The View from the Stands. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker
07.03.2011 | Each of the Istanbul teams has its own stereotype. Galatasaray, the oldest, is associated with the élite Ottoman-era Galatasaray Lycée. Fenerbahçe has the biggest budget and the most illustrious fan base (it includes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk). Beşiktaş is the underdog, the working-class team, known for the ardor of its fans.
Soccer and the Street in Istanbul. Izzy Finkel, Roads & Kingdoms
29.10.2013 | The sidelines of the pitch swelled with unruly fans who had come down from their seats. We saw the rival squads being hurried down the tunnel. The scrapping on the sidelines seemed to coalesce around the single purpose of giving the police a sound thrashing. Perhaps the police blinked and ran first, or perhaps they were chased, but for some reason, security suddenly turned and fled, and a thousand fans ran after them, throwing the plastic chairs left on the sidelines. This was the scene that appeared on the back pages of the international press the next day.
The Istanbul Derby. Soccer, Fire and a Game at the World’s Crossroad. Spencer Hall, SB Nation
28.04.2014 | Come up the steps of this hotel, there’s something you should see while we explain this setup to you. First, there is this soccer game. It takes place in Istanbul, a city of 18 million people founded around two thousand years ago, a city so old it has Viking graffiti in its Muslim mosque which was once a Catholic church built for an emperor. Nothing can happen here that has not already happened, and yet people are very, very excited about a soccer game between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, Istanbul’s two oldest and bitterest rivals.
In Turkey, ‘Crazy’ Welcome Awaits Foreign Football Stars. Agence France Press
09.02.2018 | “People abroad must just say to themselves, ‘what is this country of crazy people?'” laughed Ayhan Guner, a leader of the Carsi, the best known fan group from Istanbul’s Besiktas. “It’s simple — for us football is sacred. We go to the stadium as some others go on a pilgrimage.”
Few Fans and Little History but Basaksehir Are Challenging Turkey’s Big Three. Nick Ames, The Observer
18.03.2018 | Suspicion still prevails in some quarters. A common charge is that Istanbul Basaksehir are favoured by the national government, a perception reinforced when Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current Turkish president and a former mayor of Istanbul, played in the first match at the Fatih Terim Stadium.