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Simon Kuper in Turkey

Posted By John Turnbull On 11 December 2007 @ 17:04 In Language,Turkey | No Comments

Turkey already has shown a European orientation through its football, writer Simon Kuper said Nov 29 at the “100th Year Sports and Science Congress,” organized by Fenerbahçe. “The metaphor for Turkish football is clear: Exposure to Europe changes everything,” said Kuper, as quoted in the Turkish Daily News [1]. Having left the age of a “selfish midget dribbler,” Turkey has been working toward a Western European mode: fast, hard-tackling, collectivist.

Now, as the continent’s third-most-populous nation, with millions living in Europe, Turkish football has begun realizing its potential and must continue to adapt, Kuper says in a separate interview [2], or “it will never win a World Cup.” For more on Kuper and his books, including Football against the Enemy [3], see our interview [4] from 2005. (Thanks to linkmeister general du Nord [5] for the original reference.)

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[1] Turkish Daily News: http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=90016

[2] interview: http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=90793

[3] Football against the Enemy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1560258780?ie=UTF8&tag=theglogam-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1560258780

[4] interview: http://www.theglobalgame.com/blog/?p=308

[5] du Nord: http://dunord.blogspot.com/2007/12/radios-von-helmen-news.html

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