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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Do or Die Match for Galatasaray!

Advantage  on Schalke side but we have to remember Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim's  words!

"We are not done until we say  the last word!"

With that spirit, I am sure Terim should be big factor in the lockers room before the match at the half and from the sidelines....

Plus, Galatasaray will have Drogba and Sneijder along with Burak Yilmaz on the field.

Chelsea legend Drogba, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, could well be big factor in this match.

If we look at the recent stats, we see Schalke is the better side...

Galatasaray, hasn't done that good since the first leg match in Turkey!

Schalke will be without  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jermaine Jones

If Wesley Sneijder play on his original position,  Galatasaray's offense  will work better!

He needs to play behind the striker  not on left side of the field.

Recent form

Schalke: LLDWWW

Galatasaray: WWDWDL

Possible starting lineups

Schalke: Hildebrand; Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac; Jones, Neustadter, Farfan, Draxler, Bastos; Huntelaar

Galatasaray: Muslera; Sabri Sarioglu, Nounkeu, Semih Kaya; Riera, Altintop, Melo, Selcuk Inan, Sneijder; Burak Yilmaz, Drogba

Both teams are focused ....

Don't be surprise if Galatasaray makes it to quarter-finals with dramatic way!

The 12th man in the stadium almost will be equal , where a lot of German-Turks will support Galatasaray.

Galatasaray will be without Johan Elmander....

At the press conference  Fatih Terim said , "We know we are up against a strong opponent but I am confident we will win tomorrow. I trust my team. Drogba and Sneijder will play tomorrow."

Drogba and Sneijder  has to show they are the clutch players to Fatih Terim!

Would they?

I think, so !

Drogba always like the spotlight in the Champions League ....

Match Date\Time: 8:45 p.m. local, 7:45 p.m. BST, 3:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
TV: FOX Soccer Plus (U.S.), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada), Sky Sport 2 HD (Germany), NTV Spor, Star TV (Turkey.)
Online: FOX Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tough draw for Galatasaray at home ! 1-1

Drogba impressed on his Champions League debut for Galatasaray. Photo: REUTERS

Schalke walked out as a happier team tonight after  a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray.

Galatasaray started the match really good with Sneijder and Drogba starting in the lineup .

Galatasaray scored first with  Drogba and Selcuk Inan's work to Burak Yilmaz and Burak Yilmaz finishing it rocket shot on goal !

After the goal for about ten, fifteen minutes, both team had their chances...

Schalke's Huntelaar's huge miss just by the post and Galatasaray's Hamit Altintop's shot hitting the bar and Drogba's shot was saved by Schalke keeper Hildabrand.

Galatasaray  was the better side until the very last minute of the first half!

Just before the brake Schalke, scored on a breakaway thanks to very poor defending by Galatasaray team.

American player Jermaine Jones beat Muslera and Galatasaray defenders after getting a beautiful cross from Farfan.

In the  beginning of the second half Fatih Terim pulled Wesley Sneijder!

In the second half both of the teams had chances but just could not cash it in,

So, with this 1-1 draw score , looks like Schalke is in the driving seat....

Even Fatih Terim after the match , recognized that...

He said, "Schalke has the advantage on us now.All we have to do is play very hard in the second leg match in Germany "

Meanwhile, Burak Yilmaz who scored Galatasaray goal, has seven goals in the Champion League ,

He is tied with Cristian Ronaldo...

Next three weeks will be very crucial  time for Galatasaray and Fatih Terim ..

The trio on top ,Drogba,Sneijder and Burak Yilamz has to jello better and  he has too fix the defense somehow!

That is the biggest hole for Galatasaray!

But, Galatasaray will not go down easy in Germany...

As Terim said it before, It is not over until it is over......


Galatasaray host Schalke 04

Turkey's only team in the UEFA's Champions League , Galatasaray  hosting Schalke 04 ,today in Istanbul.

The match will take place in Turk Telekom Arena and kick off time is at 9,45 Pm, local Istanbul time( 2.45, ET )

Tonight's game will be Galatasaray's 244th game in Europa cups.
Out of 243 games, Galatasaray had 93 victories, 87 defeats and 63 draws, scoring 341 and conceding 343 goals

With Drogba and Sneijder playing first time last weekend in the Turkish Super League match for about 25 minutes against rock bottom team Akhisar!

At the press conference , Fatih Terim  warned Turkish media about Schalke 04...

There is big interest around the world to this match since Drogba and Sneijder playing for Galatasaray in the Champions League...

This is fact,  Galatasaray will be watched and followed bu many football fans around the world !

 You like him or not ,Galatasaray CEO Unal Aysal and his committee , did something it is almost unthinkable!

Their vision brought these two very important world class players to Galatasaray...

They deserve a lot of credit for this!

 Even though some still argue and say, "coach Fatih Terim did not want Drogba or Sneijder !"

What ever the case is , Unal Aysal's vision brought Galatasaray from dark ...

Just remember , where Galatasaray was at before they came in the power!

Fatih Terim's leadership on the field and Unak Aysal's  vision as a CEO, gave Galatasaray new look 

and now, they are most talked about Turkish team in the world again.

Lastly,  Galatasaray defense is the only question mark , in my opinion.....

The defense has to have flawless  match today against ,Schalke 04...

Drogba, Sneijder, Yilmaz, up front  and Hamit Altintop and Selcuk Inan will be factors in tonight's match!

Ahmet Turgut

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Turkish Delight for Drogba

A night to be remembered by Drogba and Turkish football fans in Turkey on Friday night in a small city called Manisa, just outside of Izmir .

Drogba made his debut as a sub in the second half and within 5 minutes of his entry he chanced the score and style of Galatasaray's play!

Even Wesley Sneijder  who started his second match in Turkey came to live once Drogba went in to the match...

Until then, Galatasaray was struggling to rock bottom of the league ,Akhisar Belediye!

It was nonsense to keep a player like Drogba on the bench !

But,  Fatih Terim decided not to start him, what ever is the reason.....

Galatasaray fans in front of the screen and fans in the stadium was sweating really bad until Drogba's goal!

The world football's legend made a sensational header goal  after being on the pitch for only five minutes,,

Burak Yilmaz  gave him  a beautiful cross on his goal!

With him coming in to the match , Drogba,Sneijder and Burak Yilmaz trio was cranking ....

Two minutes later from first goal, Sneijder gave the ball to Drogba ,he went around few and took a shot and ball was deflected  and Burak Yilmaz scored the second goal for Galatasaray!

Clutch player Drogba, totally changed the mood of the match and relieved a lot of Galatasaray fans who were biting their nails!

After going up two goals, there were few good Drogba passes to Burak Yilmaz but Burak Yilmaz could not finish it .

Rock bottom team of Turkish Super League, surprised Galatasaray defense in the 85th minute with Sertan Vardar and made theh score 1-2!

Wesley Sneijder came out in the 79th  minute of the match...

I don't know why Terim, decided to pull him off!

That trio triangle was working perfect on top .....

Akhisar's goal weapon Greek soccer player Gekas had a huge miss before, Droga's debut!

Actually , wood works saved his shot and Galatasaray ,,,,,,,

But at the end, Galatasaray was lucky and with Drogba's debut has won this match.

This match was final tune-up match before the Champions League match against Schalke 04 on February 20th at Turk Telekom Arena in Istabul,Turkey.

It will be tough one !


Around The Turkish Super League.......

On Saturday, Eskisehir loss to Kayseri at home (0-3)  Antalya draw at home against  Karabuk(0-0)  and Besiktas draw at home against Gaziantep (1-1)

Besiktas was winning 1-0 until last minute of the match...

Very bad mistake by Besiktas defense, cost Besiktas big time....
This loss of points might hound Besiktas later on in the race for the Championship!

On Sunday, the match of the week will take place in Trabzon where Ttrabzonspor host Fenerbahce

This is a huge match !

Also on Sunday, Genclerbirligi host Mersin in Ankara, Bursaspor host Elazigspor in Bursa and Ordu host Istanbul Buyuksehir,

 Very importnat matches for basment teams Elazig and Mersin.....

They have to win their matches a loss for both teams could spell danger in the coming weeks...

On Monday, week 22, will close with Kasimpas vs Sivas match .

Galatasaray sit on top of the Turkish Super League with 43 points after round 22....

On Sunday, Fenerbahce could capture the second place from Besiktas if they beat Trabzonspor.

That is why this match  between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce on Sunday is huge.

A loss for Trabzon could spell danger for Trabzon!


Friday, February 8, 2013

Drogba Finally In Istanbul

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Galatasaray's new transfer  Didier Drogba came to Istanbul tonght ......

He arrived in  a private jet with his family , his managers and Galatasaray officials.

Drogba was wearing New York Yankees hat, when he was coming out of the plane.

At the Istanbul airport, a lot of fans greeted  Drogba

From there, he was taken to  "Fulya "Team headquarters...

There, he met coach Fatih Terim  and the other team officials.

He sat with Fatih Terim in the same couch......

Fatih Terim  said, "Galatasaray transfered worlds most known and famous player" I am very happy "

Drogba talking to Galatasaray TV said " I am very happy to be here, it is new page in my life"

I will do my best "

Most valuable player from 2012  UEFA Champions League Final match , Drogba now is in Turkey

It is Turkish Delight for Galatatasaray...

After Sneijder this is huge transfer in the Turkish Football ...

Drogba will wear number 12 jersey with Galatasaray....

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Official ! Wesley Sneijder Signs With Galatasaray

Galatasaray Sports Club Vice President Ali Dürüst and CEO Lütfi Arıboğan  with Wesley Sneijder  at the signing ceremony ,Photo by

He came yesterday, to Istanbul Turkey….
Met with Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim and team officials
Had a nice dinner last night in Istanbul…
And today …..
First went through medical check up …
And just a couple hours ago, he ink the real deal with Galatasaray…
Sneijder signed a 3 1/2 year deal reportedly worth about $6.6 million a year…..
After signing the formal papers, Snijder met with Turkish press for the first time!
During the questions answers, Wesley Sneijder said thesee…..
Sneijder says he had several transfer offers but he chose Galatasaray, which he described as a “top club”
Because they are in the Champions League…..
He said he is match fit and ready to play for Galatasaray,,,
He went on to say, If coach lets me play this weekend , I would love to play in the derby match against Besiktas ,this weekend…..
So, long Sneijder’s transfer saga ended today….
Now, people would like to see ,Sneijder playing !
It is show up time for Wesley Sneijder.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Finally, Wesley Synder Said Yes To Galatasaray !


 Finally !

Sneijder said yes to Galatasaray....

He was cornered  by Inter Milan,,,,,

Because Inter Milan and Galatasaray agreed on a price that was good with  Inter Club.

But, He want to play in England  because of his high price tag......

There was no real deal or offer out there!

He waited , and waited.......

Finally, came to agreement with first Inter and then Galatasaray...

This all  started yesterday...and ended on Sunday January 20th,2013 !

He came to Inter about two and half years ago with 30 million price tag.....

But because of his injuries  not playing hurt his career ...

His last two years with Inter was in slump.

According to report Sneijder will get  3.5 million(Euro ) a year until 2017 ....

And, 25.000 per match and...5000.00 for winning Turkish Tittle ,500,000 for going to semi-finals in the Champions League,

On top  of all that, he will pick up  6 million signing on fee from Galatasaray !

That is nice Turkey ! as we say here that is nice America .........

Without a doubt He is really big name in the world of soccer.....

He will sell a lot of Galatasaray #10 Jersey, in Turkey and abroad....

I believe that !

He will be the biggest soccer icon , in Turkey !

Fans around the world will watch Galatasaray matches now every weekend....

It is high price tag transfer for Galatasaray and Turkish Football ...

If Galatasaray and Fatih Terim  uses him correctly ,Galatasaray and Turkish Football could gain from Wesley Sneijder!

Welcome to Turkey, and Galatasaray ,Wesley Sneijder.......

And Finally , "WELCOME TO HELL "

Wesley Sneijder's first interview was on Galatasaray TV ,,,here is the the link......