Tag: galatasaray

Gheorghe Hagi: the Galatasaray diaries

The closest Turkish Süper Lig title race in years came to a familiar conclusion in May 2018. Central to Galatasaray being crowned champions was the appointment of Fatih Terim for a fourth…

Franck Ribéry: the Galatasaray diaries

AT THE AGE of just 19, where Kylian Mbappé will end up is a scary prospect. Already possessing a skillset many could merely dream of, he is rightly viewed as one of…

Gheorghe Hagi: the Maradona of the Carpathians

Illustration by Federico Manasse The Maradona of the Carpathians, Gheorghe Hagi is a complex character. There is a dividing line between the hero of the masses he undoubtedly was in Romania, and…

Hakan Şükür: Turkey’s undisputed goal king

Illustration by Federico Manasse It took 10.8 seconds. That was all Hakan Şükür needed to pounce on a South Korean defence dithering over their own self-destruct button and dispatch the opening goal…

Arsenal’s UEFA Cup adventure of 1999/2000

It would be an understatement to say this season has been turbulent for Arsenal. Their Premier League title hopes have been extinguished once again by January, they suffered yet another last 16…

The European obsession of Galatasaray

FOR SOME CLUBS, PLAYING IN EUROPE IS A STRONG AMBITION. For others, it’s a cardinal necessity. Money is thrown about to ensure constant participation, as the prestige of elite competition becomes a…

The riots that brought British football together

In 1988, The Firm, a prime example of in-your-face realism – directed by Alan Clark – was first shown on British television, and since then British films have, with varying degrees of success,…

Stoichkov and Hagi: The Dagger and The King

It was the first match since being comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Fabio Capello’s Milan side in the Champions League final. A star-studded Barcelona showed up at Oosterpark Stadion in Groningen to face the…