"Lions on the road; Eagles and Anatolian Tigers at home today

Lions on the road; Eagles and Anatolian Tigers at home today

Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
The Galatasaray Lions, the defending Turkish champions who failed to make the Champions League proper, face Swiss minnow Bellinzona away, while the Beşiktaş


By Ahmet Turgut

Luis Aragones’ worries at Fenerbahce grew a little deeper on Wednesday night as they began their Champions League Group G campaign with a 3-1 loss at Porto.
The former Spain coach arrived in Turkey this summer with high hopes, but a stuttering start to the league campaign was compounded at the Stadium of Light as they came off distinctly second best to the hosts.

Can Beşiktaş Black Eagles weather Trabzon Storm?
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
The Trabzonspor Black Sea Storm will host the Beşiktaş Black Eagles in week three of the Turkcell Super League at the Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium this evening

Exciting encounter at Avni Aker fails to produce goal
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
Matches between the Trabzon Black Sea Storm and the İstanbul "Big Three" — Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş — wherever and whenever they are played

“Football’s not a matter of life and death … it’s more important than that,”

By Mick Hall

The famous quote by the former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly, “Football’s not a matter of life and death … it’s more important than that,” came to life this week in Yerevan, Armenia, when the Armenian President Serzh Sarksyanof was joined by Abdullah Gul, the President of Turkey to watch their respective national soccer teams battle it out in a World Cup qualifying match. Gul had been invited to Armenia by Serzh Sarksyan to watch the World Cup qualifier, something that would not cause a ripple in most nations but Turkey and Armenia have regarded each other with open hostility and animosity since WW1.

Kevin McCarra: English ascendancy is no foregone conclusion

By Kevin McCarra on Sport

English clubs have established themselves as leaders of the European scene, but the Premier League is not unstoppable

UEFA urged to punish clubs, fans on racist behaviour

Pressure is building on European football authorities to step up the fight against racism as the chair of the sports intergroup in the European Parliament called on UEFA to impose punishments on clubs, players and fans involved in racist acts.

Tuncay puts Turks on road to Cup victory – CNN.com

Turkey beats Armenia 2-0 in World Cup qualifier – International Herald Tribune

MAIN FOCUS: Europe’s football in crisis | 03/09/2008

European football is in an uproar. A few days ago violent fans in Italy caused a scandal, and just yesterday the traditional British club Manchester City was bought by Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), an investment firm owned by the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates. Whither goes football in Europe?

Uefa Cup qualifying round-up AF
SkySports – UK
Besiktas eased into the first round with a 4-0 win over Siroki Brijeg to go through 6-1 on aggregate. Brondby proved too strong for FC Haka with a 2-0 win


By Ahmet Turgut

No wonder why Fenerbahce did not look good in the Super League opening match!..

They had the CL in their minds!..

Turks at their final hurdle before Champions league

Turks once again plan to step into the Champions League, or metaphorically speaking, their field of dreams, but they need to overcome difficult return games in the third qualifying round today. Last

Black Eagles come back from the dead
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
And this is exactly what happened to the Beşiktaş Black Eagles on Sunday night, coming from two goals down against Antalyaspor in the first half to snatch

Lions start with a bang, Canaries with a whimper
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
Turkish champion Galatasaray sent a serious warning to all pretenders to its Turkcell Super League crown with a 4-1 drubbing of the Denizlispor Roosters at

Turkish league kicks off with goals, thrill
Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Ankara,Turkey
Although a return to form is not as badly urgent as at Galatasaray’s, Beşiktaş’s performance was similar. Scoring three late goals to record a stunning

Centre of attention
This is the Sentinel – Derby,England,UK
While Stoke are also being linked in the national press with Besiktas’ 26-year-old towering centre-half Gokhan Zan, one of Turkey’s stars during their Euro

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