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Friday, August 26, 2011

Turkish National Team Squad For Upcoming EURO 2012

Turkey's squad for the upcoming EURO 2012 qualifying matches against Kazakhstan and Austria has been announced Guus Hidddink.

Players will meet at İstanbul Swissotel The Bosphorus'da on 27 August Saturday.

Turkey head coach Guus Hiddink will hold a press conference at Swissotel on 1 September Thursday.

Turkey-Kazakhstan EURO 2012 qualifying match will kick off at Turk Telekom Arena on 2 September Friday at 20.00 local Turkey time.


After that match, Turkish national team will fly to Vienna on September 4th.


Austria-Turkey EURO 2012 qualifier will be played at Ernst Happel Stadium on September 6th at 20.30 Turkey time.


Players list......



1-VOLKAN DEMİREL

FENERBAHÇE

2- SİNAN BOLAT

STANDARD LIEGE

3-TOLGA ZENGİN

TRABZONSPOR A.Ş.

4- GÖKHAN GÖNÜL

FENERBAHÇE

5-SABRİ SARIOĞLU

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

6- SERDAR KESİMAL

FENERBAHÇE

7- GÖKHAN ZAN

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

8- SERVET ÇETİN

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

9- EGEMEN KORKMAZ

BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş.

10- HAKAN KADİR BALTA

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

11- İSMAİL KÖYBAŞI

BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş.

12- ÇAĞLAR BİRİNCİ

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

13- MEHMET EKİCİ

WERDER BREMEN

14- TUNAY TORUN

HERTHA BSC

15- SELÇUK İNAN

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

16- SELÇUK ŞAHİN

FENERBAHÇE

17- EMRE BELÖZOĞLU

FENERBAHÇE

18- MEHMET TOPAL

VALENCIA C.F.

19- ARDA TURAN

CLUB ATLETICO DE MADRID

20- GÖKHAN TÖRE

HAMBURGER SV

21- BURAK YILMAZ

TRABZONSPOR A.Ş.

22- CENK TOSUN

GAZİANTEPSPOR

23- KAZIM KAZIM

GALATASARAY A.Ş.

24- UMUT BULUT

TOULOUSE FC

Thursday, August 25, 2011

TRABZONSPOR IN GROUP B , IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Trabzonspor the team who will represent Turkey in the Champions League will be in group B, in the Champions League.

Trabzonspor will face Inter Milan,CSKA Moscow and Lille in the group.

Turkish Super League 2011/2012 fixtures announced

The fixtures for the 2011/2012 season in Turkish Spor Toto Super League have been announced in Istanbul on Thursday.

First Istanbul derby of the year will be played between Besiktas and Fenerbahce in Week-8. Besiktas will host another Istanbul side Galatasaray in a Week -11 game. Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will face in a Week-14.

According to fixtures drawn at studios of Lig TV, official broadcaster of the Turkish first division league, Week-1 matches to start on September 9 are as follows:

Medical Park Antalyaspor vs Gaziantepspor
Ankaragucu vs Mersin Idmanyurdu
Eskisehirspor vs Besiktas
Bursaspor vs Kayserispor
Kardemir Karabukspor vs Sivasspor
Samsunspor vs Genclerbirligi
Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor vs Galatasaray
Manisaspor vs Trabzonspor
Fenerbahce vs Orduspor

Trabzonspor replaces Fenerbahce in Champions League draw

European soccer's governing body decided on Wednesday to replace Turkish champions Fenerbahce with league runners-up Trabzonspor in the Champions League group stage draw.

The UEFA Emergency Panel, composed of the UEFA president and four members of the UEFA Executive Committee, met Wednesday following the decision of the Turkish Football Federation to withdraw Fenerbahce from the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League due to the fact that the club has been involved in alleged match-fixing, a statement on UEFA's website read.

The UEFA Emergency Panel also decided that Trabzonspor will be replaced in the UEFA Europa League by its opponent in the play-off, Athletic Club of Spain. The UEFA Europa League play-off second-leg match between Trabzonspor and Athletic Club scheduled for Thursday is cancelled as a result.

Turkish football has been mired in a match-fixing scandal since a police operation on July 3.

Among the many people detained are the chairman of Turkish champions Fenerbachce and other high-level officials from the club.

The Turkish football federation said in a statement that UEFA, European football's governing body, presented it with two options. One that Fenerbache voluntarily withdraws from this year's premier European football competition or that the Turkish football federation bans the club from participating.

The draw for the UEFA Champions League group stages is set to be made on today.


Source:Wires

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

FENERBAHCE OUT OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Turkish champion Fenerbahce has been removed from the Champions League because of an ongoing match-fixing investigation.

Turkey's Football Federation says it has withdrawn Fenerbahce after meetings on Wednesday.


Fenerbahce's removal comes 24 hours before it was to take its place among 32 elite European clubs in the group stage draw being conducted in Monaco.

It is unclear how UEFA will choose a team to replace Fenerbahce, which is suspected of fixing matches to win the title last season.

Runner-up Trabzonspor was eliminated in the Champions League qualifying rounds but has also been implicated in the match-fixing probe.

Source:AP

Monday, August 22, 2011

UEFA inspector in Turkey

UEFA inspector Cornu came to Istanbul and held meetings with public prosecutor Mehmet Berk and President of Turkish Football Federation Mehmet Ali Aydinlar on Monday.

After the talks Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, said Mr. Cornu wanted to see the documents and they wanted to see the operation that is going on.

He also said, Cornu told prosecutor Mehmet Berk that UEFA is following the scandal very close.

Aziz Yildirim, the chairman of Fenerbahce, and cup winners Besiktas coach Tayfur Havutcu are among those who were jailed pending trial. Turkish Football Federation delayed start of the league until Sept. 9 because of the probe.

Last week, Turkish Football Federation was expected to make a decision allegedly involved in match-fixing charges, however, President Aydinlar said the federation would wait for prosecutor's indictment.

Lastly, Turkish court brought sanction to Turkish media ,not to talk or write about on going Turkish match-scandal case!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

VERY IMPORTANT DAY FOR BESIKTAS, TRABZONSPOR AND BURSASPOR IN EUROPE

Besiktas, Trabzonspor and Bursaspor will have a very tight matches today in the Europa League playoffs.

Out of the three I think Besiktas has the weakest opponent....

They have a better chances to go to group stages than Trabzonspor and Bursaspor...

Besiktas play against Russia’s Alania, while Bursaspor and Trabzonspor apparently have tougher opponents....

Bursaspor will face Belgium’s Anderlecht and Trabzonspor will be in Spain to face Spain’s Athletic Bilbao team today .

While Trabzonspor and Bursaspor plays in away matches in the first leg matches, Besiktas will be playing in front of its home rowdy crowd.

Alania team is second division team from Russia and they are known as very rugged defensive team...

On the other hand Trabzonspor and Bursaspor should get a good scores from away matches if they want to play in the group stages in the Europa League...

The have to score goals even if they lose the matches....


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TURKISH COACH UMIT KAYIHAN TALKS ABOUT AMERICAN PLAYER FREDDY ADU

Just last week,as I was talking to Scott Kessler from http://www.brotherlygame.com, we both agreed, it would be very good idea to talk to Freddy Adu's former coach Umit Kayihan and get his views about Freddy Adu.

So I made the first move, and asked all the questions to Mr. Kayihan in Turkish and Scott Kessler wrote the story...

The rest is history!


Here is the article by Scott Kesler on http://www.brotherlygame.com/2011/8/15/2365162/exclusive-freddy-adu-turkey-coach-umit-kayihan-philadelphia-union

EXCLUSIVE: Freddy Adu's Coach In Turkey, Umit Kayihan, Talks About The Recent Union Signing..


The interview, and translation of it, was facilitated by Ahmet Turgut of Turkey Football and @TurkishSoccer.

Freddy Adu spent four long seasons dealing with an inability to make his way into a strong Benfica squad, moving around Europe on four consecutive loans. Then MLS came calling, with both Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union showing major interest in Adu, before the Union ended up signing the 22-year-old.

Adu's last destination was Turkey, where he played for Çaykur Rizespor of the Turkish Football Federation League One (division two in the country).

Umit Kayihan spent that season as Adu's coach, watching the former teenage soccer prodigy grow from a player that count never justify his $2 million transfer fee from Real Salt Lake to Benfica into one worthy of play in major European leagues.

"[Adu] is very good skilled-full player and he has a good personalty," Kayihan told the Brotherly Game. "[Freddy] is very different now" that he has spent time in Turkey.

11 games with Rizespor brought four goals for Adu, with his first goal making its way into the soccer media mainstream. Adu had finally found a place to thrive and a place to mature.

"It's a little town and there isn't much, but I was there to play soccer," Adu told Yanks Abroad in June. "That was the main focus."

"I think I am a better player today than when I left MLS four years ago. Maturing helps a lot. As the years go on, you get older and start to put things together," said Adu to PhiladelphiaUnion.com last week.



Kayihan agrees that Adu benefited from playing for Rizespor, noting that it wasn't just the American international's game that developed, as the player himself stated.

"He is now mature," said Kayihan, "and a good professional. [Though] he has to work on his defensive soccer. He is weak at that."

The 20-year coaching veteran couldn't help but bring up Rizespor's near miss at promotion to the Turkish Super League when talking about Adu.

Kayihan said, "If I was [still] with team I would keep Adu . He could play in the Turkish Super league."

Nowadays the 57-year-old is out of work, let go from his head coach position at Rizespor, thought to be because of a lack of promotion. With an international diploma earned in England, Kayihan is looking to follow in the footsteps of his former player.

"I want to work in the USA," Kayihan said, with a tinge of unsubtle hopefulness for the future.

Monday, August 15, 2011

TFF, DELAYS THE DECISION ON MATCH-FIXING SCANADAL IN TURKEY

Turkish football federation has delayed the decision on possible sanctions for Turkish clubs implicated in a match-fixing scandal until a prosecutor's indictment into the case.

Turkish Football Federation president Mehmet Ali Aydinlar said the confidentiality of the investigation and the federation's inability to access or disclose certain evidence for the delay in possible punishments.


Also, Aydinlar said,the names that was involved in this case who are in jail and or out, including Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim, would face a disciplinary board.







Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ARDA TURAN LEAVING GALATASARAY TO GO TO ATLETICO MADRID!




It was the talk of the Turkish sport scene all day on Tuesday on internet and on twitter, "Arda leaving Galatasaray!"

It all started with Galatasray CEO Unal Aysal,saying "Arda wants to leave Galatasaray" comment.

One thing was clear Arda Turan, was not happy in Turkey and Galatasaray..

That is why He wanted to leave Galatasar and Turkey!

Even Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim, old guard himself could not change Arda's decision.

So, with that the day started with a few rumors...

Arda might end up in the EPL with Liverpool!

Than the real news struck and Galatasaray announced that they made a deal with Spanish team Atlatico Madrid...

And the rest was history!


Galatasaray confirmed the 10.5m(euro) agreement with Atletico Madrid for Arda Turan.

Arda Turan will sign with Atlatico Madrid on August 16th,2011..





Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hiddink names squad for Estonia friendly...

Turkish National Team coach Guus Hiddink has named a 23-man squad for a friendly against Estonia.

Turkey will host Estonia at Istanbul's Turk Telekom Arena on August 10, Turkish Football Federation said on Thursday.

Hiddink called 8 players from Galatasaray and 7 from Fenerbahce. The Dutchman selected only one player from Besiktas and one from Trabzonspor.

Turkey squad for the friendly against Estonia on August 10 at Turk Telekom Arena:

Sabri Sarioglu, Gokhan Zan, Servet Cetin, Hakan Kadir Balta, Caglar Birinci, Selcuk Inan, Arda Turan, Kazim Kazim (Galatasaray), Volkan Demirel, Fehmi Mert Gunok, Gokhan Gonul, Serdar Kesimal, Emre Belozoglu, Selcuk Sahin, Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce), Ismail Koybasi (Besiktas), Burak Yilmaz (Trabzonspor), Cenk Tosun (Gaziantepspor), Sinan Bolat (Standard Liege), Mehmet Ekici (Werder Bremen), Tunay Torun (Hertha Berlin), Mehmet Topal (Valencia), Gokhan Tore (Hamburg).

Match-fixing investigation leaped to Galatasaray in Turkey

Galatasaray's top officials has been assisting police with an inquiry into alleged match-fixing.

Galatasaray spokesman Sedat Dogan said Thursday that club official Bulent Tulun was helping police with their queries. His statement came after news reports said police were searching club premises.


Former Galatasaray president Adnan Polat will be question by the Turkish police according to reports from Turkey.

According to reports, prosecutors were also scrutinizing the 2005-06 season, which Galatasaray won following a 1-1 draw between Fenerbahce and Denizlispor in the last game. They did not cite a source for the report.

It's very important to know though, those days, pretty much every team was involved with "incentive pay"(tesvik primi ) to other teams....

After the new law passed in back in April of this year , this became against the law..

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Besiktas names Portuguese Carlos Carvalhal as the interim coach

According to Besiktas web site and other sources from Turkey ,Besiktas has appointed Portuguese Carlos Carvalhal as the interim coach of the football team until Tayfur Havutcu is released from jail.


Besiktas Coach Tayfur Havutcu was arrested in a match-fixing probe last month.

Besiktas team decided Tuesday that Havutcu would remain as head coach of the team.

On Besiktas team's web site ,the statement said,

"However, considering Havutcu will not be able to train the team, the board decided to give the job to assistant coach Mr. Carlos Carvalhal, who joined Besiktas during a training camp in Austria, until our coach Tayfur Havutcu is back in the team,"


Who is Carlos Carvalhal ?

Carlos Augusto Soares da Costa Faria Carvalhal (born 4 December 1965 in Braga) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender.

Teams managed
1998–2000 Espinho
2000 Freamunde
2000–2001 Aves
2001–2003 Leixões
2003–2004 Vitória Setúbal
2004–2005 Belenenses
2006 Braga
2006–2007 Beira-Mar
2007–2008 Vitória Setúbal
2008 Asteras Tripolis
2009 Marítimo
2009–2010 Sporting CP

EMRE BELOZOGLU RELEASED IN TURKISH MATCH FIXING SCANDAL

Fenerbahce and Turkish national team captain Emre Belozoglu has been released from police custody after he testified at Istanbul Police Department and in court as a suspect in the ongoing match fixing scandal In Turkey.

Emre Belozoglu was released after hourlong interrogations, after his testimony was completed. He talked the media after his release, ” i am exhausted and unhappy, i thank the police officials ”


Also, Ankaragucu player Kagan Soylemezgiller and former Besiktas manager and now days commentator at LIG TV, Sinan Engin were questioned and released..