Irressistable Charming of the Football, Portrait of Fascinated Supporter, Fanaticism and Besiktas

Eker G. O.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.85, pp.173-182, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 85
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.173-182


Football, assault, violence, and trapping are paradoxical challenges set on different reasons such as team spirit, rivalry, and social solidarity. With a deductive method, this study will take off from the historical adventures of the football in the history of humanity and focus on the question of "Who is most fanatic supporter?" among the sport clubs of what are called Three Powers. In the assessment of fanaticism the study uses data derived from public surveys of PR companies, official web sites of football clubs as well as web sites of fans, police records, and the news on the written and visual media. After processing the data, the supporters of Besiktas (BJK) has been found as the most fanatic supporters and the slogans and the cheers of this supporter group have been exposed to cultural pattern analyze by using Functional Folklore Method, one of Context-Oriented Folklore Methods. Theory view point in order to find an answer to the question of why supporter of this football club are the most fanatic supporter group.