GALA LOSE TO BRAGA
November 21, 2012
Galatasaray has been defeated by Braga in a Champions League match played at Turk Telekom Arena. Braga won the match by 2-0. This was the second match of Galatasaray in the ongoing Champions League and the team has lost both the matches.
This match was played at the home ground of Galatasaray and more than 46,000 people were in the stadium to cheer for the home team, but, the Galatasaray team disappointed the huge crowd that had turned up. Not even a single Galatasaray player looked in great touch. The Braga players lost a couple of opportunities in the second half; otherwise, the margin of their victory could have been bigger than this.
Ruben Micael was the one who took Braga ahead in the 27th minute of the match. Eder passed the ball to Amorium inside the box who hit a powerful shot towards the goal post, but, his shot was blocked by the Galatasaray goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera. Ruben Micael got the ball on the rebound and he had no problems whatsoever in flicking it into the bottom corner of the net. That was the only goal to be scored in the first half.
In the second half, the Braga players were a bit casual in their approach. They didn’t manage to take advantage of the chances that came their way. The lead of Braga was doubled in the injury time. It was Eder again who set up the goal with a perfect cross. Alan gave the finishing touch with an angular shot into the left hand corner of the net. It was the final nail in the coffin. Just a few seconds later, the final whistle was blown by the referee and Galatasaray lost the match.
Galatasaray’s next match will be a Super Lig encounter against Eskisehirspor K on Saturday.
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TERIM LOOKING FORWARD TO UNITED
October 23, 2012
Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim has said that his side would be looking at the possibility of completing a unique treble for the Turkish club’s when they take on Manchester United in the group stages of the Champions League. Fenerbahce and Besiktas have already enjoyed success against Manchester United in the last few seasons.
If Galatasaray complete the set by winning against Man Utd at Old Trafford in the first match of the group stages, then it would be a great delight according to the manager Fatih Terim. He will be having a number of shows former Premier league players like Albert Riera at his disposal when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
They happen to find Manchester United in a difficult situation due to the number of injuries they have suffered in the defensive positions. However, they have started finding some form after the poor start to made to the season in terms of defensive abilities. They were defeated by Everton on the opening day of the season, while the conceded two goals against both Fulham and Southampton in the last two matches. The 4-0 win over Wigan during the weekend was the first clean sheet of the season for Manchester United.
“They are our big rivals but I remember Fener and Besiktas both did a fantastic job. We have drawn at Old Trafford in the past, but now we hope to follow them. We want to achieve something exactly as our rivals did. It would have been better to play against Cluj or Braga. Then we could have gained more experience. Instead we have to play against one of the best sides in the world immediately. Manchester United have been so successful in the Champions League for many years,” said Fatih Terim ahead of the opening Champions League match for this season.
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GALA WANT EURO RUN
August 29, 2012
The former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has said that Galatasaray are well prepared for a good run in the Champions League this season. After many troubles in the Turkish league, Galatasaray will finally be able to participate in the Champions League this season. The former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue moved to the Turkish club last season after sealing his € 3.5 million move. He was extremely instrumental in helping the club lift the title last season after he made 33 appearances in all competitions. He also created three goals for his teammates, while scoring three himself during last season.
Emmanuel Eboue was speaking ahead of the match with Fenerbahce in the Super Cup encounter. He has said that the Super Cup encounter is extremely important for the fans because it is a match with their arch rivals. As a result, the club will be taking the match extremely seriously. He has also said that the club needs to be victorious in the match in order to grow into the new season with great confidence due to the fact that Galatasaray will be playing in the Champions League this season. Emmanuel Eboue has said that his teammates are extremely well-prepared for the group stages of the Champions League.
“The match [Super Cup] is important to our fans, to us and our community, at the end of the day this is a cup and we must take all cups seriously. If you lose your focus you lose everything. We are returning from a long break and have to get back into condition. Training is going well, it’s something we all take seriously, we are about to enter into one of the most important competition in football, the Champions League. We have been playing friendlies against strong opposition, our match against Fiorentina is a prime example of this,” said Eboue.
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GALA CHASE BERBATOV
July 30, 2012
The vice president of Galatasaray, Refik Arkan, has said that the club is willing to sign a contract with the Bulgarian striker Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov. Bervatov has been playing for Manchester United since 2008. But, in the last season, he was not given much opportunity to appear in the first team of Manchester United. Recently, Bervatov told the media that he would not like to play for Manchester any more.
Refik said that the club wants a striker of high quality and Bervatov might be the one, but, the final decision hasn’t been taken yet. The manager of the team, faith Terim, would take the final decision. Refik said that the club also wants to have Brazilian midfielder Filipe Melo in the team. Melo played for Galatasaray last year on a loan. As per Refik, Juventus is demanding 13 million Euros for Melo and the club would not be able to pay that much amount. If Melo wants to be associated with Galatasaray, he must have a meeting with the authorities of Juventus and request them to lower their demand. Refik has made it quite clear that if Juventus would not lower its demand for Melo, then the club would have to look for some other player. Meanwhile, Melo has written on his Twitter account that he enjoyed quite a lot while playing for Galatasaray last season. As per Melo, he desperately wants to be a part of Galatasaray permanently.
On being asked about the targets of the club in the upcoming season, Refik said that the club has set some big goals for itself. But, you need to have a good team to put up a strong performance. So, the club is looking to invest some money and buy some good players to strengthen the team.
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