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Besiktas manager Senol Gunes holds his head after being hit by a missile during a Turkish Cup semi-final against Fenerbahçe. Photograph: Stringer/AFP

An Istanbul derby is like no other experience in sport. Outside the stadium before kick-off there’s the smoke and smell of kofte meat burgers wafting (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made sure that his neighbours wouldn’t be making a racket. Photograph: Reuters

Buddy Berbatov gets a lot off his chest While Robbie Keane was preparing for his first game as player-coach of Indian Super League side ATK, his for(...)

Graeme Souness: “You don’t get to 64 years old and not want to change something. I made a few mistakes.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Archie Gemmill called you “a chocolate soldier”. “He did.” As in, if you were chocolate, you’d eat yourself? “Yes.” Were you offended by that? “N(...)

Ronald Koeman while coach of Benfica, with the late Johann Cruyff in Barcelona in 2006. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Long before he was sacked, a criticism of Ronald Koeman at Everton was that he seemed to regard the club as a stepping stone. “He called us Everton, h(...)

Jean Philippe Toussaint: ‘Football, while we are watching it, holds us radically at a distance from death’

A text from a friend: “Did you see Özil’s goal last night?” Arsenal were playing the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, and the German had scored the win(...)

Turkey’s Hakan Sukur holds a South Korean flag at the end of the 2002 World Cup third place playoff. Photograph: AP

Turkish authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of former football star and legislator Hakan Sukur over his links to a US-based Muslim cleric(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard appears to have woken up just in time for Belgiums Euro-bid. PHotograph: Getty

Prospects Their world ranking may be an ongoing source of puzzlement, given that they went out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage and hard(...)

Fatih Terim is back in charge of Turkey for a third time. Photograph: Getty

Prospects First the positives . . . in Arda Turan they have a world class player who can inspire those around him while their veteran manager, Fati(...)

Umut Bulut: “We have learned with sorrow that Umut Bulut’s father Kemal Bulut was one of the people to lose their life”

Galatasaray have confirmed the father of their Turkey international Umut Bulut was killed in the terrorist bombing in Ankara on Sunday. Kemal Bulut wa(...)

Galatasaray have been handed a European ban for failing to meet FFP regulations. Photograph: Reuters

Turkish champions Galatasaray have been handed a ban from European club competitions by Uefa following their breach of financial fair play regulations(...)

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