I've left out Ilhan, because I don't really like him....But he will be in the team at the WC, in place of Serhat
Sergen is also not on my list, as I don't believe he will come back from injury, adn if he does, he won't be any good....
I made this list off the top of my head, so there are probably a lot of mistakes there
Ogun out, wonderful...finally a coach with guts, but then again he included tayfur...
here is an article.
On Tuesday (May 7) we announced the 28-man candidate squad which coach Senol Gunes will cut to 23 for the World Cup finals next month.
"Gunes has made no surprise omissions," we claimed. That item was rushed into the paper in double quick time and we were wrong. There was one very surprising omission indeed, that of Fenerbahce captain Ogun Temizkanoglu.
Ogun has said nothing about this in public but he is said to be privately heartbroken. Well he might be. He announced a few weeks ago that he would terminate a long and distinguished international career after the finals.
"I want to go out at the top after helping Turkey to a good finish at the World Cup," he said. Now it appears that his international career is over rather earlier than he expected.
While Ogun keeps his counsel, others have rushed to his defense. "Senol Gunes has committed a great injustice," complained Fener vice-chairman Mahmut Uslu. "Ogun deserved his place at the World Cup."
I have no wish to join in criticism of Gunes. With the finals a matter of weeks away, this is not the time for criticism. The coach is the coach. The buck stops with him and, as the man who knows best which players fit into his plans and which do not, we have to respect his decisions.
However, I admit to a certain bafflement as to why he has made this particular one. Or at least as to why he has made it at this time. Gunes himself has had nothing intelligible to say. Statements like "I believe Ogun might have some problems in the coming month" are pure gibberish.
My own opinion is that Ogun might have been dispensed with sooner. He is not the player he was and he has been overtaken in his specialist areas of the game. If Gunes opts to use a sweeper, his own Fenerbahce teammate Umit Ozat is the better man for the job.
Nor is there any shortage of talent in midfield these days, not, that is, of the sort of talent possessed by Ogun who is a worker rather than a visionary. If I were selecting the squad for South Korea, I would not include Ogun either.
But then I would not have been automatically selecting him during the buildup to the tournament, as Gunes has done. I would have taken the decision much earlier.
Ogun is a cheerful, likeable character who has never tried less than his hardest for the national team even when not in the best of form. Axing him at this point in time looks like cruelty, intentional or not.
Big clubs rule, KO
Gunes has also come in for a trashing from certain quarters lately for "only" choosing players from the Big Three Istanbul clubs. A study of his current 28 superficially suggests there may be force to that criticism.
The breakdown is 12 players from the Big Three, 11 who are based abroad and only 5 from Anatolian teams. Of the 11 "foreigners" all but one moved overseas from the Big Three. The exception is Leicester City's Muzzy Izzet who has never played club soccer in Turkey at all.
And when we look at the Anatolians, no fewer than 3 of the 5 are goalkeepers, Zafer Ozgultekin (Ankaragucu), Omer Catkic (Gaziantepspor) and Metin Aktas (Trabzonspor).
One of those will not survive the final cut and my money would be on Metin. Gunes is virtually forced to look outside Istanbul for keepers to back up Fener's Rustu Recber because Galatasaray and Besiktas have been using foreign goalies this season.
The other two Anatolians are Ismail Gulduren (Genclerbirligi) and Cihan Haspolatli (Kocaelispor), both first time call-ups. The likelihood is that Gunes is taking these two to the training camp in Antalya which begins today with an eye to their future and is not really thinking of including them in his final squad at all.
In any case, neither is likely to remain an Anatolian for much longer. Ismail is set for a move to Fener while, unless there is a last-minute hitch between the clubs, Cihan is on his way to new French champion Olympique Lyon.
So we are probably looking at a final World Cup squad which contains only two players, the reserve goalkeepers, who are with Anatolian clubs. But is Senol Gunes to be blamed for that? Or does the fault lie with a system, a soccer culture rather, which concentrates all the economic clout in the hands of the Big Three, enabling them to act like giant vacuum cleaners sucking up whatever talent is fostered by others?