Monday, January 25, 2010

GALATASARAY - Gaziantepspor 1-0 ... highlights of the match....

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Manchester United in Turkish Airlines sponsorship deal

Manchester United has signed a sponsorship deal with Turkish Airlines, the club has confirmed.
The three and a half year contract will see the airline replace Air Asia as the team's official carrier.

Manchester United said it was a multi-million pound deal, but have not released the exact financial details.

It comes a day after accounts showed that the club's debts had risen to £716m. It is also proposing to raise £500m in a bond issue.


The accounts of Manchester United's parent group Red Football Joint Venture also showed that the club's sponsorship income had grown 48% over the past year, not including the £80m shirt deal with American finance group Aon that takes effect next season.
Turkish Airlines, which operates flights from Manchester Airport, carried 25.1 million passengers last year.

It employs more than 12,000 people and is a member of the Star Alliance grouping of airlines that also includes United Airlines, BMI and Lufthansa.


Source:BBC

Only A Game? opens in İstanbul

An acclaimed exhibition that explores the stories and faces of Europe and its most popular sport, football, was opened in İstanbul today with a ceremony with the participation of top sporting personalities.

The launch of the event which was realized with the partnership of UEFA, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality (Culture AG) is part of the events organized within the framework of Turkish city's year as European Capital of Culture. UEFA Vice-President Şenes Erzik, TFF President Mahmut Özgener, Mayor of İstanbul Kadir Topbaş, Senior Advisor to UEFA President Michel Platini, William Gaillard and İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency Chairman Şekib Avdagiç attended the opening ceremony.

"İstanbul is very famous worldwide as a football city" said Erzik who made the opening speech of the event. "The competition between the fans and passion for football is so hot that it reaches the deepest parts of the Bosphorus. The first edition of this exhibition was opened in Brussels five years ago, to mark the 50th year of UEFA's foundation (UEFA Jubilee). Now we want this exhibition to be seen in İstanbul where there are lots of football lovers." he continued.

Erzik emphasized there was a question mark at the exhibition's title and he explained: "We wanted to get the fans ask some questions to themselves. "What does football mean to us?" , How did the European football evolve in time?" "How did football change Europe?". This exhibition will tell Europe and we will find our own pieces inside."
TFF President Özgener underlined that visitors of the exhibition tells the story of European football's last 50 years. "The exhibition will be open until 30 April and you'll be able to see important matches, key players, as well as some valuables kits and objects belonging to Turkish clubs who competed at European club competitions in the past. Such exhibitions act as a tool to increase the love of football and rise the interest in football in countries. This exhibition is waiting for its visitors in one of the most centralized locations of İstanbul. You'll find very valuable memories inside." he said.

Making the last speech in the ceremony, Mayor of İstanbul Kadir Topbaş said İstanbul was rediscovering its own identity. "People are discovering it again and again. Our city whose history dates back to 8500 years ago, will be able to be presented thanks to being 2010 European Capital of Culture. As İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, we are doing our utmost to contribute to activities. Today we opened the Only A Game? exhibition in İstanbul where lots of international events and congresses are organized and many important decisions were taken. We are extremely happy to do this. In this exhibition we'll find the opportunity to see the memories of football and maybe even remember our own memories" he added.

In the ceremony, visitors will be able to see some selection of prestigious artefacts, trophies and memorabilia such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League cups. In addition to this, they will be able take a look at the most valuable pieces from the museums of İstanbul's top three clubs Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beşiktaş.

Football fans will be able to visit the exhibition every day except Monday between 10.00 - 22.00.

Source:TFF

Saturday, January 16, 2010

BESIKTAS SAID GOOD BYE TO TURKISH CUP....ISTANBUL BUYUKSEHIR BELEDIYESPOR 1- BESIKTAS O.rm

The last season's Turkish Cup winner Besiktas said good bye to the Turkish Cup in the group stages.

They played four games in the group D and they got zero points..

Well done job, guys........

The team who is supported by Istanbul Municipality, Istanbul B.B , which has no fan base in the Turkish Super League pushed Besiktas out of the Cup run. and they did it with no fans..

Shame on you , Besiktas...........

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Digiturk Won The Exclusive Rights Of Turkey's Top Football League!

So, The war for the TV rights are over in Turkey...

The company who had the rights for last nine years won the the main A package again in the bitting war.


It was not easy though.....
and they coughed a lot of dough for this rights....

NTV, Dogan TV, Government run channel TRT and Turkey's leading fixed line phone operator Turk Telekom were the other names were bitting for this tender.

Digiturk made the highest bid with 321 million USD for the Package "A" which includes rights of live broadcasting at Super League matches.

The matches will broadcast on LIG TV channel on Digiturk network.....

I just hope, the Maraton Program produced by Sansal Buyukaga will change for good..

It should be shorter ,instead of a lot of talking they should show the actions rather doing the trash talk.


I now one thing, Digiturk Chief Executive Officer Ertan Ozerdem, and owner of the Digiturk Mehmet Karamehmet will take more secured steps to market this product in Turkey.

The things in LIg TV and Digiturk wont be same any more.....

So, we know the Turkcell Super League's four live matches will be on Digiturk's Lig TV channel for the next 4+1 year ...

Lastly, look for changes in the Maraton program....it is coming...


AHMET TURGUT



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TRAPPATTONI CALLS IT "RUBBISH"!

If you read the Turkish media outlets and watch Turkish TV's they are all saying TFF( Turkish Football Federation) made a deal with the Italian, Trappattoni.

But,Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed reports he will be appointed as Turkey’s new coach later this week. Reports have circulated in recent days suggesting the 70-year-old Italian will be unveiled on Friday.

“It’s rubbish, there is nothing in it. It is just agents talking,” said the Italian. “I am totally committed to Ireland.”

Trapattoni took over as Ireland boss in May 2008 and signed a new two-year contract in September last year after a hugely encouraging start to his reign.

I wonder what TFF will say now?.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Turkey Wants Trapattoni!

Turkish Football Federation(TFF) desperate to hire Italian stallion, who is still under contract with Republic Ireland National Team.



The Turkish National team has been without the head coach since Fatih Terim resigned, after not qualifying , for the World Cup 2010 games...



Ever since than, TFF, is looking and talking to coaches with big names...



They try to talk to Hiddink, Low and more names but, they were not successful....

And they don't want to give the head helm, to the Turkish head coaches....



That is why Trapattoni is their last choice as a foreigner coach....



They are going to hire a young Turkish assistant coach to work with Trapattoni too...



And the farm team and Academy National team squad will be headed by Ersun Yanal.



They don't trust Ersun Yanal as a head coach of the National Team, but, they are going to hire him as a farm Team coach.....



Plus, they don't even give chance for Turkish football coaches, to be interviewed for the head coaching job.....



How absurd , is that............



Coaches like, Giray Bulak,Samet Aybaba, Hikmet Karaman, Yilmaz Vural who are well mutured on the job, won't even be looked at for this job....



When Fatih Terim toook the helm, for the first time back in 1993...



He did not have the experience and knowledge, these guys have now...



Turkish Football Federation should do the same thing again....



Start fresh with Turkish head coach again....



I know, Giray Bulak, has been considered for this job before....



Before they hired Senol Gunes , they approched Giray Bulak.......



Why not hire him now.....



If you give him the chance that Fatih Terim got, He will direct this team to better positions....



Better than what Terim left the team in the 42nd place.....



Please give them a chance , they will get the job done in a long run...



Some Turkish news paper columnist think Abdullah Avci and Tolunay Kafkas and Ertigrul Saglam and Ridvan Dilmen,the man who has not coached in last ten years for the job....( He was famous player now TV commentator)



Give me a brake!



All theese guys have only 10 years or less head caching experience in the league..

Plus, Every ones budy in the Turkish media , Abdullah Avci who coaches the team who has no fan bas at all!



They want to bring him to the National team coaching job....

The man coached the U- 17 National team and His current team Istanbul Municipality Team (Istanbul B B).....



And he started coaching ten years a go.....



So, Turkish Football's number one agenda is National Team coaching job....



Who is going to be the next coach of Turkish National Team?

I don't know the answer yet....

Because, TFF is not talking strait, at this matter....

But, behind close doors they are talking to foreign coaches for the top job in Turkey!



Currently, they are talking to the 70 year old Giovanni Trapatton .....................

But, they have to talk to Irish Federation too , because they still hold his contract...

We shell see.......