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Sunday, November 30, 2008

GUTSY GRANDPA ARAGONES BEAT MUSTAFA DENIZLI'S BESIKTAS


Fenerbahce's Spanish coach Luis Aragones talks to his Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos during their Turkish Super League derby soccer match against Besiktas at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. Fenerbahce won the match 2-1.(AP)

Call it luck ....call it Gutsy.......

The match of the week in the week 13, in the Turkcell Super League was the most important match of the week.......

As I wrote in my previous article, Fenerbahce was done in the Champions League, after losing against Porto at home on Tuesday....

I said, they were going to be ready for this match, if they were going to stay the course in the league...

This was the match they had to win....

The whole world knew this, accept,Besiktas's humble coach Mustafa Denizli!...

If he knew, a win would make him the top team in the league! ......

He would play differently.....

Instead, he was going for a draw ..........

He started the match with Nobre on top while guys like Bobbo, Holosko, and set play master Tello were with him on the bench!.....

I wrote it before the match.......

I said, both keeper have to have flawless match.....

Well, Volkan did, but Besiktas keeper Rustu did not........

In the 11th minute of the match on a corner kick , Selcuk Sahin scored the exactly same goal that he score against Galatasaray.

The stupid defense and Rustu Rechber made a huge mistake, on this goal....

Nobre evened things up for Besiktas in the 21st, but, another stupid mistake cost the second goal on a brake away , and Spanish International player Guiza scored the Fener's second goal in the 27 minute of the match.......

In the 41th minute. after Cisse getting his second yellow card, Besiktas was left with one man short on the field....

When every one thought , at the half, Holosko, who was warming up, was going in to the match .....

But, it was changed in the last second by Mustafa Denizli!.........

He decided not to inject any player until 20 minutes remaining of the match......

While grandpa Aragones was sending fresh players on the field, Besiktas's Mustafa Denizli was day dreaming from the sideline !....

The fear and wrong tactics cost the Besiktas this match........

A player like Holosko who scored a goal and made a assist ,one week before, had to start this match...

He was the only guy that will brake the Fenerbahce defense from the center.....

We all saw Young Serdar Ozkan did in the first half of the match.......

He had a lot of miss hits and wide shots...........

At the end Besiktas loss this match because of Denizli's mistakes..

There is no ifs or buts about it!......

With this 2-1 win, Fenerbahce, back in this race for the first time this season..

Thanks to Mustafa Denizli................


AHMET TURGUT

TURKISH TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE WEEK 13,RESULTS

Friday Nov 28, 2008 Kayserispor 1- 1 Trabzonspor
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 BB Ankaraspor 0- 1 MKE Ankaragücü
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 Sivasspor 3 - 0 Gaziantepspor
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 Eskisehirspor 4- 3 Denizlispor
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 Fenerbahce 2- 1 Besiktas
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Bursaspor 1-1 Antalyaspor
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Genclerbirligi 0-0 Istanbul BB
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Kocaelispor 3 -0 Konyaspor
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Galatasaray 3- 1 Hacettepe

Friday, November 28, 2008

WEEK 13, AT THE TURKISH TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE

The week 13, will take a start on Friday in Kayseri.

The top team of Turkish Turkcell Super league Trabzonspor will have another hurdle in the week 13.

They will face a rough and though team Kayserispor in Kayseri.

This is the only match on Friday.

Three week to go to the end of the first half of the league, Trabzonspor could extend the lead with a win in Kayseri. Again, a draw, will probably knock them, out of the top spot.

That will give, second place team Besiktas, who is two points behind, a morale boost, before the derby match, against Fenerbahce on Saturday.

On the other hand, Kayserispor really struggling as far as scoring goals...

After Gokhan Unal left the team to go to Trabzonspor, Kayserispor has a problem scoring!...

In the 12 matches they scored only eleven goals.....

But, Kayserispor defense has only allowed six goals in 12 matches.

"GAME OF THE WEEK"

The biggest match of the week will take place on Saturday between Fenerbahce and Besiktas.

Besiktas who is ahead of Fenerbahce in the League will face Fenerbahce in the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

Fenerbahce after saying farewell to Champions League on Tuesday , now have to turn their attention back to the league.....

If we look at the last six weeks in the league Fenerbahce is better form than Besiktas. out of six matches Fener collected 14 points while Besiktas collected only 11 points. Fenerbahce leads the league form table in the last six weeks.

In this form table we see Ankaraspor second place and Istanbul Buyuksehir on Third place !...........

Warning to the teams that will play these teams this weekend!......

Getting back to , the Game of the week match.....

Rustu Rechber will face his former team in Besiktas goal for the first time!...

On the other hand Fenerbahce Keeper Volkan Demirel having problem handling the ball!...

The Keepers will have to have a flawless match on Saturday...

The mistakes by keepers will result out come of this match....

Lastly, looking at both teams rosters , Besiktas has better players.....

But, Fenerbahce have, Guiza, Carlos Alberto who are world known players....
Who ever takes the control at the midfield will win this match....

So, Alex for Fenerbshce and Delgado for Besiktas in the midfield will be big factors in this match.......

On top. Besiktas has better front attackers........

If Fenerbahce uses Guiza like a striker , he will cash in for Fenerbahce!...

This is not the only important match on Saturday......

The third place team Ankaraspor and forth place team Sivaspor will play on Saturday in a day matches..........


Before the Saturday Night match, Ankarspor could capture the second place from Besiktas before Besiktas even takes the field on Saturday against Fenerbahce.

Ankaraspor will play at home against ailing Ankaragucu and Sivaspor will also be at home against Gaziantepspor .

So, Leagues most important matches will take on Friday and Saturday in the week 13! ......
Here is the week 13 matches........

Friday Nov 28, 2008 Kayserispor Trabzonspor
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 BB Ankaraspor MKE Ankaragücü
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 Sivasspor Gaziantepspor
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 Eskisehirspor Denizlispor
Saturday Nov 29, 2008 Fenerbahce SK Besiktas JK
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Bursaspor Antalyaspor
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Genclerbirligi SK Istanbul BB
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Kocaelispor Konyaspor
Sunday Nov 30, 2008 Galatasaray SK Hacettepe SK



AHMET TURGUT

Galatasaray 0 - 1 FC Metalist Kharkiv

Galatasaray's qualification for the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup was put on hold as Metalist Kharkiv sealed a 1-0 smash-and-grab success in Istanbul.

Edmar's late goal ended the Turkish giants' 100% record in Group B, but goalkeeper Alexandr Goryainov was the visitors' real hero with a series of impressive saves.

Milan Baros had a goal ruled out for offside just after the half-hour mark for Gala, who remain top of the pool, but otherwise they could find no way past an inspired Goryainov.

Galatasaray suffered an ignominious exit from last season's competition, going down 5-1 on aggregate in the last 32 to a Bayer Leverkusen side coached by Michael Skibbe - now in charge of Galatasaray/

And failure to break down a Metalist side in a match they dominated almost from start to finish does not bode well for their hopes this time.

The hosts almost made an early breakthrough here when Volkan Yaman's right-footed shot was tipped round the post by Goryainov.

The stopper excelled himself again in the 11th minute to tip Arda Turan's 20-yard effort from the left channel over the bar.

And the same player forced two more routine saves from Goryainov in quick succession as the hosts peppered the Metalist goal.

Their pressure looked to have told in the 31st minute when Lincoln laid a pass across the face of goal from the left and Baros slotted the ball home at the far post, but his celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.

The over-worked Goryainov then had to be alert to save from Sabri Sarioglu as Skibbe's men continued to monopolise the attacking play.

The one-way traffic showed no sign of stopping in the second half and Goryainov athletically tipped away another Sabri effort to keep the Ukrainians in the contest.

Baros also saw a shot kept out by Goryainov, easily his side's best performer on the night, but it was Edmar who stole the headlines with an 81st-minute winner.

The Brazilian finished into the bottom corner from the left side of the area to stun Gala and give Metalist their first win in the group.

Match Stats
Galatasaray FC Metalist Kharkiv
Shots (on Goal) 11(9) 6(4)
Fouls 10 8
Corner Kicks 7 3
Offsides 4 0
Time of Possession 47% 53%
Yellow Cards 2 1
Red Cards 0 0
Saves 3 9

Match Information
Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Turkey
Attendance: 20,000
Match Time: 13:00 ET
Official(s):
J Granat (Referee)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Feldkamp back in Galatasaray as adviser!...

Galatasaray said in a statement on Wednesday that Feldkamp was appointed as the adviser to the team.

Former Galatasaray coach Karl Heinz Feldkamp is back in Istanbul as the new "technical adviser" to Turkey's defending champions.

Galatasaray said in a statement on Wednesday that Feldkamp was appointed as the adviser to the team.

Feldkamp coached the Istanbul side twice in the season of 1992-1993 and last year. He was also the
technical adviser to the team in 1993-1994.

"I have returned to Istanbul as a staff of Galatasaray," Feldkamp told reporters at his arrival to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.

"We will be the champions this year just like last year," he said.


Source: Turkish wires

Galatasaray to host Metalist Kharkiv ...

Galatasaray, with a four-point lead on the top of the group, will secure first position if they topple the Ukrainian team.


Turkey's UEFA Cup champions Galatasaray are set to host Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday in a UEFA Cup Group B match at Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen Stadium.

The match which will kick-off at 20:00 p.m. Turkish local time(13:00 ET )

Galatasaray midfielder Arda Turan wants to see his side continue their excellent UEFA Cup form against Metalist Kharkiv and secure top spot in their group.

Galatasaray, who announced the return of former coach Karl-Heinz Feldkamp in a consultancy role, sit atop Group B having won both their matches in the section so far.

It is a position from which only one team has failed to qualify in the tournament's current format, namely Rangers four seasons ago.

Metalist have played just one game, a creditable goalless draw against Hertha Berlin.

Turan sees Thursday's game, the club's first ever match against Ukrainian opposition, as an ideal opportunity to lay down a marker for the rest of the tournament.

"It's a crucial match for the group," he told www.galatasaray.org. "It's also important for the coming rounds.

"If we finish the group stage as runners-up we shall play against the third-placed teams.

"In the UEFA Cup there is one thorny road and one stony road. If we finish first in our group we shall have the chance to get onto the easy road.

"We are on the verge of securing a berth with the support of our fans at home."

Murat Akca today underwent cruciate ligament surgery, described by the club as successful.

Coach Michael Skibbe will be without Hasan Sas, Serkan Calik and Ugur Ucar, who are working their way back from injury, while a host of players, including Tobias Linderoth, Mehmet Topal and Lincln, are not fully fit and may not be risked.

Metalist have already travelled to Istanbul once this season, having lost 1-0 at Besiktas in their first-round tie before storming back in the second leg to claim a 4-2 aggregate victory.

They go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Zarya Lugansk in the Ukrainian Superliga courtesy of goals from Seweryn Gancarczyk and Ruslan Fomin.

They sit second in their domestic league, three points behind Dynamo Kiev.

Olympiakos entertain Benfica in tomorrow's other Group B game.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FENERBAHCE'S DREAM OVER IN THE CL!...

Fenerbahce 1 Porto 2

Lisandro Lopez scored twice as Porto booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a fine 2-1 win over Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

The Argentinian opened the scoring at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium with a tap-in after goalkeeper Volkan Demirel's flap at a looping cross, and then added another before the break after appearing to control the ball with his arm.

Fenerbahce improved following the half-time introduction of Colin Kazim-Richards, and the former Sheffield United player pulled a goal back with a deflected shot, but the Turkish club could not find an equaliser and crashed out of the competition.

Luis Aragones' side were dominant early on in front of their typically vocal supporters but Lisandro showed the Portuguese champions were up for the fight with a low shot just wide from the edge of the box in the ninth minute.

And it was Turkey goalkeeper Volkan who made the first save of the match in the 13th minute, when he acrobatically tipped over Raul Meireles' well-hit drive after a fine run by Lisandro down the left.

The match was wide open and Gokhan should have done better when he shot across the face of goal from 12 yards - and Fenerbahce were left to rue that miss when Porto took the lead in the 19th minute.

Bruno Alves' hopeful looped cross from the right should have been dealt with by Volkan but he could only palm the ball down to Lisandro who shot home from close range.

Two minutes later Edu glanced a header inches wide for the hosts.

Lisandro made it two in the 28th minute when he collected a throw-in, seemingly with the help of his arm, turned and shot, and although Volkan parried the Argentinian's effort, he stabbed the rebound into the net.

Fenerbahce were stunned and Porto were almost three up before the break when Tomas Costa's lob bounced back off the post after a quick break.

After the half-time introduction of substitute Kazim-Richards, the Turkish club nearly pulled a fortuitous goal back two minutes into the second period but the ball flew just off target after a series of ricochets.

Hulk then outmuscled Edu to go one-on-one with Volkan but the keeper did well to parry his shot.

Kazim-Richards finally reduced the arrears in the 64th minute when his 20-yard shot looped into the net off Alves, but that was as good as it got as classy Porto held on comfortably to join Group G colleagues Arsenal in the last 16.

Teams:

Fenerbahce Demirel, Roberto Carlos, Gonul, Cakmak, Boral,Edu Dracena, Emre (Kazim-Richards 46), Alex, Guiza, Josico,Deivid (Yilmaz 77).

Subs Not Used: Babacan, Wederson, Bilgin, Turaci, Maldonado.

Booked: Emre, Cakmak, Boral, Edu Dracena, Gonul.

Goals: Kazim-Richards 64.

FC Porto Helton, Bruno Alves, Pedro Emanuel, Fucile, Rolando,Rodriguez (Mariano Gonzalez 74), Raul Meireles,Costa (Guarin 61), Fernando, Lopez, Hulk (Pele 79).

Subs Not Used: Nuno, Stepanov, Lino, Sektioui.

Booked: Fernando.

Goals: Lopez 18, 28.

Att: 35,000

Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain).

Fenerbahce must win over Porto to stay alive...

Fenerbahce must beat Portuguese powerhouse Porto in their penultimate UEFA Champions League Group G game in Istanbul Tuesday evening to keep their slim hopes of survival alive, local Today's Zaman reported.

This is in fact a grudge match because the Portuguese beat the Canaries 3-1 when the two teams met in Porto in their group opener on Sept. 17. And the Fener players as well as Spanish coach Luis Aragones still remember the cheap goals in three minutes early in the first half that helped Porto win that match.

Fenerbahce has a golden opportunity to mete out revenge on Porto when the two teams meet again at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, where, according to Fener fans, "there is no exit." But for the Canaries to obtain the desired results, coach Luis Aragones must be at his best. His team selection, game plan and substitutions during this match must be right.

Tuesday evening's game is of paramount importance for Fener and for Aragones' future at the Istanbul club. If the Canaries are eliminated from the prestigious and lucrative Champions League, then Aragones' job could be in jeopardy because they are not performing well in the domestic league.

Aragones should therefore select his team without fear or favor. There shouldn't be a place for a player like Claudio Maldonado, who cannot run, jump or slide-tackle. Also the Canaries have not won in the two matches captain-playmaker Alex De Souza has played ever since he returned from injury. If Alex has turned from asset to liability, he too may be sidelined.

With star striker Semih Senturk still nursing an injury, Aragones may decide to use midfielder Deivid De Souza as a striker to help Dani Guiza upfront. The Canaries need not be afraid of Porto and should take the game to their opponents because that's the only way they can win in this must-win situation.

Fenerbahce fullback Roberto Carlos faced Porto seven times during his time with Real Madrid and finished on the losing side only once -- winning on five occasions. Roberto Carlos has been scoring from set pieces of late in the domestic league. He should also try to score against Porto on Tuesday.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

TRABZONSPOR'S STALL IS BESIKTAS'S GAIN!.....

That is exactly right...
Trabzonspor's drought gave Besiktas to close on Trabzonspor......

Trabzonspor could not cash in the huge weekend after, big guns of the league, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray also draw in Ankara on Saturday.

Like I mentioned in my previous article, Trabzonspor had a chance to extend the lead.

But, another though team of the league, Sivaspor, played good......

Although, this was nil nil draw match, there were a lot of excitement ....

A lot of miss chances by both team, in a rainy day......

"We had our chances, and should have scored at least in one of them," Ersun Yanal coach of Trabzonspor,told reporters after the game. "The conditions were tough. I congratulate my players for their efforts."

On the other hand, week 12's most beneficiary team was Besiktas......

They were the only team from Istanbul who won their match.....

They also scored two goals against Eskisehirspor at home.....

Coach of Besiktas, Mustafa Denizli, after making mistake in the line-up last weekend against Bursaspor, corrected his mistake in this match on Sunday....

Therefore,Besiktas now two points closer to Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League after a 2-0 win over Eskisehirspor.

Trabzonspor have 27 points at the end of week 12, and Besiktas is on second with 25 points. Ankaraspor are currently third with 23 points.

Also on Sunday,Denizlispor comeback for a 4-3 victory at home over Bursaspor. It was Denizlispor coach Ümit Kayıhan’s first home game as a Denizlispor coach.


Hacettepe lost 1-0 at Istanbul Buyuksehir and Konyaspor and Kayserispor played for goalless draw.

At the end of the week 12, Besiktas gain ground while Trabzonspor, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce lost a huge chances............

In week 13, Trabzonspor will have really though match in Kayseri against Kayserispor
Besiktas will clash in, Istanbul derby match, against Fenerbahce....

On the other hand, Galatasaray will be at home against Hacetepe and Ankaraspor who is on third will play at home against Ankaragucu and Sivasspor the team who stopped Trabzonspor will also be at home against Gaziantepspor.....

The scores, out of these matches, will determine the standings in the Turkish Super league, next weekend.

AHMET TURGUT

Saturday, November 22, 2008

COULD TRABZONSPOR OPEN THE LEAD?....

That is the million dollar question, until ending whistle on Sunday!...

Trabzonspor could open the lead, if they beat Sivaspor at home on Sunday...

On the other hand Sivaspor, is not easy cookie that will roll over for Trabzon!..

They are in the race too..

After Istanbul Big guns, Galatasaray, fenerbahce, stall in Ankara on Saturday , this could be a huge opportunity for Trabzonspor open the gap at least between these two teams.

If Trabzonspor beats Sivaspor they will reach to 29 points while your Fenerbahce at 20 points and Galtasaray at 21 points!....

That is why, this match is like nine point match for Trabzonspor.....

But, If Sivaspor wins the match, that would be whole different ball game in the league!....

If Besiktas wins at home on Sunday, the gap will close and there will be only one points difference between Besiktas and Trabzonspor and Sivaspor will move in to third place in the league standings.......

And, Galatasaray , Fenerbahce will thank Sivaspor , stopping Trabzonspor!....

This, Week 12, still is huge as far as the out come of the results this weekend!..

This could be the turning point of the league, in the league in my opinion.....

A huge match between Trabzonspor and Sivaspor will decide a lot of things in the league if there is a winner in this match!....

A draw, will not be good for Trabzonspor.......

They must beat Sivasspor if they want to stay on top of the league...

Because, they will face a though Kayserispor in Kayseri next wekkend.....

The Saturday results in the league should motivate them more ...

Also on Sunday , Istanbul Buyuksehir will face Hacettepe in empty stadium
Umit Kayihan's Denizlispor will attack Bursaspor at home and the team who is trying to escape from mid charts Konyaspor will have a though test at home against Kayserispor.

The early matches on Sunday will start at 14:00 local Turkey time (07:00 ET)
Trabzonspor v Sivasspor match will start at 15:00 local Turkey time(08:00 ET) and Beiktas v Eskisehirspor match will start at 19:00 Local Turkey time(12:00 Noon,ET)



AHMET TURGUT


A BORING SATURDAY IN THE TURKISH SUPER LEAGUE!..............

A BORING SATURDAY IN THE TURKISH SUPER LEAGUE!..............


Well, I was wrong!....

I thought , it would be huge Saturday in the TSL......

Neither , Fenerbahce and Galatasaray stepped-up and won their away match.

Instead of Galatasaray , Ankaraspor, after a draw captured the second place from Besiktas at least until Sunday.

There were four matches played on Saturday and out of those four matches three matches ended with nil nil score, accept Gaziantepspor scored two goals and beat Genclerbirligi at home 2-0.

This was bad football(soccer) what I witness on Saturday!...

It is shame we call this league Super league!.....

What is so Super about it?......................

This week ,could it have been, the turning point, for Galatasaray and Fenerbahce...

Instead, they played boring soccer!.....


AHMET TURGUT



Ankaragucu 0 : 0 Fenerbahce
Ankaraspor 0 : 0 Galatasaray
Antalyaspor 0 : 0 Kocaelispor
Gaziantepspor 2 : 0 Genclerbirligi

Friday, November 21, 2008

A HUGE WEEKEND IN THE TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE!..

Week 12, in the Turkcell Super league could be huge in my opinion!....

Here is why......................

There will be a lot of changes in top three ,if there is surprise scores!...

On Saturday, If Galatasaray and Fenerbahce wins their away matches in Ankara we could see Galatasaray and Fenerbahce on top four at the end of Saturday.

Fenerbahce in early match will play against Ankaragucu, the team who is desperate for points .....

On the other hand Fenerbahce with a win could bring their points to 22 points....

If Ankaragucu lose this match it would be disaster for them!....


Later on the night match Galatasaray will take on strong Ankara team Ankaraspor.

With a win,Galatasaray could surpass Ankaraspor and Besiktas in the standings and will capture the second place!....

There is if Galatasaray wins the match...

So, We could call this a huge Saturday in the league!...

I think , week 12th, will be turning point for a teams on top and bottom too.

Also on Saturday, Antalyaspor will host Kocaelispor ...

Antalyaspor with nine points and Kocaelispor with 5 points at the rock-bottom!..

Look for a surprise score here too!....

A win for Kocaelispor, will bring bottom three really close !.........

Another match on Saturday will be between Gaziantepspor and Genclerbirligi in Gaziantep.


COULD SIVASPOR AND BESIKTAS CLOSE THE GAP ON TOP?........

This could be a huge Sunday as far as closing on the leader!...

The top team of the Turkish Super League Trabzonspor will be tested again!...

This time at home against the team that is in fourth place with 21 points,Sivasspor.

Trabzonspor have 26 points......

Sivaspor is not the only team could close the gap .....

The second place team Besiktas who has 22 points could be the most beneficiary team of the week 12, if they beet Eskisheirspor at home!...

That is why Turkcell Super league week 12, matches, will be huge and will be deceive!...

The winners will gain a lot.....

In the other matches on Sunday, Istanbul Buyuksehir will host Hacettepe in empty Ataturk Stadium....

I bet you, you wont find 100 fans in this match!.....

We could witness a record in the Turkcell Super League if the weather is bad in Istanbul on Sunday...

I still don't understand why teams like Istanbul Butyuksehir and others who does not have a fan base could play in this league!....

Also on Sunday, Denizlispor will face Bursaspor in Denizli and Konyaspor will be at home against Kayserispor.

A win for both home teams , would mean moving- up in the standings!...

Week 12, in the Turkish Super League could be really crucial for a lot of teams!..

Like I said, Winners will smile all the way to the bank, losers will suffer big time!..

Look for, Sivaspor, Besiktas, Glatasaray and Fenerbahce to gain grounds in the league..



AHMET TURGUT/www.turkishsoccer.com/editor




Teams Matches
1 Trabzonspor 11 8 2 1 18-9 26
2 Besiktas 11 6 4 1 20-9 22
3 Ankaraspor 11 7 1 3 18-9 22
4 Sivasspor 11 6 3 2 18-10 21
5 Galatasaray 11 6 2 3 25-15 20
6 Fenerbahce 11 6 1 4 24-16 19
7 Kayserispor 11 5 3 3 11-6 18
8 Bursaspor 11 5 2 4 15-16 17
9 Gaziantepspor 11 4 3 4 14-16 15
10 Konyaspor 11 4 2 5 14-18 14
11 Eskisehirspor 11 3 4 4 14-17 13
12 Buyuksehir 11 3 3 5 11-16 12
13 Denizlispor 11 3 2 6 14-20 11
14 Genclerbirligi 11 2 4 5 13-18 10
15 Ankaragucu 11 2 4 5 12-18 10
16 Antalyaspor 11 2 3 6 14-20 9
17 Hacettepe Spo 11 2 3 6 7-14 9
18 Kocaelispor 11 1 2 8 13-28 5

WEEK 12:

22 Nov 2008
13:00 CET Antalyaspor Kocaelispor
13:00 CET Gaziantepspor Genclerbirligi
14:00 CET Ankaragucu Fenerbahce
18:00 CET Ankaraspor Galatasaray
23 Nov 2008
13:00 CET Buyuksehir Hacettepe Spor
13:00 CET Denizlispor Bursaspor
13:00 CET Konyaspor Kayserispor
14:00 CET Trabzonspor Sivasspor
18:00 CET Besiktas Eskisehirspor

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hat trick for Tuncay Sanli as Turkey beats Austria 4-2

Turkey's Tuncay Sanli (R) celebrates after scoring his teams fourth goal during their friendly soccer match in Vienna November 19, 2008.
( Photo:REUTERS)


A hat trick by attacking midfielder Tuncay Sanli powered Turkey to a 4-2 comeback win over Austria in a friendly match Wednesday.

Andreas Hoelzl score both goals for the hosts, who looked good for much of the first half before gradually losing control of the game to the European Championship semifinalists.

Hoelzl headed in his first goal in the 28th minute after Austria worked the ball forward from deep inside its own half. But Turkey leveled when Mehmet Aurelio collected a pass and beat Austria goalkeeper Michael Gspurning from 10 meters (yards) in the 37th, and Tuncay made it 2-1 just four minutes later.

Tuncay extended Turkey's lead in the 47th, lifting the ball over Gspurning.

Hoelzl pulled a goal back for Austria in the 53rd minute with a powerful shot into the top corner, but Tuncay put the result beyond doubt with a lob eight minutes later.


WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS............AUSTRIA V TURKEY....

FATIH TERIM WILL TAKE RISK AGAINST AUSTRIA!..


Turkey's coach Fatih Terim said on Tuesday his team would take risk to see weaknesses against Austria in Wednesday's international friendly in Vienna.

"We have respect to Austria," Terim told reporters before the match in Ernst Happel Stadium where Turkey had a quarterfinal victory over Croatia in Euro 2008 this summer.

However, Terim complained about injuries but said his team was one of the unusual national teams that all players could replace each other without any problems.

He also named his starting line-up against Austria as Volkan Demirel (goalkeeper), Gokhan Gonul, Gokhan Zan, Eren Gungor, Hakan Balta, Sabri Sarioglu (defenders), Mehmet Aurelio, Kazim Kazim, Ayhan Akman, Tuncay Sanli (midfielders) and Mehmet Yildiz (striker).

Main strikers Nihat Kahveci and Mevlut Erdinc were already out while midfielder Arda Turan and attacker Semih Senturk will miss Wednesday's game due to recent injuries.

Austria team was announced as Gspurning, Garics, Scharner, Ibertsberger, Stranzl, Holzl, Leitgeb, Saumel, Stankovic, Ivanschitz, Okotie.

Turkey and Austria played eleven times so far. Austria defeated Turkey seven times and Turkey won four times.

The match will kick off at 9:30 p.m. Turkish time. German's Manuel Grafe will referee the match.

Monday, November 17, 2008

TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM OFF TO AUSTRIA...

Turkey coach Fatih Terim has named a 20-team for Wednesday’s away friendly against Austria. The match, to be played in Vienna’s Ernst-Happel Stadium, will serve as a warm-up game for the two teams in their 2010 World Cup qualifiers. The Turkish National team fly to Vienna today.

The players invited to the national team squad are as follows: Goalkeepers: Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahçe), Cenk Gönen (Denizlispor).
Defenders:
Gökhan Gönül (Fenerbahçe), Sabri Sarıoğlu (Galatasaray), Ceyhun Gülselam (Trabzonspor), Eren Güngör (Kayserispor), Gökhan Zan (Beşiktaş), Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray), Caner Erkin (CSKA Moscow).
Midfielders: Serkan Balcı (Trabzonspor), Kazım Kazım (Fenerbahçe), Ayhan Akman (Galatasaray), Mehmet Aurelio (Real Betis), Nuri Şahin (Borussia Dortmund), Tuncay Şanlı (Middlesbrough), Selcuk Sahin(Fenerbahce).
Forwards: Halil Altıntop (Schalke 04), Sinan Kaloğlu (Bochum), Semih Şentürk(Fenerbahçe), Mehmet Yıldız (Sivasspor).

SUNDAY RECAP ....

BESIKTAS STALL AND GALATASARAY MOVED -UP......
Bursaspor stoped Besiktas to a goalless draw in Turkcell Super League but Besiktas still climb to second place in the Turkcell Super League standings.

Despite high tension before the game, Both teams were aiming to stop the opposing team instead of attacking, so the game was as dull as a goalless draw can get.

GALATASARAY MOVES UP!.......
Galatasaray moved in to fith place after winning against Istanbul Buyuksehir.
Kewell and Lincolin scored for Galatasaray as they win the match 2-0.

In Sunday’s other games, Ankaragücü won 3-1 at Eskisehirspor, Sivasspor beat visiting Konyaspor 1-0, and two games ended in goalless draws; Kayserispor against Antalyaspor in Kayseri and Hacettepe, Gaziantepspor in the capital.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

FENERBAHCE IS IN THE TOP FOUR FOR THE FIRST TIME!.......

That is correct, it took Fenerbahce, get to top four, 11 weeks!........


For now, until Sunday matches , Fenerbahce could enjoy the forth place in the Turkcell Super League for the first time this season, after beating high-flying Ankaraspor 2- 0.



If Sivasspor, Galatasaray and Kayserispor does not win on Sunday, Fenerbahce will close the week 11, on forth place. But, their chances are very slim !...................



All of those teams are playing at home on Sunday...



It is nice to see Fenerbahce back and strong again....

When Roberto Carlos plays good , Fenerbahce wins the matches, in my opinion..



That was the case on Saturday again!....

He score the first goal on 33th minute of the match and assist on Lugano's 55th minute goal.

Actually , Roberto Carlos took the shot, the ball hit both goal post and came out the feet of Lugano!..

All he had to do is kick the ball in!...



Ankaraspor needed to win this match to order to stay on second place but, If Besiktas wins in Bursa on Sunday , they could lose the spot to Besiktas .

Also on Saturday , Kocaelispor first time this season won a match . They beat young Denizlispor at home 3-2. but, Theye are still the last team in the league!.....


There are bunch of important matches in the league on Sunday..



Here is the matches that will be play on Sunday......

07:00 ET Eskisehirspor v Ankaragucu

07:00 ET Hacettepe Spor Kulubu v Gaziantepspor

07:00 ET Kayserispor v Antalyaspor

07:00 ET Sivasspor v Konyaspor

08:00 ET Bursaspor v Besiktas ....LIve on LIGTV

12:00 NOON,ET Galatasaray v Buyuksehir ......Live on LIGTV


WATCH FENERBAHCE 2- 0 ANKARASPOR GOALS ......

TRABZONSPOR WILL STAY ON TOP OF THE TURKISH SUPER LEAGUE

Trabzonspor won't give up the leagues top spot, just yet!..... They are red hot in the Turkcell Super League, under the coach Ersun Yanal, so far...... Trabzonspor beat Genclerbirligi in Ankara with the score of 1-0 , after hard fought match. Trabzonspor only goal came in in the 78th minute by Umut Bulut. Trabzonspor now have 26 points in 11 games, while nearest rivals Ankaraspor have 22 points.

That Ankaraspor, will play on Saturday, Against Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

Lastly, This is second time, we see Ersun yanal with a different team , on top of the league!.......

Last time ,when he was with Vestel Manissaspor, his team was in the first place too. But, after that, hell broke lose!.....

His team Vestel Manisspor, crashed and after serious of loses, he end up leaving the team, that year......

I just hope, that will not happen in Trabzon!.....

IS ANKARASPOR FOR REAL?.....

The team who has surprised everybody , Ankaraspor, is really for real?......
Everyone is asking this question lately....

Well, We will See them, on prime time on Saturday, live on LIGTV.

They will be tested against Fenerbahce, in Istanbul!....

The troubled Fenerbahce will be good test for Ankaraspor.
Fenerbahce after demolishing Galatasaray , will be looking for second win at home

Ankaraspor coached by Aykut Kocaman, who is a former Fenerbahce player, Ankaraspor won seven of its last eight games, dropping only two points with a draw.

Fenerbahce who has 17 points in the league , with a win, Fenerbahce could move up in the standings, that is why this match is very crucial for both teams!...

THIRD PLACE BESIKTAS TEAM FANS ARE NOT WELCOME IN BURSA!....

How absurd this is!...

Bursaspor team officials said , Besiktas fans who will come from Istanbul , will not be allowed in the stadium!...

I don't understand the hate beetween the fans and fan clubs!....

Again, when are the Turkish soccer fans are going to watch a soccer match shoulder to shoulder!...

When are we going to learn this is only a game!......

I am devastated by this nonsense action taken by Bursaspor team and others...

So, under these circumstances Besiktas will try to play a soccer match in Bursa against Bursaspor on Sunday!....

This Bursaspor, team just let go their former coach Samet Aybaba, because he was former Besiktas player and the absurd Bursaspor fan club members did not like him!..

Give me a brake!....

Along with this match there are bunch of matches on Sunday too...

So, we know one thing , before week 11, come to end on Sunday...

Trabzonspor will be top team in the league...

As far as the second and third spots that will be very hard to guest it now!...

Galatasaray will close the week 11, at home against Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor at home. Galatasaray has to win this match if they want to play for the top spot!..

A loss of points for Galatasaray , Fenerbahce, Sivaspor and Kayseripsor this week, will hurt their chase for the top spot!...

AHMET TURGUT/TURKISHSOCCER.COM, EDITOR

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

FORTIS TURKISH CUP WEDNESDAY RESULTS...

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008 Gaziantep BBK 1 - 3 Gaziantepspor
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Wednesday Nov 12, 2008 Malatyaspor 2 - 4 BB Ankaraspor
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Wednesday Nov 12, 2008 Alanyaspor 2 - 2 Sivasspor
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Wednesday Nov 12, 2008 Tokatspor 1 - 1 Eskisehirspor
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Wednesday Nov 12, 2008 Konyaspor 0 - 1 Denizlispor

COMING UP ON THURSDAY......

Thursday Nov 13, 2008 Galatasaray SK 19 : 00 Kayserispor

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

BESIKTAS BEAT TRABZONSPOR IN THE FORTIS CUP

Trabzonspor might be the Turkcell Super League leader but, they are not having a good luck in the Fortish Turkish Cup. In Group A, second week match , Besiktas beat Trabzonspor in Trabzon , with the score of 2-1.

Better side was Trabzon but, match discipline in the Trabzonspor team gave up and in the injury time, Besiktas found the golden goal by Zapotocny . Brazilian Bobo scored the Besiktas's first goal in the 33th minute . Trabzonspor tied the match by Egemen Korkmaz in the 55th minute.

Alack of discipline by Trabzonspor defense and the Keeper mistakes, cost the match for Trabzonspor. Besiktas leads the Group A, with 6 points and Trabzonspor has zero points after two matches. Trabzonspor pretty much damaged their chances to advance in the Fortis Cup.
Second place team Gaziantepspor will play lower division team Gaziantep Belediyespor on Wednesday.

Fortis Turkish cup will resume on Wednesday and Thursday in the other groups.



AHMET TURGUT



WATCH TRABZONSPOR V BESIKTAS FORTIS TURKISH CUP MATCH BELOW.......

Monday, November 10, 2008

FORMER FENERBAHCE PLAYER ANELKA TAKES CHELSEA ON TOP

The Former Fenerbahce player Anelka,who had four goals in his last two Premier League games going into the match at Ewood Park, added his 10th and 11th notches of the season as Luis Felipe Scolari celebrated his 60th birthday in style.

In appalling conditions at Ewood Park, it was Blackburn who made the brighter start with Keith Andrews lifting a shot high over the bar in the first minute.

But the Blues were soon on the front foot and Andrews' poor back pass let Anelka in on goal. When the striker rounded Paul Robinson, a goal looked inevitable. However, Anelka lost his footing after skipping past the England goalkeeper, and despite appeals for a penalty, Chris Foy correctly waved play on.

Blackburn again had Robinson to thank when he expertly saved Anelka's header and then again from John Obi Mikel, before another fine save denied Frank Lampard's 25-yard effort.

But the Blues finally made the breakthrough five minutes before the interval in freakish circumstances when Alex's long-distance strike struck Anelka's thigh and trickled past the wrong-footed Robinson.

Rovers brought on Matt Derbyshire at the interval and the youngster gave Rovers attack added impetus, with Morten Gamst Pedersen trying his luck from range.

But Jason Roberts then spurned a gilt-edged chance to restore parity when Pedersen played the striker through on goal, with Petr Cech quickly scampering out of his goal to block his shot.

Rovers were made to pay for that miss on 68 minutes when Lampard poked the ball through to Anelka and he reacted quickly to dink the ball over the advancing Robinson to double the Blues' lead.

Chelsea had further chances to add to their lead with Lampard's free-kick crashing against the crossbar, and Anelka being denied a hat-trick by a fine block from Robinson.

But the three points put the Blues back on top of the pile while Blackburn - now six league games without a win - remain 14th, two points clear of the drop zone.

Source: Wires

SUNDAY ROUND-UP IN THE TURKISH SUPER LEAGUE

Galatasaray's Servet Cetin (R) fights for the ball with Guiza of Fenerbahce during their Turkey Super League soccer derby match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul November 9, 2008.
(REUTERS)

FENERBAHCE WINS AT HOME AGAINST GALATASARAY...

Fenerbahce beat rivals Galatasaray 4-1.

Galatasaray scored with Lincoln after less than two minutes,

But Fenerbahce's Selcuk Sahin equalised four minutes after the opener, and an own goal from Emre Asik meant a 2-1 lead to the home side in the 28th minute.

Lugano then made it 3-1 shortly after when second half of the match started and Deivid provided the fourth and final goal in added time.

Galatasaray now find themselves in fifth place at six points from leaders Trabzonsport, while Fenerbahce are seventh at sixteen points.

Elswere on Sunday,Istanbul Büyüksehir Belediyespor beat Gaziantepspor 4-1, in Gaziantep. Ankaraspor beat Eskisehirspor 2-0 at home and moved in to second place with 22 points one point behind leader Trabzonspor and bumped Besiktas to third!,,,

Antalyaspor made it two wins under new coach Mehmet Ozdilek, with a shocking 2-1 home victory over top contender Sivasspor.
Also, Denizlispor won 1-0 at home over Kayserispor, while Konyaspor and Genclerbirliği drew 2-2, in Konya.


AHMET TURGUT

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tuncay double stuns Villa


Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli scored a last-gasp winner as Gareth Southgate's side beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Sunday.

Tuncay had only scored once in six appearance this season but the Turkey international put that barren run behind him in impressive style at Villa Park.

He gave Middlesbrough the lead in the first half and, after Steve Sidwell levelled for Villa, the former Fenerbahce star grabbed the winner with two minutes to play.

That condemned Martin O'Neill's side to their second successive defeat and left them in fifth place, while mid-table Middlesbrough are now unbeaten in four matches.

Middlesbrough started well and Stewart Downing had their first meaningful attempt at goal, but his 25-yarder curled wide.

England midfielder Gareth Barry had Villa's first chance but his shot was easily saved by Ross Turnbull.

Downing was looking sharp and Afonso Alves just failed to make contact with an inviting low centre that flew across the box.

Ashley Young won a free-kick just outside the Boro box after being fouled by Jeremie Aliadiere. The winger took it himself and his strike deflected off Gary O'Neil and was tipped over the bar by Turnbull.

Barry's ensuing corner was met by Villa skipper Martin Laursen but his header skimmed past a post.

A mistake by Villa defender Nicky Shorey gifted the opening goal to Boro striker Tuncay. Downing whipped in a cross from the left flank that Shorey was first to react to but he only deflected the ball into the path of Tuncay, who crashed a low shot past Brad Friedel.

The visitors' lead lasted only three minutes before Sidwell capped an impressive game with the Villa equaliser.

Agbonlahor's initial goal-bound shot was cleared by Andrew Taylor but it was only a temporary reprieve. The ball broke to Milner on the left side of the box and his measured centre to the far post was headed in by Sidwell.

Villa made a good start to the second half and Agbonlahor sprinted clear of Riggott after running on to a pass from Barry. He burst into the Boro box but just slightly over-ran the ball and allowed Turnbull the split second to position himself and block the eventual shot.

Barry then got to the by-line and cut the ball back to Milner whose first-time drive forced a fine save out of Turnbull.

Villa were soon back on the attack and Turnbull parried away a powerful rising drive from Young.

The Villa winger was then booked for bringing down O'Neil before coming to his side's rescue by clearing a Riggott header off the line.

Alves should have won the game for Boro but shot wide with the goal at his mercy after Friedel had parried a Didier Digard drive.

But with two minutes left Tuncay cashed in on a woeful back-pass by Sidwell to steal all three points.


Source: AFP

Saturday, November 8, 2008

TRABZONSPOR KEEPS THE TOP SPOT IN THE TURKISH SUPER LEAGUE

Trabzonspor retains the leagues top spot in the 10th week after beating hacettepespor in Trabzon, with only one goal.

Trabzonspor only goal scored in the 41th minute of the match by G. Colman.

Elsewhere on Saturday in the early match , Ankaragucu and Bursapor played a 1-1 draw.

On Friday, Besiktas won against Kocaelispor in Istanbul after being down 2-0 in the first fifteen minutes of the match!.....

At the end, Besiktas won the match 5-2!....


LOOKING AHEAD!....

SUPER DERBY SUNDAY......

Yes, it got to be the most important match of the first half !....

Two European-Turkish teams, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will clash in Istanbul...

Mothers of all Derby match will take place in Fenerbahce's turf!...

But, Fenerbahce is not doing so good in the league...

They have 13 points in 9 matches...

On the other hand ,Galatasaray has 17 points in 9 matches and they are ahead of Fenerbahce in the standings!...

Both of the teams did good in the European competition matches...

Fenerbahce held Arsenal in London and Galatasaray beat Benfica in Portugal..

A loss of points for Fenerbahce will be disaster in the league!...

Actually a draw will be bad for both teams...

This is not the only important match on Sunday though!...

This seasons Surprise team Ankaraspor who sits on third with 19 points could capture the second place, from Besikta,s if they beat Eskisehirspor .....
Another Anatolian team making a top flight race, Sivaspor will be away in Antalya....

Lastly, I know I did not mention about anything, what went on during this past week with coaching "head- turning " changes!....

I have wrote this many times...................
This could only be in Turkiye!......

We are in 10th week and there hhas been, ten coaches, all ready been come and gone!..

They are Turning my head, like Dervishes!.............

I don't know who is who any more...

Just look at this week.....

Bursaspor coached resigned from Bursaspor and Will be at the helm of Genclerbirligi

Bursaspor signed Guvenc Kurtar. Hacettepe coach resigned and Erdogan Arican newly signed...

Denizlispor coach quit, and the guy who left Genclerbirligi Mesut Bakkal will sign with Denizlispor!....

Last week, Antalyaspor fired their polish coach and hired Besiktas former player Sifo Mehmet Ozdilek......

I really can't keep up with this league...

I am really losing my interest in this league...

Where is the professionalism where is the honesty!...

I just can't believe it.......


AHMET TURGUT/TURKISHSOCCER.COM/EDITOR

Friday, November 7, 2008

BESIKTAS IS LOOKING TO CAPTURE THE TOP SPOT AGAIN!..

Having suffered two consecutive defeats in the Turkcell Super League, Mustafa Denizli’s Besiktas will be looking to boost its form and morale against the hapless Kocaelispor tonight.


Beşiktaş lost its lead in the Turkcell Super League and fell to fourth spot after a 1-0 loss, the first in its campaign, at Kayserispor last Sunday. Considering the 1-1 draw against Sivasspor one week earlier, it is obvious Denizli will be looking to avoid adding another match to the unsuccessful streak.

Beşiktaş’s newly appointed coach, Denizli, seemed to have brought a fresh touch to the team, after a comfortable 3-1 victory against Gençlerbirliği in his first game at the helm. But with two winless games against two of the tougher sides in the league, the inevitable questions have started. However, the 58-year-old defended his side, saying that any team can drop points.

“We can lose points even when we are playing at our best,” said Denizli at a press conference. “That will not lead to a change of plans. I count on myself and my players when I say that.”

Denizli added that Beşiktaş was on the right track.

“What matters most for us is the way we are playing,” he explained. “If a team is doing the best it can to play well, the rest is not that important. I honestly believe that our fans are not unhappy with our performance in our games recently.”

The Turkish coach said he wanted the Beşiktaş fans to be as confident as he was. “I have no worries and want the fans to feel the same,” said Denizli. “The scale is going up for our team and there can be some losses on our way up, it does not matter that much.”

After two difficult fixtures, Beşiktaş will have a slightly easier opponent tonight. Kocaelispor, currently stuck at the bottom of the division, comes to Istanbul’s İnönü Stadium hoping for its first win of the season.

Kocaelispor is the only team that is yet to win a game and has scored only eight goals, while it has conceded a league-worst of 21 in nine games. Last year’s League One champion has only two points and is desperately seeking a win to get up out of the relegation zone.

Go to www.turkishsoccer.com web site to follow the match

Thursday, November 6, 2008

BENFICA IS NO PROBLEM FOR GALATASARAY!....

Galatasaray's Umit Karan celebrates his goal against Benfica during their UEFA Cup soccer match in Lisbon …
(Reuters via Yahoo! News)





Second-half goals from Emre Asik and Umit Karan Thursday led Galatasaray to a 2-0 away victory over Benfica in the UEFA Cup.

Galatasaray extended their lead at the top of UEFA Cup Group B to 6 points with a comfortable win at Benfica on Thursday night.

Asik gave Galatasaray the initiative six minutes into the second half after the Galatasaray defender fired in Lincoln's inswinging cross.

Karan, who had an effort turned away in the 62nd, added the second goal seven minutes later, striking Arda Turan's cross from the left past Benfica goalkeeper Quim.

Benfica coach Quique Flores wanted an improved performance from his club after scraping by Guimaraes in the Portuguese league at the weekend and was counting on the return of Argentine winger Angel Di Maria to lift his side.

Di Maria and striker Nuno Gomes had chances early on before Ayhan Akman finally went close for the Turks in the 43rd. Galatasaray, without four midfielders because of injury — including Turkish internationals Hasan Sas and Mehmet Topal — made the breakthrough, however.

Sanchez Flores also brought Argentine playmaker Pablo Aimar on in the 57th for his Benfica European debut.

Benfica, which sits second in the league, saw an injury time chance blocked by Galatasaray goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis.

Galatasaray opened Group B with a win over Olympiakos, while Benfica drew 1-1 at
Hertha Berlin.


Group B Pld Pts
Galatasaray 2 6
Hertha 2 2
Metalist 1 1
Benfica 2 1
Olympiacos 1 0

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GALATASARAY LOOKING FOR DRAW IN PORTUGAL AGAINST BENFICA!..

Galatasaray will play their second game against Portugal's Benfica in UEFA Cup group stage on Thursday and are seeking at least a draw in the away game to keep the lead in Group B, but without Harry Kewell.

"Best teams of Turkey and Portugal will take the field tomorrow and we have to get good results in such games to achieve our goals," Galatasaray President Adnan Polat told reporters in Portuguese capital Lisbon on Wednesday.

"A draw would not be a bad result," Polat said.

Asked about injuries that made things difficult for coach Michael Skibbe to name the squad, Polat said, "Galatasaray will have eleven players on the field. So, I do not think we have any missing players."

Coach Skibbe did not call Harry Kewell, Aydin Yilmaz, Mehmet Topal, Emre Gungor, Shabani Nonda and Tobias Linderoth to 18-man squad against Benfica due to their injuries.

Harry Kewell scored to lead Galatasaray to a 1-0 win over Greece's Olympiakos in their first group match

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Arsenal To Face Fenerbahce Without Gallas, Walcott & Adebayor

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be without captain William Gallas, Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor for their Champions League clash against Fenerbahce on Wednesday.

Defender Gallas (hamstring), winger Walcott (shoulder) and striker Adebayor (ankle), are currently injured.

However Bacary Sagna has recovered just in time for the clash after he was seen limping off at Stoke City at the weekend. However Emmanuel Eboue (knee) will continue to be out along with long-term absentees Eduardo (ankle) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring).

Of those injured only Walcott could make a comeback against Manchester United at the weekend with Gallas too having fair amount of chance.

"[Walcott, Adebayor and Gallas] are all injured,” said Wenger at Tuesday’s press conference. “It is not more serious than that. Gallas and Walcott are short-term but Adebayor is a bit longer, Eboue as well.”

When questioned as to who could make a comeback for the crucial weekend clash with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, Wenger replied: “Gallas and especially Walcott.”


Source: Wires

Sunday, November 2, 2008

BESIKTAS GOES DOWN IN KAYSERI AND LOSES THE TOP SPOT

The only undefeated team in the Turkey's Turkcell Super League,Besiktas suffered its first loss this season in the Turkcell Super League, as it was beaten by Kayserispor with a late goal.

Turgay Bahadır struck on the 85th minute to knock Besiktas off the league lead and cost Besiktas the second and third place!..

As I warned in my Saturday's article, this was a must win match for Besiktas.

This up and down scene in the league will happened through out the year, in my opinion.


Besiktas's going down in Kayseri helped Ankaraspor and Trabzonspor jump to top two spots in the Turkcell Super League. With four consecutive wins, Ankaraspor looks as one of the best teams in the Turkcell Super League.

Ankaraspor continued its stunning streak with a 1-0 win at Bursaspor yesterday, to climb to the second spot.

An only goal by Mehmet Cakır, who scored his sixth so far this season, was enough to down Bursaspor and hand his team his fourth successive win, and sixth in last seven games.

Starting the league with two back-to-back losses, Ankaraspor at first seemed to be in the relegation battle, but with six wins and a draw in the following seven games put Ankaraspor fighting for the top instead.


Last weeekend's disapointement team Galatasaray this time was the only team from Istanbul won the match. Out of the three big guns of Turkish Football, Galatasaray was the only winner in the ninth week!...

Galatasaray beat Gaziantepspor at home 3-1. Harry Kewell, Lincoln and Arda scored for Galatasaray the Gaziantepsor goal came from Brazilian Tabata.

Here is the Result on Sunday in the Turkcell Super League.....

Bursaspor 0 - 1 Ankaraspor
Genclerbirligi 1 - 2 Antalyaspor
Kocaelispor 1 - 1 Ankaragucu
Sivasspor 3- 1 Denizlispor
Kayserispor 1 - 0 Besiktas
Galatasaray 3 - 1 Gaziantepspor


Saturday, November 1, 2008

TURKEY TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE SATURDAY WRAP

TRABZONSPOR BACK ON TOP..... FENERBAHCE STALLS AGAIN!.....

Turkish Turkcell Super League, 9th week , started with three matches on Saturday.

In the early day matches, Trabzonspor demolish ,Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye in Istanbul, with four goals and captured the top spot, from Besiktas.

In the other day match, Konyaspor won against Hacettepespor in away match in Ankara with the score of 2-1.

Saturday's last match played in Eskisehir under the lights and Fenerbahce could not beat ten men Eskisehirspor.Fenerbahce draw Eskisehirspor in Eskisehir 2-2.

The Newcomers of the league, Eskisehirspor after beating Galatasaray, they could easily beat Fenerbahce too!..

But, Yula, was not good with his delivery Today!....

He missed a couple of good chances in the match,,,,

Mistakes by Fenerbahce defense cost the match for Fenerbahce...

There were no communications between Keeper Volkan Demirel and Fenerbahce defense.

I think Fenerbahce was lucky side , in this match, in my opinion!.......

Spanish International Player Guiza, missed a lot of chances in this match too.

Alex scored both of the Fenerbahce goals. He scored the second goal on penalty kick.

Eskisehispor Keeper Ivesa saw a red card after tripping Fenerbahce captain Alex in the box.


At the end of the Saturday, Fenerbahce with 13 points at the 10th place and 11th place Eskisehirspor end up with 13 points too!...

Konyaspor after a win, moved ahead of Fenerbahce and moved to 9th place with 14 points.

Trabzonspor captured the top spot with 18 points...

If Besiktas does not win in away match in Kayseri on Sunday we could see Trabzonspor

closing the weekend on top of the Turkcell Super League.

Here is the program on Sunday in the Turkcell Super League....(Times are Turkey Local Time)

Bursaspor v Ankaraspor, 12:00

Galatasaray v Gaziantepspor, 17:00

Genclerbirligi v Antalyaspor, 12:00

Kayserispor v Besiktas, 13:00

Kocaelispor v Ankaragucu, 12:00

Sivasspor v Denizlispor, 12:00