Monday, November 29, 2010


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Apologies to The Hurriyet for stealing their headline, but it just about sums it up !

Karabukspor 5 ANKARAGUCU 1

Team -
Ugur, Zewlakow, Rajnoch, Murat
Guven, Adem, Aydin, Sapara, Dogan

2nd half substitutes - Metin, Ozgur and Gabric

I was first into The Beer Bus Bar followed by Rip Off Kanka Erman, Maniac Kanka Harun and Red Sox Kanka Russ.

Gecikondu looked to be well represented in the Karabuk Stadium and they were singing their heads off, as you would expect !

However, it was Karabuk who threatened first with 'olde boy' Ilhan Parlak shooting past the post on 6 minutes. Karabuk looked like they were up for it and Ankaragucu looked like they were there to defend !

Dogan did have a shot past the post on 9 minutes, but that was the only time Ankaragucu threatened until just before the half time whistle when Guven had a shot on goal which went over.

12 minutes in and I'm thinking Emenike is looking dangerous with neat touches and running off the ball. Sapara was his usual self - seeming to be everywhere urging more from Ankaragucu.

21 minutes in and Seric almost opened the scoring with a 'curler' of a shot which went just past with Senecky looking relieved. That in itself should have been a wake-up call, but it wasn't heeded.

4 minutes later the inevitable happened. A long ball out of defence which was anticipated by Emenike, but not Aydin. He controlled the ball and ran into the Ankaragucu half of the field with Zewlacow trailing in his wake. Senecky had no chance - a great striker's goal.

Murat Duruer was back in defence (whaaaaaaat ???). Great tactics putting him there Umit Bey !! He couldn't burst a paper bag, never mind tackling guys with the physique like Emenike !!! He should have been on the bench, or at the very least, shunted out to the wing where he could do minimal damage !!!

38 minutes in and Duruer gifts the ball to a Karabuk player which almost results in a goal. One minute later he does the same thing and I'm thumping the table in frustration - all eyes are on me and I apologise for my outburst. I promise not to mention Duruer's name again !!!

41 minutes in and Karabuk are really turning it on with their footie. Spreading the ball around and making Ankaragucu look 2nd Class. At last ...... the half time whistle.

Can Umit Bey wave his magic wand ? Noooooooooooooo !!!

6 minutes in and the goal of the match. Emenike turns provider and passes the ball to the unmarked player on the right wing. Off he goes, looks up, crosses just in front of 4 stationary Ankaragucu defenders to the unmarked Ilhan who delivers a perfect over-head kick into the corner. Defo a candidate for goal of the season !

Ankaragucu was reeling now, and 6 minutes later that man again, Emenike (Man of the Match), evades 5 tackles on the left before being brought down unceremoniously by Ugur on the edge of the box (I thought it was inside the box !!). Birol took it and picked his spot in the top left hand corner with the wall superfluous !

One minute later, Ankaragucu did the impossible. A goal ! Sapara (who else ?) took a free kick just outside the box and planted it in the top left hand corner with Tomic stationary.

Unsurprisingly, there was no leaping up and down from the kankas ! This was Karabuk's match and we knew it !!

67 minutes gone and Karabuk was still dictating the match, especially in midfield where they had total control.

15 minutes to go and after a memerising passing movement from Karabuk, Emenike was put through - again his running off the ball exposed the Ankaragucu defence - and he gave Senecky no chance.

10 minutes to go and Karabuk is taking the piss out of Ankaragucu, spraying their passes all over the place with Ankaragucu looking like a pale shadow of the team which beat CimBom and Fener.

Almost full time, but time for Birol to fire in another free kick to the top right hand corner with Senecky again having no chance.

The word humiliated comes to mind ! Yes, and as I said a few weeks ago, it's going to be a long and cold winter of discontent for us kankas !!

Sestak went off injured at half time, so yet more woes to add to the loss of Vittek if it is serious.

Can't say I'm looking forward to next Saturday when Sivas come calling !

btw, Ankaragucu now has the 'distinction' of having the 3rd worst defensive record in the league for shipping goals !! Every picture tells a story !!

All the best from a despondent Eski Kanka Jim


  1. Mountaineering Kanka10:19 am

    What the Fuck?! This inconsistency is really starting to bug me.

  2. Robbie,
    I prefer the inconsistency to what we seem to be headed towards which is consistently poor play.

    Nice report, Eski. Very vivid. I felt as depressed as I would have if I had been there. The Dururer part especially helped bring it to life.

    At least there is some talk of the departure of Umit in the papers nowadays. Is Roger Lemerre still available?

  3. Anonymous1:14 pm

    Umit Ozat loves playing players out of position, did he really play aydin toscali in midfield? he is the worst player ive ever saw in my life


  4. According to some of my students, Umit Ozat has resigned. Need to confirm that.

    The KO on Saturday is 5pm. Meeting in The Beer Bus Bar at about 3pm.

  5. Anonymous10:18 pm

    All this inconsistency is especially galling as this season seems to be a particularly open one in Turkey in terms of the league title.

    If any team can make themselves hard to beat first and foremost (eg Kayseri) then they are going to be a fair few positions up the table ahead of where they usually would be.Even Istanbul BBS, if they can raise their game further can stay in contention.Sounds wrong I know,I'm not saying they will,but the sheer number of points dropped already by Fener, Besiktas and Oh My God, Galatasaray, seems to suggest that any team who can show any sort of consistency will climb the table quickly.

    Which brings us back to Ankaragucu.They are ahead of where they were this time last season, but because of the good finish to last season this term's effort thus far has been very frustrating.Gencler similarly have gone backwards a bit.Bursa's "exploits" in the Champions League reflect badly on the league in general but I put a large chunk of that down to their inexperience at that level.

    Anyway I think things are very interesting this season so far and one thing for all Ankara teams fans to console yourselves with at the moment is this : The "Big 3" as a group must be going through one of their worst spells ever!

    Dublin Neil.

  6. Anonymous11:29 pm


    Long shot... hope you can help.. Apologies for posting here, but i couldnt see anywhere else better...

    I'm a Aston Villa season ticket holder in Ankara all week... any pub likely to have the Villa v Blues game on tomorrow (Weds) night...
    Its not on NTV Spor sadly!

    Many thanks,

  7. Afraid I can't help there Phil. I don't even know who the Blues are. Try out Lig TV, SporMax, or possibly Fox Sports. If it is on one of those the pubs in Kizilay will show it. Or else find someone from the British Embassy and get yourself signed into the Red Lion Club, they normally have the English stuff.

  8. Anonymous9:09 pm

    Thanks for feedback...

    I think it's going to have to be radio through internet!

    So long as villa beat the blues (birmingham city) then i will be happy!

    Thanks again

  9. It's 1-1 at half time in the Brummy Derby as I write, and I hope you'll forgive me Phil if I shout for the Blues. Reason ? With an ex-Hibs Manager and an ex-Hibs player (O'Connor) what other reason would this Hibbie have ??!!

    If you return to Ankara in the future at the weekend please contact us and we'll take you to either an Ankaragucu or Genclerbirligi match.

    However, if you are here this Saturday you may wish to join us for the Ankaragucu v Sivas match ?

    All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

  10. Thursday morning ........early !

    Gecmisolsen Phil !!!

    Blues 2 Villa 1

    Probably Gary O'Connor scored both !!!!

    The Blues to beat Arsssssinaaaal in the final ??

  11. Anonymous4:15 pm

    great post dublin neil, and i have to agree with what you say. Umit Ozat has spent decent money and has a good enough squad, he has been unlucky with injuries to be fair but we should be doing better and more consistent.

    As for Birmingham and villa, well done to barry ferguson and big eck lol, some amazing scenes at the end of the game with the crowd trouble on the park