THE VIEW FROM THE STANDS
My article about the Beşiktaş JK soccer fan group Çarşı just came out in the March 7 issue of the New Yorker, on newsstands now, with two really beautiful photographs by Kate Brooks. There’s also a podcast online.
One of my favorite Beşiktaş banners wasn’t mentioned in the piece, so I will share it with you here. It was unveiled in 2009 after the untimely passing of the King of Pop:
“YOU WHO LIVED HALF OF YOUR LIFE BLACK AND THE OTHER HALF WHITE, GREAT BEŞIKTAŞLI MICHAEL JACKSON, MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE.”
A huge thanks to the many, many people who helped with the story/ fact-checking, including but not limited to Alaattin Çam, Ayhan Güner, Alen Markaryan, Ahmet Özdemir, Bahar Kader, Barış Kahraman, Deniz Demirci, Paul Hallam, Yağmur Nuhrat, Zeki Demirkubuz, and my very dear Fenerbahçeli cousin, Evrim Aksoy. Lastly, a shout-out to valued Beşiktaşlı ornithological consultant Çağan Şekercioğlu for his help with the taxonomy of the Beşiktaş “black eagle.” Sağolun cocuklar!