Posted by: sefa101 | April 17, 2008

Gokhan gives Terim food for thought

Fenerbahce right back Gokhan Gonul is stating a very strong claim to become Turkeys no.1 right back at Euro 2008. Despite having just four caps to his name the 23-year-old has become a key figure in Fenerbahce’s Super Lig and Champions League campaigns. Having made 20 league appearances this term, and consigned Onder Turaci to the bench, Gokhan has proved he is more than just a mere defender, frequently surging forward and delivering accurate crosses from the flank.

With Roberto Carlos flying down the left side, one would be forgiven for thinking they were watching Brazil as the Turkish international is far from the traditional defender. Fenerbahçe coach Zico has compared Gokhan to fellow Brazilian Cafu, saying:

“His acceleration is as fast. Most of his attributes are similar. He just needs more experience to eliminate the differences between him and Cafu.”

With Fenerbahce level on points with arch-rivals Galatasaray at the top of the Super Lig, his priorities are soley at club level, but he has already cast an eye over Turkey‘s finals opponents, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Switzerland. “We will try to get the best results we can and see how far we can go.”

Given Gokhan’s explosive form this season, he and international coach Fatih Terim will certainly believe that could be a long way.



  1. Mr Atay, a very decent article. It kept me interested throughout and you have used good clever wording, for example relating to Reberto Carlos.

    You can tell that this is your man area as it comes over more personal and seems like you understand what your talking about more properly. Good stuff – keep up the good work!

    Also, Given Gokhan sounds a good player!

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