Istanbul – A working class Istanbul suburb on
Wednesday announced it would name one of its
streets in honour of one its most famous sons,
the Turkish football star Arda Turan who this
week signed for Barcelona.
Turan, 28, was born in the Istanbul suburb of
Bayrampasa in 1987, and his first matches were
for the gritty western district’s lowly local team
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He was snapped up by Istanbul giants
Galatasaray in 2005 and then moved on in 2011 to
Atletico Madrid, becoming a huge favourite with
fans and an icon of Turkish football.
His signing for Barcelona makes him just the
second Turkish player to join the Catalan giants
after goalkeeper Rustu Recber in 2003 and the
move was hailed by Turkey’s national press.
“We are going to make Arda one or two
surprises,” said the mayor of Bayrampasa Atila
Aydiner as he hosted Turan on a visit to his home
“We are going to call Ordu (Military) Street Arda
Turan Street. We have sent our decision to the
Istanbul municipality,” he said in comments
broadcast on Turkish television.
“We are now going to hang a plaque there
together with our Arda. Because Arda is our
pride,” said the mayor, who was warmly thanked
The street in Bayrampasa is where Turan grew
Turan has been quoted in the press expressing
his admiration for Turkey’s Islamic-rooted
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying in
February this year that the football loving-leader
was “like a friend”.
While Turan’s signing for Barcelona on a five-
year deal for a fee that could reach 41 million
euros has been hailed as a breakthrough for a
Turkish footballer, he will have to wait several
months for his first performance at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona were banned from making new
signings in 2015 after FIFA found them guilty of
breaching rules on the transfers of players aged
This means that Turan will have to wait a half
season before making his Barcelona debut in
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