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Welcome to Hell?: In Search of the Real Turkish Football

John McManus

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Turkey, Cultural studies, Sociology: sport & leisure, Football (Soccer, Association football)

The first book to shine a light on modern-day Turkey through its passionate football culture

Ask a British football fan what they know about Turkish football, and they are unlikely to describe scenes of camaraderie, hospitality and humour. They are more likely to mention banners proclaiming 'Welcome to hell'. Or Leeds United supporters stabbed to death on an Istanbul street.

Frustrated by the game's distorted image back home, John McManus set out to show the Turkish football that he knew - the rich, funny, obsessive, fan culture that he had encountered on the terraces. But he hadn't accounted for the politics. Travelling from the elite training facilities of Istanbul to dusty pitches on the Syrian border, taking in visits to far-flung clubs, encounters with characterful players and experiences at riotous matches along the way, Welcome to Hell? offers a unique perspective on an alluring yet troubled football culture.

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Praise for Welcome to Hell?: In Search of the Real Turkish Football

  • 'Excellent' - Irish Sun

  • ''McManus's triumph is to combine thorough research with readability. A fascinating history of Turkish football, and a model for other books of this type''

  • 'I really enjoyed Welcome to Hell? By John McManus. A heartfelt look at Turkish football culture, which challenges some stereotypes about it, explains others, and smells a little bit of cordite. Excellent'

  • A perceptive and compelling account of how to understand football in Turkey through the eyes of someone who has lived there - The Football Pink

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John McManus

John McManus is an anthropologist based at the British Institute at Ankara, where he researches sport and migration in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora. He supports Besiktas and Leicester City. Welcome to Hell? is his first book.

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