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Writing by Patrick Keddie

Category Archives: Football

How football is saving the lives of Turkish girls in Malatya

Malatya is the world capital of apricots. Orchards full of stout apricot trees surround the Turkish city. On some downtown streets you can smell apricots on the breeze. There are … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Syrian football star caught up in revolution and forced into refuge

When the revolution broke out in 2011, Firas al-Ali was playing in Damascus for Al Shorta, and for the Syrian national team. “Society treated me like a superstar,” he told … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Greek game in crisis and Nottingham Forest’s Marinakis is at the heart of it

In 2012, an ageing, nondescript tanker was renamed Noor 1 and promptly became a so-called ghost ship, its routes no longer logged. After it was intercepted off the Greek coast … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

The New Greek Oligarchs’ Path to Power: Soccer

Most Greeks had never heard of Evangelos Marinakis before he bought the soccer club Olympiakos in 2010. Now there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t know him. On a wall overlooking the multicolored containers … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Love songs of Turkish football

Many football chants are homages, jokes, vulgar comments regarding the opposition’s mums, and calling each other “sons of bitches” and suchlike. Yet, there is often also a poetic intensity to the … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Illicit football: The Black Stockings

Photographs of Fuat Husnu Kayacan show him dressed impeccably in an Ottoman tunic and fez, sporting a sharply waxed moustache, looking every bit a young man of the establishment. He attended … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sportif Lezbon: Turkey’s first LGBT football team

ANKARA – “Football is the world’s most popular sport,” says 25-year-old Selin Yildiz. “And it’s also a kind of bastion of masculinity; when you say ‘football,’ people think of men. So … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dinamo Mesken: Turkish Football as a Political Football

IN “DINAMO MESKEN,” a multimedia exhibition at Ankara’s SALT Ulus gallery, Turkish artist Ege Berensel tells the story of an amateur football club dragged into Turkey’s political turmoil of the … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Could Turkish football collapse?

ISTANBUL – Five minutes before kick-off, Deniz Dogruer was nervous. Her beloved Galatasaray – one of Turkey’s most successful football teams – was about to take on Caykur Rizespor in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Egypt’s Ultras: ‘We don’t believe in state justice’

Sunday’s tragic events should be seen in the context of a widespread crackdown on dissent in Egypt, analysts say. For Mohamed*, a 23-year-old member of Ultras White Knights (UWK) – … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Blood Sport: The Ultras White Knights vs. Mortada Mansour

LATE AT NIGHT, waiting as instructed by the Opera House on the island of Zamalek, my phone rings. “You know the lions by the bridge? Meet us there.” I go … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment