Wednesday, May 25, 2016

No one can stop us from coming fifth

Gencler's management met with the press this week and revealed that Ilhan Cavcav has given instructions "to build a team that can compete for the top five next season and to carry out transfers accordingly." Source.

Although European places usually go to the top four teams, Galatasaray's complex ban could conceivably mean the fifth place team would get a Europa League qualifying berth after next season. Or maybe they just like the sound of fifth.

In other news, Gencler received no red cards last season and were by far the nicest, most polite team in Turkey.


Friday, May 20, 2016

No one can stop us from coming ninth! Oh... yes they can

The last match of the season and the TFF put it on a Thursday night. Not surprisingly, bugger all Genclerbirligi fans showed up. Our team did though and despite at least a bit of spirit, Eskisehirspor were outclassed. In order to stay in the Super Lig they needed a win and a whole heap of other results to go their way. None of it happened.,

Genclerbirligi 3 - 1 Eskisehirspor

Just me for pre-match drinks last night. Didn't matter, I had my Efes. About to get into the stadium I realised I still had my darts in my coat pocket from the night before. Asked the taxi stand if they could look after them but they merely looked at me like I was a terrorist. Luckily one of the Alkaralar fans was passing by and he put them in his car.

As we were walking toward the stadium we could hear the fans... what? Despite their hopeless situation a large crowd of Eskisehirspor fans made the away trip. They sang for the entire match, were not intimidated when the police kettled them in, and kept on singing well after they had lost and been relegated. A fine show and all respect to them.

As for the match... we started well and Ahmet Celik was the first to get on the scoreboard after just a few minutes. We had a free-kick, Calik got to it and shot from close range. The keeper and defenders couldn't stop it. I thought it might have been an own-goal, but the announcer said it was Calik's.

Ahmet Oguz on the right then a few brilliant crosses in, at least two of which should have resulted in goals... but Stancu seems to be a bit out of form recently. In the end Oguz decided to bugger sending a cross in and instead took a shot from outside the box. In. Apparently it was his first ever goal for Gencler. Well done sir!

Gencler then went to sleep for a bloody long time. And in that time Eskisehir got one back. They continued to attack as well. This didn't look like a team that deserved to be relegated.

It didn't matter in the end as Hakan Aslantas got a ball to Stancu who seemed to be on the right wing. He got past his defender and sent a flat ball across the face of the goal where Campos a full pelt smashed it in. A great goal. Did I say that Stancu was out of form?

And that was that. The season is over and Gencler have succeeded in keeping up their mediocre standing in the Lig. Let's just have a look at the last five years.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cemal Aydin looks to gain control of Ankaragucu!




Its been a busy couple of days in the Turkish Capital in regards to the latest going ons at Ankaragucu with the troubled side again claiming the headlines. Their now seems to be glimmer of hope for the club with an unlikely source looking to save the club from going bankrupt. That man is former Ankaragucu president Cemal Aydin.

Most folk who follow this blog will be familiar with Aydin and his 12 year spell at the club, where overall he was successful keeping the club in the Turkish Super Lig and qualifying for Europe twice. He did however leave the club on disappointing terms and was partly responsible for the takeover which saw Melih Gokcek takeover the club, which was later ruled as an illegal takeover by the courts after Aydin changed his mind. The rest as we say is history.

The Ankaragucu support are mostly in favour of Cemal Aydin coming back to the club, not because they have forgiven him for the mess that he created, but for the fact that their is some trust there in that he genuinely wants to see the club do well and will challenge the Gokceks. He is the last and only hope of the club surviving.

The news broke last night claiming he wants the club back with the original 25 Million debt that was there when he left in 2009, he wants Gokcek to take responsibility for the rest. However news today from his representative claims that he has left Izmir for Ankara and will take over the club no matter what the debt is.  We will await to see how this all pans out.

In other news, the current management team have yet to confirm who the new manager will be. Former Manisaspor coach Taner Taskim has again stated that he wants the job and will bring their star player Mertan Caner Ozturk if he gets the job. Again with the current transfer ban, its difficult to see how this can materialise.

The club also want to bring back Omer Bozan and Adem Saglan who left at the end of this season due to unpaid wages. Now let me get one thing clear, we as fans want to see our players being paid their money, its unacceptable that they aren't paid as they have contracts. But looking at it from a loyalty and professional point of view, both players left with the club still in the hunt for a playoff place, they only had 5-6 games remaining and couldnt sign with another club anyway. The Manisaspor team hadnt been paid in over 6 months, but they all stayed and ended up with a championship medal. For that reason i hope we dont see either of them back in an Ankaragucu jersey.

It looks like its going to be another summer of uncertainty at Ankaragucu, hopefully we can deliver some good news in the near future.

If a goal is scored and nobody is watching?

I don't think anyone really wanted to be there on Sunday. Certainly not the Fenerbahce fans, there was almost no one at the enormous stadium in Istanbul. We managed a nice little crowd at the Red Lion but in the end... well no one really cared.

Fenerbahce 2 - 1 Genclerbirligi  

Monday, May 09, 2016

Gencler lose to Sivas... Again!

A bit too much absinthe on Saturday night... followed by a massive toothache,,, followed by the said tooth having to be pulled out. I'm in no mood to write anything. So this is short.

Sivasspor 2 - 1 Genclerbirligi

It was a match that Genclerbirligi should have won. But they didn't.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Ankaragucu transfer news!



It's that time of the year again where Ankaragucu and Bursaspor management get the fans hopes up with claims of new players coming to the club while Bursa say they will send players on loan to the club. For the record Bursaspor have said this since we were relegated from the Super Lig and we have received.......0 players from them.

Today it was claimed that Bekir Yilmaz and 2-3 other Bursa players will join the club. Mehmet Yiginer said earlier this week they want to bring new players in early this season after the disaster of bringing 12 new players in last minute last season. He does have the big issue of a transfer ban to lift though?

Ankaragucu are also said to have had early discussions with Mehmet Cakir, Mehmet Erdem, Umut Nayir and Bayram Olgun with a view of returning to the club. The club have also held talks with Manisaspor championship winning coach Taner Taskin who surprisingly resigned from Manisa last week after guiding them to the title.

In other news Osmanlispor are set to be given a new 20,000 seated stadium by Melih Gokcek which will be funded by taxpayers money. That despite Osmanlispor having about 4,000 fans who are Gokcek fans as opposed to die hard football fans. Another kick in the balls to football in Ankara by the Gokcek family.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Uzulmez signs new contract

Uzulmez and team sign their new contract.
Good news for Genclerbirligi fans as Ibrahim Uzulmez and his technical team signed a new contract to coach the team for the 2016/17 season. The news was reported on the Genclerbirligi website and no figures were given.

Uzulmez took over as coach back in December/January during the half-season break and has overseen a wonderful turnaround that can be seen not only on the scoreboard but also on the park where the players have been playing attractive, fast, full 90-minute football.

When he took over at the half-way point with 17 matches played Genclerbirligi were in third-last place on only 13 points. In the 14 matches he has been in charge Gencler have amassed 29 points and moved up to ninth place. An amazing turnaround.    

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Congrats Bruce!

Bruce, on the left, during today's match.
Huge congratulations from all of us at The round ball in Ankara to former Genclerbirligi striker Bruce Djite who is today celebrating with his team mates Adelaide United's first ever Australia A League victory.

I'm not an Adelaide boy, but I'm always glad to see former Gencler players doing well... especially Bruce who clearly took my advice when me and Emin sat down with them a few years ago....

James Troisi, are you listening?
 


James Troisi, Oz Kanka, Bruce Djite and
Emin many many years ago

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ankaragucu 1-2 Tuzlaspor!




Ankaragucu finished the season with another hopeless performance and pathetic defeat at Tuzlaspor. In a season that started with hope and minimum expectations of reaching the playoffs, has ended in embarrassment and anger as the team finished in the same position as last season, 9th. Bearing in mind last season we had a transfer ban, had to rely on the youth team, where as this season we signed 12 new players.

Of those players signed only Goksu Alhas can walk away with his head held high, the rest can take their poor attitudes and lack of effort elsewhere. John asked me what went wrong since December where we were sitting 2nd earlier today. We just needed 2-3 extra players to come in and help the team, instead management failed to lift the ban to bring anyone in, they didn't pay players wages and the players threw in the towel. Compare and contrast to Manisaspor whose full team weren't paid wages but went on to win the league today.

Ankaragücü even had Omer Bozan, Salih Sefercik and Adem Saglam walk out on the club due to unpaid wages.

It now looks like the club will either face relegation next season or go bankrupt in the summer. Melih Gokcek, Mehmet Yiginer and the fake free ticket fans have nearly done their job in killing this club. I know Mehmet Yiginer has been lying about some of the things that he says through a couple of former players. Two players I know still haven't been paid money owed when he said the debt had been paid off to said players.

To make matters worse, Ankaragucu start next season with a 5 match stadium ban due to the trouble in VIP section last week. You have your management team to thank for that!!!

Season over and another doom and gloom year for us Ankaragücü fans :-(

Genclerbirligi are still in ninth!

Us Genclerbirligi fans have been spoilt since the beginning of the second half of the season. We have won many matches with style, we have lost a few matches but still played bloody good football. It is a measure of how much we have enjoyed ourselves recently that even though we were the better team, even though we had some good chances, we were all a bit bored with the result.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 0 Basaksehirspor

Another wonderful afternoon and because of the early 1:30pm kickoff we didn't meet up for pre-match drinks. Instead we walked down to Kizilay and caught the Metro to the stadium.

In just in time for the kick-off and a Gencler squad pretty much up to full strength (no Ahmet Calik though) ... and ... well .... er.

At least one of us showed up wearing the right colours.
It was a bit boring really. Basaksehir certainly didn't look like a team coming fourth in the league. They had a lumbering giant up front who could do bugger all and well... they were just rubbish really.

One of their players who at least showed some spark, even if it was the wrong kind of spark, was Emre Belozroglu. Yep. the little annoying bugger is still playing. It took all of about 5 minutes before he was being his whinging self and the Gencler fans of course got stuck in. It didn't matter who committed a foul, the Gencler fans would started shouting "Emre dışarı".

The strange thing about the match was that Basaksehir seemed to be going for the draw from the very start. They were falling over and wasting inordinate amounts of time. The referee didn't do a single thing as the game was held up time and time again. One incident was when an injured player went off the field and, having walked all the way around the field, stood with the medical personnel exactly where Basaksehir were supposed to be taking a throw-in; ie... outside the field of play. The throw-in player waited, as did the referee. It was a full five minutes later, by which time the original time-wasting player had been replaced as had Emre for no obvious reason, before play resumed. Just hopeless.

Match went on and we had a few chances but they were either brilliantly saved by the Basaksehir keeper ... or else he got bloody lucky.

All up... not the best footy, nor the best result... but hey, we can't get brilliance every week.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ankaragucu fans locked out for first five home matches

Ankaragucu fans have been hit pretty hard by the Turkish Football Federation's disciplinary board for the fights and other goings on that seriously marred last weekend's loss to Amedspor.

The basic penalties are:

For the fighting (in which several Amedspor officials had to be briefly hospitalised), the first two home matches for next year will be held at a neutral ground with no spectators. Then the next two matches at home will be without spectators. On top of that a 25,000 lira fine for the club.

Then, because this is the sixth time this season that the supporters were guilty of "swearing chants", a one match ban on spectators and a fine of 6,000 lira.

Then come the individual bans for Ankaragucu officials İmdat Biçer, Orhan Kılıç and Kemal Çorum who have all been banned from football for 90 days for having "attacked officials from the opposing team". Exactly what the 90-day ban encompasses I'm not sure, but if you have seen the footage of the attacks you would say that they are very lucky with what seems to be very light penalties.

So, it will be some time in November before Ankaragucu fans will be allowed back into the 19 Mayis Stadium...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Speaking of films...

This was the entry in Wikipedia this morning for Leicester City. Click on the picture to enlarge it

Genclerbirligi documentary on the big screen on May 2

Next Monday, May 2, will see the screening of the film "Döğüşenler de Var Bu Havalarda"* a documentary looking at the deep problems that Genclerbirligi faced when it almost disappeared.

The hour-long film will be on at the Buyulu Fener in Kizilay at 5:15pm. A few of us will be going and if you would to join us then you can get tickets at Biletinal or at the cinema itself.

The film will have English subtitles.

The following is from the synopsis of the film

Founded in 1923, Gençlerbirliği is an important part of football in Turkey and urban culture of Ankara. Between 1970-1983 is a period of suffering and devotion. The club’s civil and self-reliant identity for years had brought forlornness in these years of professionalization in the national league. This is a story of a club returning from the edge of amateur league and even closing, of players discrediting money, of administrators begging money and of supporters taking the team to the away games with their own cars. Looking back from today, it’s a surreal world. These true heroes are worth of Ahmed Arif’s Ankara and they are now resisting against being forgotten in the dusty pages of history.
*Exactly what the translation of the film's name should be is something which none of us have figured out. Spine went for something like "Some still struggle in these times." I suggested "Those fighting in the dark times." On the Facebook page it says "There the Ones, Fighting in This Blues". Doesn't matter. Just go and see the film!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ANKARAGUCU AND ...... BYE BYE PLAY-OFFS!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

With only one match left, I've looked at the play-off situation and it is still mathematically possible for Ankaragucu to do it, BUT .......... it would take a minor miracle !

What would need to happen is this -

1.   Inegol to lose away to Eyup.
2.   Gumushane to lose away to Ankara Demirspor.
3.   Aydin to draw with Amedspor.
4.   Ankaragucu to win with lottsa goals (don't know exactly how many !) away to Tuzla.

Either Manisa or Kocaeli will be Champions with Manisa 2 points ahead and favourites.

Tuzla and Keciorengucu have qualified for the play-offs, so it leaves the 5 teams I've mentioned fighting it out for the last play-off position, ie, Inegol, Aydin, Gumushane, Amedspor and, dare I say it ............. Ankaragucu !

So, like I said in my previous report, let's get used to the idea of a 3rd year in the 2nd Division.

Also, Ankaragucu's chances of challenging next season look slim with more 'leaves likely to fall off the tree' - Hasan, Goksu and Enes to name but 3.   That will leave cast-offs from other teams and youth players to keep the team afloat.

Not an encouraging thought to take into the Summer and prepare for next season !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, April 25, 2016

Too easy for Gencler

No need for a long report tonight. Gencler won it easily. We outclassed Antep from the start to the finish.

Gaziantepspor 1 - 3 Genclerbirligi

Yet another bloody Monday night match saw me and Spine and Inbred Kanka meet up at the Fake Pub. We asked for the sound on our telly to be put up a bit, so we got some commentary, but as the night wore on volume of the background middle-of-the-road rubbish increased and by about half-time we had no idea what was going on.

Luckily, we didn't need the commentary. All we knew was that Gencler was back to full strength and we were yet again playing great football. I may be starting to sound like a broken record on this.... Gencler are playing great football. Campos... Wow. Ahmet Calik may well be the most improved player in the league this season. Irfan... again just wow!

This is a great team to watch. Everyone is pulling their weight. It is just something I havn't really seen since the glory days of the early 2000s.

We went ahead fairly early on when a wonderful ball was sent ahead of Campos on the right wing. He hardly even looked to where he was putting it but El Kabir positioned himslf perfectly. Header. In. Goal.

We controlled everything but it wasn't until the 60th when we got the second. Irfan took a free kick out on the right. El Kabir close to the line headed it down to where Selcuk Sahin had a shot from a few metres out... ball hit the keeper, then the side post and GOOOOAAALLLL!

I have no idea what happened next but Gaziantep scored. Was this to be a repeat of the first half of the season when we gave up a two-nil lead only to bugger up.... NO!!!!

Unlike towards the end of last year, Gencler nowadays actually continue to try. We aren't sitting on leads like we used to. If anything Ibrahim Uzelmez has brought to the team it is this.

So... the attacks continued... until towards the end. Irfan took a corner. I think Selcuk headed it and Stancu got it... in and goal.

Good night!

AS PREDICTED, ANKARAGUCU FAIL TO DELIVER !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies,

Yet another defeat and yet another season in the 2nd Division !    However, Ankaragucu should have put this match out of reach within 30 minutes when they had total control and countless opportunities to do so.   The fact that they didn’t gave Diyarbakir the impetus to come out in the 2nd half and show Ankaragucu how it should be done !  

The other point worthy of note is that Ankaragucu started with an attacking line-up of Emrah, Enes and Timur but had to rely on a midfielder to score their only goal !


ANKARAGUCU   1      Diyarbakir Amedspor   2


The kankas met-up in the Sports Cafe and Stadium – Gencler Kanka Alex, Patrick (attending his 2nd Ankaragucu match), Cider Kanka John, Posh Kanka Ahmet, Apple Kanka Erman, Scouse Kanka Marcus and his friend Felix.   We also welcomed Oktay Eldem (a friend of Ahmet’s) who is Head of Bursaspor Fans in Ankara.



Lots of Turkish flags in the stadium and
 lots of anti Diyarbakir and PKK chanting!!!!
The Stadium was full for this, the last home match and, of course, it goes without saying that the away end was empty !    There were Turkish flags (huge, medium size and small) everywhere and as soon as the Diyarbakir players emerged from the tunnel the anti-PKK chants began.   Hatred was in the air and I could feel it

On to the footie and Ankaragucu were ‘quick out the traps’ with an avalanche of attacks from the kick-off.   From a corner in the 1st minute the Diyarbakir goalkeeper was brought into action with a good save, followed a minute later by another from Emrah who should have scored instead of dithering and scuffing his shot.


Ankaragucu did score in the 4th minute but it was rightly chalked-off for offside.


One minute later Timur had another great chance but be was too slow and his shot was blocked.


Then in the 6th minute came the highlight of the day when Maraton performed a confetti display, most of which was blown onto the pitch !


Eventually, Ankaragucu’s constant pressure padi off in the 13th minute when Hasan collected a ball just outside the penalty box on the left and sent in a bullet of a shot which the goalkeeper didn’t sniff.   Goal of the match !



Wearing GREEN at the stadium
especially for Billy Crawford Yesssss!!!!
Ankaragucu continued to press forward and should have scored 5 minutes later after a sweeping move down the left, but the eventual shot was saved.   Then, approaching the half hour martk, Goksu went on one of his mazy runs down the right and into the penalty box, but his final shot was weak and easily saved.

Shortly after that, Ankaragucu almost paid the price of sloppy defending with Diyarbakir’s first serious attack when the 18 year old Ankaragucu debutant goalkeeper and Gurkhan left the ball for each other and a Diyarbakir attacker wasn’t quite quick enough to take advantage of the mix-up.


Still it was all Ankaragucu and again they should have increased their lead in the 32nd minute when Emrah fed the ball to Timur but he shot over when not under any pressure.


So, it was disappointing going in only one up at half time after totally dominating the match, however, attacking the Gecikondu end in the 2nd half we were still hopeful of seeing the 2nd goal.


The match had barely resumed when all Hell broke loose at the Gecikondu End with firecrackers and missiles (lighters and water bottles) being thrown down (probably at the Diyarbakir substitutes stupidly warming-up there).   More anti-PKK shouting and then the Riot Police were brought into action which incensed Gecikondu and caused even more missiles to be thrown.   Emrah sprinted towards the problem area and pleaded with the Police to withdraw, which they eventually did and the match resumed after this 6 minutes interruption.   I should also add that at the same time there was an attack on the Diyarbakir contingent in Protokol which I didn’t see because my attention was focused on Gecikondu.


We can expect a lengthy Stadium Ban at the beginning of next season for all the problems today !!!!


At this stage of the match is was still mostly Ankaragucu searching for that 2nd goal and Enes had two chances but both saved.


Then the match turned upside-down in the 66th minute with Diyarbakir seizing the inituative.   Gurhan was not having a happy time of it, and for a reason only he knows, he used his hand to deal with a cross intstead of his head !   The penalty was despatched clinically and Diyarbakir, sensing a victory, upped their game and began to dominate proceedings.


20 minutes remaining and Hasan was replaced by Sertan, then a few minutes later Emrah was replaced by Mustafa.   Diyarbakir was in full attacking mode now and the young Ankaragucu goalkeeper was being brought into the action to make crucial saves.    Teoman came on (which I didn’t see happening), but as usual he contributed little.


Then with only 5 minutes remaining, Gurhan made another faux pas.   A long ball was played to a Diyarbakir atacker but Gurkan had it covered, or so I thought.   He then allowed himself to be muscled out and disposessed.   The Diyarbakir attacker then made a cut-back to another forward and he shot into the corner with no cover for the helpless goalkeeper.


The atmosphere around the Stadium changed dramatically, but there was still time for Timur to equalise, but the Diyarbakir goalkeeper made a great save from his goalbound effort.


Into time added on and time for a ‘supporter’ to try a pitch invasion waving the Turkish flag, but he was apprehended easily due to the fact that he couldn’t run – he looked about 90 !!!


Then just before the final whistle a confrontation between 2 opposing players and .............. yessssssssssss ............ another excuse for throwing firecrackers and missiles, but it was soon brought under control and then the final whistle !


Not content to leave the Stadium peacefully as we should after so many disppointments (we’ve had lots in the last 4 years to deal with !) it was left to Gecikondu to start bad mouthing the Police and breaking and throwing chairs and missiles again !!


That lasted for about 10 minutes before they finally left the Stadium.   Wisely, the Police didn’t go into Gecikondu !


So, when it was safe, we beat a retreat to The Bigos Restaurant and Pub on Tunus Caddesi for some food and ........... Effffesssss yessssssssssss !


At this point I received a What’s App message from Maniac Kanka Harun, and I quote ...... ‘Fckn bastards players’ unquote !!!    I think he was trying to sum up the frustrations of most of us !


So, what now ?   I haven’t bothered to look at the league table yet, because as far as I’m concerned, Ankaragucu is jsut not good enough for the Play-Offs, farless for the PTT League.   I’ll look at the Maths of the situation and report later and prior to the last match away to Tuzluspor next weekend.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, April 22, 2016

(More) vague hopes for Ankaragücü...

This week, Oz Kanka, Spine and myself (Cider Kanka) went to see an extremely professional, very funny and even occasionally touching hour-long documentary film on Gençlerbirliği's years out of the top flight of Turkish football in the 1970s and early 80s.

Like Ankaragücü today, Gençler were plagued by financial crisis—at one point the players even depended on the charity of local shop owners to even get fed at night. They dropped down to the third league, and towards the end, even found themselves relegated from that, though the military saved the day and possibly the club by choosing to merge the top amateur league with the third league that season.

The film was narrated by some real characters from those years: fans, players, and the club's then-director who emerged as one of the heroes of the film. They were all in the audience, and their emotional reaction to the retelling could be seen on their faces.

There was only film footage from the final match in which Gençler got promoted back to the Süper Lig. All the Ankaragücü fans turned out as well to support football in the city, and there was not a seat left empty in the 19 Mayıs!

From an Ankaragücü perspective, the message is also clear: keep up the fight, and even if it takes 12 years, we can take our club back to where it belongs in the Süper Lig (and European competitions!)

On the way back, we were sad to note that the Chopin appears to have been one of the victims of the miniature recession that has hit Kızılay since the February bombing. It is no more. Eski Kanka may have to get used to Tuborg from now on :(

ANKARAGUCU - THE CLOCK IS TICKING !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

While Genclerbirligi's inconsistent season is almost completed and they settle for CavCav's preferred league position of 8th, the same can't be said for Ankaragucu's disastrous season of misfiring and numerous chances of securing promotion.

As Bellshill Kanka Nadeem has said many times this season, this was Ankaragucu's best chance of making it into the PTT League with so many 'average' teams in the league.   At one stage, Manisa seemed to have left the field behind, but they suffered a few surprise reverses and Kocaeli has suddenly put them under pressure and it will be interesting to see which one wins the league.   At present the situation is that they are equal on 60 points each.

Back to Ankaragucu and their pathetic attempt to make the play-offs !

With 2 matches remaining, Ankaragucu have 46 points and lie in 7th position.

Above them are Gumushane in 5th position and Aydin in 6th position, both on 47 points.

Below them are Inegol on 46 points and Diyarbakir on 44 points.

So, the bottom line is ............ nothing less than a win against Diyarbakir on Sunday will suffice.   Even if Ankaragucu do win, then their play-off chances will hinge on the last away match against Tuzlaspor who lie in 3rd position on 53 points.

Of course, it goes without saying that it may require other teams to lose to enable Ankaragucu to make the play-offs.

However, and it's a big 'however', even if Ankaragucu do make the play-offs, and even if by some miracle they beat the White Group winners, the burning question is ............. how will they survive in the PTT League ??!!

I have watched 2 recent PTT League matches - the top of the league clash, Adanaspor v Adana Demirspor, and the bottom of the league struggle - Denizli v Karsiyaka, and from what I've seen, the present Ankaragucu squad would be overwhelmed by all 4 of those teams.

So, the bottom line again is ........... what's the point of trying for promotion until Ankaragucu's financial problems are solved and transfer ban lifted.   There are no financial benefactors in sight and the villains responsible for Ankaragucu's plight have not been taken to task and brought to justice.

It pains me to say it, but I'm hoping Ankaragucu don't make the play-offs and promotion to avoid the humiliation of coming straight back down again with a record lowest ever points total !

Watch this space for the outcome as the season runs down to an unsatisfactory end !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim ............ the realist !!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Genclerbirligi climb to 9th place

It was a tired and forlorn Trabzonspor that took to the field in Ankara last night. Genclerbirligi took no pity on them.

Genclerbirligi 3 - 1 Trabzonspor

At the Soul Pub downtown Alex and me were joined by Kevin for his first footballing experience in Turkey. And what a match he got, four goals and a big win for the home side.

A few beers and some grub and then off to a relatively empty 19 Mayis. We struggle to get fans to games and putting matches on a Monday night just makes it even harder.

We were whining about this when Irfan took a corner about 40 seconds in... and goalllll! It was Palitsevich with a wonderful header. That was quick.

Already one-nil up and I still hadn't even figured out who was in our team. Hopf was out with an injury. Hleb was on the bench recovering from one (he came on for the last 20 minutes or so). Our captain Ahmet Calik and key defender Kulusic were also both out (I think it was due to cards).

It may have been a weaker team on paper but it certainly didn't look like it on the pitch. Trabzon didn't manage a shot on goal in the first half due to some excellent organised defensive lines from Gencler... and on the counter attack we looked extremely dangerous.

After quite a few attacks and some nice footy all round, Hakan Aslantas sent an across field pass to the right wing, a short pass to Campos who turned quickly into the box centred it and Stancu blasted it in from a couple of metres out. Nice.

Things were all going swimmingly and got even better early in the second half when Landel got onto the end of a through ball. He couldn't control it properly though and it looked like he had wasted a good chance to have shot from not far out. Then came along former Gencler defender Aykut Demir who took out the stick-thin Landel. The referee pointed to the spot and gave Demir a yellow. Irfan stood up, had the shot and goal.

It was about this stage that Trabzon decided to actually play some football and we got about 10 minutes of them trying. It resulted in a goal for them but the rest of the match was all ours.

A win against one of the Big Four is always good... to totally dominate them and get the win is even better.

POST MATCH: Along with all the usual stuff, Gencler coach Ibrahim Üzülmez said that he wants to continue at Gencler and that he will sit down with Cavcav to sort things out at the end of the season.