Episode 269: China’s Ordering Some Turkish Soccer Takeout

January 29, 2016

The east coast of the US is digging out of a snowstorm.  At least maybe they could get some matches played, unlike some places in Turkey. *cough* Trabzon *cough*

Week 19 results of the Turkish Super league are reviewed.  Fenerbahce had another controversial penalty call over the weekend.  Galatasaray sees their title chances now up to divine intervention.  Bursaspor continue their comeback ways.  Besiktas still haven’t started their second half of the season yet.  There was also a relegation six pointer in Sivas and the Ibrahim Uzulmez era at Genclerbirligi is off to a good start.  With no games this weekend, obviously there’s no rundown of the upcoming schedule.  However, the make-up dates for Besiktas’ two postponed matches were announced and we reveal that in this week’s episode.

The Turkish Cup group stages come to an end.  The matchups for the round of sixteen are set and the pundits review some of the matchups.  There was a thriller in Istanbul between Besiktas and Sivas Belediyespor with the TFF 2nd division side getting the win.  That match is briefly discussed.  (Although we should mention that historically on this podcast, the Turkish Cup reporting has never been one of much priority)

News this week sees a variety of acquisitions and sales.  Stephane M’Bia brings his adventure in Trabzon to an end as he is off to a Chinese Super League side.  The guys talk about potential interest from Chinese clubs to acquire Turkish players.  Muhammet Demir heads to Trabzonspor from Gaziantepspor, and the guys talk about that move (and didn’t mention it’s quite a good move financially for Trabzonspor as Demir will only be paid slightly over a million euros per year during the duration of the contract).

This week’s episode wraps up with a rundown of the results of the PTT 1st division and Turkish Women’s 1st division.  The guys review the standings for both leagues.  With the PTT 1st division also off this weekend, the guys give a rundown of the Women’s 1st division schedule for this coming weekend.

 

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