Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Friday, November 7, 2008
The following article was written by Fenerbahçe Worldwide contributor and longtime reader Mete Redif. A Fener fan since birth, Mete resides in London and was fortunate enough to be at the Canaries' UEFA Champions League contest against Arsenal on Wednesday. Despite the outcome, it was the game of a lifetime for Mete; one that left him even more in awe of his fellow Fenerbahçe fans.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Tuesday, November 4, 2008
As the English capital prepares for Türkiye's own 'Barmy Army,' it seems that Arsenal's magnificent performance in Istanbul is now a long lost memory. The question is now whether Fenerbahçe can ignite their own spark in London on Wednesday.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The last time a team from England paid a visit to Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Deivid de Souza put a goal in at both ends. The last time a team from London came calling, Colin Kazım-Richards announced himself on the European stage. The last time a Premier League side came to Türkiye, Fenerbahçe were writing themselves into the history books. My, how times have changed.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Monday, September 29, 2008
It's long been said Fenerbahçe only care about European football, rather than the seemingly weekly grind of the Turkcell Süper Lig. For the previous two years, that rumour has become more of a reality, as the Canaries crashed the European party a year ago despite finishing second in the domestic title race. With the team now off to their worst league start in two decades, it's time for Fener to make some noise in Europe or risk being part of one of the worst seasons in club history.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Monday, September 22, 2008
On paper, a win over Gençlerbirliği doesn't look that impressive for Fenerbahçe. After all, the Canaries haven't lost points to the Ankara side in more than three years. However, Saturday's win was more important to the team than it looks on the scoreboard.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Sunday, September 14, 2008
It would be easy for me to sit down and write an article about how poorly Fenerbahçe played on Saturday night. After all, every sports writer in Türkiye is doing the exact same thing. Instead, I won't write an article about how terrible the team looked in week three. I'll write an article about how bad the team is, in general.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Xabi Alonso. Samuel Eto'o. Marcos Senna. Andriy Shevchenko. David Albelda. Frederic Kanoute. Nihat Kahveci. Those were just some of the names linked to Fenerbahçe during the summer transfer window. All of them rumoured; none of them signed with the club. Some fans were upset with the club's moves this summer, but there's a lesson to be learned throughout the hits and misses.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Sunday, August 24, 2008
Exposed. It might be the best word to describe Saturday's horrific season-opening loss to Gaziantepspor. With all the talk about signing a new defensive midfielder, the forwards and defense were equally to blame for the loss. The performance showed that Fenerbahçe has a lot of broken parts, but with only one game in, everything can still be repaired.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Mateja Kezman era ended after a long, drawn-out process on Monday. The saga, which played out like a bitter divorce in the tabloids, was possibly the worst-kept secret in Türkiye over the last month. Kezman has moved on to the greener pastures of France, while fans are still divided over his legacy at Fenerbahçe.
Commentary • Author: Nathan Redd • Saturday, August 9, 2008
No player is off to a more blazing start than Fenerbahçe striker Semih Şentürk. The veteran reserve led the Turkcell Süper Lig in scoring last season, and his performance in Euro 2008 led to a starting spot for the Canaries this year. The 25-year-old single-handedly ripped apart MTK Budapest in Hungary this week, and fans hope it's only a sign of things to come. Fenerbahçe Worldwide contributor Mehmet Pozam takes a look at Semih's magnificent rise to glory.