Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Those in glass houses...

Considering we don't really have the easiest to spell or pronounce team name in the world you think that Genclerbirligi would at least try to spell other teams' names correctly. Not only that, you would think they would learn from which country our opposition is from. The bit below is taken from the Genclerbirligi web site describing our 1-1 draw yesterday with English team Plymouth Argyle.

Polymout son dakikada kurtuldu: 1-1
Takımımız Avusturya'daki 4. hazırlık maçında İskoç ekibi Playmout Argyle karşısında 2. dakakada Okan ile 1-0 öne geçmesine karşın 88. dakikada Reid'in golüne engel olamadı ve sahadan beraberlikle ayrıldı.


Plymouth Argyle meanwhile not only managed to spell Genclerbirligi correctly but also posted a rather extensive report on the match including a brilliant comment on haircuts.

An extract:

Genclerbirligi burst out of the blocks with an early goal from Okan Ozturk and their wonderful fluency in the opening 20 minutes threatened to overwhelm the Pilgrims.

Argyle gradually worked their way into the game and a number of changes in the second period saw a young side create countless chances against their tiring opponents.

Reid's equaliser took a long time in coming but was still fully deserved when it did arrive...

The black skies were matched by a depressing start. Genclerbirligi cut through the Argyle defence with worrying ease in the second minute to take the lead.

A chipped past from Mehmet Cakir found his strike-partner Okan, who wrong-footed Marcel Seip with his first touch and nonchalantly threaded the ball past the advancing Luke McCormick with the outside of his right boot.

Mother Nature's response was to unleash a monsoon of English proportions and the Turkish team did not take kindly to having their lavish hair-do's greased up even more than normal as Cakir was rightly booked for a late lunge on Gary Sawyer...

The side from Ankara moved the ball with impressive speed on the soggy surface and it was already clear that the Pilgrims were in for a real test. The Green Army response to this worrying start: 'I would rather be a Janner than a Turk'. Good work Mr Loud.

ARGYLE: 1 Luke McCormick; 2 Paul Connolly (6 Ashley Barnes 69), 3 Gary Sawyer (3 Scott Laird 69), 4 Lilian Nalis (14 Lee Hodges half-time), 5 Mathias Kouo-Doumbe (19 Krisztián Timár half-time), 6 Marcel Seip (15 Luke Summerfield 69), 7 David Norris (18 Dan Gosling half-time), 8 Ákos Buzsáky (20 Ryan Dickson 69), 9 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (17 Nick Chadwick half-time), 10 Barry Hayles (16 Rory Fallon half-time), 11 Péter Halmosi (2 Reuben Reid 69)

Booked: Doumbe 8

GENCLERBIRLIGI: 99 Gokhan Tokgoz; 2 Marko Zoric, 22 Engin Baytar, 6 Erkan Ozbey, 17 Ferhat Kiraz (11 Nikola Petkovic 55), 5 Lamine Traore, 10 Mehmet Cakir (12 Keram Seras 84), 7 Mehmet Nas (16 Hakan Aslantas 84), 9 Okan Ozturk, 24 Sandro (25 Aleksandar 65), 20 Sedat Yesilkaya

Booked: Cakir 7


  1. So what does Hurriyet (Turkey's No1 Daily) do today (Thursday) ?

    Follow like sheep and copy the Gencler report from their website.....

    `Scottish team Playmout blah blah...`

    Sad isn't it ? However, I have a suggestion. Why don't we invite Hurriyet to employ The Round Ball in Ankara as their proof readers ??!!

  2. Radikal newspaper got it right, both the spelling and the country.

  3. NTVspor also got it right. Tolga is clearly doing his job well.