Turkey is Typing…

…about soccer this week, or rather there are 2 Turkish blogs to add to our list this week that focus on that subject: Gulay, Galatasaray, and the Dogs and The Round Ball in Ankara. Like in many countries Soccer is a national sport in Turkey and it is nice to see blogs devoted to sport come up like these who are insightful and entertaining. The top two teams, fan base-wise for sure–in talent that is another issue (but hey, I root for Diyarbakirspor so most would discount my futbol opinion), are Galatasaray (who might be facing bankruptcy soon) and Fenerbahce (to see the debate as to whether the refs are more lenient on this team see here.) We will be definitely be looking at these blogs in the future.

Let's see how everyone else is doing, beginning with the girls first:
Phanja from The Need to Know reveals her crush on American actor Alan Alda in her youth. She also mentions the irony of the Anti-American movie Valley of the Wolves spreading anti-American sentiment in a traditionally American way, by making a lot of money in the process.

Idil from Ignore me if You Can writes about the latest Metblogs meeting in Istanbul and a comparsion to the OC in the US to a suburb of Istanbul.

Moving onto Metroblogging: Istanbul, Metecem wonders if Istanbul really needs more tunnels to help avelate its traffic problem. Sven laments the absence of the umlauted o's in English.

Amerikan Turk shares with us some of his “production meeting notes” and contines with his coverage of Muslim cartoon protests.

Erkan's Field Diary discusses the loss of a healthy diet with the beginning of a new semester and a recent conference on Europe's borders at Goethe Institute-Istanbul.

Turkish Torque writes about the reliablity of the Turkish press and gives a link to the rather amusing dictionary of Turkish politics.

Our last stop on the Turkish blogs journey is Mavi Boncuk, who gives us a history on the Jews of Bursa and a primer on Ottoman ship building.


  • “…about soccer this week,” Deborah starts her post. I think she means football. As for the comment “it is nice to see blogs devoted to sport come up like these who are insightful and entertaining”, I assume you are talking about Gulay’s blog. But thanks very much for putting our blog up in lights.

  • Oz Kanka,
    Count me among those who check both of your blogs regularly. I salute you both! My English is light years ahead of my Turkish so you are catering to me and countless others who are tired of trying to decipher the typical [Turkish language] venues of Turkish football commentary.

  • Murat,
    You flatter me. Glad you like the blog. Just don’t expect a fair and balanced point of view (but hey you don’t get that in the Turkish press anyway).
    Oz Kanka

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