The Soccer Is On Tonight

I haven’t had time to do a full rundown of the Istanbul trip/wedding, so that will have to wait.

Tonight, at 21:45 Turkish time, much of the world will be glued to their TVs watching the European Champions League final.

On Sunday, there was another major soccer event in Istanbul, an event with far greater local ramifications. Fenerbahce beat Galatasaray 1:0 to win the local league title.

By the time the game began I was on the bus to Mersin. However, whilst in Besiktas, on the European side, I did manage to see a special ferry service take a boatload of Galatasaray fans (or hooligans, if you prefer) across the Bosphorous to Kadikoy, the game’s location.

Following are a few photos. Note the real tough heroes on the roof (sarcasm intended).