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Friday, June 5, 2009

Galatasaray New Boss, Rijkaard

Rijkard and Ahmet Turgut back in 2003 when he was the coach of Barca....

Galatasaray appointed Dutch technical director Frank Rijkaard as their new coach.

The club stated on its website on Friday that they agreed with former Barcelona coach Rijkaard to replace Bulent Korkmaz, according to the report.

Rijkaard is expected to arrive in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday and sign a 2-year-contract with the club at a ceremony at 8:00 p.m.local time (GMT 1700).

Rijkaard, born on September 30, 1962 in Amsterdam, is a Dutch football manager and former player. Rijkaard played for Ajax, Real Zaragoza and Milan, and represented his national side 73 times, scoring 10 goals.

Rijkaard's coaching career began when he was appointed manager of the Netherlands national football team in 1998. He had previously served as an assistant coach, along with Johan Neeskens and Ronald Koeman under the managerial tenure of Guus Hiddink.

During the 2001-02 season, he became manager of Sparta Rotterdam, and then he was appointed manager of Barcelona for the 2003-04 season.

I have followed Rijkaard back in 2003 when he came to United States with Barcelona for a friendly matches.

At that time he was the coach of Turkish International Keeper Rustu Recber who was

transfered to Barcelona.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Turkey Wins The Friendly Match Against Azerbaijan

Turkish National soccer team scored two late goals to overcome Azerbaijan in an international friendly at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

The visitors battled well and looked like they might hold their opponents, ranked more than 100 places above them in FIFA's world standings, to a creditable goalless draw until Halil Altintop broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to go.

And within five minutes Turkey had doubled their advantage, Ibrahim Uzulmez slotting home to wrap up the victory.

Stadium: Kadir Has

Referees: Mario Vlk, Marian Rusbarsky, Erik Weiss (Slovakia)

Turkey: Volkan, Ceyhun (min. 58 Yusuf), Mehmet, Gokhan, Nihat (min. 46 Halil), Semih (min. 70 Sabri), Nuri, Tuncay (min. 63 Sercan), Kazim (min. 46 Arda), Ibrahim Uzulmez (min. 78 Caner), Eren

Azerbaijan: Valiyev, Malikov, Shukurov (min. 46 Chertogonov), Nabiyev (min. 46 Bakhshiev), Abasov, Gomes (min. 46 Javadov), Sadigov, Huseynov (min. 56 Pereira), Maharramov, Akhtyamov (min. 83 Subasic), Levin

Scorers: min. 70 Halil, min. 75 Ibrahim Uzulmez (Turkey) (GC-EÖ

Monday, June 1, 2009

FIFA.COM: "Black Eagles soar in Turkey"

The streets of Istanbul became a sea of black and white at the weekend as Besiktas fans in their tens of thousands riotously celebrated the Kara Kartallar's (Black Eagles) first Turkish league title in six years. The team coached by Mustafa Denizli had already won the domestic cup and thus became the first club to do the double since 2000. The feeling on the Bosporus now is that Besiktas are finally poised to stretch their wings and regain long-term parity with bitter city rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.

"Winning the double is a great achievement and I’m overjoyed. It felt like a volcano erupting inside me,” Denizli gushed after the title-clinching 2-1 victory away to Denizlispor on the last day. "We’ve succeeded in bringing a long adventure to a happy conclusion," continued the 59-year-old, for whom the triumph means not one but two entries in the Turkish roll of honour: he is not only the first Turkish coach to lead Besiktas to glory, he is also the first to win the Super Lig with all three of Istanbul’s major clubs. "My team totally deserves their triumph,” the former Turkey international summed up.

Sivasspor miss out, Gala fall short
However, a real upset looked on the cards for a long spell in Turkey this season. Surprise package Sivasspor were never far from the headlines after leading the league for most of the last five months. A first championship triumph for a club from outside Istanbul since 1984 seemed on the cards, but coach Bulent Uygun’s valiant side ultimately ran out of steam on the home straight. In an ironic twist, it was Besiktas' fierce rivals Galatasaray who administered the coup de grace, as new Turkey superstar Arda Turan struck a brace on the last day to seal a 2-1 win over Sivasspor and hand the title to the Black Eagles.

At the end of the day, a extra touch of class made the difference, as Besiktas finished five points clear at the top, with more victories and fewer defeats than Sivasspor. Uygun and his men thus failed in their attempt to become only the fifth team outside the Istanbul triumvirate and Trapzonspor to claim Super Lig glory, but were consoled with second place and a shot at qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Trabzonspor, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray took third, fourth and fifth respectively, and have to be satisfied with place in the newly-formed UEFA Europa League.

Winning the double is a great achievement and I’m overjoyed. It felt like a volcano erupting inside me.
Besiktas coach Mustafa Denizli
Of this trio, Gala were the most disappointing this term. The previous year’s champions lost seven times on their travels, including a 4-1 defeat to Fener and a 3-1 reverse against Besiktas. Their record of 39 goals against was easily the worst of the teams in the top seven, and they sneaked into Europe only by virtue of Fenerbahce’s 4-2 defeat to Besiktas in the cup final – Fener qualified for the Europa League on the basis of their league position.

A small consolation for the Lions of the Bosporus, who rate as the nation’s joint-most successful club alongside Fenerbahce with 17 league titles apiece, was that Milan Baros recaptured the form of his golden years and finished Super Lig top scorer on 20 goals. Aided and abetted by Harry Kewell, who enjoyed a productive first season in a Gala jersey, Baros provided moments to celebrate for the boisterous and excitable Ali-Sami-Yen stadium crowd, although everyone at the club realises it was still not enough. "There is just one place for Galatasaray and that is the number one position. If you don't get that, there is going to be a backlash,” Kewell exclusively told just a few weeks ago. A stormy summer beckons for the wounded Gala crew.

Dawn of a new era?
Konyaspor, Kocaelispor and Hacettepe proved unable to escape the relegation trapdoor, but Besiktas' 11th domestic title has raised hopes of a new era for the men in black and white. The media spotlight has fallen on Yusuf Simsek and Fabian Ernst as the orchestrators and architects of the latest triumph. "Our midfield, and particularly Simsek and Ernst, made a major contribution to our triumph. Both absolutely lived up to expectations,” commented coach Denizli.

Ernst, capped 24 times by Germany, switched to the Bosporus from Schalke during the winter break. "We’ve played good football, and we’ve made our fans happy,” reflected Ernst. The next step for the Black Eagles is success on the international stage, with the aim of matching the achievements of Galatasaray, UEFA Cup winners in 1999/2000, and Fenerbahce, UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists in 2007/08. With the expertise and cunning of Denizli at their disposal, Besiktas certainly appear to have exactly the right man in charge of their destiny.


Saturday, May 30, 2009


Besiktas coach Mustafa Denizli set a record in Turkey by winning the Turkish Title with three different Istanbul teams.

That is why he is the best coach in Turkey......

Besiktas clinched the Turkish Turkcell Super league title for the 11th time on Saturday with a 2-1 win away to Denizlispor, adding to their Turkish Cup success.
Slovak Filip Holosko opened the scoring for the Istanbul side in the 28th minute while Ibrahim Toraman extended the Black Eagles' lead in the 63rd minute with a superb long-range shot.

Brazilian Douglas Daniel Braga pulled one back for the home side in the 85th minute, but couldn't knock a superior Besiktas off their stride.
It has been a bitterly disappointing season for Besiktas' major Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, who have both won the title 17 times and who finished in
fourth and fifth place.

Source: Ahmet Turgut and Reuters

Friday, May 29, 2009


It is the last Tango in the Turkish Turkcell Super League and It's the Championship Saturday too.

Turkcell Super League Leader Besiktas could clinch the title with a away win or a draw in Denizli.

Denizlispor who is safe by only goal average, would want to get at least a point from Besiktas to reach 39 points mark.

But, a draw might cost a problem for Besiktas if Sivasspor beats Galatasaray in Istanbul and scores three or more goals they could well capture the leagues Championship .

Could this happened?....

It could well be!...

This is very crucial weekend for Sivasspor!..

Not only, not winning the Championship , they could also lose the second place to Trabzonspor, if they lose against Galatasaray in Istanbul.

That is why, a win is a must for Sivasspor, not only hope for the championship also to retain the second place...

If they lose on Saturday it will be disaster for Sivasspor fans...

Instead of getting shot at the Champions League, they will end up in third place and they will end up in the newly formated Euro League qualification matches.

So, Turkcell Super League's top and bottom and the last weekend is very complicated!...

The team who is following Sivasspor , Trabzonspor will host This years most disappointed team Fenerbahce in Trabzon.

While Trabzonspor is at 65 point, Sivasspor is at 66 points.

The team who sits on top, Besiktas ,at 68 points...


At the bottom, Konyaspor and Antalyaspor will play life and death match on Saturday. Antalyaspor will be home against Ankaragucu while Konyaspor will hoat another Ankara team Ankaraspor.

Konyaspor has to beat Ankaraspor and look for a little help from Ankaragucu team.

In case of a draw in Antalyaspor v Ankaragucu match even Konyaspor wins at home they will be the team that will relegate to the Banka Asya Turkish First League next season.

Hacettepe and Kocaelispor already said good-bye to the Turkcell Super League ...

So, the long 34 week marathon, in the Turkish Turkcell Super league will come to end this Saturday.

The winners will be happy and the losers will be sad!.......

"The Thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" will be felt in the Turkish Turkcell Super League this Saturday...

Lastly, Let's welcome the newcomers to the League.....

Diyarbakirspor, Kasimpasa and Manisaspor to the Turkcell Super League...

Enjoy your Championship Saturday....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Roberto Carlos Admits Talking To Fluminense Team

According to reports from Brazil media and ESPN Brazil Roberto Carlos talked to Fluminense team officials.

Here is what he told ESPN Brazil" "Rumors about Fluminense are true. There have been contacts with the board, though I've been talking to another teams too; still, Flu is a true offer, I have nothing to hide,"

According to Reports, Carlos gave an interview to the the Television station in Brazil.

He went on in the interview and said "he feels "quiet, calm and happy" in Turkey, said his contract with Fenerbahce expires next year, though it is said he could get a one-year extension deal.

"They want me to stay one more year, let's see what's the best for both. I have to reach an agreement with Fenerbache,"

The Brazilian player admitted he had held talks to join Fluminense, though he said it all depends on Fenerbahce's last word.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Besiktas One Step Closer To The Title.

Turkcell Super League Review...

Besiktas is one step closer heading into the final weekend of the Turkish Turkcell Super League season with a two-point lead after they beat Galatasaray 2-1.

Yusuf Simsek scored a valuable winner for his side on the hour mark after Australia international Harry Kewell (49) had canceled out a Deivson Bobo strike four minutes before half-time.

Sivasspor the other top contender, stayed in touch with a 3-2 win at home to Genclerbirligi.

Sivasspor had gone behind when James Troisi netted after 22 minutes and, while Genclerbirligi held that lead until the break, they would concede three times in 21 minutes after half-time.

Half-time substitute Yannick Kamanan got the ball rolling after 49 minutes before further goals from Herve Tum (60) and Murat Erdogan (66).

Jacques Momha (77) pulled a goal back but it was not enough.

Trabzonspor won 5-2 at Eskisehirspor to stay three points behind Besiktas, although a goal difference deficit of eight almost certainly rules out their title hopes.

They went some way to improving their goal difference tonight, however, with Ceyhun Gulselam (18, 63) and Alanzinho (39, 89) both scoring a brace to go with Umut Bulut's (78) solitary effort.

Doga Kaya (66) and Souleymane Youla (74) scored for Eskisehirspor.

Antalyaspor moved two points clear of the drop zone after they drew 0-0 with

Ankaraspor while third-from-bottom Konyaspor lost 4-2 at Fenerbahce.

Daniel Guiza (14, 17), Ugur Boral (38) and Roberto Carlos (40) had put Fener out of sight before consolation goals for Roman Kratochvil (75pen) and Branimir Poljac (90).

After losing to Fenerbahce, Konyaspor will be looking for miracles to stay in the league in the last weekend.

First, They have to beat Ankaraspor at home and than, hope, Ankaragucu beat Antalyaspor in Antalyaspor.

Antalyaspor has 37 points and Konyaspor has 35 points at the end of 33th week.

Ankaragucu recorded a resounding 3-0 win at home to Denizlispor with Silvino Joao Jaba (34), Mehmet Yilmaz (63) and Semavi Ozgur (67) on target.

In the other match, Gaziantepspor twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Bursaspor.