Culture in Istanbul
by Tatsuru Kimura
by Turkish soccer style in FIFA World Cup in 2002.
They simply tried to go forward when they got
the ball. The simple and aggressive
style reminds me of the brave Turkish soldier. So
I tried to have a close look at soccer culture in Istanbul.
In Soccer vs. Mc World, Franklin Foer
insisted on the local color that could not be exterminated from soccer
despite globalization. However, I noticed
the globalizing aspect of soccer culture first. At
sports shops in Istanbul,
they sell a lot of world famous
soccer clubs’ uniforms, such as FC Barcelona, as well as local soccer
uniforms. I could find only a few
Team uniforms. I also went to Inonu soccer
stadium in Istanbul. Although I did not get into the stadium, I
observed the supporters outside of the stadium. The
fans sang a supporter’s song in Turkish, but it has
familiar sound. The
rhythm of the song is common to those of
other soccer supporter’s songs from other parts of the world. At street shops in Istanbul,
they sell towels and hats, whose designs are also seen in the U.S.
western countries. This is to be
expected because most of those towels and hats are made in China
all over the world. I felt a little bit
with such standardized soccer culture.
B. White, writing in Money Makes Us
Relatives, the quick expansion of the city forced change in society
and led to an
increase of poverty. Although I did not
see such extreme poverty, in the trend of globalization, the city may
its characteristic feature as an intersection of European and Asian
cultures. The soccer culture of the city
might reflect such social change. However,
I do not object to the global spreading of soccer itself.
I played soccer with a couple of local kids
Tower and I
found it easy to communicate
with people from a different culture through soccer.
Although sports are generally useful for socializing
with people from an unfamiliar culture, soccer is one of the most
ways to communicate because of its global spread and simplicity.
rules of soccer are very easy to understand, and basically the only
you need to start playing soccer is a ball. Because
of these reasons, soccer spread over the entire
world. Also because of the simplicity of
its rules, the play
style of soccer varies from country to country and has reflected each
culture. However, now, some other
factors which constitute soccer cultures are being unified again in the