With a youthful, soccer-mad population of around 80 million people, and massive political, social, and financial capital invested in the sport under the ruling AKP, Turkey should be one of Europe’s strongest soccer nations. But it hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since 2002.Read More
The red of the Turkish flag (and the shirt) is meant to evoke the blood of martyrs, and the model Turkish footballer should be a struggling, self-sacrificial fighter and an underdog.
"It’s all about this idea of Turks being this group of people that never give up."Read More