The Far Post: Soccer and the street in Istanbul

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Anti-government protestors clashed with police in Istanbul throughout the summer.

Anti-government protestors clashed with police in Istanbul throughout the summer.

Fans invaded the pitch at Besiktas' match with rival Galatasary in Istanbul and threw chairs at police.

Fans invaded the pitch at Besiktas' match with rival Galatasary in Istanbul and threw chairs at police.

Izzy Finkel grew up in Istanbul, from where she edits www.BulentJournal.com, a quarterly online publication about contemporary Turkey. She is currently editing a book on the future of Europe for the King Edward VII Foundation, and works as an occasional translator of Turkish literature into English.