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What Stoke can expect from midfield target Badou Ndiaye

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What Stoke can expect from midfield target Badou Ndiaye   Stoke City are reportedly on the verge of a £15m deal for Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye as Paul Lambert looks to bolster his ranks ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.The 27-year-old only joined the Turkish giants from Super Lig rivals Osmanlispor in the summer but the op...

WhoScored Tipster: El Clasico stars among derby weekend top tips

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WhoScored Tipster: El Clasico stars among derby weekend top tips Chelsea vs TottenhamThere’s little question as to the form side heading into this game, with Antonio Conte admitting as much, claiming that Tottenham are the best team in the country at present. The Blues, meanwhile, have lost two of their last four, failing to keep a clean sheet in 10 in the...

Super Lig 2016/17 Preview

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Super Lig 2016/17 Preview   It has been a tumultuous summer in Turkey. The failed military coup re-emphasised growing divides within Turkish society, while the forces of reaction subsequently mustered by President Erdogan have appeared to favour the settling of scores, rather than any attempt to seek a form of justice....

Besiktas the Real Winners as Fenerbahce Draw Blank at Galatasaray

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Besiktas the Real Winners as Fenerbahce Draw Blank at Galatasaray   For Galatasaray, the game was little more than a chance to carve out some form of respectability from an utterly forgettable season. But for Fenerbahce, chasing Besiktas at the top of the Turkish Super Lig, the latest installment of the Intercontinental Derby provided a crucial opportunity t...

Team Focus: Galatasaray's Four Stars

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Team Focus: Galatasaray's Four Stars   The Süper Lig title race was settled in its penultimate week. As with most things Turkish football related, there was plenty of drama involved. Stars, red cards and flying kicks were all the rage in a week history was made.     Galatasaray defeated rivals Beşiktaş 2-0 in the I...

Player Focus: Fernando Muslera - Galatasaray’s Jewel in the Crown

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Player Focus: Fernando Muslera - Galatasaray’s Jewel in the Crown   “The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.” George Graham once famously said. In contrast Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera must feel treated more like a plastic ruby th...

League Focus: Turkish Super Lig - Europe's Most Entertaining Title Race

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League Focus: Turkish Super Lig - Europe's Most Entertaining Title Race A ‘three horse race’ is how we described the league standings after the winter break, three months on and it is still neck and neck, heading to a photo finish.The main actors have not changed, Beşiktaş are first on 61 points, Galatasaray are second to Bilic’s men only on goal diff...

Match Focus: Can In-form Galatasaray Break the Curse of the Şürkrü Saracoğlu?

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Match Focus: Can In-form Galatasaray Break the Curse of the Şürkrü Saracoğlu?   ‘Derbies don’t have favourites’, but there is always an exception to the rule. The last time Galatasaray beat cross-city rivals Fenerbahçe at the Şürkrü Saracoğlu stadium was back in 1999.     Hamza Hamzaoğlu will try to do what the likes of Rober...

League Focus: The Süper Lig Title Challengers – A Three Horse Race

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League Focus: The Süper Lig Title Challengers – A Three Horse Race It really is neck and neck at the top of the table this season as 19-time champions Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe are entrenched in battle over who will win a historic 20th league title and earn the right to wear a fourth star on their shirt. All the while, second-placed Beşiktaş are intent on ...

Match Focus: Can Galatasaray Halt the Title Charge of In-Form Besiktas?

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Match Focus: Can Galatasaray Halt the Title Charge of In-Form Besiktas? The last time Beşiktaş and Galatasaray met at the Atatürk Olympic stadium there were three goals, one red card and a mass pitch invasion that resulted in Gala being awarded an automatic 3-0 win – just another Istanbul derby.The Black Eagles were accused of naivety in last season’s ...

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