Episode 309: Looks Like We Will Have To Play Our Trump Card

November 11, 2016

We go into the international break.  Early days are over in the league.  Now we go into the grind before the halfway point.  Oh yeah, and we got a new president in the United States.

Week 10 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Two particular yellow cards handed out to Ricardo Quaresma and Mehmet Topal comprises the main topic of debate in the league review.  Istanbul Basaksehir passes a major test.  Besiktas is also unbeaten, and still is hovering around the leaders hoping they’ll slip.  Osmanlispor saved a point, even though their form has dipped over the last few weeks.  Antalyaspor is having a bit of a run of form, although like last week, they’ve had to make use of the penalty spot in order to get the full three points. 

The only news this week comes out of Ankara.  Genclerbirligi have had a poor run of form lately.  Anyone who knows club chairman Ilhan Cavcav knows that this is a bad sign for any coach in terms of their job security.  The pundits debate Ibrahim Uzulmez’s sacking and Umit Ozat as his subsequent replacement.

Considering the international weekend is here, the Turkish national team roster gets reviewed.  With the game against Kosovo right around the corner in 2018 World Cup qualifying, the guys take a look at the call-ups.  This includes one Istanbul Basaksehir defender who should’ve been in for years and a player from Feyenoord that perhaps we should keep our eye on for future reference.

(Note: The regular part of the podcast ends at around 56:08.  The guys actually kept going with their recording and discuss their thoughts on the US presidential election.  If you’re interested, keep listening past the closing music.  If not, just turn off the pod whenever the closing music hits)


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