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Gençlerbirliği Oftaşspor’un Hacettepe ismini alması, Türkiye’de bildiğimiz, alıştığımız kayırmacı kulüp birleşmelerine benzemiyor. (MedyaKronik)

Gençlerbirliği Oftaşspor yılların eskitemediği futbol adamı İlhan Cavcav’ın uzun süreli bir projesi. Gençlerbirliği’nin başkanı Cavcav’ın kulüp ve futbol takımı yönetme becerisi, Kamerun’dan futbolcu alıp Real Madrid’e satmasından anlaşılabilir. Altyapı tesislerini de avrupa standartlarına çıkartan Cavcav’ın daha fazla genç yetenek yetiştirmek için yedi sene öncesinden başladığı bir proje’nin son aşaması Gençlerbirliği Oftaşspor.

Yedi yıl önce 3. ligde mücadele eden Asaşspor kulübün kapısına kilit vurulma aşamasına gelince İlhan Cavcav tarafından o zamanın parasıyla 75 milyar liraya satın alındı. Cavcav, kulübün isminin önüne Gençlerbirliği markasını ekledi. Bu takım 2006/2007 sezonunda Birinci Lig’e (o zamanki adıyla Türk Telekom Birinci Ligi) çıkınca, Asaşspor ismi bu kez de Oftaşspor olarak değişti.

Oftaşspor, Gençlerbirliği kulübünün bünyesine girdiğinden beri bir pilot takım olarak görüldü. “Alkaralar”da şans bulamayan gençler, bu takımda forma şansı buldu. Ve takım, Birinci Lig’e çıkmasının bir sezon ardından, Turkcell Süper Lig’e çıkma başarısını gösterdi.

Böylece –birisi onursal olmak üzere- İlhan Cavcav’ın başkanı olduğu iki ayrı Gençlerbirliği, Türkiye’nin en üst düzey futbol liginde bir araya geldi. Elbette bu, alışılageldik bir durum değildi. Tartışmaları da beraberinde getirdi. Cavcav’ın lokomotif kulübü Gençlerbirliği’ne “kıyak geçebilir”di Oftaşspor. Ancak tam tersi oldu. İki takım dört defa karşılaştı. Oftaşspor hiç mağlubiyet almadı ve sezonu Gençlerbirliği’nin üzerinde bitirdi.

Gençlere şans tanımak üzere “projelendirilen” takım fazlasıyla başarılı olmuştu, ki defansın vazgeçilmez isimlerinden Giray Kaçar hem milli takıma seçildi, hem de Trabzonspor’a transfer oldu. Dört Ankara takımının arasında da en iyi futbolu oynayan Oftaşspor oldu. Ancak bir eksikleri vardı. Zaman zaman bedavaya izleme fırsatı verilen takımın maçları dolmuyordu. Türk futbolunun gediklisi olmuş Cavcav bu sorunu halletmek için de bence mantıklı ama eleştiriye açık bir hamle yaptı.

Ankara’nın en eski semti Hacettepe’nin spor klübü, semtin gençleri tarafından kurulup üst üste başarılarla Ankara 1. Ligi’ne çıkmıştı. Artık yerinde yeller esen bu ligde de başarılı oldu ve Türkiye Birinci Ligi’ne çıkmaya hak kazandı. Ancak burada aynı başarıyı tekrarlayamadı. 1968 sezonundan sonra sürekli küme düştü. 1988 yılında (Ankara’ya elini attığından beri susuzluktan kurutan) dönemin Keçiören Belediye Başkanı Melih Gökçek, Hacettepe’yi de “kuruttu”. İki semtin takımını birleştirip Keçiörengücü yaptı ve böylece Hacettepe tarihe karıştı.

Geçtiğimiz sezon biter bitmez, ligden düşen Kasımpaşaspor’un, İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediye Spor ile birleştirileceği haberi gündeme gelmişti. Bu “bomba” haber balon çıktı çünkü birleşme gerçekleşmedi. Doğrusu, iktidara yakın bu iki klubün birleşme ihtimali bile, tüylerimi diken diken etmeye yeterliydi.

Birleşme fikrine, en masum tarafından bakıldığında bile, alnının teriyle ligde kalmayı haketmiş futbolcuların durumu ne olacaktı? Üstelik ülkenin gelecek vaad eden teknik direktörünü Abdullah Avcı’nın oturtmaya çalıştığı istikrarlı sistemi yerle bir edecek bir durumdu bu.

Kasımpaşaspor düşürülmeyip, gelecek sezon Süper Lig’de mücadele etse ve yine küme düşseydi, yine siyaseti işe karıştırıp Kasımpaşaspor’u ligde tutacaklar mıydı? Peki böyle bir Kasımpaşaspor’a semt sakinlerinin bakışı nasıl olacaktı?

Evet, bomba balon çıktı. Yıllarca siyasetin spordan elini çekmesi için yazan medya, görünen o ki bu birleşme yalanını uydurdu.

Benzer düşüncelerle yapılan birleşmelere, değişmelere kesinlikle karşıyım. Zamanında birinci lige çıkan Kayseri Erciyes’in, Kayserispor olmasına da hâlâ alışamadım. Ancak Hacettepe ve GB Oftaşspor’u bir araya getiren bu son birleşmeyi destekliyorum.

İlhan Cavcav kapanmaya yüz tutan kulübü himayesine aldı ve ona kendi ayakları üstünde durabilecek bir yapı kazandırdı. Şimdi ona güzel anılarla hatırlanan, Ankara’nın en eski semt takımlarından birinin adını verdi. Şu anda borcu olmayan yegane kulübümüz Gençlerbirliği’nin yönetim sistemi Hacettepe Spor Kulübü’nde de mevcut.

Ayrıca Türkiye’nin en büyük üniversitelerden birinin adını taşıdığı için, hem semt hem de öğrenciler tarafından benimsenip fazlasıyla desteklenen bir takım olma ihtimali de var. Hacettepe’nin efsane dönemlerine şahit olmuş futbolseverleri tekrar yeşil sahalara çekebilir bu değişim. Hayırlı olsun.

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Valla Hamamönü doğumlu biri olarak Hacettepe’nin adı bile adrenalin yaptı bende. Ama bu Ankaragücümüze ihanet edeceğiz anlamına gelmez. Zaten Ankara’da Ankaraspor dışında herhangi bir takımı desteklemek Ankaragüçlüler için ihanet olarak algılanmamıştır. 1965-1968 yılları arasında babamın işlettiği Hergele Meydanı’ndaki (şimdiki İtfaiye Meydanı) kahvede toplanan Hacettepe taraftarlarının fotoğrafları hâlâ duruyor babamın albümlerinde. Bu yüzden sanki tarih canlanacak gibi ama içimden de bir his Hacettepe adı geri gelir de o ünlü “Hacettepe ruhu” döner mi diye beni sorguluyor. Semt olarak Hacettepe, Hamamönü, Cebeci ve Abidinpaşa’ya kadar olan yerlere hitap edebilir. Ordaki profil potansiyel olarak “Hacettepe ruhu”nu yaşatmaya yeter. Bir de maçlarını 2008/2009 sezonunda Cebeci Stadı’nda oynarsa Ankaragücü’nün tabanından çok seyirci çalacağını tahmin ediyorum.

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Galatasaray’s youth programme continues to produce quality young talents. Its latest shining star is Arda Turan. He was a well known player in Turkey, through his involvement at every level of football up to his eventual breakthrough for Galatasaray’s senior team. The talented youngster announced his arrival on the international stage at this summer’s Euro 2008 championships in Austria/Switzerland.(insidefutbol)

In Turkish football Galatasaray have an important role and many look to them to provide some of the talented youngsters that will form the next generation of international players. We could call them the Ajax of Turkey in this respect. Tugay Kerimoðlu and Emre Belözoðlu are the well known players in England that came from the Galatasaray youth setup. Further players of note are Okan Buruk and Bülent Korkmaz.  They all started their professional career at “GS” just like Arda Turan. They have become world stars and now it is his turn.

Arda Turan began at the amateur club of his quarter, “Bayrampasa Altintepsispor” and he didn’t take long to display a high level of technical ability far beyond his tender years. Legendary Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim saw the potential in him, and signed him to the Galatasaray youth team when he was just 12. He played consecutively for four years in the youth teams of “GS” and as part of the so called “Golden Generation” team he won many titles as he progressed.

In Turkey, youth players are often given the job of ball-feeders at official games. Once Arda Turan was feeding the ball back in play to Hagi. When Georghe Hagi arrived as coach at Galatasaray, in 2004-2005, Arda found himself a place in the first team. Even if he could play in friendly games before the season, he couldn’t get so many chances to play throughout the season proper. In the 2005-2006 season he has loaned out to Vestel Manisaspor. Arda didn’t lose faith at being loaned out and simply worked even harder for the time he was at Manisaspor, even though on some occasions he was played at right-back! He improved his skills throughout the season with very good performances, clocking up 15 games and two goals, even making an assist that didn’t go unnoticed against none other than Galatasaray!

When Arda returned to Galatasaray for the next season he proved to coach Eric Gerets that he was a player worthy of being involved in the senior squad. He started in the first eleven in a Champions League qualification game against Mlada Boleslav. In his very first game in European competition, Arda scored twice in an excellent performance and helped Galatasaray to reach the next stage. Arda was fast on the road to being considered as indispensable to the first team.

Arda continued his good European form soon after by picking up the Man of the Match award in his first Champions League game at home to Bordeaux.

A dream came true for the young potential star. Arda was given the chance to become an important part of the first team by coach Gerets and managed to play in all Galatasaray’s games in the group stage of the Champions League, except Liverpool. The reason for him missing the Liverpool game was a so called “moment of madness”. The Turkish youngster was punished by the referee in the group game against Bordeaux after he headbutted the French side’s Pedretti. After this incident Arda garnered much critiscm from the Turkish media, who before had had nothing but praise for the young star. Arda was forced into making a public apology and declared he did not know what had come over him, but that it would not happen again.

Last season at Galatasaray began with high expectations for Arda, especially with the signing of Brazilian Lincoln, who everyone was eager to see him link up with. The pressure didn’t get to him and he continued where he had left off the season before by providing two assists in the first game of the season. During the title winning campaign Arda clocked up 30 league appearances, fourteen assists and seven goals. Perhaps his most important performance for his club came right near the end of the season when the pressure was on in the title race, Arda fired in a hat-trick against rivals Sivasspor in a game that moved his club closer to that Super Lig crown.

Arda’s international career started with the youth national teams where he picked up twenty one caps, scoring eleven goals. However, the reason everyone now knows Arda Turan is all due to his performances in Euro 2008. Even in the qualifying stages he was making a name for himself, playing nine games and providing three assists.

Arda may not have started the first game of Euro 2008 against Portugal, because of Fatih Terim’s gamble of playing Kazim and Mevlut, but he did get a chance against Switzerland, and how he took it! Arda’s fantastic run and shot in the 92nd minute sent Turkey into that last game against the Czech Republic with a real chance of qualifying from the group.

One of Arda’s often overlooked skills is his ability to hold up the ball and wait for his team-mates to join the attack. Some people think the reason he does this is because he lacks pace, but he has often said before that he feels it is important for the team to attack together. Against the Czech Republic and Croatia Arda did this many times and the team were much stronger when they attacked in force.

Whilst Arda has an amazing ability to dribble past opponents, what he perhaps lacks is a powerful shot from outside the box. People who saw his great strike against Switzerland in the Euros would be surprised at this, but in Turkey it is well-known. The goal against Switzerland however did show that this is an area of his game he is working hard at.

To be a world star, a player should win many titles says tennis player Roger Federer. Winning titles is necessary but furthermore, to do this, you need a strong character, which Arda has, too. Arda is a livewire in training, joking with his team-mates and always motivated.

With his comments after the Euros he showed that he has the potential to be a world star. For example, he scored the first penalty against Croatia, and when a journalist asked him about taking the first penalty he said: “It was an important opportunity not to miss, because you can not play all the time in the semi-final. You can not know what the future brings, maybe that is my last competition. It was a big risk but I’ve taken it and raised my hand when my boss asked who is going to take the first penalty.” That is Arda, never afraid to shy away from taking responsibility and feeling, importantly, that not to take responsibility is to miss out.

The youngster’s biggest dream was to play with Hakan Sukur, a dream he realised, and whilst Arda says he hopes to play more times alongside this legend of the Turkish game, that seems impossible now he has departed Galatasaray.

After the Euros ended there were many transfer rumours about this potential star. In my opinion he should make the move to a big European team in another league to continue his personal development. The national team would surely feel the benefit of that. Also if Arda left then perhaps the next star can emerge from the Galatasaray youth factory.

At the time of writing however a move for Arda looks out of the question. Galatasaray president Adnan Polat stated that none of the team’s stars will move before the Turkish giants have won a European Cup. So for this next year it seems certain that Arda will stay a Galatasaray player and that is something the fans will not compain about!

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1. Servet Cetin (Galatasaray) The important part of a team is the duo in the middle of the defence. After the Song – Tomas partnership fell apart Galatasaray bought Servet as cover. When he signed everyone thought that he could not cover the place of Stjepan Tomas because it is a hard thing to return from an Anatolian team to one of the big Istanbul clubs. But at Sivasspor, where Servet played before Galatasaray, he improved himself and with this performance , he returned to the national team too. The 27 year-old played 33 games in the league, 11 games for the national team and 10 games in Europe. Servet was surely one of the most consistent players in the Super Lig.

2. Roberto Carlos (Fenerbahce) Roberto Carlos needs no introduction and nobody in Turkey really thought that he would transfer to Fenerbahçe. Carlos could well have remained in Madrid, but he wished to fulfil a childhood dream and play for a team coached by his idol Zico. Despite being 35 years old, Roberto Carlos often changed games just by his presence. His experience was also a big factor in helping Fenerbahce to get so far in the Champions League.

3. Gökhan Gönül (Fenerbahçe) Gökhan Gönül is a product of the famous Gençlerbirliği youth factory. Fenerbahce are a team who like to transfer young players and develop them into household names, Gökhan Gönül is going to be one of them. When Gençlerbirliği OFTAŞ gained promotion to the Super Lig, Gönül was a huge part of this. At first he couldn’t get a game for Fenerbahce, but Zico gave him a chance in one match, and he never gave his jersey back. He played 24 times in the Turkcell Super Lig and 10 in Europe. With his growing performances, big clubs like Milan,Tottenham and Real Madrid have shown an interest in him and he has also graduated to the national team.

4. Mile Sterjovski (Gençlerbirliği OFTAŞ) The Australian international who joined Gençlerbirliği Oftaş from Basel of Switzerland, was a surprising signing, and one that really went unnoticed by a lot of people. He played 14 games for the team, scored 3 goals and made 4 assists. Sterjovski arrived in Turkey on a free transfer and in the mid-season break he was sold to Derby County for €400,000 – a glorious transfer for the Anatolian Team.

5. Rodrigo Tello (Beşiktaş)
Beşiktaş fans expected another big name to go alongside Ricardinho and Matias Delgado. This Chilean player hasn’t got a big name like them but he produced better and more consistently good performances than either of them. With his pace, banana crosses and free-kick shots, he became a favourite of the Beşiktaş fans. The fact that he cost the club nothing makes him an even better signing. He played 37 games for his team, scored 6 goals and made 11 assists. His goal against Marseille from a free-kick was unforgettable, a firm contender for strike of the season.

6. Barış Ozbek (Galatasaray) (also) This player was snapped up from Rot-Weiss Essen, from the third tier of German football. With Karl-Heinz Feldkamp’s advice he came to the Galatasaray. In friendly games before the season Ozbek showed that he had great potential. His big advantage was “Kalli” (Feldkamp), who is never afraid to give chances to young players. It wasn’t long before the Galatasaray fans believed in him just as much as “Kalli” and his hard shots from long range, pinpoint crosses and defensive abilities made him an important first team player. He played 38 games for Galatasaray, scored 2 goals but made 7 assists, and that must go down as a good season for such a young player and new signing, too.

7. Shabani Nonda (Galatasaray)
When he signed for Monaco from Stade Rennes earlier in his career, Monaco paid €20M for him, but Galatasaray paid just €1.3M to sign him from Roma. In the first game he started against Konyaspor, Nonda announced his arrival with a double salvo. Also he showed his first class style in European competition and he scored 3 goals in 6 games. He was also the only Galatasaray player, along with Arda Turan, to score a hat-trick in the Super Lig. With this hat-trick he scored 11 goals and his last goal made Galatasaray champions, seeing off rivals Fenerbahçe.

8. Filip Holsko (Beşiktaş)
This skilful striker was discovered by former national team and Trabzonspor coach Ersun Yanal and joined him at Vestel Manisaspor in  2006. He showed solid performances for that team and in January of 2008 Beşiktaş signed him for €5 million. Holsko proved his worth by scoring 7 goals and providing 6 assists in just half a season at Beşiktaş. In total he scored 13 goals and made 11 assists. He was the player who we can say affected Beşiktaş’s finishing position in the league the most, especially with his 2 late goals in the Sivasspor game.

9. Antoino De Nigris (Ankaraspor) In my opinion the most exciting player in the Turkish Super Lig. The Mexican international signed for Gaziantepspor in 2006. In the middle of last season he was bought by Ankaraspor in their bid to avoid relegation. De Nigris was a key player in changing the performances of Ankaraspor. He assisted in a Fenerbahce game and they got one point. Then he scored against Genclerbirligi twice, and in the two last games, before the last game of the season, he made one assist and scored one goal and Ankaraspor won both games by a single goal.

10. Razundara Tjikuzu (İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi) A player of great experience from the Bundesliga. With his performances last season he got everyone’s attention. Before his move to Istanbul he played for another Turkish side, Rizespor, and for them he did not excel. Abdullah Avci’s arrival at İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor made him an important first team player. He played 30 games in the Super Lig and made two assists. It is a really good statistic for a midfielder but what was most important was his defensive effectiveness.

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