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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
*Torres scored the first goal for Chelsea in the knockout phase in the ninth minute after Cezar Azpilicueta cut the ball back to the striker.
*Aurelien Chedjou put the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech in the 64th after connecting with Wesley Sneijder's corner.
The second leg of the round of 16 game is at Stamford Bridge on March 18.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The match between two teams will kick off at 21:45 local time in Turkey.
The two teams will play for the third time with each other. The previous matches were in UEFA Champions League
1999-2000 season, where both matches resulted in an English victory.
Today at the press conference Wesley Sneijder said they are ready for Chelsea !
"Chelsea is a great side, everybody has to accept that, but if we show the same spirit we did against Juventus, we could achieve another big result."
Galatasaray's coach Mancini also answered the questions at the press conference today....
He said, he expects Drogba and Sneijder to give their full energy in this match against Chelsea...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Drawn into a difficult-looking Group A, Turkey will also be up against a resurgent Czech Republic, a rising Iceland, and dangerous minnows Latvia and Kazakhstan.
There they will take on the might of Germany, who will be bidding to qualify for a 12th consecutive European Championship finals.
The British Overseas Territory were also drawn with Scotland, as well as the Republic of Ireland and Poland in what looks set to be an unforgiving section, but elsewhere Europe's leading powers were largely spared.
England's toughest game in Group E should come against Switzerland, while two-time defending European champions Spain will get their toughest matches against Ukraine and Slovakia in Group C.
However, the draw in Nice was a little less Italy, who will tackle Croatia in Group H.
Euro 2016, which will be held in France, will see 24 nations advance to the finals for the first time in the history of the European Championship.
Only eight nations participated in the finals when France last hosted the competition in 1984, before the number of finalists was increased to 16 in 1996.
The decision to increase the number of finalists has been criticised by many who believe the quality of football on offer come the tournament itself will be diluted as a result.
However, the format means it seems almost certain that all Europe's leading nations will be there along with the French, who qualify automatically as hosts.
The top two teams in each of the nine groups will advance to the finals along with the best third-placed side, while the remaining third-placed nations will play off for four more berths.
There are eight groups of six teams as well as one - Group I - that contains five nations. However, France are also allocated to that group and will play friendly matches against those teams, for which no points will be awarded.
The first qualifiers will be played on September 7 and the campaign will see matches spread over six days, from Thursday to Tuesday, during every international break in a format that UEFA have championed as the 'Week of Football'. The finals themselves will run from June 10 to July 10, 2016.
Following is the 2016 qualifying draw made in Nice:
Group A: Netherlands, Czech ,Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, Kazakhstan
Group B: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra
Group C: Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia, Luxembourg,
Group D: Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar
Group E: England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino
Group F: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands,
Group G: Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, Liechtenstein,
Group H: Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Malta,
Group I: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania (Hosts France, already qualified, will complete the group but their results will not count)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
It is very huge next few days for Galatasaray ....
After Besiktas match they will host Chelsea team, in their nest , next week.
While Besiktas focuses only to the league Galatasaray has to think and prepare for Champions League and Turkish Cup too along with chasing the league's top team Fenerbahce !
That's is why this match is very important .....
It is important for Mancini's Galatasaray and Bilic's Besiktas !
A win for Besiktas will be huge on Saturday ...
That would put them 2 points behind Fenerbahce and Fenerbahce will feel the heat on Monday night in Elazig when they face Elazigspor .
But, it will not be easy !
Besiktas is much young and inexperienced team....
On the other hand, Galatasaray have Drogba, Sneijder, Muslera and Selcuk Inan .
If, Drogba shows that he is clutch player, Galatasaray could win this match before the big one !
Besiktas's Oguzhan Ozyakup did not practiced with the team until Friday .
It is not for sure he will play on Saturday.....
Almeida and Fernandes and keeper Tolga Zengin will be Besiktas's clutch player if they want to win this match.
Besikta's American soccer player Jermaine Jones did practice with the team and he looked good in the practice sessions, this week.
We might just see, Jermaine Jones on the pitch ,tomorrow ....
Here is the last thing.....
In the first half, before Galatasaray match Besiktas was 4-0 !
Besiktas lost the match 2-1 in the very seconds of the match when Besiktas fans invaded the pitch while stoppage time was playing....
The Turkish Football Federation punished Besiktas four matches without the spectator ban
and match stand as forfeit 3-0 in favor of Galatasaray !
After that , Besiktas was in slum for long time !
Now ,at the week 22, the story is little different ....
Besiktas is one step above Galatasaray, but ,this match could change that !
So, I just hope we will not see that kind of absurd behavior again on Saturday ...
The pressure will be on both teams ....
I just hope, we see a good derby match on Saturday.
Trabzonspor’s 14 matches unbeaten in European competitions has ended in Turin, after the Black sea side lost 2-0 against Juventus in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 round, despite a goal being controversially annulled by the referee.
Dani Osvaldo, who joined the Old Lady during the winter break, opened the scoring in the 15th minute, before Paul Pogba bagged a precious second goal in injury time.
Trabzonspor ,however, was upset by a referee decision to cancel a goal in the 71st minute. In what could have been a turning point, Olcan Adın put the ball into the net after a cross from Yusuf Erdoğan. The referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line before Erdoğan’s cross, but TV replays showed that the ball might not have completely crossed the line.
Caretaker coach Hami Mandıralı, who recently took over from Mustafa Resit Akcay, praised his side’s attitude during the entire game.
“We had opportunities to score and we missed, but they scored. We had counter-attacks, particularly in the second half, following the changes, but we were unable to score,” Mandıralı said.
He also criticized the canceling of Trabzonspor’s goal. “As far as I saw on the TV, the ball did not entirely cross the line. UEFA should review its six-referee system. We have been damaged by a wrong decision,” he said.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Winning against Kasimpasa put Besiktas in the title chase.....
With 39 points, Besiktas one point Behind Galatasaray and 5 points behind first place team Fenerbahce.
Besiktas finished the job early thanks to goals scored by Hugo Almeida, 22-year-old Colombian center-back Pedro Franco and Veli Kavlak.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Teams, who were chasing the top team Fenerbahce, in the league....
Besiktas won their match on Friday in Gaziantep with 2-1 score with a little luck this time..
Besiktas still having problem in the last twenty minutes !
While Besiktas and Galatasaray won in the 20th week, first place Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor lost their matches on Sunday ....
On Saturday, Galatasaray beat Eskisehir with a score 3-0 , without their world star player Drogba.
A win for Galatasaray, put pressure on Ersun Yanal's Fenerbahce before the Sivas vs Fenerbahce match in Sivas on Sunday!
With Galatasaray winning on Saturday, the gap on top, reduced to 4 points before Sunday's match..
On Sunday, In Sivas , Sivas stunned Fenerbahce with 2-0 score !
It very important to note that the referee Yunus Yildirim made some huge bad calls for both teams...
He did not call a hand ball in the penalty box area for Fenerbahce....
On another play, He should have giving red card to Raul Meireles for intentional kicking instead he showed him yellow card !
Fenerbahce played the most of the match with 10 men after defender Egemen Korkmaz was red carded by Yunus Yildirim....
Former Fenerbahce player, now rookie coach at Sivasspor , Roberto Carlos won his first match against his former team as a coach!
Best teams of the first half of the season, Fenerbahce, has been slipping lately,,,,,
This is their back to back third away match losses !
10 points gap between Galatasaray has drop to four points now......
15 weeks to go , the race will be very tight, between Fenerbahce ,Galatasaray and Besiktas, now !
After the match, Fenerbahce coach Ersun Yanal said, they will win the championship at the end of the season even the gap narrowed !
On the other hand ,Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray playing at home and abroad....
At home, they are in Turkish Cup along with chasing Fenerbahce on top !
At abroad, in the Champions League they made it to round 16 under Mancini and they will face Chelsea ,soon in Istanbul first then in England in March...
Very busy time starts for Galatasaray.....
Could they handle all of this?
During the winter transfer window they have transferred some young legs....
Players like, Drogba, Sneijder, Muslera and Selcuk Inan will be Galatasaray go to guys at home and abroad.
Galatasaray scored 15 goals in their last four matches while keeper Muslera ,shut Galatasaray's goal !
While that is what's happening on top, at the bottom,two Kayseri teams; Kayserispor and Kayseri Erciyes is losing blood !
They are dead last two teams at the bottom....
Rize, Elazig and Antalya could be the third team this season to go down if they don't start winning matches!
There are many games to be played but the heat will be all the teams starting next weekend ...
Trabzonspor losing at home against Akhisar was huge on Sunday!
On Monday night ,week 20 , will come to end with Genclerbirligi vs Karabuk match....