Tag: turkey

The destruction and recovery of Ankaragücü

On the penultimate day of the Turkish 1. Lig season, a scoreboard in the western city of Manisa reads 0-3. It is a familiar sight for the fans of Manisaspor, once a…

Göztepe and the long journey back to Turkey’s top flight

Owing to a knack of scoring late goals, Semih Şentürk is known in Turkey as “the lifeguard”. One particularly famous example of his match-saving efforts came in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals against…

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…