Sunday, December 31, 2017

Kankalar Group - The Multinational Ankaragucu fan group!

The Kankalar Group has been up and running for almost 15 years and is made up of both Turkish and Foreign internationals including America. Australia, UK, Holland, Romania, and many other nationalities who follow either Ankaragucu or Genclerbirligi.

Over the last couple of years, the Kanka Group has been gaining more media attention due to Social Media and last weekend our Ankaragucu Kankas Jim, Damon, Murat and Miguel were interviewed by Anayurt.

You can see the full article here Anayurt article with the Kankas


  1. Hi Guys...great this from Tristan Browning on the European Football Weekend group as we are interested in seeing a match at the 19 May Stadium, ideally Ankaragucu as my mate is trying to watch a game at every stadium Leeds United played at in European matches....the questions have if you can help are:

    1. we know the ground is due for demolition....but when as we see this keeps changing.

    2. who are playing there - we note all the game reviews still mention both teams playing there

    3. Where is the new ground being it the same site ?

    Cheers lads

    Richard Gandy, Leeds

  2. Hi Richard

    Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately with Ankaragucu, nothing is ever straight forward which makes answering your questions difficult at the moment.

    Ill go over the questions just now and any further information required just let us know.

    1. The stadium plans keep changing and it looks like both Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi will complete the season at the 19 Mayis stadium. They will then both move to the newly build Eryaman Stadium at the start of next season for 1 full season before moving to a newly build stadium for both clubs.

    2. Both Ankaragucu and Genclerbirlig play at the 19 Mayis Stadium and usually play on alternate weekends.

    3. ill double check this for you and come back to you with the answer

    Something else you must take into account is that in order to enter any Turkish Stadium for a football match in the top 2 divisions, you must hold a Passolig card. This was introduced to apparently improve crowd behavior and you cant enter the stadium without this.

    Its easy enough to acquire though so when you are coming over for a game let us know before hand and we can help you with that.

    1. Fantastic help Nady...I presume the ultimate new ground is not going to be on the present 19 May site then ?

  3. Hi Richard from the Ankara end of the Kanka Group. Nady is our very important link in Glasgow for this Blog and his knowledge of Ankaragucu is 2nd to none !

    I'll be your link in Ankara when you finally decide to come here. Have you a rough idea when that will be ? As Nady said, it is possible to get the passolig card on line, so that won't be a problem. We sit/stand in the Sag Kapali part of the Stadium.

    Please try to let us know in advance when you are coming, so that we can advise you if it's a home match, and also bear in mind that Ankaragucu matches are now televised, so that means the match can be on Friday/Saturday/Sunday or Monday !

    To answer your last question, it seems that it will be on the present site eventually, but as Nady said, nothing is cast in concrete here until the cement trucks move in !!

    Look forward to hearing more from you.

  4. Hi Eski....possibly in May dependant on if Leeds get to the play it might be for the last Genclerbirligi game....we would prefer Ankaragucu as thats who Leeds played...its just fitting it around important Leeds games...interesting that the new stadium maybe on the same site, in terms of ground hopping Thanks for your help

  5. Slightly off topic. But when did Ankaragucu play Leeds? And Richard, no matter which game you come for, we will look after you.

    1. September 1972 narrow win 2-1 on aggregate in the Cup Winners Cup...robbed by a (proven) bent ref v AC Milan in the final

    2. Thanks for the kind offers...we will look at in more details when my mate return from his Oz holiday !

  6. My son just looked at my last comment and said it looked like a challenge, some sort of a "let's fight". No!!! You are welcome here Richard. Let me buy you the first beer.

  7. Well, we learn something new every day Richard !

    I wonder if our Maniac Kanka Harun was at that match - Ankaragucu v Leeeeeedddzzz ??!!

    C'mon Harun, it's true you are over 40 now, but can you remember that far back ????

    1. Sorry Jimbo,its time when i was burn :))

  8. Hi guys....looks like Leeds chances of getting to the play offs are fading, so we may well be on for the weekend of 18/19 May.....i noticed that last season the last round of games were on a Friday & Saturday, which seems you know when these are likely to be fixed. We may well try for a game in Istanbul as well as the Genclerbirligi game, but will need to see...thanks !

  9. Hi again Richard and good to hear you may still be ON for Ankara. As I said previously, the matches are on TV so they could be on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

    It looks like Gencler will be ending up in their normal mid-table position, but there is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge before we can be sure.

    As for Ankaragucu, we have fucked-up recently and are in danger of losing touch with the top two. However, as always, we live in hope and are looking to finish in 1st or 2nd for automatic promotion. If not, it looks like the effin play-off lottery beckons !!!

    It's still impossible to say for sure who will or will not be playing on 18/19 May, but between Chris, Nadeem and I we will try to find out soonest.

    As for Leeeeeeedddz ....... no comment, but at least Hoooodirrrrzzzfeeeld from Yorkshire is doing OK ??!!!!

    Stay in touch and watch the Blog on Sunday for my report of the Ankaragucu victorrrrreeee !!!!

  10. Thanks a lot....just wondering if there would be 4 game days on the last round go games in a season ?

  11. It is possible Richard. Last season Be-in Spor TV covered the Super League and TRT Spor TV covered the PTT Championship. However, this season Be-in Spor TV has them both and therefore the monopoly. So, they are in control and more or less dictate to the TFF which match and when. So, we have to play the waiting game I think !!!