Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ankaragucu vs Kayserispor match preview!



Before we look ahead to this weekends home match with Kayserispor, there are a couple of bits of transfer news to bring you up to date with. As you know, Ankaragucu still have a transfer ban and it will unlikely be lifted in time to register any new players for this weekends match. The club are confident that it will be lifted before transfer deadline day which would give the team a much needed boost.

Adama Traore who was released by Goztepe and had spells with Basel and Vitoria Guiamaraes has been training with the squad for the last 4 weeks and will be offered a deal if the ban is removed. The 29 year old Left back has been capped 13 times for the Ivory Coast and can also play at center half and left midfield. Kevin Bemanga is another who has been training with the team, the 21 year old Frenchman has been playing in the 3rd tier in Spain and is also hoping to win a deal with the club.

Journalist Ertan Guler also today claimed that Aminu Umar and Emrah Bassan are both close to signing with the club. Umar is a winger from Osmanlispor who had a successful loan spell with Rizespor last year and would be an excellent signing for the club. Emrah is a midfielder who plays with Erzerumspor and previously Galatasaray.

Moving onto the weekends game, and Ankragucu will host Kayserispor at Eryaman stadium this Saturday night. The club today announced season ticket prices much to the anger of the Ankaragucu support as despite all the problems off field and no new transfers, the management have decided to introduce the most expensive season ticket prices. They range from 600 Lira in Gecekondu to 3000 Lira in VIP. A massive own goal by management as the stadium will likely now be half full at best with many fans boycotting due to price, and also against management.

Ankaragucu produced a fantastic performance last weekend in Konya where they gave everything and defended magnificently for 90 minutes. It will be a tough ask for the team to repeat that performance again as even the top teams would struggle to keep a clean sheet with that type of pressure on their goal for the full game.

Thiago Pinto may be available this weekend as he has another week of training under his belt and will be a big boost when he returns. The team at the moment picks itself for obvious reasons, but they need more from Aydin and Ilhan if they are to take anything from the game. Its hard to criticise anyone after last weekends performance, but Ilhan in particular gave the ball away too often and provided nothing for Orgill up top. Aydin was really disappointing with his final ball and flattered to deceive which he so often does despite his talent.

Orgill looked a frustrated figure up front on his own, and even when he had brief opportunities he was wasteful with his final ball and link up play. A lot of that can be down to the amount of defensive work he had to do off the ball.

Kayserispor are looking for their first win of the season too after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home against Alanyaspor last weekend. They have had a big turnaround in players this summer with the likes of Chery, Deniz Turuc, Kana Biyik and Varela leaving, while former Ankaragucu player Djedje, Paulo Henrique, and Aymen Abdenour have joined the club.

Losing Deniz Turuc was a big blow for the club after he joined Galatasaray, but that allowed them to sign Bernard Mensah from Atletico Madrid and he will be their key player this season. Mensah has the ability to play at a higher level if he can stay fit and find consistency.

Ankaragucu duo Michal Pazdan and Korcan Celikay have been receiving praise all week after their performance against Konyaspor and they will again have to be at their best and will be key to any success for Ankaragucu against Kayserispor.

Lets hope for a positive result!

The Round Ball in Ankara would also like to send our condolences to Coskun Basak who is the Social Media guy for Ankaragucu. His father Ahmet has sadly passed away.

Monday, August 19, 2019

GENCLERBIRLIGI – NO WELCOME BACK TO THE SUPER LEAGUE !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Genclerbirligi was brought back down to earth after dominating the Championship League last season.   There was no welcome back to the Super League for them after a poor show last Friday night in Ankara.

GENCLERBIRLIGI       0           Rizespor         1

I didn’t watch the match, but Gencler fan, Orcan, did and his description of the match from a Gencler perspective was summed up in one word, ie, .........SHIT  !!

He also said that Gencler’s play was similar to that of 2 years ago when they were relegated from the Super League.   So, it is to be hoped that this was just a blip in their preparation for the long season ahead.

Gencler’s cause wasn’t helped by the fact that last season’s stalwart, Metin Cetin, has been sold to Roma.   Also, one of the new signings was stupidly red carded in the 1st half on Friday !!

Next up is an away match next Monday 30 August at fellow newbies to the Super League, Gazisehir, and an opportunity to get the show back on the road !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Konyaspor 0-0 Ankaragücü match report!



Ankaragücü restorer some pride within the club tonight with a spirited performance in Konya that gave the team a share of the points in a 0-0 draw. I did say midweek in the match preview that we could sneak a 0-0 draw as our defence is the strongest part of the squad, while Konya struggle to score goals.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Mehmet Sak, Moke, Sedat, Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan, Orgill

Subs - Belkovic, Yalcin, Alihan, Pinto, Faty, Ender, Cebrail, Ahmet, Hasan, Zaur

Before the game had even kicked off there was more controversy for Ankaragücü to deal with as caretaker manager Aykan Atik was refused permission to manage the team as he didn’t have the required coaching badges and license. This meant that sporting director Adnan Erkan took control. Never a dull moment with this club.

Ankaragücü started the game well for the first 10 minutes but Konya started to look dangerous down the right hand side with Ilhan and Mehmet caught out a few times. The first chance came after 14 minutes when Omer Ali Sahiner saw his header come back off the post much to the relief of the Ankaragücü support.

Six minutes later Milosevic played a nice one two on the edge of the box but shot straight at Korcan. It took until the 25th minute for Ankaragücü to get a shot on goal as Canteros played through Orgill but his shot went well wide.

On the 31st minute Skubic saw his shot well saved by Korcan, while Milosevic saw his effort go wide of the post a minute later.

Just before half time it looked like Konya were about to take the lead but for an outstanding challenge in the box from Polish International Michal Pazdan. He really had a terrific game and was the best player on the park.

Ankaragücü did have a shout for a penalty in the first half but the referee didn’t even look at VAR. It certainly could have been given. 

Half Time 

Ankaragücü had the first chance of the 2nd half as Aydin saw his shot easily saved by former Ankaragücü keeper Serkan Kirintil. A couple of minutes later Milosevic had 2 Long distance efforts brilliantly saved by Korcan.

The best chance of the game for Ankaragücü came on the 84th minute as Canteros played a nice through ball for Orgill but the Jamaican shot just wide from a tight angle. It was a frustrating night for Orgill who didn’t have much service from the likes of Ilhan and Aydin and spent a lot of energy chasing the ball and tracking back.

Konyaspor had time for 1 more chance with 2 minutes remaining but another outstanding save from Korcan gave Ankaragücü a clean sheet and a share of the points. A terrific result and fighting performance from the team. Special mention must go to Michal Pazdan and Korcan Celikay who were both outstanding.

Hopefully the club can now lift the transfer ban and give the team the help required to go and have a successful season. 

Next up is Kayserispor at home next Saturday night!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Konyaspor vs Ankaragucu match preview!



The Turkish Super Lig 2019/20 season kicks off this weekend, and Ankaragucu face a difficult away trip against Konyaspor on Sunday afternoon. To be honest, at this point any game will be difficult for Ankaragucu as Mehmet Yiginer and his management team have failed to lift the transfer ban which leaves the current team no where near good enough to compete at this level.

Last weekend Ankaragucu lost 2-0 against Genclerbirligi in the TSYD Cup and there was a severe lack of quality all over the pitch. Yiginer has also failed to appoint a manager which means Aykan Atik will be in charge as the season starts.

Yiginer talks a good game, as this week he again spoke of the team finishing in the Top 10 of the league if he can lift the transfer ban. He also said there is no guarantee we will lift the transfer ban due to interest rates with the bank, only 2 weeks after promising to lift the ban at the clubs elections.

So no Manager, no new transfers, no proper pre season preparations and the team have lost some of their key players including Altay Bayindir, Tyler Boyd, Hadi Sacko and Djedje from last season without any of them being replaced.

Instead Aykan Atik is left with ageing players, and players who severely lack the quality required to play in the Super Lig such as Zaur Sadaev, Ilhan Parlak, Aydin Karabulut, Mehmet Sak, Mahmut Akan, Sedat Agcay, Alihan Kubalas and Yalcin Ayhan.

The one area of the team that the club has managed to retain is the back 4 of Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic and Pinto. Worryingly they are way behind in pre season training, especially Pinto who only joined last week and hasnt played a single pre season game.

Dever Orgill and Tito Canteros will be  key players if Ankaragucu are to take anything from Konyaspor. The defence will need to be at their best and hope Canteros or Orgill will have the quality to create something special against the odds.

Konyaspor haven't made many changes in their squad over the summer from last seasons team. Key departures include Moryke Fofana and Adis Jahovic who both signed for Yeni Malatyaspor. While coming into the club is Riad Bajic who had a successful spell with the club 2 years ago and returns on loan from Udinese. Alper Uludug also signed on a free transfer from Genclerbirligi.

Konya under Kocaman will be a solid team difficult to beat, but again they lack quality in the final 3rd apart from Omer Ali Sahiner and Riad Bajic. The longer Ankaragucu can keep the score level and frustrate them, they may have a chance of returning to Ankara with a point, but it will be a massive ask.

An example of those struggles in attack for Konya is the 5 pre season games played scoring only 1 goal. At the other end they conceded 3 goals in those 5 games against the likes of Alanyaspor, FC Twente, Go Ahead Eagles and Eskisehirspor.

Konyaspor won the head to head last season between the two clubs winning 2-0 in Konya and a 0-0 draw in Ankara. Hopefully we can grab a 0-0 on Sunday night. We will have all the updates on our twitter page as the game kicks off at 15:15pm Turkish time.

Monday, August 05, 2019

10 years following Ankaragücü Turkeys most chaotic club!




Ten years, where does the time even go? Seems like yesterday that I decided to take my interest in Turkish football to the next level by chosing a team to follow. I’ve always had an interest in Turkish football, from the days of Welcome to Hell when Galatasaray took on Man Utd at the old Al Sami Yen stadium and Jay Jay Okocha was staring for Fenerbahce. The flares, pyro displays and incredible atmosphere had me hooked.

People always ask why Ankaragücü? How does a guy from Scotland become and Ankaragücü fan? Even people from Ankara don’t support the club.





Well the picture above played its part, this guy just had Scotland ripping right out of him. I had a look at every Super Lig team on the internet and most clubs never had an English site, plus I didn’t want to chose one of the Istanbul sides. When I typed in Ankaragücü his blog came up and the picture above was one of the first posts at the top of the page. A Scotsman in Ankara who follows Ankaragücü!! Sent him a message and a few months later I arrived in Ankara for my first ever trip as we took on Fenerbahce at home.

That was the start of an amazing friendship with the Kanka Group, made up of foreign ex pats from Britain, American, Australia, Holland, Romania, Portugal and many more countries including local Turks.

I still remember my first night in Ankara with my Mrs who had been dragged along to see one of the
most violent teams in Europe for her first every football match. The Kanka Group had arranged a dinner for us at Beyzade restaurant. People who I had never met before turned up to make us feel welcome and was the start of a friendship that we still have to this day.

The match itself was as expected, eventful off the field with fights breaking out and smoke bombs an Flares been set off throughout the stadium. Brilliant, this is exactly why I had travelled to Ankara! The videos I watched on YouTube of Ankaragücü fans had certainly lived up to expectations.

That was me officially and Ankaragücü supporter, from then on in I would make it an annual trip to watch the team. The following year I took in the match at home with Bursaspor who are friends of Ankaragücü but we lost 5-1 and having lost 3-0 to Fenerbahce in my first trip I was beginning to think I was a curse.

The curse was broken the following year after we were relegated to Lig 1 I took in the match with Kartalspor. Timur Ozgoz scored the only goal of the game and I finally got to see the team win.


 



During that trip I got to meet with the leader of one of Turkeys most famous ultra groups Gecekondu. One of their group members Bugra Mete took me to the Slums in Ankara, a place that has a tough reputation and one in which your safety can’t be guaranteed as you are an outsider. I had read stories of Ali and seen many videos and decided to take the chance with Bugra as we entered Dernegi his home town. 

When Bugra explained I had come from Scotland to see Ankaragücü, Ali went out of his way to make sure I had a good time. He took us for dinner, presented me with a gift and the next day at the match invited me up to sit next to him with my Scotland’s flag as he led a chorus of chants. The atmosphere was incredible.

Over the years I have met some great people following Ankaragücü who always go out of their way to make sure I have a good time in their City. Their home is the Capital of Turkey and the centre of politics and the military. It’s like a ticking  time bomb at times but the people are the most generous you could meet, including Ankaragücü fans (if you are on their side). 

I remember one of the trips, I met with the Akyildiz family. I met them after the match and they invited me to their home the next day for dinner. After making me a 5 course meal and buying me they new Ankaragücü strip they became Rangers fans and still to this day follow our results.



Last season I decided to take in my first away trip with the club. An away match to Bursa which was 7 hours there and 7 hours back by bus. Again we lost 1-0 but what an away Support. Just over 5,000 Ankaragücü fans made the trip and another incredible atmosphere. Taking in the game with the Kanka Group including Harun, Ahmet, Tansu and all of the others ticks off another must do as an Ankaragücü fan. 

Next up will be taking in a game at the new Eryaman Stadium and then a trip to Istanbul for an away match. Hopefully in the Super Lig as it looks like we are heading for another difficult season.

The best memory of them all following Ankaragücü was just over 3 years ago as the team clinched promotion back to Lig 1 from the 3rd tier. We were 1-0 down win 10 minutes remaining against Tuzlaspor before 2 late goals from Kenan Özer and Enes Kubat sealed the victory. The scenes were incredible, I saw grown men cry after watching their team suffer for years, promotion to Lig 1 was complete.







Ankaragücü pre season update!



With only two weeks remaining until the 2019/20 Turkish Super Lig season starts, Ankaragücü still haven’t appointed a Manager, the transfer ban is still in place, no sponsorships have been confirmed, under 500 season tickets have been sold and no proper pre season training has taken place.

The preparations for the season ahead are a major concern for Ankaragücü fans with a difficult away match against Konyaspor coming up next Sunday. Caretaker manager Aykan Atik is expected to be in charge for the start of the season as Yiginer has failed to appoint a permanent manager all summer.

Before we take a look back at the two friendlies the team played last week, we take a look at some of the off field events that have made the headlines in the last couple of days. Mehmet Yiginer went up against Murat Agcabag in the presidential elections for the club last week. As Murat made his way to the congress he was banned from entering due to not being a member of the club. Gecekondu leader Ali Imdat was then attacked by the Police as he was prevented from making a statement on behalf of the fans.

Murat Agcabag claims that Yiginer was aware that he wasn’t a member of the club for months and was informed that it wouldn’t be a problem, Yiginer however denies this. It meant Yiginer was the only candidate and was again the winner of the elections.

Ankaragücü fans clashed with the police as they chanted for Yiginer to resign, although it must be added that Yiginer still has a following of Ankaragücü fans who back him. 

After winning the elections Yiginer spoke of lifting the transfer ban, hiring a new manager and asked for the fans to sell out season ticket sales. So far none of them have been achieved. Instead fans are boycotting season ticket sales in protest against the prices especially with no manager or transfers and all the chaos that hangs over the club at the minute.

On the playing front, Ricardo Faty and Thiago Pinto could be set to return to the club in the next couple of days. The team played 2 friendly matches in Erzerum last weekend against Altinordu which ended 2-2 and a 2-2 win over Hatayspor a few days later. Dever Orill and Ilhan Parlak were the scorers against Altinordu in an overall decent performance from the team. Zaur Sadaev and an own goal from former Ankaragücü defender Yusuf Abdiouglu saw the team see of a spirited Hatayspor in the other game.

In other news, the club opened a new store in Ankara and the fans can now purchase all the new Nike merchandise which has some really nice products. Mehmet Yiginer also confirmed the club have received a couple of bids for Dever Orgill. Losing him would be another huge blow especially when this management lose our assets so cheaply. The team also take on Genclerbirligi in the TSYD cup on Friday and guess what?? Still no confirmation as to where the game will be played.

We will be back next week with the match preview for the Konyaspor match and all the latest news.