The Non-Obscure Truth of Fenerbahçe
by Brian Phillips · November 5, 2008
It’s surprising, I guess, that Fenerbahçe held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates tonight. But it’s not as shocking as it’s being made out to be in some quarters.
Fenerbahçe are lurching in the Süper Lig this year under the presumably homesick and starving Luis Aragonés. But they were in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season, and beat Chelsea 2-1 in the home leg. More to the point, you might remember a number of their players—Semih Şentürk, Uğur Boral, Volkan Demirel, etc.—from last summer. Back then they were called Turkey, and if memory serves they were just about up to the task of playing Aaron Ramsey.
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