Episode 265: The Ankara Cat in the Hat

December 31, 2015

We’re heading into a new year, but we’ll torture your ears before then.  With Jeremy still off on his European escapades, Ata is joined by Kaan Bayazit for this week’s episode.  You might want to block off some time for this one as this episode is chock full of goods.

Week 17 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  The two leaders continue to pull away from the field.  Bursaspor got a win after a month and a half, and Genclerbirligi continues to be a dumpster fire.  Kaan also explains the importance of a clinical striker in the Turkish league.

There’s further discussion about Genclerbirligi this week.  Kaan invited his colleague at EA and Genclerbirligi fan Durmus Ali Oner to discuss the woes at the capital club more in detail.  The news about Yilmaz Vural getting hired and fired in record time is referenced, and there’s a reported explanation as to why Vural got fired in record time.  A good chunk of the conversation deal with club chairman Ilhan Cavcav himself.

News this week features discussion on a variety of subjects.  The TFF might possibly step in concerning the amount of coaching changes in a season.  A gay referee will be getting compensation for unlawful termination by the TFF.  Stephane M’Bia might not be at Trabzonspor much longer, as he possibly could break his contract due to unpaid wages.   The panelists discuss that, and the related subject of why Turkish players don’t do the same thing when a similar situation presents itself.

The guys decide to descend the Turkish football league structure and have a brief discussion about the PTT 1st division.  The leaders there actually will have to find a new coach for the upcoming second half of the season.  The team in the other direct promotional spot also is searching for a new coach, but it seems their situation has been solved.

The podcast then decides to go into a debate of whether Galatasaray is in the title race.  (It was Kaan’s idea)

The podcast then wraps up with our ongoing look into the Turkish Women’s 1st Division with the reporting of the week eight results.

 

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Episode 264: Ilhan Cavcav, the Turkish Grinch

December 24, 2015

We wanted to make sure that this episode was released before Christmas.  With Jeremy off on European escapades, Ata is joined by his (more than talkative) Belgian comrade Kaan Bayazit for this week.

Week 16 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  There’s a bit of discussion on rough play, and one particular player’s response to rough play in his team’s game.  Also, Galatasaray got a crucial win and Kaan attempts to explain what he thinks is wrong with Bursaspor.  The week 17 schedule is then given the rundown, and what the pundits agree is the match of the week may catch some people off guard.

With this episode out earlier than usual, there is not much news discussion to be had.  The guys do get into a report about Ryan Donk being rumored to be headed Galatasaray’s way.  They also get into a lengthy discussion about Genclerbirligi and their woes.  (Keep in mind this was recorded before Genclerbirligi hired their new coach, which was announced as of the publication of this week’s episode.)  Bursaspor opened up their new stadium this past week, and the guys discuss that.

Finally, the ongoing look into the Turkish Women’s 1st Division continues with the reporting of the week seven results.  Since Kaan has no interest, Ata will have you caught up in that. 

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Episode 263: We’re Doing It Live

December 20, 2015

Episode 263, originally published 12/18/2015. 

We apologize for this week’s Turkish Football Weekly being late... again. But this time around we have a special episode for you all. The two hosts are actually face to face, which should either make this interesting or this podcast has jumped the shark.

Week 15 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed. The guys discuss more than their fair share this week. Questions range from is Bursaspor truly a dumpster fire, to Galatasaray’s performance in the derby. They even ask if Galatasaray is out of the title race at this point. Also, the talk about the thriller in Antalya and the performance of Rizespor goalkeeper Charles Itanje.

A few draws for competitions were held. Turkey found out who they will play in June for Euro 2016 (and this sort of seems like déjà vu to a point). Also, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce found out who they will play in the Europa League.

Turkish Cup action wasn’t discussed in detail. At least the guys gave Aydinspor some love on this episode.

As for the news this week, the talk mostly centers on coaching changes. Genclerbirligi sacked Mehmet Ozdilek, and Bursaspor hired Hamza Hamzaoglu this past week.

Finally, our ongoing look into the Turkish Women’s 1st Division continues with the reporting of the week six results.

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Episode 262: Tolga Isn’t So Zengin After All

December 20, 2015

Episode 262, originally published 12/12/2015.

We apologize for this week’s Turkish Football Weekly being late. One of the guys had to be called into work at an unusual time. But better late than never, right? (Speaking of the money issue, it seems that there may be something over the horizon in terms of the podcast. More details will be revealed soon.)

Week 14 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed. The main point of contention this week is the Gaziantepspor-Fenerbahce match. A few referee calls were the talk of the country, or rather, what the referee didn’t call. Akhisar Belediyespor continued their run of good form, while it seems Bursaspor really is that bad (at least according to one of the pundits). The guys then run down the schedule for week 15 (but not get into any sort of detail due to the late release).

European results are reviewed. Two out of the three teams in Europe will be around in the following calendar year. Although those two got draws, the team that didn’t advance lost, and badly. The teams that did advance didn’t make it easy for themselves. For the team that didn’t advance, much of the blame was placed on their goalkeeper. The pundits debate whether the blame was warranted or was the blame more on the team itself.

As for the news this week, there’s a bit of talking points. The draw for the Turkish Cup group stages occurred this past week, and that is revealed. There’s a bit of talk on Mersin Idman Yurdu’s troubles, but the main point of discussion centers on Antalyaspor and their search for a new coach. The guys debate who would be the best candidate to fill in the vacancy.

Finally, our ongoing look into the Turkish Women’s 1st Division continues with the reporting of the week five results. One of the power teams lost this week, and there is a rundown of the week six schedule.

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Episode 261: Pretend Football Experts

December 20, 2015

Episode 261, originally published 12/4/2015.

This week on Turkish Football Weekly, you might want to sit back and block off some time. The guys went into a good amount of discussion of everything they could get under the sun.

Week 13 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed. It seems that one of our hosts was pretty accurate with his assessment of the chance of all three of the Istanbul big three winning this past weekend on last week’s episode. The guys then run down the schedule for week 14.

With the final matchdays of the group stages in European competition on the horizon, previews of those matches are on tap. First off are previews for the Europa League matches involving Besiktas and Fenerbahce. For the Fenerbahce-Celtic preview, James Cormack of the Bloody Shambles blog (which you can find at http://bshambles.blogspot.com/) returns to the pod to fill the pundits in on Celtic and help preview that match. For the Sporting CP-Besiktas match, Eric Krakauer of the bigsoccerhead podcast (which you can find on http://bigsoccerhead.com/) comes on to fill everyone in on Sporting CP. Jeremy and Ata then discuss the Champions League clash between Galatasaray and Astana, and their thoughts on it in a brief preview.

There were a few upsets of Turkish Super League sides in the Turkish Cup this past week. The pundits fill in the details on that, as well as update on when the groups stage draw will take place.

News this week concerns a few things. Bursaspor sacked manager Ertugrul Saglam, his sacking is debated. Kevin Grosskreutz expressed a desire to leave Galatasaray in the next transfer window this past week, and the guys debate that development.

Finally, our ongoing look into the Turkish Women’s 1st Division continues with the reporting of the week four results. Eskisehirspor is worse than previously thought, and there is a rundown of the week five schedule.

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Episode 260: Don’t Call It A Comeback For Mustafa Denizli

December 20, 2015

Episode 260, originally published on 11/26/2015.

This week on Turkish Football Weekly, one host was under the weather sick. At least Thanksgiving went okay for the other host.

Week 12 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed. A wild ending at the Turk Telekom Arena highlights discussion of the results. The guys then run down the schedule for week 13.

European results are highlighted this week. It didn’t go so well for Galatasaray in Madrid. Besiktas and Fenerbahce would provide a bit more encouraging results in Istanbul and Norway respectively. Of course, whether all three qualify for the next round or not (and the way it looks, it will be for the Europa League) is yet to be determined.

News this week concerns Galatasaray hiring Mustafa Denizli as manager. The main points of debate are him returning to the field after about two years away from the sidelines, and his salary.

Finally, our ongoing look into the Turkish Women’s 1st Division continues with the reporting of the week three results. Eskisehirspor is still pretty bad, and there’s a correction of a result from week 1.

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Episode 259: Let’s Not Have A Moment Of Silence

December 20, 2015

Episode 259, originally published 11/19/2015.

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Episode 258: Not A Good Week For Eskisehirspor

December 20, 2015

Episode 258, originally published 11/12/2015.

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Episode 257: The Trabzon Aftermath

December 20, 2015

Episode 257, originally published 11/5/2015.

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Episode 256: It’s Gone Completely Batshit Or Jumped The Shark

December 20, 2015

Episode 256, originally published 10/29/2015.

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