Episode 333: Fight Night At Inonu 2 - Electric Boogaloo

May 5, 2017

There’s a derby coming up.  Last week had some interesting results.  Also, Turkey is in an international tournament.

Week 29 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir got a clutch win against Besiktas, and they only needed eighteen minutes to do it.  Fenerbahce barely squeaked out a win, but Rizespor certainly gave them a run for their money.  Kayserispor can breathe a sigh of relief in their relegation fight.  Bursaspor got walloped by Galatasaray (and made a little history that they soon would want to forget).  Adanaspor looks to be destined for the drop now (unless a miracle happens).  The week 30 schedule gets the rundown.  The upcoming weekend features the Istanbul derby between Besiktas and Fenerbahce, a rematch from the tense Turkish Cup round of 16 match a few months back.

News this week focuses on Bursaspor and Istanbul Basaksehir.  Istanbul Basaksehir got some good news from the TFF Board of Appeals.  As for Bursaspor, a coaching resignation that was inevitable occurred.  The guys discuss Topcu and whether he was the answer for Bursaspor.  The discussion there leads to a debate about clubs and what their individual club identity is.

Some miscellaneous stuff is also featured this week.  The regular season of the TFF second division (or the third tier) wrapped up, and two historic Turkish clubs have been promoted.  The pundits discuss this and delve into the TFF first division.  It’s getting competitive in terms of the automatic promotion spots there.  The podcast wraps up with a discussion of Turkey participating in the U17 Euros currently being held in Croatia.  The pundits discuss Turkey opening group stage game against Spain.

 

 

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Episode 332: Blitzkriegs and Cord Cutting

April 29, 2017

The league was back in action.  The Turkish Cup kicked off the semifinal round.  However, it would be off the field issues that overshadowed play.  This is going to be a long episode so you have been warned.

Week 28 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaskehir got a bit of a reality check in Rize, although their players would make news after the game was over.  Besiktas beat Adanaspor, but Adanaspor did put up a good fight.  The derby was bad; nothing more needs to be said.  Kayserispor have now made the relegation battle interesting.  The week 29 schedule gets the rundown, and this week features the potential league decider in Istanbul Basaksehir against Besiktas.

The fallout from the post-match activities from Istanbul Basaksehir is discussed.  The discussion would eventually take a turn towards TV ratings for beINSports Turkey and the amount of money they paid for Super League broadcast rights.  There’s even a discussion about cord cutting and if that could affect Turkish soccer viewing in the future.

The Turkish Cup semifinals kicked off this past week.  The first legs of the semifinals are reviewed.  Kasimpasa needed only a few minutes to beat Konyaspor.  As for the other match, Fenerbahce seems to have the advantage.

News this week is highlighted by a tragedy in Gaziantep.  Kayserispor will have to look for a new head coach.  But the main discussion this week concerns Gaziantepspor’s Frantisek Rajtoral committing suicide.  The pundits take a look at the situation and the social issues surrounding it.

 

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Episode 331: Interest Where There Is No Interest

April 20, 2017

The referendum has come and gone.  Whether democracy has spoken remains up for debate.  But the league is back in action this weekend. 

Week 28 schedule of the Turkish Super League is given a rundown.  The Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby is this coming weekend, but is anybody really interested?  Another interesting matchup involves Antalyaspor hosting Trabzonspor.  The real focus though is on the two title contenders.

The final seven matches of the title contenders are reviewed.  Who has the easier schedule (at least on paper)?  What are the key matches that will determine where the title is going?  Where’s the proverbial gauntlet in the schedule?  The pundits break the schedules down.

Not much in terms of news this week, although Alanyaspor might have a problem considering one of their forwards is injured.  It was a thriller in the Vodafone Arena, as the second leg of the Besiktas-Lyon tie is reviewed.  It was a heartbreaker for Besiktas, but it looks as though they can hold their heads up high.

 

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Episode 330: Fun, Fun, Fun Until Daddy Takes The Black Eagles Away

April 15, 2017

Apologies for the tardiness of this episode, but there aren’t any league games this weekend due to the referendum.  Plus, it gives the guys a bit of time to fully delve into the subjects.  This is especially true when it comes to some extracurricular activity in France.

Week 27 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  There was a thriller in Trabzon.  Gaziantepspor blew a golden chance to close the gap to safety.  Istanbul Basaksehir put up a whupping on Galatasaray, but did Galatasaray really care?  Rizespor won against Adanaspor, and Adanaspor could look to be done. 

The news discussion this week concentrates on Adanaspor.  Adanaspor is now on their third coach this season.  It looks like they might be done and the pundits discuss developments over at the club.

The first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal tie between Olympique Lyon and Besiktas is discussed.  The game is discussed as well as the extracurricular activates before the match.  Also, the pundits speculate if any of the clubs will get a sanction from UEFA.

 

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Episode 329: On Assignment

April 7, 2017

It’s an abbreviated version of Turkish Football Weekly this week, due to one person being on assignment.  Results from week 26 of the Turkish Super League are given the rundown, as well as the schedule for week 27.  The semifinal matchups for the Turkish Cup are set.  The results of the second legs of the Turkish Cup quarterfinals are disclosed.  Also, as a bonus, the standings through 26 weeks of the TFF first division are given a rundown.

 

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Episode 328: Fatih Terim Is A Bit Experimental (Well, Not Really)

March 31, 2017

The Turkish national team seems to be in somewhat good shape.  For most people though, they’ll be relieved to see the Super League back this coming weekend.

The matches involving the Turkish national team are reviewed.  Turkey is still alive for World Cup 2018 qualifying.  Well, at least they’re within striking distance of a playoff spot.  The review against Finland goes more into some of the players that played in it more than the game itself.  As for the Moldova friendly, the review of the match goes into who played in the game, as there were a lot of relatively new faces in international play.  Also, the guys go into a brief Deniz Turuc discussion as to whether he should have been capped in the Finland game (thereby making him cap-tied to Turkey).

News this week concerns more of the political influences within Turkish football.  While we didn’t get to discussion about a potential amending of the foreigner cap last week, it does get discussed this week.  Also, Galatasaray raised the ire of the government as two legendary players had their clubs memberships retained.  However, government pressure caused Galatasaray to reconsider that position due to alleged affiliations of said legends.  The pundits discuss that.  Also, the average attendance of the Turkish Super League in comparison with the major European leagues gets discussed.

The episode concludes with a rundown of the week 26 schedule of the Turkish Super League. 

 

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Episode 327: A Weekend Without An International Incident?

March 24, 2017

It seems that many will need a break from the league for now.  But at least we’ve got the international weekend to keep us entertained, right?

Week 25 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  It seems Fenerbahce and Galatasaray may have bid adieu to any league title chances.  Two of the relegation zone teams won this weekend, and one of them beat a very good Kayserispor in a thriller.  As for the leaders, both of them played to draws.  One of them may wish that they would’ve won their match this past weekend

Some coaching changes occurred this past week.  The pundits debate the firings and the replacements.  Also, the Turkish national team will be playing in World Cup 2018 qualifying this weekend.  The roster is debated.

 

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Episode 326: The One Where We Draw Back The Curtain

March 16, 2017

It looks as though there could be some interesting times in the league ahead.  There’s interesting times ahead in Europe, although there’s something about fixture congestion.  Also, it seems somebody needs their morning coffee to function properly.  Plus, you’re about to find out about the results of the “dark arts” of post-production.  (Hint: it’s about 42 minutes in)

Week 24 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  It looks as though Adanaspor and, perhaps, Gaziantepspor might be done.  Kayserispor decided to crash the party against Besiktas.  Fenerbahce produced a comeback against Alanyaspor, although that might be an overstatement.  Galatasaray had another last gasp winner.  Istanbul Basaksehir now is close distance.  Trabzonspor continue their run since the beginning of the calendar year.  The week 25 schedule gets the rundown.  Trabzonspor will look to keep the good times rolling, but Galatasaray heads into town.  Also, considering the rumors regarding his coaching status, what state of mind will Konyaspor coach Aykut Kocaman be in?

The Europa League round of 16 gets discussed.  Besiktas beats up on Olympiakos in the second leg to advance to the quarterfinals.  The guys debate though if it was a matter of whether one was that good or the other was that bad.  Also, considering Besiktas advancing, the guys debate how it could affect Besiktas’ league title chances going forward.

 

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Episode 325: Handball Grey Areas

March 10, 2017

Recovery for some in the league, and a European adventure continues.

The week 23 results are given a full rundown.  Both Besiktas and Fenerbahce looked to be the beneficiaries of some grey areas of the law regarding the handball.  Bursaspor finally ended their recent futility.  Galatasaray made off like a thief in the night in Antalya with the football equivalent of a buzzer beater.  There was some extracurricular activity in Adana as well, but it doesn’t hide the fact that Adanaspor are pretty much screwed.

Besiktas went into Greece to face Olympiakos in the Europa League.  The first leg of that tie is reviewed and it looks like there’s still all to play for in Istanbul next week.

 

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Episode 324: Negative Goal Differential

March 3, 2017

After we took a week off for “real life” reasons, we’re back in the saddle.  It seems the league title picture is getting a little bit clearer.

The week 22 results are given a full rundown, while the week 21 results are briefly highlighted.  It looks as though both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are bowing out of the title race.  Akhisar Belediyespor pulled off an upset of Antalyaspor.  Kayserispor keeps up their hot streak.  Bursaspor is in free fall, and it seems that their fans are really reaching their breaking point.  As for the Besiktas-Galatasaray derby, it seems that referee Bulent Yildirim was a source of controversy.  The week 23 schedule gets a rundown.

News this week concerns a player move and a scheduling change.  Lukas Podolski is off to Japan soon.  The Super League will be playing in a month that hasn’t been familiar to them in many years, which would be due to some referendum coming up.

The Turkish Cup quarterfinals kicked off this past week with the first legs of the various ties.  It seems that Fenerbahce might be concentrating on this tournament.  Kasimpasa seems to be also keeping their good run of form up as well. 

 

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