Pope Francis has reportedly invited FenerbahÃ§e captain Emre BelÃ¶zoÄlu for a charity match in Rome on Sept. 1, Turkish media reported Aug. 15.
Pope Francis personally spoke with BelÃ¶zoÄlu over the phone and the 33-year-old midfielder immediately accepted the offer, according to daily HabertÃ¼rk.
Barcelona have agreed to loan Dutch attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus for the 2014-15 season, the La Liga club said on Sunday.
Afellay, 28, joined Barca from PSV Eindhoven in December 2010 but injury wrecked his chances of establishing himself in the first team and he has only made 35 appearances overall.
Three Turkish little brothers, who carry their fatherâs admiration for the all-time football star Diego Armando Maradona in their first names, were circumcised in the northwestern province of BalÄ±kesir Aug. 6.
Father Tekin ÅentÃ¼rk and mother Sevcan ÅentÃ¼rk told Anatolia Agency they were happy to hold the circumcision ceremony at their house.
A Demba Ba hat-trick sent BeÅiktaÅ into the Champions League playoff round at the expense of former winners Feyenoord on Aug. 6.
The Black Eagles, who finished third in the Turkish Super League last season,
only qualified in a knock-on effect because champions FenerbahÃ§e are
serving the second of a two-year ban over domestic match-fixing in 2011.