Episode 347: Sliding In To Your Podcast

August 17, 2017

So it seems that this was supposed to be a guest week here on the podcast.  However, the one co-host that wanted to take off slides back in for some reason.  Anyway, our guest pundit this week is Nadeem Raja, who covers Ankaragucu over at the Round Ball in Ankara blog (a blog this podcast highly recommends).

The results of the opening week of the 2017-18 season are reviewed.  Abdou Razack Traore didn’t have a nice time in the Trabzonspor-Konyaspor match, but Burak Yilmaz sure did.  Galatasaray made sure that the debacle in Europe was forgotten about.  Antalyaspor might have some issues with refereeing.  Then again, it’s still early days.

The opening weekend of the TFF first division is also reviewed.  It looks like Gaziantepspor might be set up for a free fall similar to Kayseri Erciyesspor (if anybody remembers them).

News this week concerns transfers.  Fenerbahce got an attacking midfielder.  Galatasaray made a move for a West Ham player, but the main debate is how it might affect their bottom line. 

A report of Turkish clubs in European competition wraps up the episode.  In keeping with an old podcast tradition, the UEFA Women’s Champions League is covered as Konak Belediyespor begins their run in Europe.  Then, Kaan slides right into the episode to discuss Istanbul Basaksehir and Fenerbahce’s European matches.

 

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Episode 346: Burası Türkiye

August 11, 2017

It seems that we’re going with three guys again.

The Turkish Super Cup between Besiktas and Konyaspor is discussed.  The extracurricular activities though took center stage.  The guys discuss the game, the resulting sanctions, and solutions for preventing crowd trouble (if there are any).

The news of the week is discussed.  The Turkish Football Federation announced some changes regarding gameday rosters and the Turkish Cup tournament for this season.  Some moves were announced for the major teams, and those are discussed.

With the season set to begin this weekend, we give the rundown of week 1 of the new season.

 

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Episode 345: A Triumvirate of Turkish Football Talk

August 5, 2017

It’s not often that a third person sits in on our discussions, but this week is special for some reason.  This week, guest Sercan Saylik join Ata and Kaan for this week’s episode.  It seems like it’s going to be a doozy.

The Turkish Football Federation found their new head coach for the national team.  The appointment of Mircea Lucescu is discussed as well who else was considered.

The European matches are discussed.  Both Istanbul Basaksehir and Fenerbahce advanced in their respective competitions.  The discussion here though goes off on some various tangents.  One of which is the judging of players by Turkish and other standards.

The episode wraps up with a discussion of the latest transfer moves.

 

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Episode 344: There May Be A Loophole Here

July 28, 2017

As we approach the new season, we are getting into our debating mood.  There’s games and controversy afoot.

The first legs of the current UEFA qualifiers are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir has the advantage in their Champions League tie.  But did they leave the door a bit open?  As for Fenerbahce, they won their Europa League qualifier.  But it would be an off the field controversy that would highlight news concerning Fener this week.

That off the field controversy for Fenerbahce is the transfer of goalkeeper Ertugrul Taskiran to Boluspor of the TFF first division.  While many have called it odd and unethical, the pundits discuss the transfer, including whether it's actually illegal to execute.

While in most weeks that would be the story of the week, Fatih Terim decided to steal the spotlight.  The Turkey national team coach resigned his post this past week.  The shock development is debated as well as potential replacements for the national team post. 

The episode wraps up with some discussion of the latest transfers.

 

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Episode 343: The Dog Needs To Take A Dump

July 20, 2017

Still in the middle of the transfer season and we’ve also got games that count.  For Galatasaray though, this may be a week to forget.  Also, it’s not often somebody takes their dog out for a walk while recording.

Galatasaray in particular are under the microscope this week.  The club recently let go of Wesley Sneijder, and the pundits discuss and debate the issues surrounding the controversial release.  Galatasaray also didn’t have a good time in their European run.  The second leg of the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round between Galatasaray and Ostersunds is reviewed.  With Galatasaray’s elimination, the pundits discuss where Galatasaray goes from here.

The news of the week deals with transfers and European opponents.  In terms of continental competition, Istanbul Basaksehir and Fenerbahce found out who they will be facing in their respective European ties.  Both of these teams also made some moves in the transfer market.  Goztepe have made some moves in the transfer window this past week as well, and their transfers so far are discussed.  Also, a familiar face is back in the Turkish Super League. 

 

 

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Episode 342: Semih Kaya Used To Be Our Punching Bag

July 14, 2017

We took off last week, but there are a lot of things to catch up on.  We may not have gotten everything, but at least we’re getting back into the swing of things before the season begins.

Galatasaray have already begun their European journey.  Unfortunately, the first leg of their UEFA Europa League second qualifying round tie didn’t go so well.  The match against Ostersunds is briefly reviewed, and the pundits debate the latest in the Wesley Sneijder situation.  Also, Galatasaray have sold off defender Semih Kaya to Sparta Prague, and the pundits discuss this move.

While we were away, Besiktas made the major move of the transfer window so far.  The signing of Pepe is discussed as well as the sale of Marcelo Guedes.  Continuing with Besiktas, Anderson Talisca looks to be holding out for a bump in wages, and the pundits discuss the developments.

The draw for the fixtures for the upcoming season took place earlier this week.  The first weekend of the upcoming season is revealed as well as the weeks where the Istanbul big three matches will take place.

The rest of the signings are discussed.  Istanbul Basaksehir made some moves.  They’ve signed two players, but they have sold off a young starlet for a hefty chunk of change.  Moves from Konyaspor, Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor, Kasimpasa and Goztepe, among others, are discussed.  A few eye raising moves from some unexpected clubs are also discussed.  Galatasaray will have to pay Olcan Adin some money owed to him, as Adin won his case for back wages owed to him.  Also, during the recording, there was some news coming over the podcast’s Twitter feed that the pundits discussed as it was happening. 

 

 

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Episode 341: So, Which Way Will Wesley Sneijder Go?

July 4, 2017

There’s still news going around.  The transfer season is fully underway.  Of course, it’s difficult to determine fact from fiction.

The situation surrounding a potential Wesley Sneijder exit from Galatasaray is the major topic this week.  The guys take a look at all of the factors surrounding the situation, from the financials to the potential fan reaction if Sneijder exits.

The recent moves and news are discussed. Sticking with Galatasaray, the Sneijder situation ties into some moves that the club made recently, as the pundits discuss the three new Galatasaray signings.  Also, Trabzonspor looks to have averted a situation involving a player claiming his wages haven't been paid.  Bursaspor looks to have made a pretty decent signing for their defense. 

The episode concludes this week with an update on the rumors surrounding Pepe and the possible move by Besiktas to acquire him.

 

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Episode 340: The Big Fish In Izmir

June 26, 2017

Rumors and news aplenty this week, even though it’s a short episode.  The releases of the podcast will be intermittent at least until Galatasaray begins their European run.

The news of the week that we can safely say is concrete is discussed.  Galatasaray found out who they will face in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, which will be in mid-July.  We’ve got some coaching vacancies filled.  The main topics this week are some rumors for the major teams though.

 

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Episode 339: Sing a Sad Song for Sabri Sarioglu

June 18, 2017

Apologies for this being late.  There will be a delayed releasing of the podcast since it is the offseason.  But let the offseason fun begin.  At least Turkey is in good shape in World Cup qualifying, right?

The World Cup qualifier between Turkey and Kosovo is discussed.  Turkey got a result, and now it’s time to look forward.

Transfers and news gets discussed.  Antalyaspor is getting ambitions about their future asperations.  Istanbul Basaksehir looks like they don’t want to have a one season wonder.  Fenerbahce made a move, grabbing a Ligue 1 player.  Some teams have hired new coaches as well.  Also, it’s the end of an era at Galatasaray.

 

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Episode 338: Who Took A Pee In Rize’s Tea?

June 10, 2017

The season is finally over.  Some people in Rize though are going to be up in arms though.  Also, beware of being a football journalist in Turkey.

Week 34 results of this season’s Turkish Super League are reviewed.  While most of the games were dead rubbers, the main topic of discussion concerns the relegation dogfight.  It seems as though the city of Rize is none too pleased as to how the season ended.

The third team to be promoted to the Super League was determined this past week.  There was some extracurricular activity.  But we’ll be seeing a team in the Super League that hasn’t been seen in a while, and from a city that hasn’t been represented in the top flight in a while to boot.

Turkey recently played a friendly against Macedonia.  Thing is, Arda Turan decided to overshadow everything by throwing a hissy fit.  Then he decided to retire from international football.  The issues surrounding his supposed retirement is discussed.

The news this week covers the usual wide range of topics.  The main topic of discussion is the return of Aykut Kocaman to Fenerbahce as their new manager.  It didn’t take Konyaspor long to find a replacement, and it may be the best replacement possible.  Bruma is heading out of Galatasaray, and perhaps the price Galatasaray is getting may not be enough to break even.  Kocaman heading back to Fenerbahce is the main focus and issues surrounding his return are debated.

 

 

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