Episode 321: A Podcast Bromance

February 3, 2017

This week is the seventh year anniversary of the podcast.  It doesn’t look that it’s been that long but it has.  Podcasts don’t seem to last this long, right?  It also looks like we’re in for a hectic second half of the current season.

Week 19 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Both Galatasaray and Besiktas got some comfortable wins.  As for Fenerbahce though, it was a week to forget in Kayseri (and that might be an understatement).  Antalyaspor is still on a tear, and Istanbul Basaksehir got a last gasp goal to continue their contention for the league title.  The relegation battle is getting more interesting.

The matchups in the Turkish Cup round of 16 are discussed.  This mostly concerns the Super League teams and whether they will prioritize the cup tournament over the league.

The major moves, as the transfer period is shut, are discussed.  A cult favorite heads back to Besiktas, and Istanbul Basaksehir signs a familiar player.  Bursaspor fills their coaching vacancy, and the pundits discuss the new hire.

The podcast concludes with a discussion on Fenerbahce.  Who’s really to blame for how their season has gone so far?  The guys debate the situation.

 

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Episode 320: Straight Out Of The Textbook

January 27, 2017

The second half of the season is underway.  Now we’re on the road to the league title.  We’re also on the road to crowning the winner of the Turkish Cup, if that tickles the fancy.

Week 18 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Galatasaray seems to have some complaints about their loss to Karabukspor, but the pundits have a difference of opinion.  The relegation dogfight now gets interesting.  Antalyaspor continues their resurrection since week eight.  Besiktas won comfortably against Alanyaspor, at least on the surface.  One of the pundits however, thinks that there’s more to it than that.  Adanaspor’s current form might not be a fluke after all.  The week 19 schedule gets a rundown.

The Turkish Cup wrapped up its group stages.  Lukas Podolski made it a night to remember for himself against 24 Erzincanspor.  Bursaspor could count on one person to at least support them in their match against Umraniyespor.

News this week concerns moves and coaching changes.  Bursaspor and Gaziantepspor will be looking for new coaches.  The pundits discuss the possible replacements as well as the situations at the respective teams.  Hugo Rodallega is off to Trabzonspor, and will Trabzonspor finally have everything gel?  The podcast wraps up with a discussion of the death of Genclerbirligi chairman Ilhan Cavcav and his legacy.

 

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Episode 319: The Mehmet Ekici Sweepstakes

January 20, 2017

The league is back in action, and we’re now at the halfway point.  Also there’s news about and moves all over the place.

Week 17 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Konyaspor had a bit of complaints against the referee, but Galatasaray got the three points.  Besiktas had no issues with Osmanlispor.  Fenerbahce unexpectedly lost points, although there might be referee complaints there too.  Antalyaspor continue their great run of form.  Istanbul Basaksehir won with some authority.  The week 18 schedule gets a rundown.

The Turkish Cup gets reviewed as matchday 5 in the group stages wrapped up.  It looks as though we’re going to have a derby in the next round.  Also, Galatasaray aren’t guaranteed qualification to the next round as of yet.  If they do make it, they might have to face a top team as well.

News this week concerns moves as the transfers keep coming.  Genclerbirligi have sold off one of their forwards to Bursaspor, and an interesting dilemma has come up because of it.  Kerim Frei has been sold off by Besiktas.  We have another coaching vacancy, and Alanyaspor were set to hire a former league title winning coach.  However, it seems that there might have been some snags.  Trabzonspor were about to sign a defender, but it looks as though that fell through.

The podcast concludes with the latest developments in the Mehmet Ekici transfer saga.

 

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Episode 318: Why Is Tolga Zengin In This Movie?

January 13, 2017

The winter break is over, and it’s back to league action.  There have been a few moves that have been made since the transfer window is now open for the next few weeks.

Recent moves are the focus of discussion on this week’s episode.  Olcay Sahan is heading from Besiktas to Trabzonspor.  There’s a brief update on the Mehmet Ekici sweepstakes.  Galatasaray have made a couple of moves, and the main discussion here deals with the acquisition of defender Ahmet Calik from Genclerbirligi.  Muhammet Demir is back at Gaziantepspor, and the pundits discuss the loan move and what he will bring to Gaziantepspor in their fight to stay in the top flight.  Kayserispor had some trouble paying one of their players, and the pundits discuss this development.  Ersan Gulum is heading back the Besiktas, but it seems that there may be a factor that people may not have thought of concerning the move.

The week 17 schedule gets the rundown as the league resumes after the winter break.  Besiktas have a tough test in Ankara.  Galatasaray have to head to Konya, which isn’t the easiest place to play either.  Antalyaspor looks to continue their good run of form under manager Riza Calimbay.  An interesting matchup to kick off the weekend is featured in Bursa.  Some matches look to have clear favorites on paper, but there always some strange things going on in this sport.

The episode ends with a brief discussion on futsal in Turkey.

 

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Episode 317: New Year, New Transfers

January 6, 2017

It’s a new year.  But just because there’s no football to be played doesn’t mean there isn’t football related issues to be discussed.

An article by Daily Sabah sports columnist Arda Alan Isik discussing the value of the Turkish Cup is discussed.  Isik argues that the Cup should be used as a youth cup competition.  The guys provide debate on this idea.

The recent moves are discussed.  Galatasaray decided to get rid of some dead weight.  Some Ukrainian players have decided to head to the Turkish league.  Besiktas have acquired a defender from the Croatian league, but is the price right?  Genclerbirligi have gotten a new central defender, which could signal what’s in store for Ahmet Calik.  Trabzonspor have gotten a couple of new fullbacks, but Omer Ali Sahiner hasn’t joined them officially.  The last point of debate this week deals with the transfer situation surround Mehmet Ekici and a potential move out of Trabzonspor.

 

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Episode 316: May The Replay Force Be With Turkey

December 30, 2016

It’s the end of the year.  It’s been a pretty eventful year.  It couldn’t be a week in Turkish football though without some sort of controversy.

Week 16 results for the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  There were some weird calls from referees this past weekend.  Istanbul Basaksehir unexpectedly stumbled, but one of the weird referee calls may have cost them the three points.  There was also a very strange call in the Rizespor-Osmanlispor match.  The last match held at Huseyin Avni Aker stadium didn’t have the sendoff that Trabzonspor had in mind.  Antalyaspor and Genclerbirligi have had some great runs of form over the last few weeks, and the pundits talk about their recent wins and chances for European qualification.

There’s already some moves being made.  The pundits go over some moves currently made and also some rumored moves.  Galatasaray have made some releases, two of which really didn’t do much of anything, but one who still might have had something to give. 

The Turkish Cup gets a brief rundown.  The guys look into the recent results in the fourth matchday in the group stages.

The podcast concludes this week with a discussion in regards to the implementation of video replay in the Turkish leagues.  The guys seem to agree that it should be implemented, the real question is how to do it.

 

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Episode 315: Does Turkey Believe In Frosty The Snowman?

December 23, 2016

There were a couple of stumbles in the league.  It also looks like the transfer season is starting early.  Oh and Christmas is around the corner, and considering St. Nick’s house is located in Turkey, we might have some holiday cheer.

Week 15 results for the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Kasimpasa pulled off an upset against Besiktas.  Galatasaray had to count on Semih Kaya against Osmanlispor in a very cold night in Ankara.  Istanbul Basaksehir continues their run.  Adanaspor won for the first time in what seems like forever.  The week 16 schedule, the last match weekend before the winter break, gets the rundown.

The Turkish Cup gets a brief rundown.  Trabzonspor gets a win via some of their youth players.  It would be overshadowed, however, by the death of Amedspor player Sehmus Ozer.  There seems to be wintry wonderlands in these matches as well.

The podcast wraps up with the news of week.  It looks like transfer season has started early.  Besiktas looks to be acquiring Ryan Babel, as he looks to return to Turkey.  One potential move that been reported is Genclerbirligi’s Irfan Can Kahveci heading to Istanbul Basaksehir.  The pundits discuss the pros and cons of the potential move.

 

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Episode 314: Political Minefields Ahead?

December 16, 2016

There were more than a few weird referee decisions this past week.  Also, Turkish teams will have to deal with political implications considering the recent Europa League draw.

Week 14 results for the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Some controversial calls would highlight this weekend.  Besiktas got some penalty kick calls that people were discussing in their win against Bursaspor.  Mustafa Yumlu got Trabzonspor a dubious penalty kick against Adanaspor.  Moussa Sow scored from a bicycle kick, but this was called back.  Raul Rusescu got Osmanlispor a dubious penalty, but Bora Ozkok evened things out.  The same couldn’t be said for Akhisar Belediyespor against Osmanlispor though.  The week 15 schedule gets a rundown.  The upcoming schedule is highlighted by a clash between Galatasaray and Osmanlispor in Ankara.

There’s not much in terms of news this week.  There was one coaching vacancy filled though, as Ibrahim Uzulmez takes the job at Gaziantepspor.  The prospects of Gaziantepspor under Uzulmez’s tenure are debated.

With the Europa League draw happening this past week, the pundits debate the opponents.  It seems that there might be some political implications considering the countries that the Turkish clubs will have to play.  The pundits briefly discuss the results of the draw.

The episode wraps up this week with a brief overview of the second matchday of the Turkish Cup group stages.  There were some interesting results, but really nothing much to see.

 

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Episode 313: Is Craig Thomson The New Ivan Bebek?

December 9, 2016

Another derby came and went.  The major story comes from Europe, and perhaps Turkish referees have been given a reprieve.  Kaan is under the weather this week with the “man flu”, so in case there’s some coughing and stuff, you know why.

Week 13 results for the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  The Fenerbahce-Besiktas derby has come and gone, mostly without as much as a whimper.  The league leaders stumbled a bit against Antalyaspor, but Istanbul Basaskehir certainly benefitted from the derby result.  Galatasaray also benefitted from the derby result as well.  Riad Bajic got an ejection under very dubious circumtstances, but Konyaspor got the win over Alanyaspor anyway. 

After our discussion last week about coaches on the hot seat, some coaches did happen to get the boot this past week.  Adanaspor, Gaziantepspor, and Kayserispor are on the hunt for new coaches. 

Perhaps the most controversial European match yet involving a Turkish team happened in the Champions League this past week.  Besiktas’ loss in Kiev is discussed.  Also, there is a debate as to the reactions on social media regarding this match

The episode wraps up with a review of Europa League action, which at least provided some good news.  While Konyaspor suffered some last minute heartbreak, Osmanlispor and Fenerbahce advanced.  In fact both of those teams won their groups.

 

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Episode 312: A Barely Legal One

December 2, 2016

We like to get detailed here on the podcast, at least that’s been the case as of late.  Regardless, we hope that the listener will appreciate the discussion involving football (or soccer) from Turkey.

Week 12 results for the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  While many times referee mistakes are highlighted in games involving the major teams, the Alanayspor-Kayserispor match seemed to have some referee botches that went underneath a lot of radars (except ours of course).  Galatasaray gave their head coach some relief in terms of job security, but perhaps it was more down to Bursaspor disappointing.  Antalyaspor is on a hot streak now, as they pull away further from the drop zone.  The battle at the top between Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir resulted in everything being all square, and the match is discussed in detail.  It would also be horrible news for Leonard Kweuke this week, as his wife was involved in a car accident and she was pregnant with twins that died in the accident.  We send our condolences to him at this trying time.

The Turkish Cup group stages kicked off this past week.  We even dropped a Turkish Star Wars reference.  We take a look at some of the games that were played in the midweek.  Some teams decided to go with the primary team, others decided to try out reserves and youth players. 

With the season now over a third of the way done, there’s bound to be some coaches on the hot seat.  The pundits debate who might be on the hot seat.  Most of them are down in the bottom half of the table.

With European action coming up, the pundits preview the matches in UEFA competition.  Besiktas are in control of their destiny in the Champions League.  Both Osmanlispor and Fenerbahce are in the same situation as well in the Europa League.  Konyaspor will be saying farewell.

The episode concludes with our occasional look at the TFF First Division.  The standings are given a rundown.  Altinordu gets highlighted, as they have become a player factory so to speak.

 

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