Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Genclerbirligi into the semis

Genclerbirligi 2 - 2 Adana Demirspor

A draw last night at home was enough for Genclerbirligi to book themselves into the semi finals of the "Better off putting it under the bed" Turkish Cup. Having won 0-1 away in the first leg, a goal from Traore in the 83rd minute to tie up the scores was enough for Gencler.

I had to play darts last night so I had to rely on Vedat the barman at the Red Lion to give me updates via every time I ordered a beer ie. about every five minutes.

So all I know is the score and today was looking forward to reading the match report in Hurriyet, my favourite Turkish newspaper. So, let me translate the entire report.

"After winning 1-0, Genclerbirligi in their return match came back from being behind twice to reach the semi-final of the "Our queues are shorter because we charge you more" Turkish Cup."

Yep. That's it. Hurriyet had five pages of sport today and managed a single sentence for the only match that was played last night. Well done Hurriyet.

So all I know is that Kahe and Traore scored and we are through. Fingers crossed Genclerbirligi Oftas wins today and that the two Genclerbirligis meet in the final.

EDIT: Oftas lost unfortunately. The other semi-finalists: Galatasaray, Kayseri and Rize .


  1. well done gençler.bring the cup here!

  2. I agree with Maniac Kanka.

    We need cheering up here in Turkey's First City !!

    By the way, let's hope the Rize Tea Boys can dump `cup specialists` Sekiztrash out this afternoon !

  3. Unfortunately Oftas lost, but at least my heart was warmed when Rize beat Besiktas on away goals.