Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Inegolspor match preview !

After an excellent opening 2-1 win at Kahramanmarasspor on Sunday past, Ankaragucu take on Inegolspor at home this coming Sunday at a packed 19 Mayis Stadium. It is expected that there will be a crowd of over 20,000 for the first home game of the new season. This will be a much tougher test for Ankaragucu against a very good Inegolspor side who won 3-1 at home against Pazarspor in their first game of the season.

Home advantage should spur Ankaragucu on as the Ankara crowd can be like the 12th man for the team as they  so often have been through the clubs 105 year history.

New coach Muammer Ozdemir got off to a winning start to his Ankaragucu career last week. He made a big decision to go with 5 in midfield and leaving Levent Kale on the bench. His decision was justified as Ankaragucu returned to the capital with the 3 points.

With the team being at home this time, will Muammer go with the same team or bring Levent into the starting lineup? I think he will go with the same team as Inegolspor are a tough side and the match could be won in the midfield battle. With both Serhat and Selim at the tale end of their careers and short of pace, another body in the middle of the park makes sense. Young Harun Aydin filled that role on Sunday.

In the wide areas both Mehmet Erdem and Gokhan Erdogan should continue as Hasan Ayaroglu continues his recovery to full fitness. In defence Gurkan Alver and Volkan Geyik have struck up a good partnership over the years and look more solid than last years duos.

Young Gokhan Akkan returned to the number 1 position in goal after Bayram transferred to Manisaspor. He looked comfortable on Sunday and knows he needs to show consistency this season with backup Turgut Kirveli waiting for his chance.

Im sure the Kankas will be attending the stadium nice and early to avoid the Queues. Jim will have his first match report of the new season and hopefully it will be full of goals and good news.


  1. Anonymous7:02 pm

    First of all hello. I'm hoping you could do me a favour. As I read this blog I know you drink sometimes in the Red Lion. A guy (Steve Periton) has advertised recently that he's looking for darts players for the embassy team. I sent him a facebook msg, but he can only accept msgs from friends, which obviously were not as we've never met. I was hoping you might know a way to get hold of him cos I'm very keen to play darts.
    PS. I like the blog, they gave me the info to go to watch the matches when I arrived a few months ago, but the Passolig nonsense has made me look into going to Haccetepe matches.

  2. Alex - Me and Spine went to last week's season opener of Hacettepe and found a wonderful pub just near the Cebeci Stadium. I'm also refusing to get a Passolig and will no doubt be going to more Hacettepe matches this season.

    I'll add you to our e-mail list.

    As for darts, I've passed on your message to Steve Periton.

  3. Welcome to the Blog Alex. Yes, of course it's true you need Passolig for Super Lig matches and PTT also I think. However, we don't require that for the 2nd League Ankaragucu matches. btw, Flying Dutchman Kanka showed me his Passolig Card tonight !! C'mon Chris .... get yours !!!

    If you want to see a match in the 2nd League - Ankaragucu v Inegol - then you are welcome to join us Ankaragucu Kankas in The Chopin Bar between 4 and 5.30pm this Sunday. Going then to the Stadium by taxi.

    Come to Guven Park in Kizilay, walk down Ataturk Bulvar towards Sihiye until you come to the footbridge with Mavi Jeans Shop on the left and Is Bankasi on the right. Go over that bridge to Is Bank, walk up the pedestrian way, take the 2nd street on the right and the Chopin is the 2nd pub on the left. You will easily recognise us - we look like Casuals !!!

    Nice preview Nadeem, and you have it right. There will be no 'easy' matches for Ankaragucu this season. Hopefully I'll be able to give you another winning report with some photos !

    All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

  4. Here's wishing the mighty 'gucu all the best for the coming season!!!!