Fener Ready to Make History With Legendary Striped ShirtCommentary • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Friday, May 14, 2010
In just two days, Fenerbahçe will embark on a colossal match against Trabzonspor which has the potential to lead the Yellow Canaries to their 18th championship. The club management issued an official statement on Friday afternoon, underlining the historical and sociocultural importance of Fenerbahçe's legendary striped shirt. "Supporters in the stands and fans all around the world, let's all wear our striped shirts on matchday; we will make history once again," read the statement.
WE WILL ONCE AGAIN MAKE HISTORY WITH OUR STRIPED SHIRT
The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Fenerbahçe Sports Club is our striped shirt. Our Yellow & Navy Blue striped shirt is our common sign that distinguishes us from all the others and makes people all around the world say "Fenerbahçe". It is the sacred symbol of all the sweat, efforts and even all the blood that has been spilled -if necessary- by all our athletes dating back from our club's foundation to present day. It is our sacred striped shirt worn by our supporters, the 12th man, that gets wet under the rain, gets parched under the sun, helps us become one with the athletes on the pitch; in short, helps us unite as one heart.
It is our striped shirt that has become part of the hope, pride, joy and sadness of everyone -every worker and farmer, old and young- that has fallen in love with it across borders, all over the world and in every point of our country from Edirne to Ardahan. Together we cry, we rejoice and we never abandon it. It is our striped shirt that shares the history of our club members that have been martyred in our War of Independence and the sacred blood of Turkish soldiers which has been spilled on it.
Today, our striped shirt should be worn by everyone of us when we witness this season finale that we embark on with many efforts given by our athletes, coaches, administrators, supporters - in short, with the common effort given by our whole community. Those who have thrown unbelievably shameful slander to our club and community, who have attacked us, who have underestimated our efforts, must see that we are all united as one with the striped shirt that we all wear.
Fenerbahçe fans, we only have 90 minutes left, let's all wear our striped shirt on matchday, let's support our players on the pitch from the stands with our striped shirt. You will see that at the end of the 90 minutes, our athletes on the pitch, our supporters in the stands and fans all around the world wearing their striped shirts, we will all be one heart and will make history once again.