Turkish fans have a history of raucous support, but they certainly exceeded expectations when Robin van Persie arrived in Instanbul to sign with Fenerbahce over the weekend.
Arrival crowds are a pretty standard show of support in the world of soccer, but smoke bombs, flares, and a general atmosphere that seems more like ‘apocalyptic rock festival’ than ‘meeting someone in customs’ take it to the next level.
Of course, among the blinding clouds of smoke, the overwhelming throng of supporters and a fence that looked on the verge of collapse, the highlight of van Persie’s arrival was a fan known as the ‘Flying Dutchman’ who attempted to crowdsurf to the new signing before falling just feet from the star.
Honestly, there was way too much going on to adequately describe it. Just watch the video and buy a go-bag. And if you haven’t seen Mad Max yet, don’t, because this is what happens: