Sports & Recreation:Professional
Episode 312: A Barely Legal One
We like to get detailed here on the podcast, at least that’s been the case as of late. Regardless, we hope that the listener will appreciate the discussion involving football (or soccer) from Turkey.
Week 12 results for the Turkish Super League are reviewed. While many times referee mistakes are highlighted in games involving the major teams, the Alanayspor-Kayserispor match seemed to have some referee botches that went underneath a lot of radars (except ours of course). Galatasaray gave their head coach some relief in terms of job security, but perhaps it was more down to Bursaspor disappointing. Antalyaspor is on a hot streak now, as they pull away further from the drop zone. The battle at the top between Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir resulted in everything being all square, and the match is discussed in detail. It would also be horrible news for Leonard Kweuke this week, as his wife was involved in a car accident and she was pregnant with twins that died in the accident. We send our condolences to him at this trying time.
The Turkish Cup group stages kicked off this past week. We even dropped a Turkish Star Wars reference. We take a look at some of the games that were played in the midweek. Some teams decided to go with the primary team, others decided to try out reserves and youth players.
With the season now over a third of the way done, there’s bound to be some coaches on the hot seat. The pundits debate who might be on the hot seat. Most of them are down in the bottom half of the table.
With European action coming up, the pundits preview the matches in UEFA competition. Besiktas are in control of their destiny in the Champions League. Both Osmanlispor and Fenerbahce are in the same situation as well in the Europa League. Konyaspor will be saying farewell.
The episode concludes with our occasional look at the TFF First Division. The standings are given a rundown. Altinordu gets highlighted, as they have become a player factory so to speak.
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