One of the drawbacks of living in a tangy multi-ethnic neighborhood is those damned soccer championships. Every night, some flyblown Country #1 you’ve never heard of plays against some other flyblown Country #2 you’ve never heard of, and one of them usually wins.
This means that all the people in your neighborhood who come from Country #1 will pour out into the streets honking their horns, waving their flags, and stopping in the middle of the street to unleash mayhem. Last night Country #1 was ‘Turkey’, a rather large nation located between Bulgaria and Yemen:
The kiosks run by people from both countries are often closed the next day, either out of post-victory celebration hangovers, or out of post-defeat mourning (hangovers).
While we’re on the subject, can anyone recommend me a good book about soccer? I know the basic rules and can follow the game, but I’d like a good general historical introduction, either in English or German, so I can really follow the sport and put everything into context. (Yes, I’m serious).