In north-east Turkey, over 1000km from Istanbul, a man with a Mohawk is thrust up into the night sky atop the shoulders of thousands of people clad in claret and blue, with tears in their eyes.
It is Trabzonspor’s Marek Hamsik, who, at the age of 34, has just become a league champion for the first time in his long, magnificent career.
He is not the only one who has had to wait a long time. In fact, almost everyone who has flooded the pitch at the Senol Gunes Sports Complex has never seen their beloved Trabzonspor win the league.
But now, almost four decades on from their last title in 1984, ‘The Black Sea Storm’ has engulfed Turkey once more. The long-craved title has been delivered by a rag-tag crew of journeymen, and the vanquishing of an ancient triforce that controlled Turkish football for decades.
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