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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Episode 311: Looks Like Aedin Wants His Share Of Turkey

November 25, 2016

It is Thanksgiving week in the United States, so one of the pundits will be stuffing himself with that other form of turkey.  As for the other pundit, his kid must really want to be a part of the podcast.  Regardless, this is a long one.

Super League results for week 11 get reviewed.  The league leaders came through in the clutch.  Most of the discussion will be focused on the Fenerbahce-Galatasaray derby.  Most of the discussion here pertains to more of why Galatasaray lost the game rather than how Fenerbahce won it.  The week 12 schedule gets the rundown.  This week features a top of the table clash between Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir.

News this week concerns more off the field matters.  The broadcast rights for the Turkish Super League were retained by Digiturk.  The pundits mostly lament at this development and provide their criticisms of the television conglomerate.  Also, the money paid for the rights are analyzed.  Also, a former Fenerbahce player and current studio analyst has announced he will put his hat into the ring for the TFF presidency. 

European results wrap up this week’s episode.  Besiktas pulled off a comeback.  Fenerbahce looks in prime position to get out of their group.  As for Konyaspor, perhaps the saying “the less said, the better” can apply to their match, and their European excursion as a whole.  Osmanlispor, while they still have a shot at advancing out of their group, didn’t have it go so well in Bucharest.

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Episode 310: Beck At Left Back (Try Saying That Three Times Fast)

November 18, 2016

The international break has come and gone.  Now it seems we can get back to normal with the league and other club competitions.

We start off this week with a review of Turkey’s match against Kosovo in World Cup 2018 qualifying.  Well, it wasn’t much and there’s not much to debate on this match.  Although, Fatih Terim’s ego still is getting in the way of things.

The week 11 schedule gets the rundown this week as the league kicks back into action.  This week is highlighted by the Fenerbahce-Galatasaray derby.  Although there are some other match that people might want to take notice of, particularly the matches involving the league leaders.

We finish up this week by going over the upcoming matches for European competition.  There are some interesting points ahead of the Besiktas-Benfica match in the Champions League.  As for the Europa League, there are also some interesting points there.  Fenerbahce will have to watch for Zorya Luhansk.  Konyaspor, disappointing European run aside, make have an easier time of it against Shakhtar Donetsk than initially thought.  As for Osmanlispor, they could be the surprise darlings once again.

 

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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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Episode 308: We’re Behind The 8 Ball

November 4, 2016

This week’s episode isn’t as long as last week, so rejoice.  We will give you the chock full of Turkish football discussion goodness you’ve come to expect.

Week 9 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  Besiktas had a hard time of it against Genclerbirligi.  It seems fixture congestion is catching up with Osmanlispor and Konyaspor, at least league-wise.  Istanbul Basaksehir continues their flying start, but one wonders when they will hit the eventual wall. The schedule for week 10 is given the rundown, and this week features a matchup right at the top of the table.

The draw for the Turkish Cup group stages occurred this past week.  Some top flight teams won’t be playing other top flights teams in their group.  The pundits discuss the results of the draw.

News this week features injuries and suspensions.  Akhisar Belediyespor decided to suspend a couple of players for recent conduct.  Also, Besiktas might be dealing with an old nemesis: the injury bug.  Bursaspor also made the news as they made sure goalkeeper Harun Tekin sticks around for a while.

Discussion about UEFA competition concludes the podcast this week.  It took a wonder goal from Napoli to prevent Besiktas from getting a win.  Fenerbahce played Manchester United at home, and this time the outcome was a bit different.  Osmanlispor raised a few eyebrows in Spain.  As for Konyaspor, it seems they aren’t ready for primetime (as if that was obvious from before). 

 

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Episode 307: League Falsification

October 28, 2016

This episode is quite long this week, and anyone who knows the pundits can guess why.  Also, for those of you who are put off by curse words, the curse words will not be bleeped this time around.  So fair warning to all, as listener discretion is advised.

Week 8 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  The pundits debate on a couple of tackles, one that led to a goal and the other leading to a yellow card.  A red card in the Besiktas-Antalyaspor match would be the focal point of that match (much to the chagrin of one of the hosts).  Trabzonspor pulled off a nice upset on the road, and it seemed that they had some extra motivation to do so.  The week 9 schedule gets the rundown.  A part of the schedule is scrutinized due to the day of a match involving one team competing in Europe.

The TFF 1st division gets highlighted this week.  There was a brawl in Izmir betweenGoztepe and Eskisehirspor which led to the match being abandoned.  The ruling from the PFDK was handed down as the podcast was being recorded so the sanction gets debated.  Also in regards to the TFF 1st division, another club got a sanction for not paying wages and transfer fees.  In addition, Caner Erkin suffered a pretty bad injury, and the pundits debate his recovery.

The major news of the week relates to a chairman announcement.  Ali Koc, who’s part of the richest family in Turkey, announced that he will be a candidate for the chairmanship of Fenerbahce in their next congress (extraordinary or otherwise).  The pundits debate Koc’s announcement and there’s a special cameo during this discussion.

The issue of fixture congestion comes up again.  The issue of Yeni Malatyaspor’s elimination from the Turkish Cup comes up and whether elimination from the Turkish Cup by TFF 1st division sides might benefit them in their quest for promotion.

The podcast wraps up with a look ahead to European club competition for the Champions League and Europa League. 

 

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