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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Turkish football fans unite after Istanbul attacks !

Photo: Courtesy of @bjkmedya1903 

Thousands of football fans came out in a show of solidarity on Wednesday for an emotionally-charged first match after twin bombings outside the Istanbul stadium of top Turkish team Besiktas.
Waving Turkish flags and whistling, fans made their way to the stadium after 44 people were killed on Saturday in an attack claimed by Kurdish militants.
Besiktas was playing on Wednesday against Kayserispor in a Turkish cup match at its new arena, on the shores of the Bosphorus.
A mournful silence was broken by fans making their way to the game, chanting "martyrs never die, homeland not divided" -- slogans of solidarity and patriotism rather than the usual team slogans, an AFP correspondent said.
Later inside the stadium, the slogans were repeated as fans sought to pay tribute to those killed and show a united front.
A car bomb exploded on Saturday outside the stadium and less than a minute later, a suicide attacker blew himself up next to a group of police officers at a nearby park.
Some 37 police officers and seven civilians were killed in the blasts claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), which is seen as a radical offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) listed as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies.
One of the Besiktas coaches Veyiz Oguz said Turkish football fans were united in mourning.
"Right now, Galatasaray fans are with us, Fenerbahce fans are with us," referring to Istanbul's two other big teams.
'All united'
Kayserispor fan Mehmet said he came all the way from the central Turkish city of Kayseri for Wednesday's match.
"Today, we Trabzonspor fans, Besiktas fans, Galatasaray fans are all united," he told AFP.

"God willing these incidents end and our matches can occur peacefully," he added.
Seyma, a female fan of Istanbul top flight Galatasaray, said: "Today is the day to show unity," adding that she hoped "friendship will win today. Turkey will win."
Besiktas midfielder Olcay Sahan took two Turkish police officers by the hand to the field and the audience applauded, an AFP photographer said.
Besiktas coach Senol Gunes and goalkeeper Tolga Zengin also laid wreathes on the players' benches.
A sea of flowers, including carnations coloured the red and white of the Turkish flag, have been left outside the stadium, along with scarves from all of the Turkish teams. An imam recited from the Koran at the site on Wednesday evening.
Besiktas said this week that money from tickets sold for Wednesday's match would go to victims' families.
Anil Akbulut, a fan of one of the other Istanbul giants Fenerbahce, said what mattered was not the match but the solidarity.
"What we experienced was painful," he said. "It doesn't matter which team I support. I know that the ticket proceeds would go to martyrs' families and that's why I came with my fiancee to watch the game."
"We invited fans from all teams," Hakan Ozkose, a Besiktas board member, told AFP. "We made the decision in order to show we are one heart against terror."

Source : AFP 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Turkish Super League 14th weekend standings

#TurkishSuperLig  #STSL 14th weekend results,standings and top scorers !

Besiktas caught up with Basaksehir in the 14th week , they both have 32 points on top .

While Galatasaray won at home, Fenerbahce went down in Antalya !

Fenerbahce's Sow scored bicycle kick goal but it was called back by controversial referee Cuneyt Cakir ....


Top scorers ........

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blasts kill dozens near Istanbul's Besiktas stadium

Turkey declares day's mourning after blasts possibly targeting police kill at least 29 and injure 160 others.

Two explosions have hit the city of Istanbul, near Besiktas stadium, killing at least 29 people, mostly police personnel, and wounding more than 160 .

They have detained 10 people in connection with the bombings.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 27 of those killed were police and two were civilians, according to AFP news agency.

"I heard two loud explosions within 30 seconds of each other," Omer Yilmaz, a cleaner at the nearby Dolmabahce Mosque, told Al Jazeera.
"I saw flames. I walked towards the police bus which was on fire and and I saw policemen inside."

Turkey declared a one-day morning after the twin blasts ripped through the heart of Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also ordered flags to fly at half mast, Anadolu said.

Source : News Wires 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Three teams will represent Turkey in the Europa League

After Fenerbahce and Osmanlispor finished their group in the first place , the earned to be in the knockout stage games ...

Besiktas who said good bye to Champions League after losing in Kiev, they also will play in the Europa League .

Fenerbahce surpassed one of the world soccer powers Manchester United in the group and finished first place !

In their last match they beat Feyenoord team in Netherlands 1-0

TURKISH Super Lig's most form team Fenerbahce has been looking good lately in the domestic league and in the Europa League matches...h

Saw scored Fenerbahce's only goal with amazing  bicycle kick again...

Moussa Sow  has been the scoring power for Fenerbahce !

Fenerbahce coach Dick Advocaat , was happy getting out of the group A ,on top of the Manchester United ...

Fenerbahce finished the group with 13 points while Manchester United finished in second place with 12 points .

That's is a huge acomplisment for Fenerbahce team !

On the other hand Osmanlispor made history .......

First time  ever in clubs history , they have gone to knockout stages in the Europa League ..

Osmanlispor coach Mustafa Resit Akcay deserves a lot of credit for this success !

They also finished in first place with 10 points while Spain's soccer power Villarreal finished second place with 9 points  in the group L ....

They beat Zurich at home with two goal in their last match .

One disappointed, Konyaspor said good bye to Europa League after finishing last place in their group

So, Besiktas ,Fenerhace and Osmanlispor will represent Turkey in the Europa League knockout stages...

The draw will be on Monday,December 12th, 2016....

Turkish teams will be seeded in the draw....

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nightmare for Besiktas in Kiev !

Disaster  penalty  call by Craig Thomson .....

All Besiktas need it to win in Kiev so they could qualify to knockout stage in the Champions League 

Against the last team in the group , they could not do that ! 

In the very beginning of the match (9th minute) they went down 1-0 ... 

That was big surprise for Senol Gunes who was bundled up on the sideline with heavy coat hood covering his head !

After the goal Besiktas  , Besiktas was pushing up to find  the equalizer goal  to tie the match ..

Quarezma and Olcay Sahan missed a couple good chances before the disaster penalty kick call by referee Craig Thomson ! 

In the  30th minute, counterattack by Kiev  led  the awful penalty call and red card by referee Craig Thomson .. 

That was never penalty and with new rule change was not red card !

Craig Thomson butchered Besiktas's dream  with that call ...

Besiktas never recovered after that ! 

Two minutes later Kiev scored again .. 

Besiktas closed the first half  with four goals and a man down ...

In the beginning of the second half , Besiktas' s Vincent Aboubakar was send off  the filed with red card ...

Nine man Besiktas, was pretty much done in Kiev ! 

After that Kiev scored two more goal and match finish with the score of 6-0 !

Besiktas went into match with high expectations but, thouse expectations turn into nightmare thanks to Craig Thomson and his linesman AND the Besiktas defense ...

Although Referee was huge factor in this match but we can't overlook how Besiktas defense played poorly! 

Also Besiktas could create attacks on Kiev goal ...

While Kiev had 17 attempts on Besiktas goal , Besiktas had only 6 ! 

Besiktas had a really good chance to make it to knockout round but their dream vanished by Craig Thomson and  not playing  well as a team !

After the match, Besiktas coach said " I am taking the blame for not playing good "

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A must win for Besiktas !

As Besiktas coach Senol Gunes  said this is the most important match in Besiktas's history ..

I agree with a win Besiktas will gain respect and earn money for the club ..

That's why this is a must win !

Besiktas, with one win and four draws so far in Group B, are close to qualifying from the group stages for the first time in the Istanbul club’s history.
Dynamo Kiev have no hope of advancing further, the Ukrainians will provide a stern test for Besiktas, who recently came back from 3-0 down against Portuguese group rivals Benfica to earn a hard-won draw.
A Besiktas win -- coupled with a Benfica-Napoli draw on Tuesday -- will see the Black Eagles go through as group leaders. Lose, and Besiktas will finish third and be demoted to the Europa League competition.
A draw in Kiev will see Besiktas relying on the result of the Benfica-Napoli match. Besiktas would need one side to win as well as needing to finish the group with a better goal difference than the loser in Lisbon.
Vincent Aboubakar and Ricardo Quaresma will be at the forefront of Besiktas's attack in one of the side’s most critical matches.
Both players have scored three times so far, helping Besiktas to bag nine goals so far in the group. Cenk Tosun, Adriano Correia and Anderson Talisca recorded also scored for Istanbul's Black Eagles.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Turkish Super Lig standings,results and top scorer !

Good weekend for #Galatasaray while #Basaksehir #Besiktas and #Fenerbahce did not win in the 13th weekend in#STSL !

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Super Saturday in the Turkish Super Lig ! #STSL


13th week in the #STSL will take a start with two important matches on Saturday ! Basaksehir vs Antalya and Fenerbahce vs Besiktas !

First place #Basaksehir will host Antalya in a early game before the derby match ! Fenerbahce vs Besiktas match will be after that match !

It's very crucial two matches on Saturday ..,

Fenerbahce and Antalya are the most form teams in the last six matches ! While Fenerbahce won their last five matches ,Basaksehir won four.

Most formed team Fenerbahce which has won its last eight games, will host historic rival Besiktas on  Dec. 3 looking to maintain an 11-year undefeated record in derby games.

Besiktas, meanwhile, is out to extend its unbeaten run in three competitions – Turkish Super League, Champions League and the Turkish Cup. 

But Fenerbahce  fans are entertaining great expectations from Moussa Sow, its prolific Senegalese striker who scored a hat-trick against  Rizespor last week, pacing his side to a 5-1 win.

Sow, who returned to the Istanbul side last summer following one year away with the United Arab Emirates’ al-Ahli, has scored seven goals against Besiktas  in eight appearances. 

Fenerbahce stores now sell Sow jerseys with his name and number written upside-down in honor of recent bicycle-kick goals against Rize and Manchester United .

Sow has scored 65 goals for Fenerbahce in 160 games, while assisting on 28 others. 

Fener coach Dick Advocaat, who has received great praise in the Turkish media for the recent performance of the team following a bad start, also has confidence in his countryman Robin van Persie. The Dutch international, who scored in a derby against Galatasaray on Nov. 20 “is a very important player,” Advocaat said, adding that he should return to the national team. 

Besiktas visits Fenerbahce at Sukru Saracoglu  two points behind leader Basaksehir, another Istanbul team which it drew 1-1 last week, and four points ahead of third-place Fenerbahce

The Black and Whites will be lucky to have Ricardo Quaresma on the pitch after the Portuguese midfielder escaped a booking and suspension in the Basaksehir game in the dying minutes. 

Besiktas coach Senol Gunes said after the game on Nov. 26 that he and his side were tired. The visitors, which engineered a historic comeback from three goals down against Benfica on Nov. 23 before appearing in the Turkey Cup on Nov. 29, will fly to Ukraine to meet Dynamo Kyiv to guarantee a qualification spot in the Champions League. 

In the last 52 games of between the rivals, Fener have won 19, one more than Beşiktaş. It has also won 14 out of 35 games at the Sukru Saracoglu against Besiktas nine wins.

Besiktas's last away victory in the fixture was on April 17, 2005, a 4-3 game for the ages when the 10-men Eagles scored the winner after seeing goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba sent off.

So , Saturday 's results may just change the top team in the #STSL ! #Galatasaray plays on Sunday while #Trabzon waits until Monday.