Friday, September 18, 2020

Ankaragucu complete loan move for Assane Diousse!


 

Ankaragucu unveiled their latest signing this afternoon as Assane Diousse signs on a 1 year loan from French Lig 1 side St Etienne. The 22 year old Senegalese midfielder started his career in Italy with Empoli before his move to the French side. 

Although highly rated, Assane has been unable to fine regular football with St Etienne and will be hoping his move to Turkey can kick start his career. Assane is said to be a strong physical midfielder who is tidy on the ball and covers a lot of distance across the park.  

The club are also said to have completed the signing of Mali U19 player Emmanuel Boko who has been training with the first team and is regarded as a prospect for the future. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ankaragucu youngsters go out on loan!



 Ankaragücü youngsters Mahmut Altinkaya, Yigit Kafkasyali, Burak Evren, Alperen Ozsahin and Nazmi Imdat all signed loan deals with Mamak FK in order to gain first team football. The 5 Youngsters have all been on the fringes of the first team and Nazmi Imdat came on as a sub in the last game of the season against Denizlispor.

This is an opportunity for the players to go out and impress at Mamak and catch the eye of Ankaragücü coaches who will be kept up to date with their progress. We wish them all good luck.

Monday, September 14, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI UPDATE

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Welcome back to the new season, and a special welcome for new readers of this Blog/Website.

 

For their benefit, a brief history.    This Blog’s ‘Founding Father’ is Oz Kanka Chris.     When the Blog started many moons ago he was the Genclerbirligi half and I was the Ankaragucu half.

 

Oz Kanka is Down Under at the moment, but he will return to Ankara in the future.    In the meantime, I will try to include Genclerbirligi news and reports on a regular basis in his absence.

 

Our excellent Webmaster, Bellshill Kanka Nadeem, and I will also keep the Ankaragucu news and reports going.

 

As you will see from the Genclerbirligi team line-up last night, there are few changes in the team from last season which does tend to suggest that they will struggle again this season.    As you may recall, they were hovering in the relegation zone for the most part of last season, but a recovery near the end moved them up to their normal mid-table position.   However, having said that, Genclerbirligi normally does well at home, and in Sio and Stancu, have two proven strikers who normally get on the scoresheet.

 

Unfortunately, that was not the case last on the Mediterranean Coast !

 

Antalyaspor          2                  GENCLERBIRLIGI       0

 

Team – Nordfeldt, Pehlivan, Diego, Toure, Johansen, Dikmen, Ozdemir, Candeias, Ayite, Sio and Stancu

 

Substitutes – Yilmaz, Yildirim and Karakas

 

I didn’t watch the match, but I hope to be able to watch some of their matches in the near future and give a more detailed analysis.

 

A surprising statistic from last night’s match was that Genclerbirligi enjoyed 62% of possession, but only managed ONE shot on target, whereas Antalya had 5 shots on target  !    Perhaps 2 up front instead of 1 in the future  ??!!

 

Balci opened the scoring just before half time and Ozmert put the match beyond Gencler 10 minutes before the end.

 

It was interesting to note that Ankaragucu ‘Olde Boy’, Orgill, came off the bench for Antalya after their 2nd goal went in  !

 

Gencler will be at home next Saturday against Konya in what is sure to be a close encounter with both teams anxious to open their account with at least one point.    Also, the Konya players will no doubt be going all out to impress their new Coach, Ismail Kartal.

 

Watch this space for details of the match.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


PS - Quiz Question ............... Name the stadium in the photo   !!!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Ankaragücü 1-2 Erzerumspor match report!

 



Ankaragücü kicked off their League campaign with a defeat at home against newly promoted Erzerumspor and it was much of the same as last season with poor defending and wasteful in the final 3rd. Today’s result and performance however lies with Manager Fuad Capa who made a string of strange decisions that we will discuss in the match report.

Team - Korcan, Cebrail, Sarlija, Kulusic, Atilla, Pazdan, Lukasik, Kitsiou, Adzic, Ilhan, Bolingi 

Subs - Freidrich, Orkan, Murat, Berke, Paintsil, Pinto. Mucahit, Saba, Ender, Erdi

When the team was announced, there were a lot of anger and disappointment from the Ankaragücü fans. Nine new signings and Ilhan Parlak again found himself starting, while Korcan somehow started ahead of Friedrch in goals. Then you had Cebrail starting at right back, while Pazdan was in midfield which was the strangest decision of them all. So many players out of position, while a number of players who shouldn’t even be at the club found a place in the starting line up.

Ankaragücü had the first chance of the game after 10 minutes when Ilhan crossed for Sarlija who saw his shot cleared off the line for a corner.

Four minutes later Atilla saw his free kick from a tight angle saved by Farnolle who was making his debut after signing from Yani Malatyaspor.

A few minutes later and Farnolle was called into action again. A long ball from Kulusic was brought down by Bolingi who passed to Adzic. The Serbian then passed the ball inside for Lukasik who saw his shot deflected then brilliantly saved by Farnolle.

Erzerumspor had to wait until the 25th minute for their first chance as Rashad shot form a tight angle but Korcan easily saved.

Erzerumspor started to take control of the game and Arvidas headed just over after Rashad had dispossessed Kulusic. Just before half time Arvidas went close again, this time his shot hit the top of the bar and went over.

Half Time 0-0

A minute into the second half Korcan made a howler from a passback which almost led to a goal, but Rashad Muhammad saw his shot cleared off the line by Kulusic. 

The opening goal came on the 61st minute when Kitsiou played in an excellent cross for Bolingi at the back post who put the ball into the back of the net to score on his debut and give Ankaragücü the lead. Minutes later Fiat Capa made another ridiculous decision when he took Kitsiou off and Cebrail kept his place at Right Back.

Erzerumspor had the ball in the back of the net 5 minutes later but the goal was disallowed due to a foul on Ilhan.

Ankaragücü failed to learn their lesson though and Sissoko beat Pinto down the left hand side before finding a team mate whose cross into the box was headed into the net by substitute Oltan to make it 1-1. It was terrible defending from Kulusic and Cebrail who left Oltan unmarked, and Korcan should have saved as it was straight at him.

Only 4 minutes later Erzerumspor took the lead with an identical goal down the right hand side. Sissoko this time beat Cebrail and crossed for Oltan again who headed past Korcan while unmarked for a 2nd time.

Ankaragücü did have a couple of chances through Kulusic and Sarlija late on but neither could finish their chance. A defeat on opening day and a lot of angry Ankaragücü fans who are calling for the termination of Kulusic, Ilhan, Cebrail and Korcan contracts.

The team have 2 weeks to prepare for their next match with Sivasspor. Fatih Mert and the management team need to get quality reinforcements in before then. Let’s see what the next few weeks bring.

  

Friday, September 11, 2020

Ankaragucu vs Erzerumspor match preview!


 

The long awaited return of the Turkish Super Lig is here and kicks off tonight as Rizespor host Fenerbahce in the season opener. But the weekends big game (well for Ankaragucu fans anyway), is Ankaragucu vs Erzerumspor.

The club unveiled 8 of the new signings today with Assane Diouse expected to join tonight as he flys in to Ankara. Its difficult to tell at the moment the level of quality these new additions will bring to Ankaragucu. Joseph Paintsil and Assane Diouse in particular should be very good signings who go straight into the starting line up and instantly improve the team.

The team are still looking to add another 3 players, an attacking midfielder, a Number 10 and a striker. Hopefully these players will arrive sooner rather than later. At the moment Fuat Capa only has Ilhan Parlak and Mucahit to chose from up front. And of all the midfielders we have we dont have a playmaker or someone who can score goals. 

That said, the additions give Ankaragucu a much stronger chance of staying up this season than what we would have without them. It is going to take many years to rebuild Ankaragucu and fans need to look at the long term future instead of short term. No more transfer bans, no more paying stupid money for old players with injuries. Instead we need to sign young players with sell on value, and use our youth academy and give the players a path into the first team.

One of those Academy youngsters is Murat Sipahoglu who has signed his first professional contract today. The 18 year old has been training with the first team and impressed with his physical pressence and height. He will now provide competition for the other 4 centre backs we have and its encouraging to see the team looking at bringing more young players through. 

The defence and Goalkeeper should pick itself on Sunday with Freidrich playing in goals. Then a back 4 of Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic and Pinto. Both Sarlija and Dikmen will be putting Kulusic under pressure for his place in the team after a poor 2nd half of last season. 

In midfield Lukasic will likely start in the more defensive position if Assane hasn't arrived in time and will likely partner Milos or Atakan. In the wide areas Paintsil will be a starter and the other place will be taken by either Saba or Adzic or Bolingi. I have a feeling Ilhan will start just behind Mucahit, not that i want to see this, but somehow Ilhan always finds a place in the team. 

When you look at the team its clear to see where the weakness lies and thankfully the Ankaragucu management team have today confirmed those areas are where they want to strengthen.

Newly promoted Erzerumspor are the opponents this weekend and will provide tough opposition. They have also been busy this summer with 10 new signings so far including former Ankaragucu duo Kaan Kanak and Muhammed Gonulacar who was always a player i really rated. They have also added experienced players such as Mitchell Donald, Arturo Mina, Armando Sadiku and Fabien Farnolle.

With both sides signing many new players, its a match that could go either way and its going to take a while for the players to settle in and get up to match sharpness. From what i read on twitter, Erzerumspor have been unable to play any friendly fixtures, so hopefully Ankaragucu can take advantage of that and give Fuat Capa a win on his debut. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ankaragucu remove transfer ban with 9 new signings!


 

The day when Ankaragucu removed the transfer ban finally arrived as Fatih Mert announced tonight on his twitter account and also on the clubs official website. Alessio Cerci and Thomas Heurtaux both received their salary and the paperwork came through from Fifa today confirming the club is now free to sign new players. 

Ankaragucu then announced at 19:10 the first new signing, followed by more new signings every 5 minutes much to the delight of the fans who had been waiting a long time for the good news to arrive. Before we look at the 9 new players in more detail, a big thank you and well done to Fatih Mert, Tamer Acar, Faruk Koca and the rest of the management team who have worked tirelessly to lift the ban which now allows Fuat Capa to prepare his team for the season ahead. 

Luka Adzic - Young Serbian winger signed on loan from Anderlecht. Started his career with a lot of promise at Red Star Belgrade before his move to the Belgian side. Had a loan spell at Emmen in Holland and hasnt quite reached the heights of his early career. Will be looking to kick start it in Turkey and will provide competition on the left wing.

Sahverdi Cetin - Signed on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt the 19 year old comes with a lot of promise and was also said to be attracting interest from Besiktas. Capped for the German National team at youth level, it looks like Ankaragucu could have unearthed a special talent. .

 Atakan Cankaya - Signed on a free transfer from Osmanlispor. Another young Turkish player at 22 who plays as a defensive midfielder and is big and physical. 

Mucahit Can Akcay - Hasnt lived up to his potential so far, but at 22 years old still has plenty of time to turn things around. Excellent technique and link up play, but needs to add more goals. Completes a free transfer move from Konyaspor.

Erdi Dikmen - One of the players of the season in Lig 1 last season with Keciorengucu. The big left footed centre back has a lot of potential and will be hoping he can develop and make the step up in the Super Lig. 

Zvonimir Sarlija - As we announced yesterday, signed from Slaven Belupo for 350K Euros. The 23 year old centre back played under Fuat Capa at Kasimpasa last season. 

Joseph Paintsil - The pick of the bunch on paper. Young winger from Ghana who had a successful spell in Hungary before moving to Genk in Belgium. Has struggled to get game time and another who Fuat Capa and Luc Nilis identified from the Belgian league. Has a lot of pace and skill which will cause a lot of problems for Super Lig defenders. 

Jonathan Bolingi  - Congolese forward who also played in Belgium with Antwerp and also joins on loan. Can play out wide and Fuat Capa is hoping to use him the same way he did with Koita at Kasimpasa. 

Assane Diousse El Hadji - Fatih Mert announced on TV tonight that Assane is coming to Ankara to sign with the club from St Etienne. The 22 year old defensive midfielder hasnt been able to hold down a regular place and spent some time in Italy with Empoli. An exciting player who will add that physical presence in midfield. 

So 9 new signings today with more still to come. A creative midfielder and a striker will be priority for Fuat Capa. But today's signings will give him confidence going into Sundays match with Erzerumspor. We will have the match preview tomorrow! 

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Ankaragucu sign Zvonimir Sarlija!


 

Ankaragucu have completed their first signing of the Summer with Croatian centre back Zvonimir Sarlija signing for 350K from Slaven Belupo. Fuat Capa knows the defender well from his time at Kasimpasa having signed him last season. Sarlija only played 6 games scoring 1 goal due to injury, but that hasn't put off Capa who brings the 23 year old in to provide competition for Pazdan and Kulusic. 

The signing of Sarlija is set to be the first of many over the next couple of days for Ankaragucu after Fatih Mert announced on his twitter this morning that the transfer ban is almost over an the new players will be playing on Sunday.

We will have the match preview of the match with Erzerumspor here on Friday as we are trying to hold off until the new players have signed which will give us a clearer picture for the opener on Sunday. 


Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Ankaragucu win the Victory Shield!


 


Ankaragucu have a nice new trophy to brighten up the small trophy cabinet at Bestepe Training Facility after winning the Victory Shield last night.

A 0-0 draw with Altay was enough to see them top the group and awarded the trophy at the end of the match as pictured above. As with all the other matches, there was no coverage, information on line ups or match reports. 

Fatih Mert also announced today that he is meeting with the lawyers of Alessio Cerci and Thomas Heurtaux tomorrow hoping that they can come to an agreement that will allow the club to lift the transfer ban. He also claimed that at least 5 new players will come in. 

We are running out of time with the season just under 2 weeks away, lets hope we hear some good news soon.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Ankaragücü 1-1 Menemen

 





Ankaragücü drew 1-1 in their latest pre season match yesterday with Ante Kulusic scoring again after Menemen had taken the lead. The team line up remains unknown as media weren’t allowed in due to COVID-19 measures.

Ankaragücü have also agreed terms with Congolese winger Jonathan Bolingi from Antwerp, Croatian centre back Zvonimir Sarlija from CSKA, Serbian Winger Luka Adzic and Turkish youngster Erdi Dikmen. We are now just awaiting on the club removing the transfer ban before the deals are made official.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Ankaragucu release new kits!


 

The wait is finally over as Ankaragucu released the much awaited Dalton strip which is a throwback from the 1970s, and they didnt disappoint. The Jersey sold out at the clubs store within a couple of hours and i also managed to order one online to be sent to Scotland. 

The club released for new strips yesterday which you can see here on the Ankaragucu Website. The club and Nike have done a great job with all of them and have even drawn praise from fans of other clubs including Rangers, Go Ahead Eagles, Besiktas and many more. 

Ankaragucu fans in particular are very pleased with the design, as the club have listened to their wishes. Imalat I-Harbiye who played such a big role in the formation of the Republic of Turkey and the founders of Ankaragucu proudly see their name on the front of all 4 jerseys.

On the transfer front Erdi Dikmen from Keciorengucu has agreed a move to Ankaragucu which he announced on his Instagram yesterday. The 23 year old Central Defender was one of the stars of Lig 1 last season and is very highly rated. Left footed with a good turn of pace the young defender will be relishing the opportunity to play in the Turkish Super Lig. 

Congolese Striker Jonathan Bolingi is also reported to have agreed a move to the club according to the Belgian Press. Bolingi announced that he is leaving his current club Antwerp and is well known to Ankaragucu coach Luc Nilis from his time in Belgium.

We will keep you posted with all the latest developments!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Ankaragucu 2-1 Goztepe


 

Ante Kulusic and Stelios Kitsiou scored the goals last night as Ankaragucu won 2-1 against Goztepe at the Afyon training camp.

Goztepe took an early lead in the 2nd minute after poor defending from Ankaragucu, but goals from Kulusic and Kitsiou gave Ankaragucu a hard fought win. There was a lot of secrecy surrounding the Ankaragucu team with rumours of some trialists playing. 

We are still awaiting official news regarding the transfer ban, but things are looking positive and we hope to have an update in the next couple of days. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Ankaragucu transfer update!

 



Before we look at the latest transfer news, we have a couple of updates from the last couple of weeks. Ankaragucu have appointed Fuat Kapa as the teams new Manager after a successful spell keeping Kasimpasa in the Super Lig last season. He brings with him former Belgian International Luc Nillis with him as his assistant. His appointment has been received positively by the Ankaragucu fans who see him as the right man to take the club forward and also play an attractive style of football. 

The club have this week announced that the new kits will be released on Thursday and will go on sale shortly after. Nike will be the kit maker again and 3 new strips are expected to be released with the club also going back to its traditional Yellow and Navy colors.

So onto the transfer news next. Firstly we take a look at the players who have left the club.Konrad Mikhalak announced yesterday that he has signed with Caykur Rizespor after Ankaragucu failed to take up the option to make his move permanent. Gerson Rodrigues wont be back either after Fuat Capa stated that he did some good things for himself on his loan spell but not the team. Ankaragucu are looking to bring in players who will fight for the jersey and not individuals who only care about themselves. 

Mehmet Sak has signed with Hekimoglu Trabzon on a free transfer after 3 years with the club. Youngster Ahmet Can Arik who was with the club since 10 years old signed with 68 Aksaray while Alihan and Aydin are on their way to Altay. Dever Orgill completed his free transfer to Antalyaspor on a 2 year contract. Ricardo Faty also announced his departure from the club and looks set to move to a lower league Italian side.

So far the club have failed to renew the contracts of Gelmin Rivas, Nduka Ozokwu, Sedat Agcay, Mahmut Akan, Enes Kubat and Oscar Scarione.

Now onto the players coming in. Everything still depends on removing the transfer ban with Fatih Mert announcing this morning they are waiting to hear back to get the go ahead to start signing players after discussions with Alessio Cerci, Thomas Heartaux and Lukasz Szukala who are the 3 players owed their salary.

All going well Ankaragucu have reportedly agreed transfers with numerous players pending the removal of the Transfer ban. Some of these names were seen on Fatih Mert Instagram post last night, which he deleted soon after. We take a look at the players names linked and await the news becoming official.


Andrei Ciobanu - Romanian midfielder who has represented the National team at every level apart from Senior. The 22 year old currently plays for Viltorul in the Romanian Premier League. 

Harry Arter - This would be a massive coup for Ankaragucu if they sign the Bournemouth midfielder and Rep Ireland International. The 30 year old has fell out of favor at Bournemouth and has had a few loan spells of late including newly promoted Fulham. Plays a more defensive role in midfield and has a great attitude and work rate. 

Luka Adzic - After a promising start to his career in Serbia and winning a move to Anderlecht, his career seems to have stalled of late. A loan spell at Emmen last season saw him only play 5 games and the 21 year old winger will be looking to kick start his career again in Turkey. 

Philip Zinkernagel - This would be another excellent signing for Ankaragucu. The Danish Winger has been in excellent form for Bodo Glimt in Norway. Excellent goal scoring record for a Winger and at 25 years old is in his prime. 

Joseph Paintsil - Very highly rated 22 year old playing in Belgium for Genk. Can play on either wing and would be a surprise signing if Ankaragucu can pull this one off. 

Yevgen Shakov - Tall Ukranian midfielder currently playing with Lecce in Italy. I watched him a few times last season and he has good technique and is a big lad. Looks like he would do well in Turkey. Not the quickest but can pick a pass and shoot from distance. 

Kevin Bua - Midfielder available on a free transfer after leaving Basel where he had a successful 4 years at the club. Only 27 years old so still in his prime and comes with excellent experience. 

Michael Krmencik - Czech Republic International who currently plays with Club Brugge. Had a very successful career in Czech Republic with Viktoria Plzen and at 6ft 3 will remind Ankaragucu fans of former favorite Robert Vittek. This would be an excellent signing for the club.

Nelson Monte - Defender who has spent his full career with Rio Ave in Portugal. Can play Right Back and Center Half.

Tiago Illori - Former Liverpool defender who also plays in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon. Born in England, the 27 year old plays at Center back. 

Denis Alibec - Plays his football for Astra in Romania. Very skillful with fantastic technique. At 29 years old brings a lot of experience with him. Ankaragucu face competition from Gaziantep and Samsunspor for his signature. 

Sinisa Sanicanin - 6ft 3 Center back from Bosnia who has been playing his football in Serbia with Vojvodina. 

Jaka Bijol - Talented youngster who plays in midfield for CSKA Moscow. More of an attacking midfielder who also plays for the Slovenian national team and is 21 years old. 

Zvonimir Sarlija - Fuat Capa had him on loan from CSKA Moscow last season and will look to bring the 23 year old Center back to Ankaragucu too.

Joher Rassoul - Senegelese Center back who formerly played with Anderlecht and Adana Demirspor but has been without a club for the last year. 

Erdi Dikmen - Young Center back who has impressed with Keciorengucu and has been watched on numerous occasions by Ankaragucu. It looks like Kecioren will allow him to make the move this summer.

Cekdar Orhan - Former Galatasaray youngster who now plays for Akhisar. The 22 year old plays as an attacking midfielder.

Taskin Calis - Has impressed in the lower leagues with Menemen and has now been linked with a move to Ankaragucu. The 27 year old attacking midfielder has spent most of his career in Germany and Turkish Lower leagues. 

Atakan Cankaya - Turkish youth international who has agreed a move from Osmanlispor. Tall physical midfielder who has a great attitude and work rate. Its good to see Ankaragucu signing young Turkish talent too. 

Taylan Antalyali - Was fantastic at Erzerumspor before winning his big move to Galatasaray which hasn't worked out. Midfielder who is a leader on the park, good passer of the ball and technique and will also work hard for the team. 

The players above have all been linked with a move to the club. We just need to wait and see which ones go through once the ban is lifter. Mustafa Amini who plays for Arhaus in Denmark claims the club offered him a contract 2 weeks ago worth 650,000 Euros per year only to cancel it 10 days later. This has been reported in Australia, UK, Turkey and all across Europe which doesnt sit well for the reputation of the club if its true. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Ankaragucu saved by the vote!




Ankaragucu were thrown a lifeline yesterday after the TFF announced that there will be no relegation and the league will be extended to 21 teams for the 2020/21 season and 20 teams in the 21/22 season. There had been talk for months that no relegation would take place, but it was confirmed after 13 of the Super Lig clubs had voted on Tuesday against any relegation.

That means Ankaragucu, Kaysrispor and Yeni Malatyaspor will remain in the Turkish Super Lig while Hatayspor and Erzerumspor will join them after winning promotion. The winners of the playoff final from Adana Demirspor vs Fatih Karagumruk will also go up.

The Turkish Super Lig is in a bad way financially at the moment, and things are going to get worse when you take into consideration the implications of Covid-19. The sensible decision was to save the 3 clubs from relegation and protect the teams from joining a host of other former Super Lig clubs who face bankruptcy.

Fans of other clubs have criticised the decision stating that 21 teams is too much and no thought has went into the process. Ankaragucu fans however wont care, as they will be watching Super Lig football again next season.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Denizlispor 0-1 Ankaragucu!



Ankaragucu only had pride to play for on Saturday as they had already been relegated the week before. Ilhan Parlak scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for the team from the Turkish Capital. The club will now find out in the next couple of days if they will be relegated to Lig 1 along with Kayserispor and Yeni Malatyaspor. The TFF will decide if relegation stands this season or extend the league to 21 teams due to the coronavirus.

Team - Korcan, Cebrail, Milos, Kulusic, Fatih, Lukasic, Sedat, Saba, Mikhalak, Scarione, Orgill
Subs - Emre. Orkan, Adiguzel, Berke, Ilhan, Rivas, Mahmut, Ender, Imdat

There was a debut for Turkish U19 International Fatih Tultak who played at left back which is an unnatural position for the young centre back. Milos also made only his 2nd start for the club and made the team of the week. Gelmin Rivas came on and set up the winner for Ilhan Parlak while Ender and Ferdi Imdat from the youth team both got run outs.

The question that needs to be asked, is why we persisted so much with the likes of Ricardo Faty and Dever Orgill, when Milos and Rivas contributed more in the limited amount of games they played. So many wrong decisions this season from choosing managers (5 in total over the season), team selections and signings.

Hopefully we have some good news to bring you later this week in regards to relegation. In other news Dever Orgill has reportedly agreed a pre contract with Sivasspor who qualified for the Europa League.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Ankaragucu relegated to Lig 1!



The inevitable relegation to Lig 1 was confirmed for Ankaragucu last night after a disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Antalyaspor. The club has now suffered 3 relegation's in the last 8 years and President Fatih Mert has an extremely difficult job on his hands due to the financial problems and threats of another transfer ban from Fifa.

Team  - Freidrich, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Lukasik, Faty, Mikhalik, Saba, Scarione, Rivas
Subs - Korcan, Mahmut, Atila, Fatih, Cebrail, Sedat, Ender, Milos, Orkan, Ilhan

Gelman Rivas was handed his first start for the club after Gerson Rodrigues had his contract terminated during the week, while Dever Orgill missed out due to suspension.

Before we discuss the match, i think its important to go back and look at the Gerson situation again. The Luxembourg international was dismissed from the team last weekend just before the Galatasaray match due to punching Ante Kulusic. The exact same scenario happened just a year earlier when Mostepha El Kabir was sent him, also before a Galatasaray match. Both players were key players for the club with Gerson arguably along with Kitsou the best player in the squad. 

Now what Gerson done was wrong, and deserved punishment, but the players were asked by the clubs senior management if they were willing to forgive the player to allow him to play last nights match against Antalyaspor. The players refused and Gerson had his contract terminated. Ankaragucu had a number of opportunities last night but couldn't take any of them which is extremely disappointing especially after this decision.

On the other hand, Gerson is a player who clearly has talent and is said to be wanted by a number of Turkish Super Lig clubs including Besiktas. However his behavior has been questioned in the past at other clubs, and also with Ankaragucu. You just need to look at his Instagram and it paints a picture of someone who wants to be a film star instead of a footballer.

Ankaragucu didn't play that bad last night, but it was a reflection on how the rest of the season went. Plenty of effort and defended well, but poor in attack with no end product. The first chance of the game fell to Kitsiou who saw his header cleared off the line.

Oscar Scarione had long range effort saved by Kaplan just minutes later, before Rivas and Faty both missed chances to give Ankaragucu the lead. Antalyaspor rarely threatened in the first half, but had a great chance on the 35th minute but Balci blasted over.

Saba Lobjanidze again showed some nice skill and used his pace but when he gets into the final third his play is awful. Too many times he failed to find his man in the box, and then had a chance just before half time but dragged his shot wide.

The one player in this team you have to feel sorry for is Stelios Kitsiou. Again he put in a good performance but had nothing to show for it. He had a chance before half time after creating an opportunity for himself but his shot was deflected just wide.

Into the second half and the best chance of the game came when Thiago Pinto put in an excellent cross for Rivas who volleyed and connected well but his shot was straight at the Keeper Kaplan. He should have scored.

Dogukan and Adis Jahovic had chances for Antalyaspor but one went over the bar and Freidrich made a good save from the other. Ricardo Freidrich then made another excellent save from Fredi after a good counter attacking move from Antalyaspor.

Ilhan Parlak fires well over has been said far too often this season, and he wasted another great chance when he came on. This will hopefully be 1 of many players to move on from Ankaragucu in the summer.

Ricardo Faty had a horrendous last 10 minutes of the game. Firstly he had Freidrich to thank for bailing him out for an awful pass he made. And then a few minutes later he had the best chance of the game to give Ankaragucu the lead. From only 5 yards out and just the keeper to beat he shot straight at Kaplan and that was game over.

Antalyaspor went up the other end minutes later and took the lead through Adis Jahovic who made it 1-0 and gave the visitors all 3 points sending Ankaragucu down into Lig 1.

The end to a bad season for Ankaragucu, but it doesnt say a lot for the Turkish Super Lig when a club who had so many problems off the field, financially and a change of President, that it took until the 2nd last game for them to go down.

Ankaragucu signed 15 new players on the last day of deadline day in January. Only 4 of them started yesterday, Saba, Mikhalak, Lukasik and Rivas. It was also only Rivas first game. The recruitment hasn't been good enough, but when you are left with 1 day to sign new players this is the end result.

The club as usual went through 4-5 new managers in a season too, none of them good enough. This needs to stop and there needs to be some stability. Fatih Mert has to bring in a young manager with a good pedigree that knows the club. Hakan Kutlu and Hakan Keles have both been mentioned. They also need to use the Youth Academy which has been deserted over the last 5 years.

Bringing through young players both from Turkey and abroad and selling them on for profit is the only way the club can survive and see some stability again. Its going to be an interesting few months before the season starts. Lets hope Ankaragucu can bring in the new Manager and players early and dont leave it until the last couple of days again.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Ankaragucu vs Antalyaspor match preview!



Its do or die as they say on Sunday as Ankaragucu host Anyalyaspor knowing that only a win will give them hope of staying in the Super Lig and other results must also go their way.

Ankaragucu gave themselves a lifeline last weekend with a 1-0 win over Galatasaray thanks to an Oscar Scarione penalty. Sadly the performance has been overshadowed again by off field problems with Gerson Rodrigues sent home from the squad due to punching Ante Kulusic in training.

According to reports, this was due to Rodrigues questioning Ibrahim Uzulmez in which Ante Kulusic spoke up and it ended up in a heated argument before Rodrigues threw the punch. The Luxembourg International has been a key player for the club since signing in January but his attitude and behavior seems to be an issue at any club he plays for.

The Ankaragucu management team met this week with the team who refused to forgive Gerson, and the decision was made to terminate his contract. The team will also be without Dever Orgill for Sundays match due to suspension.

This leaves Ibrahim Uzulmez with the decision of giving Gelmin Rivas his first start for the club, or playing Ilhan Parlak. Hopefully Gelmin is giving the nod as Ilhan just isnt good enough to lead the line with his poor control and touch and link up play.

Stelios Kitsiou was rumored to have signed with Antalyaspor after news broke yesterday on Twitter from various Turkish media outlets, but both the player and club have denied this. Kitsiou has been one of the teams most important players and the timing of the news is far from ideal an thankfully has been rubbished.

Antalyaspor are one of the form teams in the Super Lig since football has resumed. Only 1 defeat since they returned with wins against Besiktas, Alanyaspor, Rizespor and a draw at Trabzon shows how difficult a task it will be for Ankaragucu. The experienced Adis Jahovic will be the man to watch as he is one of the best finishers in the Super Lig. Ankaragucu actually tried to sign him in January but due to being unable to lift the transfer ban until the last day they missed out.

With Antalyaspor having nothing to play for, and Ankaragucu fighting for survival the extra motivation should be there for the team. They have also asked for Gerson to be removed from the team, its now up to them to show that it was the correct decision. Konrad Mikhalak and Saba Lobjabidze will be key players in attack and will need to take any chances that come their way.

At the back for Ankaragucu Pazdan and Kulusic were back to their best last weekend and will have Kitsiou and Pinto on either side. Ricardo Faty has come in for a lot of stick from the Ankaragucu support at times, but there is no doubting his effort and work rate. Another big performance will be needed if Ankaragucu are to take all 3 points.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

THE PROSPECT OF ANKARAGUCU RETAINING THEIR SUPER LEAGUE STATUS LOOKS BLEAK !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

After the abominations in Konya and Denizli last night when top of the league Basaksehir lost to Konya 4-3, and 2nd top of the league Trabzon lost to Denizli 2-1, Ankaragucu’s future in the Super League is hanging by a thread  !

So, even if Ankaragucu win their last two matches against Antalya and Denizli, they must rely on other results to assist their ‘escape’  !

Ankaragucu is still propping up the league on 29 points.

Above them on 32 points are Malatya, Rize and Kayseri, with Konya one point better off on 33 points.   Denizli is probably looking safe on 35 points.

Rize and Malatya play each other on Sunday and that match has a draw written all over it.

Kayseri travel to Basaksehir and Denizli travel to Alanya on Saturday.

Konya appear to have the most difficult task facing Trabzon away on Saturday.

Basaksehir and Trabzon are still fighting it out at the top of the league, so they will both be looking to bounce back to form after last night’s results.

So, depending on next weekend’s results, it may well come down to the last day of the season on Sunday 26 July to see who is making the drop.

After last night’s shock results I’m wisely not making any predictions.   I’ll keep my thoughts secret to prevent giving any team the kiss of death  !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, July 13, 2020

ANKARAGUCU LEAVE THE DOOR AJAR !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

A great result last night in Ankara leaves the door ajar for Ankaragucu to record a famous escape from relegation.     BUT..........only if they can conjure up two more victories in their last two matches, and hope that some of their fellow strugglers slip-up.

The end of the season at both ends of the league table are on a knife edge with still all to play for.   There would have been few punters putting their money on an Ankaragucu win last night against last season’s champions, but for followers of Ankaragucu, we have never given up hope, especially with our famous fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude.

Of course, Galata....spit.....saray is not the same team as last season, but that does not detract from the result last night and Ankaragucu’s determination to refuse to lie-down  !

ANKARAGUCU       1                 Galatasaray         0

Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Faty, Pukasik, Saba, Scarione, Michalak and Orgill

I only managed to see the highlights, and it seems to have been one of those end-to-end matches with both goalkeepers kept busy.   Scarione, Orgill and Pazdan had chances and I noticed that Pazdan was also busy in defence with his renowned blocking tackles.

Ricardo had another good match in goal and is quite rightly forcing our other excellent goalkeeper, Korcan, to warm the bench.

The crucial goal came in the 60th minute when a penalty was correctly awarded when an Ankaragucu player was tripped in the box.    Scarione made no mistake with his trademark accuracy  !

With 3 successive defeats, Galata.....spit.....saray is now struggling to qualify for the Europa Cup, BUT ..........do we care   ???!!!

With those 3 vital points, Ankaragucu took closer order in the league with the bottom 5 who all play tonight, Rize, Konya, Denizli and Malatya all having difficult matches against teams in the top 5.

So, if Ankaragucu needed motivation then perhaps they will have it later tonight  ?!

Ankaragucu has another home match next Sunday against Antalyaspor which falls into the category of ‘only a win will suffice’   !!

Their destiny is in their own hands now.   Win the remaining two matches and hope for the other 5 teams to slip-up.   Will they manage ‘The Great Escape’   ??

As always, watch this space for the answer.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, July 12, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI NOT FOR FOLDING !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler took a massive step to secure their Super League status last night in Izmir.    It’s not a done deal yet, but who in their right mind would bet against them retaining their position in the Super League  ?!

Goztepe         1                 GENCLERBIRLIGI           3

Team – Ozbir, Ozgenc, Ramols, Toure, Polomat, Ozdemir, Yilmaz Dikmen, Candeias, Sio and Stancu

Gencler only had 4 shots on target, but they made 3 of them count with their two hit-men doing the biz.

Sio opened the scoring on the half hour mark and Stancu bagged the 2nd on the half time whistle.    Substitute Sessegnon sealed it with a penalty with 15 minutes remaining, and Ozturk scored a consolation goal for Goztepe in time added on.

So, with only 2 matches to go, this welcome win puts Gencler 5 points clear of 3rd bottom Kayseri.   However, the bottom 6 clubs all play tomorrow and Monday which will no doubt change the situation, but as I said, this was a crucial win for Gencler.

First up is Ankaragucu against Galata......spit......saray tonight with Ankaragucu looking like the red hot favourites to go down.      The others (Rize, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya and Denizli) all play on Monday with Konya and Denizli playing against the top 2 (Basak and Trabzon), and Malatya hosting Beshiktrash.

Next up for Gencler is a home match against Beshiktrash next weekend.

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, July 09, 2020

ANKARAGUCU DELAY THE INEVITABLE !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

I was unable to watch the match last night, but it seems that Ankaragucu’s mini-fightback will only delay the inevitable of relegation to The Championship League.     For those of you who were able to watch it, please correct me if you disagree  !

Goztepe           2              ANKARAGUCU           2

Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Ante, Pazdan, Pinto, Faty, Lukasik, Sedat, Ilhan, Rodrigues and Orgill

Under normal circumstances this result would have been classed as acceptable since Goztepe have always been a difficult nut to crack at home.

However, with Ankaragucu propping up the league, one point is insufficient to mount a late revival similar to what Kayseri has achieved   !

Orgill’s goal drought vanished last night as he opened the scoring with a well worked goal after 15 minutes and we could have been forgiven for daring to think of 3 points.      Pessimism returned 10 minutes later when Goztepe was awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge in the box.

Wilczek despatched it, and then Aydogdu put Goztepe ahead in time added on in the 1st half, with an excellent constructed headed goal.

Hopes were raised 15 minutes into the 2nd half when Ankaragucu was awarded a penalty after a needless foul on the goal line on the right which was gratefully put-away by Rodrigues into the right corner of the goal.

From the brief highlights which I was able to watch, Ankaragucu could quite possibly consider themselves unlucky not to have snatched victory from the jaws of yet another 2 points lost.

It was Scarione (returning to the team as a substitute) who almost did the damage with 3 excellent efforts, two of which were only just wide, and the third an excellent save from Beto.

So, It’s back to Ankara to prepare for the visit of deposed champions Galata.....spit......saray on Sunday who will be in no mood to take their foot off the gas.    They may well not be champions this season, but they still have a fight on their hands to win a place in the Europa Cup next season.    An intriguing encounter is guaranteed and a last chance for Ankaragucu to keep their season alive.

As Vitoria Kanka Miguel said to me last night ...........’it is still mathematically possible for Ankaragucu to avoid the drop’ ...............but, with only 3 matches left to play, the clock is ticking  !!

Tonight, Rize (3 points ahead of Ankaragucu) play Kayseri (5 points ahead of Ankaragucu).    Also, Konya (4 points ahead of Ankaragucu) travel to Gaziantep.

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI REFUSE TO SURRENDER !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Just when I’ve written Gencler off as relegation fodder, they bounce back and leave me with ‘egg on my face’  !!     All credit to them for refusing to surrender their Super League status.

GENCLERBIRLIGI       1                Fenerbahce           1

Team – Nordfeldt, Ozgenc, Toure, Ramos, Pehlivanoglu, Ozdemir, Baiano, Candeias, Dikmen, Yilmaz and Stancu.

As I said to Nadeem a few weeks ago, the difference between Gencler and Ankaragucu is that Gencler has Stancu and Ankaragucu has Orgill  !!

He was the difference last night when he opened the scoring on the hour mark.      Fener.....spit.....bahce had the lion’s share of play in the 2nd half and Belozoglu eventually equalised with 10 minutes to go.     However, Gencler held on to win another valuable point in their quest to avoid being sucked into the relegation zone.

Having said that though, they can’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet with 3 difficult matches coming up, starting with Goztepe away on Saturday.

It is generally accepted by some of us that Ankaragucu and Malatya will be going down, but who is going to join them remains to be seen  !!

Keep watching this space for the outcome.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, July 06, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI – ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Malatyaspor          0                GENCLERBIRLIGI        0

Team – Nordfeldt, Pehlivanoglu, Toure, Ramos, Ozgenc, Ozdemir, Baiano, Candeias, Ayite, Yilmaz and Stancu

Genclerbirligi fought out a no-scoring draw in Malatya last night and I’m secretly pleased that I wasn’t able to watch it.       Malatya had zero shots on target and Gencler had one  !!     An exciting match  ?      Mmmmmm....... doubtful  !!

So, some Gencler supporters might have been celebrating winning an away point in Malatya last night, but the realists will not be fooled by Gencler’s league position.    Some might say that ‘we are almost safe’ and others might say ‘but not quite’.     Much will hinge on the 4 remaining matches to find out which of the teams in the relegation zone has ‘the bottle’ to climb out of danger.

There are 7 teams who could drop down, with Ankaragucu being the favourite.   The other 2 places are not so easy to estimate, but looking at Gencler’s 4 remaining fixtures, I would not bet against them sliding into the relegation zone, eg, with Fener, Goztepe, Sivas and Beshiktrash coming up, it will require a mega effort to collect points from those matches.

Of course, it is not mission impossible, but much will depend on the home match against Fener......spit....bahce tomorrow night.

Watch this space for the outcome.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, July 05, 2020

ANKARAGUCU NOW LOOKING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION !!!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

With only 4 matches left to avoid relegation, there is little or no hope left for Ankaragucu to remain in the Super League next season.     However, some supporters may still dream of a miracle in the next 3 weeks, and of course, it is still mathematically possible to stay up, but for the realists among us, the door slammed shut last night in Ankara  !!

ANKARAGUCU      1                  Alanyaspor       4

Team – Ricardo, Atila, Pazdan, Kulusic, Kitsiou, Faty, Pinto, Lukasik, Saba, Michalak, and Orgill

Unfortunately, Scarione is injured and our playmaker was sorely missed last night  !

Ricardo was in fine form to deny Alanya in the 1st half, but Ankaragucu had a golden opportunity to go in 1-0 up at half time when Ankaragucu was awarded a penalty just before the break when Orgill was brought down in the box.

Orgill took the penalty and his shot to the left was easily saved.    How to score from a penalty was ably demonstrated by Alanya’s Bakasetas in the 2nd half with a ferocious shot to the right which gave Ricardo no chance.

I must admit to having high hopes for Orgill this season, but I very much doubt if he will be around next season  !!     After all, a strike rate of 4 goals in a season is an unacceptable statistic for a supposed striker  !!

Ankaragucu paid for their profligacy with the impressive Cisse opening the flood gates in the 64th minute, and 2 minutes later it was all over when Bulut added the 2nd.

The penalty which I mentioned followed 10 minutes later, before substitute Rivas scored for Ankaragucu.   Fernandes put the nail into Ankaragucu’s coffin just before the final whistle.

So, Ankaragucu remain the team propping up the league on 25 points.   The 3 teams above them all play tonight and could possibly isolate Ankaragucu even further.

The Konya v Rize match has a draw written all over it, while improving Kayseri has the wherewithal to cause an upset when they host Beshiktrash.

As for Ankaragucu, the summit is beyond them now.   It looks like the slide downhill to The Championship League with a visit to Goztepe on Wednesday, followed by a home match against Galata.....spit.....saray next Sunday.

Sad to say, I have cancelled my new order of optimism pills  !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SQUEAKY BUM TIME APPROACHES FOR BOTH ANKARA TEAMS !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Yes, it is tight at the top of the League with the League Title still up for grabs.   However, it is all doom and gloom at the bottom with the relegation issue likely to be played out until the last ball is kicked.

It was Ankaragucu who caused the biggest shock of the weekend when they returned from high flying Trabzon with a well earned point, and in the process, dented Trabzon’s title hopes.   Genclerbirligi, on the other hand, had another setback at home losing all 3 points to Kasimpasa.

In view of the current situation, I am unable to watch any of the matches, so my reports for the time being will cover the bare-bones with little or no detail.

Trabzonspor         1               ANKARAGUCU         1

Team -   Ricordo, Pinto, Pazdan, Kulusic, Atila, Faty, Sedat, Scarione, Rodrigues, Saba and Orgill

Trabzon went straight into the lead in the 3rd minute when Sorloth put Trabzon ahead, and I feared the worst.    However, Ankaragucu held firm and were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute which was despatched by Rodrigues.  

Then, 10 minutes before the end Rodrigues was shown a Red card which left Ankaragucu hanging on, and they had a narrow escape in the dying minutes when Trabzon was denied a penalty after the referee consulted the VAR   !!

GENCLERBIRLIGI       0        Kasimpasa       2

Team – Nordfeldt, Ozgenc, Ramos, Toure, Pehlivanoglu, Baino, Candeias, Ayite, Sessegnon, Sio and Stancu

Gencler didn’t improve their survival efforts any by capitulating at home to fellow strugglers Kasimpasa despite having the lions share of possession.    They went behind in the 17th minute when Koita opened the scoring and Ndongala sealed it in 90 plus 5.

With Gencler in 13th position on 31 points and Ankaragucu in 18th position (bottom) on 25 points, the relegation issue is still not a done deal.

The next 2 weeks will prove crucial for both teams, starting next Saturday when Ankaragucu are at home to Alanya in 7th position.    Gencler travel to Malatya who are in 15th place.

So, with only 5 more matches left to play, it is now in the players own hands to do the business to at least keep the pot boiling for yet another week.

Also, it goes without saying that Ankaragucu will miss Rodrigues up front next week, which, dare I say it, will mean Ilhan Parlak will be in the starting line up.    Therefore, more pressure on Orgill to start finding the back of the net after a long barren spell   !!!

Watch this space next Sunday for details.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim