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Season Preview 2011-2012 / Galatasaray - Liverpool

Sunday 7th August 2011
As most of the people in the world know, an earthquake happened for the Turkish Football. Three major club of league, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor's chairmen, directors and some other club's (İstanbul Buyukşehir Belediye) footballers arrested. But the most barnburner arresting was Aziz Yıldırım who is the chairman of  Fenerbahce.

While the judicial process is still moving, Turkish Football Federation had a decision and postponed the season to the 9th of September. But the media and the fans think this date is also deferable. Also the Super Cup match between Fenerbahçe who won the league title and Besiktas who won the Turkish cup postponed to unknown date. For all these reasons and the chaos environment all the teams had another pre season camps and more friendly games.

Two teams and the legend managers of their club's. Fatih Terim from Galatasaray and Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool. Both has kind of chaos environment and so much fans that expecting success from them. These two teams had friendly game in middle of  complication of Turkish football, İstanbul with so many fans looking forward to watch and fulfill their football miss.

After a terrible season for Galatasaray last year ( they finished the league with the most lost match and minus goal difference for the first time of their history) Adnan Polat -ex chairman- had gone and a new face Unal Aysal became the new one. His all speeches and beginning performances fulled the fans with hope. Both as a player and manager, a legend had been hired as manager, Fatih Terim. His first operation was to keep Arda Turan in the team and transfered Tomas Ujfalusi from Athletico Madrid, Johan Elmander from Bolton, Fernando Muslera from Lazio, Felipe Melo from Juventus, Ceyhun Gürselam and Selçuk İnan from Trabzonspor. For all these operations, everyone thought the 2000 soul of Galatasaray - won the UEFA Cup - is coming back.

On the other hand, Liverpool also couldn't ended the last year as expected. After Hodgson disaster, Kenny Dalglish was like a heaven. He made two sensational transfer in the middle of season, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. But the most effective contribution of King Kenny was energize the Liverpool soul again. "Kenny has lifted the place, the supporters, the players and everyone connected with the club" said Gerrard when Kenny appointed. This fresh air for the club had changed the things right and Liverpool got alive again for the rest of the last season. For the new season they are more hopeful with Stewart Downing from Aston Villa, Doni from Roma, Charlie Adam from Blackpool, Jodan Handerson from Sunderland, Alberto Aquilani from Juventus and Stephen Darby from Notts Country transfers.

Disappointment of the game was Liverpool's game squad. They came along to the pitch Doni, John Flanagan, Sotirios Krygiakos, Jack Robinson, Emiliano Insua, Martin Kelly, Christian Poulsen, Philipp Degen, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Cole and Andy Carroll. After team's friendly tour Dalglish had a interview on the offical TV of the club and said "We have new friends in the squad and friendly games are always a trial games for season. That's why i dont want supporters to be upset about results. We still have the same target; the tittle" . In this manner, game ended 3-0 for Galatasaray. Baros scored for two and elmander scored for one.

After the match all we had was a good win and proud of playing with Liverpool. As a fan of both these teams, sorry about couldn't be at the stadium because of my job but still enjoyed on the TV. Hope for both a great season :)
Mustafa Bilir

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