If You Thought Football Was Rough in England…


Absolutely brilliant article in last week’s New Yorker about the Turkish obsession with soccer, aka “football” if you’re anything but American. Sadly, you can’t get the full text on their site, but this blog post gives a few great excerpts, and if you’re at all interested in soccer and/or Turkey, I think it’s worth it to get your hands on a back issue.

To give you a little sneak peek: one of the leaders of the supporter club is shot in the opening section of the article, which is nothing out of the ordinary. Stabbings and gunshot wounds are all part of the pre-game for die-hard Turkish soccer fans.

I rode by the stadium of the team the article features, Besiktas, nearly every day on the bus from Uskudar to Taksim. Little did I know what I was missing…


1 Response to “If You Thought Football Was Rough in England…”

  1. 1 travelinglightjs 11 March 2011 at 19:56

    Here’s also a podcast on the New Yorker article by the woman who wrote it. http://www.newyorker.com/online/2011/03/07/110307on_audio_batuman

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