Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ankaragucu lose on and off the pitch!

Inegolspor 1-0 Ankaragucu

Today was one of the most important days in the 105 year history of Ankaragucu as the Congress took centre stage over the teams match in Inegolspor. Unfortunately there wasn't anything worth celebrating yet again for the Ankaragucu fans.

Team - Turgut Kirveli, Metin Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Aytac Oden, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Erdogan, Orhan Evci, Umut Nayir, Levent Kale

Subs - Kaan Ates, Hasan Kaya, Ali Sinan Gayla, Ramazan Adiguzel, Teoman Erkan, Muhammed Gonulacar, Mehmet Tasci

Mehmet Yiginer was elected as President of the club for the 2nd time with him being the only candidate despite Bent Ahlat claiming he would be a candidate. The board have confirmed the club will become Ankaragucu A.S with the aim of having 110 Million income next season and 50 Million expenses. Where they think they will make that money is beyond me.

Harun believes that they are preparing to merge Osmanlispor and Ankaragucu A.S when they go to the Super Lig. We have both confirmed that it will be the end of the road for us if that happens.

As for matters on the pitch, Ankaragucu yet again failed to find the net as has all to often been the case this season. A 2nd half goal for Inegolspor gave them all 3 points and kept their promotion hopes alive. It really is embarrassing that we are talking about promotion for Inegolspor and relegation for Ankaragucu.

Next up is Basaksehir in the cup midweek at an empty Cebeci stadium due to the stadium ban. Incidentally there was more trouble at todays game. It never rains at Ankaragucu, it floods!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It’s a long time since we’ve had a ‘battle’ to report on the Blog, but today fell into that category, but ........   perhaps we might want to call it a skirmish ??!!!

It started out like an away match adventure to Golbasi, even if it was a home match !    (I believe the 19 Mayis Stadium is being renovated, but if so, that could take a few years to achieve !!!).

We, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Cider Kanka John, new kanka Everton Kanka Marcus and I met up with Ahmet in the city and drove to Golbasi not knowing for sure where the Stadium was.   However, just as we were about to get lost in Golbasi, along comes 2 police cars with sirens blaring escorting the Ankaragucu Team Bus to the Stadium.    Yesssssss ..... follow them was the cry !

It is a small Stadium with only one side for spectators, but there were lots of Ankaragucu tribunes in attendance and even a small Marash contingent.

Oh yes ....... almost forgot about the footie ...............

ANKARAGUCU     1        Karamanmarasspor     0

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Aytac Oden, Volkan Geyik, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Orhan Evci, Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Erdogan, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Hasan Kaya, Batuhan Gulcan, Teoman Erkan, Mehmet Tasci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Ali Sinan Gayla

I had a feeling of deja vu for the first 10 minutes or so when Marash came out of the traps and took the game to Ankaragucu.    There was as scare on 10 minutes when Gokhan had to make a double save from a Marash breakaway attack.

Ankaragucu crept more into the match (probably helped on by the loud vocal support !!) and Umut should have done better one minute later when he shot straight at the keeper from 10 yards out.

15 minutes later Levent should have scored when he also shot weakly at the keeper and then again just before the half time whistle he mis-cued the ball when in a good position to score.

Half time and then all hell broke loose !    Ahmet went to get the teas n' coffee just below the VIP Area and suddenly there was an erruption of chairs, tables, glasses, bottles, etc when someone tried to attack our ex-President (or future President ?!), Mehmet Yigner.   

Any excuse for a battle and the tribunes joned in the fracas with plastaic chairs and bits of charis flying all over the place.    It was mental !     Cue, bring in the Cops who had a great excuse to use their pepper spray and plastic bullets.     Fortunately it wasn’t a full scale battle and a certain, if reluctant, peace was restored in time for the resumption of play.     Also, thankfully we all managed to stay in one piece injury free !!

Back to the footie action then .........

Ankaragucu was looking a bit more composed in the 2nd half with less hoofing out of defence and more concentration on playing the ball out of defence.    I have to say that some of the footaball served up in the 1st half was dire !

On the 55th minute Umut missed a simple header under no pressure as he sent the ball drifting past the post with the goal at his mercy.    Shit ........ I was thinking ......... is this going to be another of those 0-0 matches with Marash running the clock down ?!

10 minutes later we were all jumping up and down and forgetting about half time and the police surrounding us !     Goaaaaaaaaal !

An Ankaragucu break down the left, the cross comes in, flicked on to Levent who was lurking on the right, and side-footed in to break the deadlock !

There was only one more chance before the final whistle when from Levent’s great run down the right and his pin-point cross to Umut, he should have made it 2 but he ballooned the ball over the bar.

A quick exit from the Stadium 5 minutes before the end for the kankas for safety reasons !   

3 valuable points for Ankaragucu in their fight to escape from the relegation zone, and ............ back to The Crossroads Pub in Cankaya to celebrate !

Btw, we had the pleasure of meeting Akay Bey, an Ankaragucu Fanatik who lives in Bodrum.   He is the owner of a Pub in Turgutreis called Target Bar.    So, if in Bodrum, please visit his pub where a warm Ankaragucu welcome awaits you !

Will we have more Stadium Bans after today’s Battle ?    Mmmmm ........... quite likely, but watch this space for more details about it.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Could the ball be rolling?

No longer to be handed out to players at half time.

It has taken a long time but there is news today that a sponsor has pulled out of Turkish football because of the crap atmosphere at Turkish Super Lig matches... and we all know what is responsible for that...

According to a story in HaberTurk today, Murat Ülker, Turkey's richest man according to Forbes magazine, has said his companies will stop sponsoring football. Speaking to HaberTurk, Ülker had two main complaints; that the atmosphere at Turkish football matches is nothing like that in Europe and that the new rules concerning the number of foreign players will hurt Turkish footballers.  

"You cannot but be jealous when you see the crowds in England and Germany," Ülker said. "I'm sad for the country... Last time I went to a match in England. The atmosphere was incredibally great. I had a great time. Unfortunately, we do not see this here."

Ülker said that it was normal for fans to be angry at having to wait in queues for hours to get tickets and that the football system needed to be more welcoming.

On the Passolig system, he suggests that changes should have been made.

"When bringing in the Passolig system we could have been more flexible. No one wants to give their personal information, even by the state. It's uncomfortable," he said and I struggled to translate.

Ülker went on to attack the new foreign player system that will allow clubs to possibly field not a single Turkish national in their starting line-up.

"This is illogical. At that time what are Turkish kids going to do?"

According to HaberTurk, Ülker's Yildız Holding and the Ülker brand gives about 60 million lira to sport each year. They sponsor the TFF, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. They are also the main sponsors for the basketball team Ülker Fenerbahce.

I have no idea whether this action will make any difference. I'm fairly pessimistic about most things nowadays. BUT....

Ülker is a company that has always been close to political Islam and to President Erdogan in particular.

Which means he isn't doing it for political reasons, to spite the government. He is doing it because he genuinely likes football and believes that it is going to pot here in Turkey. The question is whether any other companies will also pull the plug?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ankaragucu vs Kahramanmarasspor match preview!

It seems like a long time ago that i sat on my Balcony in Side on holiday checking the updates of the Ankaragucu vs Kahramanmarasspor match on the first day of the season. Ankaragucu won 2-1 that day thanks to goals from Umut Nayir and Aytac Oden. Since then there hasn't been much to smile about and Ankaragucu are on their 3rd manager after Muammer Ozdemir and Mustafa Kaplan both resigned.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara in a huge relegation encounter for both sides. Ankaragucu are only 3 points outside the relegation zone and 4 points ahead of Kahramanmarasspor. Both teams are also on a dreadful run at the moment struggling to win games and also have their financial problems off field.

The Congress was postponed last week and rescheduled for the 24th January meaning the Ankaragucu fans need to wait longer to find out their fate. The Ankaragucu fans have been protesting on social media this week stating they will not accept any name change or merge and that new management team must sue the Gokceks.

It looks like the new management team will be the old management team with Mehmet Yiginer expecting to return. He has already been speaking about lifting the transfer ban, however as we have all to often learned in the past, Mehmet Yiginer doesn't always stick to his word.

Surprisingly Gokhan Akkan and Umut Nayir are still Ankaragucu players with the club so far not receiving any offers for the talented duo. There is still 2 weeks to go until the transfer window closes though and both are expected to leave.

The Kanka group will be in attendance for the game on Sunday and Jim will have details of meeting times and meeting points for anyone wanting to attend.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Mehmet Yiginer set for return to Ankaragucu!

Mehmet Yiginer could be set for a sensational return to Ankaragucu after declaring tonight that he will be a candidate at the upcoming Congress this coming Saturday. Yiginer resigned as Ankaragucu President just over a month ago due to pressure from the fans and a lack of help from the government and businessmen.

What has changed? Well tonight Yiginer claimed that due to Ahmet Gokcek paying the 22 Million tax bill he has now changed his mind and wants to stay at the club. It remains to be seen if there will be any other candidates at this stage.

So what does this mean to the future of Ankaragucu? As usual we don't have a bloody clue, on one hand its positive that Yiginer wants to remain at the club and try and keep it alive, on the other hand Yiginer is a Gokcek man and as Harun has warned so many times he can not be trusted. It all just sounds a bit fishy to me.

Anyway we will see what Saturday brings, all the latest developments will be posted her and on our official Facebook page.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Diyarbakir BB 3-2 Ankaragucu match report!

Ankaragucu lost in controversial circumstances in Diyarbakir today as they conceded 2 goals in the last 3 minutes losing 3-2. The Ankaragucu players took to twitter after the match slamming the officials who were surprisingly from Diyarbakir. That said bad refereeing or not, failing to hold onto a 2-1 lead with only 3 minutes remaining just isn't good enough.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Volkan Geyik, Aytac Oden, Onur Ayasayer, Harun Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Gokhan Erdogan, Levent Kale, Hasan Ayaroglu, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Batuhan Gulcan, Hasan Kaya, Orhan Evci, Teoman Erkan, Ramazan Adiguzel, Ali Sinan Gayla

There were no goals in the first half thanks to Gokhan Akkan who saved a Seamus Ozer penalty on the 29th Minute. After the match Gokhan was linked with a move to Gaziantepspor, although Metin Aykuz said there were no negotiations between the two clubs. Ankaragucu are believed to be looking for 750,000 TL for their young Goalkeeper.

Into the second half an Diyarbakir took the lead through Yusuf Yagmur. It only took Ankaragucu 4 minutes to equalise and it was that man Umut Nayir again to make it 1-1. Ankaragucu would more than likely be rooted to the bottom of the table if it wasn't for Umut Nayir this season, he deserves to be playing at a higher level.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until an explosive last 5 minutes. Firstly substitute Orhan Evci scored on the 87th minute to give Ankaragucu the lead and what looked like the 3 points. As all to often the case with Ankaragucu things didn't go according to plan. Only a minute later Yusuf Yagmur scored again to make it 2-2. Disappointed with a point? Of course but at least we would still be on level points with todays hosts.

Then comes the killer, with the last kick of the ball Ankaragucu failed to clear the ball which found its way to Ecrument Balicki who put the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-2 to the home side.

Disappointing is an understatement if your an Ankaragucu fan or player, after the match some high profile fans said its the end for the club and that Melih Gokcek has blocked at least 4 businessmen from investing in the club. Melih Gokcek wants Ankaragucu to die and will do everything in his power to make sure it happens.

He also has the backing of Hakan Toka and Anti X!! I have a message for members of Anti X and anyone else backing the Gokceks! Please stay away from Ankaragucu, you are not welcome back at our club! You should your soul and honour to Melih Gokcek and his son. We will never forgive you!!!!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Ankaragucu vs Diyarbakir BB match preview!

Ankaragucu play their rearranged match with Diyarbakir BB tomorrow at 1pm after the original match was canceled due to the trouble in the Syrian border a couple of months ago. Before we take a look at tomorrows game i want to discuss the future of Ankaragucu which was discussed in an article yesterday. According to reports if Ankaragucu don't find a suitable candidate at the congress in January 10th then the club will go into administration and will almost certainly be demoted to Lig 3 with the club unable to continue until the end of the season.

With that looking almost certain to happen it makes tomorrows match almost meaningless, of course the team need to remain focused and believe that something positive can happen. It really is incredible that we could potentially be weeks away from seeing the end of Ankaragucu. The handful of Osmanlispor fans on Twitter seem to be revelling in the fact that both clubs could merge. It also looks like Hakan Toka and some of the Anti X fan groups support that move.

Diyarbakir are also involved in this relegation battle as they have the same amount of points as Ankaragucu and they have their own off field problems to deal with. They have come in for a bit of stick in the media after their fans booed the Turkish National Anthem during their cup match at home to Galatasaray.

Ankaragucu put in a spirited performance at Karabukspor in the Turkish Cup midweek but still came away empty handed. Their isn't much more the new coach can do in terms of personal as he could only name 5 players on the bench. I expect him to keep the same team with Hasan Ayaroglu and Harun Aydin being the key men in the middle of the park.

Captain Levent needs to up his game and give a bit of support to Umut Nayir as does Gokhan Erdogan who has been disappointing since returning from his loan spell at Mersin.

There will be live updates on the blog tomorrow starting from 1230 with all the latest team news. Happy New Year to all of the Kankas!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Karabukspor 2-0 Ankaragucu match report!

It was a brave and spirited performance from a depleted Ankaragucu side in testing conditions after heavy snow threatened to postpone the game. The Karabuk groundsmen did a great job to ensure the game went ahead but it was difficult to even watch the game on TV as the Ankaragucu white shirts blended in with the white pitch.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Erdogan, Teoman Erkan, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir

Subs - Turgut Kirvelli, Ramazan Adiguzel, Batuhan Gulcan, Hasan Kaya, Ali Sinan Gayla

New coach Aykan Atik couldn't even name 7 substitutes as this Ankaragucu team gets smaller as the weeks go by, he can however be pleased with the way his team performed and questions must be asked why the team cant perform like this every week.

Both Hasan Ayaroglu and Harun Aydin were excellent in the middle of the park, while Volkan Geyik put in his best performance of the season with a commanding performance at the back. Teoman Erkan worked tirelessly up front but yet again Levent Kale will be disappointed by his performance.

The first real chance of the game fell to Ankaragucu after 14 minutes when a lovely Hasan corner was met by the head of Umut Nayir who headed over the crossbar when he should have done better.

A couple of minutes later and Ankaragucu nearly scored again following another excellent Hasan corner. The ball eventually found its way to an Ankaragucu player in the box who back healed the ball towards the net but the Karabukspor defender cleared the ball off the line.

Ankaragucu continued to push for that opening goal and Gokhan Erdogan almost got lucky as his cross nearly caught the Goalkeeper out at his front post but it clipped the bar and went over.

It was all Ankaragucu with the home side not having a single effort on goal, next up was a well worked free kick by Hasan and Levent who chipped the ball into the box for another headed effort to go over the crossbar.

Just before half time Ankaragucu should have taken the lead, a good ball into the box found its way to Volkan Geyik who headed over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

Half Time

Karabukspor 2-0 Ankaragucu

Into the second half and with their first effort on goal Karabukspor took the lead. Emre Ozcan stepped up to take a free kick from a tight angle, he looked to cross the ball into the box and the ball went straight into the net with Gokhan Akkan having misjudged the flight of the ball. A real blow to the Ankaragucu players going behind after all their hard work.

Karabukspor had another couple of chances through Turgay Bahadir and Joseph Akpala who both should have scored but poor finishing saw the score remain the same.

Ankaragucu failed to create any chances in the second half as the snow looked to have taken a lot out of the legs of the players. Onur Atasayer went off injured after a poor challenge on him witch went unpunished by the referee.

Batuhan Gulcan came onto make his debut and big things are expected from the talented teenager.

Karabukspor finished the game off in the last minute of the game, young Batuhan lost the ball and from the counter attack Onur Ayik put the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0 Karabukspor.

A disappointing result as the team put in so much effort, but as so often the case, if you don't finish your chances and don't defend properly for 90 minutes you won't get anything from matches against superior opposition.

Next up for Ankaragucu is the Congress on the 10th January which is one of the most important days in the clubs history. Depending on the outcome from that, the next home match is on 18th January at home against Kahramanmarasspor in a relegation 6 pointer.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Karabukspor match preview!

Ankaragucu travel to Karabukspor on Tuesday in the Turkish Cup group stages clash between the two clubs. Karabukspor won last weeks match 3-0 comfortably in Ankara and will be looking to take 3 points again as they fight it out with Sivas 4 Eylul and Istanbul Basaksehir for a place in the next round.

As Jim said on the match report thread, we don't care about the Turkish Cup, we have more important things to worry about at the moment including keeping our place in Lig 2 and more importantly the existence of the club.

Ankaragucu will go into the game without Serhat Gulpinar who terminated his contract with the club and Mehmet Erdem who signed for Goztepe. Losing those players will be a real blow especially Mehmet Erdem who has been the clubs best player.

Levent Kale has been appointed club captain and should come back into the team, and their also could be a place for highly rated Batuhan Gulcan. The Ankaragucu U17 team are top of their league table and the club continue to produce talented youngsters. That alone would be a real shame if the club did finish as Ankaragucu are responsible for bringing through many talented young players.

Karabukspor will likely field a weakened team and we can only hope that Ankaragucu can keep the score to a respectable outcome. Aykan Atik will take control of the Ankaragucu team following the resignation of Mustafa Kaplan. Lets hope he gets off to a decent start.

Ahmet Gokcek pays 22 Million tax bill!

There was another twist in the future of Ankaragucu yesterday as former chairman Ahmet Gokcek paid the 22 Million tax bill that was due during his period at the club. Gokcek has also called on Cemal Aydin, Cengiz Topal, Serdar Ozersin, Sami Altinyuva, Ertan Sumer, Bent Ahlat and Atilla Suslu to pay their outstanding tax debts to the club.

Now this news should be positive for the club, but unfortunately we don't know what the motives behind this move from Gokcek are. It now looks almost certain that he will be involved in someway along with his father Melih Gokcek. Harun seems to think they are trying to hide something as a lot of dirty work went on during their time at the club.

It looks like their are two possible scenarios on what is going to happen at the club. First option is that the Gokceks clean up the mess they made, come back to the club and merge Ankaragucu with Osmanlispor in Lig 2. That would be the honourable thing to do, it would mean paying outstanding debts that them and Cemal Aydin were responsible for.

The second option is that they merge Osmanlispor with Ankaragucu in the PTT Lig and leave the current Ankaragucu to fall to the Amateur Leagues and eventfully the club will close. I have already discussed this option with Harun, Bugra and Damon. My feelings on this scenario is that it would be the end of me supporting the club. We would no longer be Ankaragucu, we would basically be Osmanlispor with a name change. Harun and Bugra share the same opinions, i know Damon is kinda undecided at the moment, and that is simply down to his love for the club the same as the rest of us.

The first option for me is the only option, Ankaragucu have 105 years of history. Osmanlispor and Ankaraspor done have any history or fans. The congress will take place on 10th January and I'm sure we will know a lot more then. It needs to be sorted out one way or another as things cant continue like this any longer. If the second option happens then I'm finished with Ankaragucu, i would almost certainly be finished with Turkish football for them letting this happen, but i would possibly just follow Genclerbirligi as i wouldn't want it to be the end of the Kanka group.

In other news, Levent Kale is the clubs new captain after Serhat Gulpinar terminated his contract last week.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Genclerbirligi grab an away point

Genclerbirligi could have got it. A bit of luck and a bit of urgency at some points and yes, we could have won it.

Genclerbirligi 1 - 1 Galatasaray

The TFF are a bunch of jokes. This year there are bans for away fans if the supporters have been mucking up. Seems reasonable except for the fact that in the past this was a major money spinner for teams like Gencler.

So, the Saatlı away end at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara was closed. Of course, that just meant that all the Galatasaray and Fenerbahce fans in Ankara who have Passolig cards simply bought tickets for Maraton. They vastly outnumbered the Gencler fans because most of us are boycotting this year. Even with the huge numbers of Galatasaray fans Maraton wasn't full. I would say that the numbers were down by about 70 percent compared to last year's Gencler v Galata match.

So it was down to a packed Su'dem pub to watch the match. Friday night, beers flowing, a big rowdy crowd singing away. Excellent fun.

Kick off and er... not a lot. Galatasaray seemed to be intent on keeping it slow and we weren't really penetrating.

Then in the 19th Galatasaray had a counterattack and scored in a one-on-one with Ramazan.

Slowly but surely the crowd at the Su'dem was getting restless. We had a couple of shots on goal (both brilliantly saved by the Galatasaray keeper) but we should have had a lot more.

It wasn't until the 72nd minute when Berat got a brilliant cross in and my favourite Romanian, after Dan the Man of course, headed it in.

We had a few more chances but failed to convert. There were some heart in mouth moments towards the end but finally the whistle went. Genclerbirligi can be pretty pleased with the result.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Mustafa Kaplan resigns!

The problems at Ankaragucu continued yesterday as Mustafa Kaplan and his backroom staff resigned from the club. His resignation follows the clubs decision to sell Mehmet Erdem to Goztepe for a feeble 150,000 TL and Serhat Gulpinar who has left the club as he looks to start his coaching career. Its also expected that Gokhan Akkan and Umut Nayir will leave the club next week after talks with Eskisehirspor and Karabukspor. Levent Kale is also a target for Goztepe.

Mustafa Kaplan only took over the club 3 months ago following the dismissal of Muammer Ozdemir who hadn't lost a game under his reign. The club claimed they had to accept the offer for Mehmet Erdem in order to pay outstanding debts to former player Michael Klukowski otherwise they would face a 6 point deduction from Fifa.

It is almost certain now that Ankaragucu will cease to exist, with Melih Gokcek getting his way and changing the name of Osmanlispor to Ankaragucu A.S. How this has ever even got to this stage is shame on the Turkish Government and shame on Turkish Football.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ankaragucu set for mass exodus!

As Jim often says, it never rains at Ankaragucu, it pours!!! And today the club were faced with more bad news as 2 key players are on their way out with more expected to follow. The club has agreed a fee of 250,000 TL with Goztepe for Mehmet Erdem and the winger is set to join his new team after the congress.

Goztepe are also set to make a move for Levent Kale as they look to boost their promotion chances to the PTT Lig this season. Another player on his way out of the club is captain Serhat Gulpinar who has terminated his contract with the club as he looks to start his coaching career.

Its a major blow for the club loosing Mehmet and Serhat both who have played important roles for the club. Mehmet joined last season from Polatli and has impressed with his skill and pace while scoring some important goals. Serhat has been with the club for 2 years after signing from Istanbul Basaksehir and brought much needed experience to the side.

In the last couple of hours its also been reported that Umut Nayir and Gokhan Akkan are set for moves to Eskisehirspor. Both youngsters are set to leave the club in January with many surprised they didn't move on in the summer.

Losing the above players and more set to follow with Hasan Ayaroglu and Onur Atasayer also interesting clubs, Ankaragucu will be lucky to win another game this season, thats if they make it beyond January.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Genclerbirligi draw in Turkish Cup group match

Giresunspor 2 - 2 Genclerbirligi

I didn't get to see any of today's Turkish Cup match so all I can say is that we were 2-0 down at half time and somehow managed to get two goals in the second half.

Good to see Mervan getting one of the goals. He needs a bit of a confidence boost after a lean period. The other goal went to a player who someday is going to play for a big big team - Irfan Can the Coffeeman.

So, after three matches in the Turkish Cup group stage, we have won two and drawn one. We are still at the top of the group.

Happy Christmas everyone.


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Excuse me, and the other Ankaragucu kankas, if we don't get excited about the Turkish Cup !

To put it quite simply ......... we don't give a stuff, and that's not sour grapes after today's result.

ANKARAGUCU   0      Karabukspor    3

Obviously none of us were there, or even following it.     One of my colleagues told me around 2pm today that Ankaragucu had gone behind in the 3rd or 4th minute.    A shrug of the shoulders and change the subject from Eski !!!

The bottom line is .......... we are only interested in survival this season.   It would be a bonus if we managed to stay in the 2nd League, and ........ an extra bonus if we still had a team to compete in the league next season and to seriously challenge for promotion to the PTT League !!

Anyway, back to the Turkish Cup and I learned something from my colleague today.    The Group format is not the same as previous years.    This season we are playing home and away.    Woooopeeedooo if you are a 4 Eylul Sivas supporter, but for Ankaragucu there will not be much dosh to be made out of our Group.

One of the many irritations which annoy Oz Kanka and me is the way that the Turkish Cup is played down in this country.    The matches are all played midweek and even the effin Final is on a Wednesday !    Oz Kanka had to go to some outlandish place a few years ago to see Gencler in the Final when they lost that penalty shoot-out marathon.

On the other hand for example in Scotland and England the Cup Final is a razzamatazz affair and a good Cup run can bring in lottsa dosh through the turnstiles and TV.     I'm sure the St Johnstone FC Treasurer would agree after they won the Scottish FA Cup last season !

So, with Ankaragucu now bottom of their Group (where else ?) on one point they have 3 more matches to restore pride.

30 December - Karabuk v Ankaragucu
28 January - Ankaragucu v Basaksehir
4 February - 4 Eylul Sivas v Ankaragucu

As our home match is during the School Semester, I might summon up some enthusiasm and go to it, but ............. I'm not promising !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Karabukspor match preview!

Before we look ahead to tomorrows game with Karabukspor in the Turkish Cup i just want to congratulate our brothers Genclerbirligi on their fantastic 5-0 win over Konyaspor. It looks like this will be another replay of pervious season for Gencler, where they sell their best players, have a poor start to the season, and then finish comfortably mid table.

Onto Ankaragucu, and it was reported today that their are some interesting developments coming in the next couple of days involving the club and there could also be some good news. We will keep you posted with any developments.

Yet again the Turkish FA show utter contempt for the fans as Ankaragucu host Karabukspor in the Turkish Cup tomorrow at 1pm. That means the majority of fans who will be at work will again miss the match meaning more revenue lost for the club.

Tomorrows match is a must win for both sides who have taken 1 point from their opening 2 games. Ankaragucu lost 3-2 at Istanbul Basaksehir and drew 1-1 at home to Sivas 4 Eylul. The visitors Karabukspor lost 2-1 at Sivas 4 Eylul and drew 2-2 at home to Istanbul Basaksehir.

It all depends on what team Karabukspor put out tomorrow, they have an important league game next weekend and could chose to rest some of their star players. Their African trio of Abdul Razak Traore, Dominick Kumbela and Joseph Akpala will all pose a threat with their pace and power if they play and the Ankaragucu defence will need to up their performances by a considerable amount if they don't want to be embarrassed.

Karabukspor sit 12th in the Turkish Super Lig and are unbeaten in their last 4 games. They do have their weaknesses and it took winning on penalties against Inegolspor for them to secure their place in the Group Stages.

As discussed earlier this week, Karabukspor are set to swoop for Ankaragucu duo Gokhan Akkan and Onur Atasayer in the January transfer window. They will both play a key part for Ankaragucu if they are to win tomorrow.

The worry for Ankaragucu again is the centre of Defence and up front. Both Volkan Geyik and Gurkan Alver have been very poor this season, while apart from Umut Nayir and Mehmet Erdem its hard to see where the goals will come from.

It would be nice to see Ankaragucu round of 2014 with a win over Karabukspor after what can only be described as one of the worst years in the clubs 105 year history.

Genclerbirligi surprised that taking shots at goal sometimes results in goals

I wouldn't say it was the very best performance from Gencler, but the mere fact that we were getting shots at goal was heartwarming. The fact that those shots at goal were going in... Priceless. By the way, seven of Gencler's players were from our Youth Academy.  

Genclerbirligi 5 - 0 Processed Foods Company Konyaspor 

Little Oz Kanka had a match on so we missed the first half, only getting into the car and turning on the radio when Stancu scored with a header from a free kick. According to David it was a clear case of no-one marking our main striker. Silly, silly Konya.

So we arrived at the Su'dem at half-time to be greeted by plenty of happy campers. 

Beers in and the second half started as many Gencler matches do... drab and boring and no penetration and failure to do anything in the final third and clumsy tackles and silly mistakes and just general apathy and a look that seems to say that most of them would rather be anywhere than on the pitch.

That was the first 10 minutes anyway and then... great stuff all round.

Guido Kocer comes on for an injured Ugur and gets a great pass from a Konya player under pressure. Shoots. Goal 2-0 

Tomic takes free kick, Petrovic angles it in. Goal 3-0

Konya player takes one hell of a shot. Ramazan dives. Misses. Tomic on the line puts his head in the way. No goal. Tomic replaced a minute later, possibly suffering from concussion. 

Irfan the Coffeeman takes corner. Gencler player heads it back to him. Shot from Irfan at an extreme angle. Goal 4-0

Right at the death. Counter attack from Gencler. The Coffeeman sends it through to Artun. One-on-one with the keeper. Shoot. Goal 5-0

Referee blows it up. That was great stuff. The bad news is that Stancu got himself a yellow card and will therefore miss this Friday's 8pm (Boxing Day) match against Galatasaray.