Posts Tagged "Ersan Gulum"
Australia coach Holger Osieck says he feels “sorry” promising defender Ersan Gulum has turned his back on the Socceroos to commit his future to Turkey.
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The fallout to Melbourne-born and bred Besiktas defender Ersan Gulum’s decision to pledge his international future to Turkey rather than Australia has been immense. Debate has raged fiercely. The latest twist in the saga was Socceroos boss Holger Osieck publicly labelling the Turkish Football Federation as ‘collectors’.
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“Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy” goes the old saying, but I doubt anyone was thinking that when Guus Hiddink lead Australia to the 2006 World Cup.
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Australian-born defender Ersan Gulum has been called up for Turkey’s national soccer team, effectively ending any prospect of him playing for the Socceroos.
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It’s an issue that never seems to be far away, and never fails to polarise public opinion. Our country’s multicultural past has played a huge part in the state of football in Australia today, and players claiming different nationalities through ancestry has been a direct by-product.
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