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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fans and police clash as Galatasaray win title

Photo by Reuters



Galatasaray won the Turkish Super league title for the 18th time 

after a 0-0 draw in Kadikoy against Fenerbahce.....

Fenerbahce fans clashed with police after end of the match......

Fenerbahce needed to win to retain the championship, 


Sports channel Lig TV said journalists, players and even policemen were also affected by the pepper spray. 




Some parents angrily reacted to the police after their children were affected, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The pitch invasion and violence at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium blocked Galatasaray from immediately celebrating its 18th league title and lifting the Turkish Super League Cup. 





Authorities finally turned off the floodlights.

But the team eventually returned to the field to receive the trophy.
"We would not take the cup in the changing room,'' state television quoted coach Fatih Terim.
Galatasaray ended the four-way title playoffs with 48 points, 

one ahead of Fenerbahce.
Trabzonspor were third and Besiktas fourth.
There was chaos after the match as Fenerbahce fans invadedthe pitch and clashed with police.
Fans also ripped up seats and threw them on to theplaying surface. 


Galatasaray fans did not attend the match undera federation ruling.
Outside the stadium police fired tear gas and water cannonas they clashed again with Fenerbahce supporters.
There were contrasting scenes elsewhere in the city atTaksim Square where Galatasaray fans danced, lit flares andwaved flags in the team's red and yellow colors.
Fatih Terim in his third spell with Galatasaray after taking the job from Bulent Ulgen,
won the fifth Championship in Turkey.
Fatih Terim, broke Trabzonspor former coach Ahmet Suat Ozyazici's record , with four league title.
Source: Wires (AP),Reuters, Anatolian news Agency and
Edited by this blogger

Who will be Turkey's Champions?Galatasaray or Fenerbahce



Turks in Turkey and around  the world will be glued to LIGTV today for Turkey's biggest match!


Galatasaray needs a draw to claim the 18th league title .....


On the other hand, Fenerbahce already won the league title 18 times  ....


They are looking for their 19th league title!


Galatasaray finished  regular season on top with  9 points ahead of Fenerbahce....


Because of Turkish FA's new implemented  playoff,  the regular season season points was butchered to half  with no real reason giving !


After Galatasaray losing to Fenerbahce in their home turf , and drawing against Besiktas last weekend after going ahead 2-0.....


Two important matches to their rivals, was disaster for Galatasaray and Fatih Terim....


In the first match ,against Fenerbahce, after scoring the equalizing goal, instead of protecting the tie they went all out and got hurt by Fenerbahce's  goal in the last ten minutes of the match thanks to defense collapse !


And last weekend after going up 2-0 against Besiktas , they found them self  with 2-2 ,draw match...


A loss of five points, in those two matches really hurt Galatasaray, mentally.....


Fenerbahce has a huge advantage with home crowd......


The 12th men, in the stands will be big factor in Kadikoy, today......


As I said before , Galatasaray need a draw to claim the leagues title.....


Could  they play the whole match with that plan?


I don't think so....


Coaches will be huge factor on the sidelines for this match....


Lifting Fatih Terim's suspension, is huge plus for Galatasaray.........


He is one the best sideline coach in Turkey....


His presence on sideline, effects the play and the players......


As far as Aykut Kocoman, when Fatih Terim was coaching Turkish National Team back in Euro 1996 , Aykut Kocaman was his player.....


Experience is on Fatih Terim's side, on  the sideline......


Aykut Kocaman's sideline coaching has been criticized by Fenerbahce fans in the past....


This will be huge match for him, if they beat Galatasaray in Kadikoy.....


 Tactical war between two coaches!


Looking  at  the both teams.....


Both teams  has a great keepers....Volkan and  Muslera,,,,


This could be keepers match, today!


As far as the defense, both teams have good defense.......


Only thing I see with Galatasaray's young backs, making mistakes in  crucial times.....


Midfield...... 


Well, If Alex De Souza plays, I think it will be different....


Both teams midfield, is solid rock.,.....


For Galatasaray, Selcuk Inan is the brain of the midfield and the team.....


Melo and Eboue has to control their anger on the pitch ....


For Fenerbahce, Emre Belozoglu  has to do same thing too....




Forwards  for  both teams is questionable .....


Fenerbahce's  Stoch and Bienvenu  has to have really good match if Fenerbahce wants to win....


On the other hand, Galatasaray has to use Elmander as a striker not as a winger.....


Will it be Baros or Necati, playing along with Elmander ?


I think, Necati is playing very good in away matches with Elmander,,,,,


But, Fatih Terim needs Baros too, if he wants to win this match!


Galatasaray have not won at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium for 12 years....


Could they do it ,today?


They could ,but it will not be easy......


This has to be the biggest match for Fatih Terim, as a coach......


Like I said, a draw is good for Galatasaray to claim the title!


But, Fenerbahce with their fans on their back, would want to end this season with league trophy....




It  will be one hell of game....


Who ever wins the championship, should be applaud by opponent players and the fans in the stadium at the end of the match....


That is my hope!


Turkey's biggest match will start at 19:00 local Turkey time.(12;00 ET )


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Monday, May 7, 2012

CLUBS CLEARED, PLAYERS BANNED IN TURKISH FOOTBALL MATCH-FIXING

Fenerbache: Among the teams cleared......... While, all 16 clubs MENTIONED in the Turkish match-fixing scandal investigation have been cleared of any wrongdoing ,10 players and officials banned between one and three years... Here is what TFF's web site said about all 16 clubs...... "There is no reason for punishment since the elements of the alleged disciplinary violation have not materialized'' Gaziantepspor midfielder Ibrahim Akin, who was with Istanbul Buyuksehir when accused, was banned for three years with Ankaragucu goalkeeper Serdar Kulbilge given a two-year ban. Eight others, including Fenerbahce's Mehmet Sekip Mosturoglu, Ilhan Yuksel Eksioglu and Cemil Turhan, received with a disciplinary banned,from any administrative or sports activities, including entering the stadiums. LATE NIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT..... The TFF's investigating body, the Professional Football Discipline Committee, revealed its decision on Sunday night after all the newspapers went to press and all the Turkish Football TV shows ended! They shocked a lot of Turkish people ..... Last year's Turkish Super League champions Fenerbahce, who were kicked out of this season's Champions League as a result of the investigation, were among the teams cleared. This decision came while a criminal trial of Aziz Yildirim, chairman of champions Fenerbahce, was still underway. Aziz Yildirim is still in jail pending a verdict..... Turkish Football, disciplinary board said there was no punishment for Aziz Yildirim. This, TFF's very decision, will be carefully looked at by UEFA ! In pass, UEFA said, "clubs could face relegation or exclusion from Europe over the allegations." Aziz Yildirim denies the charges and have been saying, the case was specifically designed to undermine Fenerbahce and him self.