Mandic - "better Harry Kewell coming"
Saturday, 24th January, 2008
An article earlier in the week from TWG featured Harry's agent Bernie Mandic speaking how Harry "doesn't think he's past his peak or that anyone has seen the best of Harry" as well as how "the last World Cup was a massive thing in Harry's career, probably the highlight" and how the World Cup was "unfinished business for him. Hence his burning desire to play in another World Cup.". Mandic also touched on Harry's successful career so far at Galatasaray saying "Scoring nine goals in 20 matches is pretty damned good for a left-winger. There are plenty of highly rated centre-forwards that don't have a scoring ratio of this quality." Read the entire article here.
The Turkish Super Lig will recommence this weekend with Galatasaray visiting league leaders Sivasspor this evening (Sunday morning AEDT) before they meet again on the 28th of January and 4th of February for the Turkish Cup quarter finals. A win this weekend could see Galatasaray go top of the table depending on the outcome of the Fenerbahce-Trabzonspor match on Sunday.
More wallpaper added, Gala lose, Facebook fan page
Tuesday, 13th January, 2008
Five new desktop wallpapers have been added to the Wallpaper section with 2 Australia and 2 Galatasaray wallpapers being added on top of a miscellaneous one. Check them out here!
Galatasaray who are currently participating in the TRT Radyospor Cup went down to German side Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 the other day. Manager Michael Skibbe, who managed the German team before taking control of Galatasaray, fielded a less challenging side with stars such as Lincoln, Milan Baros and Arda Turan taking a break and defender Servet Cetin out with injury. Bayer Levekusen had two first half goals but Galatasaray also had first half opportunites with Shabani Nonda squandering his penalty in the 11th minute and Yaser Yilmaz's shot hitting the woodwork in the 25th minute. Captain Umit Karan put away a penalty in the 81st minute but a goal from the opposition 6 minutes later ended any hope for a Galatasaray victory. Galatasaray will now play Werder Bremen tonight after their 1-0 loss to Bursaspor. Galatasaray's manager Michael Skibbe was satisfied with the friendly loss to Bayer Leverkusen saying "This is a warm-up match to see where our weaknesses lie and it is my responsibility to right the wrongs. To be frank, I am very happy with the play although not with the score".
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Harry back in training
Thursday, 8th January, 2008
Harry has begun attending his rehabilitation training at the Metin Oktay Sports Facility. Fellow teammates Aydin Yilmaz and Emre Gungor are also injured and traing with the team's physiotherapist Cevat Gular who also happened the manage the team for the last 6 matches of last season's title run. For those who are fit, they will be preparing to face former Super Lig team Altay (who are now in a division below the Super Lig) in Gala's Turkish Cup clash on Thursday evening.
The 'Off The Pitch' photo section has now been updated with more photos so enjoy!
New Kewell interview
Monday, 5th January, 2008
The Australian has printed off a new interview with Harry where he discusses the similarities and differences between English and Turkish football as well as his love and appreciation for the Galatasaray fans saying "Liverpool fans don't compare at all to Galatasaray fans, the fans are the most dedicated I have seen...They are totally fanatical and the team love the support". Harry also talks about new Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek and how he thinks Australia will perform in South Africa in 2010 admitting "No one expected us to do so well in Germany, so obviously that is going to place more pressure on us come 2010". Read the entire interview here.
Neill looking like more of a reality for Harry and co.
Saturday, 3rd January, 2008
Following yesterday's reports that Lucas Neill had drawn some serious interest from Galatasaray, football gossip queens at British tabloid The Sun have elevated rumours of Lucas joining Harry by 'reporting' that Galatasaray were "shocked to be told they could have the player immediately without a fee". Supposedly West Ham have been hit very hard by the credit crunch and would be willing to give up Lucas for nothing so long as the last 6 months of his contract is taken care of by his new team. The words of Gala's Football branch administrator Haldun Ustunel about a "surprise free transfer" now seem more realistic than before and it could be quit the coup for the club if they manage to pull it off. No doubt Harry would be happy to have another Aussie in Istanbul as well as in Gala's training pool.
The Mirror also discussed West Ham's financial woes mentioning that allowing Lucas to leave now for free would save them £1.5 million. The article also mentions that Galatasaray are chasing Aston Villa's John Carew. Interestingly, the Norwegian striker was once swapped for current Gala striker Milan Baros around this time two years ago. Carew has played in the Turkish Lig once before putting in 24 games for Besiktas and notching up 13 goals in his time there. Obtaining Carew and Neill would present Gala with a very formidable line-up to tackle teams both in Turkey and abroad.
Another name being thrown around is Austrian striker Marc Janko, The Red Bull Salzburg star has caught the eyes of several admirers with Gala manager Michael Skibbe being one of them. Janko is on top of the scoring race in Europe having bagged 30 goals in just 21 games so far this season. However, with a hefty price tag and other clubs such as Real Betis, Ajax and Tottenham hot on his heels, the chances of signing Janko are not great.
It has now been announced Harry will be linking up with his teammates tomorrow and will be beginning his road to recovery straight away.
Kewell's SBS interview, last chance of IFFHS voting
Friday, 2nd January, 2008
Harry's interview with Craig Foster which can be read here can now also be viewed in the video just below. The interview which was taken a couple of weeks ago when Harry was in Sydney for his surgery, touches on a number of topics such as Harry's career revival at Galatasaray, the Socceroos road to the World Cup, Australia's chances of hosting the World Cup and the possibility of Harry finishing his career in Australia.
Voting closes tomorrow for the IFFHS' poll of 'The World's Most Popular Footballer', so click here to cast your vote for Harry!
With the transfer window now open, transfer rumours will now be put into full gear as GOAL.com is reporting that there is still a chance that Australia and West Ham captain Lucas Neill may join the Turkish champions. However it is unlikely Galatasaray will splash out a lot of cash this month but it still may be wise for them to bolster their back line. The report says West Ham will more than likely let him leave on a free transfer at the end of the current season but there's always the possibility that they would let him go earlier than expected if the price was right.
Happy New Year! Harry's Galatasaray goals of 2008
Thursday, 1st January, 2009
Happy New Year to all the Harry Kewell fans and supporters out there! Harry is still in England enjoying time with his family but is expected to return to Istanbul on the 5th of January before linking up with his teammates at their Antalya camp. Kewell will be working with physiotherapists to regain his fitness. Galatasaray supporter site Webaslan.com reports that Harry won't be fully training until the middle of February but Australia staff will be hoping Harry's up and running long before that so that he will be available for Australia's match against Japan on the 11th of February.
In Galatasaray news, their Football Branch Administrator Haldun Ustunel said transfer rumours regarding Galatasaray were insubstantial but he also added that there could be a surprise free transfer coming into the team. Meanwhile, TSN from Canada have included Galatasaray in their Euro Soccer Power Rankings listing them 19th just below Celtic whilst Barcelona, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Manchester United make up the top four. You can view the entire list here.
Below is a video of all of Harry's first 9 goals for Galatasaray. Hopefully he can continue his goal scoring well into 2009 and build on his already impressive goal tally. Galatasaray will be wanting him to keep scoring as well as every time Harry has score Galatasaray has won the match. His 6 league goals places him as the 10th highest scorer in the Turkish Lig whilst teammate Milan Baros leads the pack with 14 goals.
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