Sunday, May 30, 2010

TURKISH AND AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS IN THE PHILADELPHIA FINANCIAL FIE...

AFTER USA V TURKEY MATCH USA PLAYERS IN THE MIX ZONE

After the match number one attraction was USA player..

They were nice enough to answer the media questions after the match in the media mix zone.

I asked Tim Howard about first half and the Arda's goal and what he thought about Arda Turan..

Watch the video to find out what USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard said about ARDA TURAN...


USA BEATS TURKEY FOR THE FIRST TIME...2-1

It was very hot and humid day in the Philly...

But, that did not bother the fans from both sides....

American and Turkish fans were Tailgating hours before the match around the stadium..

And they were having good time too

The Turkish Journalist who came from Turkey fell in love with Financial field stadium and it's press box..

They were just amazed!

This was my second time at this stadium...

I came here when Turkish International keeper Rustu Recber was playing for Barca in a friendly match back in 2003..

Almost 55 thousand fans, showed up for this send-off match yesterday....

TURKEY STARTED.... USA FINISH IT !

In the first half it was all Turkey...

Arda Turan opened the scoring in the 27 minute after getting a beitiful ball from Kazim Richard.

Before Arda's goal Tuncay Sanli missed a wide open net....

Just before the half time both teams had prety good chances to score but they couldn't....

Tuncay's shot was deflected and Dempsey could not get to Altidore's dangerous cross in the box.

Turkey went in to the locker rooms with one gola advantage,,,

As they started the second half USA coach made four key sub....

But there was no Turkey sub in the beginning of the second half...
Turkish coaching staff was not aware of these players were the players secured spot on the starting eleven for USA in the World Cup 2010....

Lack of knowledge about the USA team and not making chances cost Turkey this match in the second half....

Thirteen minutes in to the second half...Robbie Findley, who came in as sub in the second half ,gave a good ball to Landon Donovan and Donovan narrowly avoided Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel, selflessly setting up Altidore to score the goal easily..


Coach Bradley's four changes were big impact in the second half.. Steve Cherundolo for Spector, Oguchi Onyewu for Goodson, José Torres for Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley for Feilhaber.

Those changes on the defense and in the midfield made a huge difference on USA team..

Like bob Bradley said, it was like "Night and Day"...

In the 75th minute, Steve Cherundolo another player who came in in the second half, gave a beautiful ball to Donovan who picked out Dempsey on the left side,the ball bounced off Dempsey’s hip and controlled the ball and kicked it under Volkan Demirel.


Dempsey and Jose Torres narrowly missed chances to add a third in the closing moments

Turkey’s best chance to tie the match came when Sercan Yildirim from Bursaspor burst through into the right side of the U.S. penalty area,but it was wasted...

While USA did not have a shot on goal in the first half,they had eight shots on goal in the second half,,,

After the match I attend the both teams press conference ...

Bob Bradly said "Turkey was good in the first half but we were better in the second half"


On the other hand Assistant coach Oguz Cetin, said " Americans were more disciplined and much more physically better than Turkish team as a whole team"

Well I have wrote this last week here on my blog ...

Americans might not be skill full with the ball but they have the discipline playing as whole team....

Hiddink and Oguz Cetin said they have some fixing to do with this team.....

Well, they don't have much time in their hand,,,,

In August and September there are very important matches for Turkey....

lastly, This was the first win for USA, against Turkey......

While USA was heading to the biggest dance in the World ,Turkish team will be heading for beaches for now....

Kudos to USA and good luck in the tournament....

AHMET TURGUT

USA 2- TURKEY- 1...U.S BEATS TURKEY FOR THE FIRST TIME!

USA vs. Turkey [ 2-1 ] Friendly All Goals 2010



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Friday, May 28, 2010

USA V TURKEY,LAST DANCE BEFORE THE BIG DANCE



The World Cup bound US National mens soccer team will play their last warm-up match against Turkish National team on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Financial stadium at 2:00 PM,ET.

USA head coach Bob Bradley, has trimmed his World Cup roster to the 23 players on Wednesday.


What is so interesting is he selected only four players from MlS league ...

This has to be the lowest number that represent MLS in the national team!


Going back to 1998, there were 15 players from MLS on the World Cup roster.

In 2002 there were 12 and in the last tournament there were 11 players...

But, there are 13 former MLS players on the roster who are playing in the Europe's top leagues!

CONSISTENCY ON USA SIDE...............

Argue or not, United States National team is more consistence from Turkish National team during the past 20 years in the world football(soccer scene,,,

Like it or not, USA has been in every World Cup Tournament since 1994...

Turkish National team after finishing third place in 2002 has not been in the tournament.

In 1994, Americans invested 50 million dollars to build the structure that called project 2010...

Make the story short, USA has produced more players and Goal Keepers from their Academy's which are located in Los Angeles and Florida during past twenty years....


United States is the only country in the world, that sends more goal keepers to Europe league.

Three of the keepers on the 2010 World Cup roster are playing in the Europian leagues..

Tim Howard (Everton)...Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)..Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Turkish National team hired the world known coach Guss Hidink to coach the team..

And he is in the states with the team but, can not be on the sidelines because of his contract details,,,,,

He has watch his team from the stand in the last two friendly matches in the United States...

That is why a lot of the players on the Turkish National team roster, playing very hard to impress Hiddink!

On Saturday you will see the top Turkish players on the pitch aloong with newcomers!
Hiddink invited four players from Turkish Champions Bursaspor team,,,

Sercan.....Ozan....Volkan and Turgay....

Along with those names you will have stars like Arda Turan, Emre Belezoglu,Nihat Kahveci, Tuncay Sanli and Altintop brothers and keeper Volkan Demirel..

USA coach will put his first starters against Turkey in this match...

The Financial Field in Philadelphia will be packed with Turkish-American and USA soccer fans...

The pitch is one of the best stadiums in the United States...

It will be very nice soccer frenzy match on Saturday...

I wish, at the end of the match, on the pitch, both team players will salute the fans in hand and hand showing the solidarity for the friendship between Turks and Americans!

That will be great send-off for USA National team to the World Cup 2010...

That is my wish and dream!



AHMET B TURGUT

COULD TURKEY GET EURO 2016 TOURNAMENT?




Turkey's bid offered UEFA had a unique chance to "build a bridge between Europe and the mystic Orient". The bid said hosting the Euro 2016 finals would greatly contribute to the growth of football thanks to completely modernised sports infrastructure, long-term legacy benefits that were acknowledged in the UEFA report.

TFF: "We are ready for the final presentation"

EURO 2016 Project Director Orhan Gorbon, answered the questions of AA reporter at the TFF headquarters in İstinye. While indicating that the presentation that will be delivered prior to the UEFA Executive Committee's meeting on Friday May 28th will be very important he said "We will be the first bidder to deliver our final presentation that will take 30 minutes. In this half hour we will try to get together everything we have been telling to this day and it will be a great opportunity to tell all to everyone one last time."

He also pointed out that EURO 2016 would be the perfect opportunity to advertise Turkey. Gorbon said "For example in 2014 the Ministry of Tourism will start a campaign all around the world, situated in the airports with the theme "We are looking forward to see you in Turkey in 2016" Advertising by the money you pay is one thing but having a theme as this one is another thing. Both will come together to change the image of Turkey."

Orhan Gorbon said "5 million tourists are expected to visit Turkey for the tournament. They will be around for the whole month and all the hotels will be fully booked. New stadiums, new facilities will be built. This is very important for the construction, transportation and telecommunication sectors. Total income is estimated at around 4 billion euro.

If we win this week, touring agencies and media companies will come to Turkey as soon as next week, on Monday. People in European football industry will hopefully turn their heads towards Turkey after Friday" to finalise his words.

France has emerged as the favourite to host the 2016 European Championship following the publication of UEFA's evaluation report on the three bids for the tournament.

The France bid calls for $2.1 billion to be spent on seven major stadium renovations and four new-build projects; Saint-Denis stadium is an existing venue.

On the other hand Italy's bid only one of the 12 proposed host stadia exists; eight would be revamped with three new constructions. Italy would invest $919 million on improving its stadia infrastructure.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Turkey Beats Northern Ireland 2-0, in the second Friendly match.

First, good news to the Turkish National player, SELCUK INAN, because of my web site and this Turkish football blog, American female by the name Janet Bedin, contacted me,through mail. I than, Twit the news, on the Twitter and Facebook.

And I asked my Turkish Journalist friend in Turkey,Cuneyt Karakaya,who has a web site called www.Ataryemez.com ,to help me out on this. and in the mean time, I contacted the Turkish football Federation press officer, Turker Tozar, through the e-mail.

Make the story short , Selcuk Inan's passport and his valet has returned to him.

The lady who found his articles, will attend the USA v Turkey send-off match being good sport.........

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Now, the match, between Turkey and N. Ireland.....

It was all Turkey in the first half of the match but there was no score on the board for Turkey.

Tuncay Sanli wasted a couple good opportunity in the first half....

In the second half, story was different though.....
with new players sub in the second half made a difference on top for Turkey...

Early in the second half,Sercan Yildirim scored in the 48th minute and Semih Senturk added a goal in the 71st minute as Turkey rolled to a 2-0 victory in a friendly match before only 3,021 fans!

Sercan Yildrim took a pass from Selcuk Inan, (the player who received the good news about his passport before the match) on the left and beat goal keeper near the right post. Later, Semih Sentruk controlled a loose ball about 25 yards out and beat N. Ireland keeper.


I have wrote this before,,,,,,
This Tournament will be roller coaster for Turkish National team...

High.....Low....and High!

The mood will be really high when they get on the pitch on Saturday in Philadelphia!

Because,The Lincoln Financial Stadium is very nice and one of the best stadiums in the United States and there will be almost full house around 70 thousand soccer fans in the stadium.



This match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 too...

I will write in details about this match before the match on this blog....

So stay tuned for my USA v Turkey send-off match article....

AHMET B TURGUT

Monday, May 24, 2010

Turks back to work after one day off.



Veterans Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)


After Turkey's Top man Guss Hiddink gave his players one day to enjoy Turkish Festival in Manhattan and boat ride around Manhattan island yesterday, the prepartions started on Monday for the Northern Ireland match in Veterans Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)on Wendsday .

The stadium is prety small and the local high school uses the pitch for their soccer match.

Mehmet Topal and Mehmet Topuz did not practiced with the team today and Hamit Altintop joined the camp but he will not start to practice for another day.

The bulk of the players participated in training and after training without the ball, Training, lasted approximately two hours.

At the end of the players had to do "Halay" Turkish dance for the punishment!

Turkey Football Federation Chairman Mahmut Özgener followed the practice too.

Turkish National Team. will face Northern Ireland on Wednesday at 13:30 pm ET, on a high school soccer field..

It will be high,low and High, roller coaster, matches for Turkish National team after playing in front of near 17 thousand fans in the Red Bulls Arena on Saturday. They will not see that much fans on Tuesday Afternoon, in Veterans stadium..

But, Hold on....against USA in Philadelphia, in the send of match, for US Mens National team there will be full house in the Financial Stadium.

There will be a lot of USA fans and Turkish-American fans at this important match.

US coach Bradley, will put his real team that he will use in the World cup tournament.

As far as Turkey, the players have to show them selfs, to the new coach Gusss Hiddink.

That is why, with a huge crowd in hand and excellent stadium,it should be good match on Saturday in Philly.

The Turkish American friendship should be at work in this match...

Lastly, we Turkish-Americans don't want to be like Mexico fans in the United States!

We still remember those moments back in 2002 in S. Korea, after the match , both team players saluted the fans in hand and hand....

That's what Turkish National team do on Saturday in Philly....

Let's Support Turkey and the USA team, who is going to the biggest dance, in the World.

AHMET TURGUT

Turkish National Team participated in the Turkish Day Festival in New York


Turkish American Federations President Kaya Boztepe welcomes the National team and Guss Hiddink to the Turkish Festival.
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Turkish National team players,coaches and officials attended to Turkish Day Festival in Manhattan.New York on Sunday.

TFF president Mahmut Ozgener said that they were delighted to be part of the Turkish festivities and Thanked the Turkish) Americans to support the team in the first ever friendly match they played in the United states soil against Czech Republic in Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

Turkey beat Czech Republic 2-1 ....

Turkey's new head coach Guss Hiddink also thank the fans coming out and supporting the team on Saturday. He finished his remarks by saying in Turkish "En Buyuk Turkiye"
"Turkey is the Best"

BOAT TRIP AROUND MANHATTAN ISLAND....

Turkish National team enjoyed the boat trip with Turkish media around the Manhattan island too.

Some of the players including Emre Belezoglu got sick from the boat trip.

Guss Hiddink cancelled the Sunday night practice , they will practice on Monday with light work out and than on Tuesday they will play their second friendly match against Northern Ireland in Connecticut .

Turkey will play the most important friendly match against USA on this coming Saturday in Philadelphia.

This match will bring a lot of attention to Turkish National team from National media in the United States.

This will be the last match US team will play in the United Stated before the world Cup Tournament.

Look for large crowd on Saturday in the Lincoln Financial Stadium.

U.S.A National mens team will put out their starting line up against Turkey in this match.





Sunday, May 23, 2010

TURKEY 2- Czech Republic 1 ..fRIENDLY MATCH IN rED bULLS aRENA.avi



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Friday, May 21, 2010

Hiddink: "I want to install balance between players in the Turkish National team"



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Turkish National team coach Hidddink held his first press conference in Hoboken,New Jersey along with Emre Belzoglu and Turgay Bahadir from Bursaspor.

Hiddink told the press that he will install balance on the team as far as every one is working on one point playing total football.

"We want to do''anything offensive to establish a balance between the defensive. Everyone on my team would be offensive mission, the task will be that everyone defensive. Be a balance between these. In order to obtain results in modern football you have to act like that. Defensive, then, is not to retreat into defensive, trying to steal the ball from opponents in a game style I'm talking about.''

Emre Belözoğlu:''I congratulated Bursaspor footballers''

Turkish national team player Emre Belözoğlu from Fenerbahce said "If you are a professional you need to act accordingly. . I congratulate Bursaspor. "

Turkish National team practiced at Montclair University filed in New Jersey twice on Thursday.

After training, Halil Altintop and Guus Hiddink ahd a little talk between them. .

Training portion of Turkish National team was followed by the Football Federation Chairman Mahmut Özgener too.

Arda Turan also signed autographs after the match.


Turkish National team will practice in Red Bulls Arena on Friday at 11:30 local time.



AHMET TURGUT

Monday, May 17, 2010

BURSASPOR CHAMPIONS OF TURKEY


First time of their history Bursaspor won the Turkey's top league Turkcell Super League TITLE in the 2009-2010 season,


As I predicted about five weeks ago,the race went down to the wire....

Everything was suppose to go Fenerbahce's way....


Because, the=y were on top of Bursaspor going into last match of the season...

Fenerbahce scored the goal first against Trabzonspor while Bursaspor was still scoreless against Besiktas in Bursa....

Fenerbahce scored and their fans started a little bit early....

Than,The team who knock Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup Finals, Trabzonspor shocked the Fenerbahce fans with a goal....

On the other hand Bursaspor was a head of Besiktas. with two goals...

As the time approached the last minute of the match , Besiktas scored goal and made it 2-1.

That gave a little hope for Fenerbahce fans in the Sukru Saracoglu stadium...

But, Fenerbahce players just could not get the second goal.....

Guzia and Alex missed very god chances for Fenerbahce...

SCANDAL IN THE KADIKOY FENERBAHCE STADIUM....

While the match was in the last minute of the match, The stadium announcer made a absurd announcement saying Bursaspor Besiktas match score was 2-2 draw....

Fenerbahce fans started to celebrate while there was still minute left in the match.and started to ran on the field while Bursaspor match was over...

In Bursa, The match finished and they were waiting eagerly the good news from Fenerbahce stadium.

What is so bad,is the broadcaster, LIG TV play by play announcers fell for this trap and gave a wrong information to the viewers..............

Soon after the fabs started to run on to pitch , the game was over....

And, the celebration in Kadikoy, turn in to sour grape, while the real champions of Turkey, Bursaspor and fans started the celabration will take place 40 days and 40 nights...

This was the second time other than big three Istanbul Teams won the league's title..

Trabzonspor was the first Anatolian team won the leagues title out side of Istanbul teams...

That Trabzonspor, who is coached by former Turkish National team coach Senol Gunes,stoped Fenerbahce in the league, after beating them in the Turkish Cup...

Trabzonspor also helped Bursaspor by at least holding Fenerbahce to 1-1 score in the last latch.....


Lastly, I am sure a lot of the soccer fans, outside of Turkey , probably asking, where this Bursa, came from all of sudden?

Well, first, they have made a good choice buy hiring young Turkish coach, who knows the Turkish football players....

Second, fans ,coach and the team, was on the same page.......

Ertugrul Saglam, was big factor in this Championship ....

Kudos to Ertugrul Saglam and Bursaspor...

Well deserved run....you guys deserve it..

Now, it is time to think big, for Champions League!

Don't be like Sivaspor!

AHMET TURGUT

Friday, May 14, 2010

Turkish National Team squad for the U.S. camp and the program was announced

Turkey's 33-man squad and programme for the upcoming USA tour has been announced today.

Fenerbahçe players Gökhan Gönül and Özer Hurmacı have been excluded from the squad as both players will undergo a shoulder surgery at the end of current season. Paris Saint-Germain forward Mevlüt Erdinç was not included in this squad as he is expected to have a wrist operation on 18 May. Galatasaray left-back Hakan Balta was also left out because of a persistent groin injury.
Meanwhile, Bayern München midfielder Hamit Altıntop will join his team-mates in United States on 23 May after taking part in his side's UEFA Champions League final match against FC Internazionale Milano one day before.

Elsewhere, Real Betis' holding midfielder Mehmet Aurelio will be missing the USA tour as the season will still be active in the Spanish Second Division.


Turkey squad consists of the following players:


GOALKEEPERS

1-
VOLKAN DEMİREL
FENERBAHÇE
2-
ONUR RECEP KIVRAK
TRABZONSPOR A.Ş
3-
SİNAN BOLAT
STANDARD LIEGE

DEFENDERS

4-
SABRİ SARIOĞLU
GALATASARAY A.Ş
5-
EMRE AŞIK
GALATASARAY A.Ş (JÜBİLE)
6-
MEHMET TOPUZ
FENERBAHÇE
7-
GÖKHAN ZAN
GALATASARAY A.Ş
8-
İBRAHİM TORAMAN
BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş
9-
F. EMRE GÜNGÖR
GALATASARAY A.Ş
10
SERVET ÇETİN
GALATASARAY A.Ş
11-
CEYHUN GÜLSELAM
TRABZONSPOR A.Ş
12-
CANER ERKİN
GALATASARAY A.Ş
13-
ÇAĞLAR BİRİNCİ
DENİZLİSPOR
14-
İSMAİL KÖYBAŞI
BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş

MIDFIELDERS

15-
HAMİT ALTINTOP
BAYERN MÜNİH
16-
KAZIM KAZIM
TOULOUSE
17-
VOLKAN ŞEN
BURSASPOR
18-
MEHMET TOPAL
GALATASARAY A.Ş
19-
OKAN BURUK
BÜYÜKŞEHİR BLD. SPOR (JÜBİLE)
20-
SELÇUK ŞAHİN
FENERBAHÇE
21-
NECİP UYSAL
BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş
22-
EMRE BELÖZOĞLU
FENERBAHÇE
23-
NURİ ŞAHİN
BORUSSIA DORTMUND
24-
SELÇUK İNAN
TRABZONSPOR A.Ş
25-
ARDA TURAN
GALATASARAY A.Ş.
26-
OZAN İPEK
BURSASPOR
27-
SEZER ÖZTÜRK
ESKİŞEHİRSPOR

FORWARDS

28-
TURGAY BAHADIR
BURSASPOR
29-
TUNCAY ŞANLI
STOKE CITY
30-
SEMİH ŞENTÜRK
FENERBAHÇE
31-
HALİL ALTINTOP
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
32-
SERCAN YILDIRIM
BURSASPOR
33-
NİHAT KAHVECİ
BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş

Turkey will play three friendly matches in the United States. The programme is as follows:

22 May 2010 12.30 Turkey - Czech Republic Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
26 May 2010 13.30 Turkey - Northern Ireland Veterans Stadium, New Britain, CT

29 May 2010 14.00 USA - Turkey Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Turkey squad will gather on 18 May starting from 19.30 at Swissotel in İstanbul. They will fly from İstanbul to New York on 19 May at 10.00 and land at 13.30 with local time. Then the squad will travel to New Jersey at 14.30 by bus and arrive at W Hoboken Hotel where they will make their camp.

On 20 May, coaching staff and certain players will participate in the special reception which is organised by Turkey's New York Consulate General. Turkey squad will pass to Manhattan by ferry on 23 May Sunday to take part in the Turkish Day activities that will begin at 13.00. Having enjoyed the activities, they'll make a boat trip with the participation of media representatives.

Turkey will travel to Connecticut from New Jersey on 25 May at 10.00 by bus and will make their camp at Connecticut Crown Plaza Hotel in Hartford. After playing Northern Ireland friendly, the following day at 18.30 they will fly from Connecticut to Philadelphia where they will accomodate in Hyatt Regency Philadelphia.

The squad will pass to New York on 29 May with 17.30 flight and return to Turkey on 31 May with a charter on 14.00.


Source"TFF

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

FRANK RIJKAARD UNDER FIRE BY TURKISH PRESS!


This is not happening first time in Turkey......

Before Frank Rijkaard, there has been few well known coaches in the world , got the same treatment as Frank Rijkaard is getting now....

Names like....Parrera... Skibbe ...Gerets............


Galatasaray coach Frank Rijkaard has been on the hot seat lately by the some of the absurd Turkish sports media...

Galatasaray's disappointment run this year has anger a lot of people from turkish media and Galatasaray fans too....

This weekend's loss at home against Antalyaspor in the last seconds of the match was the driller for Rijkaard.


Back to back losses and draws made a lot of Galatasaray fans furious......

Galatasaray coach Frank Rijkaard even said it was worst match they played...

While He was talking to LIG TV reporter, he said exactly this...."It was a bad day for us, and these kinds of defeats make us feel bad. It’s got nothing to do with concentration or mentality, but with quality. When you’re one goal up, you have to keep control of the ball.” he added.

That "QUALITY' word has been the main attraction. from Turkish media..

They accused Rijkaard with not backing his own players ..They accused him with not focusing on his team and more....

What Turkish media forgot is, what he said after that "quality" word....

"When you’re one goal up, you have to keep control of the ball."

He was talking about quality control....ball possession......

if you can't do that , you will lose the match....

He was upset and disgusted, after that last minute loss..

Now,the Turkish media even talking about sacking Rijkaard and bring in Fatih Terim, back!


Frank Rijkaard has been under very heavy fire, because he is not playing Turkish National team stoper Servet Cetin on the team too!


WE all know, how Frank Rijkaard was greated at the Istanbul airport when he arrived with a mob of fans cheering him ....

Until that moment ,besides one or two Turkish journalist, none of those guys and gals who are destroying Frank Rijkaard, with their absurd pens and words ,would probably never saw Rijkaard until,he came to Turkey

Maybe, on Televison....,,,,,,,,,,,

Just in this month's UEFA' "Champions" magazine, Frank Rijkaard was quted as saying, "Football here is emotional and that can make long-term planing very difficult,you can't tell people be patient"

Isn't that the truth though.............

That is why, consistency and long-term planing, will never happened with Turkish football and Turkish soccer teams....

I think another world famous foootball coach will leave Turkey , just like the other ones!

AHMET TURGUT

Friday, May 7, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Power of 10



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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trabzonspor wins the Turkish Cup




Fenerbahce this season was eager to get both of the cups , but coach Christoph Daum has only one price deal: the championship. They loss the Turkish Cup to Trabzon on Wednesday in Sanliurfa,Turkey,3-1.


In the first half Trabzonspor looked good and had more chances.

But, Fenerbahce Keeper Volkan Demirel, made some key saves, in the first half.

Trabzonspor's Umut Bulut and Burak waisted a lot of chances on top too....

The first half ended scoreless.....


After 0-0, first half, Fenerbahce's Alex De Souza scored in the 55th minute.

However,Trabzonspor striker Umut Bulut after missing few in the first half of the match, equalized the score in the 66th minute, midfielder Engin Baytar made it 2-1.

In the 80th minute and Gustavo Alejandro Colman scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give Trabzonspor 3-1 victory.

Trabzonspor lifted the Turkish cup in the 2003-04....

On the other hand, Fenerbahce ,who has not won the cup since 1982-83 season!

27 years of drought, still continues for Fenerbahce and Fenerbahce fans,,,,,,.


AHMET TURGUT


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

TURKISH CUP UP FOR GRABS!

Trabzonspor will take on Fenerbahce on Wednesday in the 48th final of the Turkish Cup, in the southeastern city of Sanlıurfa.

The match,will kick off at 3:45 p.m local Turkey Time(08:45 AM,ET) will be the first time the two teams clash in the final of the cup competition as Fenerbahce tries to end a 27-year cup thirst.


The Urfa GAP Arena, opened at the beginning of the season and it is brand new stadium.


FENERBAHCE FOCUSED TO THE CUP, FIRST.............

Fenerbahce's German coach Christian Daum said the focus point for now is Wednesday’s final. “Not winning the cup for 20 years has nothing to do with it. We are not interested in that,” he said. “I don’t know if it will be a historic moment, but we will break a pattern if we win. And who knows? Maybe Fenerbahce will win five cups in the coming decade.”


Daum warned his players that, despite leading and being a cup finalist, the club has not achieved anything yet, and there is no room for complacency.


On the other hand Trabzonspor, will be ready for Fenerbahce in the final.

Trabzonspor coach Senol Gunes also claimed ,that they are focused for the cup final match too!


“We are totally focused on the final, which will be the season finale for Trabzonspor,” Gunes said. “My players have forgotten the league losses, and they will be at their top form against Fenerbahce.”

The Turkish Cup final match will be officiated by Cüney Cakır.and TRT 1 will broadcast the match live...

Turkish Cup,is sponsored by Ziraat Bank of Turkey.


AHMET TURGUT

Sunday, May 2, 2010

FENERBAHCE OR BURSASPOR?











The teams on top of the Turkish Turkcell super league, all won their matches in the 32th week.

Fenerbahce still leads the pack on top with 70 points...

Fenerbahce beat Eskisehirspor with clear 2-0 score and after the match Fenerbahce coach Cristoph Daum said "we played a very good first half, scored two goals and kept our opponent under pressure in the second half”

He went on to say “my players have been under a lot of stress in recent weeks, but it seems like the pressure has made them stronger.”

He also said the tile challenge will be carried to the last game. “But I believe that Fenerbahce will come out on top”


Bursaspor already secured the second place and the Champions League for the next season with a win against Kayserispor.

Bursaspor is one point behind Fenerbahce and they will earn three points without playing in the 33th week.


Even though Galatasaray won their match,there is no way they could catch Bursaspor, after this weekend..

Galatasaray finished 32th week, in third place with Milan Baros goal in their 1-0 win at Istanbul BB.

Galatasaray will play in the Europa League next season.

The pressure will be on once again on Fenerbahce in the 33th week.

Fenerbahce also will play Turkish Cup final match against Trabzonspor this coming Wednesday, before the clash with Ankaragucu in Ankara!


This week could be really crucial week for Turkish top team Fenerbahce....

A draw or a loss against Ankaragucu , could make Bursaspor the top team at the end of 33th week.

That is why this has to be the most important week in the Turkish Super League..

If Fenerbahce lose point and points this coming weekend, we could see two final matches in the last weekend of the season.

Fenerbahce will be home against Trabzon and Bursaspor will host Besiktas in Bursa..

What a weekend would that be if this goes to down to the wire....

On the other hand Besiktas clinch European berth with a win against Diyarbakirspor in Diyarbakir.

With this loss, Diyarbakirspor have a slim chances to remain in the league.

Fenerbahce made it eight in a row out of nine matches...

Can they do it nine in a row out of ten matches?.

Well, If they do that, they will be really close to the finish line......

Get ready for down to wire race, on top of the Turkey's top league.


AHMET TURGUT