Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League; and the Former Boro Star Makes a Stunning Start

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League Tuncay Spices Up Career in Indian League; and the Former Boro Star Makes a Stunning Start

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Byline: Anthony Vickers Sports writer anthony.vickers@trinitymirror.com

FORMER Boro star Tuncay Sanli has got off to a flying start in his new career - in India.

The Turkish schemer scored twice on his debut last week for Pune City, one of the franchises in the new eight-team glamour league.

Tuncay made his dramatic impact in the opening game of "Series Two" of the newly founded, star-studded televised competition.

He got the first two goals in a 3-1 curtain-raising win over a Mumbai City side managed by Nicolas Anelka, who came off the bench for a late saunter.

Tuncay and Anelka are not the only familiar faces in the league, which was the world's fourth most watched on small screens last year.

While the squads are dominated by Brazilians and domestic talent, they are also peppered with English players and former Premier League veterans.

Tuncay has joined a squad that also includes much travelled former Chelsea and Romania striker Adrian Mutu.

Also at the club are one time Boro transfer target Nicky Shorey, the former Reading and Villa left-back, ex-Derby midfilder James Bailey and keeper Steve Simonsen, long time benchwarmer at Everton and Stoke.

Pune, top of the table after two wins, are bossed by David Platt while fellow former England Under-21 boss Peter Taylor is in charge of Kerala Blasters who are currently second.

Roberto Carlos and Marco Matarazzi are also managers.

"I know the potential of Pune City as a team and I know they have all the good qualities to be successful in the league," Tuncay told the Hero IPL website as he explained his decision to sign up.

"With David Platt at the helm, whom I have known for a long time, I know that Pune have good ambitions.

"David Platt is one the big names in Europe, and what he has done for Manchester City is really commendable.

"I have met him a lot of times during my time in the Premier League and we share a fantastic rapport with each other.

"He was very supportive of my decision and said I will be quite a value addition to the team."

And having had a good look at his new squad, Tuncay is upbeat about the prospects for the team in the league. …

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