Sunday, September 04, 2016

An Aussie in town for the day

Aziz shouts at some kiddies.*
Back in the old days there used to be millions of Aussies playing in the Super Lig.

Just at Genclerbirligi over the past few years we have had Mile Sterjovski, Nick Carle, Bruce Djite, Mile Jedinak, Jsoip Skoko and James Troisi - all Australian international players. Galatasaray had Harry Kewell for a while but nowadays there is just one Aussie plying his trade in Turkey - Aziz Behich at Bursaspor.

According to his Wikipedia entry, Behich was born in Melbourne to Turkish Cypriot immigrants.  "For this reason he was eligible to represent Turkey and Australia, eventually choosing for the latter," the article states.

He has recently resigned for Bursa on a new three-year contract.

Which is all an intro to Sunday's event where the Australian Embassy sponsored a footy clinic for members of a football club in the working class district of Kecioren.

A couple of scratch games were played with Aziz playing the "joker" role. More importantly for the kids was the chance to take a selfie with an Aussie superstar!

Aziz and Little Oz Kanka have a chat
Hats off to Aziz who had a smile for each and every selfie and best of luck for the rest of the season at Bursaspor (except for when you are playing against Genclerbirligi that is).

* Aziz didn't actually do any shouting


  1. Let's have the result of little Oz Kanka's 'interview' here !!!!

  2. Resigned or re-signed?

    Pedantic Spine

  3. Good point! re-signed