After coming from behind in the second overtime period, the Turkey national beat Croatia in penalty kicks to advance to the semi-finals of Euro 08- the farthest Turkey has ever made it in this tournament. Based on a survey of my neighborhood, I don’t think there is a person in this city of 17 million people that didn’t watch the game. Needless to say the celebration was pretty enthusiastic, ranging from your run of the mill illegal fireworks to semi-automatic firearms being fired in the air. From the amazing view of my friend’s skyrise apartment, we could watch the whole city celebrating into the night. Those of my friends who braved the pubs in Taksim (the night life district) said that it could only be described as complete chaos.
Yeah. Football is kind of a big deal here.