Not one but two books on Turkish football come along at once.
Of the two, this book is the better selection. The approach and writing styles are different and this comes across as a book written by a fan rather than a journalist. I'm just pointing this out as there is far more information regarding football here than in the other offering. It's less political and doesn't feel like the author has an axe to grind regarding certain situations. Anyway......
This is a fun and enjoyable read without the constraints of political and social commentary bogging it down. Of course the author slowly but surely discovers how Turkish football does impact upon society and vice versa. Whilst they go hand in hand, this is a book about football first and foremost.
We get the history lesson regarding Turkish football, from the beginning to the modern incarnation. The book covers a wide base and highlights some of the lesser lights and not only sticking to the big three teams. Towards the end, both books cover the same topics such as the Syrian crisis, women in Turkish football as well as the lgbt community. However this has the feel of a proper football book and not just a journalist's take upon modern society.
It's a fun read with plenty of great information, characters and stories.
This book gives a wonderful insight into Turkish football and Turkish society more generally. It is a very warm and witty account, covering a wide range of themes, from the foundation and history of world-renowned clubs such as Galatasaray to the less celebrated local teams and supporters' groups. It has been rigorously researched, featuring illuminating interviews with hundreds of fans and many influential figures within the Turkish game, and many remarkable personal anecdotes from the author. As a fan of football, but with little knowledge of the game in Turkey, I found this book hugely accessible, informative and, above all, very entertaining. Highly recommended - up there with "Manchester United Ruined my Life" and "Fever Pitch" as one of the best football books I've ever read.
A great read, enjoyed the insight to Turkey, Turkish football, culture, politics and history. Previously enjoyed 'Morbo' about football in Spain and similar books on the game and life in other countries around Europe and Central/South America, and this IMO is an even better read than most. Have attended lower league games in Turkey and this book helped me put what I saw and heard around me in to better context, I'd sensed there was something more complex going on in the crowd around me and that it extended to more than munching on seeds for snacks and general exuberance. The book is well written, giving the author's journey, arrival, travel and football life in Turkey and treads carefully yet honestly through what seems to me with UK eyes as a sometimes difficult political, historical and social back drop.
Great holiday read - supplemented much of my existing thoughts as involved in Turkish football myself. But well written, expertly researched and hope the Author isn't run out of town for telling some home truths about RTE!