"International Football Factories - Turkiye"
International Football Factories - Turkiye
By Nathan L. Redd
After much consideration, I have decided to post the video to "The Real Football Factories" episode on Turkiye here. I wrestled with this decision, but I decided to post it here because although it isn't a pretty picture, it does show an outsider's view of Turkish futbol and the Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray rivalry.
I have a lot of issues with this episode. For one, I don't believe it paints an accurate view of Turkiye. The host, actor Danny Dyer, seems to believe Turkiye is a Middle Eastern country and doesn't portray its European characteristics. He talks about Turkiye's neighbors to the East, Iraq and Iran, without disclosing that Istanbul is closer to Western Europe than their Middle Eastern neighbors. Secondly, I felt the episode portrays our rivalry as a bitter bloodbath with serious hooliganistic traits. While the game at Galatasaray certainly didn't change that image, we all know that the hooligans involved with both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are a small minority of fans. The large majority of us want Turkish futbol to be a place we can take our children and enjoy the beautiful game without fear of violence. That majority isn't depicted in this episode.
Feel free to send me an e-mail or leave comments if you feel strongly about this episode. I decided to post it here only because it does involve Fenerbahce, even if it is not completely accurate towards our fan base. If nothing else, by part five (the final section), Fenerbahce certainly comes out looking nice compared to Galatasaray.
NOTE: This episode has strong language, violence, and some "unsavory" scenes not recommended for children or those easily offended. I try not to post that sort of content here, but I definitely want to issue a disclaimer first.