1
Oct

Galatasaray fans interrupt Champions League match with flare storm

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Galatasaray were already down 2-0 to Arsenal when the throng of away fans - clearly uninspired by what they saw - began throwing dozens of flares onto the pitch (WATCH it here), briefly interrupting Wednesday’s match.

During the stoppage, vice-captain Wesley Sneijder went over to the fans to try and calm them down, knowing full well that in this day and age, UEFA are doling out punishment for fan behavior left and right.

Strangely enough, though, it might be Arsenal who get in trouble:

The Turkish fans’ performance didn’t exactly “light a fire” under their team. Galatasaray fell further behind before getting a lone consolation goal on a second-half penalty as Arsenal won 4-1.

Here are some more pictures, courtesy of Reuters:

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18
Mar

Didier Drogba hits his own banner with wayward free kick

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Didier Drogba was awfully quiet in his highly-anticipated return to Stamford Bridge, as his Galatasaray side crashed out of the Champions League with a 2-0 second-leg loss to Chelsea. The former Blues striker and fan favorite struggled to get touches all night, but ‘The Drog’ still made sure he reminded Chelsea fans of the mark he left at the Bridge - literally!

In the first half with Chelsea already up 1-0, Drogba hit a free kick so poorly it struck a large “Drogba Legend” banner that hung in the upper tier of the Matthew Harding Stand.

Was it just a coincidence that Jose Mourinho discussed the prospect of Drogba returning to Chelsea, in any capacity, just hours earlier? Was Drogba sending a message that, yes, he indeed belonged in London? Or was it just a successful ploy by the Chelsea fans to distract Drogba with kindness and affection?

Either way, it made for a funny little moment in a not-so-funny night for Drogba.

H/T Off The Post

18
Mar

Galatasaray fan feeds Chelsea jersey to lion

Aslan is not only the name for the lion in “Chronicles of Narnia,” but also one of the nicknames for Champions League club Galatasaray. It means: “the lion.” (What a coincidence!)

So, naturally, one Gala fan went to a local zoo and fed one of the lions a Chelsea jersey in the lead-up to Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the two teams. And a Turkish TV station was there to film it for us. Naturally.

H/T 101GG

22
Jan

Worse than Falcao: Galatasaray’s Aydin Yilmaz suffers broken leg

Want to see something more gruesome than Radamel Falcao’s knee injury? Maybe you don’t, but just like passing a car wreck, it’s impossible not to look.

Galatasaray winger Aydin Yilmaz broke his leg during a Turkish Cup match against Elazigspor while looking to make a defensive challenge. Going for a slide tackle on Serdar Özkan, the 25-year-old unfortunately got his leg caught in the grass, causing it to bend in a way it just isn’t meant to. Upon seeing what happened to Yilmaz, Özkan turned away in horror, his hands covering his face. It’s easy to see why.

Adding insult to injury, literally, Elazigspor won the match 1-0. We wish Yilmaz a speedy recovery.

H/T 101GG

11
Jan

United after Dortmund’s Gundogan

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Manchester United continue to be linked with all the world-class midfielders in world soccer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. One newspaper says that the Red Devils will have to pay £24 million to prise the player away from Germany. David Moyes is desperate for midfield reinforcements and this rumor might not be too far wide of the mark.

Elsewhere, Arsenal full-back is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray and AC Milan eye up a move for Chelsea wantaway midfielder Michael Essien.

For more rumors and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.

2
Jan

Man Utd to break bank for Vidal

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The rumors keep rolling in for Manchester United supporters. A fortnight ago it was Wesley Sneijder, last week it was Atletico star Koke and Dortmund’s Marco Reus. Who will fill that midfield role now the transfer window has opened?

In Thursday’s English newspapers, Juventus’ Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is the latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford. Vidal has been one of Juve’s outstanding players and one of the reasons they have won back-to-back Scudetto’s in recent years. It is certain United will have to break the bank for the midfielder, especially in the inflated January sales.

For this rumor and the rest of Thursday’s transfer gossip, click here.

20
Dec

Sneijder would take pay cut to seal United move

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Wesley Sneijder is thought to be making encouraging noises abut what he is prepared to do in order to seal a move to Manchester United. The Galatasaray midfielder would take a $1.64 million pay cut in order to join David Moyes’ men, but the big question is do they want him. There are plenty of other good rumors around today, including the latest managerial situations at Tottenham, West Brom and Cardiff. Click here for more.

10
Dec

Winter wonderland delays Galatasaray-Juventus match

Hail. Sleet. Orange balls. Orange paint. All to no avail.

In a scene reminiscent of the famous “Snow Bowl” World Cup qualifer between the USA and Costa Rica earlier this year, UEFA was forced to abandon Tuesday’s Champions League match between Galatasaray and Juventus when hail and heavy snow forced the teams off the field.

Fans of the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles are allowed to jeer referee Pedro Proenca’s decision. This never would have happened in the NFL, right?

The game will now be played early Wednesday morning (live on FOXSoccer2GO at 8 am ET) after a severe hailstorm interrupted the winner-takes-all encounter in Istanbul. A statement published on the official UEFA Champions League Twitter account read:

"The #UCL fixture between @GalatasaraySK & @juventusfc has been abandoned after a snow storm caused the pitch to become unplayable. According to article 11.04 of the competition regulations, the remaining match time must be played either tomorrow or on a reserve date or other date set by the UEFA administration. A further UEFA update confirmed the fixture would resume on Wednesday afternoon at 1300CET (1200GMT)."

Check out this amazing time-lapse video of the events as they unfolded, and have a nice cup of cocoa.

9
Dec

Galatasaray pair face punishment for Nelson Mandela tribute

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Seriously, what is wrong with the world?

Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba and teammate Emmanuel Eboue both face punishment from the Turkish FA for paying homage to Nelson Mandela after Friday’s 2-0 win over Elazigspor.

One night after Mandela’s death, Drogba revealed a shirt with the  message “Thank You Madiba,” (Madiba is Mandela’s clan name) while Eboue’s undershirt read “Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela.” Both players of course are African, and this was a show of their appreciation for one of the most important civil rights leaders in world history.

However, the Turkish FA deemed the messages to be the kind of “political expressions” they are currently trying to discourage players and fans from making at games. And despite the fact Drogba and Eboue’s messages were a tribute rather than a manifesto, the pair has been summoned to appear before the Turkish Professional Football Discipline Committee because they had not asked for permission first.

In response, Drogba took to Instagram with this message:

I’d be very interested to see your comments on this…but I’m sorry if I had to I would do it again and again.Nor because of political beliefs but because this man inspired me,a country, a continent, the world!!!!! Thanks again Madiba

4
Dec

Moyes planning swap deal in bid to land Sneijder

Manchester United are still seeking the missing link in midfield and that man could be Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder. So keen is David Moyes to sign the Holland international that he is prepared to allow a swap deal involving Nani AND Antonio Valencia. Sounds like a good deal - for Gala! We’ve also got the latest news on Barcelona winger Pedro and Liverpool’s search for a striker to act as cover for the injured Daniel Sturridge. Just click here for more.