1. Long Time, No See: Back To Basics in Turkish Football

    It's been a long time since I last wrote something on the Bleacher Report, my bad. It's been busy at my "normal" job, so my sports article pace has slowed down a little bit. But, whatever, I'm back...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 4 years ago 377 reads 1 comments

  2. On the Final Stretch in Turkey

    The season in Turkey is coming to an end. With only five weeks to go, the team leading the table is Bursaspor, a team probably not much familiar to those from outside of Turkey...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 4 years ago 71 reads 0 comments

  3. Season Over in Turkey: What Next?

    Part one and two were long gone by, even the epilogue has come to an end; the 2008-09 season of Turkish Turkcell Super League is now over. As expected nothing changed in a tight and exciting last week...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 5 years ago 162 reads 0 comments

  4. Do Comparisons Count?

    Even BleacherReport asks us, Ruth or Mays, Unitas or Montana, etc. This or that, which one? Last night's Championship Final game between Barcelona and Manchester United was brought ...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 5 years ago 204 reads 8 comments

  5. What's Going on in Turkish Football: Epilogue

    Like the cute kitty in the picture (which was taken in the UEFA Cup final in Sükrü Saracoglu, Istanbul), the Turkish League season is going up the stairs as it is the last game-week next Saturday...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 5 years ago 214 reads 7 comments

  6. What's Going On in Turkish Football: Part Deux

    On Oct. 20, 2008 I wrote an article, this is the sequel. The past article started with the introduction upon Turkish Football League history, focusing on the three horsemen, Fenerbahçe, ...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 5 years ago 29 reads 0 comments

  7. A Nations Image; Hospitality Vs Implacability

    Turkish national team failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup after they were knocked out by Switzerland. It became more than a football match, which often happens...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 5 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  8. Do Youngsters Have To Bear So Much?

    When Pele capped Brazil national team's jersey at a very young age, he definitely was not the first shining youngster that football ever seen...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about over 5 years ago 64 reads 8 comments

  9. ...ok But, What Do Fans Really Want?

    I am a fan. A football fan, a basketball fan, even a volleyball or a tennis fan at times. And I really enjoy telling about me, myself and what I like. Mostly I make the mistake that what I think and feel represents what any fan would think and want...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 140 reads 0 comments

  10. Maradona To Teach Messi?

    The rumours hit the news today that Diego Armando Maradona will be unveiled the new coach for Argentina national team. That really rose my eyebrow; are you serious? Even this very site, the Bleacher Report asks "Pele or Maradona" in our profile page...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 335 reads 2 comments

  11. The Harrington Cup, Back in 1923

    This huge trophy is considered as the most important trophy that Fenerbahçe won in its 101 years of history. It is made of silver and is 1 meter tall (approximately 3 feet, 4 inches)...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 985 reads 5 comments

  12. Where Do Fans Belong?

    It was just a game but that was a long long time ago. It really is a totally different question to ask: why did people watch the game as spectators for the first time? One may guess ...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 306 reads 20 comments

  13. Michael Jordan, The Number 23...

    My NBA memories start with the end of Celtics-Lakers rivalry, the last days of Kareem and some more from Magic, and the Bulls taking the lead from the Bad-Boys of Detroit. Yes, I loved that Pistons team too, but don't blame me, I was just a kid...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 1,106 reads 3 comments

  14. What Is Going on in Turkish Football

    One may think, since Bleacherreport is generally an American-based site, it may not seem relevant to talk about the nation's not so favorable sports, taking place in an unknown nation...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 150 reads 2 comments

  15. Experts and Do They Know Enough?

    "Football is a simple game" is a quote repeated with many pundits from time to time. They may go on differently but the sentence itself tells a lot. Yes, it is simple...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 102 reads 0 comments

  16. Are National Teams National Any More?

    Continental Football Associations are organising the major competitions, still. Every continent has their own nation-wise competition as well as the major World Cup...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 89 reads 5 comments

  17. Foreigners in Football

    Many discussions are being held upon the "foreign player" regulations lately. FIFA ruled 6+5 regulation to be applied starting soon but EU dismissed the feasibility of this regulation already...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 542 reads 2 comments

  18. The Greatest Sports Event. No, Not That One!

    It all depends. Every even-numbered year has a major sports event. They all call it "the biggest sports event." The World Cup, The Olympics... And then there are European Championships...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 122 reads 0 comments

  19. Run, or Run The Ball

    Modern football is what football evolved into and is not a stable state of the game. Since evolution (or revolution too you may say) is not a steady state it never will be. I was born into 4-4-2 and I almost remember when 3-5-2 became fashionable...

    Baris Gerceker Written by Baris Gerceker about almost 6 years ago 84 reads 3 comments