Episode 363: Tudor or Out the Door?

December 8, 2017

Another derby has come and gone.  It seems somebody is on the hotseat resulting from that derby. 

Week 14 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor are streaking.  Besiktas took care of business against Galatasaray, and Istanbul Basaksehir actually beat a lowly ranked team.  Genclerbirligi ended their current futile spell, but Karabukspor continues their descent into the abyss.  There was a bit of extracurricular activity in Alanya, and Umit Ozat really needs to watch what he says.  The week 15 schedule gets the rundown

The TFF first division results from week 14 are reviewed.  Ankaragucu are probably the hottest team in all of the Turkish football pyramid.  Gaziantepspor got a result other than a loss for once.  It also looks like things are not so rosy for Eskisehirspor.

European action is reviewed.  Besiktas made some history in the Champions League.  As for Istanbul Basaksehir and Konyaspor, the road in Europe has ended.

Some coaching siutations conclude this week’s episode.  Antalyaspor have sacked Leonardo, and he never seemed to fit there to begin.  With Galatasaray’s recent form over the last five weeks, there’s already rumors that Igor Tudor is on the hotseat.  The rumors surrounding Galatasaray’s coaching situation is debated.

 

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Episode 362: There Are More Stewards Than People

December 1, 2017

Nadeem is back this week to review the league stuff.  This week certainly had some interesting results before that derby coming up.

Week 13 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Both Karabukspor and Genclerbirligi really need to get going.  Galatasaray recovered from last week’s drubbing, but Besiktas may have had some hangover.  Our pick for match of the week didn’t result in anything really major.  The week 14 schedule is given a rundown, which this week features Besiktas facing Galatasaray.

Week 13 results for the TFF first division is given a rundown.  The first leg of the fifth round of the Turkish Cup was played this week, and there’s a quick update of the results.  One results was particularly eye popping.

 

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Episode 361: Umit Ozat, Part Deux

November 23, 2017

This episode was recorded on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, so please, no Turkey jokes.  Nadeem Raja returns this week to provide his punditry.

Week 12 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado had a good day in their matches.  Istanbul Basaksehir really raised a few eyebrows with their win this weekend.  We may have already teams destined for the long relegation dogfight.  Trabzonspor barely got by Osmanlispor.  The week 13 schedule gets a rundown.

European action is reviewed.  Besiktas have moved on to the Champions League knockout rounds, and won their group with one game to spare in the process.  Istanbul Basaksehir finally won in Europe.  Konyaspor had the chance to win, but one of their own players would cost them three points.  The debate here though is the priorities of the clubs in question.

News this week deals with two separate points.  Genclerbirligi decided to head back to their recent past to replace fired coach Mesut Bakkal.  Trabzonspor looks to be in a bit of deep water over a transfer.

 

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Episode 360: Luces-screwed?

November 16, 2017

The international weekend has come and gone.  Now we’ve got only the league to worry about for a while.

The Turkish national team played some friendlies this past week.  The real topic of discussion was the potential job security of national team head coach Mircea Lucescu.  Some have already called for Lucescu’s head.

With the league coming back this weekend, the week 12 schedule for the Turkish Super League is given a rundown.  This weekend is highlighted by the one versus two clash between Galatasaray and Istanbul Basaksehir.

 

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Episode 359: Let’s Have Some International Experimentation

November 9, 2017

At least it’s international break so we can catch our breath from the league.  But does anyone really care since Turkey isn't in the World Cup?

Week 11 results from the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Fenerbahce’s title hopes could very well be over.  The rest of the title contenders got the job done this past weekend.  One result seemed to stick out like a sore thumb.

The episode then delves into a overview of the TFF first division.  With the international weekend taking center stage, Turkey now tries to build towards the future with friendlies.  The roster for the international weekend is reviewed.

 

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Episode 358: This Shouldn’t Take Long

November 4, 2017

Apologies for this being late, but the guy who’s been running this shindig has a new job now.  So to let the audience know, the podcast release schedule for the foreseeable future will be a bit erractic.

Week 10 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  The week 11 schedule gets a rundown.  The European results are given a rundown.  News this week is highlighted by Nuri Sahin announcing his retirement from international football.      

 

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Episode 357: VAR Var

October 26, 2017

This week, Jeremy is back with Ata to talk all things Turkish football.  We’ve got some variety this week.

Week 9 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  There was a thriller in Izmir.  Nothing was settled in the Istanbul derby (well, either of them if you want to be really technical about it).  Trabzonspor’s woes continue, as well as the woes of Karabukspor.  The week 10 schedule gets a rundown.

While Nadeem isn’t here, the TFF first division is reviewed this week.  It’s still pretty wild and wooly in the second tier.  There’s even an update on some clubs that used to be recently in the Super League.  Some Turkish Cup results are highlighted as the fourth round was played this week. There was some controversy coming out of the Trabzonspor match concerning Hugo Rodallega. 

News this week concerns two things.  One thing is Konyaspor firing manager Mustafa Resit Akcay.  The other piece of news concerns testing video assistant replay.  With VAR reportedly set to be implemented later this season, VAR is going through a test run in three matches this weekend.     

 

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As mentioned on the podcast, we recommend that our listeners check out John Blasing's This is Football is Life blog.

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Episode 356: There’s A Derby Coming, Isn’t There?

October 20, 2017

As we get back to league action, there’s some interesting results.  We also have a derby on the horizon.

Week 8 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Genclerbirligi pulled off an upset.  Akhisar Belediyespor went ballistic on Trabzonspor.  Galatasaray is still unbeaten.  The week 9 schedule gets a rundown, which this week features the Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby.

There’s a review of the TFF first division results from this weekend.  There is some news about two teams getting points deductions.  European action is then discussed.  While Besiktas went three for three in the Champions League, it didn’t quite work out so well for the other clubs who are playing the Europa League.  Istanbal Basaksehir though might have an excuse.

A couple of news tidbits are discussed.  One deals with the potential introduction of VAR into the Turkish league as soon as January.  The other is the sacking of Ersun Yanal by Trabzonspor.  With Trabzonspor’s current woes, the pundits debate the firing and what is with Trabzonspor right now.

 

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Episode 355: We’re Talking About the National Team Failing Again?

October 13, 2017

The title of this episode should sum up our feelings in regards to the international weekend.  Also, an old friend is back as Jeremy Chapman joins the podcast for the first time in a little over a year.

The Turkish national team’s matches in World Cup 2018 qualifying are reviewed.  Well, only one of them gets fully reviewed because Turkey was eliminated after the Iceland game.  The match against Finland only gets briefly reviewed.  The guys discuss where Turkey should go from here.

The international flavor of this week’s episode continues.  Turkey’s matches at the U17 World Cup being held in India are discussed briefly.  There is some good news coming out of the international arena for Turkey though, and that would come in the form of Turkey’s national amputee football team.

The episode concludes with a rundown of the week 8 schedule of the Turkish Super League.

 

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Article referenced on the show about Altinordu: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/12/altinordu-dominate-turkish-football-homegrown-players

The Ankaragucu documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0YtNjhg2EA

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Episode 354: We’re Talking About the Referees Again?

October 6, 2017

We head into the international break, and some of us are hoping for Turkey to come through.  This week, our favorite pundit from Scotland joins in to discuss the latest in Turkish football.

Week 7 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Galatasaray is still unbeaten, but they left it late.  Fenerbahce lost in Manisa, but was the referee to blame?  Could the referee be blamed for some errors in the Yeni Malatyaspor-Konyaspor match as well?  Osmanlispor finally won.  Antalyaspor continue to disappoint.  Besiktas had a few people missing, but get a point anyway.

The TFF First division results from the previous weekend also get reviewed.  It seems there were a few coaching changes, one of which doesn’t surprise one of the pundits.  News this week deals with a few coaching hire in the Super League.

With the international break upon us, Turkey looks to qualify for World Cup 2018.  The roster for this weekend’s games are analyzed, as well giving a brief preview of the upcoming games.

 

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