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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Episode 323: That Bug Is Really Tying The Room Together

February 17, 2017

It seems that bug is spreading in Antwerp.  So that means it’s the ultra-abbreviated version of the podcast for this week.  That means it's a solo run.

The week 20 results are given a rundown.  All the top five in the league dropped points, it doesn’t make the league standings all that interesting to go through.  The week 21 schedule is also given a rundown.

The major news of the week is a coaching change at Galatasaray.  Galatasaray decided to get their new coach from another team in the league.

The show wraps up with a review of the review of the Europa League action in the first leg of the round of 32. 

 

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Episode 322: The Best Bromance In Turkish Podcasting

February 10, 2017

Considering what happened this past weekend in the Turkish Cup, we might have to batten down the hatches so to speak.  This episode might get ugly.

The matches of the round of 16 of the Turkish Cup are reviewed.  All of the other matches were overshadowed by the eventful (to put it mildly) Besiktas-Fenerbahce match.  We review the matches over the weekend.

News this week concerns the fallout from what is termed on the podcast as the “Battle of Dolmabahce”.  Also, Kasimpasa should watch their matchday roster from here on out.

With the league resuming action this weekend, the week 20 schedule gets the rundown.

(As a side note, the referee that couldn’t be recalled was Deniz Ates Bitnel)

 

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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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