Episode 336: Shutting Down Vagner’s Love

May 25, 2017

It looks like the title race could be over after this weekend.  The relegation dogfight might be done as well.  The playoffs for getting promoted out of the second tier will be set to get underway.

Week 32 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir stumbled in Trabzon, while Besiktas took care of business at home.  The race for third continues to heat up, while the race for fifth takes another twist.  Akhisar Belediyespor has nothing to play for, but they still continue their high flying ways.  The Week 33 schedule gets a rundown.

A comment in passing leads to a discussion of what kinds of promotions clubs can do in order to attract fans and generate new supporters.  Some ideas could be absurd, but some of them should be forwarded to the clubs.

The TFF first division wrapped up their regular season this past week.  The final week’s results are run down, and the promotional playoff matchups are discussed.

A couple of newsbites conclude the episode.  One is about a potential new coach on the horizon for Bursaspor.  The other has to do with Olcan Adin reportedly being owed money from Galatasaray and a potential consequence if Adin isn’t paid what he’s owed.

 

 

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Episode 335: The Mother Of All Dead Rubbers

May 18, 2017

The title race seems like it’s going to go down to the wire.  The relegation dogfight looks to be almost over.  Also, two teams have guaranteed themselves promotion from the second tier, with all to play for in the lower division.

Week 31 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Two teams are officially doomed to relegation, while one will need the rest of the season to go their way.  Both leaders won their matches, although one had to execute a comeback to win their match.  Akhisar Belediyespor has looked inspired over the last month’s worth of league games to say the least, as they continue their recent explosion of scoring.  Rizespor now has a bigger hole to dig out if they want to stay in the top flight.  The remaining schedule though for Rizespor might be in their favor in comparison with Bursaspor.  The Week 32 schedule gets a rundown.

The Turkish Cup final now has its two participants.  Konyaspor took advantage of having the home field in their second leg match against Kasimpasa.  As for Fenerbahce against Istanbul Basaksehir, it seemed like that match seemed to go on forever (or at least the penalty kick shootout anyway).

The TFF first division wraps up its regular season this weekend.  The teams that will finish in the top two, which are the automatic promotion spots, have now been determined for this season.  Those two teams happen to be playing each other this weekend, so it’s a matter of who wins the division outright.  Two spots for the promotional playoffs will be contested by three teams.  Also, the relegation dogfight is far crazier than the top flight, with five teams still in contention to stay up in the second tier.

This week’s episode concludes with Turkey’s U17s in the U17 Euros.  Unfortunately, Turkey will not be playing for the title.  While Turkey were eliminated, the pundits take a look back at the U17 Turkish national team that won the tournament back in 2005.  It’s more of a “where are they now” sort of discussion.

 

 

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Episode 334: Stone Cold Talisca

May 12, 2017

It seems we could have a title race.  Nobody would’ve thought that a few weeks ago.  Also, there’s some good news from the younglings in Croatia.

Week 30 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir comes through in the clutch against Antalyaspor.  Rizespor and Akhisar Belediyespor decide to score touchdowns (but couldn’t kick the extra point for some reason).  Bursaspor made some history, although it’s the type of first that they would rather not be a part of.  As for the derby, Fenerbahce made off like a thief with a point from Vodafone Arena.  The week 31 schedule gets the rundown.

News this week concerns various subjects.  Genclerbirligi have hired Umit Ozat on a pernament basis, but they’ll have to do without Serdar Gurler for a bit.  Besiktas’ Anderson Talisca incurred the wrath of the PFDK. 

The episode wraps up with a discussion of two tournaments.  The second legs of the Turkish Cup semifinals are set to be played in the upcoming midweek.  The pundits preview those matches.  Also, the Turkey U17 national team continues their run at the U17 Euros in Croatia.  The pundits review their matches so far.

 

 

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Episode 333: Fight Night At Inonu 2 - Electric Boogaloo

May 5, 2017

There’s a derby coming up.  Last week had some interesting results.  Also, Turkey is in an international tournament.

Week 29 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir got a clutch win against Besiktas, and they only needed eighteen minutes to do it.  Fenerbahce barely squeaked out a win, but Rizespor certainly gave them a run for their money.  Kayserispor can breathe a sigh of relief in their relegation fight.  Bursaspor got walloped by Galatasaray (and made a little history that they soon would want to forget).  Adanaspor looks to be destined for the drop now (unless a miracle happens).  The week 30 schedule gets the rundown.  The upcoming weekend features the Istanbul derby between Besiktas and Fenerbahce, a rematch from the tense Turkish Cup round of 16 match a few months back.

News this week focuses on Bursaspor and Istanbul Basaksehir.  Istanbul Basaksehir got some good news from the TFF Board of Appeals.  As for Bursaspor, a coaching resignation that was inevitable occurred.  The guys discuss Topcu and whether he was the answer for Bursaspor.  The discussion there leads to a debate about clubs and what their individual club identity is.

Some miscellaneous stuff is also featured this week.  The regular season of the TFF second division (or the third tier) wrapped up, and two historic Turkish clubs have been promoted.  The pundits discuss this and delve into the TFF first division.  It’s getting competitive in terms of the automatic promotion spots there.  The podcast wraps up with a discussion of Turkey participating in the U17 Euros currently being held in Croatia.  The pundits discuss Turkey opening group stage game against Spain.

 

 

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Episode 332: Blitzkriegs and Cord Cutting

April 29, 2017

The league was back in action.  The Turkish Cup kicked off the semifinal round.  However, it would be off the field issues that overshadowed play.  This is going to be a long episode so you have been warned.

Week 28 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaskehir got a bit of a reality check in Rize, although their players would make news after the game was over.  Besiktas beat Adanaspor, but Adanaspor did put up a good fight.  The derby was bad; nothing more needs to be said.  Kayserispor have now made the relegation battle interesting.  The week 29 schedule gets the rundown, and this week features the potential league decider in Istanbul Basaksehir against Besiktas.

The fallout from the post-match activities from Istanbul Basaksehir is discussed.  The discussion would eventually take a turn towards TV ratings for beINSports Turkey and the amount of money they paid for Super League broadcast rights.  There’s even a discussion about cord cutting and if that could affect Turkish soccer viewing in the future.

The Turkish Cup semifinals kicked off this past week.  The first legs of the semifinals are reviewed.  Kasimpasa needed only a few minutes to beat Konyaspor.  As for the other match, Fenerbahce seems to have the advantage.

News this week is highlighted by a tragedy in Gaziantep.  Kayserispor will have to look for a new head coach.  But the main discussion this week concerns Gaziantepspor’s Frantisek Rajtoral committing suicide.  The pundits take a look at the situation and the social issues surrounding it.

 

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Episode 331: Interest Where There Is No Interest

April 20, 2017

The referendum has come and gone.  Whether democracy has spoken remains up for debate.  But the league is back in action this weekend. 

Week 28 schedule of the Turkish Super League is given a rundown.  The Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby is this coming weekend, but is anybody really interested?  Another interesting matchup involves Antalyaspor hosting Trabzonspor.  The real focus though is on the two title contenders.

The final seven matches of the title contenders are reviewed.  Who has the easier schedule (at least on paper)?  What are the key matches that will determine where the title is going?  Where’s the proverbial gauntlet in the schedule?  The pundits break the schedules down.

Not much in terms of news this week, although Alanyaspor might have a problem considering one of their forwards is injured.  It was a thriller in the Vodafone Arena, as the second leg of the Besiktas-Lyon tie is reviewed.  It was a heartbreaker for Besiktas, but it looks as though they can hold their heads up high.

 

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Episode 330: Fun, Fun, Fun Until Daddy Takes The Black Eagles Away

April 15, 2017

Apologies for the tardiness of this episode, but there aren’t any league games this weekend due to the referendum.  Plus, it gives the guys a bit of time to fully delve into the subjects.  This is especially true when it comes to some extracurricular activity in France.

Week 27 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  There was a thriller in Trabzon.  Gaziantepspor blew a golden chance to close the gap to safety.  Istanbul Basaksehir put up a whupping on Galatasaray, but did Galatasaray really care?  Rizespor won against Adanaspor, and Adanaspor could look to be done. 

The news discussion this week concentrates on Adanaspor.  Adanaspor is now on their third coach this season.  It looks like they might be done and the pundits discuss developments over at the club.

The first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal tie between Olympique Lyon and Besiktas is discussed.  The game is discussed as well as the extracurricular activates before the match.  Also, the pundits speculate if any of the clubs will get a sanction from UEFA.

 

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Episode 329: On Assignment

April 7, 2017

It’s an abbreviated version of Turkish Football Weekly this week, due to one person being on assignment.  Results from week 26 of the Turkish Super League are given the rundown, as well as the schedule for week 27.  The semifinal matchups for the Turkish Cup are set.  The results of the second legs of the Turkish Cup quarterfinals are disclosed.  Also, as a bonus, the standings through 26 weeks of the TFF first division are given a rundown.

 

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Episode 328: Fatih Terim Is A Bit Experimental (Well, Not Really)

March 31, 2017

The Turkish national team seems to be in somewhat good shape.  For most people though, they’ll be relieved to see the Super League back this coming weekend.

The matches involving the Turkish national team are reviewed.  Turkey is still alive for World Cup 2018 qualifying.  Well, at least they’re within striking distance of a playoff spot.  The review against Finland goes more into some of the players that played in it more than the game itself.  As for the Moldova friendly, the review of the match goes into who played in the game, as there were a lot of relatively new faces in international play.  Also, the guys go into a brief Deniz Turuc discussion as to whether he should have been capped in the Finland game (thereby making him cap-tied to Turkey).

News this week concerns more of the political influences within Turkish football.  While we didn’t get to discussion about a potential amending of the foreigner cap last week, it does get discussed this week.  Also, Galatasaray raised the ire of the government as two legendary players had their clubs memberships retained.  However, government pressure caused Galatasaray to reconsider that position due to alleged affiliations of said legends.  The pundits discuss that.  Also, the average attendance of the Turkish Super League in comparison with the major European leagues gets discussed.

The episode concludes with a rundown of the week 26 schedule of the Turkish Super League. 

 

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Episode 327: A Weekend Without An International Incident?

March 24, 2017

It seems that many will need a break from the league for now.  But at least we’ve got the international weekend to keep us entertained, right?

Week 25 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  It seems Fenerbahce and Galatasaray may have bid adieu to any league title chances.  Two of the relegation zone teams won this weekend, and one of them beat a very good Kayserispor in a thriller.  As for the leaders, both of them played to draws.  One of them may wish that they would’ve won their match this past weekend

Some coaching changes occurred this past week.  The pundits debate the firings and the replacements.  Also, the Turkish national team will be playing in World Cup 2018 qualifying this weekend.  The roster is debated.

 

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