup winner Roberto Carlos, arrived in 2007 from Real Madrid, while they also have Ed Dracena in defense, Mehmet Aurelio, Alex de Souza and Gokcek Vederson in midfield and Deivid de Souza up front.

Their coach is Zico, a legendary Brazilian international,

"These players are here because they are good players and they are good players because they are Brazilian," said Zico.

"Fenerbahce are going to be a great European team because they have a dream.

"Look at the structures, they are amongst the best in Europe and all the signings have been made with the goal of becoming a great team."

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/football/03/03/spain.sevilla/

Sunday, March 2, 2008

BESIKTAS ON TOP OF THE TURKISH TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE


Galatasaray's Servet Cetin (L) fights for the ball with Filip Holosko of Besiktas during their Turkish Super League derby soccer match at the Inonu Stadium in Istanbul March 2, 2008.
REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY)

Believe it or not!.......After Fenerbahce struggling thsi week and Galatasaray losing to Besiktas Today , Besiktas is the top team with 52 points
The Sevilla win at home cost big time, for Fenerbahce in the league and in the Fortis Cup..
At the ende of week 24, there is three team has 51 poinst....Galatasaray,Fenerbahce and Sivasspor...
So, the Turkcell Super League is heated from head to toe...last ten weeks will be though!..