Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Ankaragucu Iskocya has moved !

Round Ball in Ankara

Ankaragucu Iskocya has moved to, it has been decided that instead of having the two blogs we will just have the one. All the same news, views, match reports etc will still take place just at a different blog.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Player profile - Bayram Olgun

Over the coming months, Ankaragucu Iskocya will take a look at the current Ankaragucu squad and see who the future stars of the club are. First up is 1st choice Goalkeeper Bayram Olgun.

Bayram is a product of the Ankaragucu youth team and amazingly the 22 year old is in his 6th season as part of the first team squad. He has been capped three times by the Turkish under 19 team and last season cemented his place as the number 1 Goalkeeper at the club.

At 6ft 1 ins Bayram is powerful and a good shot stopper who has similarities with Volkan Demirel the Turkish International  number 1. He has had to be patient for his place in the team, with the likes of Zafer, Serkan, Senecky, Bora and Ozden all having their chance ahead of him.

In season 2010, Bayram had a spell on loan at Bugsas which gave him experience in playing first team football. They say in life what doesn't break you makes you stronger, and that is certainly the case with Bayram. Last season was the worst season in the history of Ankaragucu, with the club finishing bottom of the Super Lig. Even in those tough times Bayram impressed and it was a huge boost when he declared he was staying at the club in the summer.

Offers from Kayseri Erciyesspor, Antalyaspor and Trabzonspor were turned down by Bayram in favour of staying to help Ankaragucu. When Ankaragucu Iskocya spoke to Bayram earlier this month, he confirmed he hadn't been paid in three months, in modern football where players are paid ridiculous money it was refreshing to see a young lad who just wanted to play football for the club he loves.

Bayram started this season on top form and is a key player for the team. At 22 years old he is one of the most experienced players in this young side. He has missed the last 5 games due to injury but is back in the squad which is a big boost to the team.

We at Ankaragucu Iskocya would like to wish Bayram Olgun all the best in his future, and thank him for coming to visit us when we traveled to Ankara for the Kartalspor match.

Bayram with myself and the Kanka group at Beyzade restaurant.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ankaragucu 0-1 Trabzon 1461 Match Report !

It was men against boys today as Ankaragucu lost 1-0 at 1461 Trabzon. The home side had only lost 1 of their last 32 matches and were strong favourites going into the match. Umit kurt returned to the Ankaragucu defence after suspension and Umut Nayer made his debut up front.

Team - Gokhan, Aytac, Volkan, Umit, Mehmet,  Serkan, Mert, Bilal, Hasan, Timur, Umut Nayir,

Subs - Bayram, Kaan, Muhammed, Orhan, Gokhan Erdogan, Enes, Artun

1461 Trabzon are a very talented side, they won promotion from the Turkish Lig 2 last season and are the B team of Trabzonspor. They have a mix of talented young players like Torric Jebrin, Chikeluba Ofoedo and Eren Albayrak on loan from Trabzonspor as well as experienced lower league players.

Although the score was only 1-0 Ankaragucu were today taught a lesson on how to pass and move the ball and the score could have been higher. First change of the match came when Ofoedo tried to lob Gokhan who had come off his line to clear the ball, but the Nigerian striker put the ball high over the crossbar.  Eren Albayrak caused problems down the left and when he went past two Ankaragucu defenders his cross come shot went by the post.

1461 pushed forward again, this time from Mehmet who took the ball out of defence, went past three defenders and put in an excellent cross for Ofoedo who just had to put the ball into the net but unfortunately for Trabzon he put the ball over the crossbar.

First chance of the game for Ankaragucu came when Hasan stepped up to take a corner, the winger put in a good cross which was headed by Umit and deflected by a Trabzon defender but the ball was saved by Ozturk in the Trabzon goal. Half time 0-0.

In the second half Trabzon were dominating in the wide areas, Serkan Sirin cleared a shot off the line and both Jebrin and Ofoedo were given to much space and their pace was causing all sorts of problems for the Ankaragucu defence. Ankaragucu could have taken the lead when Hasan's throw in was met by Bilal who controlled the ball before a left footed  shot went inches by the post. It was the only change Ankaragucu were to have in the second half.

Torric Jebrin broke down the right hand side before putting in an excellent cross for Mehmet whose header went inches over the crossbar. Next up was Sercan Kaya who cut inside before shooting straight at Gokhan.

The 1461 Trabzon fans could sense the goal coming as they cheered their team on, Ofoedo went past both Volkan and Umit down the left before his shot just went wide of the post with Gokhan beaten. Umit Kurt made a big difference to the Ankaragucu defence and made another clearance off the goal line. From the resulting corner Mustafa Tiryaki who looks and sounds more like a Chinese food than a footballer headed the ball into the back of the net from a cross into the box with only ten minutes remaining.

The homes side hung on for the victory and another defeat for Ankaragucu. Next up is Gaziantep BB at home next Sunday afternoon. A must win match for Ankaragucu as they are in danger of being left behind in the relegation zone.

With the president of Ankaragucu jailed this week for being caught with Guns in his car without a licence, there isn't much hope for the future of Ankaragucu and its going to take a miracle for the club to avoid relegation.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Ankaragucu draw Corum Belediyespor in Turkish Cup !

Ankaragucu were today drawn at home to Corum Belediyespor in the Turkish Cup third round. Ankaragucu won 5-1 in the last round at home to Igdir Universitesi, however Lig 3 side Corum look like they will be tougher opposition this time round.

Corum knocked Adana Demirspor out in the last round and our resident Jim will tell you just how good a side Adana are. The most important thing for Ankaragucu this season is that they stay in the Turkish first division but a good cup run can bring in much needed revenue.

In other news Ankaragucu have been fined 25,000 TL for the crowd trouble at the Bucaspor match. Ankaragucu have also added Mehmet Umut Nayir who was the youth teams top goalscorer last season and central defender Necmettin Kutulubay to their squad. Both players were out of contract but have agreed to deals which will see them here to at least the end of the season.

Bent Ahlat jailed for 8 months !

Ankaragucu president Bent Ahlat was today arrested by plain clothes officers and will now face an 8 month jail sentence. The crime committed is thankfully nothing to do with his time at Ankaragucu, it comes from working with a previous weapons company.

It brings shame to the name of Ankaragucu yet again that we have a president who has made a habit of lying since he came to the club. First of all promising he would lift the transfer ban on three different occasions, then his outburst that the team would not play any more games in the PTT Lig due to bad refereeing.

Ankaragucu fans have had to endure Cemal Aydin, Sami Altinyuva, Haluk Ilcak, and now Bent Ahlat and all their corruption and lies. When will this ever end and why does the Turkish FA and Government allow criminals like this have such important roles in their football clubs.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Ankaragucu vs 1461 Trabzon match preview !

Ankaragucu travel to Trabzon on Saturday afternoon as they face 1461 Trabzon in the Turkish first division. After sundays disastrous defeat at home to Bucaspor the visitors will want to restore some pride with a good performance against a tough Trabzon side. The home side currently sit 5th in the league with Ankaragucu rooted to the bottom of the table.

The two teams met in a pre season friendly with the final score 0-0, 1461 will be a much stronger outfit this time and Ankaragucu will have to give the performance of their lifetime if they are to take anything from this game. Trabzon have only lost 1 of their last 32 games which is a fantastic achievement at any level. They are the B team of Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor.

1461 Trabzon have some quality players, Torric Jebrin is a talented young midfielder from Ghana signed by Trabzonspor from Bucaspor and then loaned out to the B side in the summer. Eren Albayrak and Sercan Kaya also signed by Trabzonspor from Bucaspor are midfielders who like to get forward and score goals. Up front they have Chikeluba Francis who is very quick and powerful and will need to  be marked tight by the Ankaragucu defence.

Ankaragucu havent played at their best the last couple of games even though they won at home to Kartalspor. They need to start making more chances and tighten up at the back, there is no doubting referee decisions have went against the club but the poor mistakes at the back have cost us more. The good news is that Umit Kurt will be back in the side after suspension, he was missed badly at the weekend and it was no coincidence that in his absence the defence gave their worst performance of the season. Mehmet Cogum and Bayram Olgun may also be back in contention as well.

This will be the toughest game Ankaragucu have played this season, its important that the likes of Umit Kurt, Mert Erdogan, Serkan Sirin and Timur Ozgoz are at their best if Ankaragucu want to take anything from the game. I watched 1461 play Manisaspor a few weeks back and Manisa put up a good defensive performance and were well organised taking a point from the game. There is no reason why Ankaragucu cant do the same. The game will be shown live on TRT Web Tv.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Ankaragucu 1-5 Bucaspor match report !

Ankaragucu went into todays game confident of winning against struggling Bucaspor and a big turn out at the 19 Mayis Stadium had turned out to cheer the team on. Bucaspor had only won 1 game this season and at the start of the day were sitting just 1 point ahead of Ankaragucu. After 90 Minutes Ankaragucu were taught a footballing lesson with Buca's front four putting on a masterclass as well as poor defending from the home side. It has to be said the turning point of the game was yet another shocking refereeing decision that went against Ankaragucu.

Team - Gokhan, Orhan, Aytac, Volkan, Mehmet, Gokhan Erdogan, Bilal, Mert, Kaan, Timur, Serkan

Subs - Hasan, Sinan, Cihan, Artun, Metin, Muhammed, Enes

Attendance - 9348

Three changes for Ankaragucu from last weeks win over Kartalspor, Orhan came in to replace the suspended Umit Kurt. Bilal returned to the midfield as he replaced Muhammed Turkmen and Kaan Kanak replaced Hasan Ayaroglu.

The game had just started when a good run down the left hand side from Mohammed Dahmane and cross into the box found Zafer Cevik unmarked, the little winger volleyed the ball into the top corner giving Gokhan no chance. 1-0 Bucaspor. In the match preview this week we spoke of Mehmet Batdal and Mohammed Dahmane being the danger men and they didn't disappoint.

Ankaragucu were nearly on level terms a couple of minutes later when Mert shot from distance but his shot hit the post. It was Bucaspor who were controlling the game, there sharp passing and wide players were causing all sorts of problems. Umut Gundogan and Zafer Cevik were supporting Mehmet Batdal and Mohammed Dahmane giving the Ankaragucu defence and Mehmet Tasci in particular all sorts of problems.

Orhan Evci broke forward down the right for Ankaragucu before being fouled, Kaan Kanak stepped up to take the free kick and sent a lovely ball into the box, Timur Ozgoz was on hand to put the ball into the back of the net past Omer in the Buca goal. 1-1. The goal lifted Ankaragucu and the crowd, the  atmosphere was spurring the young players on and it was Ankaragucu who started to look the better team. Ankaragucu had the ball in the back of the net again through Timur but it was ruled out for offside.

Kaan Kanak had a 35 yard free kick go over the bar just before half time as Ankaragucu continues to push forward for that second goal. The referee blew his whistle for half time with the score at 1-1. Both teams would have been happy with the result and the game was there for the taking.

Into the second half and again it was the young Ankaragucu players who raised the tempo, Gokhan Erdogan was full or running and causing all sorts of problems when running at the Bucaspor defence. It was Bucaspor who had the first chance of the second half. Nice play from Dahmane and Batdal to set up Umut but the winger saw his shot hit the post. Umut was causing all sorts of problems again with his pace, this time he went past a couple of players before finding Batdal and the big strikers shot was tipped round the post by Gokhan.

At the other end, Gokhan Erdogan went by his man down the left before cutting the ball back for Timur who turned and shot but saw his shot just go wide of the post. Then came the turning point, Mehmet Batdal broke into the Ankaragucu box, he tried to take the ball past Gokhan but fell to the ground, the big striker got up to his feet and looked to play on but the referee pointed to the spot and gave the penalty. You can usually tell from a players reaction if it were a penalty or not, the replays show minimal contact at the most. Up stepped Zafer Cevik who made no mistake with a well taken penalty into the top corner to make it 2-1 Bucaspor. A couple of minutes later Gokhan went by three men and was tripped in the box but the referee waved away the protests for the penalty much to the anger of the home fans.

The penalty decision seemed to take the stuffing out of Ankaragucu and the visitors dominated the rest of the match. Bucaspor had another couple of chances through Dahmane and Zafer but young Gokhan made the saves. Mehmet Batdal was put through on goal again, a lovely first touch before shooting over the top of Gokhan to make it 3-1. Mehmet Batdal is a young player who was tipped for big things but has saw his career stall the last couple of years. The way he played tonight it wont be long before he gets another crack at a team in the Super Lig. Ankaragucu brought Hasan Ayaroglu on for Kaan Kanak.

The Ankaragucu defence were all over the place and it was clear to see they missed Umit Kurt, Mohammed Dahmane played in Umut Gundogan who took the ball round Gokhan and put the ball into the net to make it 4-1. Hasan saw his shot at the other end easily saved by Omer. Mohammed Dahmane again was through on goal after beating two players but another excellent save from Gokhan.  Ankaragucu brough Sinan on for Mert. Man of the Match Mohmmed Dahmane made it 5-1 with a few minutes to go to give Bucaspor a fantastic win.

Its difficult to understand why Bucaspor had only taken 5 points from their games at the start of play, their front four are the best players to have played against Ankaragucu this season so far. Ankaragucu need to sort out their defence quickly or it is going to be another season of embarrassment. There is no doubting the penalty decision changed the game but Bucaspor deserved their victory and Ankaragucu will need to learn from this game.

Next up is 1461 Trabzon next week, a tough game against a team who were 2-1 up at Sanliurfaspor today before the game got abandoned due to Sanli fans attacking the referee for awarding Trabzon a penalty and sending off two Sanli players.

Kaan Kanak

Aytac Oden

Sol Kapali throw flares into VIP Section

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Hector Cuper and the Orduspor Revolution !

Ok so this is a blog dedicated to Ankaragucu, so what has Hector Cuper and Orduspor got to do with Ankaragucu ? Well quite a lot and the rest of Turkish Football could learn a lot from Orduspor and the remarkable success they have had on and off the field over the last couple of seasons.

A few eyebrows were raised when Orduspor appointed Hector Cuper as their new manager on 19th December 2011. The club had just been promoted from the Turkish First Division and wanted an experienced foreign coach to take them to the next level. Cuper was a runner up in the Champions League twice with Valencia, and also a runner up in the UEFA Cup with Mallorca. In Italy he was Runner up for the Scudetto with Inter Milan.

Orduspor won promotion to the Turkish Super Lig just two seasons ago, unlike clubs who win promotion Orduspor's objection wasn't just to avoid relegation, but to challenge for Europe. After a great start to the season Ordu started to find it tough and were dragged into a relegation battle. Cuper was hired as manager at Christmas to try and steady the ship. Bogdan Stancu and Julio Cruz were both brought in on loan from Galatasaray and helped Orduspor retain their place in the Turkish Super Lig.

Although Orduspor will be disappointed they didnt finish higher up the table, they can be pleased that they are still in the Top Flight and can now look to climb higher up the table this term. Orduspor to date are the only undefeated team in the Turkish Super Lig. Good wins over Eskisehirspor and Galatasaray see them sit second in the league at the moment.

Hector Cuper has added some good players to the squad, Quality Turkish Players like Atilla Turan, Hasan Kabze and Yigit Gokoglan as well as impressive foreign players such as Jean Jaques Gosso, David Barral and Javier Umbides. Its not just on the field that Orduspor are doing things that are catching the eye. Off the field they have an impressive Business Management team that are working with Local Businesses and look to build the brand value. The club are also investing in youth football and grass roots football to produce local talent.

While clubs in Turkey continue to spend recklessly and add debt, Orduspor are showing how it should be done. Cuper has spoke of his love at managing the club and living in Ordu. " Everyday i go to training, and then when i return i have dinner in a local restaurant in Ordu, when i have a day off i wander round the city of Ordu, the local people are so friendly ".

Its easy to see why Hector Cuper is so successful, if his passion and hard work rubs off on his team then they will go on to better things. "He who works hards succeeds, it takes more than money to be successful, you can have all the money in the world but still not win anything. ".  With the Turkish National team struggling and possibly looking for a new manager if Abdullah Avci is sacked then there cant be many better candidates than Cuper.

Ankaragucu are a club from the capital city of over 5 Million people, Ordu is a small city with only 145,000 people yet its the latter who are leading the way in terms of Professionalism, ambition, and the ideas which will take Orduspor to the Top of Turkish Football.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Ankaragucu vs Kartalspor videos !

As promised, here are some videos i took at the Ankaragucu vs Kartalspor match on Sunday night as Ankaragucu won 1-0 thanks to a Timur Ozgoz goal.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Ankaragucu vs Bucaspor match preview !

Ankaragucu host Bucaspor in the 19 Mayis Stadium on Sunday night as they look to make it two wins in a row. A good 1-0 win over Kartalspor at the weekend will give the players a taste of victory and hopefully they can now go on a winning run and climb the table. Ankaragucu will need to go into the match without Umit Kurt who is suspended which is a big blow.

Last Sundays performance at home to Kartalspor wasn't the best Ankaragucu have played this season but the important thing was to get the three points. It looks like Yilmaz Ozlem favours Muhammed Turkmen to Bilal Gulden but it was bringing on Bilal that changed the game on Sunday. Muhammed has the experience but isn't match fit having missed the last 6 months due to disciplinary problems and injury.

The last time the two sides met Ankaragucu won 5-3 at home two seasons ago, goals from Murat Duruer (2), Metin Akan, Robert Vittek and Ozgur Cek gave Ankaragucu the three points. Bucaspor were relegated that season and have found it difficult in the Turkish First Division. They have started the season only 1 point better off than Ankaragucu. A 2-1 home defeat at the weekend against Sanliurfaspor see Bucaspor getting dragged into the relegation battle.

Buca have some good players like Mehmet Batdal, Mohamed Dahmane,  and Erkan Taskiran. They also have former Ankaragucu players Luiz Henrique and Abdullah Keseroglu in their squad. They will know what to expect when they travel to Ankara on Sunday and the front two of Batdal and Dahmane will need to be marked closely by Aytac Oden and Volkan Geyik who will play at the heart of the Ankaragucu defence.

Key players for Ankaragucu at the weekend will be Serkan Sirin and Timur Ozgoz. Sercan is impressing more as the weeks go by with his skill and flair and Timur needs to get on the scoresheet with him being the lone striker. Timur has the pace to play that lone striker but he needs to work on holding the ball up better and be stronger at holding players off.

I would love to be their to cheer Ankaragucu to another victory but i will need to do with watching on TRT 3 where the game is live. The ticket prices for all stands is 5 TL. No predictions for me this week as it brought me good luck last week. Saldir Ankaragucu !!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Ankaragucu 1-0 Kartalspor match report !

Picture above - Me sitting with Gecekondu leaders with Scotland Flag

After Friday and Saturday night there was only going to be one outcome on last nights match, an Ankaragucu victory but the players had a tough fight for the three points. We all met up at the Chopin, Jim, Damon, Bugra, Basak, Lila, John, Tansu and his son and Harun.  After a few drinks we set off for the 19 Mayis stadium where we got our tickers for 5 Turkish Lira for the Gecekondu section.

On arrival at the stadium there were long queues to enter the stadium, until Harun told the Ankaragucu fans there was a guest from Scotland, we were sent to the front of the queue and allowed to enter the stadium for the usual police checks. As we entered the stadium the Gecekondu ultra leaders recognised me as we met on Saturday, they asked me to come up and join them as the whole section burst into Ankaragucu songs. The picture above shows me with Ali Imdat who is the leader of Gecekondu and his closes friends with the Scotland flag.

Bugra then took me round half the people in the Gecekondu and other tribune groups and introduced me. The welcome i got from everyone will live with me for the rest of my life. We then went and joined the Kanka Group who were joined by Huso and his wife Natalie.

Team - Gokhan, Aytac, Volkan, Umit, Mehmet, Gokhan Erdogan, Muhammed, Mert, Hasan, Timur, Serkan

Subs - Cihan, Kaan, Enes, Bilal, Sinan, Artun, Orhan

Attendance - 6475

The game started at a fast pace with neither team having time on the ball. Kartal looked very quick down both sides of the park and looked dangerous on the counter attack. Ankaragucu were trying to play football but the Kartal players were so sharp at closing the players down. It was Kartalspor who had all the chances in the first half. First chance was a mistake by Volkan who allowed the kartal forward in but Gokhan made a good save to keep the scores level.

Ankaragucu had a couple of efforts from distance through Umit and Serkan but both chances went wide and didn't test the Kartal keeper. The best chance of the first half fell to Kartal on the stroke of half time. A lovely cross into the box was met by a header which looked destined for the bottom corner, that was until Gokhan Akkan dived low to his right and made an outstanding save. It would turn out to be the turning point in the match.

Half time 0-0

Into the second half and Ankaragucu raised their game, they kept the ball a lot better and made more chances. There were a couple of half chances until the goal game. Mert Erdogan put in a great cross which was flicked onto the back post, Timur was on hand to head the ball into the back of the net beyond the Kartalspor keeper.

The stadium was now in full voice and Gecekondu was bouncing. Ankaragucu had a couple of chances to double their lead, a lovely move from the back saw Timur through but his cut back for Serkan was a poor pass and came to nothing.

The last ten minutes of the match seemed like 90 minutes as we hung on to the lead. After 4 minutes of injury time the referee blew for full time to give Ankaragucu their first win of the season and it was the first victory i had witnessed in Ankara. The players came and celebrated with the fans and Umit Kurt took my Scotland flag and wrapped it around him.

A great night in the 19 Mayis stadium and now i can travel back home happy that i have finally saw Ankaragucu win a game. Thank you to everyone who made my time in Ankara so memorable.

Man of the Match - Umit Kurt

Kanka Group in the Chopin before the match

Entrance to the 19 Mayis Stadium

Gecekondu as we enter the stadium

Team comes out onto the park

Ankaragucu players celebrate their victory

Again the players celebrate

Player celebrations after the match

Players thank the supporters after the match

Bugra and Jim celebrate after the match

The Kanka group celebrate at full time

Ankaragucu fans wave their scarfs above their heads

Ankaragucu players take on Kartalspor

Ankaragucu fans with flares

Ankaragucu fans with flares

Ankaragucu vs Kartalspor video

Ankaragucu fans during match


Ankaragucu fans celebrate

 Ankaragucu Team Photo

Man of the match Umit Kurt

The Kanka Group

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Ankaragucu Iskocya meets the Ankaragucu family !

After a 2 year absence i finally returned to Ankara to meet with all the different fan groups and friends. On Friday night we all met at Beyzade restaurant where we enjoyed dinner and drinks, well some of us enjoyed drinks and some of us cant remember their drinks :-). A great turn out, as Myself, Harun, Jim, Damon, John, Chris, Bugra, Haruns three friends, Tansu and Ankaragucu captain and Goalkeeper Bayram Olgun. Hope i haven't missed anyone. I would just like to say thanks to everyone who turned up and gave me such a warm and generous welcome. All the names above apart from Bugra and Bayram are part of the Kanka Group which is made up of the foreign Kankas and Turks to. Bugra belongs to Gecekondu.

Onto Saturday and i met with Bugra and we met up with members of Anti X, Bugra explained that i had travelled from Scotland for the match which drew a few confused and surprised faces. A nice group of people though and they were telling us they are not going to the matches at the moment in protest against Cemal Aydin.

After meeting with Anti X we set off for a long walk to the Ankara Castle which is situated high up the mountains of Ankara. On the way we stopped off at a museum which has Kemal Mustafa Ataturks gun and military gear in it. Once we got to the top of the mountain the views of Ankara were stunning, you could see all the famous landmarks like Genclik Park, Kocateppe Mosque, The Sheraton etc. Once up there we went into a village where the locals were doing their day to day chores, in all the years I've been travelling this was one of the most interesting places I've ever been.

On the way back home, we stopped off at Dernegi which is home to Turkeys most feared fan group, The Gecekondu. With a reputation for being one of the most hostile areas of Ankara we met up with Ali Imdat and Koray the leaders of Gecekondu. They kindly gave us Turkish Tea and allowed us into the Dernegi building where Ali was born as a child. Ali then presented myself and Bugra with an Ankaragucu badge and took us for dinner which i have to add was excellent. While walking to the restaurant you could see the respect the locals had for the Gecekondu leaders. This wasn't your dressed up Danny Dyer stuff, this was the real Football Factory.

Today is match day, Ankaragucu host Kartalspor at the 19 Mayis stadium where we will watch from the Gecekondu tribune. A win would be the perfect end to a fantastic week. Saldir Ankaragucu !

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Ankaragucu vs Kartalspor match preview !

Will it be 6th time lucky for Ankaragucu as they search for that first win of the season at home to Kartalspor on Sunday night ? There can be no other outcome if Ankaragucu are serious about challenging for a play off place this season. Right now i would settle for avoiding relegation never mind a play off challenge. There is no doubting the table doesn't give a true reflection of the season Ankaragucu have had so far. Only Adanaspor can say they deserved there victory, the other games Ankaragucu should have won but for poor defending, finishing or bad refereeing. Its time to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in for this battle ahead.

Im glad to say the match will go ahead, after our presidents latest ridiculous outburst that the team would withdraw from the league due to the poor refereeing decisions that have went against the team. Thankfully Mr Ahlat has saw sense and the team will continue with the season. I will set of for the match tomorrow as i fly from Edinburgh to Frankfurt and then onto Ankara for my long awaited return.

Ankaragucu have home advantage and will need to use the home crowd advantage in Sundays game, the 19 Mayis Stadium even when half full is intimidating for any team to travel to, just ask Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce who have all been beaten there. The young players will need to start the game strong with the quick one touch passing they have been playing this season.

Serkan Sirin has shown as the weeks have went by what a gifted young player he is, his touches and skill bring others into play and Ankaragucu will look for some inspiration from Serkan. Muhammed Turkmen may return to the starting line up after coming on as a substitute last weekend. Hasan Ayaroglu after a bright start has been quiet over the last two games, but that is what is expected with 17 year old footballers. If he can find his form again it will be a huge boost to Ankaragucu.

Kartalspor are perhaps the weakest side that Ankaragucu will have faced this season so far, but that goes for nothing. A good 2-0 win at home to Boluspor for them last weekend means they are sitting 10th in the League. Their key player is Ferdi Basoda and the likes of Umit Kurt and Aytac Oden will need to be at their best to stop him from scoring.

Kick off for the game is at 1900, we will be meeting in the Chopin Bar near Ataturk Bulvar in Kizilay at 4pm, anyone who wants to join us is welcome to come to the match. Come support your local team and get behind them. Im leaving predictions for this week as i don't want to jinx it, lets hope for a nice home win. See you all on Sunday in Baskent !