Turkish Football Weekly – Episode 16

May 20, 2010 4 comments

Turkish Football Weekly this week has coverage of the historic championship that Bursaspor won this past week.  Also, Turkey’s chances for hosting Euro 2016 are discussed with the guys from the Round Ball in Ankara blog.

Turkish Football Weekly – Episode 16

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Bursaspor becomes the 2009-2010 Turkcell Super League champions!

May 16, 2010 3 comments

Perhaps the most anticipated moment in Turkish football occurred this past Sunday.  For years, Turkish football fans have wondered if there would be a fifth team to win the Turkcell Super League championship.  Since Trabzonspor last won the league in the 1983-84 season (their sixth title), only the big three Istanbul clubs, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, and Beşiktaş, have had a stranglehold on Turkish top flight football championships.  It seemed that the only way that any player could win a league title, was to play for either of the previous championship winning clubs.  That was true, until now.  Bursaspor became the champions of the Turkcell Super League, winning their first title, after never having even finished in the top three in previous years. Read more…

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Turkcell Super League – Bursaspor’s Final Exam

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

With the Turkcell Super League season now going into its last four weeks, the usual contenders are in the race for the title.  With Beşiktaş losing to Fenerbahçe over the weekend, it seems as though Beşiktaş is out of the title race, leaving Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray to slug it out over the title.  What has been a refreshing surprise, however, is the performance of Bursaspor.  Bursaspor currently lead the Turkcell Super League standings, with a gap of one point over Fenerbahçe and four points over Galatasaray.  With emerging stars such as Volkan Sen, Sercan Yildirim, and Ozan Ipek, and veterans such as Huseyin Cimsir, Leonardo Iglesias, Omer Erdogan, Dimitar Ivankov, and Ali Tandogan, Bursaspor look to be the first team since Trabzonspor last did so in the 1983-84 season to break the Istanbul big three stranglehold on the Turkcell Super League championship.  But with the way their schedule looks in the last four weeks, it looks to be a tough road for Bursaspor to win the title.  These last four weeks may be looked at as Bursaspor’s final exam in their quest to be called champions. Read more…

Over 40-50 People Detained in Turkey for Alleged Match-Fixing

March 25, 2010 1 comment

More than 40 – 50 people were detained in Turkey earlier this week for connections to a football match-fixing scandal in which the investigation was originally launched by the Turkish Football Federation in August of 2009.  The detained are accused of manipulation of matches and match fixing.  The detainments were part of a six-month investigation by the Istanbul Police Department in cooperation with the Turkish Football Federation.  The Istanbul Police Department also had appointed a senior officer to work with the Bochum Public Prosecutors Office and German authorities.

Detainees consisted of former and current players ranging from the Turkcell Super League and the Bank Asya First Division.  Some of them include Arif Erdem, a former Galatasaray player and current assistant coach of Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor; former Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray player Fatih Akyel, Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor goalkeeper Kenan Hasagic, Konyaspor goalkeeper Recep Öztürk, Sivasspor player Erman Kılıç, and Kayserispor players Umut Koçin and Durmuş Bayram.  Kayseri police have said that both Kayserispor players were sent to Istanbul and would testify as witnesses.  Öztürk, who is the son-in-law of Gençlerbirliği chairman Ilhan Cavcav, is accused of betting 30,000 euros against his own team.  That accusation is based off a match last May when Öztürk played for Gençlerbirliği against Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor, where Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor won 3-1 and avaided relegation from the Turkcell Super League.

As of the writing of this piece, Erdem, Hasagic, and Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor player Taner Gulleri have been released without facing trial.  Akyel is facing trial along with fellow Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray player Ali Riza Gültekin.  After being released Erdem told reporters that he provided all information asked of him by the prosecutors.  He went on to mention that he was directly accused of match fixing and that he has no reason to abstain from testifying on this issue.  Öztürk is still in custody.

The TFF has said in a written statement that the investigation was independent of the probe by the Bochum Public Prosecutors Office into this matter.  They also said that their officials were sharing information with the German authorities.

Turkcell Super League – The Diyarbakirspor Dillema

March 16, 2010 2 comments

The Turkish Football Federation will have a decision to make this week.  As discussed in the Turkish Football Weekly podcast, Diyarbakirspor had a match abandoned in the week before last against Bursaspor.  Now with that having already been discussed, what happened this week would be even more shocking.  Diyarbakirspor had already had one match abandoned, and now, last week, another match involving the club was abandoned, this time against Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor. Read more…

Turkcell Super League – Week 23 recap

March 1, 2010 1 comment

With the disappointment of both Turkish teams getting knocked out in the Europa League, it was back to business as usual.  Week 23 of the Turkcell Super League season was another one of those weeks where things seemed to be business as usual.  Some teams would be disappointed, some teams would feel elated.  The drive for the title would produce excitement this week. Read more…

Turkcell Super League – Week 22 recap

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Week 22 of the Turkcell Super League can also be considered a pivotal point in the season.  An important Istanbul derby was going to determine bragging rights, but perhaps if the leaders would be in the driver’s seat to the title.  An important top of the table clash was in the cards as two teams battle for position to qualify for European competition.  The derby had all of the headlines this week, as it usually does.  The action started on Saturday. Read more…

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