Episode 340: The Big Fish In Izmir

June 26, 2017

Rumors and news aplenty this week, even though it’s a short episode.  The releases of the podcast will be intermittent at least until Galatasaray begins their European run.

The news of the week that we can safely say is concrete is discussed.  Galatasaray found out who they will face in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, which will be in mid-July.  We’ve got some coaching vacancies filled.  The main topics this week are some rumors for the major teams though.

 

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Episode 339: Sing a Sad Song for Sabri Sarioglu

June 18, 2017

Apologies for this being late.  There will be a delayed releasing of the podcast since it is the offseason.  But let the offseason fun begin.  At least Turkey is in good shape in World Cup qualifying, right?

The World Cup qualifier between Turkey and Kosovo is discussed.  Turkey got a result, and now it’s time to look forward.

Transfers and news gets discussed.  Antalyaspor is getting ambitions about their future asperations.  Istanbul Basaksehir looks like they don’t want to have a one season wonder.  Fenerbahce made a move, grabbing a Ligue 1 player.  Some teams have hired new coaches as well.  Also, it’s the end of an era at Galatasaray.

 

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Episode 338: Who Took A Pee In Rize’s Tea?

June 10, 2017

The season is finally over.  Some people in Rize though are going to be up in arms though.  Also, beware of being a football journalist in Turkey.

Week 34 results of this season’s Turkish Super League are reviewed.  While most of the games were dead rubbers, the main topic of discussion concerns the relegation dogfight.  It seems as though the city of Rize is none too pleased as to how the season ended.

The third team to be promoted to the Super League was determined this past week.  There was some extracurricular activity.  But we’ll be seeing a team in the Super League that hasn’t been seen in a while, and from a city that hasn’t been represented in the top flight in a while to boot.

Turkey recently played a friendly against Macedonia.  Thing is, Arda Turan decided to overshadow everything by throwing a hissy fit.  Then he decided to retire from international football.  The issues surrounding his supposed retirement is discussed.

The news this week covers the usual wide range of topics.  The main topic of discussion is the return of Aykut Kocaman to Fenerbahce as their new manager.  It didn’t take Konyaspor long to find a replacement, and it may be the best replacement possible.  Bruma is heading out of Galatasaray, and perhaps the price Galatasaray is getting may not be enough to break even.  Kocaman heading back to Fenerbahce is the main focus and issues surrounding his return are debated.

 

 

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Episode 337: It’s Getting Hot In Here For Selcuk Sahin

June 3, 2017

We’ve already crowned a league champion.  Thing is, there’s a few other things that need to be determined.

Week 33 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Besiktas clinches the league title, but there are other things that need to be determined.  The relegation dogfight is set to head into the final weekend.  Galatasaray makes their case for third place.  Akhisar Belediyespor continues their flying end to the season.  The final week’s matches get a rundown.

Various matches get reviewed after the league review.  The Turkish Cup final seemed to have been a cure for insomnia, but at least one club got to take home their first trophy.  The TFF first division promotional playoffs get reviewed, as the two teams playing for the final promotion spot have been determined.  Also, the final promotional spot from the TFF second division (or the third tier) got handed out, and teams in the TFF first division might be asking for divine intervention in order for them not to go to a specific area in the winter.

Two news bites are featured this week.  The first has to do with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan having a problem with a sports related word.  The other point of discussion is a bit more serious.  Selcuk Sahin recently tweeted that players are under hot conditions, and the issues surrounding his tweet are debated.  It seems that beINSports wants the Super League to be expanded to twenty teams, and the pros and cons of this rumored move are debated.

There’s an upcoming international weekend.  The Turkish national team roster for the upcoming international games gets discussed.  The usual debate regarding who got picked also occurs.

 

 

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Episode 336: Shutting Down Vagner’s Love

May 25, 2017

It looks like the title race could be over after this weekend.  The relegation dogfight might be done as well.  The playoffs for getting promoted out of the second tier will be set to get underway.

Week 32 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir stumbled in Trabzon, while Besiktas took care of business at home.  The race for third continues to heat up, while the race for fifth takes another twist.  Akhisar Belediyespor has nothing to play for, but they still continue their high flying ways.  The Week 33 schedule gets a rundown.

A comment in passing leads to a discussion of what kinds of promotions clubs can do in order to attract fans and generate new supporters.  Some ideas could be absurd, but some of them should be forwarded to the clubs.

The TFF first division wrapped up their regular season this past week.  The final week’s results are run down, and the promotional playoff matchups are discussed.

A couple of newsbites conclude the episode.  One is about a potential new coach on the horizon for Bursaspor.  The other has to do with Olcan Adin reportedly being owed money from Galatasaray and a potential consequence if Adin isn’t paid what he’s owed.

 

 

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Episode 335: The Mother Of All Dead Rubbers

May 18, 2017

The title race seems like it’s going to go down to the wire.  The relegation dogfight looks to be almost over.  Also, two teams have guaranteed themselves promotion from the second tier, with all to play for in the lower division.

Week 31 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Two teams are officially doomed to relegation, while one will need the rest of the season to go their way.  Both leaders won their matches, although one had to execute a comeback to win their match.  Akhisar Belediyespor has looked inspired over the last month’s worth of league games to say the least, as they continue their recent explosion of scoring.  Rizespor now has a bigger hole to dig out if they want to stay in the top flight.  The remaining schedule though for Rizespor might be in their favor in comparison with Bursaspor.  The Week 32 schedule gets a rundown.

The Turkish Cup final now has its two participants.  Konyaspor took advantage of having the home field in their second leg match against Kasimpasa.  As for Fenerbahce against Istanbul Basaksehir, it seemed like that match seemed to go on forever (or at least the penalty kick shootout anyway).

The TFF first division wraps up its regular season this weekend.  The teams that will finish in the top two, which are the automatic promotion spots, have now been determined for this season.  Those two teams happen to be playing each other this weekend, so it’s a matter of who wins the division outright.  Two spots for the promotional playoffs will be contested by three teams.  Also, the relegation dogfight is far crazier than the top flight, with five teams still in contention to stay up in the second tier.

This week’s episode concludes with Turkey’s U17s in the U17 Euros.  Unfortunately, Turkey will not be playing for the title.  While Turkey were eliminated, the pundits take a look back at the U17 Turkish national team that won the tournament back in 2005.  It’s more of a “where are they now” sort of discussion.

 

 

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Episode 334: Stone Cold Talisca

May 12, 2017

It seems we could have a title race.  Nobody would’ve thought that a few weeks ago.  Also, there’s some good news from the younglings in Croatia.

Week 30 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Istanbul Basaksehir comes through in the clutch against Antalyaspor.  Rizespor and Akhisar Belediyespor decide to score touchdowns (but couldn’t kick the extra point for some reason).  Bursaspor made some history, although it’s the type of first that they would rather not be a part of.  As for the derby, Fenerbahce made off like a thief with a point from Vodafone Arena.  The week 31 schedule gets the rundown.

News this week concerns various subjects.  Genclerbirligi have hired Umit Ozat on a pernament basis, but they’ll have to do without Serdar Gurler for a bit.  Besiktas’ Anderson Talisca incurred the wrath of the PFDK. 

The episode wraps up with a discussion of two tournaments.  The second legs of the Turkish Cup semifinals are set to be played in the upcoming midweek.  The pundits preview those matches.  Also, the Turkey U17 national team continues their run at the U17 Euros in Croatia.  The pundits review their matches so far.

 

 

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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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