Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Ankaragucu have made their first signing of the season after securing Sivasspor winger Thievy Bifouma on a 3 year deal.
The Congo International played 31 games last season scoring 6 goals and had an overall impressive campaign. Having watched Sivas on many occasions last season, Thievy is a fantastic signing for the club. He brings much needed pace to the wide areas, something the team has been lacking over the last couple of years.
Having had previous spells with Espanyol, West Brom, Osmanlispor, Strasbourg and Las Palmas to name a few, Thievy will be hoping Ankara can become his home for at least the next 3 years and bring some stability to his career.
Ankaragucu have also agreed a new 1 year contract with Sedat Agcay after the captain had an impressive season last year and played a huge part in the clubs promotion.
The club have also been linked with numerous players both from Turkey and abroad. We will bring you all the latest news as it happens.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Mathew ........ errrrrmmm ..... a few years ago !!!
Mathew ........ today !!!
Oz Kanka's mum (Carmen) made the trip all the way from Down-Under to watch the Mighty Genclerbirligi yessssssssss !!! What a lady !!!
Clean shaven and handsome Oz Kanka !!!
Still handsome Oz Kanka, but with some fuzzy hair on his face !!!
Thursday, May 17, 2018
We have spent the last week collecting the votes from Ankaragucu fans on our Twitter and Facebook pages on their 2017/18 Player of the year. After beating off competition from Sedat Agcay who came runner up in the voting, Erdem Ozgenc deservedly was the winner by quite a distance too.
Erdem joined the club last summer from Bursaspor, with some fans disappointed that the club had let Serkan Balci go with Erdem taking his place. After a slow start to his Ankaragucu career, where he looked unfit and carrying a few extra pounds, Erdem has been a start performer both defensively and also in attack where he has 16 assists to his name, which is an incredible achievement at any level.
At 33 years old, Erdem looks like he still has a few years left in him yet at the top level and will be one of the players Ankaragucu will look to keep for their Super Lig campaign.
Umut Nayir, Ilhan Parlak and Kehinde all have Erdem to thank for the amount of assists he created throughout the season, with some top quality crosses into the box from the right hand side. Along with Mehmet Sak they were both a key point in the Ankaragucu attack. Mehmet unfortunately lacked in the defensive part of his game, where as Erdem was key at both ends of the park.
We would like to congratulate Erdem on winning our award and hope he can carry on his excellent form into next season in the Super Lig.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Kasimpasa 3 - 1 Genclerbirligi
Genclerbirligi have now been officially relegated.
Thank you Umit Ozat. Thank you Murat Cavcav. Together you have truly stuffed a great club.
And that is my final Genclerbirligi report as I shall soon be leaving Turkey... heading back Down Under for the next few years at least.
Good luck Genclerbirligi and good luck Ankaragucu...
On behalf of all the kankas, our commiserations go out to Baggie Kanka, Dave Parker, and his beloved Baggies (West Bromwich Albion for those unfamiliar with nicknames !).
Dave was one of the 'orginals' from the early days of the kanka group in the early 21st Century and attended many Ankaragucu matches with me. He even became an honourary Hibs Supporter (surprise surprise !!).
Dave still has connections with Turkey after he bought a house on the south coast and we stay in touch as much as possible, and I'm still hopeful that he can 'fix' a visit to Ankara next season to see Ankaragucu once more in the Super League.
It has been a tough season for the Baggies after a flying start. Change of Board Members, Managers and comings and goings of players didn't help. I hate to criticise previous manager Tony Pulis after the fine job he did at Stoke City, but he had a nightmare time during his stint and the Baggies slid down the league.
However, like Ankaragucu, they have a strong support and hopefully they can bounce back into the Premier League where they belong. Of course, it didn't help matters that local rivals Wolverhampton were promoted this season !
Chin-up Dave and keep smiling that smile you have always been famous for ! We Ankaragucu kankas are programmed to take the highs and lows with smiles on our faces. Aren't we ??!!
Look forward to a visit to Ankara next season Dave !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim