Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gencler roll on in the Cup

Perfect football weather. Bugger all fans. I can't complain about the kankas too much... they were probably all nursing hangovers from the British Ale and Cider Festival last night but where was the rest of Ankara. Sure, this was a cup match but hey, this was embarrassing.

Genclerbirligi 2 - 0 Yeni Malatyaspor

First half. Pretty crap. Malataya seemed to be concentrating more. Our defence was shaky at times but no real threats.

We had a couple of good chances towards the end of the half, two of them from corners where just a bit of luck might have seen the ball go in, and one where the ball fell to Harbuzi who managed to whack it miles over the crossbar when it should have been in the back of the net.

Nil-nil at half-time and my prediction to Oguz was that one of us was going to crack. Luckily for us it was Malataya.

We had an attack break down and then Mlataya somehow managed to lose it to Yasin (the new signing from Borussia Dortmund) who had been on the pitch for all of a minute. He moved a few feet and shot. Whhhooooowhoooo.

Not all that long later Zec found the keeper in a one-on-one situation but with Gencler on top it looked almost inevitable that we would score again and it was Yasin again to claim it. He found himself with the ball near the edge of the box, starting dribbling sideways past a whole heap of defenders and eventually bored them to death, at which stage he shot.

That's three goals in two matches for our new signing and things are looking good. Having said that, this was Yeni Maltayaspor from the third division. Sure they beat Fener on Thursday night but still... we need to improve.

The win puts us top of Group C and qualification for the next stages will be guaranteed if Ankaragucu beat Buca on Monday night. C'mon Gucu!


  1. Well done Gencler !

    Agree .... hangover was there this morning, but .... not now !!!

    I'll be in the Stadium tomorrow night to hopefully see the TWO Ankara teams into the knock-out stage.

    As for which of us will be top, mmmm .... that remains to be seen. Still a lot of water to flow under the bridge before we can breathe a sigh of relief !!

    First things first ....... no cock-ups tomorra night from Ankaragucu. Swords out ..... and attack !!!

  2. Anonymous9:51 pm

    well done gencler, as jim says no excuses tommorow ankaragucu lets get this done and qualify

    OZ Kanka - Serious question here, but how does Gencler manage to survive on such a small fanbase ?


  3. Outside of the Istanbul three and to an extent Trabzonspor, none of the clubs really use their fans to make money. Gencler fans will happily continue to wear old jerseys and never bother to buy the latest tops. The same pretty much applies to Ankaragucu as well.

    So how do we make money? gencler has one of the biggest youth development systems in Turkey. I read somewhere recently that we have more players registered throughout the leagues then any other club ... all of them making money for the club.

    Then there is the rather simple idea of buying low and selling high. Remember Geremi. We grabbed him for practically nothing and sold him on to Real Madrid for millions. We continue to do it.

    So all up, even though I think it is time for someone else to have a go, it is thanks to some handy work by the chairman Ilhan Cavcav.

    The point of this, it wouldn't matter if we had twice as many fans or no fans at all, the club still makes money.

  4. Anonymous10:25 pm

    Oz, it sounds like a lot of clubs could learn a thing or two from the way Gencler is run.Still far too many clubs around Europe with delusions of grandeur.I know its good to be ambitious, but not blindly so.Virtually every club thats ever gotten into financial strife has done so totally predictably.Thats the crazy part.

    Dublin Neil.

  5. I lol'd when I saw the comment about Yasin's second: "eventually bored them to death" Haha!

    Congrats, and go Alkaralar!

  6. Anonymous9:51 am

    I believe Gencler have no debt. There's no spending on interest or repayments. That's pretty unique in Turkey (and globally).


  7. Anonymous10:05 pm

    fair play to gencler if thats the case oz kanka.

    What a shite performance from Ankaragucu tonight, a weakened team we put out and now means we need to go to yenni and win.

    In other news we have signed Muhammed Turkmen from Kartalspor, and Mehmet Cogum from Karabukspor. They both came on as subs tonight and will be joined by Fatih Tekke.