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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Episode 353: Whose Show Was It This Week?

September 28, 2017

With scheduling conflicts preventing the appearance of a co-host, this week will be of the brief variety.

Week 6 results get the rundown.  The derby between Fenerbahce and Besiktas was eventful to say the least.  Adis Jahovic and Vagner Love competed to see who had the better one man show.  Galatasaray remains unbeaten.  At least one Ankara club actually won.  The week 7 schedule also gets a rundown.

As far as the rest of the episode, it’s results and news.  It was a pretty good week for Turkish teams in Europe, unless you’re Istanbul Basaksehir.  There’s some more coaching news.  Also, the TFF first division gets a rundown.

 

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Episode 352: Help Get Eskisehir Back To The Premier League

September 22, 2017

With one pundit off on vacation, everyone’s favorite kanka from the Round Ball in Ankara fills in.

Week 5 results are reviewed.  There was a bit of a security snafu in the Istanbul Basaksehir-Trabzonspor match involving a couple of kids.  Bafetimbi Gomis can’t stop scoring, but does Galatasaray have anything after their starting eleven?  The week 6 matches get a rundown, and this upcoming weekend features the Fenerbahce-Besiktas derby.

The TFF first division gets a rundown this week.  There’s been some point deductions for some of the teams in the second tier.  The third round of the Turkish Cup had some upsets, and the pundits briefly touch on some of those results.  News this week deals with coaching changes, including the return of a running joke that long time listeners might groan at the return of.  Also, it seems as though that Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has an opinion on the foreigner quota in the Super League.

 

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Episode 351: Unlike Turkey, PSG Is Not Down With FFP

September 15, 2017

There’s two different pundits with the usual host this week.  So yeah, it’s going to be a bit weird.

Week 4 results are reviewed.  For the league review, Nadeem Raja of the Round Ball in Ankara blog joins the podcast.  Umut Bulut scores a wonder goal, and Kerim Frei did too.  We might have another revelation in Kayseri, and some revelations coming from Kasimpasa as well.  One of the pundits laments the participation of some teams in the Turkish league.  The week 5 schedule gets the rundown.

We delve in a little bit into the TFF first division.  Rizespor looks like they could be making a beeline to yo-yo back up to the Super League. After this discussion ends, Kaan Bayazit enters the fray as European results are get discussed.  The only thing we can say about this is… it was a square week (in that Turkey went 1-1-1 in Europe).

News this week deals with some deadline day deals.  We also have another coaching casualty.  Two interesting moves came from Trabzonspor.  Trabzonspor signed one player coming back to the country after previously citing terrorisms concerns to leave.  The other one returns to Trabzonspor, but let’s not talk about the time he completely broke down during a game.  Also, with the English Premier League now amending their transfer window for next summer to end right before the season starts, we talk whether Turkey should do the same.

 

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