Welcome to Hell?

Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A book as rich and complex as the extraordinary worlds of Turkish football it explores' David Goldblatt

'Captures the Turkish game with love, in all its beauty and darkness' Simon Kuper


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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781474604772
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 796.33409561
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 286g
Height: 193mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 25mm