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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's Official ! Robin Van Persie sign with Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce have completed the signing of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.
The 31-year-old Netherlands striker flew to the Turkish capital on Sunday and leaves United after three years at the club.

Having received a warm welcome when landing in Istanbul, Van Persie was again afforded another rapturous reception at Fener’s Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Tuesday.
“I am humbled to see so many fans come today to greet and welcome me to your family,” he told supporters.

“I promise you one thing, I will do everything in my power to help Fenerbahce win as many titles as possible to make you guys happy.

“If I see today, I can only imagine what it would be like if you win the league and what sort of party that would be. I want to share that you with you.

“I will try to learn Turkish fast because I think it’s very important to adapt to the country you’re living in. I am part of the Fenerbahce family – I will adapt to this country and to you.”
After joining United from Arsenal, Van Persie enjoyed a stellar first campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson, scoring 26 goals to help secure a 20th Premier League title at Old Trafford.
Van Persie played in every single game of that league campaign, but familiar fitness issues have since dogged him under the management of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the striker managing 21 and 27 Premier League outings in the last two campaigns respectively.

The signing of Memphis Depay by United in May hinted at a changing of the guard up front, with 
Radamel Falcao also moving on after his loan from Monaco was not turned permanent.

Van Persie becomes Fener’s eighth signing of a busy transfer window, and joins a familiar face at the Sukru Saracoglu in the shape of Nani, who also made the move from United to Turkey last week.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Enes Unal sign with Manchester City !

@MCFC: Manchester City are pleased to announce the signing of Turkey international striker Enes Unal from @BursasporSk #mcfc 

Welcome to Barca, Arda Turan !

Friday, June 12, 2015

Soccer-Turkey struggle to beat lowly Kazakhstan in Euro qualifier

- Turkey kept their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to bottom side Kazakhstan thanks to a late Arda Turan's strike in their Group A game on Friday.

The visitors, who handed Kazakhstan their heaviest ever home defeat when they beat them 6-0 last time the teams met in Almaty in 2006, dominated the game but missed several chances.

Turkey's top scorer in qualifying, Burak Ylmaz, missed the target in the 53rd minute and hit the woodwork 20 minutes later.

But it was Yilmaz who set up Arda Turan to score what proved to be the winner in the 83rd minute in a tough match.

Third-placed Turkey are on eight points after six games ahead of the Netherlands, who have seven from five and were visiting Latvia later on Friday when group leaders Czech Republic, on 13, were away to second-placed Iceland who have 12.

Kazakhstan, who have one point, opened their account with a 0-0 draw at home to Latvia but have lost all five of their subsequent fixtures.

The top two qualify for the finals with the best third-placed finisher in the nine groups. The eight remaining third-placed teams play off to determine the last four qualifiers. 

Source: Reuters 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

New coaches for Besiktas and Fenerbahce !

 Besiktas's new coach Senol Gunes ...

Besiktas has signed Turkish manager Senol Gunes for two seasons with an option to extend his deal for a further year.
The Istanbul side said that Gunes will receive 1.5 million euros ($1.69 million) for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 football seasons.
According to the agreement, Besiktas will pay Senol Gunes 500,000 euros as compensation his contract is terminated prematurely after the first season.
Sixty-three-year-old Gunes managed Bursaspor last season.

Fenerbahce appoint Vitor Pereira 

 Fenerbahce has appointed Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira for two years.
Releasing a statement on Thursday, Fenerbahce said: "Portuguese Vitor Pereira, who worked for Greece's Olympiacos last year, has been appointed as new coach of Fenerbahce football team with a two-year deal."
Pereira started his coaching career at the age of 34 with Portuguese clubs Padroense and Porto's youth team. The manager, who retired from playing professional football at the age of 28, enjoyed his premier first-team spell with San Joanense in the 2004-2005 season.
The Espinho native was Andre Villas-Boas' assistant manager at Porto in the 2010-2011 season; he managed the team to the Portuguese Super Cup Final against Vitoria Guimares in 2011.
The Portuguese manager was able to bring success to Porto in the 2011-2012 season, finishing as champions in 30 matches with 75 points. He continued his success with the team, becoming champions the next season with Porto as well.
After staying with Saudi Arabian team al-Ahli in the 2013-2014 season, the 47-year-old moved on to Olympiacos in January 2015.
With Pereira, Olympiacos won the Greek domestic cup and championship this year.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Galatasaray Winners of Turkish Cup

Galatasaray beats Bursaspor to win Ziraat cup

In addition to the Turkish Spor Toto Super League title, Galatasaray has been crowned Ziraat Turkish Cup winners this season

LTurkish Spor Toto Super League champions Galatasaray beat

 Bursaspor, 3-2, to win the 2014-15 Ziraat Turkish Cup at the Bursa Ataturk Stadium in Bursa on Wednesday.
In the 25th minute, home team Bursaspor were awarded a penalty on account of Galatasaray’s left-back Alex Telles. This allowed Bursaspor’s Fernandao to score, 1-0.
In the 40th minute, Galatasaray equalized when their Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz finished in the far post, 1-1.
In the 48th minute of the second half, Galatasaray came back when Yilmaz again finished in the one-on-one position. Selcuk Inan made a deadly through ball to his teammate, 2-1.
Bursaspor scored the equalizer in the 58th minute, Volkan Sen then put the ball into the net, 2-2. Fernando Belluschi made a classy heel pass.
Galatasaray striker Yilmaz hit the target just a minute later to allow Galatasaray take the lead once again, 3-2. Yilmaz scored a hat-trick for his team.
Galatasaray captain Selcuk Inan lifted the trophy at the ceremony.
Apart from the Spor Toto Super League title, Galatasaray has been crowned Ziraat Turkish Cup winners this season, allowing the Istanbul giants to do a “double”.
Galatasaray lastly did a “double” in the 1999-2000 season.
Lions are the most time winners of the Turkish Cup with 16 titles. Moreover, reigning Ziraat Turkish Cup championsGalatasaray also retained the title in the domestic tournament.

My take : Clutch Team Galatasaray Won the #STSL Tittle !

It was up and down for three Turkish giants all season long !

Galatasaray ,Besiktas and Fenerbahce occupied the top spot most of the time...

Akhisar hold the top spot earlier in the season in the third and fourth weeks.

Because of the teams could never open the point gap between them ,the gap was only one or two points most of the season !

For the first time , Galatasaray opened the gap three points in the 22th week....

I knew this chase would go down to the wire !

Fenerbahce and Besiktas could not perform like Galatasaray in the last five weeks ...

When I was in Turkey, Besiktas loss 10 points !

Besiktas problems started in the 30th week after a draw against Gaziantep in Ankara !

Following week, Besiktas had a another draw match this time against Akhisar....

In the 32. Week, losing against Konya was  disaster for Besiktas !

Fenerbahce was the only team to give challenge to Galatasaray ....

That hope was demolished for Fenerbahce in the 33th week when Fenerbahce draw against BasakSehir !

At the end Clutch team with clutch players won the Turkish Super League Tittle !

Galatasaray had clutch players like Sneijder ,Muslera, Selcuk Inan .....

Besiktas was young  team,they could not handle the pressure!

As far as Fenerbahce, their coach Ismail Kartal  made some crutual mistakes at the end of the tunnel!

His coaching from sideline was not that great......

On the other hand , Besiktas coach Bilic made some crutual mistakes in the crutual weeks .

That was costly for Besiktas too !

The team who started the league with coaching caos Galatasaray, started this race with bad start but finished on top at the end of the season .

In the 3rd week, Galatasaray was in 9th place in the league with 4 points!

When their Italian coach Prandelli left in the 10th week, Galatasaray was only one point behind
 Besiktas .

Prandelli won 6 ,draw 1 and loss 3 in 10 ,Turkish Super League matches!

But he was sacked.......

Because of poor Euroapian performance.

The new coach Hamza Hamzaoglu came in and picked up from there !

He landed on this dream job with the help from Fatih Terim's recommandation

Knowing Turkish players and changing couple things with teams lineup ,Hamzaoglu put Galatasaray on right track !

Players like ,Muslera and Sneijder was plus for his accomplishment .....

At the end .....

Galatasaray won their 20th Championship title in Turkey and earned their four star.

They were the clutch team.