Tag: turkey

Why the World Cup in Russia can give Turkey hope for 2022

This summer’s World Cup in Russia saw a number of underdog nations produce performances and results that were far better than might have been expected from the stats, led by the likes of…

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…