'Blood' Sways German Turks as Soccer Strains National LoyaltiesThis reminds of me of the infamous 1998 Mexico-U.S soccer game, held in Los Angeles, where Mexican fans, the majority of the crowd, threw beer, fruit and other liquids at the American team, American fans, and the U. S. Marine Band.
By Andreas CremerJune 25 (Bloomberg) — Kayhan Abay attended a German school, drives a German car, and runs a business in the German capital of Berlin, where he has lived all his life. When it comes to soccer, he roots for Turkey.
''It's all about heart, blood and passion,'' Abay, 28, said over a glass of tea in the Internet cafe he co-owns in Kreuzberg, a predominantly Turkish neighborhood. ''I'm preparing myself for defeat though, which is kind of symbolic of Turkish life over here.''
Germany plays Turkey today in the first semifinal of the European Championships, the continent's most prestigious soccer tournament. With as many as 3 million ethnic Turks living in Germany, or about 4 percent of the population, fans' divided loyalties are deepening the divisions in German society.[More]
Obviously, there's a difference between the two cases—Germans take soccer very seriously, whereas Americans only notice it when the American team wins, or when something unusual happens. But the underlying problem is similar: the Prime Ministerof Turkey, channelling Vicente Fox, told a Turco-German audience in February that assimilationÂ was "a crime against humanity."