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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Turkey Will Be in Group D ,in 2014 World Cup Qualifying Matches....

The Draw of 2014 FIFA World Cup , happened today in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil....

Turkish National team found them self with some though competition!

According to TFF's web site, Turkey's head coach Guus Hidink , assistan coach Oguz Cetin and nd Cuneyt Tanman, TFF Executive Member was at the draw...

After the draw results Guus Hiddink said “I’m very confident. Our team is in a renovation process, in a year will have more experience and we could be able to fight the Dutch for first place in the group.”

Turkish National team found them self in the Group D with Holland,Hungary, Romania, Estonia and Andorra.

The qualifying matches will be played between 7 September 2012 and 15 October 2013, the teams will be divided into eight groups of six teams and one of five.

The nine section winners progress straight to the finals in Brazil - to be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014 - and the eight best runners-up will play off for the remaining four berths over two legs from 15 to 19 November 2013, with the winners of those matches also competing in Brazil.

2014 FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Groups:

Group A: Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, FYROM, Wales

Group B: Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta

Group C: Germany, Sweden, Rep. of Ireland, Austria, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan

Group D: Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Andorra

Group E: Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Albania, Cyprus, Iceland

Group F: Portugal, Russia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg

Group G: Greece, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein

Group H: England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, San Marino

Group I: Spain, France, Belarus, Georgia, Finland

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Shocking and very interesting development in Fenerbahce team...

Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike is leaving Fenerbahce to join Spartak Moscow in Russia.

Earlier on Thursday, Fenerbahce said it was considering offers from foreign clubs for Emenike.

Emenike, 24, was questioned by Turkish police earlier this month in a Turkey's match-fixiing scandal but released without charge.

Emenike, who made his name in Turkey with Karabükspor, came to Fenerbahce for a huge transfer fee now, he is leaving Fenerbahce without even playing for them!

Emenike said, after all what he went through in Turkey, during the match-fixing scandal, is the main reason he is leaving Turkey and Fenerbahce..


Benfica won 2-0 over Trabzonspor on Wednesday in the first game of the third qualifying round of UEFA's Champions League.

Benfica's first goal was scored in the 71st minute. On a ball that the Trabzonspor defense had difficulties to deviate, Spaniard Nolito received the ball in the box and scored.

The second goal came in the 88th minute. Argentinian Nico Gaitan received the ball over the box line and with an arched kick scored the second goal.

Benfica started the game with only one Portuguese national in the team. The other players were five Argentinians, three Brazilians, one Spaniard and one Paraguayan. Having invested 24 million euros in acquisitions in the last two months, Benfica had to prove that the new players brought better quality.

The Portuguese team attacked more, had more ball control but faced difficulties to enter the opponent's box, while Trabzonspor had only one goal opportunity in the whole match.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Trabzonspor will take on SL Benfica of Portugal on Wendsday....

Turkish Super League runners-up Trabzonspor will play an away UEFA Champions League qualifying match with SL Benfica of Portugal on Wednesday.

The first leg of the Trabzonspor v SL Benfica UEFA Champions League third qualifying round will begin at 9:45 p.m. Turkish local time (2,45 PM,ET ) on July 27.

The second leg to be played in Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium next week.

The losing sides will go onto the UEFA Europa League play-offs while the winners will compete for a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

If Trabzonspor goes through, this will be the first Champions League for them in their history!

Trabzonspor signed Didier Zokora from Sevilla, Adrian Mierzejewski from Warsaw ,Ondrej Celustka from Slavia Prague and Turkish international forward Halil Altıntop, former Galatasaray midfielder Barıs Ozbek.

But they lost a very good player Selcuk Inan to Galatasaray......

On the other hand Benfica is full of good players,,,,

Argentinean players Pablo Aimar and Javier Saviola, Spanish players Joan Capdevila and Javi Garcia and homegrown Nuno Gomes, Carlos Martins and Ruben Amorim....


Bursaspor will host Belarus's Gomel in UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg on Thursday.

the match will kick off at 20.30 hours (Turkish local time) at the Bursa Ataturk Stadium.

UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round first leg matches will take place on July 28 with the return match taking place one week later on August 4.

Gaziantepspor will play a home game against Poland's Legia in UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg on Thursday.

The game will kick off at 21.00(Turkish local time) at the Kamil Ocak Stadium in south-eastern province of Gaziantep.

The second leg match will take place one week later on August 4, too....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011



The Turkish Football Federation has announced the postponement of the start of the 2011/12 Super League campaign until September, due to an investigation into alleged match-fixing.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has announced that, owing to an investigation into alleged match-fixing, the start of the Super League and first division campaigns has been postponed until 9 and 10 September respectively.

It was originally planned that the Super League would start on 7 August, while the first division would b
egin on 14 August.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Besiktas team returning the Ziraat Turkish Cup to Turkish football federation(TFF) until its VICE-PRESIDENT and coach are cleared of charges in a match-fixing probe.

The decision came after a court charged Besiktas Vice- Presdient Serdal Adali and coach Tayfur Havutcu along club's security officer Ahmet Ates. Besiktas has become the latest club to be implicated in the growing scandal.

Besiktas Club President Yildirim Demiroren said,
"We told (football federation president) Mehmet Ali Aydinlar that we would like to return the cup...... We will take it back after our people are cleared"

On the other hand Turkish FA (TFF),responden with saying "We will make a detailed statement later"

The Ziraat Turkish Cup final match played between Istanbul Buyuksehir and Besiktas . Besiktas won the match on penalties.

Besiktas fans and Besiktas fan base group "Carsi" pressured the team to give back the Turkish Cup until Besiktas's name cleared from match- fixing scandal in Turkey.

The most of the Besiktas fans on internet and on Twitter said, they don't want the Cup, until this case is solved....

In a statement, Besiktas supporter group "Carsi" said . “Until the very last day that the court decides, all Besiktas members in this case are innocent,“We should distance ourselves with the suspects.

We will not support them, or call them ‘great’ until they are proven innocent,”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Istanbul court jailed today Besiktas vice-president Serdal Adali and Besiktas current coach Tayfur Havutcu, in the match -fixing scandal in Turkey.

Turkish cup final between Besiktas and IBB (Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor) is one of 19 games highlighted in the police investigation.

Besiktas won the final 4-3 on penalties to win a place in next season's Europa League.

Total five suspects was arrested and send to jail on Wendsday....

Others arrest names are Besiktas club security chief, Ahmet Ates and players from IStanbul BB, Ibrahim Akin and Iskender Alin.

Iskender Alin and Ibrahim Akin already confessed to judge....


Istanbul Court on duty interrogated Sener, and released him by putting a ban on leaving the country.

Trabzonspor president Sadri Sener, who gave a statement at an Istanbul court within the scope of a match-fixing investigation, was released on Tuesday.

On July 3, Turkish police waged operations in several Turkish provinces and searched premises of several football clubs, detaining scores in connection with match-fixing charges.

Suspects included Aziz Yildirim, chairman of last season's Spor Toto Super League champions Fenerbahce, as well as a number of club officials, players and executives from several Turkish teams.

After a week-long interrogation, Aziz Yildirim was arrested and sent to prison on Sunday.


Turkish Football Federation's (TFF) former chief Mahmut Ozgener, who earlier was detained within the scope of a match-fixing investigation, was released on Tuesday.

Following his five-hour testimony, Ozgener was released by an Istanbul prosecutor.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Besiktas coach Tayfur Havutcu and club official Serdal Adali detained

Police detained Besiktas coach and a club official on Tuesday in match-fixing investigation in addition to several other footballers and officials including chairmen of league champions Fenerbahce and runners-up Trabzonspor.

Besiktas coach Tayfur Havutcu and club official Serdal Adali have been taken into custody in Istanbul on charges of manipulation, one day after Trabzonspor Chairman Sadri Sener was held by the police.

Prosecutors sent Sener to the court for arrest on Tuesday.
Besiktas were the champions in Ziraat Turkey Cup but they finished the league fifth, 28 points behind champions Fenerbahce.

TFF President Mahmut Ozgener and Trabzonspor president Sadri Sener sent to court...

Former Turkish Football Federation president and Trabzonspor president are the latest suspects in the Turkey Match Fixing Probe, who are sent to court.

Sadri Sener, Trabzonspor president and Mahmut Ozgener former president of Turkish Football Federation have been sent to court, after their questioning in the Istanbul Police.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Trabzonspor chairman arrested.......

Turkish police detained 22 people including the chairman of Trabzonspor Sadri Sener on Monday, in a widening match-fixing investigation which has already put 26 people in jail pending trial.

The detention of Trabzonspor's Sadri Sener in Istanbul came just hours after the chairman of Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim, was remanded in custody on charges of match-fixing and forming a criminal organisation.

Also. Mahmut Ozgener, the former president of the Turkish Football Federation, was summoned to police headquarters to make a statement over the match-fixing allegations.


The Turkish Football Federation decided not to take any disciplinary measures against Fenerbahce or Trabzonspor on Monday in the midst of a growing match-fixing probe, allowing them to compete in the Champions League.

The federation said it would wait until after prosecutors file any indictments before possibly taking action.

"Teams will compete in European competitions according to the current final league standings," federation president Mehmet Aydinlar said. "The results are registered to UEFA this way."

Trabzonspor is expected to take part in Friday's draw for the Champions League's third qualifying round. As league champion, Fenerbahce qualifies automatically for the group stage.

"Disciplinary investigation is going to be initiated after the court accepts the indictment of the prosecution," Aydinlar said.

Aydinlar also confirmed that the Turkish Super League will start on Aug. 5 as scheduled previously.

TFF presdient Mehmet Ali Aydinlar also said,"We are constantly in communication with the UEFA and the FIFA. The league will start on Aug. 5 and will be played as scheduled before, Fenerbahce and Besiktas will play the Turkish Super Cup final on July 31."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fenerbahce president charged over match-fixing in Turkey

Aziz Yildirim, the president of Turkish league champion Fenerbahce, was charged in court on Sunday over his involvement in an alleged match-fixing scandal that threatens to strip the club of its title.

Thousands of Fenerbahce fans took to the streets of Istanbul in support of Yildirim and other Fenerbahce officials who were also implicated in the scandal. Yildirim was ordered jailed pending his trial along with 25 other suspects, including two other Fenerbahce executives.
The suspects are accused of manipulating games last season, making Turkey the latest country to be affected by a slew of match-fixing and betting scandals around the globe that has also gripped South Korea and Zimbabwe.
In Turkey, investigators obtained evidence of cheating and bribery involving 19 first- and second-division games, the police said.
Fenerbahce won 16 of 17 league matches in the latter part of the season to come from a distant third place and beat Trabzonspor to a record 18th title on goal difference.
Fenerbahce risks losing its league title in the same manner as Italian club Juventus, which was stripped of its 2005 and 2006 Serie A championships over a similar scandal.
The Turkish Football Federation said it aims to decide on what measures, if any, it will take against the Istanbul club by next Friday; the deadline for notifying UEFA of which teams will play in European competitions. Possible sanctions include stripping the club of its title, relegating it to the second division and barring it from competitions.

Source : AP

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Actually it was late Saturday night for me,here in the United States, I was outside with friends....came hone and as I was looking at my twits ,I saw a lot of people were talking about early morning arrests, in Turkey on Twitter!(@turkishsoccer )

Early Sunday in Turkey, there was a wide search and arrests about match fixing accusations and so called motivation money giving to other teams......

Under the new law just passed in Turkey ,this became a crime and if found guilty, you could get up 5 t0 12 years in jail!

According to AA news, DHA news, and NTVspor TV, Turkish police on Sunday detained more than 40

people for questioning over allegations of football match-fixing, including the president of

league champion Fenerbahce.

Police were investigating possible fixing of a final week match between Fenerbahce and

Sivasspor, which ended in a 4-3 victory for the Istanbul side and helped it claim the league

title, as well as a match against Eskisehirspor.

Police conducted simultaneous raids at homes and club offices in at least 12 cities, detaining more than 40 people for questioning in an investigation into alleged match-fixing in the Turkish league.

Fenerbahce President Aziz Yıldırım was first to be detained in a probe into match-fixing allegations in the Turkish football league according to Anatolian news agency.

About close to fifty people ere detained in the operation, including Sivasspor President Mecnun Odyakmaz, Giresunspor President Ömer Ulku and former president Olgun Peker, Diyarbakırspor former president Abdurrahman Yakut, Fenerbahçe Vice President Sekip Mosturoğlu, Mersin Idmanyurdu Vice President Besir Acar, and Fenerbahce's new transfers Sezer OztUrk and Emanuel Emenike.

Among the detained was legendary former Fenerbahce player Cemil Turan too...

Police also conducted searches at Besiktas, Trabzonspor, Sivasspor and Diyarbakirspor headquarters and Turkish Football Federation offices early Sunday, according to Dogan News Agency.

Fenerbahce President Aziz Yıldırım's lawyer Rezzan Epozdemir spoke to journalists and said Yıldırım was "upset" about the incident. She said Yıldırım asked for his diabetic medicine, a book, a shirt and a t-shirt.

Fenerbahce High Commission Chairman Yuksel Gunay, on the other hand, said this was an "ugly" incident and an example of a "police state." He said there was no match fixing to be investigated.

So, a lot of people are detained and a lot more will be..

They are talking about close to 200 names...

Lastly, Eskisehirspor president did the best thing and announced they are suspending coach Bulent Uygun and newly sports director Umit Karan's contract for now..

Eskisehir did the correct thing......

As far as Turkish Football Federation, they said they will make an announcement once they get clear information....