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insidefutbol.com’daki son yazım. >> Sivasspor in unexpected relegation fight

last article about sivasspor at inside futbol.com

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sivasspor_uzuntuTurkcell Süper Lig’de geride bıraktığımız son iki sezonun flaş ekibiydi Sıvasspor. İki sezon boyunca aldıkları sonuçlarla akıllara “Trabzonspor’dan sonra şampiyonluğa uzanabilecek takım acaba Sıvas olabilecek mi?” sorusunu getirmişlerdi. Süper Lige çıkalı 5 yıl olmasına karşın 2005/06 yılından itibaren sırasıyla sezonlarını 8., 7., 4. ve 2. bitiren Yiğidoların bu başarısının en büyük nedeni kadro istikrarıydı. Geçen sezon öncesi takıma katılan Herve Tum, Bilica, Faruk Bayar, İbrahim Dağaşan’dan sonra ara transfer döneminde de Kamanan ve Murat Erdoğan’la oluşturulan kadro derinliği bu yıl bozulunca ‘usta’ teknik adam Bülent Uygun ve Sıvasspor’un düşüşü başladı. (daha&helliip;)

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Bouazza2Sivasspor’un yeni transferi Hamer Bouazza‘nın kırmızı-beyazlı ekipten ayrıldığı bildirildi. Sivasspor’un İngiltere Premier Ligi takımlarından Fulham’dan geçen hafta transfer ettiği Cezayir asıllı Fransız vatandaşı Hamer Bouazza’nın, ”şehre alışamadığını” gerekçe göstererek takımdan ayrıldığı öğrenildi. Aldığı peşinatı kulübe iade ettiği belirtilen Bouazza’nın, eşyalarını toplayarak kentten ayrıldığı bildirildi. Büyük ümitlerle transfer edilen Bouazza’nın kısa sürede takımdan ayrılması, camiada şaşkınlıkla karşılandı. Bouazza, Sivasspor’un UEFA Avrupa Ligi play-off turunda FC Shakhtar Donetsk ile 3 gün önce Sivas’ta yaptığı maçta ilk kez Sivasspor forması giymişti. Bu maçta ilk 11’de sahaya çıkan Bouazza, 60 dakika oyunda kaldıktan sonra yerini Fransız golcü Yannick Kamanan’a bırakmıştı.

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Zararın neresinden dönülürse kârdır diye düşünmüş Bouazza ve gitmiş. (daha&helliip;)

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Maçın TRT’de olması sevindiriciydi. Çünkü maçı izlemek için D-Smart’ı olan bir yer bulmak zorunda kalmamıştık. Tek ve en büyük dezavantajı maçın yorumcusunun Ömer Üründül olmasıydı. Ve yine maça şu yorumuyla damgasını vurdu.

“Ben Yasin Çakmak’ı daha önce hiç bu kadar kötü oynarken izlememiştim…”

Sivasspor-anderlechtBir insan hiç mi Türkiye Ligi maçı izlemez. (Bknz. Hacettepe-Fenerbahçe 2009)

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sivassporSivasspor, Hollanda kamının ilk hazırlık maçında Hollanda Birinci Lig takımlarından Heerenven’e 5-0 yenildi.

Sivasspor, Hollanda kamının ilk hazırlık maçında Hollanda Birinci Lig takımlarından Heerenven’e 5-0 yenildi.

Karşılaşma sırasında maçı saha kenarından izleyen Trabzonspor kaşkollu bir taraftar, Sivasspor Teknik Direktörü Bülent Uygun’a hakaret etti. Bunun üzerine kaleci antrenörü Murat Göksu, saha kenarındaki taraftarı yumrukladı. Hollanda polisi, taraftarın şikayeti üzerine Murat Göksu’yu gözaltına aldı. Göksu’nun karakolda ifade verdiği açıklandı.

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Olacağı buydu. Bülent Uygun’un ‘agresif’ ve egosantrik tavırları en sonunda kulübe parçalamaya kadar varmıştı. Geçen sezon (daha&helliip;)

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sivas-dozerSivasspor için geçen bir sezonun özeti. Sezonun yarısını 1. sırada bitirdiler. 30.’uncu haftaya da lider girdiler ancak ‘Belediye ekipleri’ yıkıma engel olunca –genelde tersi olur ya– İstanbul hegemonyası birinci liglerdeki hükümranlığına bir yıl daha ekledi…

Fotoğraf tarihi: 26.05.2009 Yer: Ataköy Atrium dibi

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Dün Mustafa Sarp’ın haberinin içinde takım arkadaşı Sercan Yıldırım’ın da Fenerbahçe’ye gideceği yazıyordu. Sercan için ayrı bir yazı yazmak istediğimden dünkü yazımda bahsetmedim. Şimdi tam sırası…

ilhan-parlakFenerbahçe 2003 yılından bu yana maddi gücünün de yardımıyla Türkiye’nin bütün önemli genç yeteneklerini kadrosuna katıyor. Üretemediği için bu yolu seçiyor olmaları onları bileceği iş. Fakat aldığı genç yetenekleri harcamaları benim canımı çok sıkıyor. 17-19-20-21-23 yaş altı turnuvalarda harikalar yaratan ulusal takımımızın en önemli parçaları son yıllarda hep Fenerbahçe’ye transfer oldu ve olduğu gibi de yok oldu. Son kurbanımız da İlhan Parlak… (daha&helliip;)

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reuters-sivas

Reuters’in blogların konu olmak kanımca çok önemli bir şey olmalı. Dünyanın en önemli haber ajanslarından biri Reuters. Bugün Alexandra Hudson bir yazı yazmış Sıvasspor’un başarısı hakkında. (daha&helliip;)

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en-ilginc-protesto1Fotoğrafın Sıvasspor maçında çekildiği belli. Hatta taraftarın Sıvas maçından bile ümitsiz olduğu çok açık. Lig birincisini yense bile devamının geleceğinden emin değil. Hatta devam etmeyeceğini düşünüyor. Ne olacak ki Sıvas’a 4 günde 7 gol atsam… Az buz bir şey değil Sıvas’ı yenmek iki maçta da ikişer farkla. Hiç zorlanmadan… Taraftarı tebrik ediyorum bu cesur protestoyu yapabildiği için. Bu gerçeği hiç çekinmeden söyleyebildiği için. Ama F.Bahçe bu yıl oldukça dengesiz. O n’apsın?! Bir kaç dakika sonra Kayseri maçı başlayacak. Kayseri’de Aghagowa ve Cangele forvette. Fenerbahçe’de de Semih sonunda Güiza’yı kulübeye oturttu. F.Bahçe formda ama kendi evinde. Deplasmanda son iki maçında gol atamadı… Kayserispor ise evindeki maçlar 6 gol yemiş. Daha ilginci ise bu maçlarda sadece 8 –yazıyla SEKİZ– gol atabilmiş… Bu maç alt olur!

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Sonunda hep beraber Skibbe’yi gönderdik. Ardından da sağolsun güzel türkçemizin kıvraklığı sayesinde en azından michael_skibbe2_754962arkadaş arasında geyiğin dibine vurduk. En canlı örneği olarak Kocaelispor maçından sonra eve “Ben böyle işi Skibbe!” diyerek girdim. Eh tabi o zaman daha kovulmamıştı. Ancak tam da o saatlerde radikal kararlar alınıyordu hakkında. Eve girdiğimdeki sitemim Skibbe gitsin amaçlı değildi. Yenilgiyeydi, Adnan Polat’ın yine bir teknik direktörü  kovacağınaydı. Kovuldu ve değer verip dinlediğim yorumcular, “aman gitti de ne iyi oldu” gibi cümlelerle “biz demiştik zaten”e getirdiler. Kendilerini geleceği gören bir yorumcu olarak gösterip, doğru tahminde-yorumda bulunduğunun altını çizip prim yapmak mıydı niyetleri bilemedim-anlam veremedim. Fakat hakkında bir kaç kelime tuşlamaya vakit bulamadığım Bordeaux ve Kocaeli maçları hakkında, hatta Kayseri ve Antalya maçlarında da kuracağım bir kaç “dilek-şart kipinde” cümleyle, oh gitti de kurtulduk düşüncesindekileri Skibbe’nin gidişi hakkında biraz beyin fırtınası davet ediyorum. Yapacaklarım sadece Şeytan’ın avukatlığıdır. Dedim ya -se,-sa cümleleri olacak bunlar…

Skibbe’nin gönderilişinin sebebi olarak ocak’tan itibaren alınan kötü sonuçlar gösterildi. Ocak’ta oynadığımız maçlara bakalım. Oynadığımız futbolun iyiliğine kötülüğüne bakamayacağım ama çok rezildik diyebileceğim maçımız bir tek Antalyaspor maçı idi. Hayatımda daha sıkıldığım bir maç olmamıştı. Diğer maçlarda ise eksiklere karşın hep üst düzey mücadele ve tümünde de kılpayı kaçan galibiyetler mevcut.

Bakınız ki, sezonun ikinci yarısına Sivasspor’la deplasmanda oynadığımız ilk maçta Ümit Karan’ın nasıl bir kırmızı kartla oyundan atıldığını gördük. Hala mantıklı bir açıklaması yok. Defansta Servet, Meira,Emre Güngör sakatlığı veya kart cezası sebebiyle oynayamadı. Hakan Balta stoperde mecburcuydu. Evet gollerde hata yapmış olabilir ve denilebilir ki o zaman Semih Kaya, Murat Akça gibi genç stoperlere şans verseydi… Diyelim ki o iki genç oyuncu sahaya sürülseydi ve o oyuncular hata yapsalardı – Stoper pozisyonunda oynuyorlar diye hiç hata yapmayacaklar diye bir şey yok. -ve bu hataları da golle sonuçlansaydı “bu önemli maçta neden 18 yaşındaki çocukları lincoln_kartoynatıyorsun ” diye eleştirilecekti. Eleştirilmeyecek miydi? Bu maçta sakat veya cezalı olduğu için oynayamayan Servet, Meira, Emre Güngör takımda olsaydı..

Kupada oynanan Sivas maçlarında da eksiktik. Ancak deplasmandaki ikinci maçta öne geçmedik mi? Geçtik. Yediğimiz golü kim çıkarabilirdi ki? De Sanctis de yiyebilirdi o golü. Tertemiz bir gol yedik. Maçı da eksiklere karşın berabere bitirip penaltılara götürmüştük. Turu penaltılarla geçebilirdik. Petkovic günündeydi. Bizimkiler gününde değildi… Sonuçta elendik iyi oynayarak. Eksiklere karşın. Ama Sıvas’ı eleyebilirdik. Ya eleseydik!?

Bir fiyasko bir kırmızı kartın çıktığı maç da Kayseri maçıydı. Dünyada örneği yok. 2 metre uzaktaki Lincoln ayağını uzatıyor sadece ve top çarpıp taca çıkıyor. Ya çarpmasaydı Selçuk Dereli yine kart gösterebilecek miydi? O maçta çok iyi başlamışken ve Lincoln de oldukça iyi bir oyun sergilerken maçtan ucubik bir kartla oyun dışı kalmasaydı o maçta puan kaybedilir miydi??

Antalyaspor maçında kötü oynadğımızı itiraf ediyorum. Etmeliyiz de ancak o maçta da Baros’un direkten dönen topu, verilmeyen bir penaltı ve yine kırmızı kart gördüğü için takımda olmayan Lincoln’süz oynamıştık. O maçta o pozisyonlar gol olsa, Lincoln takımda olsa o maçta o kötü rezil felaket oyuna karşın en azından maçı kaybetmezdik.. Ve kaybetmeseydik o Antalya maçını?

Sonrasında ise sadece kadro ve maç öncesi yorum yapabildiğim Bordeaux maçı oynandı. Sahaya 3-5-2 de dense 3-4-3 çıktık. Oldukça tehlikeli, riskli, maceracı bir taktikti. İlk yarıda sağ tarafta çok açıklar vermiştik nitekim de oradan gelişen atak sonrası Wendel’in attığı şut az kalsın gol oluyordu. Fakat maç boyunca çok iyi defans yaptığımızı, abartılan Gourcuff’u sahadan silmiş olduğumuz gerçeğini kim inkar edebilir? Maçın başında Kewell o golü atsa, ikinci yarıda kontraataklarla yakaladığımız pozisyonları gole çevirebilisek…

barosKocaeli maçında Skibbe’ye dibine kadar eleştirebiliriz. Çünkü 3-5-1-1 bu maçta tutmadı. Tutar gibi yaptı. Öne bile geçtik. Hatta Topal golü bulunca ben çok sevindim. Fakat De Sanctis’in bireysel bir hatası geldi ki o da evlere şenlikti. Tutabileceği topu saçma sapan bir yere yumrukladı o da gitti Taner’in ayağına oturdu. Nefis de bir gol oldu. İkinci gol üçlü defansta daha önce beraber oynamamış üç stoperin pozisyon alma hatasından kaynaklandı. Birbirlerine çok yakın durunca ceza yayının hemen önünden arkalarına atılan bir pasla oyundan düştüler. Hacıoğlu da kaval kemiğiyle bir gol attı. Yediğimiz diğer goller hep müdahale eksikliğinden kaynaklandı. Durum 3-2 iken kaçırdığımız bir penaltı var ki.. işte ya o gol olsaydı ardından dört gelmez miydi? Rakiplerin puan kaybetmişken “kötü oynarken de kazanmasını bildik” diyerek Skibbe’yi hafiften köşeye çekip, “Bordeaux maçında olmasın bunlar adam ol, takımı adam gibi oynat” denecekti. Baros’un kaçırdığı penaltı gol olsa Skibbe Sami Yen’deki Bordeaux maçında takımın başında olmayacak mıydı?

Skibbe değil miydi, Benfica, Berlin, Olympiakos zaferlerini kazandıran takımına?? O maçlarda müthiş oynamıyor muydu Galatasaray? O maçlar bugüne ne kadar uzak ki? Kaç adam bu gerçeği göz önüne alabiliyor Skibbe’nin ardından. Bir İbrahim Altınsay, bir de Uğur Vardan‘ı okudum bugün Radikal’de… Bir onlar bu açıdan yazmış. Bu açıdan bakmış olaya. Bir bu yazılar var benim gördüğüm. Sizin gördüğünüz, duyduğunuz başka var mı?

Skibbe gitti, sonuçların bir anda değişmesi beklenecek. Bülent futbolculuğunda da güçlü karakterli biriydi. skibbe_ankaragucumaciPrensipliydi. Bu özelliği özel hayatında da böyle. Teknik adamlığında da prensiplerinden vazgeçmemişti Bülent. Öyle olmaya da devam edecek… Yine öyle olacak, başkanla takışacak vs. Benim Bülent hakkındaki tek endişem ya sonuçlar ters giderse… Polat onu gönderirse… Bülent’e yazık olmayacak mı?..

Danke Schön Herr Skibbe. Takımdan ayrılırken gösterdiğin açık sözlülük, efendilikten dolayı. Senin gibilere ihtiyaç var…  10 yıl sonra bir daha görüşmek üzere… Ölmez sağ kalır-sa-k

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sivas-gs-taraftar Fotoğrafta ön plana çıkan tabi ki turuncu formasıyla Ümit Karan, sonra hakem ve hakemin elindeki kırmızı kart. Fakat her zaman ön plana çıkan şeyler çok fazla şey ifade etmiyor. Bu fotoğrafta “arka planda” kalanlar aslında futbolun her alanında ön plandalar. Rakibinin kırmızı kart görmesinden ötürü büyük haz duyan Sıvasspor taraftarlarının yüzlerine yansıyan neşeye, el kol hareketlerine yansıyan sevince bakın! Arada yuhlayanlar da var gibi gözüme çarpıyor. Ama burada en süper tepkiyi veren üçü, hakemin kafasının solunda kalan bereli amcadan, hakemin kafasıyla sağ kolu arasında kalan kot takımlı çocuktan ve bu ikilinin arsında kalan kahverengili amcadan geliyor…

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Haftasonu oynanan Sıvas-Galatasaray maçının ne yazık ki sadece ilk yarısını izleyebildim. 45 dakika boyunca oyunu hep rakip yarı alanda oynadık. Ofsayt diye durdurulan Baros’un direkten dönen topu dışında ciddi bir pozisyon hatırlayamıyorum şu an ama sanırım bir iki tane daha tehlikemiz vardı. Bir de Barış’ın sağdan içeri girip iki çalım attıktan sonra yaratmaya teşebbüs ettiği değişik bir pozisyon daha vardı. Teşebbüs dedim çünkü iki kişiyi geçtikten sonra attığı pas, attığı çalımlara yakışmadı gerçekten. Devre biterken Ümit Karan’ın atılıp atılmadığını anlayamadım bile. O sırada dışarı çıkmak için hazırlanıyordum. Televizyon açıktı, gittim geldim, odamda dolandım bir baktım ileride pres yapan tek adam Baros hemen arkasında en yakın adam Arda. Pazubandı da Ayhan’da! Ne oldu ne bitti anlayamadım. Lig Tv de pozisyonu ne zaman, kaç kere tekrarladı hiç göremedim bile. Zaten Lig Tv’nin yayıncılıkta yarattığı katliamın haddi hesabı yok. Ayrı bir ileti konusu-serisi bile olur bu konu.

sivas-gs-kart-hakem1Maç bitmeden Ümit Karan’ın yediği kırmızı kart hakkında ilk düşüncem şu oldu. “Ulan be adam! Yönetim sen kuralları öğren diye tesislerde sana ders veriyor. Kuralları anlattırıyor. Senin yaptığına bak! Üstelik şampiyonluğu etkileyecek bir maçta yönetimin bunca önlemine karşın böyle bir hatayı nasıl yapar!? Son iki aydır forma giyemediği için küskün olan ancak en önemli maçta Lincoln’ü kesip takıma girmişsin. Kaptanlık pazubandı da sende! Bu kadar adam sana bu kadar güvenirken sen bu hatayı nasıl yaparsın!” Yaptı işte! Oldu…

Sonra baktım, pozisyonu bir kaç kere tekrar izledim. Olay benim izlenimime göre şu: Ümit Karan omuz omuza mücadele veriyor Sıvaslı’yla. Taç çizgisine doğru giderken Ümit kayıp düşüyor. Kalkarken şöyle hakeme bir bakıp, ona bir şeyler söylüyor. Kalkıyor ve kara,yağmura, ıslak zemine isyanından etrafındaki karlara tekme atıyor. Bunlar hakeme bakmadan gerçekleşiyor. Sonra hakeme bakıp bir şeyler söylüyor. Ağzından okuduğum kadarıyla da “Çok ayıp” diyor sonra sahaya girerken. İlk kısmında söylediği sözleri ağzını tam göremediğim için okuyamadım bilemiyorum ama; yan hakeme koşup, üzerine yürüyüp el kol sallamıyor. Neye göre kırmızı kart verildi ben anlamadım.

Eğer sadece çok ayıp lafına kırmızı kart çıktıysa “çok ayıp”! Hakemlerimizin bu yüzden yurtdışında fazla maç yönetemediğini düşünüyorum. Her hafta izliyoruz ya. Rooney ne küfürler, ne Fuck Off!’lar çekiyor Howard Webb’e. Ne el kol sallıyor. Ama uzun zamandır ben bu sebepten kırmızı kart yediğini görmedim. Hiçbir zaman psikoloji kitabı okumadım. İlgi alanıma sokamadım, giremedi belki de. Ama futbolcu psikolojisinden anlarım. Haksızlığa uğradığını düşündüğü andan sonra 5-7 saniye içinde gösterdiği tepki bilinçdışıdır. Neyi, neden yaptığını bilemez o an. Ve itiraz eder, küfreder, isyan eder, topa tekme atar, yere vurur, tepinir, bağırır çağırır… Ama bu hareketler hakemin verdiği bir karar sebebiyle yapılsa dahi direk olarak hakeme-kişiye yapılan bir isyan değildir. Oradaki isyan “genel”dir. Topa, zemine, hakeme, yağan yağmura, formasını kirleten çamuradır. Hakemler bunları göz önüne alarak kartlarını çıkarmalı… Burada iki tarafın da yaptığı “çok ayıp”.

Not: Ümit Karan, en son bizim muhitte oturuyordu. Hala öyle mi bilmiyorum ama gördüğüm ilk yerde bizzat soracağım.

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Sıvas’ın dönüşü!

Bülent Uygun’la geriye düştüğü 9 maçı çevirmeyi başardı

(Cumhuriyet Gazetesi-28.09.2008)
Sıvasspor, Bülent Uygun’la geri dönüyor… Kırmızı – Beyazlılar, genç teknik adamın takımın başına geçtiği 2006’dan bu yana oynadığı lig maçlarının 9’unda geriye düşmesine karşın 90 dakika sonunda sahadan puanla ayrılmayı başardı. Bu karşılaşmaların 5’ini galibiyetle kapatan Sıvasspor, 4’ündeyse rakibiyle berabere kaldı. Kırmızı – Beyazlıların geriden gelip puan aldığı 9 maçın 4’ünü F.Bahçe, G.Saray ve Beşiktaş’a karşı oynamış olması da dikkat çekiyor. Anadolu’nun yükselişteki temsilcisi, F.Bahçe ve Beşiktaş’ı birer kez yenip G.Saray’la berabere kalırken bu maçlardan çıkardığı puanları önceki günkü F.Bahçe galibiyetinde olduğu gibi son dakika golleriyle elde etti. Yenik duruma düştüğü maçları son 15 dakikada attığı gollerle çeviren Sıvasspor, süre tükenene dek mücadeleyi bırakmamanın semeresini aldı. Son 3 sezonda G.Saray ve F.Bahçe’nin kazandığı şampiyonluklarda son dakikalardaki gollerin önemi göz önüne alındığında, Yiğidolar bu performansıyla şampiyonluğa göz kırpıyor. Sıvasspor gibi takımların Alex’leri, Lincoln’leri, Delgado’ları olmayacak belki ama kısıtlı bütçeleri ile şampiyonun 6 puan gerisinde kaldıkları sezon bir Anadolu takımının cesur oynadığı zaman neler yapabileceğini herkese gösterdiler. Gösterdiği mücadeleyle futbolseverlere amatör ruhun ne demek olduğunu hatırlatan Yiğidolar, 2008-09 sezonunda evlerinde yenemedikleri 3 büyük takımı bu sezon alt etmeyi başarabilirse şampiyonluk hiç de uzak gözükmüyor…

2008-09: Sıvas-F.Bahçe: 2-1 (Dk. 88 Sezer Badur: 2-1), Eskişehir-Sıvas: 2-2 (Dk. 75 M.Yıldız: 2-2).
2007-08: Manisaspor-Sıvasspor: 1-1 (Dk. 87 Sezer Badur: 1-1). Beşiktaş-Sıvas: 1-2 (Dk. 83 Ilgar Gurbanov: 1-2). Sıvas-Bursa: 3-2 (Dk. 76 M.Yıldız: 3-2).
2006-07: Sıvasspor-K.Erciyes: 2-1 (Dk. 90 Mehmet Yıldız: 2-1). Sıvasspor-G.Saray: 1-1 (Dk. 90 Gürhan Gürsoy: 1-1). Sıvas-G.Antep: 2-1 (Dk. 79 Mehmet Yıldız (pen.): 2-1). F.Bahçe-Sıvas: 2-2 (Dk. 37 Servet Çetin: 1-2). sivasspor5

1,5 ay önce böyle bir manşet atmışız gazeteye. Fenerbahçe maçına kadar mağlubiyet almamışlar. İlginçtir ki tam da bu maçtan sonra Ankaraspor’a deplasmanda yenilmişler. Bir de Antalyaspor’a… O günden beridir de Beşiktaş ve Trabzonspor’a yenilmemişler. Galatasaray’la oynamadılar henüz. Evinde kral, dışarıda ise biraz talihsiz bir performansları var. Bu hafta karışmış bir Gençlerbirliği deplasmanına çıkacaklar..

İstatistiklere göre ligin ilk yarısını bitiren takımlar genellikle şampiyonluğa ulaşmışlar. Henüz ligin ilk yarısı bitmiş sayılmaz tabi ki ligin 17. haftasında Sami Yen’de oynayacakları Galatasaray maçı bu noktada çok kilit bir role sahip.. Sivasspor’lu değilim,Sivaslı da değilim fakat ligi şampiyon bitirme konusunda sonuna kadar destekçileriyim. Bu desteği vermemin tek sebebi ise, yıllar sonra anadoludan bir şampiyon çıkacak olmasının yanında her açıdan örnek teşkil ediyor olmaları.. Keşke şampiyon olsalar ve diğer anadolu takımları da onları örnek alsa…

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The Turkish Super Lig begins on the 23rd August. Before the entertainment starts Inside Futbol casts an eye over how the teams prepared for the new season. (insidefutbol)

Ankaragücü

The team from the capital will continue to be a mid-table team. They have lost their strongest midfielder, Giani Stelian Kirita, a Romanian international, but in bringing in 11 players seems to go some way towards making up for his loss. Buying two tall strikers like Mehmet Yilmaz and Leo Iglesias will help the team to score more goals as both will combine well with their best player, the Brazilian Jaba.

Ex-Ankaragücü defender Hakan Kutlu will celebrate his 28th year at Ankaragücü, and has been the manager of the team since he retired from football in 2007. In his first season with Ankaragücü he led the club to 8th place. With a stronger team this term they will fight for a European place, but the question is can they achieve it? Their U-17 player Abdülkadir Kayali is the youngest player in the squad (born in 1991), and he is ready to shine if he gets the chance to play in the first team. English club Manchester City have already made an enquiry about an availability.

Ankaraspor

When they first gained promotion to the Super Lig, their idealistic but not realistic president stated they would be champions within five years. Last season however they were almost relegated. On the bench they have hired Aykut Kocaman again, he started last season with Ankaraspor but was fired after just eight weeks of the campaign. He is the one of the most young and talented managers in the Super Lig and I have no doubt that he will make Ankaraspor a much better side than they were last season.

Although they have lost important players this has been offset somewhat by the capturing of five important first team players from their rivals. From Besiktas Baki Mercimek and from Mehmet Çakir could help the team up the table. Managing to hold onto strikers De Nigris and Neca makes Ankaraspor a frightening team going forward, and with Swedish international defender Fredrik Risp and Slovakian international goalkeeper Stefan Senecky they are going to be hard to score against. They also have a young Liberian talent Theo Weeks, who could be the surpise of the league.

Antalyaspor

The Turkish Super League seems to be the most trigger-happy league when it comes to firing managers. Last year the Çaykur Rizespor board fired their manager in the very first week of the season after losing 4-0 to Galatasaray. Newly promoted Antalyaspor fired their promotion winning manager a week before the season begun and signed their former boss, Czech Joseph Jarabinsky.

In pre-season they brought in 12 players including ex-Galatasaray player Orhan Ak, Volkan Arslan and national team goalkeeper Ömer Çatkiç from Gaziantepspor. If they are to avoid relegation, (but i personally don’t give them a chance), they will surely owe their survival to the performance of those three arrivals, plus the help of the two Polish defenders Bieniuk and Dziewicki.

Besiktas

One of the favourites to win the title. Even though they have a good team, mistakes in the running of the club could bring them trouble. Pre-season began with a declaration from their most well known ultras -which English fans are familiar with after both Liverpool and Tottenham played in Turkey- “Çarsi”. They declared that they have withdrawn their support for the current regime.On the transfer front the team began by losing talented Ibrahim Kas, who signed for Getafe, Baki Mercimek was released by the club, and after losing two central defenders and Gökhan Zan became out of contract, they had just two defenders left. Brought in to address this were Tuna Üzümcü for free and Udinese defenders Tomas Zapotocny and Tomas Sivok for € 6.950 million.

While Besiktas were at their pre-season camp in Austria, two captains of the team got into a fight. After this fight they were transfer listed and told they would be excluded from the team, but they have already been forgiven and are now part of the team again. This behaviour of the board made every fan upset because it wasn’t the first time that the management of the club had made a decision and then simply reversed it.

To build up a strong defensive structure they also bought left back Anthony Seric from Panathinaikos. But his transfer is still on hold, because they have a Gordon Schieldenfeld problem. They signed him in January for € 1.5 million and after he played just a few games decided to be sell him. However, the Black Eagles are still waiting for him to find a new club but there are still no offers to buy him.

The biggest executive fiasco happened over Fahri Tatan’s transfer. The defensive midfielder sold was to Konyaspor and learned that he has been transferred from an SMS message!

Despite problems they still have perhaps the strongest attacking players in the league. Matias Delgado (chosen as new captain after the fight) will be an important player this season, while Holosko, Bobo and Mert Nobre will be relied upon to score the goals. In the midst of all this chaos they are still bringing players to the club. One of them is Aydin Karabulut, a player who should be watched. If Batuhan uses his chances better we will memorize his name in all the Besiktas games. He was also wanted by Manchester City.

Besiktas could win the title but it doesn’t look so easy for them. I do though believe they could do something in the UEFA Cup.

Bursaspor

They were one of the busiest teams’ in the transfer market this summer, selling 14 players and bringing in 12 new faces. After underachieving last season the board brought in Samet Aybaba as manager. He has won the Turkish Cup with two different teams and his pedigree can’t be questioned.

Losing central defenders Egemen Korkmaz and Ismail Güldüren will push them into the trouble though, because, they couldn’t sign good replacements. However, the signing of ex-Kayserispor goalkeeper Ivankov is one the best pieces of business of the summer. Bursa also brought in experienced Yusuf Simsek. Importantly, Belarusian Maxim Romaschenko can be the difference between being competitive in the Super Lig and not.

Denizlispor

A team which once competed in the UEFA Cup and knocked out French champions Lyon but lost to eventual winners Porto in the 2002-2003 season, will try to stay away from the bottom of the table for this season. They finished last season in 7th place, a real surprise given their limited facilities.

According to the transfermarkt.de they are the lowest market value team in the Super Lig. They lost their important first team players like Yusuf Simsek,Gökhan Güleç and the goalkeeper Souleymanou Hamidou. They will try to stay in the league with their youth and unknown players which looks so hard.

Eskisehirspor

The real Anatolian legend has returned to his home. They were the first team which had pushed to be champions in the early years of the Turkish First League. Between 1968-1974 they finished 2nd three times, and twice in 3rd and 4th position. They are the one of the Anatolian teams who won the Turkish Cup in its early seasons too. Also in the 1970-71 season they made history, knocking out Spanish side Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate. But after all this history they were relegated in 1982 to the second league. Even if they had managed to get promoted to first division for a few seasons they couldn’t have stayed up.

In 2007 with help of the minister of finance they signed ex-national team legend Sergen Yalçin and began to build up a very strong squad. Despite the fact that they made a good start to the season they almost lost their chance to win promotion. They finally managed to book their ticket to the Super Lig in the play-off games. They won their first play-off game after a penalty thriller and in the final they won 2-0.

Like every promoted team in Turkey their board have started to change things. They signed a new coach and 16 players. Amongst those 16 players, Tayfun Türkmen, 21 year-old from the Galatasaray youth academy, Oguz Sabankay and ex-Lille and Besiktas player Souleymane Youla are the flamboyant signings with important Super Lig experience.

Every football fan would like too see Eskisehir in the Super Lig for the next few seasons because of their great stadium and atmosphere, but staying up will be tough enough for them.

Sivasspor

Although they failed their European Dream (lost out in qualifying recently) last season’s Anatolian wrestler is still a danger in the Super Lig. They became successful with a limited bench but this year they bought eight players to strenghten the team. Two of them are important first team players including Cameroonian Herve Tum and left winger Faruk Bayar. Selling Bulgarian Ivan Cvetkov though could be the wrong decision. Also if they could hold onto Ugur Yildirim they will be stronger than last year. Even if they don’t manage to scale the heights reached last season they look a sure bet for the top 5.

Trabzonspor

The big brother of all Anatolian teams had a sensational summer buying more than 20 players. After fininshing in an unsatisfactory place in the league former national team manager Ersun Yanal changed the whole team. While buying so many players, he didn’t forget the future and signed 12 players younger than 23. But signing Gökhan Ünal from Kayserispor could be the best signing of the season. He was wanted by Istanbul’s big teams and there was also interest from Russian clubs. We will see what he is going to do.

They signed Rigobert Song, Egemen Korkmaz and Giray Kaçar for central defence, which was easily their worst position last season. Song could be the key player for them this season. They also signed Belgian Cristian Brüls for the future, but loaned him out to MVV Maastricht immediately.

Flying Guinea winger Ibrahima Yattara was made the new club captain, and this extra responsibility could take his performances onto the next level. Yattara can be a really careless player but Ersun Yanal thinks that the captaincy will improve his behaviour. Although they are the one the biggest teams, in my opinion they are going to be the surprise team of the Super Lig.

Gaziantepspor

Just a few years ago Gaziantepspor was the team most sides were frightened of visiting, but they were almost relegated last season. After changing their president of 12 years they lost their place in the top half of the table.

This summer they lost some important first team players but defenders Bekir Irtegün and Armand Deumi will try to help the team’s position to be secure. Their strongest area is undoubtedly midfield. They have some young and experienced players, and if manager Nurullah Saglam can find a good balance for that area they will push themselves to their limits and find their way back to the top half again.

Having just two strikers will make the task of scoring harder. If they don’t sign another striker their job will be hard.

Hacettepe SK

If there is anybody who follows the Super Lig very closely, they could be surprised with the name of this team and ask “who are they!?” If you look at the whole page you didn’t see the name of the Gençlerbirligi OFTAS. Let me summarise: Hacettepe is a district name in Ankara. In early years of the Turkish first league they were competing but they couldn’t stand against the footballing giants and closed in 1988. Gençlerbirligi OFTAS was the feeder club of Gençlerbirligi, both owned by the same president. The president Ilhan Cavcav bought OFTAS seven years ago and left them as a Super Lig team without changing their name. As you understand OFTAS has changed their name to Hacettepe SK. Everybody in Turkey, especially in Ankara from that district got excited after this exchange.

They have tried to hold onto the players that did so well for them last season but lost their best defender Giray Kaçar. They are an unpretentious hardworking team and I think this will bring them the success they need to stay in the league.

Istanbul Büyüksehir Belediyespor

They enjoyed a great campaign last season starting with a 2-0 victory against Fenerbahçe. With the help loan players from bigger teams they finished the season in 12th position. Succesful young and talented former u-17 manager Abdullah Avci will try to move his team up into the top-half this season. 24 year-old Ibrahim Akin and striker Adriano will be the important players for Istanbul BB. They signed Okan Buruk from Galatasaray and I think he will help the team with his experience gained from the national team and Inter Milan. Replacing the retired Mert Korkmaz with Metin Depe is a good transfer. They didn’t choose to make big changes to their team because they believe in stability and supporting their manager like Hacettepe SK.

Kocaelispor

This team went into the transfer market with grand ambitions this summer, trying to sign Dutch legends Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids. In the end they settled with ex-Fenerbahçe and national team player Serhat Akin. From time to time he performed very well at Anderlecht but problems with the manager brought him back to Turkey again. Their other good signings are Bülent Bölükbasi from Gaziantepspor, Serdar Kulbilge from Fenerbahçe, Tolga Seyhan from Trabzonspor and Serbian Nenad Jestrovic form Red Star. Ex-national team goalkeeper Engin Ipekoglu is going to manage the team. He showed the Turkish sports media that he could do good things when he was the manager of Bursaspor. He could bring back the former Turkish Cup winners back to a competitive level over the coming years….if he doesn’t get fired.

Fenerbahçe

They continue to sign world class players as a main part of their transfer policy. But how is it logical to pay €14 million for Daniel Güiza while Ronaldinho costs €21 million? As a part of the European Champions Guiza should continue his excellent form from last season (28 La Liga goals) to prove his is truly worth the huge fee. When Galatasaray hired Karl Heinz Feldkamp Fenerbahce fans were critical of his age, but now their club has hired the 70 year-old Aragones. Firing Zico, who is the most successful manager in Fenerbahçe’s history in Europe, seems to be a strange move, but that is a tradition of Fenerbahçe. If you can’t win the title, what ever you do, you will be shown the door.

It wasn’t so hard to implement Aragones’s football mentality for the Spanish national team because most of them were playing as Aragones wants at their clubs. Fast, to feet and surging into the area. But Fenerbahçe’s last five years is related to Alex De Souza. To make him a first team player every manager changed the style of to play with one striker. But Aragones is trying to manage the team how he managed Spain, which looks so hard for Fenerbahçe I think. The strongest part of Spain was the midfield position and Marcos Senna was the key player here. Mehmet Aurelio could have been the Marcos Senna for Aragones, but Fenerbahçe didn’t renew his contract and lost him for free, and are now still trying to fill his position.

According to speculation Marcos Senna could be a Fenerbahçe player soon. We will see. Signing ex-Galatasaray youth player Emre Belözoglu became the one of the most sensational transfers of the summer, simply because when he was playing for clubs outside Turkey he always said that he would only play for Galatasaray if he returned. Emre though chose the money of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray fans were furious.

Even if it looks like they have a strong first eleven their bench is not good enough. There is no experienced goalkeeper behind Volkan Demirel, and also no experienced defenders behind Edu and Lugano. If one them gets injured or suspened Fenerbahçe will be in real trouble.

The European Championships come-back goal-king Semih Sentürk will be the most important player in the team, and will have to perform if the Canaries are to win the title.

Konyaspor

Former U-21 manager Rasit Çetiner has built up a new team, buying 15 and selling 10 players after an unsuccessful season. The players they signed are experienced Super Lig players, including Erhan Albayrak, Ismail Güldüren, Cihan Haspolatli, Fatih Egedik, Sener Askaroglu, and Fahri Tatan. They have a quality squad but if the new signings don’t gel quickly and the squad doesn’t find harmony they could be in a big trouble this season again.

Kayserispor

Maybe they are the team most ready for the new season. Amongst the transfers they made were two highly rated players who were playing for Wigan Athletic before the end of the last season. Signing Julius Aghahowa and Salomon Olembe from the English Premier League is a really big thing for an Anatolian team. These transfers will help the fans to forget Ivankov’s and Gökhan Ünal’s departure. They brought in a replacement number one in the form of Souleymane Hamidou and also loaned Milan Purovic from Sporting Lisbon. Another coming in was U-21 talent Eren Güngör from Altay. He is a player who should work well with youth midfield player Abdullah Eren. After Gökhan Ünal’s departure all responsibilities are on Mehmet Topuz’s shoulders, but he must not try to do everything on the pitch.

Kayserispor will be more successful than last season and I’m sure they are going to make a name for themselves in the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

Gençlerbirligi

Another team that suffered last season through firing their manager so easily. That was the reason they finished in 15th even though they had a strong team. If they can keep faith with manager Mesut Bakkal, who likes to play pressing football, they could push for one of the European places.

Losing powerful attackers Mehmet Çakir and Nigerian international Isaac Promise could not be a easy thing for any team, but the president is one of the best spotters of talent there is. He is the one who brought Geremi Njitap to the football scene. After Isaac’s departure, they signed 21 year-old Australian Bruce Djite as a replacement. For Çakir’s place they snapped up Hertha Berlin’s Bilal Çubukçu. Their defence looks their strongest position. Chilean goalkeeper Nicolas Peric is going to wear a kit reminiscent of Spider-man in matches according to the sport agencies. Watching this team is going to be very interesting.

Galatasaray

We left the last year’s deserved winner to the end. As in previous seasons, a young and hungry team is still ready for success. The squad has been strengthened with Italian goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis, Champions League winner Harry “Potter” Kewell and Bundesliga winning captain of Stuttgart Fernando Meira. If you compare the careers of these three players with the transfers of their rivals, Galatasaray will once again be top of the tree.Galatasaray probably made the best transfers in Turkey, because there is no player, who has played two Champions League Finals in Turkey except Roberto Carlos. In my opinion though I think the best transfer Galatasaray made was holding onto Arda Turan. He showed that he is a world class talent at Euro 2008, and he will be the team’s most dangerous player this season.

Fernando Meira will cover the loss of Rigobert Song and play alongside Servet Çetin. Meria’s ability to dictate the game from defence will add more power to the team. Harry Kewell’s one goal and one assist in the Turkish Super Cup has put Lincoln’s nose out of joint. He is still searching for the form of his Schalke days, and will have to work harder to claim a place in the first eleven.

Having Shabani Nonda and Ümit Karan as a strikers is such a good thing, but is not enough because if they are both injured or suspened at the same time. This could be a weakness for Galatasaray because there is no other strong striker in the squad. Also the team needs another right back because there is only one Sabri Sarioglu.

Hiring Michael Skibbe is a very smart move to try get consistency from Lincoln and the other young players. Everybody knows that he works very well with youth players,but at a big team like Galatasaray you should be successful besides bringing through youth players. If Skibbe continues to manage the team without making any big changes from last season his path to success will be easier.

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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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The manager of Sivasspor, who started his sporting career as a wrestler, now seems set to wrestle Anatolioan football to the top of the Turkish game. (insidefutbol)

Until the age of 14, Bulent Uygun was a wrestler. This was mainly because of his father who was a wrestling coach. One day Uygun went to watch his friends playing football as they usually did, but on this particular day one of the teams was missing a player. The coach of this team managed to persuade Uygun to take this boy’s place. After the game, the coach called his father and said: “If you push him to be a football player, he is going to be star.” Uygun’s father heeded the coach’s advice and the youngster’s wrestling career was over. What many don’t know is that Uygun still feels emotional about this change of career. He was a successful wrestler and felt he could have achieved great things in the ring.

Young Bulent Uygun’s football career began at Sakaryaspor in the junior team when he was 14. Whilst at Sakaryaspor Uygun was capped 32 times for various Turkish national youth teams. When the youngster realised that his playing time with Sakaryaspor was limited, he transferred to Ankara Şekerspor, when he was 17. After one year at Ankara, he moved on again to Kocaelispor in 1989. This is the club at which he truly begun to shine.

Uygun became the conductor of Kocaelispor’s successful orchestra between 1989 and 1993. In the 1992/1993 season, when Kocaelispor played very good football and finished the year at the top of the table he scored seven goals. When he learnt that Fenerbahce wanted to buy him at the end of the season, he didn’t give 100% and his performances tailed off, the reason for this is that Uygun was desperate not to be injured and put his transfer at risk,-he made this confession years later. Partly through this Kocaelispor lost the chance to be champions for that season and finished the table in 4th position.

After he transferred to Fenerbahce with his speed, dribbling ability and cool finishing in front of goal, he scored 22 goals for that season and became the top scorer in the Super Lig. He was the first top scorer to be anything other than a striker. During this season he also became well known for an unusual goal celebration, the salute of a soldier.

Uygun’s career at Fenerbahce ended in the middle of the 1996/1997 season when then president Ali Sen decided he wasn’t able to reproduce his form of old for the side. In later years Ali Sen would admit that this decision was the worst mistake of his period in office.

Bulent returned to perhaps his first love Kocaelispor; however fate was not kind to him and hopes of recapturing the form of his earlier spell at the club were quickly ended with a broken leg picked up in his very first game.

Afterwards he was never the same player for Kocaelispor and continued his career as a journeyman player, playing successively for Çanakkale Dardanelspor, Trabzonspor, Göztepe, Zonguldakspor, Kilimli Belediyespor and Anadolu Üsküdar 1908. In his last season he played at Sivasspor, where he finished his career as a professional football player in 2004.

After his playing career ended he started to work at Sivasspor as Executive Manager, a role he performed for 3½ years. In 2007 he took the control of the team as Technical Director-Manager in the 12th week of the season and immediately enjoyed success with victory against Besiktas. He finished his first season with Sivasspor in 7th place, quite an achievement considering he took control of the team when they were rooted to the bottom of the Super Lig.

The following season saw Sivasspor begin with a series of impressive home performances. After the first period of the league Sivasspor were amazingly at the top of the table. After this success everybody started to believe that Sivasspor could even win the title.

Despite this progress Uygun constantly changed his opinion as to whether the side could win the title from game to game. He himself seemed shocked by their performances and continual victories. The side though suffered a wake-up call when they lined up against Fenerbahce at home. A good performance from the visitors saw Sivasspor crushed 4-1. Until this game Sivasspor had been unbeatable at home and everybody believed that at least they could take one point from the game. But Bülent Uygun appeared to get his tactics wrong, failing to motivate the side and failing to deflect the focus from his side by making many many statements before the game to the press.

However in the coming weeks Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas all dropped points. Once again Sivasspor could win the title, this despite losses at home to Fenerbahce and Beskitas (the visit of Galatasaray is to come).

The achievement of in keeping Sivasspor in the title race despite injuries to key players like Pini Balili lies with Bülent Uygun’s tactical knowledge. In the Turkish 4-4-2 magazine he says that to improve his management skills he slept in front of the door of Fatih Terim to talk about his experiences with the national team, Galatasaray, Fiorentina and Milan. Uygun further said that he adopted many of the training programs that he saw Terim use. He also talked with the Basketball manager Aydın Örs to learn about zonal marking, and driving a man behind the defence, and he says that he is not addicted to any tactical arrangement like 4-4-2, and always changes his tactics in every game to outwit the opposing team. But I have to say that he really failed in this regard against Fenerbahce because they didn’t play like they had played before and as a result didn’t get success.

Bülent Uygun’s success has really been based on waiting for the opposing team to make a mistake, and then counter-attacking with pace. It is a tribute to this hot property in Turkish management that Sivasspor are in the title race with just two games to go! If they can somehow manage to take the Super Lig championship it will be a very big success for Anatolian football, and of course Bülent Uygun.

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