Soccer, Memory and Politics: How Galatasaray Omits Former Star in UEFA Trophy Celebrations

Twenty years after Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup, celebrations marked the moment of Turkey’s biggest achievement in Europe at the club level. One name was missing: Hakan Sukur — the King.

Abdullah Ayasun
6 min readMay 17, 2020

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Bulent Korkmaz (L), Galatasaray’s first captain, and the second captain Hakan Sukur (R) lift the UEFA trophy after a penalty shootout that followed a 120-minute final against Arsenal on May 17, in 2000. (Photo credit: UEFA)

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Abdullah Ayasun

Boston-based journalist and writer. Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. On art, culture, politics and everything in between. X: @abyasun