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1.       mrs.freud
4 posts
 05 Nov 2015 Thu 08:26 pm

I´m wondering... how important is football for Turkish people? it´s just an entertainment or it´s a matter of life or death? Can someone tell me about the football culture in Turkey?



Edited (11/5/2015) by mrs.freud

2.       denizli
961 posts
 05 Nov 2015 Thu 09:21 pm

 

Quoting mrs.freud

I´m wondering... how important is football for Turkish people? it´s just an entertainment or it´s a matter of life or death? Can someone tell me about the football culture in Turkey?

 

It tends to be not that big of a deal for most of Turkey. Barely entertainment. Unless you live in Izmir! Then it´s Kar┼č─▒yaka vs. Göztepe!!! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5gymoB2LW8

 

... just joking

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3.       JNQ
465 posts
 05 Nov 2015 Thu 11:06 pm

Why don´t you put it to the test. Just say Be┼čikta┼č/Fenerbahçe/Galatasaray* rules and everything else sucks, and see what happens.

 

*Choose at random or whichever sounds best to you

{#emotions_dlg.ninja}

(Good luck, I´m out of here)

 

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4.       Henry
2604 posts
 06 Nov 2015 Fri 04:02 am

 

Quoting mrs.freud

I´m wondering... how important is football for Turkish people? it´s just an entertainment or it´s a matter of life or death? Can someone tell me about the football culture in Turkey?

 

Most Turks love football, and when asked will tell you which club they support. There are certainly a lot of football fanatics, and they can become aggressive towards each other when provoked. I´ve witnessed a Fenerbahçe - Be┼čikta┼č derby in Istanbul with 53,000 others at their stadium. Fantastic atmosphere at the match, but the 3,000 opposition supporters were caged in a small corner of the stadium, and surrounded by rows of security guards and a seating gap, and above them was fine netting to prevent objects that may be thrown at them. The opposition fans were bussed to the stadium, to avoid clashes in the local Kadiköy streets with Fenerbahçe fans. Everyone dresses in their teams colours, and all the big teams have their own songs. A lot of supporters have match-day rituals and totems, which they believe gives their team good luck.

"Fenerbahçeliyim" means I am a Fenerbahçe supporter/fan. The 3 big Istanbul based clubs are Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Be┼čikta┼č. Most major cities in Turkey have a football team.

I have also met Turks who have absolutely no interest in football, but it would less likely for males. As for it being a matter of life and death, there have been incidents in the past where people have died after spectator clashes, but this is very rare. Often teams in the Turkish League are punished for bad spectator behavior, by playing matches in front of empty grandstands, or limiting the spectators to women & girls, and children under 12.

Hopefully you get the chance to experience a big football match in Turkey.

 



Edited (11/6/2015) by Henry [small error]
Edited (11/6/2015) by Henry

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5.       defacto
42 posts
 06 Nov 2015 Fri 10:01 am

Turkish people very fanatic usually keep large teams. Galatasaray Fenerbahçe Be┼čikta┼č Trabzon and Bursa

6.       mrs.freud
4 posts
 06 Nov 2015 Fri 10:03 am

Thank you very much, Henry! I heard stories about the supporters (and fanatics), but I wanted to find out if it´s true. I support Be┼čikta┼č for several years, but I´ve never been in Turkey and football culture in Poland (my homeland) is totally different, so... I had to know. 

 

If anyone have an interesting story about Turkish supporters, please share



Edited (11/6/2015) by mrs.freud
Edited (11/6/2015) by mrs.freud

7.       bydand
755 posts
 14 Nov 2015 Sat 07:10 pm

I was in Istanbul 6 years ago when Be┼čikta┼č won the league. Our hotel was in Be┼čikta┼č and one night there was a huge gathering of supporters celebrating near our hotel and closing the street. The atmosphere from the flares and fireworks was incredible. I have a couple of pictures in my profile.

8.       scalpel - -
203 posts
 15 Nov 2015 Sun 02:26 pm

 

Quoting Henry

...

I have also met Turks who have absolutely no interest in football, but it would less likely for males. As for it being a matter of life and death, there have been incidents in the past where people have died after spectator clashes, but this is very rare. Often teams in the Turkish League are punished for bad spectator behavior, by playing matches in front of empty grandstands, or limiting the spectators to women & girls, and children under 12.

Hopefully you get the chance to experience a big football match in Turkey.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ir9zaJVP0

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