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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Episode 306: Need Medication For My Fixture Congestion

October 21, 2016

Kaan Bayazit returns to the podcast again this week.  The usual back and forth ensues.

The league gets its usual review and preview this week.  The leaders seemed to have struggled (according to one pundit anyway).  The pundits then talk about Europe.  Besiktas won in the Champions League, although one of their goals should not have been countred according to some.  Fenerbahce had a night to forget in Manchester.  Konyaspor didn’t have much to show, while Osmanlispor might have been screwed by the referee with one player ejected harshly.  The guys also get into a debate about fixture congestion and what a team should prioritize.

(There might be some audio issues in the second segment.  Ata’s audio might come out a bit quiet.  We’re trying a new Skype recording program due to issues with previous recording software.  Also, Ata used a different microphone for the second segment.  Kaan turned out fine, although it may get loud at times.)

 

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Episode 305: Fatih Terim Is A Dinosaur

October 13, 2016

Ata didn’t get to meet up with Jeremy when he was in DC.  With Jeremy now moving to Germany, Kaan Bayazit gets back in the pundit chair, and hijinks will ensue.

Turkey didn’t fare so well in World Cup qualifying last weekend.  The guys break down the matches with Ukraine and Iceland.  With many people in Turkish football media circles calling for Fatih Terim’s head, the guys discuss Terim’s shortcomings and even some choices for the next coach when Terim is eventually let go from the job. 

The Turkish Super League gets back into action with week seven, and the guys give this weekend’s schedule a rundown.  With continental action back in swing, the pundits also look at the upcoming fixtures. Finally this week, the issue of the lack of broadcasting with the TFF 1st division has been resolved, and the pundits discuss this development.

 

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Episode 304: Terim Snubs Turan… Again

October 6, 2016

Jeremy is back for this week.  He’s set to move out of Indiana though.  At least Ata will meet up with him for next week (we hope).

Week 6 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  There are a few referee calls that highlighted some of the games this week.  With the international break coming up, the pundits take a look at the roster for World Cup qualifying.  Arda Turan got snubbed, but a certain defender is back on the team.  The pundits debate the Turan snubbing as he is not selected for the second international break in succession. 

 

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Episode 303: Technical Gremlins, Don’t Feed Them After Midnight

September 30, 2016

The pundits from last week were set to take over again this week.  Unfortunately, technical issues came up with the recording.  So Ata Dizdar had to cut his self-imposed hiatus short for this quickie episode.

A summary of the week 5 results starts off this week’s episode.  The week 6 schedule is then given a rundown.  Not much in terms of news this week, except for Trabzonspor, it was a bit of bad news.  As for Turkish clubs in UEFA competition, only Fenerbahce seemed to have a good result.  Everyone else seemed to come up a bit short.  The TFF 1st division is featured this week, as a rare goal from a goalkeeper is highlighted. 

 

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Episode 302: Let’s Hope Everyone Understands Their English

September 22, 2016

This episode is a bit different from the rest of the episodes in the podcast’s history.  Kaan Bayazit steps into the hosting chair with both Jeremy and Ata out due to various reasons.  Yordi Yamali, who hosts the Dutch language FC Afkicken show on YouTube, fills in as co-host. 

Week 4 results of the Turkish Super League are reviewed.  The week 5 schedule gets a rundown as well, which features the first Istanbul big 3 derby of the season.  News this week features a discussion on Antalyaspor issuing a suspension to Samuel Eto’o for a post on Instagram.  Finally, the UEFA matches involving Turkish teams are previewed.

 

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