Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ankaragucu lose pre season opener!

Ankaragucu lost their opening pre season game 3-2 against Canakkale Dardanelspor at their Erzerum training camp. Ismet Tasdemir will have had a good look at his players as he chose two different teams in each half with everyone getting a run out.

Team 1st Half - Altay Bayindir, Metin Aydin, Alihan Kubalas, Adem Saglam, Mehmet Tasci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Harun Aydin, Hursit Tasci, Mustafa Ozturk, Timur Kosovali, Enes Kubat

Team 2nd Half - Emre Tuncal, Mehmet Tasci, Metin Ilhan, Arda Karademir, Metin Aydin, Mustafa Ozturk, Enes Kubat, Muhammed Gonulacar, Emre Sahin, Onur Atasayer, Hursit Tasci

Batuhan Yilmaz and Emre Can also got some playing time, with Batuhan scoring one of the goals. We will keep you up to date with all the summer pre season games.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Zijad Svrakic reflects on his time at Ankaragucu!

I managed to catch up with former Ankaragucu player Zijad Svrakic who kindly agreed to do a small interview for the Round Ball in Ankara. Zijad spent just over a year at the club back in 1990/91 and is fondly remembered by the Ankaragucu fans, especially his goal against Besiktas in a 1-0 win making us the only team to beat Besiktas that season.

Zijad was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia although at that time it was known as Yugoslavia. He is one of very few people who are lucky enough to play for the club they support as a child, "Growing up I was a FK Sarajevo supporter, I was lucky enough to be accepted into their youth academy at ten year old, I eventually went onto win the Yugoslav league with the team I supported as a boy".

After his impressive performances in Yugoslavia where he was known for his speed and dribbling, Zijad moved to Turkey. He moved to Adana Demirspor where he established himself as a fans favourite before winning a big move to Galatasaray.

Next up was a move to the Capital with Ankaragucu where he would spend one season, making a big impression with the fans. After all this time away he could be forgiven for not keeping up to date with the latest going ons at the club, but like most players who leave Ankaragucu, they are forever in their heart, " I still readily follow Ankaragucu, I cannot believe the clubs results have fallen so low. A club such as Ankaragucu should be in the Super Lig. I truly hope this will happen in the coming years".

Asked if he enjoyed his spell at Ankaragucu, Zijad went onto say, "My time at Ankaragucu was a wonderful period in both my career and my private life. My former team mates, coaching staff and club officials made me feel at home from the very beginning and I really enjoyed the city of Ankara. I feel I played very well for the club, we had a very good team back then.

Like most players who play for thr club Zijad had a special memories of the fans, " I remember the Ankaragucu fans being very explosive in a positive way and being extremely loyal. I loved playing in front of them, they were our 12th player. I still feel the chills whenever I think of the atmosphere they made at our games. I would like to use this opportunity to extend my warmest greetings to the Ankaragucu fans".

Ankaragucu finished 7th that season and lost in the Cup final, while winning the Baskaban cup all which Zijad played a vital part in, " My most memorable moment at the club was reaching the cup final, sadly I didn't play that final due to the two yellow cards. The other moment would be winning the Baskaban cup 3-1 over Trabzonspor where I also scored 2 goals as far as I can remember".

Through his career playing club football and international football, Zijad played with and against some excellent players. Two in particular though stood out, " I played against many great players, but would say the best player would be Dejan Savicevic. On the other hand I was lucky enough to play with extremely talented team mates through out my career, but if I had to chose the best player I've played with I would say Safet Susic ( who funnily enough was another Bosnian who went onto manage Ankaragucu).

Since hanging up the boots, Zijad has took up management and is still involved in the game today " I have been a coach for 22 years, after Turkey I moved my family to Malta where I began my coaching career. Furthermore I spent 4 years as director of FK Sarajevo football academy, 4 years as a coach in Kuwait and 2 years in Oman.

In his spare time he likes to watch football on the TV and is a big fan of Lionel Messi, " Ronaldo is an unbelievable player, but Messi is the greatest of all time, so my vote goes for Messi" when asked who the best player in the world is.

The Round Ball in Ankara would like to thank Zijad for taking the time to do this interview and wish him all the best in his future.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ankaragucu sign Emrah Tuncel!

Ankaragucu have completed this signing of Sanliurfaspor Goalkeeper Emrah Tuncel on a free transfer. The 28 year old ex Akhisar, Boluspor and Adana Demirspor keeper becomes the clubs 9th signing of the summer.

We would like to wish Emrah all the best at Ankaragucu and hopefully he will be part of the clubs promotion bid to the PTT Lig.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ankaragucu sign Alihan Kubalas!

Ankaragucu today signed 24 year old Istanbulspor defender Alihan Kubalas. The club continue to strengthen and look to be building a team capable of challenging for the title this season. Kubalas has also had previous spells with Fatih Karagumruk, Altay, Sivasspor and Fenerbahce.

He can play anywhere across the back with central defence and left back being his favoured position, we would like to welcome Alihan to the club and all the best in the future.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ankaragucu rebuilding continues!

Ankaragucu have completed the signing of 2 more new players in Emre Sahin from Bucaspor and Tarsus Goalkeeper Emre Kouyuncu. Emre was highly regarded at Bucaspor and the forwards signing has been met with approval from the Ankaragucu fans.

The club continues to bring in new players even though the club havent officialy lifted the transfer ban. Its believed that the club will officially become Ankaragucu AS in the coming weeks with Melih Gokcek heavily involved with the club again.

In other news, Ankaragucu have been invited back to the TSYD Ankara cup for the first time since they were relegated from the Super Lig. They will be joined by Etimesgut, Bugsas and Hacetepe in the 4 team tournament. Genclerbirligi will not play in this seasons cup for unknown reasons.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ankaragucu transfer news!

Busy couple of days for Ankaragucu as 8 players head for the exit door with 4 new players having arrived yesterday (see post further down). It's still unclear whether the transfer ban has been lifted after the arrival of Erhan Senturk, Dogan Ates, Ferhat Culcoglu and Cenk Kaplan, we are awaiting further information from the club.

Reports confirmed today that following 8 players have been released by the club. I don't think many will be sad or surprised to see any of them go but we would in particular like to wish Gurkan, Volkan and Teoman all the best in their future.

Teoman Erkan
Murat Sozgelmez
Volkan Geyik
Gurkan Alver
Ferhat Odobasi
Sedat Bayrak
Emrah Bozturk
Salih Sefercik

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ankaragucu sign 4 new players!

Pre season began today for new Ankaragucu and their new manager Ismet Tasdemkr as the team reported back to Bestepe training facility. Their were also 4 new faces who reported for training with them all having signed contracts last night according to various reports.

Cenk Kaplan is a 24 year old left back who can also play centre back, he has signed from Kocaeli Birlikspor where he played under Ismet Tasdemir last season. The left back position has been a problem area for Ankaragucu of late with both Mehmet Tasci and Onur Atasayer failing to impress. Onur looks more promising further forward.

Ferhat Culcoglu is a defensive midfielder who has signed from Bucaspor. The 28 year old has also played with Goztepe and Istanbul BB and will come in as a replacement for Salih Sefercik who has left the club to sign for Giresesunspor.

Dogan Ates is a 27 year old forward who can play centrally or outside and has signed from Tuzlaspor. He has spent most of his career in the lower leagues and will be a welcome addition to the team.

The most impressive signing of the quartet is 27 year old winger and former Galatasaray player Erhan Senturk. He joins from Kocaeli Birlikspor and will also be well known to Ismet Tasdemir.

It's unknown yet what the latest is with the current transfer ban but it looks like the club have come to some sort of agreement having signed the above 4 players. The quality of player this season is much better than last season where the club brought in old players past their sell by date.

In other news Ferhat Odobasi has quit the club after 1 season as the clubs first choice keeper. After a promising start to his Ankaragucu career he like the rest of his team mates was very disappointing last season.

Ankaragucu will train in Ankara until Friday where they leave for training camp in Erzerum. We will keep you updated will all the latest developments.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Next Season...

starts on August 19 for Gençlerbirliği

and on September 3 for Ankaragücü.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ankaragucu confirm Ismet Tasdemir as Manager!

Ankaragucu today confirmed former player Ismet Tasdemir as new manager which has been given the vote of approval by the Ankaragucu fans. He will be joined by Ramazan Tunc who will be the clubs new sporting director and another former player Niyazi Guney who has been confirmed as club scout.

Tasdemir player 110 games for the club over 3 different spells scoring 9 goals and was described as a touch tackling midfielder by Jim who remembers him fondly. Reports also claim that he is hoping to make former Ankaragucu captain Hurriyet Gucer his first signing for the club. That will all depend on weather the management team can lift the transfer ban???? Hmmmm we've been here before.

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.