Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahçe -- a thrilling derby, yet one that also presents a challenge. As a Fenerbahçe fan, I know I have no real right to complain, with my club in joint-first place after a nine-game winning streak. I'm not used to following teams that regularly win, and it's kind of a fun change. But at the same time, following Fenerbahçe is a difficult undertaking. I don't speak Turkish and it's difficult to find news, match reports and injury updates without resorting to Google Translate. Often I feel adrift at sea, liking the Yellow Canaries but not always understanding what's going on.
But at the same time, following the team is rather liberating. Bear with me here. You know how when you're watching a match and the commentator makes a point, and you find yourself just nodding and agreeing? Or even when you disagree, you're wasting energy venting about it on Twitter? Well, when you watch a Turkish SuperLig match and all you understand is "goal" and "yellow card", there's no side to take. You can't just parrot what someone else has said and try to pass it off as your own analysis. This is just you, your eyes, and the thoughts rattling around in your head. It's your call whether Mamadou Niang is playing well, or if Diego Lugano really deserved that sending off.
With the Istanbul Derby just a few minutes away, I encourage you to take this challenge. Tune in to Galatasaray - Fenerbahçe. Make your own calls on the level of play and the talent of those involved. See if you've got any thoughts of your own, or if you're just a voice echoing the thoughts of someone else.