Monday, November 11, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu sank deeper into the relegation zone last night in Istan......spit.....bul and now prop-up the league in 2nd bottom position and only 2 points from the bottom.

For the most part, they were given a footie lesson last night by a slick and speedy Basaksehir team which made the Ankaragucu defence work overtime.   The scoreline tends to flatter Ankaragucu and Basaksehir should have put the match to bed long before Ankaragucu’s consolation goal.

Basaksehir            2               ANKARAGUCU          1

Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Mehmet, Faty, Sedat, Aydin, Moke, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Yalcin, Canteros and Cebrail

I watched the match in The Alerta Bar with my friend Halil and a few other Ankaragucu supporters on a laptop which Halil had kindly fixed-up to find a stream.   The effin Beshiktrash match being on at the same time prevented us watching on the big screen to pander to the many Ankara BJK ‘supporters’   !!!

The first goal arrived after only 10 minutes and it was fashioned down the right where most of Basaksehir’s dangerous moves originated.   Mehmet in particular had a howler of a match and couldn’t cope with the speed of the Basaksehir right winger.   However, in this case it was Ilhan who didn’t mark the loose attacker from a throw-in on the right.   He therefore had all the time in the world to cross perfectly for Crivelli to stroke the ball in.

It was mostly one way traffic as Basaksehir looked to kill the match off and by some miracle they couldn’t find the killer touch thanks to some resolute defending by Ankaragucu.

Ankaragucu did have a few incursions into the Basaksehir half with Faty and Ilhan scorning chances.   Also, Orgill tried an audacious bicycle-kick shot which was well off target.

Only one down at half time was amazing, but I still felt an avalanche was imminent.

Basaksehir started the 2nd half in all-out attack mode and it took a great saving tackle from Yalcin 2 minutes in to steal the ball off an attacker’s foot as he was about to score.

2 minutes later and it was Korcan to the rescue as he saved a goal bound shot just inside the post.

3 minutes later and it was Mehmet who almost gifted Basaksehir a goal when he was caught dithering on the ball, but the danger was cleared before any damage occurred.

15 minutes to go and the 2nd goal unsurprisingly arrived but again it was fashioned down the right with an express breakaway with Mehmet and others left for dead.   The precision cross was delivered to the inrushing Crivelli who finished clinically.

The 3rd goal was prevented by Pazdan who intercepted a dangerous cross from the left and cleared the danger.

Then with 3 minutes remaining Ankaragucu scored against the run of play, Aydin sent in an excellent cross from the right to Ilhan at the far post and I thought at the time that Ilhan made contact with a glancing header.   However, it seems that contact wasn’t made and the ball drifted into the top left.   The goalkeeper should have saved it, but I think he was distracted by Ilhan’s presence  ?!

Anyway, the goal obviously inspired Ankaragucu to search for the equaliser .......... better late than never I suppose   !!!

Ilhan and Orgill had efforts past the post and over the bar before the final whistle and Ankaragucu returned to Ankara empty handed.

I have to say that Ankaragucu played some really nice footie IN THEIR OWN HALF, but for the most part, when they ventured into Basaksehir’s half their passing and penetration was woeful.

Thankfully there will be an International Break next weekend to give the Coach more time to prepare for the visit of Trabzon on 23 November.   Trabzon is in fine form at the moment and sit comfortably in 3rd top position in  the league.

However, as we have seen, the Ankaragucu players never throw in the towel, even when staring defeat in the face.   This will be a real test of their character and a match which I intend to attend at The Eryaman Stadium.

Bring it on  !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler won the big ‘Six Pointer’ by a narrow margin on Saturday afternoon to relieve a little of the pressure on their precarious position in the relegation zone.

There have been too many false dawns for Gencler this season, but I think it’s safe to say that there is a small ray of light at the end of the tunnel ?!     Having won their first home match of the season is a step in the right direction.

GENCLERBIRLIGI         2                  Kayserispor           1

Team – Ertac, Erdem, Toure, Flavio, Halil, Nadir, Candeias, Berat, Sessegnon, Stancu and Sio

Substitutes – Ahmet, Biano and Rahmetullah

Sio opened the scoring at the quarter hour mark in the first half and then Kayseri thought they had won a point when Emre equalised with 15 minutes to go to the final whistle.

However, the ever reliable Stancu put the match to bed with the winner 10 minutes from the end to put some icing on the cake.

So, Gencler change places with Ankaragucu to move to 3rd bottom of the league and that’s how it will stay if Ankaragucu draw or lose to Basaksehir tonight.

It’s the International Break next weekend, so Gencler will resume their struggles on Sunday 24 November away to Kasimpasa who are languishing in 12th place in the league.   Another difficult match to call and a close encounter is guaranteed.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, November 05, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu sank deeper into the relegation mire last night in Ankara !    After a poor 1st half they fought back with a more spirited display in the 2nd half to equalise with 20 minutes of the match remaining, and to be honest, that was about as much as I expected and was reasonably happy to settle for one point.

However, as we all know too well, football can be cruel and Gazi punished Ankaragucu with the winner with the last action of the match.   Some might say it was robbery, but it was a well taken goal and the Ankaragucu defence should question their ability to defend free kicks properly to protect Korcan.

ANKARAGUCU        1          Gazisehir           2

Team – Korcan, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Kitsiou, Faty, Moke Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Cebrail and Hasan

Haluk and I watched the match in The Alerta Bar and were the only Ankaragucu supporters present.

With both teams sizing each other up, it took until the 12th minute for the first serious attempt on goal.   Orgill should have opened the scoring when a perfect cross came in from the left, and with a free header unchallenged, he headed over.

Ankaragucu had two more chances a few minutes later but both attempts were wasted with poor shots which were easily saved.

On the half hour mark came a real catastrophe for Ankaragucu when Gazi was awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances.   Pazdan and a Gazi attacker chased the ball to the goal line on the right.   The Gazi attacker was just outside the box and Pazdan was a few inches inside the box when the attacker whipped a cross into the centre.   However, Pazdan’s arm was in the way and the ball hit his arm which was up at about shoulder level and the ball went out of play.   The referee had no alternative but to award the penalty which was a cruel decision because it was obvious that Pazdan had not used his arm intentionally, and it was not actually in the danger zone.   However, the rules are clear on this subject and the penalty was despatched by Twumasi even though Korcan got a hand to the ball and almost saved it.

Gazi heads were up and they were looking much sharper and faster.    Ankaragucu, on the other hand, was guilty of giving the ball away cheaply and inviting Gazi to attack them.

So, the half time whistle was a relief with no more damage done and all to play for in the 2nd half.

Gazi started the 2nd half on the front foot and for the most part were parked inside the Ankaragucu half with Ankaragucu having difficulty passing the ball out of their own half.   They were again guilty of gifting the ball to Gazi and most of their crosses were being swallowed up by Gazi players.  

However, there was at least one perfect cross in the 66th minute which was sent in from the right to the back post where Ilhan was lurking unmarked to head-in for the equaliser.

The goal snapped Ankaragucu out of their lethargy and they pressed forward searching for an unlikely winner.   Orgill and Moke had two goal bound efforts well saved by the goalkeeper.

It was heading for a share of the spoils on 90 plus 3 until Ilhan gave away a needless free kick on the right near the touch line, and God only knows what he was thinking about !     The ball was floated in and Djilobodji had a close range free header with the Ankaragucu defence stationary and Korcan helpless.

What a balls-up, especially for Ilhan, the hero turned villain !!

It isn’t difficult to figure out where Ankaragucu will be at this time next week.   Sitting 3rd bottom of the league, only 2 points ahead of Gencler and Kayseri, they travel to fast improving Basaksehir on Sunday.   Also, with the bottom two playing each other on Saturday, Ankaragucu could well be 2nd bottom before they even kick-off in Istan.....spit.....bul !!

Dark days are looming in more ways than one !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, November 03, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Genclerbirligi travelled to Konya yesterday and rescued a point with the last kick of the ball in the cauldron of Konya Stadium where winning points is never easy.

Konyaspor         1               GENCLERBIRLIGI          1

Team – Ertac, Erdem, Toure, Ramos, Polomat, Ayite, Berat, Candeias, Sessegnon, Stancu and Sio

Substitutes – Yasin and Nadir

Miya opened the scoring in the 1st half for Konya and it looked done and dusted as the match entered time-added-on.   However, lady luck smiled on Gencler at last and Yasin (who had only entered the fray with 5 minutes of the match remaining) knocked in the equaliser on the 90 plus 3 minute mark.

Every point is valuable when you are in the relegation zone, but this point still leaves Gencler 2nd bottom of the league and still living on a prayer.

Next Saturday is a big ‘6 Pointer’ with Gencler hosting bottom club Kayseri.   No need to say that this is a golden opportunity for Gencler to return to winning ways.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler was unceremoniously kicked out the Turkish Cup yesterday by a 3rd Division amateur team !!

GENCLERBIRLIGI         0               Erokspor            2

Erok scored in the 26 minute and added their 2nd on the 54th minute mark.

To be honest, I have never heard of this footie team before and had to ‘google it’ to find out where they originate from.   They are from the Kasimpasa district of Istan.....spit.....bul in the shadow of their Super League neighbours.

It is a humiliation for a Super League team to have an early exit from a Cup competition, especially at the hands of an amateur team.

However, it may well be a blessing in disguise for Gencler to allow them to focus on climbing out of the relegation zone in their present precarious position.

The Gencler supporters will now be looking for a positive reaction to yesterday’s result on Saturday against Konya.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Ankaragucu news update!

Firstly and most importantly, Fatih Mert is the new Ankaragücü president after being elected today at the clubs congress. In true Ankaragücü fashion, it didn’t go by without incidents as one of the clubs respected delegates Ali Ihsan Mutlu was attacked by Mehmet Yiginers men after he spoke out against the clubs financiers and asked for answers. Ali Imdat hat to intervene to stop Ali Ihsan being badly injured.

There then began rumours that Fatih Mert had to be persuaded by Murat Agcabag to continue with his bid to become president and when everything calmed down he was eventually elected. The move has been popular with the Ankaragücü support especially with Tamer Acar being his number 2 and both are seen as men who have the best interests of the club at heart.

Hopefully for all involved this is finally the time where Ankaragücü can move on, have everyone onside and start preparing for the January transfer window.

Ankaragücü lost 2-0 at Rizespor last weekend and now drop into the relegation zone, and were also knocked out of the Turkish Cup today after a 1-0 defeat at Kirklarelispir. Berke Gurbuz the 16 year old made his debut for the club.

Monday, October 28, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

After last week’s euphoria of thrashing Antalya on the Mediterranean Coast, Gencler came crashing down to earth in Ankara last night shooting blanks against a disciplined performance by Denizli.

GENCLERBIRLIGI       0            Denizlispor         2

Team – Ertac, Erdem, Flavio, Toure, Polomat, Berat, Candeias, Sessegnon, Ayite, Stancu and Sio

Substitutes – Nadir, Rahmetullah and Mats

Olcay scored the crucial first goal on the half hour mark and that’s how it stayed until the referee, Halis Ozkahya, made the brave decision to award a penalty to Denizli at the 90 plus 5 stage of the match which was despatched by Murawski.

This result leaves Gencler stuck in 2nd bottom place and only 2 points ahead of bottom club Kayseri.   After Ankaragucu’s defeat on Friday night they find themselves sucked into the relegation zone and only 3 points ahead of Gencler !

It doesn’t get any easier in this league with Gencler travelling to Konya next Saturday.   Despite being thrashed by Fenerbahce in Istan.....spit....bul last Saturday, the home form of Konya will make them strong favourites to heap more grief on Gencler.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Caykur Rizespor vs Ankaragucu match preview!

Ismail Kartal is looking to kick start his season with Caykur Rizespor with a victory against his former side Ankaragucu in match that will see both sides fighting for 3 vital points as they fight for survival.

Although a fans favorite with Ankaragucu, Ismail Kartal has come under a lot of pressure from the Rizespor fans of late due to their poor start to the season. The team currently sit in the relegation zone with 8 points, but a defeat in the derby against Trabzonspor, and 5-0 and 5-2 thumping's against Basaksehir and Alanyaspor have saw sections of the support ask for Kartals resignation.

The match against Ankaragucu is now a must win match for Ismail Kartal and his team, or he could face the sack if they dont take maximum points against his old club. Ankaragucu will be coming to Rizespor to spoil the party and relationships go out the door when it comes to winning matches and fighting for survival.

Ankaragucu put up another spirited performance last week in front of a sold out crown in Ankara against Besiktas. Again the Defence and Goalkeeper played a huge part in the result and rightly received all the plaudits from the Ankaragucu fans and media.

Sedat Agcay will miss out due to suspension after receiving a red card last week, but its unclear at the moment if Tito Canteros will be available for selection after injury. If Canteros does make his return, it will be a massive boost for the team and will strengthen the middle of the park.

Apart from that change, it looks like Metin Diyadin will go with pretty much the same team that has been a first pick since the 1st game of the season.

Although the team are in a relegation battle, Rizespor do have some quality players in Fernando Boldrin, Aminu Umar and Braian Samudio in attack who are capable of being match winners on their day. They will however need to tighten up at the back having conceded 12 goals in the last 3 games.

Both games ended in a draw last season when the two sides met, a 1-1 draw in Rize and 2-2 draw in Ankara as neither team could be separated.

In other news off the field, it was claimed today that if Ankaragucu dont pay $3 million dollars in unpaid wages next month to former players then the team will face a 3 point deduction and this was the reason Yiginer called an AGM as they couldnt find the money. The Circus goes on!!

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler caused the upset result of the weekend yesterday when they went to the Mediterranean coast and blew Antalya away with a goal storm.   With Gencler deep in the relegation zone it was unthinkable that they would cause waves against mid-table Antalya.

Antalyaspor         0                GENCLERBIRLIGI       6

Team – Ertac, Erdem, Bjarsmyr, Flavio, Polomat, Ayite, Berat, Sessegnon, Candeias, Stancu and Sio

Substitutes – Mats, Sefa and Rahmetullah

Gencler was 3-0 up with 2 goals from Candeias and 1 from Sio before Bahadir of Antalya received a RED card in the 23rd minute.   Two more goals followed from Candeias and Sio before the half time whistle and that sound must have been a relief for Antalya.   Stancu added a 6th in the 2nd half.

My friend, Haluk, watched the match and he said all the Gencler goals were top-drawer and then they took their foot off the gas after the 6th goal went in.

Gencler now move off the bottom of the league to 2nd bottom, but are only 3 points behind Ankaragucu, so it’s pretty tight down at the bottom and shaping up for a dog-fight of a relegation struggle with 9 teams in the mix at the moment.

Next Sunday Gencler play host to Denizlispor who have slipped down the league in recent weeks after a strong start.   Gencler will probably fancy their chances of adding to Denizli woes !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu escaped from Eryaman Stadium last night with one point thanks to some resolute defending by the back FIVE who were outstanding throughout the match.   Coupled with some woeful finishing by Besiktas, the result felt more like a victory rather than a share of the spoils.   Besiktas had 68% possession which tells another story !

ANKARAGUCU      0              Beshiktrash         0

Team – Korcan, Kitsou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Faty, Moke, Sedat, Hasan Orgill and Ilhan

Substitutes – Sadaev, Mehmet and Aydin

I met-up with guest kankas Haluk, Atagun, Yildirim and Emre at The Alerta Bar and we watched the tail-end of a match which propelled Trabzon to the top of the league.   Interestingly, Sturridge started his first match and scored the opening goal.

Back to the main match, and apart from one shot from Hasan which whizzed past the post, it was all Besiktas.

Burak missed an easy chance when his weak shot was saved by Korcan, but Pazdan was covering the goal line in any case.

On the half hour mark a certain goal was brilliantly saved by Korcan when a Besiktas player waltzed through the defence and struck it well

Shortly after, it was Korcan again when he dived bravely at an attacker’s feet as he was about to connect with the ball.   Korcan received a blow to the head from the attacker’s trailing foot, but was allowed to continue after treatment.  Korcan was by far and away my Man of the Match !

It was all Besiktas pressure right up to the half time whistle and it took a saving tackle by Pazdan to deny a goal bound shot which was the last action from the first half.

On the resumption, Hasan had another chance when he was put through on the right when he eluded the Besiktas defence, but his shot from the right went past he left post.   That was the end of Ankaragucu’s goal threat and Besiktas continued to dominate proceedings.

Burak almost scored but Korcan managed to save with his fingertips and the ball was cleared.

Into the final 15 minutes and Sedat stupidly got himself sent off for time wasting tactics and then arguing with the referee.

Besiktas camped themselves in the Ankaragucu half of the field for the final 15 minutes.

Korcan was almost beaten in the final 5 minutes, but is was either Kitsou or Kulusic who managed to stick out a leg and clear the goal bound shot.

There was one last chance when a striker was put through but with only Korcan to beat he sent his shot past the post.

The Ankaragucu players never gave up, and as I said, the back 5 played their socks off.   Orgill ran and chased everything, the midfield couldn’t cope with the Besiktas machine and Ilhan was invisible as usual !

So, this result leaves Ankaragucu still only 2 points off the bottom 3, and with another difficult match away to Rize next Friday night, the situation is looking grim.

With the transfer ban  still in place, the only positive is that the Ankaragucu back 5 are determined not to concede.   So, we can expect more of the same before the season is ended, ie, 0-0 scorelines !!!

God help us if Orgill or Hasan is seriously injured before the season grinds to a halt !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ankaragucu vs Besiktas match preview!

It’s back to Domestic football after a successful International week for the Turkish National team who sit top of their group after a win over Albania and excellent draw at France. The less we talk about the Scotland national team the better.

Onto Saturdays home match with Besiktas and the game is already close to a sell out as Ankaragucu fans have been busy over the last couple of days buying their tickets for another huge match for the club against Besiktas.

On paper Ankaragucu shouldn’t have much of a chance against the Istanbul giants, but Besiktas haven’t got off to the best of starts this season while Ankaragucu have proved difficult to beat despite so much problems surrounding the club both financially and on the playing front where the team are struggling to put a team on the pitch due to the transfer ban and injuries.

Bad news for Ankaragucu is no return of key player Tito Canteros, the Argentinian has missed the last 2 games due to injury but has been back in training this week but still isn’t ready to return. Canteros is in the top 7 midfielders in the Super Lig in terms of key passes and will be a big miss.

As we have mentioned so often this season, the back 4 for Ankaragucu and Korcan have been vital in the 8 points they have collected so far. Kitsiou and Pinto are both big players in attack and defence, while the two centre half’s Pazdan and Kulusic have been solid for most of the games.

Korcan Celikay is the highest rated Goalkeeper in the Turkish Super Lig this season in terms of Saves made per match and will have another busy day ahead of him against his former club.

Besiktas have the same amount of points as Ankaragucu so far which is unacceptable for a team that has the players they have in their team. Although they don’t have the quality as past Besiktas teams have due to the financial situation in Turkey, they still have good players in Lajic. Burak Yilmaz. Hutchinson, Vida and former Ankaragucu winger Tyler Boyd and a host of other players who would walk into the Ankaragucu side.

Both Oguzhan Ozyakup and Dogurkan Tokoz are injured for Besiktas and will miss out. Tyler Boyd hasn’t had the best of starts to his Besiktas career and has come in for a bit of criticism as he hasn’t reached the levels of performance he produced last season. Ankaragucu fans however will know the quality he possesses and Pinto will have to be at his best.

Although Abdullah Avci hasn’t got off to the best of starts with Besiktas, they had a good win last time out against Alanyaspor with Abdoulay Diaby impressing and they will be hoping to continue where they left off going into the weekends math with Ankaragucu.

Besiktas won both games 4-1 last season, although the game in Istanbul was a bit flattering for Besiktas as Ankaragucu played well in that match but luck went against them on the day. There is no doubting Ankaragucu are going to need all the luck they can get on Saturday and will be hoping Denver Orgill can come up with something special up front and the 20,000 home fans can spur the team on. You have to go back to 2011 for the last time Ankaragucu best Besiktas.

Let’s hope we can take something from the game on Saturday and give the fans something to cheer about.

Monday, October 07, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies

Yes, a disappointing result, but Ankaragucu was still in the match and searching for the equaliser at 2-1 down, and fully deserving of a point.   However, football can be cruel sometimes and one lapse of concentration near the end was enough for Sivas to take all 3 points.

Sivasspor         3           ANKARAGUCU       1

Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Sedat, Faty, Moke, Hasan, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Aydin, Mehmet and Sadaev

Only Eski Kanka was in The Alerta Bar along with guest kankas Haluk, Yildirim and Emre.

The match was only one minute old when Orgill was put through after a mistake by a defender, but as he was pondering whether to go alone it or pass to the free colleague on the right, he was dispossessed and the chance was lost.

Sivas soon put Ankaragucu under pressure and it took a good save from Korcan to save a goal bound header, and then Ilhan made a saving tackle in the box to divert the ball away from the danger area, and at this stage 15 minutes in, Sivas was looking threatening.

Then, against the run of play, Ankaragucu snatched a goal when a Sivas defender and the goalkeeper got in a tangle from the defender’s slack back pass.   Orgill was hovering and pounced on the mistake to take the loose ball and walk it in.

4 minutes later and it was Pinto to the rescue when Sivas made a fast break, but with the Ankaragucu defence back-pedalling, Pinto made a saving clearance to stop a certain goal.

However, that equalising goal came 5 minutes later but it could have been prevented if Moke had been more alert.   A cross came in from the right which was headed down in the box and the loose ball was collected by Mert who fired in a shot from the left to the right.    As I said, Moke had the chance to prevent the shot if he had shown more anticipation of the danger.

2 minutes later, Sivas scored again, but it was rightly chalked off for offside without reference to the VAR.

5 minutes to go before the half time whistle and Hasan was in a promising position inside the box but before he could shoot he was harshly penalised for a foul on a defender.

Still time before the whistle for Ankaragucu to score when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box, but as happened last week, Ilhan sent his effort into the wall and it was cleared.    He almost made amends in time added on when his goal bound shot was well saved

The 2nd half was only 2 minutes old when Sivas took the lead for the first time and again it was Mert who did the damage.   He received a pass on the left just outside the box and sent a screamer to the right which hit the inside of the post and in, deceiving Korcan in the process.

I think Metin Bey will work on free kicks this week at the Training Area.   We have seen Ilhan hit his into the wall last week and this week.   In the 63rd minute it was the turn of Aydin to do the same.   Aaaaaargh, wasted opportunities going begging and unforgivable to waste such scoring attempts.

To be fair to Ankaragucu, they kept pressing forward and Ilhan was unlucky to see his snap-shot saved.   Also, Aydin sent in an inviting cross from the right which was attacked and headed clear by a Sivas defender with Ankaragucu attackers out of position to capitalise.

Approaching the final whistle and Faty almost conjured up the equaliser with a fierce goal bound shot, but the Sivas goalkeeper made a great save to deny him.

At the other end, Pazdan was his usual commanding self when he cut-out a pass destined for an attacker in a goal scoring position.

Mehmet joined the ‘missed free kick club’ when he sent his free kick over the bar for 3 Rugby points  !!

On the 90th minute mark and Mehmet gifted the ball to Sivas when he missed the ball and the Sivas attacker was quick to latch onto the ball and it took a great save from Korcan to tip the ball over the bar.

Into time-added-on and the sickening blow was struck to put the match beyond Ankaragucu.   A cross from the right to the unmarked Moustapha on the left who had drifted clear of the Ankaragucu defence and he had the simplest of tap-ins.

There was still time for Sadaev to sneak a consolation goal, but his header was sent just past the post.

A cruel ending to the match for Ankaragucu, who to their credit, never let their heads go down.

So, 7 matches into the season and Ankaragucu has dropped back into the relegation area and find themselves only one point above the 3rd bottom position.   Sivas, on the other hand, leap up to 2nd top and the situation in the league is finely balanced with a host of clubs fighting it out in mid-table, and Ankaragucu has only 7 points less than leaders Alanya !

It is unnecessary to hit the panic button at this stage, but with the next fixture at home to Beshiktrash in 2 weeks time, the squeaky-bum time may not be too far off for Ankaragucu !

Next weekend there is an international break which gives Metin Bey an opportunity to prepare for the visit of Beshiktrash and hopefully Canderos will have recovered from his injury and be in the position to take the free kicks from the 3 duffers !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, October 06, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Despite being down to 10 men for the last 5 plus minutes of the match last night, Gencler held on to win a point against current League Champions Galatasaray.

GENCLERBIRLIGI       0                Galatasaray     0

Team – Ertac, Ahmet (RED), Flavio, Toure, Polomat, Baiano, Rahmetullah, Candeias, Sessegnon, Ayite and Sio

Substitutes – Berat, Stancu and Sefa

Galatasaray had 70% possession of the match, but as we all know, the lion’s share of possession doesn’t always win matches !

So, Gencler is still rooted to the bottom of the league along with Kayseri, with Beshiktrash just 2 points above them before the Beshiktrash match tonight against top of the league Alanya.

It doesn’t get any easier in this league with Gencler away to in form Antalya next Saturday.

As always, watch this space next Sunday for the report.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Sivasspor vs Ankaragucu match preview!

A couple of bits of news before we look ahead to Sundays match at Sivasspor. According to reports Ankaragucu players still havent been paid their salaries despite Mehmet Yiginer promising they would be paid after the derby victory over Genclerbirligi last weekend. No surprises there! The team have also been drawn away to Kirklarelispor in the Turkish Cup on 29th October.

The victory over Genclerbirligi last weekend will have given the Ankaragucu players some confidence going into the Sivasspor match as they look to cause another upset. Despite loosing key player Tito Canteros, the team showed that fighting spirit, and had a bit of luck on their side which saw them run out 2-1 winners.

With Canteros out, it gave 23 year old academy product Hasan Kaya his first start for the club in 4 years. Having spent the last couple of seasons out on loan at lower league clubs including a successful spell at Ankara Demirspor, Hasan was eager to impress for the club he supported as a boy. And what a game it was for the German born Turk with 2 key assists in the goals and an all round tireless performance.

The impressive part of Hasans performance, wasnt just his work rate which you come to expect from youngsters who grew up supporting the club. It was his quality on the ball. He put a number of great crosses into the box including his corner for the 1st goal, and then there was the stunning reverse pass for Kitsiou in the build up to the 2nd goal. Hopefully Canteros is back in the team on Sunday but it must not be at the expense of Hasan.

Dever Orgill will again play a big part in Ankaragucu taking anything from Sundays match. He has one of the toughest jobs in the Super Lig with the amount of work he has to put in chasing back helping his team mates, while trying to put the ball in the back of the net at the other end. He might not score as many goals as last season due to the lack of service, but his efforts certainly arent under valued.

Riza Calimbay and his team will be confident going into this match but respectful of Ankaragucu at the same time. Sivas currently sit 5th in the Super Lig and have had a good start to the season. With the club reportedly being one of the few Turkish teams who are debt free, things are looking pretty optimistic if you are a Sivasspor fan. Just over 10,000 tickets have been sold for the match with the number expected to rise over the coming days.

Key players for Sivasspor are the brilliant Emre Kilinc who ive been a big fan of for a number of years. The good news for Ankaragucu is that he will miss the match due to injury. Mustapha Yatabare is a handful up front and both Pazdan and Kulusic will have a tough battle ahead with the big targetman.

Ankaragucu won 3-1 in Ankara the last time the 2 sides met at the end of last season. While Sivasspor won 4-0 the last time the two sides met in Sivas.

Both Korcan Celikay and Aydin Karabulut had spells with Sivasspor and will be hoping to put one over their former employers.

Jim and some of the other Kankas who arent travelling to Sivas will likely be watching the game in the Alerta bar, if you fancy joining them please get in touch.

Monday, September 30, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Ankara Derby was a long time returning after relegations to the Championship and 2nd League for Ankaragucu and Championship League for Genclerbirligi.   Let’s hope both teams can improve on their poor start to this season and retain this important fixture for next season.

ANKARAGUCU       2              GENCLERBIRLIGI         1

Ankaragucu Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Sedat, Faty, Moke, Hasan, Ilhan and Orgill

Ankaragucu Substitutes – Mehmet, Yalcin and Aydin

Genclerbirligi Team – Ertac, Ahmet Ramos, Toure, Polomot, Candeas, Berat, Fabricio Sessegnon, Ayite and Sio

Genclerbirligi Substitutes – Rahmetullah, Nadir and Stancu

The kankas watched the match in The Alerta Bar – Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Flying Dutchman Kanka Carlo, with guest kankas, Haluk and Atagun.

Gencler dominated the opening exchanges and were a constant threat and quicker on the ball with Ankaragucu looking a bit sluggish.

The match was only 5 minutes old when Gencler was almost gifted a goal from an uncharacteristic and misdirected backpass by Pazdan which took Korcan by surprise, but he was quick to react and divert the ball away with his foot.

However, Gencler should have scored 2 minutes later when there was panic in the Ankaragucu defence but the Gencler striker with the goal at his mercy somehow contrived to hook the ball over the bar.

From that near miss, Ankaragucu broke away on the right and with Orgill bearing in on goal, he blasted the ball just over in what would have been a classic goal.

Gencler was still looking the likelier team but Korcan denied them on 15 minutes with a great save.

Ankaragucu did have a chance on the 24th minute when they had a free kick just outside the box, but in the absence of Canderos through injury, Ilhan took it and sent it into ‘the wall’.

Gencler continued to threaten and Korcan pulled off another great save on the half hour mark when he tipped a goal bound shot over the bar.   2 minutes later it was Pazdan to the rescue when he headed clear off the goal-line with Korcan beaten.

Almost half time and Gencler spurned another chance when their striker was put through in the box, but he took his eye off the ball momentarily and Korcan saved the day again.

There was just time before the whistle for Gencler to miss the chance of the half when they carved open the Ankaragucu defence with a sweeping move on the left, but the striker’s shot was weak as he dragged the ball and Korcan was quick to gather it.

So, the half time whistle came as a relief and Ankaragucu could consider themselves fortunate to go in all square !

Ankaragucu resumed with more purpose in the 2nd half after an obvious scathing mouthful from Coach, Metin Diyadin, who incidentally was shown a Red Card near the end of the 1st half for presumably saying something ‘naughty’ to the 4th official !

5 minutes in and Ilhan had a good opportunity when he received an excellent pass in a good position in the box, but he scuffed his shot wide.  At this point there was lots of mutterings of discontent with Ilhan’s performance, but that was to change later !!!

5 minutes later came one of the most comical goals I’ve ever seen.   It was Gencler’s turn to have a ‘panic moment’ in the box with Ankaragucu having TWO attempts to score from close range but one saved by a defender and the other by Ertac.   The ball broke to Candeas standing on the line and his attempted clearance was hit high into the top of the net and in.   Smiles and laughter all round, and of course, the customary high 5s.   A goal is a goal, and Ankaragucu was buzzing.

3 minutes later it was almost 2 when Orgill was put through on the right, but with a defender in attendance he was unable to compose himself and his snap-shot was saved.

9 minutes later came the goal of the match but not without initial controversy.  Ankaragucu attacked down the right and Hasan made a superb reverse pass to a colleague who crossed the ball into the danger area where Ilhan was lurking.   Ertac parried the initial shot and Ilhan pounced on the rebound to score.   However, the linesman’s flag was up for offside after the ball was crossed from the right and the goal was disallowed.     BUT, before play resumed the referee received information in his earphone and he indicated a consultation with the VAR.    The goal was rightly awarded, as we could clearly see from the replay, and Ilhan continued with his goal celebration !!!

A game of two halves ?!   Lady Luck decided to smile on Ankaragucu at last !

15 minutes to go and still time for another comical goal, but Korcan wasn’t smiling.    A Gencler shot from just outside the box was covered by Korcan, but the ball took a wicked deflection off an Ankaragucu defender to wrong foot Korcan.   The ball was on its way in, but it hit Korcan’s diving body and onto the post and squeezed in with Korcan helpless on the ground against the post.

The goal was a game changer and Gencler pressed forward for the equaliser with Ankaragucu holding on and relying on breakaways to relieve the pressure.

Orgill and Mehmet had chances to make the game safe but missed good opportunities.

The Ankaragucu defence was resolute and held firm for the 5 minutes of time added on to record their 2nd win of the season.

Consequently, Ankaragucu moved out of the relegation zone and up to 11th position, but still remain only 3 points ahead of Beshiktrash who replaced them in the bottom 3.   Gencler remain rooted to the bottom and are still looking for their first win of the season.

My Man of the Match goes to Korcan, especially for his heroics in the 1st half.   Flying Dutchman Kanka Carlo disagreed and gave the vote to ................. Eeeeeeeelhaaaaaannn, but don’t worry, it was said ‘tongue in cheek’ !!!

So to next week, and Ankaragucu travel to Sivas (riding high in 5th place) on Sunday KO 2pm.   I’ll be watching it in The Alerta Bar.

Gencler has another mountain to climb at home to Galata....spit.....saray on Saturday which is never an easy one for any team.   Can they surprise us all and find that 1st win of the season ?

As always, watch this space for the reports of both matches.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ankaragucu vs Genclerbirligi - Ankara Derby!

Its 6 years since the last competitive match took place between Ankaragucu and city neighbors Genclerbirligi. It was back in 2012 when Genclerbirligi won 1-0 thanks to a Hursit Meric goal in the season where Ankaragucu were relegated to Lig 1 and played with the youth team.

There are so many similarities between that Ankaragucu team and this seasons team. Both had a transfer ban in place, a couple of experienced players and the rest of the squad filled with youth players. The current Ankaragucu team do have more quality but face a similar impossible task of staying in the Super Lig.

The Ankara derby isnt like other derbies in Turkey or across world football where there is an intense rivalry, hatred for each others team and clashes between both sets of fans. Instead, there is a mutual respect between both sets of fans who share the same location for their training facilities separated by a large fence and its common for players and managers to have played with both sides.

Mustafa Kaplan who is current manager of Genclerbirligi is very well respected by the Ankaragucu support and helped keep them in the Super Lig last season before making the move to their neighbors in the summer.

Aydin Karabulut and Ante Kulusic who both play for Ankaragucu have also spent periods in their career with Genclerbirlig. Kulusic in particular was a fans favorite at the club and will be looking to put one over his former team.

That said, despite the Ankara derby not being the most intense derby, there will still be a great atmosphere at the game as Ankaragucu fans are unique in that they create an atmosphere in every game unlike a lot of clubs who only turn up for the bigger games.

After a spirited performance last weekend at Fenerbahce where Ankaragucu were disappointed to have come away with nothing in a 2-1 defeat, the performance would have given them confidence going into the game against Genclerbirligi.

Unfortunately for Ankaragucu, they have been dealt more bad news this week with Cebrail Karayel ruled out with a broken foot, Tito Canteros out for 2 weeks with an injury in training and Moke also out after picking up an injury in training. Kitsiou will come back into the team for Cebrail but both Canteros and Moke are big blows for the team who now only have 38 year old Sedat and Ricardo Faty as recognised midfielders.

The game would have been difficult enough for Ankaragucu had everyone being fit, but losing key players like Canteros and Moke will make it huge task for the club against Gencler who are rooted to the bottom of the table.

Although Gencler are bottom of the Super Lig, they still have enough quality in their team to put a run together and came away with a good 1-1 draw against Top of the table Alanyaspor last weekend. Experienced midfielders Stephane Sessagnon and Daniel Candeias will be key to a positive outcome for Gencler on Sunday. Candeias is a wide player who works tirelessly for the team and has the quality to deliver for the likes of Sio, Ayite and Seuntjens in attack. Sessagnon despite being 35 years old is still an excellent player and the Ankaragucu defence will need to be at their best to contain him.

Ankaragucu are the home side on Sunday so will be hoping for a good turn out from the fans. The problem at the moment is a lot of fans are boycotting until Yiginer resigns but hopefully they can put their differences aside for the weekend and help cheer the team on to a positive outcome.