Football is definitely serious business here in Turkey, as my students have taught me. Most of them are fans of one of the Istanbul teams, and advise me not to go to Ankaragücü games, but I'm a sucker for the underdog ;)
On another note, somewhat related note (since beer and sports go together wherever you are) the local beer in Turkey is AWFUL!!! I'll be SO glad when I can get Newcastle again, instead of having to drink Efes all the time. Imagine being in a world where the only beer available was Busch, it was served everywhere, in big glasses, and everyone around you told you it was the best beer in the world......yeah. I'll be glad to go on vacation in November, just for a change of beer. Oh, and I'm trying to plan my trip, Munich, Vienna, or Edinburgh? Thoughts?