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Football in Turkey

Müge Demir and Ahmet Talimciler

The book presents a collection of papers on a wide range of football issues.

Football is a complex and dynamic phenomenon that needs to be examined in various social and historical contexts. It is influenced by social, economic, political and cultural factors while it also affects social life. As a miniature model of social life, football can almost be regarded as a magical game in the sense that it includes several indicators which provide us with the opportunity to collect information about the events taking place. The methods of analyzing and solving problems experienced on football fields and in social life should broaden the perspective, focusing on all actors of football.

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As I have served the Turkish Football Federation for approximately three years and played a part in the story of Izmir’s distinguished club Göztepe’s promotion to the First League from amateur leagues before, I believe football should be considered as a business line rather than an adventure.

In fact, our point of view on football is not realistic because nobody believes money can be earned from football. Making profit from a football club is considered to be impossible. This point of view is wrong.

The approach to football in a country and its place in life sheds light on its development. Unfortunately, the consciousness of allegiance to a team is stronger than being a sports lover in our country. It is not wrong to say that it is a culture which does not pay attention to the struggle given on the field in sports competitions but a culture that lives on the results. This is not only a problem in Turkey, but also in many European countries.

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