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Rangers have faith that fit-again Jelavic will replace Miller's goals

Steven Davis believes Nikica Jelavic has the potential to fill the void left by Kenny Miller if he leaves Rangers for Bursaspor.

Hagi takes over at Galatasaray

Galatasaray today appointed Gheorghe Hagi today as their new coach for a second spell at the Super Lig club.

Galatasaray part company with Rijkaard after slump in results

Frank Rijkaard's contract as coach of Galatasaray has been terminated by mutual agreement, the club said yesterday, ending his spell in charge after a terrible start to the season.

Rijkaard parts company with Galatasaray

Galatasaray have confirmed coach Frank Rijkaard has left the club by mutual consent.

Robinho turns down Fenerbahce offer

Robinho has turned down a formal offer from Fenerbahce hoping to leave Manchester City for a Spanish or Italian club before the August 31 transfer deadline.

Gerrard and Torres to miss Liverpool play-off

Liverpool will be without captain Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres for their Europa League play-off second leg against Trabzonspor in Turkey tomorrow.

Outside the Box: Ankara's away as Mayor and young Turks prove troublesome

Here's a cast-iron prediction for one of today's results: in the Turkish Super League, Ankaraspor will lose 3-0 at home to Kasimpasa. In fact they will continue to lose every game for the rest of the season by the same margin and finish bottom of the table with no points and a goal difference of 0-102 from 34 matches. The authorities have decided on this drastic punishment because of the club's "anti-competitive links" with local rivals Ankaragucu. The supposed capital city rivalry became compromised when an Ankaraspor executive suddenly took over as the chairman of Ankaragucu while his father, the local mayor, remained as chairman of Ankaraspor. A couple of unexpected transfer deals between the two then followed. Ankaragucu could yet go down as well, as despite the appointment of France's Roger Lemerre, the winning coach of Euro 2000, they are only a couple of points above the remaining two relegation places. Of course, it could never happen here. Imagine, say, Robert Maxwell moving from Oxford United to Derby County, and leaving his son Kevin in charge of Oxford, who then sell their best player, Dean Saunders, to Derby. Impossible? Ask Mark Lawrenson, who was sacked as Oxford manager for protesting about the deal.

Joan Smith: Depression is more deadly in the male

In 2003, the German goalkeeper Robert Enke played a single match for the Turkish football club Fenerbahce. Enke was on loan from Barcelona for the opening match of the season, a home game against Istanbulspor. Fenerbahce lost 3-0 and furious fans rounded on the goalkeeper, hurling abuse, bottles and mobile phones. Clearly shocked, Enke left the club after only 13 days, protesting that he "had not deserved the hate they showed me". Despite this setback, Enke's star soon began to rise: he signed for Hanover and played for the German national team, raising expectations that he would represent his country at the world cup in South Africa next year. All that came to an end last week when he committed suicide by stepping in front of a train.

Platini: Domenech will go if France miss finals

The Uefa president, Michel Platini, believes the France coach Raymond Domenech will stand down if Les Bleus fail to qualify for the World Cup.

Rijkaard appointed at Galatasaray

Frank Rijkaard will take over as Galatasaray coach replacing Bulent Korkmaz as technical director, the Turkish club said today.

Robert Fisk: Obama falls short on Armenian pledge

It was clever, crafty – artful, even – but it was not the truth. For in the end, Barack Obama dishonoured his promise to his American-Armenian voters to call the deliberate mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide. How grateful today's Turkish generals must be.

Emre completes move from Newcastle to Fenerbahce

Turkey midfielder Emre Belozoglu signed a four-year contract with Fenerbahce today.

Final hurdle no sweat for Terim after trial by media

He looks a bit like Terry Venables and he joked yesterday that he perspires so much during games that he takes three shirts to change into during the course of every match. Fatih Terim, the godfather of Turkish football management, is the colourful character who has led his team to an improbable semi-final at Euro 2008 but life off the pitch has been far from simple for the man who leads Turkey against Germany tonight.

Fenerbahce acclaimed as national heroes after Seville upset

Turkish fans celebrated late into the night on Tuesday after Fenerbahce beat Seville to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, and yesterday's morning newspapers heralded the victory as putting the club among the giants of European football.

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