Saturday, April 29, 2006

Biting nails and supporting Fenerbahce

Not the best results for Ankara teams this week but it could have been worse. First up Genclerbirligi lost away to Samsunspor 2-0 (Oz Kanka's head shakes in dismay), then we have Ankaragucu losing 1-0 at home, but with no spectators except for Lanky Kanka, to Malatyaspor (Sir Eski Kanka sighs in disbelief). Then we have Ankaraspor losing 4-0 away to Galatasaray (sounds of trees falling in forests).

As this is the business end of the season the results of other matches are all important. I've got Lig TV at home but I never bother to watch unless Genclerbirligi or Ankaragucu are playing.

About half way through the second half of the matches (they were all played at the same time) I started freaking out as the results of the goals in the Trabzon-Fenerbahce started to come in on my mobile. In the end I had to turn on the telly and in an experience I'm unlikely to live through again for a while yet, I was supporting Fenerbahce.

In the end Fenerbahce won it 3-2. Thus we have at the top of the league Fener and Galatasaray on equal points with just two matches to go. Nailbiting stuff.

More importantly, the results leave Trabzon in fourth, one point above Genclerbirligi. Two matches left, one home, one away and we must pass Trabzon to get a UEFA Cup spot.

As for the bottom of the league. I still don't think Ankaragucu need fear relegation. It would take one hell of a lot of bad results all round for them to go down.

The situation is as follows
13th. Ankaragucu 36 pts
14th. Ankaraspor 36 pts
15th. Denizlispor 33 pts
16th. Samsunspor 33 pts
17th. Malatyaspor 33 pts
18th. Diyarbakirspor 29 pts

No reports on the matches themselves as 1. Gencler were in Samsun and 2. No fans were allowed in at the Ankaragucu match. Lanky Kanka did managed to get into the protokol section for the Ankaragucu match and he has promised to send in a report on Tuesday. Don't expect it to be a good read though.

EDIT Monday (1 May): More bloody bad news to report with Kayserispor beating Sivasspor on Sunday evening by five goals to nil. This puts Kayseri on even points with Genclerbirligi with Trabzon one above us both. Whoever finishes top amongst these three will get the UEFA Cup spot.


  1. Greetings Kankas.

    I can't find the right word to describe how I feel at the moment, especially as The Mighty Hibernian lost 0-4 away to The Sheep Shaggers of Aberdeen in their quest for UEFA Cup qualification. Suffice to say that it will probably go to the last game of the season as we have here in Turkey.

    Hope you will all come out in force next Sunday to cheer Ankaragucu on to their much needed victoreeeee.

    OK, I've just thought of the word to describe how I feel today.....and it's in Block Capitals too !!!........

    F****ED !!!!

    All the best from `still` Optimistic Eski Kanka Jim

  2. My word exactly Sir Eski Kanka. And on this occasion, the capital letters are completely appropriate.