Friday, August 10, 2007

Not Even Close: Fenerbahce Falls 2-0

Not Even Close: Fenerbahce Falls 2-0
Fenerbahce Suffers Embarrassing Defeat to Open Season
By Nathan L. Redd

One team was the reigning Super Lig champion; the other, a newly-promoted side playing their first game ever on the big stage. Change the names on the front of the shirts, and it would have seemed more accurate. Fenerbahce suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Super Lig newcomers Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor on Friday night at Ataturk Stadium.

IBB Spor came out firing in the game. Several early shots right at Serdar showed the fans that the rookies meant business. It didn't take long for them to put a goal on the boards, with a ricochet by Kerim that sailed past Serdar to put IBB Spor up 1-0. The Fenerbahce defense looked lost and gave Kerim as much time as he needed to gather himself, make a 180-degree turn, and put the ball on target.

Fenerbahce had several opportunities to equalize, including a point-blank shot by Tumer Metin from just a few feet out that bounced off the keeper and over the goal. Mehmet Aurelio had another golden opportunity in the middle of the box, but his kick sailed 10 feet over the goal.

Before the shock of the deficit could set in, IBB Spor put another shot past Serdar in the 27th minute to go up 2-0. Can Arat found himself out of place, allowing IBB to capitalize. Zico brought in new Canaries Colin Kazim-Richards, Ali Bilgin, and Ilhan Parlak in the second half looking for offense, but Fener never found the back of the net.

The game wasn't the debut Roberto Carlos had hoped for, especially considering he was one of the few Canaries who played up to par in the game. The rest of the Fenerbahce defense looked lost, tentative, and intimidated by the Super Lig rookies. Fenerbahce controlled possession of the ball throughout most of the game, but it was IBB Spor that capitalized on their possessions. They had tremendous opportunites just before the break and again in the second half that could've easily seen the scoreline at 4-0.

Both teams had four shots on goal, but the IBB Spor goalkeeper was fantastic in goal, preserving the clean sheet. Mateja Kezman had one last chance to put Fener on the scoreboard in stoppage time, but his shot from 20 meters out sailed just to the left of the goal. The overwhelmingly-pro Fenerbahce crowd began to boo as the final whistle sounded at Ataturk Stadium.

Any confidence Fenerbahce gained from the Super Cup win over Besiktas was squandered, and now Fener must regroup in time for their UEFA Champions League clash next week against Anderlecht. Super Lig play resumes for Fener next Saturday at 21:45 (2:45 PM EST in the U.S. when Fenerbahce plays host to Gaziantepspor.


Anonymous FenerFan said...


Im so friggin pissed off!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Abs.Gen.Tr said...

Deniz Baris & Ugur Boral played awful and disgusting football.

Anderlecht will win next match very comfortable, unfortunately.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous FenerFan said...


LOL. Who played good football?

This is it. Unless Zico changes his mentality, I wont support him anymore.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Oz Kanka said... said "Deniz Baris & Ugur Boral played awful and disgusting football"

And from where did you sign those two... :)

4:58 AM  
Blogger Erol said...

Everyone played bad... but Can Arat and Deniz can take blame for the goals. This wasn't the same team that beat Besiktas in the Super Cup. I'm sure they will rebound. However, they need some scoring punch if they're not going to have Alex. It's too soon to start criticizing Fenerfan!

5:26 AM  
Blogger Eski Kanka Jim said...

Can you hear the tittering in Ankara across The Pond in the Yooess ???!!!

6:20 AM  
Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

Zico does not change anything. He is just not capable of doing it.

We saw once again that Zico is still spending the last bits of Daum's treasury.

He doesn't add anything to the team. Tactics, physical power, nothing...

I'm pretty pessimistic that this year would be a big loss because of Zico.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Kankalar, I just want you to know that I predicted promising things for Gencler in my season preview I did on Thursday. Hell, maybe they'll take Fener's place in the big four this year.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Oz Kanka said...

By the way Nathan, you might want to volunteer to fix up the Fenerbahce official site. Take a look at this:

8:26 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Yeah, I saw it when I logged on yesterday. As if we didn't have a bad enough day yesterday....

8:29 AM  
Blogger Gulay said...

its tempting but i will wait and see what happens tomorrow........

6:17 PM  
Blogger Eski Kanka Jim said...

Good idea Gulay. Remembering of course that he who laughs last laughs longest !!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Oz Kanka said...

Shit. I'm not laughing anymore. Gencler 1 - 2 Gencler juniors

7:17 PM  
Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

According to Fenerbahce squad's current total value is almost 90 million euros.

Buyuksehir Belediye is valued around 6 million euros. They have just two stars, both of them from Fenerbahce youth team.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

Correction: 15 million euros for Buyuksehir.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Eski Kanka Jim said...

Proving that money doesn't always buy success ??!!

6:32 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Wow, Emre - incredible. Eski Kanka Jim is right though. We've been down this road before. It's too early to write the season off, but obviously some changes have to be made. Only time will tell.

8:12 AM  

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