Interview in Speigel Online with Orhan Pamuk

The Euro 2008 tournament is under way. Here’s a great interview with Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk about his love for Turkish football, community, and images from the stadium.

“The image that I remember most of all is of the Fenerbah├že players storming into the stadium before kickoff. They were called the canaries because of their yellow jerseys. It was as if they, like canaries, were fluttering into the stadium out of a hole. I loved it. It was poetry.”

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Boca’ dropped from the Cottagers

Photo from Goal.comI just read on EPLTalk that Carlos Bocanegra was released from the Fulham FC squad. Somewhat ho-hum news. He hadn’t played much last season. And was a tad overrated.

Roy Hodgson also signed Aussie keeper, Mark Schwarzer. Let’s hope this doesn’t spell the end of Kasey Keller’s tenure at Fulham (or the Premiership). He’s long in the tooth, but I’ve always enjoyed seeing his green jersey in goal. If he goes, that will leave only three Yanks on the squad.

Good news to hear that Jimmy Bullard should be sticking around. He’s fun to watch. It’s like watching the neighborhood hero take on the bullies from two streets over.

The Champion’s League final between Man U and Chelski was exciting to watch. I got to catch it during one of my “work from home” days. Although it was a bit like watching a Yankees-Red Sox series, it was still fun to watch. I didn’t really care to see either side win. I must admit, though, that it was tough to see John Terry slip on his penalty (and let Christiano of the hook).

I’m looking forward catching as much of Euro 2008 as I can. The Germans are favorites at 5/1. Usually, I like to back the English side. Since I can’t this time, I’m kind of leaning towards France, but I’ll probably let my allegiance grow organically.

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