Friday, 29 June 2012

Ankara to be granted new stadium ?

The Sports Minister of Ankara today confirmed they will begin work on a new 40,000 stadium in Ankara. Turkey are hoping to host future World Cups, Euros and Olympics and the Capital Ankara looks set to become of of may cities with a new stadium.

Mersin, Bursaspor, Eskiseirspor and Orduspor are one of a few clubs who are currently having new stadiums built. The plans are that the current location of the 19 Mayis Stadium is where the new one will be built. More details will follow later.

Ankaragucu president Ilyas Ertan Sumer resigns !

Ankaragucu president Ilyas Sumer has tonight resigned from the club. Sumer took over at the end of last year following the departure of Sami Altinyuva. Tonight he claimed how difficult his time at the club was and asked where the money for Ishak Dogan, Turgut Dogan and the Fenrbahce ticket sales have went.

With Ankaragucu loosing all there players and serving a transfer ban, Sumer found himself with the impossible task of being the man responsible for helping Ankaragucu through these tough times.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Darius Vassell to return to Turkey ?

Former Ankaragucu striker Darius Vassell was today linked with a move back to Turkey with Gaziantepspor. Hikmet Karaman who signed Vassell for Ankaragucu is the current manager of Gaziantepspor and said he has had discussions with the player.

Karaman would like to pair the little striker with the Giant John Carew who signed for Gaziantepspor last week. Vassell played 22 games for Ankaragucu scoring 4 goals.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Darius Vassell 3 years on !

When Darius Vassell signed for Ankaragucu in July 2009, big things were expected of the England International. Vassell had spent his career in the English Premiership with Aston Villa and Manchester City. Although not the best finisher, the little striker made up for it in effort, speed and skill. He was also known for his character, once drilling through is doe with an electric drill to try and help release the pressure on his toe nail.

3000 Ankaragucu fans greeted Vassell at Esenboga Airport Video, you could be forgiven for thinking that Ankaragucu had just completed the signing of Lionel Messi. In an interview later on Vassell told of how he was blown away by the welcome and it helped him make his decision to sign for Ankaragucu. The club were playing in their centenary year and wanted to give the fans some big names and challenge for Europe. All started well when on his second game Vassell came on as a sub against Manisaspor and scored the equalising goal to give Ankaragucu a point.

Ankaragucu are known for their fans being the most hostile but loyal in Turkey, and Vassell instantly became a fans favourite. Scoring the winning goal in the derby match against rivals Genclerbirligi saw the striker run into the crowd and celebrate with the fans. (Pictured below.)

After a promising start to his Ankaragucu career, things started to go sour. When the Gokceks took control of the club the players wages weren't being paid. Vassell along with team mate Gustav Bebbe found themselves out on the streets after being kicked out of their hotel as the club hadn't paid the bills.

The striker then picked up a couple of injuries which saw him in and out of the team. Vassell never hid the fact that he was having problems off field with the new owners. All to often the Ankaragucu management make promises that they don't full fill. After a long battle to try and overcome these problems Vassell agreed to terminate his contract after 22 games and 4 goals.

He now plays his football with Leicester City and is hoping to help them get back to the Premier League. Just recently Darius got in touch with The Round Ball in Ankara to say he still keeps up to date with what's going on at the club, he also said that the fans give so much but receive nothing back. No truer words have been spoken.

Umut Bulut returns to Turkey !

Former Ankaragucu striker Umut Bulut has returned to Turkey after signing a one year loan deal with Champions Galatasaray. The 29 year old spent last year with Tolouse after moving from Trabzonspor. He didn't have the best of seasons scoring only 4 goals. Umut has been on good form for the National side though under Abdullah Avci.

With Ankaragucu relegated to Bank Aysa, Umut will be hoping the clubs meet in the Turkish Cup if he is to face his old club.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Ankaragucu and Rangers two clubs destroyed by corruption !

When Ankaragucu and Rangers met in Europe in 1973 even the great Uri Geller couldn't have predicted that both clubs would share the same destiny nearly 40 years on. Rangers are Scotland's number 1 club with a World Record 54 Titles to their name. Cup Winners Cup Winners in 1972 the club have had some wonderful players in their History, players such as Jim Baxter, Davie Cooper, Brian Laudrup, Paul Gascoigne and Ally McCoist to name a few.

At the same time Ankaragucu have spent most of their time fighting relegation in the Turkish Super Lig or Challenging for a Europa Cup place. I have been a season ticket holder at Ibrox for 18 years and seen some memorable times, I was there to see us win The Treble, I saw us win at Easter Road on Helicopter and I was there on Walter Smith's last season when we won the league at Rugby Park against the odds.

There have been so many tears of Joy and Tears of Hurt following Rangers, but nothing compares to what is going on at the moment. Two men Hakan Kutlu and Ally McCoist took on footballs toughest jobs just over a year ago. Hakan Kutlu was a one man club who played for Ankaragucu all his career while Ally McCoist a  Rangers die hard and the clubs Top Goalscorer of all time took over his boyhood hero's.

Ankaragucu are facing liquidation on July 7th, this is due to two men Cemal Aydin and Melih Gokcek who have put the club over £50 Million in debt. Melih Gokcek was found guilty of an illegal takeover of the club which Cemal Aydin allowed to happen. After spending £35 Million on new players, Melih left the club without having paid the players for 6 months and outstanding transfer fees to other clubs. When Cemal won control of the club again he also refused to pay the players, this meant every first team player left the club. Hakan Kutlu stayed on with the Youth Team and Team Captain Aydin Toscali to work unpaid until the end of the season. The team had to play in the snow without a change of Strip, the players had to push their own Team Bus when it was stuck due to bad weather, all whilst being humiliated every week loosing in the Turkish Super Lig. The club were handed a transfer ban which meant no new players could be brought in.

There are businessmen of Ankara who want to help the club, but due to the power of Cemal Aydin and Melih Gokcek cant and it looks like the club will die unless Cemal resigns from the club. To add insult Melih Gokcek has stated he will change the name of his current team Ankaraspor to Ankaragucu A.S if they are allowed back in the Super Lig. Ankaraspor were kicked out Turkish Football for their involvement with Ankaragucu.

At the same time Ally McCoist took over from Walter Smith and under new Owner Craig Whyte hoped that he could challenge rival Neil Lennon and Celtic for the SPL title. Rangers were already facing a Tax Case from David Murray's time at the club, it was also claimed that David Murray had been using EBT'S and players had dual contracts. It seemed like every player Ally McCoist wanted to sign he missed out on. Instead of the club bringing in Quality players, McCoist instead had to put up with budget signings no better than what he had. The club were kicked out of both the Champions League and Europa League against Malmo and Maribor. Rangers also gave up a 15 point lead over rivals Celtic in the league having lost Seven Naismith to Injury.

When the January transfer window arrived Nikica Jelavic was sold and no one brought in, a few weeks later the club were in administration. Craig Whyte had not paid Tax and PAYE and had appointed Duff and Phelps to head the administration. The players agreed to a 75% wage reduction for three months two players left Mervan Celik and Gregg Wylde. The Rangers support and Ally McCoist had to put up with lie after lie from Administrators who many believe were in on the act with Craig Whyte to make as much money possible from the club.

After failed bids from Bill Miller, The Blue Knights, Brian Kennedy and Bill Ng, a Yorkshireman who had been hunted out from Sheffield United Charles Green came along and was given preferred bidder status by the administrators. Green claimed he had 20 Investors in his consortium and pushed for a CVA.

Rangers fans and players were left devastated when the news broke that the CVA was rejected as it meant the club were liquidated.  That word just makes my blood boil, how can a club the size of Rangers, with our History and all its follow followers be liquidated ? The club still remain as a Newco but the troubles continue. Scottish Clubs have laid the boot into Rangers by voting No to them rejoining the SPL, fair enough if it were for the right reasons, but clubs want Rangers in division 1 so that they don't loose the money they make off the club.

Rangers fans are not looking for sympathy, we are not looking for special treatment. We are happy to take our punishment but it needs to be the same punishment that any other club would take. Its not down to Sporting Integrity, its down to how much money clubs loose without us. We have already been deducted points, banned from Europe for 3 seasons, Fined, and had a ban from signing players. What more do they want ?

It seems like Charles Green is working with Craig Whyte and Duff n Phelps and maybe Andrew Ellis is the one behind this cunning plan. One thing is for sure, the likes of Charles Green, Cemal Aydin and Melih Gokcek don't have the clubs interests at heart. They can burn in hell.

Hakan Kutlu and Ally McCoist we will stand shoulder to shoulder with you through these troubled times.

Torun Veli agrees move to Kayseri Erciyesspor !

We broke the news last night that the young Ankaragucu midfielder was in talks with Kayseri Erciyesspor. After successful negotiations the youngster has agreed to move to his new club. Ankaragucu Iskocya wished him all the best for the future in which Torun thanked us for the support.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Veli Torun next for Ankaragucu exit ?

Ankaragucu midfielder Veli Torun could be the next player to leave the club with Kayseri Erciyesspor looking to snap him up. The player has already been linked with a move to Konyaspor but it looks like Kayseri will win the battle for his signature.

Cemal Aydin is hoping he can persuade the player to stay at the club, but due to unpaid wages and broken promises it looks like it could be to late. Veli made his breakthrough into the first team last season when he was recalled from a loan spell at Yozgatspor.

Ankaragucu have already lost Ishak Dogan, Aydin Toscali, Atilla Aybars Garhan, Serol Demirhan and Mehmet Cogum since the season finished. The club will be hopping they can find the 3 Million Lira to lift the transfer ban.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Ankaragucu look to lift transfer ban !

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Cemal Aydin is believed to have met with Turkish FA President Yildirm Demiroren in order to lift the current transfer ban on Ankaragucu. With the clubs upcoming Congress on July 7th the club are hoping The Turkish FA will agree to lift the transfer ban which will allow any interested parties to run for President knowing they can sign new players.

Former Ankaragucu captain Eris Ceyhun has already stated he would like to return tot he club if the ban is lifted. Ankaragucu were handed the punishment last season due to the huge debts the club has run up.

Augustine Ahinful on his return to Ankara !

Former Ankaragucu striker Augustine Ahinful spoke at the clubs Bestepe training facilities today and spoke of his sadness at the current situation.

Augustine Ahinful Goals !

The striker travelled from Ghana during the week for a holiday which included stopping off at Bestepe to discuss his time at Ankaragucu. Augustine played 103 times scoring 44 goals and helped the club to European football before moving to Trabzonspor.

Augustine spoke to General Manager Hikmet Hancioglu saying," I am very sad regarding the current situation at Ankaragucu, this club has strong community and i always keep up with the latest news. I checked the Ankaragucu team and they are very young. I want to help Ankaragucu if I can"

One way in which Augustine has offered his help, is by bringing young players from Ghana to the club. The club has had success in the past from Ghana, with the likes of Augustine, Stephen Baidoo and Ohene Kennedey. " I would like to bring young players from Ghana to Ankaragucu for free "

Before leaving his interview Augustine posed for a picture with the current Ankaragucu home strip. (pictured above)

Thank You Augustine Ahinful

Welcome to The Ankaragucu Iskocya Blog !

Many people always ask the question, Why Ankaragucu ? Most people outside Turkey don't even know who Ankaragucu are. Truth is, I've been a fan of Turkish football since i saw Manchester United take on Galatasaray many years ago in Istanbul. The Manchester United players were greeted at the airport by Galatasaray fans with banners reading Welcome to Hell and they created an atmosphere in an airport of all places.

From then on I kept an eye on Turkish Football, and players like Georgie Hagi, Alex and Jay Jay Okocha raised the profile. Just over three years ago i came across a Blog called The Round Ball in Ankara, it is dedicated to football fans in Ankara who support Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi. The Blog was in English and it meant I could keep up to date with what was going on without having to use dodgy translation on google. Reading through some of the Blogs on Ankaragucu and their crazy fans saw me make up my mind pretty quickly they were the team for me.

Three months later I decided to take the trip to Ankara with the Mrs for the match between Ankaragucu vs Fenerbahce. We were given VIP treatment by the Kankalar Group and a tour round the city, we managed to get our first strips thanks to Harun who can get a hold of anything to do with Ankaragucu. Above I'm pictured with my two American friends Damon and Jamie who i sat with in Gecekondu for the match. Gecekondu are one of the main ultra groups who are loyal and make a lot of noise.

We entered the stadium about 2 hours before kick off and the place was bouncing, Ankaragucu fans with their drums being led by the Ultra leaders. Everyone stood at the game as it was safe terracing and what a difference it makes to the atmosphere. Unfortunately we lost 3-0 thanks to some dodgy Goalkeeping from our Goalkeeper Serkan Kirintil who the next week signed for Fenerbahce, surprise surprise.

Although we lost, I was hooked and we decided to go back a couple of months later as Ankaragucu took on brother team Bursaspor. This time we lost 5-1 but again the atmosphere and trip were memorable.  I will be travelling back to Ankara again this September when the fixture lists are announced to cheer Ankaragucu on in the First Division ! Anyone who is looking for something different in football, i would highly recommend a trip to Ankara.

A special thanks goes to my fellow Scotsman Jim Chalmers who is the biggest die hard Ankaragucu fan you will meet.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Ishak Dogan and Atilla Aybars sign for Karabukspor !

Ankaragucu duo Ishak and Atilla have both left the club to sign for Karabukspor. The youngsters are the latest in a long line of players to leave the club due to financial problems. Ergin Keles, Ugur Ucar, Ilhan Parlak, Kagan and Guven Varol are all ex Ankaragucu players to have signed for Karabukspor.

Ishak joined the club over 2 years ago from Armina Bieliefeld and was the clubs player of the season this year, he has joined Karabukspor for a fee of 1.5 Million Lira. Atilla who came through the youth team has joined the club for 600k Lira.

Good luck to both players on their new careers !