Episode 298: Deep In the FETO Rabbit Hole

August 26, 2016

The new season is underway.  But it would be Aziz Yildirim who would be the center of attention.

Week 1 of the Turkish Super League gets reviewed.  Alanyaspor got a dose of reality as to where in the Turkish football pyramid they now play in.  Basaksehir continues to be a graveyard for Fenerbahce, while Galatasaray left it late.

UEFA continental play seems to be fruitful for Turkey this season.  Besiktas found out who they will play in the Champions League.  Also, it will be a first for Turkey in the Europa League.  Fenerbahce and Osmanlispor joined Konyaspor in the group stages of the Europa League, and Istanbul Basaksehir was put out of its misery.

The major news of this week concerns an interview conducted by NTV with Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim.  Yildirim talked about a lot of things concerning the FETÖ organization and its influence in football.  Naturally, some clubs didn’t seem to agree.  The pundits debate the interview and responses.

 

 

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Episode 297: Air Conditioning Milan

August 19, 2016

The new season has arrived.  So let the fun begin.  We still got the transfer window open though.

The Turkish Super Cup is reviewed.  There was some extracurricular activity before and during the match that led to a stadium closure for one of the participants.  There wasn’t much to discuss here though, considering it’s the pre-season anticlimax and all.

The three clubs in the UEFA Europa League playoff round played the first legs of their respective ties.  Two of them won, with one winner set to enter the group stages barring a major collapse.  The one that lost has an uphill climb on its hands.  Those matches get reviewed.

There was a couple of coaching changes, one that seemed overdue and one that seemed to come out of nowhere.  Fenerbahce sacked Vitor Pereira this past week, and brought in a Dutch coach.  But one coaching change that definitely came out of nowhere came from Adanaspor.

Other news discussion focused on two subjects.  One of them concerned Jose Sosa finally getting the move to AC Milan that he wanted, and Besiktas getting a pretty good chunk of cash for him.  The other is Edin Visca extending his contract with Istanbul Basaksehir.  One would’ve thought that Visca would move on to a bigger club, but he’s going to stick around Basaksehir for a while.

With the season commencing this coming weekend, the guys run down the schedule for the first week of league matches for the 2016-17 Turkish Super League season.  Also, the guys pick their surprise teams for the season.

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Episode 296: Eren Derdiyok? Maybe It’s More Like Eren Derdivar

August 12, 2016

The season is fast approaching, so of course there’s the preseason anti-climax.  At least it won’t be long until we get games that matter. 

The results of the draw for the Europa League playoff round start us off.  Istanbul Basaksehir faces the toughest test out of all of them it seems.  Let’s not count out the opponents for Fenerbahce or Osmanlispor though. There is also a brief discussion of the upcoming Turkish Super Cup.

News this week covers a variety of subjects.  The major talking point this week is Galatasaray’s acquisition of Eren Derdiyok.  The pundits debate whether the transfer came out to too much money spent by Galatasaray.  Also, Jose Sosa is back with Besiktas’ A squad, and the ban on away fans has been lifted by the Turkish Football Federation.

There is a note at the end that due to some technical glitches, it was best if the pundits saved their discussion regarding Vitor Pereira’s job status at Fenerbahce for next week.  Knowing the club, the manager will likely be sacked and the pundits can spend a good amount of time talking about it once it likely happens.

 

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Episode 295: Where In The World Is Fabian Castillo?

August 5, 2016

It was a week of people leaving and transfer sagas.  At least one saga came to an end this week. 

The qualifiers for UEFA Champions League and Europa League are reviewed.  It looks like there won’t be two Turkish teams in the Champions League this year (again).  As for the Europa League qualifiers, that seemed to have worked out well for the Turkish sides.  News this week includes an update on Samuel Eto’o and the saga surrounding him and a potential move to Besiktas.

The Turkish Football Federation made news this week.  With the fallout from the attempt coup back in mid-July, it seems that the TFF decided to undertake a massive clean out.  The TFF announced that members of several committees quit their posts, and they suspended (or sacked depending on how one looks at it) 105 employees.  The guys debate whether this development is actually going to help out the game in Turkey, or if this is nothing more than BS.

Also, the Fabian Castillo transfer saga finally ended this past week.  The guys discuss his move to Trabzonspor and all the nuances surrounding the move.

 

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