Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Surprise, Surprise !!    Gencler did the impossible last Sunday night and snatched an unlikely point to quell the Black Sea Storm in what looked like a ‘home banker’ pre-match.

Trabzonspor       2              GENCLERBIRLIGI         2

Team – Ertac, Ahmet, Toure, Flavio, Polomat, Berat, Baiano, Sessegnon, Candeias, Stancu and Sio.

Substitutes – Seuntjens, Diallo and Ayite

It must have felt like déjà vu to Gencler and their long suffering supporters when Novak put Trabzon ahead after 17 minutes play.

However, even allowing for their poor start to the season, we know that Gencler is not a team of quitters, and Stancu silenced the home support with the equaliser on the half time whistle.

The 2nd half was only 12 minutes old when Trabzon was awarded a penalty which Sorloth converted and that was it, or so everyone thought.

Then, with only 5 minutes of the match left the equaliser came from Sessegnon and Gencler was back in business with a point in the league table ........... at last !

Next up for Gencler is a home match against high flying Alanya on Sunday, but as we all know, there are no ‘easy’ matches in the Super League, as Fener.....spit.....bahce discovered last night when Alanya preserved their 100% start to the league.   They sit 4 points clear at the top of the league and so Gencler need to up-the-ante to take anything from this one.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, September 16, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

If I am to be honest, I would have settled for another backs against the wall 0-0 yesterday.   However, it was not to be, and as Nadeem and I have said a few times recently, it was inevitable that our defence would be breached eventually against a strong team.   So, Malatya did the biz and fully deserved all 3 points.

ANKARAGUCU      0         Yeni Malatyaspor       4

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

Substitutes – Mehmet, Faty and Cebrail

I was on my own watching the match in The Alerta Bar and unfortunately Battle Damaged Kanka Damon couldn’t make it due to the loss of his wife’s aunt who passed away recently.   We all send our condolences to him and his wife.

There was little action to speak of for the first 25 minutes apart from a good chance which Malatya scorned.   The classic cut-back from the left and the ball skied over.

All that changed in the 26th minute when from a Malatya attack on the left, the ball was crossed into the danger area and Pazdan, Pinto and Korcan all went for the same ball in a panic and collided with each other.   The Malatya player with them was fortunate to feed off the mess and he nodded down to the unmarked Jahovic who had plenty time to pick his spot and send the ball into the unguarded goal.

A few minutes later and Kulusic was given the first of a few yellow cards for Ankaragucu, but the free kick from the resultant foul was saved by Korcan.

3 minutes later and the 2nd goal arrived after some intricate football from Malatya as they performed a neat one-two in the box for ‘old boy’ Bifouma to stroke the ball in with the Ankaragucu defence helpless.

It took until the 37th minute for Ankaragucu to threaten but it was a weak effort by Ilhan and easily saved.

The 3rd goal arrived 3 minutes before the break and it was probably the goal of the match and one modelled on Messi at his best.   Guilherme picked up the ball on the right just outside the box and with 2 defenders about to challenge him, he shifted the ball to his left foot and sent a screamer into the top left with Korcan well beaten.

Just time for Kitsiou to receive a yellow for a cynical tackle before the whistle.

A professional display from Malatya and Ankaragucu could have no complaints.   Malatya was in complete control of the match after their first goal and Ankaragucu was restricted to defending, passing the ball around in midfield and commiting countless fouls.

Situation normal after the resumption with Ankaragucu finding it difficult to move out of their own half.   There was no penetration and they were continually being dispossessed and presenting Malatya with the initiative to attack.

Malatya’s left winger was causing all sorts of problems and he almost set-up the 4th in the 68th minute when he flew down the left wing leaving the Ankaragucu defence in his wake.   He slipped the ball to a team mate in the box but his shot hit the post and was cleared.

15 minutes from the end and Kitsiou showed his frustration with a high and dangerous tackle which the referee decided was another yellow and therefore ............ RED.

5 minutes later and it was No4.   A shot on the right just outside the box and Korcan spread himself to save, but could only palm the ball out to the incoming and unmarked Donald who had the easiest of tasks to tap-in.

Malatya could have scored a further two in the dying minutes, but an attacker missed a simple header and Korcan made a great save one-on-one with an attacker.

The burning question now is ................... when will Ankaragucu score a goal ?    With an away match against Fener....spit....bahce next Saturday, it could be a long wait, so let’s not hold our breath !!

Does it feel as though I am being blaze about our current predicament ?    Yes, I admit it, but with management still unable to solve the transfer ban, there is little hope on the horizon.    So, Ankaragucu’s slide down the table will continue.    Currently 12th and only 3 points off the relegation zone !

One last comment ............. Aaaaaaargh !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ankaragucu vs Yeni Malatyaspor match preview!

Metin Diyadin will take charge of his first competitive Ankaragucu game on Sunday afternoon, after he was appointed the teams new Manager last week. The former Giresunspor, Goztepe and Genclerbirligi manager has an impossible task as he takes over a club in who has big problems both on and off the pitch.

Ankaragucu are undefeated in their first 3 Super Lig matches having won 1 and drawn their other 2 games. The basis of those results have been a solid defence and Goalkeeper and an excellent work rate from everyone on the team. That can only last for so long though, with the team constantly under pressure for the majority of each game, the players will be playing with heavy legs with each match that passes.

This weekends opponents are Yeni Malatyaspor who due to their Europa League run are further ahead of everyone else in Turkey in terms of match fitness and games played. That being said they have had a mixed start to the season with 1 win against Basaksehir and 2 defeats against Trabzonspor and Alanyaspor.

In attack they have a lot of pace in former Ankaragucu winger Thievy Bifouma, Gokhan Tore and Moryke Fofana. They also have Adis Jahovic who has proved himself as one of the best finishers in Turkey over the years. Pulling the strings in midfield is Guilherme who is a very talented player and playmaker.

Cause or concern for Malatyaspor manager Sergen Yalcin will be his defence that has played a big part in their defeat at Partazan in Europe and in the Super Lig especially last week at Alanyaspor where they were 3-0 down.

Dever Orgill and Michal Pazdan were both away on International duty with Jamaica and Poland this week. Orgill scored 2 goals in a 4-0 win over Guyana, while Pazdan started in Polands 2-0 defeat at Slovenia.

Ankaragucu lost 3-0 against Ukranian Premier League side Desna in a friendly at the clubs Bestepe training facility. I watched the game for 10 minutes and turned it off it was that bad. Ilhan Parlak passed the ball out of play after only 2 minutes and the whole team just lacked any quality.

Lets hope for another solid performance at home on Sunday, its going to be another massive uphill task but never write off the underdog!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Ankaragucu news update!

Mehmet Yiginer failed to lift the transfer ban before Monday nights transfer deadline, much to the anger of the Ankaragucu support who have been lied to and let down again. When Murat Agcabag was running for the Presidential elections at the club earlier this summer, Mehmet promised that he would lift the ban and bring in 7-8 new players.

Instead, Ankaragucu are the only club in the Super Lig who haven't signed any players and have a transfer ban in place. Adama Traore and Kevin Bemanga along with all the players the club had agreed deals with in principle, have been let down, and again its damaging for the reputation and image of the club.

Ankaragucu have now registered Oscar Scarione and Mahmut Akan who were both with the club last season and will join up with the rest of the squad. Neither of them will have any impact on the team or are of the required standard.

To make things worse, Mehmet Yiginer has now appointed Metin Diyadin as manager, another Turkish coach who has bounced from club to club and doesnt have a great reputation in the game. His last spell was with Giresunspor last season.

Unfortunately we have no good news to report!

Monday, September 02, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

After last week’s ‘red mist’ in Gaziantep, Gencler spurned the opportunity to win their first points of the season last night by throwing away a 1-0 lead in the last 10 minutes of the match.

GENCLERBIRLIGI         1             Basaksehir       2

Team – Diallo, Erdem, Flavio, Fabricio, Halil, Sio, Sessegnon, Toure, Berat, Candeias and Stancu

Substitutes – Yasin, Soner and Rahmetullah

This match was a ‘6 pointer’ with both teams propping up the league on zero points, so when Sio opened the scoring on the half hour mark it should have been the signal to kill the match off with a 2nd goal.

However, as we have seen during the last few seasons, Basaksehir is not a team to take lightly, even allowing for the fact that their best two players have since moved on to pastures new.

Goals from Demba Ba and Visca in the last 10 minutes consigned Gencler to the bottom of the league on zero points after 3 matches in.

It doesn’t get any easier in this league with an away match next up after the International Break against Trabzonspor !

Interestingly, at the other end of the table, Alanya lead the way with a 100% winning record and are 2 points clear of the chasing pack.   How long will they stay there I wonder ??!!

Gencler need to start winning points and ......................sooooooon !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Kasimpasa 0-1 Ankaragücü match report!

Ankaragücü traveller back to the Capital last night with all 3 points after another upset and a 1-0 victory at Kasimpasa. Again it was an excellent defensive performance from Ankaragücü who also had a bit of luck on their side, but it’s 3 points and the team won’t care how they win.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Sedat, Moke, Canteros, Ilhan, Aydin, Orgill

Subs - Furkan, Cebrail, Yalcin, Mehmet, Ahmet, Faty, Alihan, Hasan, Ender, Zaur

Thiago Pinto came in for his first start of the season replacing Mehmet Sak who would have to make do with a place on the bench.

It was a frantic start to the game with Kasimpasa hitting the crossbar after only 2 minutes when Yusuf Erdogan saw his deflected shot off Pazdan come back off the bar. Ankaragücü went straight up the other end and from a free kick Ilhan saw his header saved by Ozturk.

A minute later Dever Orgill had a go from 35 yards but his shot was weak and went well wide of the post.

Korcan Celikay has been instrumental in Ankaragücü good start to the season and had another good game last night. He made a great save from point blank range on the 18th minute to keep the scores even. Five minutes later Ankaragücü took the lead, a great ball into the box from Tito Canteros for Ilhan who tried to head the ball back across goal, but it looped high over Ozturk into the back of the net to send the travelling fans wild.

Special praise has to go to Ilhan, who doesn’t have the quality required at this level, but played with broken ribs last night and again showed his commitment to the team.

From then on it was all Kasimpasa. Mustafa Pektemek headed over from 5 yards before Korcan made a brilliant double save. Yusuf Erdogan, Hajradinovic and Khallili all had chances before half time but Couldn’t find a way past Korcan.

Into the 2nd half and it was much of the same. Aytac Kara saw his show saved by Korcan on the 49th minute.  Five minutes later Ilhan had a chance to double his tally but Ozturk managed to clear the ball for a corner.

On the 64h minute Hajradinovic had another shot from distance but Korcan saved again. Then on the 78th minute it looked like Kasimpasa luck was about to change, but Mame Thiam saw his headed effort come back off the bar.

Ilhan had another great chance when he was put through on goal by Canteros but he was too slow and allowed the defender to get back and clear. Korcan had 1 more great save before the game finished and the Ankaragücü fans celebrated at the end with the team.

A massive win for Ankaragücü and now let’s hope Mehmet Yiginer can lift the transfer ban as with a few additions in midfield and attack this Ankaragücü team could fight for Europe.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kasimpasa vs Ankaragucu match preview!

Another game is approaching us tomorrow night, and Ankaragucu will again go into the match with the board having failed to lift the transfer ban. As we approach the 2nd of September deadline, it is looking unlikely that the ban will be lifted which will mean almost certain relegation for the club.

With each passing day, the club are missing out on players they have spoken to about joining the club to other teams. Umar Aminu from Osmanlispor last night agreed a move to Rizespor, and was believed to be a key target for Ankaragucu.

Even if the ban is lifted on the last day, what caliber of player will Ankaragucu be left with? What decent player will have waited all this time and turned down offers from other clubs with no guarantee of signing with Ankaragucu?

Adama Traore and Kevin Bemanga are still training with the club and will almost certainly sign if the ban is lifted, but its looking like the club are missing out on other targets due to this inept management of the club.

We saw last weekend the effect of managements pricing strategy for match tickets and season tickets. Only 6,500 fans turned up for the Kayserispor match despite the capacity being 20,000. Had the pricing structure being set at an affordable amount there would have been a minimum of 15,000 at the game. Having done some sums, the club would have almost certainly have lost money with their stubbornness.

Ankaragucu travel to Kasimpasa tomorrow night and will again be the underdogs as they try and defy the odds with another upset. The team were so close to winning against Kayserispor last week but for a 93rd minute equaliser from Umut Bulut and also some dubious refereeing decisions again.

Kasimpasa have had a mixed start to the season and are still searching for their first win. A good 1-1 draw at home to Trabzonspor was followed up with a 4-1 defeat at Antalyaspor. The Istanbul side have lost some of their key players from last season including Mbaye Diagne who went to Galatasaray last year, while Trezeguet moved to Aston Villa for £9 Million in the Summer.

Yusuf Erdogan and Aytac Kara have joined Kasimpasa on free transfers from Bursaspor, while Mustafa Pektemek has signed from Besiktas. Foreign signings Mame Thiam and Jorge Fernandes have also joined the club.

One the the key players for Kasimpasa is Bengali Fode Koita, but unfortunately for Kasimpasa he has picked up another injury and looks like he will miss out. Koita is a forward player who plays out wide and on his day is a handful for any defender. He has been plagued by injuries over the last 2 years and it looks like he may be out for a spell again.

The success for Ankaragucu over their opening 2 games has been the defence. Michal Pazdan in particular has been outstanding and just won a call up to the Poland national team. He has formed an excellent partnership with Croatian Ante Kulusic. Thiago Pinto will almost certainly come back into the starting line up with Mehmet Sak putting in another poor performance last week.

The problem for Ankaragucu in attack is that even though Ilhan Parlak and Aydin Karabulut have been very poor and ineffective, the team dont have other options unless they look at the youth players. Berke Gurbuz is one of the most promising young players but the manager doesnt think he is ready physically. Hasan Kaya came on last weekend and done ok so there might be a place in the starting line up for him.

Its going to take another huge effort for Ankaragucu and again there will be a large following of Ankaragucu fans. Lets hope the team can send them back to the Capital with a positive result. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Genclerbirligi continued their inauspicious return to the Super League with a red mist in Gaziantep last night.

Gazisehir       4          Genclerbirligi      1

Team – Diallo, Ahmet O, Berat, Nadir, Baiano, Sessegnon, Sio, Toure, Candeias, Arda and Polomat

Substitutes – Soner and Halil

It only took 27 minutes into the match for Ahmet to see red, and then 4 minutes later Gazi opened the floodgates with their 1st goal by Kayode.   

Polomat was next to see red on 38 minutes and from the resultant penalty, Kayode made it 2.

One can only imagine what was said in the Gencler dressing room at half time, however, not that it mattered when Guray made it 3 shortly after the re-start.

Berat pulled a goal back for Gencler after 70 minutes, but any hope of a miracle come-back disappeared a few minutes later when Oguz added a 4th and Gencler was swept away in a red mist !

Gencler, Basaksehir and Goztepe prop up the league without any points, but Gencler have a golden opportunity to put their season back on track next Sunday when they play host to Basaksehir.

Haydi Gencler.    Time to do it !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Lots of long faces in Ankara with only 2 (lucky) points from 2 matches and a transfer ban still in force due to financial reasons.

Also, only about 6,000 in the 20,000 Capacity Eryman Stadium last night due to the hiking up of the price of season tickets.

Also, Also, Ankaragucu is still without a bona fide Coach and seemingly on the road to nowhere, unless divine intervention arrives soon !

Also, Also, Also, the defence is still carrying the team with the back 4 and Korcan working their socks off.   Praise too for Orgill (The Lone Ranger) who chases everything and but for his goals last season and last night, Ankaragucu would be in dire straits and goal-less !!!

The kankas, Maniac Kanka Harun, Apple Kanka Erman and yours truly, met up in The Alerta Bar and optimism wasn’t on the menu, but we are well used to that as long suffering Ankaragucu supporters !!

ANKARAGUCU     1            Kayserispor         1

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

Substitutes – Pinto, Faty and Hasan

Ankaragucu started the match on the front foot and should have taken the lead in the 3rd minute when there was some skilful one-twos in the box before Aydin shot weakly at the goalkeeper.

One minute later and it was Orgill with a chance, but with no support in the danger zone he tried his luck but fired over and wide.

Kayseri gradually came into the match and on the 15th minute mark they had two goal scoring attempts saved by Korcan.   A wake-up call as if one was needed !

5 minutes later and Orgill scored an ‘offside goal’, but the annoying thing was that he wasn’t offside.    From a free kick outside the box on the right one of the Ankaragucu players was marginally offside when the ball was slung over, and the linesman quite rightly flagged.   The ball came off a Kayseri defender and Orgill pounced to score.   I understood Orgill’s frustration  !!!

More skill from Ankaragucu 7 minutes later with a fast flowing move down the left and Ilhan finished it off with a weak shot direct at the goalkeeper.

Kayseri at this point was looking dangerous and thankfully Pazdan took off from where he left last week with some timely interceptions to frustrate the Kayseri attacks.

Approaching half time and Aydin received a deserved yellow card for retaliation after dithering on the ball and being dispossessed.

5 minutes to go and Korcan to the rescue again when he tipped over a goal bound shot and then Aydin had a chance to make amends from a free kick in a dangerous position on the right, but he sent the ball sailing high over the bar and yet another wasted chance went begging !

Into time added on and a great pass from Canteros to Orgill who attempted a shot from a difficult angle instead of employing the cut-back.     There was just time for Korcan to save from another Kayseri fast breakaway and then it was half time.

Kayseri supporters may disagree, but going in all square was a fair reflection of the first half, but Ankaragucu was again guilty of giving the ball away cheaply and putting the defence and Korcan under pressure.

The 2nd half got underway with Pinto replacing the injured Mehmet and Kayseri was continuing to look dangerous.    A shot came in from the left and went wizzing past.   Then from a corner a header went just past.

A few minutes later and Ankaragucu went into the lead against the run of play.   Ankaragucu won a free kick on the right and from the free kick taken by Canteros, Orgill headed in on the left to the top left with a great piece of opportunism.

It was almost the second 6 minutes later when a mistake in the Kayseri defence allowed Orgill a run at goal but his shot was at an angle and found the side netting.

Umut Bulut should have equalised for Kayseri when he found himself in space in the box but his shot went just over the bar.

15 minutes to go and Aydin again got caught dithering on the ball.   With players available for the pass he allowed himself to be dispossessed and Kayseri were able to mount another attack.

5 minutes later Korcan to the rescue again when he made an excellent save from a corner.

Aydin was eventually substituted with only 5 minutes to go and replaced by one of the youth team players, Hasan.

Ankaragucu was hanging on and well into time added on when a free kick was given to Kayseri on the left.  It was floated in and there was Umut Bulut to power in a header for the equaliser at the death.    Aaaaaaargh !!   However, as we all know from his time as an Ankaragucu striker, Umut is well named for his ‘bullet’ headers, and with that knowledge, he should have been shadowed and denied a heading opportunity !

Every match is a struggle for Ankaragucu these days and next weekend promises to be another backs against the wall affair away to Kasimpasa on Friday night.   Therefore, much work to be done midweek with the midfield players and sparce attackers.    Hopefully Orgill will receive more assistance next week !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ankaragucu vs Kayserispor match preview!

Before we look ahead to this weekends home match with Kayserispor, there are a couple of bits of transfer news to bring you up to date with. As you know, Ankaragucu still have a transfer ban and it will unlikely be lifted in time to register any new players for this weekends match. The club are confident that it will be lifted before transfer deadline day which would give the team a much needed boost.

Adama Traore who was released by Goztepe and had spells with Basel and Vitoria Guiamaraes has been training with the squad for the last 4 weeks and will be offered a deal if the ban is removed. The 29 year old Left back has been capped 13 times for the Ivory Coast and can also play at center half and left midfield. Kevin Bemanga is another who has been training with the team, the 21 year old Frenchman has been playing in the 3rd tier in Spain and is also hoping to win a deal with the club.

Journalist Ertan Guler also today claimed that Aminu Umar and Emrah Bassan are both close to signing with the club. Umar is a winger from Osmanlispor who had a successful loan spell with Rizespor last year and would be an excellent signing for the club. Emrah is a midfielder who plays with Erzerumspor and previously Galatasaray.

Moving onto the weekends game, and Ankragucu will host Kayserispor at Eryaman stadium this Saturday night. The club today announced season ticket prices much to the anger of the Ankaragucu support as despite all the problems off field and no new transfers, the management have decided to introduce the most expensive season ticket prices. They range from 600 Lira in Gecekondu to 3000 Lira in VIP. A massive own goal by management as the stadium will likely now be half full at best with many fans boycotting due to price, and also against management.

Ankaragucu produced a fantastic performance last weekend in Konya where they gave everything and defended magnificently for 90 minutes. It will be a tough ask for the team to repeat that performance again as even the top teams would struggle to keep a clean sheet with that type of pressure on their goal for the full game.

Thiago Pinto may be available this weekend as he has another week of training under his belt and will be a big boost when he returns. The team at the moment picks itself for obvious reasons, but they need more from Aydin and Ilhan if they are to take anything from the game. Its hard to criticise anyone after last weekends performance, but Ilhan in particular gave the ball away too often and provided nothing for Orgill up top. Aydin was really disappointing with his final ball and flattered to deceive which he so often does despite his talent.

Orgill looked a frustrated figure up front on his own, and even when he had brief opportunities he was wasteful with his final ball and link up play. A lot of that can be down to the amount of defensive work he had to do off the ball.

Kayserispor are looking for their first win of the season too after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home against Alanyaspor last weekend. They have had a big turnaround in players this summer with the likes of Chery, Deniz Turuc, Kana Biyik and Varela leaving, while former Ankaragucu player Djedje, Paulo Henrique, and Aymen Abdenour have joined the club.

Losing Deniz Turuc was a big blow for the club after he joined Galatasaray, but that allowed them to sign Bernard Mensah from Atletico Madrid and he will be their key player this season. Mensah has the ability to play at a higher level if he can stay fit and find consistency.

Ankaragucu duo Michal Pazdan and Korcan Celikay have been receiving praise all week after their performance against Konyaspor and they will again have to be at their best and will be key to any success for Ankaragucu against Kayserispor.

Lets hope for a positive result!

The Round Ball in Ankara would also like to send our condolences to Coskun Basak who is the Social Media guy for Ankaragucu. His father Ahmet has sadly passed away.

Monday, August 19, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Genclerbirligi was brought back down to earth after dominating the Championship League last season.   There was no welcome back to the Super League for them after a poor show last Friday night in Ankara.

GENCLERBIRLIGI       0           Rizespor         1

I didn’t watch the match, but Gencler fan, Orcan, did and his description of the match from a Gencler perspective was summed up in one word, ie, .........SHIT  !!

He also said that Gencler’s play was similar to that of 2 years ago when they were relegated from the Super League.   So, it is to be hoped that this was just a blip in their preparation for the long season ahead.

Gencler’s cause wasn’t helped by the fact that last season’s stalwart, Metin Cetin, has been sold to Roma.   Also, one of the new signings was stupidly red carded in the 1st half on Friday !!

Next up is an away match next Monday 30 August at fellow newbies to the Super League, Gazisehir, and an opportunity to get the show back on the road !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Konyaspor 0-0 Ankaragücü match report!

Ankaragücü restorer some pride within the club tonight with a spirited performance in Konya that gave the team a share of the points in a 0-0 draw. I did say midweek in the match preview that we could sneak a 0-0 draw as our defence is the strongest part of the squad, while Konya struggle to score goals.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Mehmet Sak, Moke, Sedat, Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan, Orgill

Subs - Belkovic, Yalcin, Alihan, Pinto, Faty, Ender, Cebrail, Ahmet, Hasan, Zaur

Before the game had even kicked off there was more controversy for Ankaragücü to deal with as caretaker manager Aykan Atik was refused permission to manage the team as he didn’t have the required coaching badges and license. This meant that sporting director Adnan Erkan took control. Never a dull moment with this club.

Ankaragücü started the game well for the first 10 minutes but Konya started to look dangerous down the right hand side with Ilhan and Mehmet caught out a few times. The first chance came after 14 minutes when Omer Ali Sahiner saw his header come back off the post much to the relief of the Ankaragücü support.

Six minutes later Milosevic played a nice one two on the edge of the box but shot straight at Korcan. It took until the 25th minute for Ankaragücü to get a shot on goal as Canteros played through Orgill but his shot went well wide.

On the 31st minute Skubic saw his shot well saved by Korcan, while Milosevic saw his effort go wide of the post a minute later.

Just before half time it looked like Konya were about to take the lead but for an outstanding challenge in the box from Polish International Michal Pazdan. He really had a terrific game and was the best player on the park.

Ankaragücü did have a shout for a penalty in the first half but the referee didn’t even look at VAR. It certainly could have been given. 

Half Time 

Ankaragücü had the first chance of the 2nd half as Aydin saw his shot easily saved by former Ankaragücü keeper Serkan Kirintil. A couple of minutes later Milosevic had 2 Long distance efforts brilliantly saved by Korcan.

The best chance of the game for Ankaragücü came on the 84th minute as Canteros played a nice through ball for Orgill but the Jamaican shot just wide from a tight angle. It was a frustrating night for Orgill who didn’t have much service from the likes of Ilhan and Aydin and spent a lot of energy chasing the ball and tracking back.

Konyaspor had time for 1 more chance with 2 minutes remaining but another outstanding save from Korcan gave Ankaragücü a clean sheet and a share of the points. A terrific result and fighting performance from the team. Special mention must go to Michal Pazdan and Korcan Celikay who were both outstanding.

Hopefully the club can now lift the transfer ban and give the team the help required to go and have a successful season. 

Next up is Kayserispor at home next Saturday night!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Konyaspor vs Ankaragucu match preview!

The Turkish Super Lig 2019/20 season kicks off this weekend, and Ankaragucu face a difficult away trip against Konyaspor on Sunday afternoon. To be honest, at this point any game will be difficult for Ankaragucu as Mehmet Yiginer and his management team have failed to lift the transfer ban which leaves the current team no where near good enough to compete at this level.

Last weekend Ankaragucu lost 2-0 against Genclerbirligi in the TSYD Cup and there was a severe lack of quality all over the pitch. Yiginer has also failed to appoint a manager which means Aykan Atik will be in charge as the season starts.

Yiginer talks a good game, as this week he again spoke of the team finishing in the Top 10 of the league if he can lift the transfer ban. He also said there is no guarantee we will lift the transfer ban due to interest rates with the bank, only 2 weeks after promising to lift the ban at the clubs elections.

So no Manager, no new transfers, no proper pre season preparations and the team have lost some of their key players including Altay Bayindir, Tyler Boyd, Hadi Sacko and Djedje from last season without any of them being replaced.

Instead Aykan Atik is left with ageing players, and players who severely lack the quality required to play in the Super Lig such as Zaur Sadaev, Ilhan Parlak, Aydin Karabulut, Mehmet Sak, Mahmut Akan, Sedat Agcay, Alihan Kubalas and Yalcin Ayhan.

The one area of the team that the club has managed to retain is the back 4 of Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic and Pinto. Worryingly they are way behind in pre season training, especially Pinto who only joined last week and hasnt played a single pre season game.

Dever Orgill and Tito Canteros will be  key players if Ankaragucu are to take anything from Konyaspor. The defence will need to be at their best and hope Canteros or Orgill will have the quality to create something special against the odds.

Konyaspor haven't made many changes in their squad over the summer from last seasons team. Key departures include Moryke Fofana and Adis Jahovic who both signed for Yeni Malatyaspor. While coming into the club is Riad Bajic who had a successful spell with the club 2 years ago and returns on loan from Udinese. Alper Uludug also signed on a free transfer from Genclerbirligi.

Konya under Kocaman will be a solid team difficult to beat, but again they lack quality in the final 3rd apart from Omer Ali Sahiner and Riad Bajic. The longer Ankaragucu can keep the score level and frustrate them, they may have a chance of returning to Ankara with a point, but it will be a massive ask.

An example of those struggles in attack for Konya is the 5 pre season games played scoring only 1 goal. At the other end they conceded 3 goals in those 5 games against the likes of Alanyaspor, FC Twente, Go Ahead Eagles and Eskisehirspor.

Konyaspor won the head to head last season between the two clubs winning 2-0 in Konya and a 0-0 draw in Ankara. Hopefully we can grab a 0-0 on Sunday night. We will have all the updates on our twitter page as the game kicks off at 15:15pm Turkish time.

Monday, August 05, 2019

10 years following Ankaragücü Turkeys most chaotic club!

Ten years, where does the time even go? Seems like yesterday that I decided to take my interest in Turkish football to the next level by chosing a team to follow. I’ve always had an interest in Turkish football, from the days of Welcome to Hell when Galatasaray took on Man Utd at the old Al Sami Yen stadium and Jay Jay Okocha was staring for Fenerbahce. The flares, pyro displays and incredible atmosphere had me hooked.

People always ask why Ankaragücü? How does a guy from Scotland become and Ankaragücü fan? Even people from Ankara don’t support the club.

Well the picture above played its part, this guy just had Scotland ripping right out of him. I had a look at every Super Lig team on the internet and most clubs never had an English site, plus I didn’t want to chose one of the Istanbul sides. When I typed in Ankaragücü his blog came up and the picture above was one of the first posts at the top of the page. A Scotsman in Ankara who follows Ankaragücü!! Sent him a message and a few months later I arrived in Ankara for my first ever trip as we took on Fenerbahce at home.

That was the start of an amazing friendship with the Kanka Group, made up of foreign ex pats from Britain, American, Australia, Holland, Romania, Portugal and many more countries including local Turks.

I still remember my first night in Ankara with my Mrs who had been dragged along to see one of the
most violent teams in Europe for her first every football match. The Kanka Group had arranged a dinner for us at Beyzade restaurant. People who I had never met before turned up to make us feel welcome and was the start of a friendship that we still have to this day.

The match itself was as expected, eventful off the field with fights breaking out and smoke bombs an Flares been set off throughout the stadium. Brilliant, this is exactly why I had travelled to Ankara! The videos I watched on YouTube of Ankaragücü fans had certainly lived up to expectations.

That was me officially and Ankaragücü supporter, from then on in I would make it an annual trip to watch the team. The following year I took in the match at home with Bursaspor who are friends of Ankaragücü but we lost 5-1 and having lost 3-0 to Fenerbahce in my first trip I was beginning to think I was a curse.

The curse was broken the following year after we were relegated to Lig 1 I took in the match with Kartalspor. Timur Ozgoz scored the only goal of the game and I finally got to see the team win.


During that trip I got to meet with the leader of one of Turkeys most famous ultra groups Gecekondu. One of their group members Bugra Mete took me to the Slums in Ankara, a place that has a tough reputation and one in which your safety can’t be guaranteed as you are an outsider. I had read stories of Ali and seen many videos and decided to take the chance with Bugra as we entered Dernegi his home town. 

When Bugra explained I had come from Scotland to see Ankaragücü, Ali went out of his way to make sure I had a good time. He took us for dinner, presented me with a gift and the next day at the match invited me up to sit next to him with my Scotland’s flag as he led a chorus of chants. The atmosphere was incredible.

Over the years I have met some great people following Ankaragücü who always go out of their way to make sure I have a good time in their City. Their home is the Capital of Turkey and the centre of politics and the military. It’s like a ticking  time bomb at times but the people are the most generous you could meet, including Ankaragücü fans (if you are on their side). 

I remember one of the trips, I met with the Akyildiz family. I met them after the match and they invited me to their home the next day for dinner. After making me a 5 course meal and buying me they new Ankaragücü strip they became Rangers fans and still to this day follow our results.

Last season I decided to take in my first away trip with the club. An away match to Bursa which was 7 hours there and 7 hours back by bus. Again we lost 1-0 but what an away Support. Just over 5,000 Ankaragücü fans made the trip and another incredible atmosphere. Taking in the game with the Kanka Group including Harun, Ahmet, Tansu and all of the others ticks off another must do as an Ankaragücü fan. 

Next up will be taking in a game at the new Eryaman Stadium and then a trip to Istanbul for an away match. Hopefully in the Super Lig as it looks like we are heading for another difficult season.

The best memory of them all following Ankaragücü was just over 3 years ago as the team clinched promotion back to Lig 1 from the 3rd tier. We were 1-0 down win 10 minutes remaining against Tuzlaspor before 2 late goals from Kenan Özer and Enes Kubat sealed the victory. The scenes were incredible, I saw grown men cry after watching their team suffer for years, promotion to Lig 1 was complete.

Ankaragücü pre season update!

With only two weeks remaining until the 2019/20 Turkish Super Lig season starts, Ankaragücü still haven’t appointed a Manager, the transfer ban is still in place, no sponsorships have been confirmed, under 500 season tickets have been sold and no proper pre season training has taken place.

The preparations for the season ahead are a major concern for Ankaragücü fans with a difficult away match against Konyaspor coming up next Sunday. Caretaker manager Aykan Atik is expected to be in charge for the start of the season as Yiginer has failed to appoint a permanent manager all summer.

Before we take a look back at the two friendlies the team played last week, we take a look at some of the off field events that have made the headlines in the last couple of days. Mehmet Yiginer went up against Murat Agcabag in the presidential elections for the club last week. As Murat made his way to the congress he was banned from entering due to not being a member of the club. Gecekondu leader Ali Imdat was then attacked by the Police as he was prevented from making a statement on behalf of the fans.

Murat Agcabag claims that Yiginer was aware that he wasn’t a member of the club for months and was informed that it wouldn’t be a problem, Yiginer however denies this. It meant Yiginer was the only candidate and was again the winner of the elections.

Ankaragücü fans clashed with the police as they chanted for Yiginer to resign, although it must be added that Yiginer still has a following of Ankaragücü fans who back him. 

After winning the elections Yiginer spoke of lifting the transfer ban, hiring a new manager and asked for the fans to sell out season ticket sales. So far none of them have been achieved. Instead fans are boycotting season ticket sales in protest against the prices especially with no manager or transfers and all the chaos that hangs over the club at the minute.

On the playing front, Ricardo Faty and Thiago Pinto could be set to return to the club in the next couple of days. The team played 2 friendly matches in Erzerum last weekend against Altinordu which ended 2-2 and a 2-2 win over Hatayspor a few days later. Dever Orill and Ilhan Parlak were the scorers against Altinordu in an overall decent performance from the team. Zaur Sadaev and an own goal from former Ankaragücü defender Yusuf Abdiouglu saw the team see of a spirited Hatayspor in the other game.

In other news, the club opened a new store in Ankara and the fans can now purchase all the new Nike merchandise which has some really nice products. Mehmet Yiginer also confirmed the club have received a couple of bids for Dever Orgill. Losing him would be another huge blow especially when this management lose our assets so cheaply. The team also take on Genclerbirligi in the TSYD cup on Friday and guess what?? Still no confirmation as to where the game will be played.

We will be back next week with the match preview for the Konyaspor match and all the latest news.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ankaragücü Summer update!

It’s less than a month until the Turkish Super Lig season starts as the fixtures were announced yesterday and Ankaragücü still haven’t played a single pre season game. Some of the players returned to training this week but with no manager in place and elections coming up, the club are again the laughing stock of the Turkish Super Lig.

Murat Agcabag this week declared his plans if he gains control of the club, while its the same old shit from Yiginer whose only plan is to ask for other people to invest money in the club. It’s believed that Yiginer has taken out two loans totalling 8.5 million Euros from the Banks with huge interest rates. The bank will therefor withhold any prize and sponsored money from the club until it’s paid back.

This will then lead to the exact same problems the club has faced over the years with players not paid their salaries. This week the club announced new contracts for Korcan Celikay, Aydin Karabulut, Sedat Agcay, Ilhan Parlak, Mehmet Sak, Zaur Sadaev, ,Ante Kulusic, Alihan Kubalas and Michal Pazdan.

Wilfred Moke has today agreed to stay with Ankaragücü and will be announced later on.

Incredibly all of the players were deemed not good enough to play for the team last season with Aydin, Mehmet and Zaur playing less than 10 starts combined. Michal Pazdan and Ante Kulusic signing new deals is great news for the club as they formed a solid partnership last season, but you have to worry that they will be let down by the club again.

Tito Canteros, Dever Orgill and Stelios Kitsiou could all be set to stay at the club too and we hope to find out their futures in the next week or so. The transfer ban still hasn’t been lifted so there is no news to report on new signings.

Hadi Sacko has signed with newly promoted Denizlispor after a successful loan spell at Ankaragücü last season and Djedje has agreed a 1 year deal with Kayserispor.

Ankaragücü still hope to play at Eryaman Stadium this season but again we have no confirmation after the last request was rejected.

For a full list of the fixtures for 2019/20 season you can see them Here

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Ankaragucu summer update!

In true Ankaragucu summer fashion, the chaos continues at the Capital club with financial problems mounting, and the fight for ownership of the club between Mehmet Yiginer and Murat Agcabag. The club have no Sporting director, no manager, no sponsorship, no players and have yet to be granted permission to play at Eryaman Stadium. Any new manager that does eventually come in has there work cut out with no pre season schedule or preparations in place.

So firstly we take a look at whats been happening on the transfer front. Ankaragucu have already lost a number of key players who have now signed with other clubs due to all the uncertainty. Tyler Boyd has agreed a 2.4 Million Euros deal with Besiktas, Djedje has signed on a free transfer with Kayserispor, Altay Bayindir has signed with Fenerbahce for 1.5 million Euros, Alihan has signed with Erzerumspor on a free transfer and the likes of Moke, Cerci and Aydin have all left the club too.

On the management front, Mehmet Yiginer has agreed in principle with Adnan Erkan to become the clubs Sporting Director and Bulent Uygun to be the clubs next manager if he wins this months elections.

Onto the elections, and its a two way battle between Yiginer and Agcabag for ownership of the club. Yiginer has proved that he cant take the club forward as again none of the players have been paid for the last 6-9 months with Thomas Heartaux, Alessio Cerci and Thibault Moulin all asking the clubs official twitter page for their money. He is again relying on other people investing money in the club and cant give the fans an accurate figure of what the clubs debt is.

On the other had, you have Agcabag who has a plan in place and has promised to invest money, pay the players their salary, lift the transfer ban, open a club shop and online store, has agreed 7 sponsorship deals and has agreed in principle a new manager and sporting director. He also stated he is working with other businessmen who have agreed to put money into the club.

The problem for Ankaragucu fans, is trust. They have heard this all before in the past from other candidates who then came into the club and made an even bigger mess with all their lies and corruption. They know time is up for Yiginer, but is Agcabag the man and can he be trusted is the big question?

Finally, Altay Bayindir as we mentioned above, this week completed his 1.5 million euro move to Fenerbahce much to the anger of the Ankaragucu support. Not because he moved to Fenerbahce, but due to the fee the club have received for their prized asset. Altay is the youngest ever captain in Turkish Super Lig history. He is a Turkish U21 international who Senol Gunes has praised and will almost certainly call him up to the National team, and the club have agreed to such a feeble amount, which again shows how inept they are at managing a football club.

The Round Ball in Ankara would also like to send its condolences to our friend Murat Kaya and his family on the sad passing of his father. RIP

Monday, May 27, 2019

Goztepe 2-1 Ankaragücü

Ankaragücü lost 2-1 at Goztepe which means the Izmir side will stay in the Super Lig while Bursaspor are relegated.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Alihan, Pazdan, Cebrail, Moke, Canteros, Scarione, Ilhan, Sacko, Orgill

Goztepe took the lead through an Alpastan header in the first half before Pazdan equalised for Ankaragücü.

It looked like we were heading for a draw which would have kept Bursaspor up who were leading at Malatyaspor. But Goztepe were awarded a penalty after Cebrail hand balled in the box. Up stepped Deniz Kadah to make it 2-1 and start the celebrations in Izmir.

Now we await what the summer transfer window brings for Ankaragücü and we will have all the latest news here.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A season in the Turkish Capital with Ankaragücü!

It’s exactly 10 years since I started following Ankaragücü after deciding one night to make my casual interest in Turkish football more interesting by choosing a team to follow. Most people would have opted for one of the Istanbul or holiday resort teams but when I came across this blog and saw the reports from a fellow Scot and Brit I decided to get in touch, and that was that. 

Since then I have been over to Ankara 6 times, and I’m planning my next trip in September when the new Super Lig season starts. As a Rangers season ticket holder, I’ve like many of my fellow fans had to endure some tough times, with the club being demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish football, ripped apart by corrupt criminals and kicked from pillar to post by politicians and our enemies. 

Thankfully Rangers are back on the ascendence and things are starting to look  ore optimistic for the future. The same unfortunately can’t be said for Ankaragücü. The club has suffered a similar fate to Rangers, dropping down the leagues, the victims of corrupt and criminal activity that almost put the club out of business 6 years ago. Every player left the club, there was no electricity or water for the youth players who lived at the complex and had to sleep with 2 blankets just to keep warm.

After a spell of 5 years in the lower leagues, Ankaragücü finally made it back to the big League, clinching promotion from Lig 1 last season. For most clubs, the extra revenue would be a welcome opportunity for progression and signal the start of the end of some financial problems. This is Ankaragücü however, and we take a look at the 2018/19 season and the remarkable achievements of Mustafa Kaplan considering the adversity he faced on a daily basis.

İsmail Kartal guided the club to the Super Lig having finished 2nd in Lig 1 the following season. His preparations for the return to the Super Lig were what you would expect for an amateur club. Having played at the 19 Mayis Stadium for a large part of their history, it was announced that it was being knocked down and the club would move to a new stadium. The issue was that the new stadium still hadn’t been built which left the club homeless.

Ankaragücü also had a transfer ban which meant they couldn’t sign any new players until that was lifted. The club only played 2 pre season games due to not having enough players to compete in competitive matches. With only days remaining until the new season began, Ankaragücü announced that they lifted the transfer ban and would be playing at Yenikent Stadium which is in the outskirts of Ankara with dreadful public transport facilities. 

New signings such as Mustapha El Kabir, Youness Mokhtar, Thiago Pinto, Thievy Bifouma, Alessio Cerci, Ricardo Faty, Bakary Kone, Thomas Heurtaux, Yalcin Ayhan and Thievy Bifouma all signed on but their were major concerns with the club having no pre season and the first game of the season was against champions Galatasaray at home.

Ankaragücü put up a brave fight against Galatasaray in front of a sold out Yenikent Stadium. They took the lead through El Kabir but Galatasaray came back to win 3-1 after the home side ran out of steam and the match fitness started to show.

The following week Ankaragücü won their first Super Lig game since relegation 6 years previous with a fantastic 2-0 win at Alanyaspor. They followed that up with a 2-2 draw at home against a good Trabzonspor side, before losing 2-0 at Kasimpasa. The team would then go on a run winning 4 out of their next 7 games taking them up into the Top 5 and even had some fans dreaming of Europe.  
The run included a fantastic 3-1 win at Fenerbahce with İsmail Kartal receiving  standing ovation from the Fenerbahce fans having previously managed the Istanbul side.

Sadly, that would be the end of the run for the club, as in typical Ankaragücü fashion, when the good times come, the bad times are just around the corner.

Yenikent Stadium is owner by Ankara municipal and it’s their responsibility to keep the stadium and pitch maintained. The pitch was neglected and they refused to fix it which meant the TFF decided it wasn’t acceptable to play on and Ankaragücü would have to play their home games somewhere else. Those locations were decided a couple of days before each game and were in Kayseri and Afyon which are 4-5 hours outside of Ankara.

On top of being homeless as the clubs new stadium wouldn’t be ready till January, players were starting to terminate their contracts due to unpaid wages. The club would go on to lose their next 9 league games and were kicked out of the Turkish Cup by Lig 3 side Bordumspor.

Expensive signings such as Alessio Cerci who was a former Italian International and Atletico Madrid winger didn’t work out, and then there was the fall out between the management team and Ismail Kartal.

After another Ankaragücü defeat, Ismail Kartal had a go publicly at the Ankaragücü board, saying if they can’t  pay the players then go. Kartal was held in high regard by the clubs fans as he refused to take a house paid by the club and instead stayed at the club facility to save money. He also guided the club back to the Super Lig in his first season in charge. Sadly that was to be the end of Kartal as he was fired and replaced by Mustafa Kaplan who was back for his 3rd spell as manager.

I took a trip over to Ankara just before all the unrest and met with the club who gave me some insite into the financial problems they have. Ankaragücü weren’t receiving any of their prize money for winning and drawing matches as it wasn’t withheld by the TFF who were paying off old debts left by Melih Gokcek the clubs former president and main culprit for all the financial issues at the club.

Things would get bad to worse as another rift, this time between start player and top scorer Mustapha El Kabir and management took place after one of the games, where it was claimed El Kabir punched one of the staff members and refused to play for the club. El Kabir has all the talent in the world, but his attitude will see him move from club to club and see him in trouble more often than not.

The January transfer window summed up Ankaragücü, 12 players in with 12 moving out and all new signings were made on the last day of the transfer window.

Mustafa Kaplan wasn’t faced with the impossible task of bringing a full new team together fighting relegation and make them a team who were up for the fight for survival. Tyler Boyd, Michal Pazdan, Stelios Kitsiou, Hadi Sacko, Dever Orgill, Ante Kulusic, Tito Canteros, Moke and Zaur Sadaev were some of the players the club signed and they made an impact right from the start. 

The club finally moved into the new Eryaman Stadium which holds just over 20,000 and is very close to the pitch which makes for an excellent atmosphere.

A brilliant 3-0 win over Kasimpasa on the opening night where both Orgill and Sacko opened their account saw the club go on a 5 match unbeaten run and move clear of the danger zone. Tyler Boyd and Orgill in particular formed a fantastic partnership scoring and creating in each match. Boyd a 24 year old winger with an end product, and Orgill a quick and powerful striker who led the line well fighting for every ball.

Important draws against Fenerbahce and Rizespor and a brilliant 2-0 win at Kayserispor took Ankaragücü closer to safety and the team was playing and exciting brand of football along the way. 

The problem for Ankaragücü, was that other teams at the bottom such a season Goztepe, Bursaspor and Erzerumspor were all winning too which meant the team weren’t out of danger from the drop. Some of the results and performances had started to drop and again the team suffered some bad news when key duo Thiago Pinto and Djedje terminated their contracts due to unpaid wages. Both players were big assists for the club with Besiktas and Trabzonspor both interested in signing them. Both players left and Ankaragücü weren’t entitled to anything.

Ankaragücü would face Sivasspor a time home with 2 games remaining knowing a point would guarantee survival. A defeat however would send the team closer to the drop zone and with Djedje and Pinto both leaving it meant others would need to step up.

In came Cebrail for his first start and Moke came back into the starting line up too. The fans created the usual intimidating atmosphere for the last home game of the season and kept their undefeated record at the stadium with a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Sacko, Boyd and Canteros.

It was an emotional ending to the season for Ankaragücü manager Mustafa Kaplan who had tears in his eyes. After the game he spoke of the sacrifices he and his team had made in the most difficult conditions. The players hadn’t been paid their wages in the last 3-6 months but still fought for the jersey and gave their all. They sacrificed getting injured and having no contract at the end of the season, and no income for their families. All for Ankaragücü, and they were thanked by the fans who saw their heroes clinch their place in the Super Lig for next season.

It wasn’t all positive at the Sivasspor match. One of the clubs fan groups chanted for the resignation of the clubs President due to a fall out. The club should fan groups are funded by the club and apparently they asked for more money that was turned down.

The club today also confirmed they have paid the outstanding wages to the players and will now look to strength for next season. The clubs main Sponsor MKE failed to pay their sponsorship money and the Municipal also failed to support the club. As usual, Ankaragücü are a club supported by the fans from the slums and will be on their own again.

Finally, Altay Bayindir who came through the clubs youth academy, became the youngest ever captain in the Super Lig at the age of 20. He look s to have played his last game for the club as Galatasaray and Trabzonspor are set to fight it out for the Turkish U21 International.