Thursday, August 04, 2022

Ankaragucu vs Konyaspor - Match Preview!


The long await for the Super Lig campaign is almost over as Ankaragucu host Konyaspor at Eryaman on Monday night. Just over 10,000 tickets have been sold already with it looking like we are heading for close to a sell out. Konyaspor have almost sold their allocation of tickets too with the return of away fans at Turkish football matches. 

Ankaragucu couldn't have picked a tougher start to the season with Konyaspor already looking impressive in their opening 2 European games against Bate Borisov. They are back in action tonight against Vaduz which will give the players another 90 minutes under their belt. 

The match fitness of the two sides will be a factor on this match, but Konyaspor also have a lot of quality in attack. I watched both of their matches with Bate and the likes of Robert Muric, Zymer Bytyqi, Ahmar Rahmanovic, and Amer Hadziahmetovic all impressing along with former Ankaragucu duo Konrad Mikhalik and Endri Cekici. The have a lot of speed in their side and technical ability and under Ilhan Palut play good football. 

Muric and Bytqqi in particular like to get into the box when they are on the attack and both Oguz and Marlon will have to have a big night if Ankaragucu are to take anything from the game. 

Ankaragucu won 3-0 last week in the TSYD Cup against Genclerbirligi but will need a big improvement in performance and effort for Monday nights game. Mustafa Dalci has a big decision to make who plays in Goal and who will play at centre back. 

It will be a choice between Bahadir and Nurullah for the place in Goal, while Sinan, Atakan and Nihad will all be available for those 2 centre back positions. 

In midfield Lamine Diack should take the defensive midfield role after impressing last week but it wouldnt surprise me if Dalci decided to go with Abdullah. Pedrinho and Zahid should play in those more creative midfield positions and will both be key players. 

Beridze and Tasos will likely play on the wings while Jese continues to improve on his fitness levels and we hopefully will see Federico Macheda play in the striker role as he looked a lot more impressive than Ali Sowe. 

Konyaspor finished 3rd last season but have only lost 1 key player in Abdulkerim who signed for Galatasaray in a £2.5 million deal. Of course they also sadly lost their captain Ahmet Calik who died in a car crash mid way through last season. Its great credit to them that they have managed to still move from strength to strength and look like their team will be even stronger this season with the signings of the likes of Robert Muric and Muhammet Demir. 

The last time the two sides met 2 years ago they drew 1-1 in Konya with Badji the goalscorer. And prior to that it was a 4-3 win in Ankara the same season with Saba, Borven, Paintsil and Emre Gural all on the score sheet. 

Its a big task for Ankaragucu but with the home support behind them and if the team keep their shape and cut of the space for Konyaspor we can take something from the game. Its vital that Ankaragucu dont allow Konya to get in behind and allow them to use their pace. For that reason i hope we see new signing Nihad make his debut as he is very quick.

Im going for a 1-1 draw which is optimistic but its the start of the season and hopefully we can have a positive outcome. 

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Ankaragucu sign Nihad Mujakic!


Ankaragucu have been searching the whole summer for a centre back and finally got their man as the club agreed a 500K Euro deal with FK Sarajevo for 24 year old Nihad Mujakic. The Bosnian was announced last night and has already trained with his new team mates. 

The move is a bit of a gamble for Ankaragucu who spoke of signing a Central Defender of quality from one of the top leagues. Instead they have signed a player who has played under 50 games in last 3 seasons and spent most of his time in the Bosnian league with Sarajevo and a failed move to Belgian side Kortrijk. 

That said, on the positive side he does look like he has a lot of speed which is important in the Super Lig and also good on the ball. The main questions will be can he defend? How does he read the game? And whats his positional sense like? I guess we will need to wait and see. 

Nihad has singed a 4 year deal with the club and we wish him all the success with Ankaragucu!

Friday, July 29, 2022

Ankaragücü 3-0 Genclerbirligi - Match Report

 Ankaragücü won the TSYD Cup tonight for the first time in 18 years with a comfortable 3-0 win over Genclerbirligi. It was a first opportunity for the fans to see their new signings in action with some impressing and others with a lot of work still to do.

Team - Bahadir, Oguz, Sinan, Atakan, Marlon, Diack, Pedrinho, Zahid, Tasos, Beridze, Ali Sowe

Subs - Nurullah, Abdullah, Ali Kaan, Alperen, Macheda, Firatcan, Jesé, Mahmut, Mervan, Ariyibi, Sahverdi, Yasin

First half was a bit of a bore fest with Ankaragücü dominating possession but having no cutting edge up front. Ali Sowe was poor and lacked any real quality in attack. Diack and Marlon were the 2 standouts in the first half with Diack winning the ball back in midfield and also good in possession. Marlon was full of energy winning tackles and then getting forward to join the attack.

The teams went in at half time level with no goals for either set of fans to cheer. Only 5,000 turned up for the game which was a pretty disappointing turn out.

Into the second half and Tasos opened the scoring as he cut inside before seeing his deflected shot go into the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Shortly after Sinan made it 2-0 from a corner after a good cross from Sahverdi which Sinan headed home. The final goal came late on after a brilliant give and go between Jesé and Macheda. Jesé then beat his man before putting the ball into the net to make it 3-0.

The performances of Diack, Marlon, Tasos and Beridze in particular will give Ankaragücü some encouragement. The team still lacks any quality in defence and will need big improvements in Ali Sowe. Jesé clearly has the quality but will need to work on his fitness.

The big test comes next as the team take on Konyaspor in the league which will be a very difficult game against a good Konya side.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Ankaragucu vs Genclerbirligi TSYD Cup Match Preview!


Ankaragucu take on Genclerbirligi in their final pre season match before the start of their Super Lig campaign gets underway on Monday 8th August against Konyaspor. 

The new players were unveiled at Eryaman stadium yesterday in front of an excited crowd who had gathered to welcome them with Jese Rodriguez in particular gaining most interest. Faruk Koca spoke to the gathering media saying in his 3 years at the club this is the most excited he has been. 

Koca mentioned Pedrinho, Zahid, Jese and Tasos in particular who he thinks can bring a lot to the team in terms of experience and talent. He also confirmed that Lamine Diack doesnt have a sell on clause or buy back clause in the deal with Fenerbahce. The club will also press on with signing a new centre back and midfielder in the coming days.

Tomorrow night the TSYD Cup takes place with Ankaragucu taking on rivals Genclerbirligi. The last time the team won the competition was back in 2001 which is a record Ankargucu will want to put straight especially with Gencler now in Lig 1. 

Its an opportunity for the fans to see all the new signings play live for the first time due to the lack of media coverage at the pre season games in Erciyes. It will also give a clearer idea of where the team is at in terms of fitness with this match having more of a competitive edge and meaning that the previous pre season games. 

Once of the biggest decisions for Mustafa Dalci is choosing who will be Number 1 goalkeeper with Nurullah, Bahadir, Dogukan, Mert and Kaan all to chose from. It looks like Mert wont see any game time this season and Kaan will find it difficult as Dalci is very reluctant to play academy players. 

It will likely come down to Nurullah and Bahadir and both will have to impress in training to make that position their own. 

In defence the club signed Uros Radankovic in midweek and he will likely partner Sinan Osmanoglu until another central defender is singed. This is still a very weak part of the team and could cause issues especially in the first 4-5 weeks of the season. 

Marlon will take the left back position and it will be down to Firatcan who is more of an attacking player and Oguz who will play at right back. Another area of concern in the team. 

In midfield Ankaragucu look to have done some good business and are 1 player away from being competitive. Diack will likely start in that defensive area of the pitch until a more experienced player is singed, with Zahid and Perdinho the 2 playmakers in front. Pedrinho looks a very exciting signing and Zahid should move up a level too with better players around him. 

In the wide areas Beridze and Jese will fight it out for that left win position while Tasos and Ariyibi are available for the right hand side. On paper the team has some quality options who can provide both pace and technical ability. 

Up front it will be a choice between Ali Sowe and Federico Macheda. Both have done well in their first couple of games, but the reports are that Ali Sowe looks to have the edge with his power, speed and work rate. 

The game will be live on TRT tomorrow and hopefully a chance for Ankaragucu fans to celebrate a trophy before going into the season. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Ankaragücü sign Lamine Diack!


Ankaragücü made their latest summer addition today as they finally announced the 350,000 euro signing of  Senegalese midfielder Lamine Diack from Fenerbahce. The 21 year old starred for Tuzlaspor in Lig 1 last season and impressed enough for Fenerbahce to have first option on his signing. 

Faruk Koca managed to secure the deal from Ali Koc as they agreed to the fee mentioned above plus a sell on percentage. Diack has signed a 3+1 year deal with Ankaragücü and will be hoping to make that holding midfield position his own.

Athletic, fast, strong and a player who can get up and down the pitch, Diack is also a tidy player that has room for improvement on the technical side of the game.

It’s an exciting signing for Ankaragücü as the club don’t often sign younger players with that kind of potential. Hopefully we see more of these type of signings in the future.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Ankaragücü sign Uros Radakovic


When building a team any good Sporting Director or Manager will tell you that you build from the back. Sadly with 2 weeks until the season starts Ankaragücü have only signed their first centre back and are still severely lacking.

Alperen Babacan who wasn’t deemed good enough for the Ankaragücü team who were relegated from Super Lig, or the Lig 1 team last season, has played 2 out of the 3 games in Erciyes alongside Sinan. The right back position is also a concern as Oguz hasn’t had the greatest of times over the last couple of years.

The signing of Uros Radakovic stinks of desperation. The 28 year old has had near enough a new club every season with most failed experiences including Bologna, Astana, Wisla Krakow and most recently he couldn’t hold a regular place in an Arsenal Tula side who were released in the Russian premier league.

Let’s hope his experience is more positive in the Turkish Capital for the sake of Ankaragücü. He is 6ft 4 and one of his strength are said to be his passing and good on the ball.

He has signed a 1+1 contract and should make his debut on Friday against Genclerbirligi.

Ankaragücü 3-3 Alanyaspor


Ankaragücü drew their last pre season game in Kayseri with a 3-3 draw against Alanyaspor. The goals came from Beridze, Atakan and Ariyibi.

Team - Nurullah, Oguz, Sinan, Alperen, Marlon, Abdullah, Zahid, Sahverdi, Tasos, Beridze, Macheda

Subs - Dogukan, Kaan, Firatcan, Yasin, Mahmut, Atakan Cankaya, Abdullah Celik, Diack, Ali Kaan, Ariyibi, Jesé, Sirac, Eran, Mervan, Ali Sowe

It really is incredible we are less than 2 weeks until the season opener and we have Alperen and Sinan as the centre backs, while the worlds slowest midfield pairing of Sahverdi and Abdullah still take the pitch together.

No surprises Alanyaspor took a 3-1 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Oguz Aydin and a double from Efkan. Beridze scored the goal for Ankaragücü.

The second half saw a fight back from Ankaragücü with both Atakan and Ariyibi scoring the goals. Due to  no coverage at the game we don’t know who played well or any other information apart from the goal scorers.

Ankaragücü have their final pre season game next Friday in the TSYD Cup vs Genclerbirligi before the season opener on Tuesday 8th August with a ridiculous 21:45pm kick off time.