October 11: Turkey vs. Albania (Match Thread)

With memories of the golden years (80's) of the albanian football still fresh on her mind, Albania is now attempting to recreate its strong football legacy. As young players start making their names abroad, the future is looking bright for Albanian football!

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Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:35 am

Turkey plays Albania on October 11, 2019 for the 2020 European Qualifiers. The match will take place at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, located in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul.

Albania lost its qualifier at home to Turkey 0-2 and desperately need a win to keep its hope of qualifying alive. Having said that Albania will lose in typical fashion 2-0.
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:10 am

We are favourites by the odds obviously , 2:0 for Turkey is the most realistic , as always good game and unlucky to lose at the end . Roshi starts from the begining this time as fb and Bulku keeps arguing that it’s his natural position :hi-bulku:
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:58 pm

0:7 Albania.

I got a feeling Cika and Balaj will both have hat tricks.
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:19 pm

I have a feeling that Albania will win.

Turkey are choke artists.
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Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:43 am

I'll have to see the lineup choices before I can guess. If Balaj, Cika, Ramadani, or w/e random player starts then we'll surely lose.

Ultimately, I think our midfield will get over run. I don't think we can realistically create many chances on goal and I think Reja will try a formation which puts crosses in the box. 2-1 Turkey.
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Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:48 am

artan wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:43 am
I'll have to see the lineup choices before I can guess. If Balaj, Cika, Ramadani, or w/e random player starts then we'll surely lose.

Ultimately, I think our midfield will get over run. I don't think we can realistically create many chances on goal and I think Reja will try a formation which puts crosses in the box. 2-1 Turkey.
If cikalleshi is in we will “surely lose” , just like last game against iceland
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Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:18 pm

Cikalleshi was a beast against Iceland. Putting him on the same level as trash like Ramadani and Balaj is silly
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:37 pm

Olayinka will apparently be called up for these matches. Not sure if Olayinka is using us leverage for a call up for Nigeria though.

As for Cika, our problem is when scrubs like him have one decent game he starts the next 3-4 and plays like absolute crap. Then they'll score a penalty or have a decent performance and all is forgiven. It's been like this with Cika, Balaj, Basha (before he retired), Mavraj (after the euros), Berisha (after the Euros), Agolli (when he was still playing), etc. We need constant performers and not second league scrubs like Cika. I can't even believe journalists keep propping him up, Only in Albania we prop up players playing in the Turkish second division.

Constant performers for the NT have been guys like Sadiku, Abrashi, Roshi, Lenjani, Xhaka and Hysaj. They aren't great by any means but they don't constantly f*** up and they do what's asked of them. I think Bare can be one of those guys as well. These guys need to start.
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:58 pm

Where did you see olayinka will be called up? https://gazetametro.net/olayinka-nuk-do ... -nigerine/

The thing about cikalleshi is that he has never given any bad performances with the nt just been a bit unlucky earlier on in his career with us, he is now finally starting to get a bit of a chance to play and has 3 goals in Albania’s last 3 games. That being said he is 29 and not getting any younger, olayinka would’ve been a big upgrade but seems that hope is gone now
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:59 pm

Princ wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:58 pm
Where did you see olayinka will be called up? https://gazetametro.net/olayinka-nuk-do ... -nigerine/

The thing about cikalleshi is that he has never given any bad performances with the nt just been a bit unlucky earlier on in his career with us, he is now finally starting to get a bit of a chance to play and has 3 goals in Albania’s last 3 games. That being said he is 29 and not getting any younger, olayinka would’ve been a big upgrade but seems that hope is gone now
http://www.panorama.com.al/sport/olaink ... e-tetorit/

If he is indeed called up that obviously will settle it. I think he personally used us a leverage to get a Nigerian call up and kudos to him if he did.
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