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ISTANBULLS MAGAZINE Issue 2 – February 2011


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Welcome We have great news to share this month. Istanbulls is extending and after establishing successful football teams it has launched Istanbulls Basketball team! The team will compete in newly established Dubai Amateur Basketball Leagues (DEBL) with Cem Kapancıoğlu as the team coach. Early February, we had our Istanbulls Family BBQ party where we have celebrated our juniors’ effort. In following pages you can find the highlights from the bbq party, an explanation about the Soccer Star Challange that Istanbulls juniors have participated and “Juniors hall of fame” for last season. When you are with kids, it is always fun. Thanks a lot for all who have joined us. Since the competitions are getting thight or just starting, we believe mental fitness plays a big role game preparation. Therefore, there is an article about how to get ready for the competitions and keep focused.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts and highly valuable feedback. Keep supporting Istanbulls!


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The Soccer Star Challenge The Soccer Star Challenge is a football coaching, learning and assessment programme, for boys and girls aged 6-16 years, run by the FA in the UK. The programme consists of practices and games to enable children to learn essential football techniques, together with six simple reliable tests. The challenges focus upon six essential soccer techniques: • • • • • •

Running with the ball Turning with the ball Speed (changing direction without the ball) Dribbling Heading Shooting

The tests reflect technical ability of the players in these techniques. We did our first test on the 3rd of February 2011 during training and input the data from our tests on the Thursday’s practice on to the FA website, which then rates our players according to the targeted skills. Every player gets a certificate and we will monitor the players' performance and their improvements by repeating tests throughout the season. The Istanbulls brings international benchmarking to our very own football school! You can find more information on the UK FA website: http://www.fa-soccerstar.com/ The players received their results and certificates at the Istanbulls BBQ Party on the 11th February 2011. During the bbq party, we have also held our year-end presentation and award ceremony. All team members get a certificate for their contributions to the team. All Football School players also get their certificate to their commitment to the school’s training. Well done for all Istanbulls juniors, it was an amazing season!


Juniors Wall of Fame (2010/11)

U9 Team: Top Goal Scorer : Murat Aslan Outstanding Performance: Artun Selรงuk Player of the Year: Kerem Edis

U11 Team: Top Goal Scorer : Orkun Selรงuk Outstanding Performance: Marius Potma Player of the Year: Tan Laรงin


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Istanbulls Family BBQ Party

On 11th February Istanbulls Family BBQ Party has taken place with the participation of our junior, adult and veteran team members and their beloved ones.

Juniors from Istanbulls Football School have taken their certificates.


Istanbulls Family BBQ Party Ladies have also played joined sports activities, from volleyball to skipping rope.

From Juniors to veterans, all Istanbulls team members have come together.

Juniors proved that they will be a bigger challange for their fathers in Kids vs. Parents game.

Istanbulls management has started looking for new sports to participate in.


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Istanbulls Basketball Team

2011 Dubai Expat Basketball League kicks off After establishing successful football teams, Istanbulls SC is stepping on basketball courts and we are extremely excited about this season as it will be the first time. We believe this season will enable us to gain new friends, improve our personal capabilities and become more productive in an interdependent world. We know that sports of any kind shall bring the humanity better living conditions and moreover team plays like basketball increases the ability to communicate and see yourself through others. Therefore we kindly ask everybody to support and cheer for this new baby of ours: 2011 Istanbulls SC Basketball Team. Long live basketball! Cem Kapancıoğlu – Coach


Mental Preparation for a Game

Start early. Preparing for a game starts the night before. Have a good sleep and rest properly. Visualise the game and then replay it over in your head. The visualisation must be positive and will help train the mind and body to repeat the task under pressure. Clear your head of all unnecessary thoughts and concentrate on the performance at hand. Try not to let anyone upset you. Keep calm and focused at all times. Talk to encouraging, positive people, not people that have negative attitudes. Think about success, not failure. Think about the best times in your career and the good things you do. Concentrate on the positives you bring into being, not the negatives. Your mind and body are one unit. What your mind sends to your body that is how it will react.

Relax and have fun. It's almost impossible to do your best if you're extremely stressed about doing perfect. And it's no fun if you have the, "destroy the other team at all costs" attitude either. Sources: http://bit.ly/dO4bOA http://bit.ly/ggpa5O


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Match Results & Standings Turkish Airlines Istanbulls – DAFL Division 3 Turkish Airlines Istanbulls could able to play only 2 matches in short February and finalised the month with one win and one lost gaining 4 points in total. The team is still on target and aiming to complete the league in first two, thus to qualify to the upper division. The team is fit and trying to improve the team play in every match. March is very critical for Turkish Airlines; the team has already started training for upcoming games. If we can win 5 in remaining 8 matches, we can qualify to the upper division. Therefore we would like tom invite all supporters to watch our matches and support us!

January 2011 Game Results Date

Home Team

Score

Away Team

02 Mar 11

Turkish Airlines Istanbulls

3-5

MBC Group

21 Feb 11

Allstars 2

2-2

Turkish Airlines Istanbulls

Highlights

08 Feb 11

Youngstars

0-3

Turkish Airlines Istanbulls

Highlights

Current Division Standings DAFL Division 3

P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

1

MBC Group

15

12

1

2

49

37

2

Precor

13

8

3

2

20

27

3

Turkish Airlines Istanbulls

12

8

1

3

29

25

4

Panthers FC

13

8

1

4

17

25

5

Allstars 2

15

6

4

5

-7

22

6

Safa C

13

5

3

5

-1

18

7

Youngstars

14

4

3

7

-18

15

8

Romcom

13

3

1

9

-26

10

9

Getmo Spartans

14

2

1

11

-43

7

Najma Dolphins Vets

12

1

2

9

-20

5

10


Match Results & Standings Pınar Istanbulls – DAFL Division 4 Although this is its first year of Pınar Istanbulls, the team is doing great work in the 4th division. Pınar Istanbulls has gained 6 points in February by winning 2 matches and losing one. The team is still remains second in the table. If the team continues with its current performance, we will be watching Pınar Istanbulls in 3rd division for 2011-2012 season. There is only 6 match left to complete the league and we believe that if we win 4 matches out of six, we will defend the second position. Therefore March is very critical for Pınar Istanbulls as well. If you have not seen Pınar Istanbulls yet; March will be your last chance to watch this brilliant team.

January 2011 Game Results Date

Home Team

Score

Away Team

02 Mar 11

Athletico Dubai

1-3

Pınar Istanbulls

22 Feb11

Pınar Istanbulls

4-3

AFL Bears

15 Feb 11

Pınar Istanbulls

1-2

Wafi

02 Feb 11

Blues TBM

3-2

Pınar Istanbulls

Current Division Standings DAFL Division 4

P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

1

Blues TBM

13

12

0

1

65

36

2

Pınar Istanbulls

13

7

2

4

8

23

3

AFL Devils

12

6

1

5

-1

19

4

Wafi

14

6

1

7

-11

19

5

AFL Bears

12

5

2

5

-1

17

6

Managua

14

5

1

8

-21

16

7

Athletico Dubai

12

0

1

11

-39

1

8

Mantis Utd

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

Swift Stars

0

0

0

0

0

0


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Match Results & Standings IFA U11 Premier Youth League Season Standings Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1

Arabian Gulf Rangers

10

9

1

0

96

8

88

28

2

Wild Boys

10

9

0

1

105

6

99

27

3

Arabian Bulldogs

10

8

1

1

54

16

38

25

4

Mighty Blues

10

7

0

3

46

24

22

21

5

SPD United

10

6

0

4

34

37

-3

18

6

Jebel Ali Katz

10

4

0

6

38

41

-3

12

7

Jebel Ali United

10

4

0

6

46

50

-4

12

8

LFC Snappers

10

3

0

7

19

49

-30

9

9

Istanbulls

10

3

0

7

22

68

-46

9

10

Dutco Dragons

10

1

0

9

16

83

-67

3

11

Desert Crusaders

10

0

0

10

15

109

-94

0

Istanbulls U11 Team Our First Season We hope everybody enjoyed our first season : It was a very promising start to our football career. Istanbulls U11 has played 10 games; won 3, lost 7 and picked up 9 points, finished the league in 9th place. Our form throughout the league was WLLWLWLLLL. All season 11 different players took part and we averaged 9.3 players on the pitch per game. Orkun, Rishan, Kasra and Marius attended all games. We scored 22 goals; our top goal scorer was Orkun with 11 goals and the runner up is Marius with 8 goals. The Man of the match table is quite tight: Tan was man of the match 4 times and Marius held this position in 3 games.

We have 2 very good goalkeepers in our squad and they have played in rotation. They are also both very good when playing out of goal in the game. Bora was very good in defence and made many critical saves. Tan is our "joker card": he has played in every position at the highest standard and with passion. Ahmet has always played with a positive attitude and has done his best. Sencer has also played in defence and midfield areas whenever and wherever we needed him. Aryan is our main bone in defence, try to stop all attacks: his performance was outstanding. Arash always played with passion and style, never giving up, he is getting stronger and stronger. Rishan and Kasra have improved a lot, whenever the team needed them they were always ready. Orkun is our top goal scorer, he has battled alone most of his time and he did a great job for the team. Well done boys! You have done great in your first year. We strongly believe this team has deserved a better position in the league. The team has potential to play quality and good team football. If you look back at the beginning of the season and now, you can really see the difference. All players in the team have improved a lot but still we need to work on our team play and help each other. We are sure that the team will be even better next season... good luck to us !!


Announcements Happy birthday to our players! 1 March – Marius Potma 2 March – Ümit Çamur 10 March – Uğur Aslan 12 March – Aryan Algouneh / Arash Algouneh 27 March – Akif Alabay / İlker Soydal / Stephen Heeler 29 March – Bekh Khoussainov


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