Today we will be the exploring the world of Turkish football with writer Patrick Keddie. Keddie is a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in Delayed Gratification, Feminist Times, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and Al Jeezera English. He is based in Turkey and is the author of the new book, The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey which you can find on Amazon. It is the first book to focus exclusively on Turkish football.
In this episode we talk about match-fixing in Turkey and why it’s been so prevalent in its history, the Gezi protests and football activism, fan groups and their relationship with hooliganism, how the government uses football as a political tool and the reasons why Turkey has some of the most passionate fans in the world.
Get ready for 100 years of Turkish football, condensed into 1 hour.