Episode 285: The Konyaspor Kalamity

May 21, 2016

(Sorry this is late.  It’s the end of the season and since there are no competitive games to be played, someone who usually edits this decided to procrastinate a bit.  This was recorded on May 19th if you’re wondering.)

We’ve crowned a champion in the Turkish top flight.  We know who’s coming up and going down.  We also know who’s punched their ticket to Europe.  Although really, if a team has done well in the league, that would warrant a few national team call-ups, right?

The final two matchdays of this Turkish Super League season are reviewed.  Other than Besiktas clinching the league title, there were a few other things that stood out.  Eskisehirspor fans decided to engage in bonfires, although it was a bit premature.  The team however wouldn’t stay up though.  It was definitely not a good end to the season for Trabzonspor.  The last matchday had two blowouts, and we found out who got relegated as well.  There’s a brief debate as to whether Besiktas’ title count should be twelve (counting from the formation of the league from 1959 on forward) or fourteen (counting the two Federation Cup wins from 1957 and 1958).  Also, there’s a discussion on if the Federation Cup wins are counted, shouldn’t other competitive titles before 1959 be counted as well?  Also, there’s a brief summary of the gaps in the standings.

The PTT 1st division finished their regular season.  We know who’s in the promotional playoffs, and we also know who the second automatically promoted team is.  There’s heartbreak for one team in the second tier, and the playoffs get underway.  We go over the 1st leg of the promotional playoff semifinals.

The provisional roster for the Turkish national team was announced.  Some particular snubs stuck out like a sore thumb.  You could probably deduce that from the title of the week’s episode.  The glaring omission of any player from Konyaspor getting called up is the main topic of discussion here.


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