Episode 280: Does Fikret See The Orman From The Trees?

April 15, 2016

It seems as though the league could be over from a title perspective.  Although the champions in waiting had their chairman butter up to the dear leader of Turkey a little too much; or rather, at least in the opinion of one of the pundits that is.  (By the way, orman in Turkish means forest for you non-Turkish speakers)

Week 28 results of the Turkish Super League get reviewed.  Fenerbahce seems to be slipping away from the title race. Besiktas opened their new stadium, although some might think that the results there might have been manipulated to achieve a certain result (we’re looking your way Ricky Faty).  Plus, the relegation dogfight looks a little bit tastier. The schedule for week 29 gets the rundown.

In the second segment, the guys start off with the Turkish Cup semifinals.  The first legs are set to kick off this coming week.  Then they take a look at the opening ceremonies for Vodafone Arena.  They concentrate mostly on who was there and how Besiktas could’ve handled the opening ceremonies differently.  For more details on the grand opening, we would recommend reading John Blasing’s Thisisfootballislife blog regarding the situation.  He goes into more detail, particularly as we had forgotten to mention the tear gas used against Besiktas fans before the Besiktas-Bursaspor match.  The other piece of news discussed is the actions of Caner Erkin before the Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby this past Wednesday.  The guys go over the situation.  (Keep in mind this was recorded before his statement of apology was released as this podcast was recorded this past Thursday)  One other news note was the new date for the last round of league matches.

The guys wrap up the podcast with an overview of the PTT 1st division.  Adanaspor looks like they’re all but promoted at this point.  The race for second looks interesting.  The schedule for this weekend looks interesting as well.  Finally, Turkey’s national women’s team took on Germany in Euro 2017 qualifying.  One of the hosts actually got to see some of the match, and at least we can say Turkey didn’t get totally obliterated.

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Link to the thisisfootballislife blog post in the description: https://thisisfootballislife.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/besiktas-new-stadium-opens-as-a-political-event-whats-in-a-name/

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