Kewell strikes again!

Monday, 29th September, 2008
Galatasaray continue their fine form after dismantling Konyaspor 4-1 allowing them to move up to third on the league table. The foreigners were on target again with Milan Baros netting a brace, Lincoln heading home a goal and Kewell scoring yet another league goal giving him 3 league goals out of 5 matches.  Kewell's goal came from a Hasan Sas pass which Kewell put away with his right foot. Harry came off in the 72nd minute, most likely because the manager wanted to give him some rest before Galatasaray's mid-week UEFA clash with Bellinzona. Last night's Kewell goal can be seen below. 

Harry's rock star status

Sunday, 28th September, 2008
Harry's celebrity status continues to rise with two seperate reports from the week confirming the huge fan base he has in his new found home of Istanbul.

TWG's Maria Rudan wrote about Harry 'love god' Kewell:

Now we all know the effect Harry Kewell has on loyal fans here in his homeland but according to our sources, ain’t got nothing on the magical effect ole Harry’s having on certain members in the Turkish capital. Seems one particular female fan not only managed to find out where Harry lives but she’s even gone as far as to ensure he knew just how much she appreciates him, by way of hand written love songs, public serenades in front of his plush residence and edible undies in his letterbox. The flavour? Turkish Delight is what we were told, but what I’d like to know is how they figured out it tasted like Turkish Delight in the first place? Oh Harry, you’re just too sweet for words.

SMH's Danny Weidler reported how Kewell was mobbed by fans during a fashion shoot:

Harry Kewell has been mobbed in the street in Istanbul on a shoot for his clothing sponsor. Street cleaners, police and tourists could not get enough of him. But his biggest fans were the machine gun-toting guards at the Topkapi palace.

Several more photos have been added today to the Galatasaray section, especially in the UEFA and Turkcell galleries. Make sure to check back tomorrow morning (AEST) for live news and photos from Harry's next match against Konyaspor.

A video from Harry's birthday celebrations at training last Monday has been added below.

Harry graces the cover of Galatasaray magazine

Saturday, 27th September, 2008
Harry is the cover boy for the October issue of Galatasaray's monthly club magazine. Earlier in the week, Harry was presented with a birthday cake during Monday's training session to celebrate his 30th birthday.

A new Galatasaray-Kewell wallpaper has been added to the site thanks to 'spartans' of More pictures have been added to various sections and will be updated on a weekly basis.

This weekend, Galatasaray take on 7th placed Konyaspor at home. Hopefully Harry and the Lions will be able to put them away and continue their climb to the top.

Match Details:
Stadium: Ali Sami Yen
Date: Sunday 21.00 September 28, 2008 (Mon 04.00 AEST)
Referees: Yunus Yıldırım, Neşet Merdin, Gökhan Memişoğlu / 4th Official: Taner Gizlenci
Weather: Cloudy weather with a max of 16 degrees celsius expected.

Thank to everyone who have left messages in the 'Chatter' section of the site. It is great to see that people have bookmarked the site and appreciate the work that has been done!

Another win and another goal for Harry!

Monday, 22nd September, 2008
Galatasaray haved moved into equal second on the league table, however that position will likely be lowered following the completion of the rest of the round. Despite this, they still sit atop Fenerbahce by two points. Despite dominating the opening ten minutes, Galatasaray were down by one after a strike by Kocaelispor's Taner passed Gala goalie De Sanctis through the bottom right corner. Nearly twenty minutes later, Baros responded with a close shot right in front of goal and the teams headed into the change rooms tied at 1-1. Galatasaray turned on the heat in the second half with Nonda scoring a goal and Baros bagging his second. In the 84th minute, Lincoln found Kewell open on the left where Kewell received the ball and faked a defender with his left foot before putting the ball through the back of the net with his right. You can see the video of the goal below.

Hopefully Galatasaray can build up their confidence from the results of the past two games and continuing producing wins, both domestically and in Europe. For Harry, this is his second goal in the Turkcell Super League in four games. He has now scored four goals in the seven competitive games he has played for Galatasaray, with all the goals coming in wins and when the team was wearing their orange coloured uniform. Happy Birthday again to Harry!

Happy Birthday Harry!

Over here in Australia its already the 22nd meaning Harry is turning 30 today! Lets hope he can (literally) score himself a birthday present or two with a few goals in the match against Kocaelispor. For those who want to catch the game, this link may be showing live streaming coverage but its not a guarantee. If that link does not work, this one is currently broadcasting the game. Galatasaray will be without talented winger Arda Turan and Mehmet Topal. Nevertheless, they will be expected to win this match especially with arch rivals Fenerbahce defeating Gençlerbirliği' who did not feature either Bruce Djite or James Troisi in their 3-0 loss to the Canaries.

The site now has a wallpaper section containing 18 different Kewell wallpapers from his time with the national team, Galatasaray and Liverpool. If anyone has some more Harry Kewell wallpapers or has an artistic flair and would like to make some new wallpapers, could you please leave a message on the chatter page as any additional wallpaper would be greatly appreaciated.

Galatasaray prepare for Kocaelispor

Saturday, 20th September, 2008
Harry and the rest of the team have arrived back in Istanbul to prepare for their away Super League match against table dwellers Kocaelispor. Kocaelispor have lost two and drawn one match so far this season so Galatasaray will be expected hand them another loss. Hopefully this time Gala's defense will be a little bit more sturdy than their match against Bellinzona and Harry manages to knock home another goal or two.

Match Details:
Stadium: İsmet Paşa (İzmit)
Date: 19.00 September 21, 2008 Sunday (Monday 02.00 AEST)
Referees: Selçuk Dereli, Cem Satman, Erdinç Sezertam / 4th Official: Deniz Çoban
Weather: Rainy weather with a max of 16 and a min 13 C expected.

14 photos from the previous match have been added to the UEFA photo section as well as a video of goals from the game.

Harry scores as Gala win 4-3!

Friday, 19th September, 2008
Galatasaray did not get off to a great start as they conceded a goal in the 32nd minute to forward Lustrinelli before Harry answered back 7 minutes later with a volley to tie it at 1-1. Three minutes later Harry also picked up a yellow card. However, Bellinzona grabbed the lead two minutes into the second half only for the game to be level at 2-2 after a Milan Baros goal. A second goal by Baros saw Galatasaray take a 3-2 lead but Bellinzona came back to what was looking to be a final score of 3-3 before Brazilian midfielder Lincoln scored in the fourth minute of extra time to snatch a 4-3 victory.

A short highlight reel of the game has been added below. Isn't it interesting that every game Galatasaray have played in their orange uniform, Harry has always scored and Galatasaray have always won. Maybe they should stick to orange. Supposedly, towards the end of last season, Galatasaray's president Adnan Polat revealed that he wanted an orange jersey as he enjoyed the Netherland's style of football. The orange jersey, which is also a combination of Galatasaray's primary colours of red and yellow has never been used before in the club's history.

Galatasaray touch down in Basel

Thursday, 18th September, 2008
Galatasaray have arrived in Basel, Switzerland ahead of their UEFA Cup match against AC Bellinzona of Switzerland. Bellinzona are currently placed second last in the Swiss Super League and have lost their last two games 1-2 and and 0-3. However their Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Kalu believes his side may cause an upset and is looking towards the match saying "Galatasaray is a big club in Europe, but we are coming as the unknowns. The players are determined to show their stuff against one of Europe's biggest sides".

Galatasaray captain Hasan
Şaş is out with a suspension whilst Ümit Karan, Arda Turan, Mehmet Topal and Linderoth among others will miss the match due to injury. Despite this, Galatasaray's German manager Michael Skibbe is under great pressure with fans desperately wanting a win after Galatasaray's worst start to the Super Leage in a decade with one win and two draws.

St. Jakob-Park (Basel)
Date: September 18, Thursday / 20:00 (Fri 04:00AEST)
Referees: Sorin Corpodean, Cristian Constantin Nica, Octavian Sovre / 4th Official: Tiberiu Lajos
Weather: Cloudy weather expected with max 21, min 9 C.

Several photos have been added to the site, especially photos from Galatasaray's training sessions in Basel as well as just before they left for Basel and photos have also been added to the 'Off the pitch', UEFA and Politix sections.

Galatasaray play out another draw

Sunday, 14th September, 2008
Galatasaray drew 1-1 against Antalyaspor at home over the weekend. Harry started for the Lions and was substituted in the 77th minute for midfielder Mehmet Topal. He also picked up a yellow card. Former Roma and Blackburn striker, Shabani Nonda opened the scoring with a close shot from goal before Jospeh Ngwenya headed home a cross to tie the game up. Galatasaray now head to Switzerland where they take on Bellinzona on thursday for the UEFA Cup.  

Harry and the boys come away with the win

Thursday, 11th September, 2008
Australia have won a valuable 3 points after defeating Uzbekistan 1-0. Australia's goal came from a Scott Chipperfield header into the top left corner. Harry started and played the entire game up front alongside Brett Holman but didn't have any opportunities on goal. He played a flawless first half with great one touches and nifty passes including setting up Bresciano for a 1 on 1 with the goalie which he ultimately squandered.

Harry will now return to Turkey where Galatasaray take on 16th placed Antalyaspor during the weekend. Antalyaspor have dropped their first two games of the season whilst Galatasaray sit fifth with one win and one draw. Arch-rivals Fenerbahçe are seventh with one win and one loss.

Australia touch down in Uzbekistan

Monday, 8th September, 2008
Harry and the rest of the team arrived in Tashkent on a chartered flight giving them a few days to get acclimatised and prepare for their match against Uzbekistan. The temperature is forecast to be around 30 degrees and when matched with the humidity, will require the boys to be at full fitness levels. On arrival Kewell was quoted as saying "It's always good to get off to a good start, but they're going to have the same kind of plan". Read more here from TWG.

Match Details

Uzbekistan vs Australia
Wednesday 10 September 2008
Kick Off 8:30pm (UZT) (1:30am AEST, Thursday 11 September 2008)
Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
TV Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 3 - 1:30am AEST Thursday 7 September 2008

Harry scores against Holland!

Sunday, 7th September, 2008
Harry calmly directed a penalty straight down the middle as Australia defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in Eindhoven. This will be his 12th goal for Australia. Kewell was substituted in the beginning of the second half for Mark Bresciano.

The Netherlands began the match by scoring early on with a Huntelaar strike in the 6th minute. Towards the end of the first half, Dutch goalkeeper Steklenburg took down Josh Kennedy in the box leading to a red card and a penalty. Kennedy scored a header in the second half to seal the win for Australia. The Socceroos now travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan where they will prepare for Wednesday's World Cup qualifying match. Qatar beat Uzbekistan 3-0 last night which should add to the confidence of the Socceroos, however we wouldn't want them to get too complacent and it may still be a tough match. Goals for the game against the Netherlands are below.

One hour before kick-off

Well its just over an hour to kick-off now. For those who want to watch the match on the internet, you may want to give this link a try as it is meant to be giving a live streaming of the match.

The 'Photos' section has been fully updated with 261 photos being sorted and added. Nearly all the photos available of Harry at Galatasaray have been uploaded along with other photos from his Leeds and Liverpool days as well as his games with the Socceroos.

The Sun-Herald printed lengthy article about Kewell in today's paper. The article/interview touches on all sorts of topics with Kewell ranging from Harry's transition into local culture "The people are fantastic. The club is fantastic. Everything that you need is here. The food is great. The club looks after me. Driving a car is a little bit crazy but I quite enjoy a challenge." to the Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby "The players have told me that it is a game you can't explain. They say you have to play in it to fully understand. I'm looking forward to playing in it but, to tell the truth, I'm looking forward to playing every game." to his goals for this season "Maybe I should set some personal goals for this season because I haven't done that in a while but, you know what, I just want to play and enjoy my football...I know you want to hear that I am going to score 25 goals and do this and that...I know that it will sound boring, but I'm just enjoying football again."

Injury scares for the Socceroos

Friday, 5th September 2008
There have been a couple of injury scares from the Socceroos training camp with Mark Milligan and Blackburn's Vince Grella unable to participate in Thursdays training session. In a bizarre ruling, FC Nuremburg's Matthew Spiranovic has been ruled out of the next two matches due to 'unanticipated dental surgery'. Read more about it here from Australian FourFourTwo

Theres another article from TWG  titled "Socceroos adventure excites Kewell". The Socceroos seemed to have learnt from their 2007 Asian Cup campaign with Kewell saying "We learned our lesson in the Asian Cup and we're not taking any game easy any more". You can view the entire article here from SBS The World Game.

A video section will be added today with videos from Harry's recent games with Galatasaray and Australia.

More news featuring Harry, this time from the Sydney Morning Herald. Harry discussed the upcoming friendly with the Netherlands as well as the World Cup qualifier with Uzbekistan next week. He also speaks about Galatasaray as he says "The club itself, it's fantastic, it looks after their players." Full article can be found here.

TWG caught up with Harry after training for a short interview. Check it out here.

Kewell looking forward towards the Dutch 'test'

Thursday, 4th September 2008
Harry seems to be looking forward to the challenge the Netherlands will present the Socceroos during their match this weekend. "It is a test for us and a test for Holland and a test for Pim as well. I think he is up for it...I played with Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel when I was at Liverpool and I know that this is going to be an interesting game...It will be a difficult game and will be a good test for us." Read the full article here.

Harry and the Socceroos prepare for Uzbekistan

Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
Harry and the Socceroos are currently in Mierlo, the Netherlands, preparing for this Saturday's warm-up match with the Netherlands before taking on Uzbekistan next week.

Squad list:

Michael Beauchamp (Aalborg), Mark Bresciano (Palermo), Jacob Burns (Unirea Valahorum) David Carney (Sheffield United), Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel), Chris Coyne (Colchester United), Ante Covic (Newcastle Jets), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven), Bruce Djite (Genclerbirligi), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers), Richard Garcia (Hull City), Vince Grella (Blackburn Rovers), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Brad Jones (Middlesbrough), Josh Kennedy (Karlsruher), Harry Kewell (Galatasaray), Scott McDonald (Celtic), Mark Milligan (uncontracted) Lucas Neill (West Ham), Jade North (Newcastle Jets) Michael Petkovic (Sivasspor), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham ), Matthew Spiranovic (FC Nuremberg), Shane Stefanutto (Lyn Oslo) Mile Sterjovski (Derby County) Carl Valeri (Grosseto), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow).

Match details:

Netherlands v Australia
Saturday 6 September 2008
Kick-Off 8:45pm CEST (4:45am AEST, Sunday 7 September 2008)
Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, Netherlands
TV Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 2 - 4:30am AEST Sunday 7 September 2008

Galatasaray and Kayserispor play out a draw

Monday, 1st September, 2008
Galatasaray were away this weekend as they drew 0-0 at Kayseri Atatürk stadium. Harry played the entire game as a second striker on the right whilst Milan Baros was introduced in the 72nd minute. However, the old Liverpool duo failed to combine for a Galatasaray goal. Hasan Sas, the team captain who set up both of Kewell's goals so far at Galatasaray did not play due to injury. Next up for Harry are the Netherlands at the end of the week.

Photos Added

Sunday, 31st August, 2008
The site is slowly coming together with more photos to be added over the next few days as well as other sections. Tonight at 9pm (4am Monday AEST) local time in Turkey, Galatasaray will be taking on Kayserispor in the second game of the season. Milan Baros will be coming off the bench for his Galatasaray debut. In the mean time, heres a video of Harry scoring a terrific goal during training with Galatasaray in July.

Welcome to!!

Saturday, 30th August, 2008
Hello and welcome to the only English written Harry Kewell site on the net. aims to provide you with up-to-date information about the Aussie football star as his season with Galatasaray begins and also as Australia reaches the next round of qualifications for the 2012 World Cup. The site will be updated after every game Harry plays and will have photos and videos from those matches. To begin, I'll give a recap over what has happened over the past couple months including information on the first three competitive games that Harry has played in so far this season.

Galatasaray S.K. signs Kewell

On the 5th of July 2008, Kewell signed for Turkish football giants Galatasaray on a 2 year deal. He arrived in the country to a rockstar like reception at the airport and was quickly whisked to the Galatasaray headquarters to go through a physical and sign the contract before meeting a few of the players.

He said, "There were a few other clubs involved, other English clubs, but Galatasaray showed a lot of faith in me and were very strong from the start and that's why I signed for them. It's a new chapter for me, I'm looking forward to it. They've got a great young squad, I'm looking forward to meeting with the boys and training with them."

Kewell's transfer to Galatasaray provoked strong criticism from fans of his former team Leeds United as he was a Leeds player when two of their fans were killed in clashes before a UEFA Cup semi-final against Galatasaray in Istanbul in April 2000. Kewell responded and in an open letter he stated "I chose the No 19 shirt when I signed for Galatasaray AS as a sign of respect for Leeds because that was the number I got when I first became a regular member of the Leeds United FC starting XI. "I felt that it might be a way to demonstrate that I had not forgotten where it all started and I was hoping that in a small way it would help the healing process of the tragedy that occurred on the 5th of April 2000. To blame the Galatasaray AS club for the tragedy in Istanbul is simply wrong and discriminatory."

Kewell scores on his competitive debut

On the 18th of August, Kewell made his debut for Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Cup (similar to the FA Community Shield in the UK) where he came on as a substitute after 66 minutes. His first touch was a header from a cross by captain Hasan Sas which went straight past Kayserispor's keeper. Not long after Galatasaray scored again as Kewell set up Shabani Nonda for a goal. Kayerispor scored a late goal but it meant little as Galatasaray won 2-1. Highlights for the game are below.

Harry does it again!

Galatasaray opened the season on the 24th of August with a bang as they put away Denizlispor 4-1, with Kewell getting on the scoresheet first after volleying home another cross from Hasan Sas.
SBS's 'The World Game' wrote how Harry is quickly becoming hit in his new home.

A short clip of his goal is here.

Galatasaray drop out of Champions League race

After drawing 2-2 at home to Steau Bucharest, Galatasaray needed a win or at least a 3-3 draw in the second leg on the 28th of August to get through to the group stages of the Champions League where they would have picked up €21 million from TV rights. Unfortunately the team didn't deliver as they went down 1-0. Kewell hit the crossbar 4 minutes into the game and was unlucky to make it 3 goals out of 3 games. Steau Bucharest's Nicolita scored on the 57th minute even though he was offside, as can be seen in the replay in the video below. The team and fans alike were obviously gutted, especially since Galatasaray's Turkish arch rival Fenerbahçe got through.

Galatasaray must now settle for competition in the UEFA Cup, where they will play Swiss side AC Bellinzona in the first round on the 18th of September whilst the return leg will be on October 2. Italian heavyweights AC Milan, Spanish sides Sevilla and Valencia and Tottenham Hotspur could provide some tough competition in the later stages of the competition.

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