The World Cup is upon us – the first game is tonight, with Brazil taking on Croatia.
At OISE we have any number of nationals of countries which have qualified – England, Spain, Italy, Russia, Japan, Germany, Australia – and a fair few from countries which have not – Oman, Qatar, China, New Zealand, Scotland.
And Turkey. Of all the countries represented at the school which might have expected to qualify and didn’t, Turkey is probably top of the tree, having failed at the last hurdle to make the play-offs in a strong group headed by the Netherlands and Romania.
But Turkey’s loss is OISE’s gain, since one of their players is now at the school rather than in Brazil. Bekir Irtegün is a centre half who has played for Fenerbahçe since 2009 and the Turkish national team since 2012. You can follow him on Twitter here if that’s your thing – there are plenty of pictures of him celebrating Fenerbahçe’s league triumph this year with, among others, Dirk Kuyt. Otherwise, here he is on Youtube getting a yellow card in the grand tradition of abrasive centre-halves: