Roberto Mancini and Galatasaray have reached an agreement on a 3 year deal netting him a total of €12.5 M plus bonus incentives. His appointment comes only a week after the sacking of Fatih Terim which caused a stir with Galatasaray fans last week. Many were surprised at the decision to sack the legendary coach who had an amazing spell during his third stint in charge. In 2 seasons he led Galatasaray to 2 championship trophies, 2 Turkish Super cups, the Emirates Cup, as well as the quarter-final of the Champions League.
While I respect Mancini for his accomplishments, I was uneasy about the rumors. Foreign coaches in the Turkish League tend to disappoint. In the 2009-2010 season Galatasaray hired Frank Rijkaard after his time at Barcelona. He was later fired in his second season after Galatasaray dropped down to an abysmal 8th place. Like many Galatasaray fans, to me there is no replacement for Fatih Terim as I don’t believe anyone is as qualified for the job as he is. However, as a fan of Galatasaray I will always stand by my team. Club president Unal Aysal set out to make Galatasaray a global brand, and a big name like Roberto Mancini will draw the international attention he’s seeking. Mancini is bringing in former club great Tugay Kerimoglu as his assistant coach, which makes me more comfortable with this deal. It shows Mancini is serious about the task, and will look to Tugay to learn more about the league. It also appears that he plans to keep Claudio Taffarel as our GK coach.
Galatasaray started the season with 2 wins and 4 draws currently sitting at 7th place with 10 pts. Mancini has a tough task at hand and will face Juventus this Wednesday in Torino. As much as I cursed at Aysal and the board last week it’s time to move on. I hope Mancini can bring Galatasaray to the levels Fatih Terim has and continues to excel on the global front.
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Yes Drogba we all had the same pain filled facial expression as the game ended. Incase you were under a rock, and just stepped into the sunlight you’re reading that scoreline correctly. Real Madrid sent 6 into the back of the Galatasaray net…6! The worst part about the score line is that Galatasaray was actually in control for the entire first 30 minutes of the game. Yet the goal drought would continue and carry over into the CL. Melo started off by beaming one to Iker Casillas only 3 minutes into the game. Hell it even looked bright as Iker Casillas would sustain an injury after colliding with Sergio Ramos, forcing a sub at the 14′ min.
Burak, Drogba and Sneijder would all follow and take their chances on target but to no avail. It wasn’t until the 33′ minute that Isco, found Reals first real position on goal and made it count as he put Los Blancos in the lead 1-0. I knew that kid was going to be a problem.
To make things worse, Didier Drogba would collide with Pepe and land on the same shoulder he injured in the Antalyaspor game. He tried to tough it out without wasting a sub as there was only 3 mins remaining till the half. Unfortunately upon further examination he was deemed unfit to continue and was subbed out in the second half for Nordin Amrabat. Galatasaray would start the second half with the same passion as the first, but a 2nd goal from Karim Benzema would ultimately kill the teams morale 2-0.
I dont understand how a team who was down 4-0 on aggregate, that fought so hard to try and score 5 just last season could just give up like they did after only 2 goals. The defense wasn’t there. From here on out every possession Real had was a dangerous one and our guy’s simply didn’t care. In order to bring some life into the team Terim would sub in Bruma at the 61’st min for Engin. He created a few positions with the ball but really had no backup. Ronaldo would score 2 back to back goals in a matter of 3 minutes bringing the score to 4-0. Burak had another opportunity at goal but headed the ball just past the goal post, wide open, but he didn’t care. He stopped running, didn’t even try to create any positions. Terim would notice and later sub in Umut for Burak. Too little too late as Benzema would score his 2nd to bring the score to 5-0 just minutes later. As Umut pressed forward Amrabat’s cross from the right wing would land right at his feet allowing him to put a goal on the board for GS 5-1. Then just when you thought the pain was over Ronaldo slices through making a fool of our defense to get his hat-trick 6-1. Ughh.
I hate being so negative so let’s just try to look at the bright side of things.
- While we lost our first game and ultimately on 3 pts, Juventus and Copenhagen ended in a 1-1 tie leaving the group;
Real Madrid – 3
Juventus – 1
Copenhagen – 1
Galatasaray – 0
- It’s only the first game and we aren’t far behind. Our goal difference may be -5 but we’re only 1 pt behind Juventus with 5 games still remaining. I hope this result is the huge slap in the face our players need to wake up from this rut. We cant afford to concede this many goals, going on in the competition and Burak needs to get his act together. FFS you scored 25+ goals 2 seasons in a row what is going on with you?! Selcuk get your man!
-Our U19 squad also faced Real Madrids U19 in UEFA’s new Youth Champions League, and played exceptionally well. I honestly didn’t expect them to pressure Madrid as much they did. Galatasaray scored the opening goal 15′ minutes in but Real Madrid would equalize just 1 minute later. The game would end in a 1-1 draw but left many GS fans proud of our youth.
-While our A team let us down, ultrAslan made us proud with this kick ass tifo show.
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Being the anniversary of Metin Oktays passing, Galatasaray was fired up and started this one strong. Burak Yilmaz, Emre Colak and Hakan Balta all had shots within the first 15′ mins that were within inches of becoming goals but just had no luck. The old saying of “Those who cant score will get scored on” proved true as Antalyaspor opened the scoring tally with Tita as he scored with their first shot of the game 1-0.
The second half didn’t start as fiery as the first as Galatasaray seemed to have lost some confidence after trailing at the half. Bruma’s substitution however injected energy not only to the players but the fans as well. In his first game as a Galatasaray player he put on quite an impressive performance. His speedy runs and ball handling ability reminded me of our days with Abdul Kader Keita. He made some great passes and even had a screamer from outside the box but was saved by Hakan Arikan. I’d love to see more from this kid and hope to see him play this Tuesday against Real Madrid. Our equalizer would come at the 74′ min mark as a cross from Sabri came right to Didier Drogba in the box who tapped it into the back of the net 1-1. Galatasaray fought hard for a second goal but just couldn’t finish.
We had no real midfield in our lineup today as both Selcuk Inan and Wesley Sneijder were out of this one. Eray also playing in place of Muslera, as he arrived from International duty the morning of the game. While some have already started to worry about yet another draw, I don’t believe we played a bad game. Our midfield simply wasn’t there and most of our attacks came through crosses from the wings. Selcuk seems to be injured but we’ll still have Sneijder with us on Tuesday against Real Madrid.
STADIUM: Türk Telekom Arena
GOALS: Didier Drogba (74′) (Galatasaray), Tita (20′) (MP Antalyaspor)
ANTALYASPOR: Hakan Arıkan, Anton Ferdinand, Gökçek Vederson, Emre Güngör, Serkan Balcı, Mehmet Sedef, Nacho Insa, Emrah Başsan (69′ Deniz Barış), Tita (87′ Murat Duruer), Isaac, Milan Baros (64′ Lamine Diarra)
GALATASARAY: Eray İşcan, Emmanuel Eboue, Aurelien Chedjou, Semih Kaya, Hakan Balta, Felipe Melo, Engin Baytar (Dk.66 Sabri Sarıoğlu), Emre Çolak (62′ Emre Çolak), Nordin Amrabat (46′ Umut Bulut), Burak Yılmaz, Didier Drogba
Ok so the summer transfers have been wrapped up and while Galatasaray’s moves may have seemed quiet, they’ve been quite busy. Here’s a look at all the moves that went down this summer.
Arminda Bruma – Bought from Sporting Lisbon
Ogulcan Caglayan – Bought from Bursaspor
Aurelien Chedjou – Bought from Lille
Felipe Melo – Contract bought outright from Juventus
Umut Bulut – Contract bought outright from Toulouse
Erman Kilic – Bought from Sivasspor
Aydin Yilmaz – Re-signed
Aykut Ercetin – Re-signed
Erman Kilic -> Transfered to Eskisehirspor
Colin-Kazim Richards -> Transfered to Bursaspor
Johan Elmander -> Transfered to Norwich City
Tomas Ujfalusi -> Free Agent, signed with Sparta Prague
Mehmet Batdal -> Transfered to Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor
Emmanuel Culio -> Contract terminated, signed with Deportivo La Coruna
Sercan Yildirim -> Loaned to SanliUrfaspor
Furkan Ozcal -> Loaned to Kardemir Karabukspor
Caglar Birinci -> Free Agent, Signed with Elazispor
With the re-signing of Aydin Yilmaz Galatasaray no longer saw the need for Kazim and has shipped him off to Bursaspor. It’s now being reported that Bursaspor has bought his contract outright for €250,000. Kazim signed a new 4 year contract and will be paid €1.1m for his first year, and will total €4.1m over the 4 years of his contract.
For €250,000 we practically gave him away, so I hope Serdar Aziz is part of this deal. In my opinion Kazim is more creative with the ball and can dribble pretty well up the right, but Aydin does deliver the better cross. He also hasn’t impressed during his loan spells at Olympiakos or Blackburn nor during his pre-season camp back at the team. Bursaspor’s new manager Cristoph Daum is quite familiar with Kazim from his year’s at Fenerbahce so he may just be able to spark a change in his form.
Galatasaray announced that they have extended Fatih Terim’s contract for an additional 2 years. Amongst all the panic with Terim also agreeing to take on the coaching role of the Turkish National Team, it’s music to every Galatasaray fan’s ears.
Galatasaray have officially completed the signing of “Bruma” Portugals top youth prospect and their “next Cristiano Ronaldo”. He impressed everyone at the U-20 world cup and was pursued by the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSV Eindhoven. Due to his legal battles with Sporting Lisbon many were unsure if he would be able to make a move this year, but Galatasaray stayed persistent. Offering him his first big contract and the opportunity to play alongside Drogba and Sneijder in the Champions League, making it hard for him to resist.
Bruma is a talented, strong and pacey Left winger who can also play on the Right and as a Forward. For an 18 year old he shows an immense amount of talent, and seems excited to join the team. Fatih Terim is great at getting the most of players and lets hope he can bring out the best from Bruma. Below are the terms to his contract and a few clips to get everyone excited for the new campaign. Enjoy.
The official KAP announcement gives the details of his contract:
“Sporting Clube De Portugal-Futebol SAD player Armindo Tue na Bangna (Bruma) has signed a five-year deal with Galatasaray.
“Sporting Clube De Portugal-Futebol SAD will receive a €10 million transfer fee.
“Bruma will receive a €1 million sign on fee and earn €1 million in 2013-14, €1.1 million in 2014-15 and 2015-16, €1.2 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
“Additionally Bruma will earn a €10,000 per-match bonus in 2013-14, €15,000 match bonus in 2014-15 and 2015-16, €20,000 in 2016-17 as well as 2017-18.”
Terim’s 9 game suspension finally came to an end, but unfortunately it didn’t give the team the boost it needed. Both sides fought hard and had plenty of chances to score, but neither side could find the back of the net. Bursa and Eskisehir away has been a tough game for us over the years, so 2 points early on isn’t a terrible result. We play Antalyaspor in week 4 and should be able to recover some points as Besiktas and Fenerbahce have tough road games ahead of them.
STADIUM: Eskisehir Atatürk
REFEREES: Cüneyt Çakır, Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun
ESKİŞEHİRSPOR: Boffin, Veysel, Diego, Akaminko, Tarık, Serol (90′), N’Diaye, Aytaç, Kamara, Erkut, Özgür (66′), Erkan, Necati, Bienvenu (66′)
GALATASARAY: Muslera, Eboue, Gökhan, Ceyhun (55′), Semih, Hakan, Engin, Sabri (46′), Melo, Selçuk, Sneijder, Drogba, Burak, Amrabat (46′)
Galatasaray has been trying desperately to get Arda Turan back in the squad but to no avail as Atletico refuse to sell. They need to give one last attempt and negotiate or even just go for his damn €24M release clause. Some would say we only sold him for €13M why should we pay that much? I’d say shut your dirty mouth and pay it. Thats €11M for a now world class left winger that once carried this team on his back. He was phenomenal when he was on the team and he’s even better now. Just think of how he would play along side Sneijder, Drogba, Selcuk and Burak. For gods sake he won games with Baris Ozbek and Mustafa Sarp in our starting midfield. He was our winger, our midfielder, our striker and even our defender. We need the big captain back on our team, now more then ever with the new foreign player limit looming over our heads.