Milan in Freefall - AFR Voice Ep.32

‘Crisis’ has been the buzzword this season for the pod, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and even Barcelona getting blasted with the dreaded ‘c’ word. But finally we have turned our audio attentions to a club that deserves it more than most – AC Milan.

The Rossoneri are a shocking 40 points adrift from league leaders Juve and we discuss where it all went wrong. Is rookie manager Clarence Seedorf ripe for the sacking in the summer, and will the struggle for power in the boardroom be resolved anytime soon?

Elsewhere, we look at Europe in more positive tones, heralding Bayern’s 50-game unbeaten run, ruffling the hair of little Lionel Messi for eclipsing recent AFR profilee Paulino Alcántara as Barça’s all-time record scorer, and bow down to the mighty Zlatan for making his own little bit of Parisian history.

All that plus a quick fire witness report from Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Galatasaray, a report on Jermain Defoe’s perfect MLS debut and an evaluation of Rivaldo’s career which came to an end this week. He was arguably one of football’s all-time greats, but why won’t he be remembered as such?

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Didier Drogba: The Photographer

The swarm of cameras around footballers and professional athletes is nothing new. Sitting on the Galatasaray bench this past weekend, Didier Drogba decided to spend some time turning the tables. Snagging a camera from one of the photographers, Didier went ahead and took a few shots. Making the most of the situation, Drogba’s exquisite and improvised work was actually published. So, thanks to Drogba, the #selfie has invaded Getty’s official photo wire.

Istanbul United: Rival fans of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, and Besiktas protest against the Turkish government together
The demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government that has erupted in Turkey has already seen an initially peaceful protest over the proposed redevelopment of Istanbul’s Taksim Square evolve into a fully fledged movement in multiple cities involving hundreds of thousands of people. 
Perhaps serving as a barometer for how the Turkish people have united is the fact that fans of Istanbul’s football clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, and Besiktas have put their differences aside to challenge the authoritarian regime. The image above of three rival supporters with their arms around each other has been circulating on Twitter, and the message is perfectly clear.
Sky has put together a video about the recent unification of rivals, while Reuters has more about the fans who often fight one another with rather than work together:

"Go on spray, go on spray, spray your pepper gas. Take off your helmets, put down your truncheons and let’s see who’s the tough guy," sang the fans, taunting police with a Besiktas chant which has become popular with the demonstrators.
There are tales of Galatasaray fans coming to the aid of Fenerbahce supporters trapped by the police, or of fans rushing down the hill from Taksim to the aid of rival supporters in the nearby Besiktas district on the shores of the Bosphorus.
"We are normally enemies, but this has really brought us together. It’s never happened before," said university student Mert Gurses, 18, wearing a black-and-white Besiktas scarf and chatting with friends near the fish market in Besiktas.

There’s little evidence to suggest how the situation in Turkey will shift, but the spirit of the nation is alive and well with its citizens in this time of chaos, even transcending supposed eternal rivals in sport.

Istanbul United: Rival fans of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, and Besiktas protest against the Turkish government together

The demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government that has erupted in Turkey has already seen an initially peaceful protest over the proposed redevelopment of Istanbul’s Taksim Square evolve into a fully fledged movement in multiple cities involving hundreds of thousands of people.

Perhaps serving as a barometer for how the Turkish people have united is the fact that fans of Istanbul’s football clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, and Besiktas have put their differences aside to challenge the authoritarian regime. The image above of three rival supporters with their arms around each other has been circulating on Twitter, and the message is perfectly clear.

Sky has put together a video about the recent unification of rivals, while Reuters has more about the fans who often fight one another with rather than work together:

"Go on spray, go on spray, spray your pepper gas. Take off your helmets, put down your truncheons and let’s see who’s the tough guy," sang the fans, taunting police with a Besiktas chant which has become popular with the demonstrators.

There are tales of Galatasaray fans coming to the aid of Fenerbahce supporters trapped by the police, or of fans rushing down the hill from Taksim to the aid of rival supporters in the nearby Besiktas district on the shores of the Bosphorus.

"We are normally enemies, but this has really brought us together. It’s never happened before," said university student Mert Gurses, 18, wearing a black-and-white Besiktas scarf and chatting with friends near the fish market in Besiktas.

There’s little evidence to suggest how the situation in Turkey will shift, but the spirit of the nation is alive and well with its citizens in this time of chaos, even transcending supposed eternal rivals in sport.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Turkish giants take Germany

The Bundesliga’s stature in world football continues to rise, and Schalke were slight favourites to join Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. But with Burak Yilmaz, Wesley Sneijder, and Didier Drogba leading them forward after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, Galatasaray rose to the challenge at the Veltins-Arena, clinching an emphatic 3-2 victory on German soil. Ryu was on the scene to catch the Turkish giants sailing into the deep waters that await in the quarterfinals.

Interact with Ryu on twitter @Toksuede and check his Flickr. Posted by Eric.

Through Ryu’s Lens: The Champions League welcomes back Didier

The last time Didier Drogba kicked a ball in the Champions League, it was a cool penalty that allowed Chelsea to win the competition for the first time in the club’s history. So when Drogba landed in Turkey after an extremely lucrative and tumultuous 8 month trip to Shanghai, excitement was in the air as he could continue his already legendary career with Galatasaray. The Turkish giants welcomed Schalke in the round of 16, and Ryu was in town to capture the Ivorian making his return on the continent’s greatest stage.

Interact with Ryu on twitter @Toksuede and check his Flickr. Posted by Eric.

Milan Baros executing the coach potato method to goalscoring. 

(Source: cheekychip)

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