Saturday, December 20, 2014

Genclerbirligi beat up Konyaspor

Genclerbirligi 5 - 0 Konyaspor

Well, well, well. That was nice stuff from Gencler. After what seemed like a pretty ordinary performance the second half of the second half saw us flying high. 

Full report later on. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ankaragucu trio set for January moves!

Ankaragucu trio Mehmet Erdem, Gokhan Akkan and Onur Atasayer could all be set to leave the club in the January transfer window. Karabukspor are rumoured to be interested in signing Gokhan Akkan and Onur Atasayer and both could play their final game for Ankaragucu on Monday coincidently against Karabuk in the Turkish Cup on Monday.

Even if the move doesn't materialise, its only a matter of time before the two youngsters make their move to a Super Lig side. Mehmet Erdem has arguably been the best player at Ankaragucu this season and is attracting attention from rivals Goztepe. This is a move that would anger the Ankaragucu fans as we all know there is no love lost between the two clubs.

Both Umut Nayir and Hasan Ayaroglu could also be subject to moves away from the club in January as the cash strapped club struggle to keep the lights on due to the financial crisis. More to follow...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ankaragucu 1-1 Sivas 4 Eylul match report!

Ankaragucu will be disappointed that they didn't take all 3 points today in after drawing 1-1 at home with Sivas 4 Eylul. Mustafa Kaplan went with an attacking line up with Teoman and Umut playing up front and Hasan playing in the middle of the park.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Aytac Oden, Volkan Geyik, Gurkan Alver, Onur Atasayer, Serhat Gulpinar, Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Erdogan, Mehmet Erdem, Teoman Erkan, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirvelli, Batuhan Gulcan, Levent Kale, Ali Sinan Gayla, Orhan Evci, Ramazan Adiguzel, Hasan Kaya

Ankaragucu started the game very brightly as the passed the ball from back to front and worked hard to close the opposition down. There were a couple of half chances from Umut and Mehmet Erdem early on with neither troubling the goalkeeper.

It was Sivas who took the lead after 12 minutes and it was another dreadful piece of defending from Ankaragucu. They lost the ball in the middle of the park, the ball found its way to former Ankaragucu midfielder Omer Emir just inside the box who calmly put the ball past Gokhan in the Ankaragucu goal.

A very disappointing goal for Ankaragucu to lose with Gurkan, Volkan and Aytac all over the place. You could be mistaken for thinking it was the first time Volkan and Gurkan had played together and not most of their career.

Straight from kick off Sivas were through on goal again but for a poor miss they would have been 2-0 up. Again it was a mix up in the centre of the Ankaragucu defence.

Ankaragucu controlled the rest of the first half and had a couple of chances firstly through Aytac who blasted his shot which was well saved by the goalkeeper. Then Teoman from about 5 yards our just had to play it past the keeper but instead blasted well over.

There was time for one more chances for Ankaragucu, again the ball fell to Teoman but his effort was weak and he should have done better. Just when it looked like we would be heading in behind at half time Ankaragucu won a corner. From the resulting corner and a goalmouth scramble, the ball found its way to Umut Nayir and the big striker put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Into the second half and it was all Ankaragucu. The problem though was that for all the possession we had, there weren't many clear cut chances. Our play at times was to safe and slow and only Mehmet Erdem looked like he could create something.

Levent Kale had a great chance at the end in front of open goal but somehow managed to miss which he so often has this season. He really looks a shadow of the player he was last season. The game stayed 1-1 and next up for Ankaragucu is a home match with Super Lig side Karabukspor on Monday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Sivas 4 Eylul match preview!

Its match day 2 of the Turkish Cup group stages tomorrow as Ankaragucu host Sivas 4 Eylul at the 19 Mayis Stadium. On paper Sivas are the weakest team in the group which includes Istanbul Basaksehir and Karabukspor. However the Lig 3 team have had an impressive journey in the cup so far and will even go into the match as favourites.

Victories over 1461 Trabzon, Sanliurfaspor, and Erzincan saw Sivas book their place in the group stages. On match day 1 they defeated Karabukspor 2-1 and showed they are not here just to make up the numbers. Sivas sit 3rd in Lig 3 and are looking to win promotion this season as well as their impressive cup run.

The contrast between Sivas and Ankaragucu couldn't be more different, as Ankaragucu are in a relegation battle and have even bigger problems off the field. The club could be weeks away from a point deduction from Fifa due to unpaid wages, and even worse the club could cease to exist if they don't find investment after the congress in January.

One player on the Sivas team who will know what it takes to beat this Ankaragucu team is Omer Emir the former Ankaragucu midfielder who signed for the club in the summer. The 20 year old was tipped to break into the Ankaragucu team this season, but instead was given a free transfer.

Mustafa Kaplan will be looking for his players to put up a similar performance to what we saw against Istanbul Basaksehir where we lost 3-2. Despite the defeat it was a spirited performance but for a defensive mix up in the last minute Ankaragucu could have been walking away with a share of the points.

Make no mistake Sivas will be coming to Ankara looking to take the 3 points back home. If Ankaragucu play the way they have been in the league then it will be no contest. Will Mustafa Kaplan drop his under performing duds, or will he stay loyal to them with the hope their is a big performance in them?

This could be the last time Gokhan Akkan, Umut Nayir, Hasan Ayaroglu and Onur Atasayer play at the 19 Mayis Stadium with the transfer window opening. If that is to be the case, lets hope they leave on a positive note and give the small crowd something to cheer about.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gencler go top in Turkish Cup group... too strong for Konya

Genclerbirligi 2 - 0 Konyaspor

Pretty close to 0 degrees Celsius tonight. That might explain why it was just me and Little Oz Kanka down in Kizilay. Not wanting to subject the young fellow to too much cigarette smoke at the pub (you can nominate me for "Father of the Year" at this address) we went off to the stadium nice and early and found ourselves in the fairly short queue at about 5:10pm.

One-and-a-quarter hours later, at 6:25pm, 25 minutes after kick-off and with Gencler already 1-0 ahead, we were still in the queue.
Queuing up in the cold. We joined the queue at
the foot of the steps on the right of the photo.

Tonight's match was a Turkish Cup game and so therefore you didn't need a Passolig card in order to get a ticket. Just like in millions of matches in various sports all around the world, you could just show up and get your tickets on the spot.

And that is what happened tonight... except that every ticket holder was asked for their Turkish identity number. This then had to be put into the computer and checked against an ID card. At first they were also asking for telephone numbers... When I say "they were asking for telephone numbers", I actually meant "he was asking for telephone numbers". There was just a single Passolig person operating from one small window to deal with the entire demand for Maraton tickets. It was taking the poor young bloke in the booth about a minute per person to issue a ticket. By the way, well done to the Gencler fans who refused to take out their frustration on the poor ticket guy.          

Even though you didn't need a Passolig card to get into the match it is still the Passolig company that runs the booths nowadays (for a number of seasons before this year it was the specialist ticket company Biletix).

Ertank showed up at his normal time, two minutes to kick-off, saw the massive queue and asked us if I could get him a ticket.

Me: "They want your TC number."
Ertank: "Fuck that then."

I guess he just turned around and left. I didn't see him again.

With the game about to kick-off, most of the Alkaralar and Karakizil fans had decided to head off to the pub. I did consider it but I did have a 10-year-old with me and standing in the cold is a good thing that toughens little kids up. I was also still curious as to whether they would give me a ticket with my weird foreigners TC number. Not to mention the fact that I don't have an ikhamet at the moment despite having applied for a renewal more than two months ago.

Still in the extremely slow moving queue and news came in that we had scored. Berat Tosun in the 14th minute.

A ripple of cheers from the queue.

Then, finally I get to the front and low and behold they, I mean he, accepts my foreign TC number, and then Little Oz Kanka is accepted as well. I thought I might have had to send him home on his own.

At almost half-time. This photo is very
deceptive as to the true numbers 
And so finally we get to make the walk from the Istanbul Yolu to the actual bloody stadium. Then I get the following text message at 18:27.

"Of course the ref's decision is final but the goal was offside!!!,"

It was bloody Sir Eski of course.

"Don't know. Haven't got in yet," I replied.

"yeah, huge crowd and you might get locked out..." he laughed. "Did ye forget yir way tae the stadium???!"

And so, at 6:35 we finally got in. And what did we find. No one there. It was a tiny, tiny crowd. Absolutely pathetic.

It was never going to be a huge match spectator-wise but thanks to the Passolig system it was a disgrace. Let me repeat again. There was just one ticket seller for the entire Maraton section... and that poor bloke had to take down all sorts of info just to hand over a piece of paper. Pathetic.

Little Oz and myself enjoyed the rest of the match. It was great to be back at the footy. I just wish that the powers that be stop trying to industrialise the game. Is that too much to ask for. We just want to enjoy some footy and support our local team.

Sporting quote of the day

Judge: Did you try to make a coup?
Çarşı: If we were that strong we would have made Beşiktaş champions.
The Çarşi trial started like this

For a good backgrounder to the trial you can check out this one from Reuters

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy birthday 19 Mayis Stadium

I just saw the following tweet. It says: In history today // Prime Minister İsmet İnonü opened the Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium. (1936)

The photo seems to have been taken from the extreme left of the away fans section looking towards the protokol section. No roof for the plebs in those days.

The stadium today certainly looks its age. I think Melih Gokcek had it condemned at one point. Perhaps it is time for a new one. And not out of town... exactly where the current one is!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ankaragucu 0-1 Golbasispor match report!

For the second week running Ankaragucu have managed to disgrace the name of the club and what it actually means to play for this club. After the humiliating 4-1 defeat at Nazilli we were looking for a reaction from the players in what was a 6 pointer against relegation rivals Golbasispor. And react they did, by finishing the game with 9 men and losing 1-0.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Aytac Oden, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Erdem, Levent Kale, Teoman Erkan, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirvelli, Volkan Geyik, Ali Sinan Gayla, Hasan Ayaroglu, Ramazan Adiguzel, Batuhan Gulcan, Gokhan Erdogan

The match was played behind closed doors after the Turkish FA decided to fine Ankaragucu and hand a 1 match stadium ban for swearing. Yeah thats right swearing, one of their oldest clubs who has been pleading for their help over the last couple of months without any answer, and this is what it comes to.

Ankaragucu looked went close with a couple of attacks before it all went wrong. Both Metin Aydin and Harun Aydin were sent of for two bookable offences. This will be the 3rd suspension already this season for Harun who has let his team mates down.

Ankaragucu were looking for the winning goal until the second sending off, it looked like they were going to hang on for a point until a last minute goal from Bulent Kocabey gave the visitors all 3 points. Ankaragucu now are only 3 points outside the relegation zone. With the potential 6 point deduction due to missed payments to Fifa it would leave the club bottom of the league.

A cup match with Sivas 4 Eylul on Thursday is up next as the league closes for the winter break. The next league match is at home to Kahramanmarasspor on January 18th. Another relegation match which will almost certainly see Ankaragucu go into that match without Gokhan Akkan, Umut Nayir and Onur Atasayer.

By God, that was rubbish

Akhisar 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi

A decent crowd down at the Su'dem pub. I was the only kanka though but plenty of others to chat with. On to the football.

First half: Shit

Second half: Mostly shit.

We had most of the ball but I think that for the whole match we might have had one shot actually on goal, and bugger all off goal (or maybe the other way around).

Akhisar were not a good team but we simply failed to get any decent attacks going. If this had been a home match with a proper pre-Passolig crowd then things might have turned nasty. There was a lot of screaming and shouting in frustration at the Su'dem.

Akhisar took the lead deep into the second half with a nicely executed turn and shot from some Greek bloke. Just a few minutes later we equalised when Irfan Kahveci (a name to remember I told you) made a nice pass to Stancu. Stancu sent it on to Tomic who merely had to tap it in. And that's how it ended. 1 - 1.

Massive relief at the Su'dem... but basically, that was just rubbish.      

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Golbasispor match preview!

This weekends relegation encounter between Ankaragucu vs Golbasispor will be a big test for the teams character and weather they are up to the challenge of keeping Ankaragucu in this division. The Ankaragucu players cant control what goes on off the field with all the upheaval and financial mess at the club, they can however produce better performances than they have shown in the league this season.

Last weekends 4-1 defeat at Nazilli is arguably one of the worst performances in the clubs 105 year history. Mustafa Kaplan knows his player must up their game or he himself could start to come under some pressure. Its difficult to even discuss the football this season with the clubs future uncertain and Januarys congress just around the corner. However another relegation for Ankaragucu would almost be impossible to come back from.

I have stuck up for the Ankaragucu players many of times in the past but their are some players in general such as Volkan Geyik, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Gokhan Erdogan, Levent Kale to name a few who need to take a long hard look at themselves. Their performances with Volkan and Levent in particular have been woeful. Mustafa Kaplan should look at bringing in more of the youth team if these performance continue.

Golbasispor are struggling 1 point outside the relegation zone, however they did beat leaders Bandirmaspor 3-2 last month. There will be a familiar face in the Golbasispor line up as former Ankaragucu Ibrahim Sahin signed on a free transfer in the summer.

Its unlearn whether the match on Sunday will be played behind closed doors due to a stadium ban, we also have a match next Thursday in the Turkish Cup at home to Sivas 4 Eylul in which is also a must win match for Ankaragucu if they want to progress to the next round.

For some, Sundays match could be their final match at home in an Ankaragucu shirt. With the winter break coming up, Gokhan Akkan, Umut Nayir and Onur Atasayer are all expected to leave the club with Super Lig and PTT Lig sides set to make a swoop for the trio of talented youngster.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Gencler scrape through in Cizre

A bit scary in the end. We looked good in the first half but blew a few chances in the second. In the end we were a bit lucky.

Cizrespor 1 - 2 Genclerbirligi

The red is the province of Sirnak. Cizre
is right near the point of  where the
Syrian and Iraqi borders meet Turkey.  
What a great occasion for the amateurs of Cizrespor. They have had to win a whole heap of matches to get this far and finally they get to take on a Super Lig team in the group stages of the Turkish Cup; a televised match as well. We might be used to it, but for the Cizrespor players and fans this was it. So, the Turkish Football Federation banned fans from going to the match. It was for some sort of fan violence in the recent past.

Cizre is a Kurdish town near the Turkish borders with Syria and Iraq. It is one of places that Noah, he of flood fame, was supposedly buried. The tomb outside a mosque in the town seems to show that Noah was about 8-foot tall. It is also a place which has seen its fair share of clashes over the years. Anyway. Around half of the tiny stadium backs seemed to back onto a security zone, I counted two TOMAs and one Akrep. At the end of the pitch and at bits to the sides there were a few apartment buildings. As you can see from the picture, a perfect place to watch the football from, especially today which was sunny and fairly warm.

No need for a Passolig here.
Time for the national anthem and despite the fact that there were no fans in the stadium the producer at A Spor had to turn the sound off as the fans outside completely drowned out the music with whistling. Half-way through the anthem they turned the sound back on and then quickly off again, as the whistling had only gotten louder.

Where were we? Football.

We fielded our youth team but it still had some punch what with Mervan, Irfan Kahveci, Ferhat and others. The only foreigner on the field was a fellow called Moussa Traore, playing up front for Cizrespor.

Kick-off and things didn't seem too difficult on the synthetic pitch. Cizre were trying to play fast but we controlled it well. It didn't take too long, about five minutes, before we went ahead when Irfan Kahveci slotted a nice pass to Berat. Berat spun around and slipped it past the keeper.

"This could become embarrassing," I thought to myself.

Then Traore got a shot forcing Ferhat to save. The crowd were making lots of noise now and the equaliser came a minute later with a nice one-two from Hakan to Traore to Hakan and in. 1-1.

One minute later and we were ahead again thanks to another brilliant cross from Kahveci straight onto the head of Artun. 1-2. I'm telling you, watch this Irfan Kahveci... he is going places.
Pre-match photo from @murathaliloglu2 

Another minute later and Mervan missed a sitter.

In the second half we missed two sitters, Cizre missed one. It was all a bit disappointing from the Gencler youth. They seemed to fall off a bit and got a bit sloppy. Cizre, meanwhile, were pressing hard and giving their all.

In the end we came away with the points. Cizre can hold their heads high. I hope they finish the group in second spot.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Nazilli 4-1 Ankaragucu match report!

I have said on many occasion we cant be to critical of this Ankaragucu team due to the circumstances off the field. However what i won't accept is performances and in particular defensive errors that you wouldn't see at schoolboy level. These players need to take a long hard look at themselves after disgracing the shirt today as they were soundly beaten 4-1 by Nazilli.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Aytac Oden, Volkan Geyik, Onur Atasayer, Gurkan Alver, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Erdem, Harun Aydin, Ramazan Adiguzel, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Hasan Kaya, Ali Sinan Gayla, Hasan Ayaroglu, Levent Kale, Gokhan Erdogan, Teoman Erkan

Mustafa Kaplan dropped Teoman Erkan and Levent Kale to the bench from Tuesday afternoons match with Basaksehir, in came Ramazan Adiguzel and Gurkan Alver. Its not often you will hear me criticising Mustafa Kaplan, but playing Gurkan Alver in midfield is a shocking decision. He is very poor in the ball and is clearly a centre half.

Instead of making excuses for this Ankaragucu team, lets look at this team and talk about the real facts. In the starting line up you have 3 players attracting attention of Super Lig teams in Umut Nayir, Gokhan Akkan and Onur Atasayer. You then have Volkan Geyik, Metin Aydin, Serhat Gulpnar, Aytac and Aytac Oden who all have experience playing in the Super Lig and PTT Lig. So that leaves 3 players who haven't played at that level, Harun Aydin, Ramazan Adiguzel and Mehmet Erdem.

On the bench you have Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Erdogan and Teoman Erkan who have all played in the Super Lig. You also have Levent Kale who was one of our best players last season. To muster up that performance today is not acceptable.

It all started so well when Mehmet Erdem gave Ankaragucu the lead after only 5 minutes, before i could even write the update on the Facebook page Nazilli had equalised from the penalty spot through Eren Acikgoz. That man Acikgoz who you will recall from my match preview being the danger man then scored to make it 2-1 just before half time however their was time for the 3rd goal as 2 minutes later Halil Celik scored to make it 3-1.

The second half didn't get any better, and instead Nazilli made it 4-1 late on as substitute Tufan Zahid Arslan soared within 5 minutes of coming on to give the home side a comfortable 4-1 win. Next up is Golbasispor at home next Sunday with the final game of the first half of the season in the league before the winter break.

There will however be the Turkish Cup matches with games against Sivas 4 Eylul and Karabukspor coming up. Mustafa Kaplan has his work cut out as he looks to save his side from relegation.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Genclerbirligi dominate. Justice prevails

When you dominate you are supposed to win. Genclerbirligi dominated and won. Justice really.

Genclerbirligi 2 - 0 Gaziantep

Being a popular fellow about town I only have a few minutes to write this report before heading off to mix with the "in crowd". There was a decent turnout from the Karakizil crowd at the Su'dem pub but from us Kankas there was just David and me.

At the stadium there were around 800 people, including this new fellow, that Steve mentioned last week, who seems to be attempting to take over the amigo role. When the TV cameras panned to this fellow the crowd at the Su'dem shouted their version of "Who are 'ya". The normal amigo, Nedim, was of course sitting with us and he wasn't looking too happy.

Football-wise. It was all fairly nice stuff. We controlled the ball well and Antep hardly got to play. Petkovic, sporting a wonderful Batman-esque mask, was playing nicely, as were most of our players. We were clearly in control but, as I have to repeat almost every week, we just couldn't convert. Well, except for early on in the first half when we scored off a corner only to have the referee call for a foul on the defender. One hell of a dodgy decision.

Of course, when you seem to be in total control but still not getting any goals, frustration starts to reveal itself... We were getting yellow cards left, right and centre, some of them deserved, and the crowd at the Su'dem was starting to turn.

Antep had stopped another one of our attacks and their defender passed it back to the goalkeeper. Any 10-year-old could have stopped it in normal conditions. Lucky for Gencler that someone had dug up a bit of turf in exactly the spot that would make it impossible for the keeper to kick the ball away... The keeper took a swing, the ball bounced over his foot and then rolled into the goal. Much laughing at the Su'dem.

But it was a deserved lead which was doubled a few minutes later when Irfan Can Kahveci got onto the end of an okay cross and volleyed it wonderfully. It was one of those goals that Irfan won't forget. Everything went right and the keeper didn't have a chance.

So... all up a good performance. Not the best, but the best team won.

Ankaragucu vs Nazilli Belediyespor match preview!

Before we discuss this weekends match, some new just in the last couple of minutes on various sources claim Mehmet Yiginer and his team have paid off 32 Million of the clubs debt. We are waiting on confirmation from the club, but if this is true, then it is excellent news for the club and Mehmet Yiginer could go down in history as the man who saved Ankaragucu. We will keep you posted on any developments.

Ankaragucu go into tomorrows match full of confidence after a fantastic performance at Basaksehir on Tuesday where they lost 3-2 with Basaksehir scoring in injury time. Although disappointed with losing that late goal, there were lots of positives. As Jim mentioned in his report, this was the best performance of the season from Ankaragucu and if they play like that every week there is no reason why they cant make the playoffs. However as we have seen to often this season, the performances have been below par and avoiding relegation is the first challenge for the club.

Both Mehmet Tasci and Orhan Evci are struggling with knocks and may miss out on the match tomorrow, although its expected both Volkan Geyik and Gokhan Akkan will be fit. Mehmet Erdem has put in some excellent performances of late and again will be key to Ankaragucu taking anything from the game. Umut Nayir has proved all to often that if he is given the service he will put the ball in the back of the net, and it will be up to the likes of Mehmet Erdem, Hasan Ayaroglu and Serhat Gulpinar to create chances.

Levent Kale looked close to the player he was last season as he edges closer to match fitness. He has struggled this season and the sooner he gets to full fitness the better for Ankaragucu. Nazilli are 1 point outside the playoffs and will be looking to take the 3 points from this game as they have the playoffs in their sight. Eren Acikgoz is their key player and Ankaragucu will need to keep a close eye on him.

With the possible excellent news off the field developing lets hope we get an excellent result on the field tomorrow. Is this the start of things starting to turn the corner??? Lets pray

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu can hold their heads up high tonight after putting-in their best performance of the season against Super League Basaksehirspor in Istanbul.

It was a heart-breaking end to a fantastic cup-tie which Ankaragucu had seemingly rescued from the jaws of defeat.

Basaksehirspor    3       ANKARAGUCU      2

Team – Ilhan, Metin, Volkan, Aytac, Onur, Serhat, Erdem, Harun, Levent, Umut and Teoman.

I watched the match via TV and the Ankaragucu supporters could be heard throughout the match in the almost empty stadium.    4.45pm KO ?    What do you expect ?!!

It was mostly all Ankaragucu in the first half when they took the game to Basaksehir and they were unlucky to go in at half time all square at 0-0.

The first chance came in the 9th minute when Levent was put through on the right wing.    He almost reached the goal line before cutting the ball back into the centre only for the goalkeeper to stretch out an arm and deflect the ball away from the incoming Ankaragucu forwards.

9 minutes later Ankaragucu had a free kick outside the box.   Present free kick specialist, Erdem, sent in a great goalbound shot which the goalkeeper did well to tip over the bar.

On the half hour mark, Teoman sent over an inviting near post cross from the right, but Umut couldn’t connect and the goalkeeper gathered.

7 minutes later, and from a throw-in on the right, Levent attempted an overhead kick, but it went narrowly past the post.

So, a good first half by Ankaragucu, but to be honest, I wasn’t fooled.    Basaksehir had looked dangerous coming forward but Ankaragucu’s defence had protected Ilhan who hadn’t really had much to do.     That was to change !

It only took one minute from the re-start for Basaksehir to go ahead.   A throw-in came into the box but was headed clear by an Ankaragucu defender, but ……….. straight to Sezer lurking in the box.   He shot, and his shot was deflected by an Ankaragucu defender and the angle of the ball deceived Ilhan.    A goal is a goal even if it is against the run of play !!

Ankaragucu had a chance to equalise 2 minutes later when Levent was fouled just outside the box on the right.    Erdem sent in another great free kick to the left but the ball hit the post and was cleared.

Basaksehir stepped up the pace and their 2nd goal came from a breakaway down the left wing.    The pin-point cross came in and the in-rushing and unmarked Omer headed in with Ilhan helpless.

Basaksehir looked in command of the match now.    Unsurprising I suppose when you are 2 nil up.     It was almost 3-0 in the 68th minute when a fluid attacking move by Basaksehir was thwarted by a goal-line clearance by Onur.

The match was suddenly turned upside down 10 minutes later when Ankaragucu was awarded another free kick just outside the box on the right.   Erdem made no mistake this time with his bullet of a shot to the left …………. and ………….. there was no post to stop the ball this time !

Game on …….. maybe …….. I thought.     One minute later Ramazan (who came on as a substitute) almost scored the equaliser but the goalkeeper made another great save.

2 minutes to go and the deserved equaliser eventually came from an unlikely source.    An Ankaragucu corner was cleared into the Ankaragucu half, but the ball was carried out and from about 30 yards out, Serhat let fly with a speculative shot which flew into the corner to leave the goalkeeper well beaten and stunned.

I was jumping up and down and couldn’t believe the great fight-back.    Then the assistant referee put up the sign for 4 added minutes.    I’m shouting at the players through the TV screen to hold the ball and blast it anywhere (normally against my priciples !!!).    I’m sure Mustafa Kaplan was doing the same !

However, on the 93rd minute there was a Basaksehir breakaway with 2 Ankaragucu defenders in hot pursuit.    The shot was made inside the box but Ilhan parried it to an Ankaragucu defender.    He attempted to boot the ball clear, but the ball hit the other defender and bounced kindly for the Basaksehir attacker who probably couldn’t believe his luck as he slotted it in.

So, Ankaragucu was denied a deserved point in junjury time by tired legs in a defensive mix-up, or ……… if you aren’t an Ankaragucu supporter …….. by a comedy of errors !!

Anyway, Ankaragucu can take lots of positives from this performance and can still set their sights on realistically finishing 2nd in the Group.   The acid test will be agaisnt Karabuk, but their confidence will be high after the way they played for the most part in this match.

So, I’m saying ……… still all to play for to reach the knock-out stage of the Cup.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Trabzonspor smash us up

Trabzonspor 4 - 1 Genclerbirligi

Oh dear. I didn't get to see the match on telly or listen to commentary on the radio. And now, having seen the result, I have no motivation to actually read about last night's match either. All I know is that we lost badly. Now you know as well.  

Monday, December 01, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Istanbul Basaksehir match preview!

Ankaragucu kick off their Turkish Cup group campaign in Istanbul as they take on Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir. A touch start to the campaign for Ankaragucu against the group favourites, but they will take confidence after a good 3-0 home win over Kirklarelispor at the weekend. In the groups other game Sivas 4 Eyul are at home against Karabukspor.

Ankaragucu will come up against a familiar face in Ugur Ucar who formerly played for the club when they were in the Super Lig. Basaksehir won promotion from the PTT Lig at the first time of asking last season, and have carried on their excellent form as they sit 8th at the moment.

They have some excellent players with Doka Madureira in particular. When they were relegated to the PTT Lig 2 years ago, it was expected that Doka would leave the club after some excellent performances, he however stayed loyal to the club and helped them win promotion last season. Also in the squad is experienced Turkish International Sahin Senturk, Edin Visca, Yalcin Ayhan, Michael Eneramo and a host of other players who will need to be respected.

The priority for Ankaragucu this season is staying in Lig 2 while sorting out the problems off field. A group of Ankaragucu fans have went on a hunger strike and set up a camp at the clubs Tandogan headquarters. They have received support for the Ankargucu fans and Aylin Nazaklia who is a member of the government. Unfortunately she doesn't have the power to go up against Melih Gokcek, however we thank her for her support.

Kick off for tomorrows game is at 1645 with the team already in Istanbul as they prepare for tomorrows match. If we can bring a point back to the capital it would be a fantastic result. We need to be realistic though and remember the gulf in class between the two clubs.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Volkan Geyik, Aytac Oden, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Mehmet Erdem, Teoman Erkan, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Batuhan Gulcan, Ali Sinan Gayla, Hasan Ayaroglu, Gurkan Alver, Ramazan Adiguzel, Hasan Kaya

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Yes, but ......... I didn’t have that ‘feel good’ feeling when I arrived at the Stadium.   It was an eerie feeling not normally associated with Ankaragucu matches, ie, no noise !

I met up with Ahmet in The Sports Cafe and we were entertained with the matches on the Amateur pitches before entering the Stadium 20 minutes before KO.   Ahmet commented that there was no singing or chanting which was unusual at this time pre-match.

It really was a pathetic attendance for an Ankaragucu match with Gecikondu and Maraton a quarter full ........... or if you feel pessimistic ........... three quarters empty !!!     Even allowing for the fact that it was an early KO on Saturday it was very disappointing.   Amazingly, there were 13 souls in the ‘away end’ and to their credit they displayed a banner on the front rail which read ............ ‘Let Ankaragucu not be history’.    Sweet .... eh ??!!

So, there was Ahmet, Cider Kanka John and I, and in all honesty we were expecting the worst, but ....... strange things occur sometimes in footie .............

ANKARAGUCU    3      Kirklarelispor     0

It took only one minute for Ankaragucu to create the first chance when from an attack down the left wing a cross was met and the ball clipped over.   

There was not a lot of action in front of goal but lots of effort from both teams.    Kirklareli almost opened the scoring with their best chance of the match after 10 minutes when a dangerous attacking move was thwarted by the post with Gokhan luckily retreiving the ball from the rebound.

Ankaragucu looked the likelier team to score and they had a good opportunity on 37 minutes when Teoman headed over when all he had to do was flick the ball to his right of the goalkeeper and the goalmouth which was unguarded.

However, 4 minutes later the moment came which sent us all into unbelievable celebration.    Ankaragucu scored from open-play for the first time in ......... well ......... a long time !   The ball was crossed from the left and after two attempts which were cleared, the 3rd shot from Aytac sneaked in to the goalkeeper’s right.    I have a feeling he was un-sighted !     We were not complaining though as we sang and danced up and down in ....... relief !!!

Half time arrived and I think it is fair to say that, although Ankaragucu has the lion’s share of possession, they were fortunate to be going in ahead !

The 2nd half was to prove a different story with the Ankaragucu players proving what I suggested might happen in my comments to Nadeem’s preview in the last post.    They fought for every ball and ran their hearts out.

Erdem was causing problems for the Kirklareli defence and 10 minutes into the 2nd half he opened up their defence and sent in a great cross from the left but Teoman shot narrowly past.

Kirklareli was still attacking and looking for an equaliser but Gokhan saved from a free kick just outside the box.

It was still tense, but that all changed on the 71st minute when the Goal of the Season was scored by Umut.    Well ........ it would have been if the Super League cameras had been there to see it !!   He picked up the ball just into the Kirklareli half and ran at the defence.    With few options left or right, he kept on going, waltzing past 3 defenders tackles and then when he was just inside the box he let fly and the ball screamed into the net with the goalkeeper helpless.   A truly fantastic individual effort and a goal to settle the team and supporters nerves.

We were still in euphoric mode and settling down, when it was three only 3 minutes later.    Yet another great individual strike, this time from Erdem, who evaded two tackles and from just inside the box sent in a great shot to the corner with the goalkeeper well beaten.

Ankaragucu still pressed forward and in my opinion should have had a penalty on the 83rd minute when a mistake was made by a Kirklareli defender which allowed Umut to latch on to the ball and take the ball forward into the penalty area.    Then, just as he was about to shoot, he was tackled and brought down.    From my position, it was defo a foul and a penalty, but the referee pointed for a corner.

OK, it was his decision, and no criticism of him intended.    Apart from that incident, I thought he had a good match and, after all, it is his decision which counts !

So, 3 valuable points and what a boost in confidence for the team after so many recent disappointments.    They can now go to Nazzili next weekend with confidence and try and finish the first half of the season without slipping into the relegation area any deeper.

As I said, Umut’s goal was star quality, but the whole team played their hearts out today in what was an encouraging performance.   My Man of the Match award though goes to Erdem for his non stop running and his never say die spirit.    This spirit obviously affected the whole team and it is to their credit that they came back to winning ways.

Well done !

Cider Kanka John and I celebrated in the Red Lion Club but we weren’t really watching that funny shaped ball game .......... we were singing ................. Aaaaaankaaaaaarrrrrraaaaaaagooooojooooo !!!!     Yesssssssssssssss !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim