Turkey

When a coin toss kept Spain out of the World Cup

This day in football history On 17 March 1954, Spain and Turkey met in Rome for a World Cup qualifying play-off, having split their two previous matches with one win apiece. With a World Cup trip at stake, the teams battled to a 2–2 draw through extra time, so the winner was decided by a coin …

Player causes own goal by hugging goalkeeper after penalty save

When celebrations go wrong When your goalkeeper saves a penalty, it’s only natural to want to hug them, but a player in the Turkish second division learned the hard way that hugging the keeper while they’re holding the ball can have disastrous results. Just watch… The keeper made the save look easy enough, but when his …

Trabzonspor fan attacks assistant referee with team down 4–0

Horrible scenes in Turkey as an angry Trabzonspor fan attacks the assistant referee yesterday(via @ibrahimozden06)pic.twitter.com/FSqyNDsk1y — BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) April 25, 2016 With his team down 4–0 to Fenerbahce and just a bit of injury time left to play, a Trabzonspor fan decided to invade the pitch and attack an assistant referee. Because clearly an assistant …

Cat stares down Fenerbahce’s bench

Fenerbahçe yedek kulübesini teftiş eden kedi pic.twitter.com/ochOh8qFjZ — Fotomaç (@fotomac) January 30, 2016 Having successfully proven their dominance over football in England, the world’s cats are now aiming to extend their influence to other countries. A member of the Feline Football Rebellion (FFR) made an appearance during Fenerbahce’s match against Kayserispor on Saturday. It slowly …

Turkey Know Drama

Last week’s top soccer moments By Dan Stelly | Photo via Eurosport Turkey needed to beat Iceland AND hope that Kazakhstan took care of business against Latvia in order to automatically qualify for Euro 2016. First, Selçuk İnan struck a gorgeous free kick in the game’s dying moments to hand Turkey a 1–0 victory. Then, Kazakhstan …

Ultras Without Borders

From Kiev to Cairo and Tunisia to Turkey, organized fan groups have been on the front lines of pretty much every recent uprising. Can their Western European counterparts learn from the Ultras’ tactics to achieve more modest change? By David Goldblatt Illustration by David Plunkert Three days before opening day of the Premier League, around 500 fans …

Arda Turan sings (terribly) on The Voice in Turkey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n54r5eF0Jy0 The winter break affords footballers the opportunity to do things away from the game for once. So Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan went home to Turkey to try and make it as a singer (kind of) on The Voice. For those unfamiliar with the show, the judges all start with their chairs turned away from …