Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sport Minister Sticks to His Passo-Guns

Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic has said the government will press on with the Passolig ticket system that has decimated attendance at top-level matches so far this season.

The poor attendance and complaints are part of a "transition period," Kilic said today. "Everyone needs to make a bit of effort" to make the system work, he said.

His comments follow sharp declines in attendance and criticism from club owners including our beloved Ilhan Cavcav, who said last week that Passolig is damaging the game. Cavcav said the system was a "pettifogging" attempt to deal with football violence, and the real solution lies in applying the law to deter bad behaviour.

Those looking for good news in the minister's comments may reflect on the following:

1) In football, when anyone says "We have complete confidence in X", X generally ends up getting fired within a month.

2) Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic is not the most powerful man in the Turkish Government.

Finally, the word "decimated" may not be entirely accurate in this context, but it's not far off.



Monday, October 20, 2014

That was a bit crap

"This is just like watching England", said Spine, an Englishman.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 0 Suat Altinwanker Kayseri Erciyesspor

It was boring, boring, boring!

But at least we were nice and warm at the Su'dem Pub.

We had our chances, but we blew them.

And look at the 360 degree picture of the stadium tonight. Click on the picture for a better view. Passolig has killed football. Even the LigTV people tonight were saying so.

That's it for my match report. Next week we are away to Fenerbahce and then on Tuesday the 28th we will actually be going to a match! Genclerbirligi v Etimesgut in the Turkish Cup. KO: 4pm.... NO PASSOLIG REQUIRED!!!!  

PS: I've changed the league tables on the right hand side of the blog. I finally found one with the Division Two table. Yea!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Slicing Up the Baby: Ankaragücü - Polatlı Bugsaşspor


From Ankaragucu.org.tr: An upside-down Gecekondu sign

Today's post on Yurtspor has a simple metaphor for Ankaragücü fans and management. King Solomon reputedly settled a fight between two women who claimed to be the mother of a baby by saying they could have half each. The true mother of the child objected, saying that she would rather give it up than see her baby cut in half.

Before the match, 11 Ankaragücü fans were arrested in Yüksel Caddesi for fighting with leftists over their apparent support for the PKK. At the match, the management closed an entire tribune (Sol Kapalı) that it had a difference of opinion with and gave out free tickets to the police in order to fill it: the police at one stage even tried to chant in favour of the management and were shouted down. Gecekondu had hung their banner upside down in protest of the management. During the match, a few fans invaded the pitch to try to fight with Mehmet Yiğiner, and a few people from the dugout needed to be held back from fighting back. Later, all the tribunes in unison shouted insults at the management, which will almost certainly lead to a punishment for the club. Then, after the match, the fans went over to the other side of the stadium to fight the police, only to be teargassed and hit by rubber bullets.

It looks like both the fans and management are happier slicing up the baby than losing an argument over it.

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I (Cider Kanka), Battle Damaged Kanka and Eski Kanka were in Maraton for the evening's game.

In footballing terms, Ankaragücü had a small yet consistent advantage over an extremely weak Polatlı Bugsaşspor team, and that advantage was largely that Polatlı usually fell to pieces as soon as they made any significant ground.

In the 19th minute Ankaragücü got their first cross into the box, but it was not difficult for the Polatlı keeper. It wasn't until the 30th minute when Ankaragücü looked dangerous again, with a well-placed corner shot about ten metres vertically into the air right in front of the net. In the 38th and 39th minutes Ankaragücü looked a little more confident, with a missed chance by Levent and an offside shot.

The first half (and most of the game): scrapping around in the centre with no killer instinct.

The second half started slowly: in the 50th minute, Umut got in front of the goal but sent the ball into the clouds rather than the net. In the 61st, Ankaragücü got their second best chance of the game: a ball came through, was shot at the keeper, saved but bounced over to number 16, who had a beautifully lined up shot a few metres from the goal. But even this went over.

In the 75th minute, Ankaragücü's saving grace arrived. Umut outpaced the defenders in a sudden counterattack away from the box, and kept it up until he got close enough to slot it comfortably behind the keeper. Although there was 9 minutes injury time (!) Polatlı never had the midfield strength to employ much more than a shoot-and-hope strategy from set pieces. A few minutes before the match ended, some wag outside the stadium set off a miniature fireworks display in celebration.

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Today's match was a win that felt like a loss. Relations between management and fans are at such a low point that rather than reacting with joy at the scoring of a goal, fans reacted by calling on the management to resign and yelling insults at them. Let's hope that both tribune leaders and Mehmet Yiğiner find a way to swallow their pride and make peace for the good of their baby.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Polatli Bugsasspor match preview!




Ankaragucu are back at home on Sunday night as they face Polatli Bugsasspor in the local derby with both teams looking for the 3 points to get their promotion challenges back on track. Ankaragucu were dealt a huge blow midweek with a disappointing defeat at Bandirmaspor, while Polatli won 2-0 at home to Pazarspor.

Although no games in this league are easy games for Ankaragucu, most of the difficult games have been played except Goztepe, Diyarbakir BB and Nazilli. The next couple of months see Ankaragucu face most of the teams at the bottom half of the table. That said, the way Ankaragucu are playing at the moment its difficult to see where the next win is going to come from.

The team will be without Gurkan Alver, Mehmet Erdem, Selim Teber and Cihan Bal who are all out injured. Its likely that Aytac Oden or Mehmet Tasci will fill in at centre half with Orhan Evci or Onur Atasayer coming in at full back.

Hasan Ayaroglu could start his first game of the season with Mehmet Erdem injured, and its an opportunity that the youngster will want to grab. Hasan has so much potential but due to inconsistency and injuries he has so far failed to life up to his expectation.

Levent Kale has yet to score a goal and will be looking to end his drought to give him some confidence to go on a scoring spree as he did last season. Polatli themselves will be looking to take the 3 points from the game and are certainly capable of doing just that.

Last season when the two sides met, Ankaragucu won 1-0 at Polatli and 3-0 at the 19 Mayis stadium in Ankara. Ankaragucu have lost a lot of players since those games and will have to be at their best if they want to win this one.

Mustafa Kaplan spoke after the Bandirmaspor match saying he felt the team were unlucky with the two injuries and the missed Umut Nayir chance. He said he is confident this team can win promotion and will get the 3 points against Polatli.

Lets hope he is correct. The game will be taking place at 7pm Turkish time on Sunday. The Kankas are meeting 5pm at the Chopin bar. Enjoy

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Ankaragucu 0-2 Bandirmaspor match report !



Mustafa Kaplan didn't get off to best start in his second spell in charge of the club from the capital as his side lost 2-0 in Bandirma. As discussed in the match preview, the Ankaragucu fans were banned from travelling to Bandirma for the match, the second time this season the fans have been banned from travelling by the local council.

Amazingly not a word was uttered from the Ankaragucu management on this subject, yet the Altay official supporters group defended both Ankaragucu and Goztepe who were also banned from travelling to Tepeckispor. They pointed out when Turkey was founded it was based on people having the freedom to move around the country and this is against everything it stands for. Well done Altay, pity our management don't share the same feelings, or have the balls to fight for the club.

As you can probably tell from the tone of my typing (if there is such a thing), I'm in another shit mood because of Ankaragucu and Turkey. Part of me wishes i didn't care so much, but i will never give up on Ankaragucu, for it isn't the club or the fans I'm angry with, its the management team, Melih Gokcek and all the other politics that come with supporting the club.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Erdem, Gokhan Erdogan, Umut Nayir, Levent Kale

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Onur Atasayer, Metin Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu, Ramazan Adiguzel, Orhan Evci, Teoman Erkan

Not much change in personnel for the new coach's first game in charge. Gokhan Erdogan was brought into the starting line up for Orhan, otherwise the team was unchanged.

It was Ankaragucu who had the first chance of the game 10 minutes in as Umut Nayir missed a glorious chance to give them the lead, but the big striker couldn't finish his chance. An early goal and early lead could have saw a different outcome in the game, but as so often the case, if you don't finish your chances it will come back and haunt you.

And haunt you it did, on the 17th minute mark, Bandirma took the lead through Ali Kuleli. And thats how it stayed until half time with Ankaragucu failing to create anything.

Into the second half and again Ankaragucu were failing to create any decent chances, Kaplan brought Hasan Ayaroglu and Orhan Evci on to try and find the equaliser, but it was Mustafa Karabulut who gave Bandirma their second of the game and tied up the three points.

A disappointing result again for Ankaragucu who have now only won 1 of their opening 7 games. As Damon pointed out we have only lost 1 too, but its not good enough when the teams you are playing against are of a very poor standard.

It doesn't matter who is in charge of this Ankaragucu team, Yiginer could appoint Jose Mourinho tomorrow and it won't make any difference. The club has lost Emre Tasdemir, Mehmet Cakir, Erhan Guven, Serhat Aykuz, Kaan Kanak, Bayram Olgun, Omer Yalcin, Ibrahim Sahin, Aydin Toscali and Volkan Yilmaz from last season and added no one to the squad.

If the team wasn't good enough to win promotion with those players, then why does Yiginer think we are good enough this season? Unless he brings in players, then the team must start preparing for a relegation fight and forget the playoffs.

No disrespect to Orhan Evci, but when your looking to bring him on to change the game in an attacking sense, you know you are lacking attacking options. Levent has yet to score a goal and looks a shadow of the player he was last season, but the big loss is Emre Tasdemir and Mehmet Cakir.

Another thing that annoys me, Bursaspor have twice singed our players on the cheap. Firstly Adem Kocek and Stanislav Sestak, then just recently Emre Tasdemir. Both times they said they would send youth players to help Ankaragucu. Where are these players? Is the offer still on the table, if so then why is Yiginer not taking them up on it?

Anyway, we are back at home on Sunday, kick off is at 7pm Turkish time against Polatli Bugsasspor. The following Saturday we are at Diyarbakir BB, its looking doubtful that game will go ahead due to the trouble with Islamic State. My thoughts are with the people of Diyarbakir and Kobane, may there be peace in the area and stop the suffering to innocent people.

Nadeem

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Bandirmaspor match preview !





Before we talk about tomorrows match in Bandirma, i want to discuss a couple of stories that broke earlier this week regarding the club. Firstly it looks like Selim Teber has played his last game for the club. The experienced midfielder picked up a a back injury in pre season and went to Germany for treatment. Unfortunately the injury has reoccured and reports claim a decision has been made to terminate his contract. Muhammed Gonulacar also had his contract terminated last week and its also reported he was paid 160k for early termination.

In other news the Bandirma council has banned Ankaragucu fans from travelling to Bandirma. This is the second time that Ankaragucu fans have been banned from travelling to away games this season by a council after Sariyer took the same action. I cant quite get my head around this as to how a council can ban people from traveling to a town. I cant ever imagine Glasgow council banning Hearts, Hibs or Aberdeen fans. It wouldn't be allowed.

I will never hide my love for Turkey, Ankara or Ankaragucu, however I'm slowly starting to question how much more i can take. Everything that happened to the club with Gokceks and Cemal Aydin is difficult enough to take. But adding Gezi Park, Passolig System and other decisions people of power can make in this country make me so angry. The great man Kemal Mustafa Ataturk would be turning in his grave if he knew half of whats going on in this country which is being ruined by people of power.

Yesterday i was accused by an Osmanlispor and Melih Gokcek supporter of being a spy because i had a go at the Passolig system. This is what you are up against??? Maybe its not just Turkey, the whole world is spoilt by greed and lies and its something I'm struggling to come to terms with.

Anyway back to the football. Ankaragucu tomorrow travel to Bandirma for their upcoming Lig match which is a must win for Ankaragucu. It will be the first game in his second spell for Mustafa Kaplan who will want to get off to a winning start. It will be interesting to see how Kaplan lines up his team. For me the team lacks pace and their should be a place in the team for Onur Atasayer. Levent is still struggling for form and fitness as is Hasan who has been out injured for 6 months.

Umut Nayir has started the season well but their is still room for improvement from him too. Mehmet Erdem is a key player but he needs to bring more to the team. Mustafa Kaplan is known as an attacking manager so we can expect more goals than what we scored under Muammer Ozdemir.

Ozdemir however did help bring stability to the defence and thats something Kaplan must continue. Bandirmaspor are joint top with Nazilli, however they have had a much easier start to the season with only Diyarbakir and Tepecikspor the only two tough matches they have had. They were destroyed 4-1 by Diyarbakir BB and won 2-1 at Tepeckispor.

The main threat from Bandirma will come from Hakki Ismet who has scored 3 goals from his first 6 games. Bandirma are a fast and technical side and Ankaragucu must up their game if they are to take anything from this game.

A draw won't be the worst result but Ankaragucu need to turn these draws into victories or they face being left behind by the rest of the clubs chasing promotion to the PTT Lig.

Team i think we should go for tomorrow - Gokhan Akkan, Orhan Evci, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Erdem, Onur Atasayer, Emir Ozbey, Umut Nayir

Prediction 1-1 draw

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ankaragucu appoint Mustafa Kaplan as manager !



Thats right Kankas !!! Mustafa Kaplan is coming home !!

Ankaragucu tonight appointed Mustafa Kaplan as manager after the resignation of Muammer Ozdemir earlier in the day. The Ankaragucu management didn't waste anytime in finding their man and held talks with Kaplan tonight. Kaplan said 'i am very happy to be returning home'.

It will be the second stint at Ankaragucu for the new coach having previously managed the club in the PTT Lig. Although the club were relegated Kaplan won many admirers for the style of football the team played and bringing the best out of the youth players as Ankaragucu had to rely solely on the youth team that season.

He also won promotion with Haceteppe last season to Lig 2 and was rewarded with the vacant managers job at Genclerbirligi. Strangely that only lasted 2 games having lost and drawn his opening 2 games.

With all the doom and gloom news surrounding the club this is certainly some welcome news for the fans. Having said that Ali Imdat leader of the Gecekondu group has tonight asked Mehmet Yiginer to resign from the club after last nights clashes with fellow fans.

Muammer Ozdemir resigns as Ankaragucu manager !





As expected Muammer Ozdemir has tonight resigned as manager of Ankaragucu. After only 6 games in which he won 1 game and drew the other 5 Ozdemir believes its best for both parties if he steps down due to the problems off field. He thanks the management and fans and wished them all the best in the future.

Ozdemir has spent over 14 years as the club as a youth coach and just recently the manager of the first team. His appointment in the summer raised a few eyebrows due to him being out of football for 3 years. Although the team weren't winning games, Ankaragucu were unbeaten in 14 games including pre season under his leadership.

Reports tonight claim that Aykan Atik will takeover as the new manager of the club. If these reports are true then its another dull appointment by the management. Atik has previously coached Haceteppe, Gebzespor and Gumushanespor. He is also currently working as a coach at Ankaragucu and it looks like it will be an internal appointment instead of bringing back the fans choice in Mustafa Kaplan.

Muhammed Gonulacar terminates contract !




Ankaragucu youngster Muhammed Gonulacar has terminated his contract with the club. It is believed the player and manager Muammer Ozdemir had a fall out which has lead to the youngster requesting to leave the club. The Ankaragucu board granted his wishes last night and he is now free to talk to other clubs.

Its more disappointment for the club as Muhammed was very highly rated. He singed for the club last January from Batman Petrolspor and was regarded as one for the future. He didn't feature much under the new coach who preferred Harun Aydin in the holding role in midfield.

Its also believed that there is unrest in the dressing room due to Mehmet Erdem, Levent Kale and Selim Teber all receiving down payments in their wages. The younger players aren't happy with this and quite rightly so as every one should be treated the same.

Muammer Ozdemir is expected to hand in his resignation later today so we will keep you posted on any breaking news there. After last nights clashes between Mehmet Yiginer and a section of fans which left some Ankaragucu fans needing hospital treatment, a criminal case has been opened. Fans are questioning why members of the VIP section had sticks and other weapons when Ankaragucu fans are searched by the police upon entering the stadium.

More to follow.....

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Sinan Kurumus comes back to haunt Ankaragucu !



Ankaragücü 2-2 Tepecikspor

There was a game on tonight at the 19 Mayis Stadium as Ankaragucu hosted Tepecikspor, unfortunately not a single member of the Kanka group including myself knew it was on. The game had been changed apparently due to the Bayram holiday this coming weekend. I was just about to tuck into my dinner at my parents house when i got an alert from Fanatik to say the Ankaragucu vs Tepecikspor game had just kicked off.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Orhan Evci, Mehmet Erdem, Umut Nayir, Levent Kale

Subs - Ishan Kirveli, Onur Atasayer, Metin Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu, Ramazan Adiguzel, Hasan Kaya, Teoman Erkan

So the coach went with the same team that started last weekends match at Altay with Orhan Evci keeping his place in place of the injured Selim Teber. Youngsters Ramazan Adiguzel and Hasan Kaya both made their debut in the second half. Hasan Ayaroglu also came on as he continues his return from injury.

Levent Kale has gone another game without finding the back of the net. If Ankaragucu are to have any chance of making the playoffs he really needs to find full fitness and start finding the back of the net.

Tepecikspor started the game with former Ankaragucu strikers Metin Akan and Sinan Kurumus up front, and it was the later who would return to punish the club he started his professional career with. Sinan scored twice to put Tepecikspor ahead both sides of half time, while Umut Nayir and Serhat Gulpinar scored the goals for Ankaragucu.

Sinan had a good spell at Ankaragucu impressing in the PTT Lig before moving onto Besiktas. Many were surprised to see him make that step up but there is no doubting he has the quality and is too good for this level. Tepecikspor are a poor side, they have one player of quality and thats Sinan. It just goes to show that if our chairman Mehmet Yiginer would take his head out the sand and sanction a couple of good signings to help the attack and wingers then we could win this league.

This league is there for the taking, there are no teams such as Altinordu or Alanyaspor who will go on long winning runs. Having said that Bandirmaspor, Nazilli and Goztepe all won their matches tonight. As it stands Ankaragucu are only 1 point outside the playoff places but they are no 5 points behind leaders Nazilli and Bandirmaspor. Next opponents for Ankaragucu? A tough away match at Bandirmaspor next Wednesday.

There was more bad news at the end of the match as Mehmet Yiginer got into an argument with supporters near the VIP section. He had to be taken away by other members of the management team. Coach Muammer Ozdemir also refused to give a press conference after the match and will instead give one tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Genclerbirligi to win the league at this this rate

If we keep playing as badly as this, we could well win the league!

Genclerbirligi 3 - 1 Balikesirspor

Cold and wet and miserable and just generally all round rubbish. Just Flying Dutchman and myself down at the Beer Bus for pre-match beers. Flying Dutchman is a good Gencler fan but even he admitted he had come down to Kizilay escape the wife. Spine was a conspicuous non-show. Of course, nothing to do with the fact he was at the German Embassy Oktoberfest the night before.

The first protest I encountered on Sunday was by a feminist
collective against the state's alleged aiding of ISIS.    

A few Alkaralar joined us at the pub and about 500 Gencler supporters were at the match, about 10 times less than what we should have had (thanks Passolig)

Match kicks off!

Stancu almost scores a minute in off a corner. His angle was a bit wrong though and the ball came off the post.

And then... boring. Talk about slow. This was slower than a snail on valium.

About the half hour mark and we finally had a nice play. Guido in on the left got the shortish cross in to Berat who tapped it in.

That was about it for the rest of the half. Even though we were 1-0 up it still seemed bad.
Then I bumped into the hunters protesting against having to pay
to shoot things. Not too many feminists at this one.

Balikesir started to get a few chances and should have gone ahead a couple of times and finally they got one back from a corner. Gosso was clearly at fault.

We were still playing like rubbish when Gosso got onto the end of a brilliant pass from Nizamettin. He passed it back and Berat got his second. An excellent goal, thoroughly undeserved.

Then came a third a little while later... Ugur Cifti got it. Can't remember how. It was good though... I think.

All I can say is that this was a bad, bad match. That's two weeks in a row we have played like crap but still got the three points.

Weird.

Turkish Cup 3rd round draw !




Both Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi found out their 3rd round opponents this afternoon, and both can be happy with their outcomes. Genclerbirligi will play Etimesgut BB at home. Etimesgut also from Ankara knocked Kayseri Erciyesspor out in the last round.

Ankaragucu will travel to Tavsanli Linyitspor in what was the easiest tie Ankaragucu could have asked for due to us being unseeded. The winners from both ties will progress to the group stages.

for Gencler its another opportunity for European qualification, while for Ankaragucu the chance of TV revenue and games against Super Lig sides which will also bring in much needed income.

It would be nice to see both clubs progressing and meeting in the group stages which would give us a long awaited Ankara derby.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ankaragucu 1-1 Altay SK match report !




Before the match started i said that a draw in Izmir against Altay wouldn't be the worst result. After the 90 minutes had finished 1-1 i and many other Ankaragucu fans were left disappointed yet again. Altay had played 120 Minutes plus penalties against PTT Lig side Karsiyaka on Wednesday where as Ankaragucu had a comfortable match at home against amateur side Golcukspor.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Orhan Evci, Mehmet Erdem, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir

Subs - Ishan Kirveli, Metin Aydin, Onur Atasayer, Hasan Ayaroglu, Metin Ilhan, Ramazan Adiguzel, Emir Ozbey

Orhan Evci came back into the starting line up for Selim Teber who wasn't in the squad which couldn't only have been due to injury with him being a key player. Levent continued his run in the team as he partnered Umut up top with Onur Atasayer and Hasan Ayaroglu both back in the squad after injury.

It all started so well for Ankaragucu when they took the lead after only 5 minutes through Umut Nayir. Ankaragucu have struggled to score goals this season, was this the start that would see the team kick on and start putting the ball in the back of the net? The answer to that of course was no.

Instead Altay equalised in the 25th minute through Rasit Savindir. It would stay that way until half time.

Into the second half and with the Ankaragucu away fans trying their best to cheer the team onto victory, the team couldn't give them that winning goal. Altay were reduced to 10 men with 12 minutes remaining when Husamettin Yener was sent off for his second bookable offence.

Ankaragucu threw on both Hasan Ayaroglu and Emir Ozbey to try and grab the winner but it was all to late and the home side hung on for a share of the points.

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. With the teams above Ankaragucu all drawing apart from Bandirma who won, it was a good opportunity to close the gap. Instead it was another boring draw against a poor side. Thats 5 games played 4 goals scored. Not good enough !!!!!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Altay SK match preview !




Ankaragucu are in Izmir tomorrow night as they take on much improved Altay SK in what is a must win match. Although a poor start to the season with 1 win and 3 draws, Ankaragucu remain unbeaten in 12 games under Muammer Ozdemir if you include pre season. The coach has addressed the defensive issue the team had last season, but its the forward line and midfield that need much improvement if Ankaragucu are to challenge for the playoffs.

Both sides were in action midweek with Ankaragucu winning 2-0 at home against Golcukspor, while Altay won the Izmir derby by beating Karsiyaka on penalties. It will be a big test for Altay to see weather that match has taken a lot out of he legs of the players after over 120 minutes of play.

Altay are much improved from last season where Ankaragucu beat them 4-2 at home and 2-0 away. Ankaragucu on the other hand have lost some of their best players and are relying on a team full of youngsters this term. The good news for Ankaragucu is that Levent Kale is getting more minutes under his belt and is getting closer to match fitness. Hasan Ayaroglu is back in training and will be back in the next few weeks, and both Selim Teber and Serhat Gulpinar were rested midweek.

A draw wouldn't be a bad result in Izmir but Ankaragucu need to start winning games and send out a message to the rest of the teams in this League. The standard of teams in the league are very poor and all teams are capable of beating each other. Last season you had Alanyaspor and Altinordu who hardly lost a match. This season after only 4 games there are no teams that haven't dropped points.

Former Ankaragucu midfielder Semavi Ozgur will line up in the Altay team, the Bulgarian born Turk is one of the most experienced players in the Altay team and will be one of their key players. For Ankaragucu Mehmet Erdem Ugurlu is the creative spark in midfield who can create chances and also score goals. I would expect the coach to go 5 in midfield again with Levent dropping back onto the bench for this one.

Team i would go for is:

Gokhan, Aytac, Gurkan, Volkan, Mehmet, Harun, Selim, Serhat, Orhan, Mehmet, Umut

Both Orhan and Mehmet bring much needed pace to the team. Gokhan Erdogan has failed to impress which really leaves the coach without other options in the wide areas until Hasan is back.

Kick off is at 7pm Turkish time tomorrow.

Genclerbirligi v Balikesirspor match preview ... er... sort of

Genclerbirligi press spokesman Hakan Kaynar on Friday put the pressure on Alper Ulusoy, the newbie referee for Sunday's match, saying he hoped the refereeing mistakes Gencler suffered from last season won't be repeated in the match against Balikesirspor.

"I wish him well," Kaynar said of Ulusoy who will be making his Super Dooper Lig debut on Sunday. "He won't forget this match. Hopefully we will," Kaynar said, hopefully referring to the refs performance and not our team's.

"We can't get out of our heads the referee mistakes made last year, just can't - the comedic penalties, five minutes to take a corner, the unfathomable cards..."
Can't get you outta my head, said Kaynar.

After wishing Ulusoy the best of luck Kaynar went on to lament the new ticketing system that was supposed to lead to safer stadiums, but instead has just emptied them.  

"If you say that it is now safer to go to a match then the stands for a match during the day should be full of children,"  Kaynar said.

"We played two seasons with almost full stands," exaggerated Kaynar. "Problems with the ticketing company and problems with the promotion of football matches have deprived us of enthusiasm (from the fans) that is essential (for the team). For example, the role played by our fans in our victory over Trabzon last season was huge," said the spokesman referring to last year's brilliant match where we came from two-nil behind to win three-two.

"This lack of enthusiasm (at matches) is a disadvantage for all teams," he said.

Kaynar also talked a little about stuff on the field but you could have cut and pasted that from any press spokesman's pre-match presser in the past 20 years.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Besiktas fan's view of Passolig

Are you still confused as to what Passolig is and why the crowds this season are way, way down? We have had a few articles on the matter. In fact I ought to get them all together in one place (next week's job). 

But today I want to link to an excellent article in English on a Besiktas site by a fellow called Emrah Dincer. The article gives a brief history of how Passolig came into being. 
One of the things the law changes in theory was the ownership of the responsibility of unwanted incidents. Normally, after an incident (usage of profanity, fans on pitch, objects thrown on pitch, fight among fans etc) the club(s) were punished by fines ranging from a few thousand euros to having to play without fans or having to play in another stadium far from home. This specific chapter of the law was giving the clubs a new responsibility in exchange for being responsible for all incidents. The troublemakers now will be responsible from their own actions individually instead of the club; but the club has to implement the necessary infrastructure to determine who are the trouble making individuals. The description in the law is rather vague, and it is not really clear what kind of “infrastructure” is necessary.
 After the massive Gezi protests in the summer of 2013; where it became evident that many of the fan groups, especially Çarşı was influential in the resistance against the government, was Passolig announced. Cameras and other security devices would be installed to all stadiums by the same company who will collect all personal information from anyone who goes to a football game. The cost of the infrastructure would be paid by the fans who are buying tickets to games.
Dincer goes on to talk about how a very small bank with good connections to RTE managed to get the contract to supply the cards to us all... and us in return all becoming clients of his tiny bank. Then follows some good points on the hassles of the new system, failures of technology at the stadiums (something Flying Dutchman Kanka has experienced first hand) and the general fears that fans have over the control of their personal infomation... Dincer doesn't fail to remind us that many Besiktas fans fave life imprisonment for being involved in the Gezi protests last year. 

Dincer also found one weird implication that I hadn't known about, or thought about. 
There were also impracticalities about the system. For example when obtaining this card one has to declare which team one is supporting and can only buy tickets to games of that club. That means somebody does not have the chance to go see a random football game unless that somebody is a registered fan of one of the clubs playing. The application and approval process is just too much hassle for people who only see a few games a season. 
Dincer ends with more questions than answers... because no-one knows what is going to happen. My bet... football will lose. 

Please click on the link to read Dincer's full article What Passolig is, and what it is not  

Ankaragücü - Gölcükspor Match Report

Team - Ishan Kirveli, Metin Aydin, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Mehmet Tasci, Orhan Evci, Harun Aydin, Mehmet Erdem, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir, Muhammed Gonulacar

Subs - Gokhan Akkan, Ramazan Adiguzel, Metin Ilhan, Ali Sinan Gayla, Gokhan Erdogan, Emir Ozbey, Teoman Erkan

This kanka was all alone for the 2nd round cup match against 3rd league side Gölcükspor, and not just within the Kanka group. The turnout was very poor in general, probably linked to the continuing differences between the fans and the management, the chilly weather and the Wednesday evening kick-off. Sol Kapalı had about 20 fans at most, Gecekondu was not a third full, Maraton had very few fans, and I didn't spot a single fan in the Gölcükspor end the entire match!

On the other hand, the Bekar Evi boys in Saatli had all turned out, and a mid-week after-work game is certainly the only time you'll see Ankaragücü fans in smart suits...

The game was, to put it mildly, a breath of fresh air after seeing Gücü's first two games at home. Knowing that they were the better side, the team didn't make so many mistakes under pressure, and so the football flowed, with a man always there to receive the ball and some pretty nifty passes and runs.
Photo (from Ankaragucu.org.tr): Metin Aydın takes a throw-in with a spacious but still loud Gecekondu behind

The team was dominant in possession and tactics throughout the first half, but at first it looked like the result might not reflect the play, as Ankaragücü's strikers lost their composure inside the box while Gölcük made a couple of sudden one-man counterattacking runs that sent the defence sprinting back but came to nothing.

The 17th minute saw a Gücü freekick just outside the Gölcük box, which was masterfully curled past the defensive wall but anticipated by the keeper. While Ankaragücü's midfield kept sending good balls upfield, there was else nothing worthy of being called a chance until the 35th minute, when Mehmet Taşcı sent a well-aligned cross over to Levent a few metres from the goal, only for the shot to just clear the bar. From then until half time, Ankaragücü played pinball in and near the box, bouncing the ball off defenders and looking dangerous but not getting anything in.

At the start of the second half there was a lull: not due to the efforts of the midfield, who were keeping balls coming through, but because the Gölcük team had gone all out to defend, and Ankaragücü seemed comfortable taking things at their own pace. A piece of inspiration struck the Yenidoğan drummer in Maraton at around the 60th minute, and almost all the fans in Marathon moved over to the fence, while most of the Gecekondu fans came and joined them. Whilst the fence got shaken so hard it looked on the brink of collapsing, the combined noise the two tribunes made spurred Ankaragücü on, and two players broke free in the 68th minute, beating the defender and goalkeeper with a classic last-second cross and Erdem's brilliant placement.

From then on, the team had several good chances, not least from set pieces as Gölcük became increasingly desperate in their defending. The win was confirmed in the 89th minute by Umut, who managed to get in several shots on goal this game. It looked as though he would be denied again when the goalkeeper stopped the shot, but he was there for the rebound and put it away.

Altogether, the small crowd gave Gecekondu a chance to try out new songs, all three main groups of fans applauded one another giving Mehmet Yiğiner a hard time, and Ankaragücü got a chance to take a breath and start playing some more convincing football than what we've seen up until now this season.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Iceman Cometh

Genclerbirligi have a new coach, the 42rd in the 36 years Ilhan Cavcav has been at the club.

And naturally enough, it's not one of the high profile names the club has been linked with in the last few weeks. It's Irfan Buz, as we hinted last week.


Born in Istanbul in 1967, Buz moved to Germany as a youngster where he played for minor teams before moving to Turkey where he played for Sakaryaspor and Vanspor, according to his Wikipedia page. As a coach his most recent job was at Bursaspor. He's just the sort of man Cavcav likes to work with: keen to build a reputation and low-key enough to be dispensable.

So while we of course wish Mr. Buz the very best of luck at Gencler, it's also worth recalling some facts about his new post.

In 36 years Ilhan Cavcav has employed 42 coaches, according to my calculations based on this Radikal newspaper article.

But that's not the really shocking number. Since Cavcav likes to give people a second chance to be fired, he has actually changed coach 59 times in those 36 years. People who've worked for him more than once include recent occupants Mesut Bakkal and Fuat Capa.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Fall rotate band members like I change my socks and they continue to produce wonderful music, guided by the eccentric genius of Mark E Smith:



Ilhan Cavcav: The Mark E Smith of Turkish Football? Discuss.

Note to readers: Fall reference in second blog post? Job done, football blogging cliche achievement unlocked.





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Golcukspor match preview !




President Mehmet Yiginer today called for the Ankaragucu fans to remain patient and stop the negative comments. This is in response to both home games where a section of the support has turned on Yiginer and his management team. Yiginer even banned the Sol Kapali tribune leader and increased season ticket prices much to the anger of the fans.

In his statement today, Yiginer said that the team is still unbeaten and only 3 points off the leaders. The team will improve and they need to address the problems in the forward areas. He also said that Ankaragucu were on the way to finishing when him and his management team stepped in. No one else was willing to help.

Although i agree with Harun in that Yiginer should sue Melih Gokcek for the damage he has done to the club, i also agree with Yiginer in that we need to stick together and get behind the team. As he said no one else has come forward to help the club so we should be thankful that he has kept the club alive.

Tomorrows match see Ankaragucu take on amateur side Golcukspor at home and fans can enter the stadium with their season tickets the club have announced. Golcukspor beat Maltepespor 2-1 in the last round showing they will be no pushovers. They were beaten 1-0 at the weekend against Diyarbakirspor in the amateur league.

The league is the priority for Ankaragucu but a cup run can bring much needed money to the club. A home tie against a Super Lig club or even an away match could be a big boost to the club. It will be an opportunity for Muammer Ozdemir to play guys such as Emir Ozbey, Metin Ilhan, Gokhan Erdogan and Levent kale to help with match fitness and give them the opportunity to impress.

Scoring has been the problem for Ankaragucu this season, this is an opportunity to score some goals and give the players confidence going into the weekends match at Altay. Players such as Serhat Gulpinar and Selim Teber should be rested for this game for that reason.

Lets hope we are celebrating victory tomorrow night and progressing into the 3rd round of the Turkish Cup.