Sunday, December 18, 2011

Time to dream of Europe?

My head is starting to get a bit giddy. Just one match before the end of the first-half of the season and Genclerbirligi are in sixth place. Not only that but we are playing good football that is fun to watch, even when we lose or grind out a 0-0 draw. Considering that at the beginning of the season I put Gencler down as one of the teams most likely to go down... this is amazing stuff.

Manisa 0 - 1 Genclerbirligi

Having been told to stay at home on Sunday I had to rely on my trusty little radio to follow today's match. Unfortunately my one-year-old nephew loved the radio too and played havoc with the reception for the full 90 minutes.

That's my excuse in early. From the first half I understood that neither side was great but that we really should have gone ahead except that Herve Tum again missed in a one-on-one situation with the Manisa keeper. Oh dear, that man makes me groan at times.

He made up for it though in the second half when he scored a header from an Azofeifa corner. That's becoming a bit of a habit for Gencler. Tum misses a sitter and then gets a header a bit later on.

I can't be totally sure but it sounded like we had a few great opportunities towards the end but all were blown. Manisa also fought like hell but Ramazan had another great match in goal.

Er... that's it really.

A few matches ago, I think it was after we beat Besiktas, Sir Eski Kanka predicted a European spot for Gencler. I laughed at the time... but maybe he was onto something.


  1. well done again to Gencler. If only Genclerbirlig and Ankaragucu were one club then maybe we would have a baskent winning team.

    Gencler could show ankaragucu a thing or two about bringing through player after player from there scouting network,

    Swap you murat duruer and guven varol for Hursut meric and yasin oztekin?

  2. Anonymous5:47 pm

    I still stand by that statement Oz !

    After a sluggish start to the season, Gencler has really set the league alight and are quite nicey poised to do the biz in the 2nd half of the season.

    Bringing Yooro Footie back to Ankara after such a long absence would be a great boost to the city and we could be sure of a full stadium (doors closed early) as was the case the last time the Ankara clubs ventured into Yooro.

    Even if Gencler are drawn against an Icelandic team or even, dare I say it ..... a team from San Marino, I'll be there to support them !

    All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

  3. Will you even chant "Hadi, Gencler!", Jim?

  4. Anonymous4:37 pm

    Aaaahemmmm ....... I don't think so BD !! Shouting 'hadi, Gencler' is all well and good for those nice gentlemanly Gencler supporters, but, c'mon ....... do you really expect an Ankaragucu Kiro to follow suit ??!!

    I'll settle for using my usual profanity and perhaps throwing some missiles (btw, not laser guided !!) at the opposing players and the referee if my aim is good ..... yessssssss !!!

    All the best from Eski the Hooligan !