Three Sided Football

Mom, I am a barbarian…

On September 14th at 4 pm the first ever three sided football match took place in Istanbul on the banks of the Halic (Golden Horn).


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InEnArt organized the three sided fooball match in the frame of parallel events of the 13th International Istanbul Biennial on September 14th in cooperation with Philosophy Football FC UK, Dynamo Windrad Germany and Ayazma Football Club Turkey.

A large crowd welcomed the event and were enthusiastic about this variation of association football with the three squads instead of the usual two.

The three teams shared the broad cultural ideas of the Biennial with their performance.  Three-sided football is seen as an artistic form, a ‘spectacle’ and a chance to demonstrate that different views, ideas and approaches can be expressed freely and spontaneously in ways that promote dialogue and cooperation rather than conflict and division.

Geoff Andrews from the Philosophy Football FC launched the Three Sided Football Federation at this tournament in Istanbul.

Halil İbrahim Dinçdağ, who got fired by the Turkish Football Federation in 2009, was the referee.

Winner of the match was the Philosophy Football FC from the UK.


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After the match Turkish artist Genco Gülan presented bananas to the teams as a symbolic cup.

We thank all the participating squads and the team from InEnArt (Tan Cemal Genc, Sabine Küper-Büsch, Asena Hayal, Thomas Büsch and Louisa Döderlein) to make this match an unforgettable ‘spectacle’.-

With this match we will offering a positive contribution to the recent protests in Turkey.

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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