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Altay Izmir SK 1997-1998, Home Shirt 18

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In honor of the Izmir Derby I recently attended I am posting another vintage shirt from one of Izmir’s teams—Altay Izmir. I already went through the history of Altay when posting their centenary shirt, so this post is strictly about the shirt. It is a classic Puma design, similar to the Neftochimic Burgas, Cercle Brugge, and Czech national team shirts already posted. I would say it dates to the 1997-1998 season, when Altay played in the first division. This is somewhat of a “Moby Dick” of shirts since I remember once seeing this shirt in a store, as a child, and not being able to get it but–thanks to the magic of the internet–I was able to track it down.

Since there is no sponsor or name on this shirt, I would assume that it is at least player issue—perhaps from a pre-season match. The classic Puma pattern on the arms is pretty, and the Puma writing in the heat pressed felt “18” on the back adds a nice touch. The fabric, however, is heavy (again, Puma produced in Turkey) and I would hate to be a footballer wearing this shirt on a stiflingly hot late summer day in Izmir.

 

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Buca Arena, Buca, Izmir, Turkey – (Bucaspor): Karşıyaka Izmir-Altay Izmir (1-1, 4-5 PEN)

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A few more match day photos of the 13,000 capacity Buca Arena taken during the Ziraat Turkish Cup Second Round matchup between city rivals Karşıyaka and Altay:

 

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Altay Izmir SK 2013-2014, Away Centenary Shirt

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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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Izmir Ataturk Stadium, Izmir, Turkey: Galatasaray-Atletico Madrid Charity Match for the Families Affected by the Soma Mine Disaster (0-0) Matchday

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A Few Photos from the match for charity between Galatasaray and Atletico Madrid at Izmir’s Ataturk Stadium. The proceeds are to be donated to the families affected by the Soma mine disaster. For the Matchday write up please click on either English or Turkish.

 

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Izmir Alsancak Stadium, Karsiyaka SK-Altay Izmir Matchday

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Some Pictures from a preseason tournament in 2008 between Izmir rivals Karsiyaka SK and Altay Izmir SK at the Izmir Alsancak stadium. Karsiyaka came out the victors 2-1, and shared their celebrations with the crowd. An added impetus for me in sharing the photos from this nostalgic match is that it was at the Alsancak Stadium. Anyone who has lived in Izmir knows this iconic stadium. While not the main stadium of the city (that distinction belongs to the 80,000 capacity Ataturk Stadium), the cozy Alsancak stadium, that seats around 18,000, is central to the city’s sporting history. In the years that Altay Izmir were a fixture of the Turkish Super League they played their matches in this quirky centrally located stadium. The quirkiness for many stems from its set up. There are two stands, one with a balcony, while behind one goal sits an office building-like structure home to the Altay Izmir club, while behind the other goal are cypress trees. The presence of nature within the stadium has taken on added meaning in the wake of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.  There have been rumors that the stadium is slated for demolition in the midst of an urban renewal project, here is to hoping that this theater of dreams stays around.

 

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