Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SQUEAKY BUM TIME APPROACHES FOR BOTH ANKARA TEAMS !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Yes, it is tight at the top of the League with the League Title still up for grabs.   However, it is all doom and gloom at the bottom with the relegation issue likely to be played out until the last ball is kicked.

It was Ankaragucu who caused the biggest shock of the weekend when they returned from high flying Trabzon with a well earned point, and in the process, dented Trabzon’s title hopes.   Genclerbirligi, on the other hand, had another setback at home losing all 3 points to Kasimpasa.

In view of the current situation, I am unable to watch any of the matches, so my reports for the time being will cover the bare-bones with little or no detail.

Trabzonspor         1               ANKARAGUCU         1

Team -   Ricordo, Pinto, Pazdan, Kulusic, Atila, Faty, Sedat, Scarione, Rodrigues, Saba and Orgill

Trabzon went straight into the lead in the 3rd minute when Sorloth put Trabzon ahead, and I feared the worst.    However, Ankaragucu held firm and were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute which was despatched by Rodrigues.  

Then, 10 minutes before the end Rodrigues was shown a Red card which left Ankaragucu hanging on, and they had a narrow escape in the dying minutes when Trabzon was denied a penalty after the referee consulted the VAR   !!

GENCLERBIRLIGI       0        Kasimpasa       2

Team – Nordfeldt, Ozgenc, Ramos, Toure, Pehlivanoglu, Baino, Candeias, Ayite, Sessegnon, Sio and Stancu

Gencler didn’t improve their survival efforts any by capitulating at home to fellow strugglers Kasimpasa despite having the lions share of possession.    They went behind in the 17th minute when Koita opened the scoring and Ndongala sealed it in 90 plus 5.

With Gencler in 13th position on 31 points and Ankaragucu in 18th position (bottom) on 25 points, the relegation issue is still not a done deal.

The next 2 weeks will prove crucial for both teams, starting next Saturday when Ankaragucu are at home to Alanya in 7th position.    Gencler travel to Malatya who are in 15th place.

So, with only 5 more matches left to play, it is now in the players own hands to do the business to at least keep the pot boiling for yet another week.

Also, it goes without saying that Ankaragucu will miss Rodrigues up front next week, which, dare I say it, will mean Ilhan Parlak will be in the starting line up.    Therefore, more pressure on Orgill to start finding the back of the net after a long barren spell   !!!

Watch this space next Sunday for details.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, June 21, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI – A MISSED OPPORTUNITY !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Genclerbirligi scorned the chance to move into mid-table safety last night when they drew a blank against bottom club Kayseri.    Well ........... they were bottom, but that ‘distinction’ now belongs to Ankaragucu  !!!

Kayserispor        2            GENCLERBIRLIGI         0

Team – Nordfeldt, Oguz, Kizildag, Toure, Pehlivanoglu, Baiano, Pehlivan, Ozdemir, Candeias, Sio and Stancu

Interesting to spot that old Ankaragucu favourite, Djedje was in the Kayseri team !

Henrique opened the scoring after half an hour of play in the 1st half, and substitute Kravets put the game out of Gencler’s reach near the end of the match.

Gencler is still left with plenty to do with 6 matches left to play, as they struggle to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

Currently in 11th position, they could be in 12th position if Kasimpasa beat Fener tonight.

Some crucial matches coming up for Gencler against fellow strugglers Kasimpasa, also Fener....spit....bahce, Sivas and Beshiktrash.

First up though is the home match against Kasimpasa on Monday 29 June which is one of those ‘must win’ matches.

Watch this space for the outcome !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, June 19, 2020

Ankaragücü vs Basaksehir match preview!




Ankaragücü are running out of time to save their place in the Turkish Super Lig, and with 7 games remaining they have another tough one tomorrow night at home against title contenders Basaksehir.

Ankaragücü player well last week at Gaziantep when you take into consideration it was the players first game in 12 weeks. That’s longer than a usual summer pre season and there were no friendly matches to keep the players fitness levels up.

The main frustration from the game, was again the inability to convert the many chances the team created. Dever Orgill again worked hard and played his part in the Scarione goal, but at no time looked like scoring. Saba Lobjanidze had a very quiet game, while Gerson showed flashes of brilliance, and then frustrated at other times.

The front 3 players mentioned will be key to Ankaragücü staying up and they have 7 games starting from tomorrow night to turn things around. Gelmin Rivas also comes back into the squad while the likes of Konrad Mikhalak and Ilhan Parlak are chapping at the managers door.

Oscar Scarione has had a tough time since joining the club 18 months ago having only managed a handful of games due to injuries and fitness. In the few games he has played, he has showed his quality with some important goals, and that was the case again at the weekend with another brilliant strike. If he can stay fit he will be another key player.

Ante Kulusic misses out due to suspension and his place will be taken by either Ricardo Faty or Fatih Tultak. Faty will likely get the nod as 19 year old Tultak has yet to make his debut. Alihan Kubalas for unknown reasons terminated his contract with the club weeks ago.

Basaksehir will come to Ankara looking to take all 3 points back to Istanbul as they sit joint top with Trabzonspor. They will be hoping to make it 3rd time lucky this year and finally win the Super
Lig title.

Key players will be Edin Visca, Irfan Kahveci and Daniel Aleksic who will provide the ammunition for in form strike force Demba Ba and Enzo Crivelli. Basaksehir have so many talented players but Visca in particular is arguably the best player in the Super Lig.

Ankaragücü will need to be at their best to take anything from this game and Basaksehir will need to have an off day. Let’s hope for a miracle as Ankaragücü badly need those 3 points.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI EASE THE PRESSURE !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Round Ball in Ankara is back in business again, although sometimes with less detail for Genclerbirligi matches due to the recent decision to play matches behind closed doors for the time being  !

GENCLERBIRLIGI       2             Konyaspor         1

Team – Nordfeldt, Ozgenc, Toure, Ramos Pehlivanoglu, Sessegnon, Seuntjens Pehlivan, Candeias, Sio and Stancu

Sio opened the scoring after the break on 59 minutes, and Jevtovic equalised 3 minutes later.   The winner arrived 7 minutes from the end when substitute Ozdemir made it safe.

As you would expect from these 2 teams, it was a close and tight encounter with Gencler having only 4 shots on target to Konya’s 3.

This win moved Gencler almost into mid-table to 12th position, but they can’t breathe a sigh of relief yet with only 6 points separating them from the relegation zone   !!

Next Saturday, Gencler travel to bottom club Kayseri who are still not confirmed as ‘relegated’, so things are becoming tense with points vital for both teams.

With a win, Gencler can cement mid-table safety and put another nail into Kayseri’s coffin  !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, June 15, 2020

Gaziantep 1-1 Ankaragucu match report!



The Turkish Super Lig resumed this weekend, and it was the all too familiar unlucky story for Ankaragucu as they drew 1-1 at Gaziantep. Its difficult for all teams at the moment having last played 3 months ago to show their full potential and it showed at times with both sides which made for an exciting game for the neutral.

Team - Freidrich, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Atilla, Pinto, Lukasik, Scarione, Gerson, Saba, Orgill
Subs -Korcan, Sedat, Mahmut, Faty, Ender, Michalak, Cebrail, Aydin, Ilhan, Tultak

Mustafa Resit decided to go with Haruns favorite player Atilla at left back and move Pinto into midfield. There was also a starting place in the line up for Oscar Scarione which proved to be a good decision. No place in the squad for January signings Gelmin Rivas or Milos Stojanovic with Ricardo Faty taking up the final foreign place.

Rivas in particular is a surprise as Dever Orgill again failed to find the net making it only 4 goals from his 23 outings this season. Reports suggested Rivas was in a lot better shape since returning and was looking good in training. Ankaragucu are running out of time to stay in the Super Lig and it could be a wise decision to include him against Basaksehir next weekend.

Gaziantep started the brighter of the two teams and it was Muahmmet Demir who had the first chance of the game but he somehow headed over from just 5 yards out and it was a lucky escape for Ankaragucu.

Oscar Scarione went close for Ankaragucu from 30 yards but his shot was deflected just wide of the post, although the referee wrongly gave Gaziantep a goal kick.

The opening goal of the game came after 25 minutes when Kulusic clumsily brought Maxim down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Maxim stepped up himself and sent Freidrich the wrong way to make it 1-0 Gaziantep.

Shortly after Gaziantep had a chance to double their lead through Djilobodji but he missed a sitter from 2 yards as he headed wide of the post and another lucky escape for Ankaragucu.

From then on, Ankaragucu dominated the game. Gerson Rodrigues went past a couple of Gaziantep defenders but instead of showing a bit of composure with just Guvenc to beat in the Gaziantep goal, he blasted his shot which came back off the crossbar. An excellent run from the Luxembourg international, but he should have finished it.

Half Time

Early in the second half Lukasik had a chance from the edge of the box but he shot just wide. Then minutes later came the goal, and what a goal it was. The ball found its way to Scarione on the edge of the box who shot into the top corner giving Guvenc no chance. A brilliant goal from the Argentinian.

Gerson then had a go from 25 yards but his swerving shot was palmed away by Guvenc and Ankaragucu were really piling the pressure on. Gerson and Scarione combined again with a lovely pass and go, Scarione only had the keeper to beat, but his shot was brilliantly saved.

Atilla Turan had a free kick saved by Guvenc before a crazy last 5 minutes where Ankaragucu should have taken the 3 points.

First up was Stelios Kitsiou, he brilliantly beat his man in the box and only had the keeper to beat but shot straight at him. Then minutes later a great counter attacking move found its way to Konrad Mikhalak but he also shot straight at Guvenc.

An overall good performance from Ankaragucu in their first match back but when you create so many open chances and only take 1 of them you fail to win football matches. Ankaragucu are now 2 points from safety but next up is on form Basaksehir next weekend at home. Lets pray for a miracle.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ankaragucu news round up!



Its been a while since we posted on the Blog due to the shutdown of football and the Coronavirus outbreak. I hope everyone is safe and well and its not too much longer before we can get back to a bit of normality.

The Ankaragucu team returned to training last week and every player and member of staff was tested for Covid-19 before they started training again. Ricardo Faty tested positive and is currently in recovery while self isolating for 14 days. Gerson Rodrigues is also in self isolation after flying back into Turkey from Ukraine last week.

Fatih Mert has taken part in numerous interviews over the last couple of weeks and has reiterated his concern with the return of football, despite the financial implications for the club. The president stated that the Health and Safety of the players come first. This is after Faty tested positive, along with players from other clubs such as Besiktas and Erzerumspor who had 11 staff test positive. It looks unlikely that the Turkish FA will listen to the pleas from Fatih Mert as they look to play games behind closed doors.

In other news, Fatih Mert spoke of the financial situation at the club. There are a number of Sponsorships in the pipeline which were all set to go ahead, but have been put on hold until further notice. Money wise, there isnt any other income coming into the club and Management have had to put in more money to keep the club going. They have also introduced Club Membership to anyone who wants to become a member.

On the transfer front, Gerson Rodrigues, Konrad Michalak and Daniel Lukasik all want to stay at the club, but will again depend on finances. Rodrigues is also attracting interest from other Turkish Clubs. Dever Orgill said he would also be happy to stay at the club next season but depends on what other offers he has. The club have this morning being linked with 18 year old Bucaspor player Baris Sungur. The Izmir side have put a 500,000 Euro price tag on him with Basaksehir and Fenerbahce also said to be interested.

Finally, the club have started redevelopment of Tandogan facility for the youth team. Cengiz Paca has returned to the club and this was a big focus for him. Cengiz spoke of the future plans of bringing more youth players into the first team which has been neglected over the last 4 years, and the club will start with bringing the facilities back up to scratch.

Ankaragucu have always prided themselves on bringing youth through with the likes of Gokhan Akkan, Altay Bayindr, Kaan Kanak, Emre Tasdemir, Onur Atasayer, Umit Kurt and Umut Nayir all coming through the academy before moving on. With limited budget to sign players, the youth academy will be one of the focal points for the club moving forward.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

BREAKING NEWS ............. CORONA VIRUS.




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It has been announced this afternoon that Turkish Football is now postponed.

This is not unexpected news, in line with most of the Football Associations of other Europeans countries, and also in view of the news that the Antalyaspor Coach has possibly contracted the Corona Virus.

It remains to be seen when footie will be allowed to continue, with or without spectators, but of course, everyone must put health concerns first  !

Watch this space for further on this subject as and when it is known.

In the meantime ............. stay safe !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim