The football season is drawing to a close here and it looks as though Galatasaray will be winning the League here in Turkey. They have done really well this year what with progressing into the last eight of the Champions League. I enjoyed a raucous evening one night in November watching a televised match of them losing to Manchester United, in the end they progressed further than the English clubs and did themselves proud. The controversy over match fixing that took place a year or two back still has it's effects, I have good friends who seem to have lost interest in football on the basis of the spate of match fixing that was exposed in the 2010-11 season. For a casual observer like me it all adds to the fun, teasing my neighbours and friends about various football rivalries, or allegations of cheating etc.. make for a pleasant distraction, although I carefully avoid creating too much irritation; football is taken very seriously here.