I've now got multiple people telling me Bursaspor have begun trying to pry loan ace Maurice Edu on a permanent basis. I'll have an MLSS report up soon. And in case you missed it yesterday, there's also this going on. More goodies to come soon, I'm for now trying to get out from under the weather...- Greg Seltzer
Since you all rarely get a chance to see Turkish action, here is an "every touch" reel of Maurice Edu from tonight's league loss. Of course, it would be nicer if he hadn't been laughably faulted for the winning PK foul and then rooked out of the game. - Greg Seltzer
I meant to put this up last week when I saw it, but... yeah. Anyhooooo, Maurice Edu made the Team of the Week on an outlet I'm not familiar with that covers the Turkish top flight. His celebratory blurb: Prior to the game Edu said: "the game verses Galatasaray is make or break," well the US international helped get his side the break they were in desperate need of.
There have been some stories coming out of Turkey that Clarence Goodson turned down Orduspor this weekend because he (and/or his wife) was concerned about being devout Christians in a Muslim country. Not so, says the defender. Upon his return to Denmark, he told reporters that the loan suitors were not especially good hosts during his visit.
I've seen and heard a fair amount of wonder about whether Maurice Edu has been brought on loan to Bursaspor to play in midfield or defense. It's a bit funny for me because, regardless of what stateside fans or pundits may wish to imagine, clubs see the U.S. international as a midfielder. That only stands to reason being that he is naturally and best-utilized as a midfielder, which aside from a
Watch Maurice Edu's Bursaspor arrival, straight out of the car. He's on loan until summer, I have no determined if there's any buy option. Yep, sometimes they just don't answer their phones when you need 'em to. - Greg Seltzer
Let's talk a little about a couple of defenders last seen working in Denmark before the winter hibernation began. Various Turkish outlets claim Clarence Goodson is set to join Orduspor. However, I just spoke to someone at Brøndby who says no transfer is close. I got the impression that some transfer talks are taking place and had recently heard whispers he would leave shortly to another European
The highly talented Turkish midfielder Arda Turan has been linked with Arsenal ever since he was a precocious teenager at Galatasary, but he preferred to serve his apprenticeship in his home country. When he finally decided to leave Turkey, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid for just £12million and moved to La Liga.
Tomas Rosicky has struggled to force his way back into contention for a starting place in the Arsenal team since returning from injury. The 32-year old midfielder may be worried about his international career as well due to his lack of regular football, so the last thing he needed was to have to retire early from yesterday's game against Turkey.
Arsenal fans are like bears with sore heads this morning after seeing a promising start and early goal against Everton cancelled out which led to the Gunners hanging on a bit for a point. The result meant that Tottenham went up to fifth, while Arsenal lie in seventh, a massive 12 points off the league leaders, Manchester United.
Andre Santos has had his appearances for Arsenal restricted since his arrival in the summer of 2011, mostly due to injuries and of course the improved form of the young Englishman Kieran Gibbs, and this has sparked rumours that he may be moving back to Turkey in the near future which were amplified when Fenerbahce admitted that they would welcome him back with open arms.
"Ho?geldiniz!" You're looking at the lavish 'Sultan-esque' bedrooms of the Real Madrid players who arrived in Istanbul earlier to face Galatasaray in the second-leg of their Champions League encounter tomorrow. Indeed, Jose Mourinho and his players will be resting their million-euro feet at the Ciragan Palace hotel ahead of their "visit to hell", as dubbed by the Turkish media.
Match in a sentence Schalke's Champions League dreams came to an end on Tuesday night, as Turkish side Galatasaray scored three away goals to defeat them 3-2 at the Veltins Arena. Analysis Jens Keller fielded his side in a 4-2-3-1 with Teemu Pukki leading the line. Jefferson Farfan, Michel Bastos and Julian Draxler played behind [.
Didier Drogba might have left behind the physicality of the Premier League, but it's now defenders in Turkey who have to contend with his brute force. A good case in point: on Monday night the Galatasaray striker hospitalised Orduspor's David Barral in an accidental clash of heads. In his efforts to get a trademark Drogba [.
When Googling Fernando Muslera, one of the top results is a rumor that he's being pursued by Manchester United for a David De Gea-sized hole in the net. Last evening's work might not endear him to Fergie.
The own goal will go to Selcuk Inan, but this one's down to the man with the gloves, who couldn't quite avoid his own defender.
Despite doing naff all for Inter in the last several months, Wesley Sneijder got The Fifth Beatle treatment upon his arrival in Istanbul. It all seems to be going according to plan until Wesley decides to pop out the sunroof for a quick hello, at which point everything goes bananas and I think it turns into a zombie flick.
There is a well-documented history of playing the ball from near the half into the opposition's goal, and with it comes a sort of feeling that it's typically done so from the center of the pitch, or at least with a ball that has no swerve in it. It's been done, but doing so with a ball moving laterally is far more rare.
It could have panned out very differently for Tolgay Arslan.On September 22nd, 2012, he could have been kitted in the ‘schwarz-gelb', the black and yellow of Borussia Dortmund, to take on Hamburg SV. Instead, he played a vital role in the downfall of his former club, which he left three years ago, producing a domineering performance to leave 'die Borussen' licking their wounds.
"I've never cried as much as I did this week," he sighed as the camera bulbs flashed. He won't have been the only one. After a fruitful eight-year romance, Brazilian playmaker Alex finalised his departure from Fenerbahçe this week, leaving fans in Turkey to lament the loss of one of its biggest sporting stars.
Turkish National team struck two first-half goals to beat bottom side Andorra 2-0 in a World Cup Group D qualifier on Friday although an unimpressive performance did little to boost confidence about their prospects of reaching the finals. Turkish National team went ahead on the half-hour with a free kick by Selcuk Inan from the edge of the area that flew into the far corner of Josep Gomes net after Burak Yilmaz was fouled.
Photographic evidence of Andy Najar training with RSC Anderlecht in Turkey has now surfaced on the website of HLN.BE. Najar has been wearing the number 6 jersey, and the previous holder of that number, Mbenza Bedi, seems poised to transfer to a club in Tunisia. The team is currently spending the Belgian league's winter break in Turkey training, and Najar seems to have been brought along for further evaluation.
Soccer's silly season of transfers and trades has provided Philadelphia Union fans with stories of major names and unknowns for over three offseasons. This year's pre-international transfer window has been no different for the team.
Rüştü Reçber told the Brotherly Game, through friend of the site Ahmet Turgut, of Turkish Soccer, that the Union sent his manager an offer, but that he was not happy with the salary they submitted.
The one nation to reject UEFA's proposals for a continent-wide 2020 European Championships was Turkey. They were right to do so. The Turkish FA had been planning a bid to host the tournament themselves yet were scuppered by UEFA president Michel Platini's insistence that Euro 2020 should have numerous host cities.
The 10th edition of the Nike International Friendlies kicks off today at 2 p.m. ET as Turkey takes on Portugal in the first match. The U.S. squares off against Brazil at 5 p.m. ET in the marquee match of the day. Crews were busy setting up the fields this morning for the day's matches as well as the Development Academy Winter Showcase which kicks off on Friday.