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Friday, September 19, 2014

Trabzon win away match while Besiktas draw at home !

It was not good night for Besiktas but really joey for Trabzonspor in the Europa League ..

While Trabzonspor winning their match against Metalist in the last seconds of the match, Besiktas disappointed their fans by allowing goal at the 88th minute of the match !

Besiktas after missing so many chances  scored  in the 33th minute of the match by Gokhan Tore.

Missing chances and opportunities  went on with Besiktas in the second half too !

They were not good, as far as kicking the last touches to the goal ...

And they paid for it !

Huge mistake by Besiktas defense,  cost the team, two points!

In the 88th minute, Asteras scored the goal by Facundo Parras with a volley in the box !

Besiktas started the group matches with a huge disappointment...

It was the match that they should have won it easily...

Undisciplined players  on the pitch was the big reason for this...

On the other hand, Trabzonspor won their match in the very last seconds of the match in Ukraine !

As I mention before, Trabzonspor probably the best form team in Turkey at this moment ..

They will hurt a lot of team this year in the Turkish Super League,,,,,,

After scoring first in away match with Kevin Constant  , Metalist equalized the score  ...

At the very last second of the match (injury time ) ,Trabzonspor new transfer Avram Papadopoulos

scored Trabzonspor goal  and Trabzon won the away match 2-1 .

This was huge win for Trabzonspor  in away match....

I think, this Trabzon team will get better as they play more matches.

Trabzonspor and Besiktas will play their league matches on Monday .

Week 3 in the #STSL takes a start with one match on Friday  ..

Eskisehir will host Genclerbirligi ...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Europa League:Besiktas at home while Trabzon will be away

Turkish teams Besiktas and Trabzonspor  takes a start in the  UEFA 's Europa League group matches on Thursday.....

Besiktas will face Greek team Asteras at home and Trabzon will be away in Ukraine, against Metalist Kharkiv 

For Besiktas, it will be first time they will face Greek side Asteras !

With Demba Ba being in the lineup ,Besiktas should beat Asteras at home.

Asteras is the weakest team in the Group C .......

Along Asteras and Besiktas, Totenham and Partizan teams are in Group C .

Besiktas's coach Bilic after a disappointing draw against Rize at home last weekend called on Turkish Football Federation as far as the domestic league scheduling  !

At the press conference after Rize match Bilic said this......

"There are 32 teams in the Champions League and 48 teams in the Europa League. Which team played on Monday?

None. None of the teams that play their matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday played in their domestic league on Monday. So why do we play on Monday? We represent not only Besiktas but also Turkey. I don't allege this as an excuse. But no matter what the result was this evening, I was going to ask this question"

He went on to say, "TFF should  create better fixture  for Besiktas " 


Another team that represents Turkey in the Europa League,Trabzonspor  will face Metalist team from Ukraine .

Trabzonspor  looked really good against Fenerbahce at home last weekend .....

Although they did not score goals , they looked well organized on the pitch as a team.

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic will rely on his Paraguayan star Oscar Cardozo. He  missed out on domestic league derby action against Fenerbahçe last week due to a hamstring injury but joined the training for the Metalist match.

 He is likely to be on the turf as Halilhodzic's strongest weapon against the Ukrainians. Trabzonspor will expect more from its new stars including Mustapha Yatabare and Majeed Waris, Kevin Constant and Essaid Belkalem on Thursday. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bad start for Galatasaray !

Let's face it...

It was a must win match for Galatasaray at home against Anderlecht ...

They looked very weak  at home...

With this kind of  football, it will be very difficult to beat other teams in the group !

Problem with Galatasaray is the midfield....

Players like Selcuk Inan in the middle is not producing !

I think, Prandelli  should start Wesley Snyder in the midfield where Selcuk Inan plays ...


Galatasaray drew against  Anderlecht 1-1 in UEFA Champions League Group D match .

Anderlecht were close to score as Belgian team's Guinean winger Ibrahima Conte's close range shot missed the target in the 26th minute .

Three minutes later, Anderlecht's 33-year-old defender Olivier Deschacht attempted a goal in the box, but goalkeeper Fernando Muslera managed a save.

In the 35th minute of play, Galatasaray mid-fielder Felipe Melo's shot from outside the box, but it was saved by goalkeeper Davy Roef.

Galatasaray's Turkish midfielder Selcuk Inan fired from a free kick just outside the penalty area in the 40th minute - the ball shaved the post. Roef did not even move.

The first half ended as a goal-less draw.

In the 52nd minute, Anderlecht's 20-year-old Belgian attacking midfielder Dennis Praet skipped two Galatasaray players outside the area and made a shot into the far-right post, the ball hit the post and went in, 1-0.

A close-range shot by Galatasaray's Macedonian forward Goran Pandev in the 57th minute wave saved by Roef.

Galatasaray increased the pressure on Anderlecht's half to score the equalizer.

Bruma had an effort at a goal in the 62nd minute; however, the ball was deflected by Roef once again.

In the 86th minute, Galatasaray's  Umut Bulut, looking for equalizer, missed a chance in the box.

In stoppage time, Galatasaray finally equalized when  striker Burak Yilmaz - assisted by his Cameroonian teammate Aurelien Chedjou - easily put the ball in the back of the net, ending the game in Istanbul as a 1-1 draw.

Group D

Galatasaray 1 Anderlecht 1

Borussia Dortmund 2 Arsenal 0

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Galatasaray hosts Anderlecht

Galatasaray starts its Champions League campaign with a home match against Anderlecht.

Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli has refused to label his side's opening Champions League opponents Anderlecht as the weak link in Group D.

"We'll play against an organised, very young and interesting team. They will be ambitious to impress. Therefore we need to be careful. We'll try to get three points with the help of our fans," he told
"Let's not call Anderlecht the weakest team in the group. Let's say the youngest. Just because they have played more matches than us, we won't have any fear of them."
The 57-year-old Italian expects playmaker Wesley Sneijder to play a starring role over the course of the season for Gala, who have taken four points out of six at the start of their Super Lig season.
"Sneijder is one of the most important players of Galatasaray. He has big quality. He showed a high-level of performance in the World Cup and before that for Galatasaray," added Prandelli.
Galatasaray will miss defender Semih Kaya, who is nursing a calf injury. Meanwhile, Anderlecht will be without goalkeeper and captain Silvio Proto and French defender Fabrice N'Sakala, both of whom are suspended. 
Anderlecht manager Besnik Hasi is adamant his side will not just park the bus and hope for a draw.
The Belgian champions are unbeaten this season but face a tough test to extend that record in the cauldron of the Turk Telekom Arena although this does not faze Hasi.
"We haven't come here just to defend," he said. "We'll try to play our game as much as we can.
"We'll try to play in the way we do in our league and have possession. Will we get points? That depends on the tactics. If we can play our own game, why not?"

Galatasaray should score goal and goals in Istanbul today while  Anderlecht's top keeper is away. If Galatasaray wants to win.

The match starts  at 9:45 p.m.(local Turkey time)  at Galatasaray's Turk Telekom Arena in İstanbul. In the other Group D match, Dortmund hosts Arsenal at the same time.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Important away match for Turkey

Turkish National team  will take on Iceland in away match in their first match in Euro 2016 qualifiers .

This will be Fatih Terim's 104th match with the Turkish National team......

Under Fatih Terim, Turkish National team played 103 matches and win 52 of those matches !

In his third spell with the Turkish National team has started in positive way for Terim.

Out of their last eleven matches they won nine of them....

Turkish National team will be without Nuri Sahin, Oguz Ozyakup and Semih Kaya because of injuries.

Iceland  could give problems to Terim's boys in their first match...

Iceland moved from 13th to 46th place in two years.....

Iceland's coach Surging Nordics said they want to beat Turkey  at home .....

Iceland is very strong and physical team .

Turkey have won four  ,draw two and lose one  against Iceland .....

Last time both team played ,they draw in the Euro 1996 qualifier  match .

Turkey and Iceland in  Group A along  with  Holland, Czech's and Latvia

Two top teams will qualify and third place finishers going to play-off  from this group......

Turkish National team failed to qualify Euro 2012 and last three World Cups.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Turkey beat Denmark before important Iceland match !

It was two half's......

Bad and good !

First half was all Denmark....

Second half , Fatih Terim's boys looked much better after Arda and Ozan addition !

Agger coming out  for Denmark on defense  helped Turkey to attack ....

Captain  Daniel Agger scored for Denmark on a penalty kick.

Olcay Sahan equalized it for Turkey  on a breakaway goal ....

Bursaspor's teenage player Ozan Tufan saved the day for Terim and Turkey........

19 year old defender Tufan  rifled the late last minute goal too win the match.

It was good test before the Iceland match......

But,  back line still shaky for Fatih Terim......

Turkish National team coach Fatih Terim said he is building team for 2018 World Cup !

He said , he is also aiming the qualify to Euro 2016  too......

After the match , players celebrated Fatih Terim's 61st birthday ...

Road to  France starts on Tuesday for Terim and his boys...

First match against Iceland .

Denmark vs Turkey match highlights......

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trabzonspor signs three players

Trabzonspor has signed three players before the transfer deadline day, including Greek international Avraam Papadopoulos and Ghana starlet Abdul-Majeed Waris.

Already the busiest Turkish team during the off-season, Trabzonspor Monday night improved their squad by signing three more players, 

Spartak Moscow's Waris and Guingamp's Moustapha Yatabare have been added to provide depth to Trabzonspor's attacking line, which is currently led by Oscar Cardozo.

Turkish national team squad announced

Turkish national football team coach Fatih Terim has unveiled his 24-men squad for Turkey's first match in the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Group A against Iceland.
Terim named veteran Fenerbahce captain Emre Belozoglu and in-form Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu in the squad.
One notable absentee is Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel, who recently received a three-match ban and $8,000 fine over his verbal attack against Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo in the aftermath of a derby game between the two archrivals.
Demirel, who was involved in an incident with Melo during the game, told Fenerbahce club channel: "[The] city council should poison stray dogs otherwise I'll do it myself."
Demirel's remark was in reference to Melo's nickname, 'the Pitbull.'
Prior to their qualifying round opener against Iceland on September 9, Turkey will play a friendly game against Denmark on September 3.
The squad is as follows:
Onur Kivrak (Trabzonspor), Volkan Babacan (Istanbul Basaksehir), Mert Gunok, Gokhan Gonul, Caner Erkin, Emre Belozoglu, Mehmet Topal (Fenerbahce), Tarik Camdal (Eskisehirspor), Omer Toprak, Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Semih Kaya, Hakan Balta, Selcuk Inan, Burak Yilmaz, Olcan Adin (Galatasaray), Ersan Adem Gulum, Ismail Koybasi, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Olcay Sahan, Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas), Ozan Tufan (Bursaspor), Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid), Ahmet Ilhan Ozek (Kardemir Karabukspor), Mevlut Erdinc (AS Saint-Etienne).

Source : AA

Turkish Super League Week 1 Review

Fenerbahce began the defend of its Super League  title with a thrilling 3-2 defeat of Karabukspor.

Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike, Senegal forward Moussa Sow and Cameroon's Pierre Webo on the scoresheet.
Karabukspor twice got back on level terms through Dominick Kumbela and a Michal Kadlec own goal but eventually left with nothing to show for its efforts.
Last season's runner-up Galatasaray also got off to a winning start when prevailing 2-0 at Bursaspor, with Burak Yilmaz opening the scoring after 52 minutes and Olcan Adin sealing it in the closing stages.
Besiktas bounced back from narrowly missing out on a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage when going down 1-0 to Arsenal by beating Mersin by the same scoreline, with Cenk Tosun hitting the back of the net just before the break.
Trabzonspor had to settle for a goalless draw at Erciyesspor, while Sivasspor suffered an early setback when losing 2-1 at home to Gaziantepspor, with Muhammet Demir bagging a brace after John Utaka had put the host ahead.
Eskisehirspor was another team to come from behind and claim victory when edging out Konyaspor, with Hurriyet Gucer equalising Gabriel Torje's early strike before Erkan Zengin netted the winner from the penalty spot on 76 minutes.
Istanbul Buyuksehir held on for a 1-1 draw against Kasimpasa after having Rajko Rotman sent off. 
Rizespor and Genclerbirligi also shared the spoils after Umit Korkmaz netted for the host from Guido Kocer's opener, while Akhisar Belediye won 2-1 at Balikesirspor thanks to goals from Saidi Ntibazonkiza and Mehmet Akyuz.

Last minute transfers.....


 Turkish giants' new stars have come to Istanbul yesterday on the last day of transfer window. Besiktas's new Argentine playmaker Jose Ernesto Sosa arrived in Istanbul on Sunday and was received by a throng of fans at the airport after signing for Besiktas. The 29-year old playmaker underwent a medical examination yesterday. He is expected to sign a three to four year deal with the Black Eagles. 
Jose Sosa spent the second half of last season at Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Galatasaray's recent signings-Macedonian forward Goran Pandev and Swiss central midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, both signed from Italian Serie A club Napoli, arrived in Istanbul yesterday. It is believed that Pandev and Dzemaili will sign official contracts after medical checks. According to, Galatasaray have completed the transfers by paying Napoli $1 million (TL 2.1 million) for 31-year-old Pandev and a $3 million transfer fee for 28-year-old Dzemaili. Last season Pandev scored eight goals and produced eight assists in 41 matches for Napoli; Dzemaili found the net six times and made four assists in 29 appearances for the Serie A club.
Besiktas has terminated the contract of former Super Eagles striker, Michael Eneramo.
For agreeing to leave  10 months before the end of his contract, he will be will be paid 500,000 Euros by Besiktas!
Enaramo has transferred to  Istanbul Basaksehirspor, on a free transfer. He will take home €500,000 every year at Istanbul Basaksehirspor.