Pride, passion and fascinating stories from Asia Minor
The league leaders, and deservedly so. Senol Gunes’ men once again proved their title credentials with a battling win at Istanbul B.B. Under Gunes, Burak Yilmaz has looked twice the player who was sold by Fenerbahce last season and helped himself to a brace before Umut Bulut secured the win. Five points ahead of their closest rivals, a fantastic following and an experienced manager – there is seemingly no stopping them!
What do you get when you mix 50,000 Trasbzonspor fans, a huge stadium and a league leading side. Oh, and did I mention this was an away fixture for Trabzonspor - over 1,000km from home...
Following the transfers of Guti and Quaresma, the Besiktas chairman has impressed everybody and pulled another rabbit out of his very deep hat. Highly rated midfielder Manuel Fernandes has joined from Valencia and will restore some much needed bite to the Black Eagles. He is the first of a Portuguese hat-trick reported to be on its way with Simao and Hugo Almeida’s arrivals ‘imminent’....
While the prize for ‘Surprise package’ could potentially be given to a number of sleazy Super Lig players, the blog will resist in order to congratulate Karabukspor in their debut season. As we approach the half way mark, the team from...Karabuk..are currently sitting nicely in sixth position and boast the league’s top goal scorer – Emanuel Emenike. Long may it continue!
As if his little car prang didn’t result in bad enough press, Besiktas’ star man went one step further when he saw red at Eskisehirspor. A rash kick and a ‘book him’ hand signal (video below) provided Goldilocks with an early bath and even had the commentators suggesting ‘It’s as if he is trying to get sent off’.
But why would he do that? It’s not as though his suspension coincides with the start of the winter break, ensuring an extra week off...not at all!
Fenerbahce and Galatasaray
Over £100m worth of talent yet still struggling to win two consecutive games on a regular basis....
Emre Belozoglu v Ankaragucu directors
‘Firstly, some people need to become men’...hardly the first words the Lig TV reporter was expecting when he started a post match interview with Fenerbahce’s tireless midfielder. It later emerged that Emre had become a little ticked off with a certain member of the Ankaragucu board who had said something, to someone, that the Turkish international didn’t like. All a bit too confusing for the blogs little brain not matter how entertaining!
Two points from their last four games has seen Kayseri drop to fourth place. Before their dip in form, the blogs dark horses were just two points off leaders Trabzonspor. Now? 10 points – sigh!
Bursa v Kasimpasa
The sight of 22 men running around in the snow is one I thought I’d seen for the last time during a University skiing trip some years ago. While on that occasion there was certainly no lack of ‘balls’, Monday night’s fixture at Bursaspor was like a Where’s Wally? puzzle. The heavy snow that has taken over the country, and Bursa’s lack of an appropriately coloured ball proved quite surreal viewing. At least the home team’s stadium ban meant no fans were present to witness this farce.
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