Gala get embarrased 2-5 at home
Monday, 23rd February, 2009
Just as you thought Galatasaray were back on the right track following last week's nil all draw with Bordeaux, last night they were whipped 5-2 in front of their own crowd giving sports journalists another reason to call for Michael Skibbe's sacking. The star of the night was Kocaelispor's striker, Taner Gulleri who bagged himself four goals. Harry played the entire match but was unable to prevent Galatasaray from being on the receiving end of a big loss. Galatasaray now sink to fifth place on the table, just under Fenerbahce. Everyone will be hoping it will be a different story on thursday night when Galatasaray will be hosting Bordeaux for the second leg of the last round of 32.
Kewell returns and nearly grabs a goal as Gala draw 0-0
Thursday, 19th February, 2009
Harry was back in action last night and nearly made it a scoring return. In the 17th minute, Gala's captain Ayhan crossed the ball in from the left to Kewell who made a great run into the box only for his right footed shot to be deflected by the feet of Bordeux's goalie. Nevertheless, it was an impressive performance by Harry considering how long he has been out for. The nil all result means Galatasaray must win on their home soil next week to advance to the quarter finals where they'll most likely take on German side Hamburg following their 1st leg 3-0 win over NEC Nijmegen.
Photos from the match have been added to the UEFA gallery whilst you can view highlights of the match just below.
Kewell does GSTV interview, gets set to face Bordeaux
Wednesday, 18th February, 2009
Galatasaray's site has uploaded a recent interview with the winger. Whilst the majority of the clip is in Turkish, snippets of it contains Harry's replies as he discusses his injury, Galatasaray's chances in Bordeaux and the possibility of the team regaining the top position in the Turkish Super Lig. The interview can be viewed below.
Meanwhile, teammate Milan Baros in a recent fan interview on UEFA.com, has said that he discussed with Harry about playing together again in another final (UEFA Cup), with the previous being the UEFA Champions League final in 2005. He also said Harry was one of his "best friends" at the club, along with Lincoln, Fernando Meira and Morgan De Sanctis.
Harry will be expected to feature in this evening's (Thursday morning AEDT) match against Bordeaux and Lincoln will also be returning to the line-up after serving the duration of his suspension. These two key playmakers should give the Bordeaux defense some headaches as they aim to get an away goal before bringing it all back to Istanbul the following week. For Australian football fans, you will be able to view highights of the UEFA cup match on SBS at Sunday between 4:00pm to 5:00pm.
Harry has "missed the fans","looks forward to Bordeaux.."
Wednesday, 11th February, 2009
Reports from Turkey indicate Harry will be featuring in this week's league match against Antalyaspor and should be in the starting eleven for the important first leg against Bordeaux next week. It also has been revealed that Harry pleaded with Galatasaray manager Michael Skibbe, to let him play in last weekends Kayserispor match so he could go on to play for Australia against Japan. However the German manager didn't want to rush Harry back from injury. Harry said, "I wanted to play. I felt I was ready. But the last decision belongs to the manager." Kewell says that he has "missed the fans" but that "he is gaining strength day by day" and he is "looking forward to the Bordeaux match".
Kewell makes appearance, just not on the pitch
Sunday, 8th February, 2009
Harry was forced to watch from the sidelines last night as Galatasaray could only grab a point in their 1-1 draw with Kayserispor. His absence from the starting line-up or even the substitute's bench means it is highly unlikely that Harry will be featuring in this weeks World Cup qualifier against Japan. Galatasaray however, saw the return of a number of other injured players, notably their midfield maestro Cassio Lincoln. His return though was short lived with the referee dismissing him after only 30 minutes of play as he picked up two yellow cards. The ten man team were already a goal up thanks to Nonda's close range effort and held on well for the majority of the match until Kayserispor's Mehmet Boyraz fired a shot from outside the box just before injury time levelling it all at 1-1. The referee was in a particularly generous mood handing, handing Milan Baros, Emre Asik, Morgan De Sanctis and Baris Ozbek yellow cards on top of the two yellow cards and subsequent red card to Lincoln. The draw leaves Galatasaray on third place, 4 points behind leaders Sivasspor and Trabzonspor. Next week, the Lions travel to take on Antalyaspor and hopefully will be able to build up some confidence before they meet high flying Bordeux in 10 days time.
Four photos have been added to the 'Off The Pitch' gallery so feel free to check them out.
Kewell - 95% fit and "ready for selection"
Friday, 6th February, 2009
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Harry is desperate to play against Japan next week and is eager to prove to Galatasaray manager Michael Skibbe that he is fit enough to play the league match this weekend. Harry said "I'm doing everything possible to play this weekend, even if it's off the bench. I have told the manager (Skibbe) that I'm ready for selection so it's his call. Things have gone really well since the operation in December and I think I'm about 95 per cent there fitness wise." Harry understands the importance of the match against Japan saying "Japan has some fantastic players and at home they will be hard to beat so I would love to be there. This is probably the hardest match we will have in this campaign." You can read the entire article here.
Harry graces cover of Australian FourFourTwo
Thursday, 5th February, 2009
As mentioned yesterday, Harry is on the cover of the March edition for the Australian FourFourTwo. The cover story is about the people who have shaped Harry's career and features his well known agent Bernie Mandic, his youth coach David Lee, Paul Hart who was Harry's youth team coach at Leeds, Harry's father Rod, former Australia manager Eddie Thomson and Harry's personal physio, Les Gelis.
Harry also features in the first Australian Football Rich List, coming in at 18th and topping the closest footballer, Mark Viduka, by $24million. The list reported that Harry is on the same weekly wages he was on at Liverpool, pulling in about £60,000 a week. At such a rate, he will comfortably keep his position as Australia's richest footballer as well as one of Australia's top paid athletes.
Kewell unlikely to make Australia squad, makes rich list
Wednesday, 4th February, 2009
Australia's manager Pim Verbeek announced his 22 man squad for the upcoming match against Japan and Harry will join Blackburn's Brett Emerton on the absentee list due to injury. However, Pim insisted there was still a chance that Harry could play in Yokohama, but it would depend on whether he is fit enough to play for Galatasaray this Saturday in their league match against seventh placed Kayserispor. Pim revealed he spoke with Harry's dad saying "What Harry's dad told me is that if there's any chance, and there is a chance he could play the weekend, I can always call on him. But then he has to play on the weekend and I can make up my mind."
Whilst there is a chance Harry could feature in the weekend match, Galatasaray manager Michael Skibbe is not expecting Harry to be back for some time saying at the end of last month when asked about the return of injured players, "For Kewell it is more or less three weeks". The club's training report on Monday mentioned that Harry was absent on leave for the day making it less likely that he will be making an appearance for Galatasaray or Australia in the next couple of weeks. Galatasaray meanwhile, have been knocked out of the Fortis Turkish Cup following the second leg of the quarter finals last night against Sivasspor. Australian keeper Michael Petkovic was the hero for the league leaders as the 1-1 scoreline at the end of extra time meant the game had to go to penalties. Galatasaray, short of its attacking core of Kewell, Lincoln (knee injury) and Milan Baros (ankle injury) lost 3-1 in the penalties with Arda Turan, captain Umit Karan and Yaser failing to convert from the spot and carry the team into the semifinals. On the league table, Galatasaray is sandwhiched on third place, two points behind Sivasspor and Trabzonspor and two points ahead of Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
In other news, Harry heads the list of football players in the first Australian Football Rich List, compiled by the Australian FourFourTwo football magazine for their latest edition. With Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy leading the list with AUD$5.3 billion, Harry came 18th overall on the list with an estimated wealth of $54 million, ahead of fellow players Mark Viduka, Mark Schwarzer and Tim Cahill. The March edition with Harry on the cover, also contains a feature on Harry as the magazine meets his agent, physio and youth coaches to get an insight on the real Harry Kewell.
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