I got this shirt when I visited the Izmir Alsancak Stadium after hearing that it was slated for demolition. Altay is one of Turkey’s oldest teams, founded during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. For more on Altays’s history you may view the first chapters of my thesis.

This Diadora shirt strays from the team’s traditional black and white, but it has a nice design below the neck which celebrates the club’s centenary. In the “1” is the famous clock tower, a symbol of Izmir. The first “0” has the teams original badge, written in Ottoman Turkish, while the second “0” has the team’s modern day badge. Unfortunately the badge on this shirt is screen printed on, along with the Diadora logo, but the unique design of purple fading to white makes up for it.


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