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Nice interview with Hamit Altintop, where he also discusses his split identity.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 12:46:46 PM EST
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I hope he is right, when he says,
"I would be very happy, when each fan would see the game on wednesday as a big celebration between the nations. Independent of the result the game is a big chance, to make a step to the always discussed integration."

The Turkish team has been great. After they won against Croatia, some of the players went to comfort the devastated Croatian players instead of going directly to their fans. But especially if the game is decided by a controversial referee decision, such a game could as well split instead of integrate.
Fair play on the part of all players will be very important (After in both teams already a player got a red card for assault - Schweinsteiger and Volkan).

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 03:49:25 PM EST
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some of the players went to comfort the devastated Croatian players instead of going directly to their fans

The Turkish team showed similar good heart in the Bronze match of the 2002 World Cup against South Korea. But then came the Switzerland-Turkey match... But now there seems to be a conscious effort to not let that happen again. Even after Volkan's assault - which wasn't brutal (allegedly he thought Koller is grabbing him and he wanted to force himself free), but I saw even Turkish fans in Hungary blamed his own stupidity instead of external circumstances.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 05:19:41 AM EST
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