The Fenerbahce atmosphere will be intimidating!
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
UEFA Champions League
Fenerbahce v Arsenal, 19:45
Arsenal travel to Turkey next week and will face some of the most passionate fans in world football.
A few weeks ago TGF blog told you all about a crazy Fener fan named Rambo Link
Well he is just one of many fanatical fans that will create a hostile atmosphere for the young guns of Arsenal.
Turkey is a very nationalist country and they are very proud of a number of things including there flag and there former leader Kemal Ataturk,People in Turkey will treat you well and welcome you and have some banter with you providing you don’t take the piss and start to insult there culture.
A few years ago two Leeds Utd fans were stabbed and killed in Turkey by Galatasary fans for apparently mooning and defacing Turkish money which has a picture of Kemal Ataturk on it. Certainly not a justifiable reason for them to get killed but when entering the lions den its best not to tease it just in case it decides to take a bite.
After that there was the clash in Copenhagen when Arsenal fans kicked off with Galatasary fans in the streets prior to the UEFA Cup final.
Since then a number of English clubs have visited Turkey without incident. Proberly because the traveling fans are now more aware of the Turkish culture.In Turkey 75% of the population live under the poverty line and struggle to make a decent living.Football is there life and passion!
Inside the stadium you will no doubt be well protected by the local police but be advised that its quite common for Turkish fans to throw stones if there teams starts to get beat. The noise level will be incredible and the stadium will be full hours before the game has kicked off with a party atmosphere.
It will be an amazing night to experience,And I wish you all a safe trip and hope you all enjoy Ur time in Turkey.
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