I work directly across the river 100 metres from the stadium where the main Mersin soccer team, Mersin Idman Yurdu, play in.
Today, via a new article on the web, I found out an Australian soccer player was playing for Mersin Idman Yurdu until last week when he returned to Australia and signed with Sydney FC.
How did I not know?
Admittedly, Ufuk Talay is of Turkish origin so he would have been treated as a local here. If he was an Australian of non-Turkish origin I’m sure every local would have told me of his existence 10 times over.
On a side note: it is funny how many Australian websites write “Mersin Idman Yurdu” as “Mersin Ydman Yurdu”. This is because the capital Turkish capital dotted I (“İ”) often appears as a “Y” on non-Turkish enabled computers.