Eagles Abroad: Alex Guerrero

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Updated: February 5, 2016

It’s Friday so we continue our newly started weekly “Eagles abroad” exclusive! Today, we feature Alex Guerrero, a US citizen of Colombian heritage. Over the years he’s slowly became more and more fascinated by Beşiktaş and it’s fans, he explains why he has grown an affinity for the club over the course of time.

Tell us a bit more about yourself, who are you, how old are you and where are you from?

My name is Alex and I’m 22 years old. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Both of my parents were born in Bogota, Colombia. The first time I went to Colombia was in 2005 and I completely fell in love with the country. Since I loved Colombia so much, my parents decided to let me acquire a second citizenship. I am a die-hard Millonarios and Manchester United fan. I’m starting to grow some love for Besiktas and River Plate.

How did you first come in contact with Beşiktaş?

Alex-shirtsI used to be really good friends with a Turkish guy. When I first met him, I was trying out for a soccer team in my school and he was an exceptional player. He had recently moved from Turkey and his English was a little shaky. He asked me a question about a jersey that I had on and the rest was history. Luckily that year, I was starting eighth grade and he happened to be in my core classes, which was math, science, English and social studies. He asked me about my nationality and I told him. He started telling me stories about Oscar Cordoba and about his beloved team and how the fans were the best in Turkey. There was this one story that touched my heart and I will forever remember it. He told me how he cried a lot when Oscar left Besiktas JK. He then asked me if I played FIFA and I laughed and said of course. From there, we started exchanging papers of our teams on FIFA Career Mode. His team was always Besiktas and I gave it a try on my FIFA and made a career mode with BJK. I remember a couple of players that played at the time like Bobo, Matias Delgado, Rustu Recber, and others.

Since when do you support Beşiktaş ?

I’ve gained interest in them over the course of time. I used to see them play in the UEFA Champions League or important matches like against Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, and Trabzonspor. Teofilo went to Trabzonspor and didn’t do well. I usually watched them play but I still had a soft spot for Besiktas JK. Until Pedro Franco went there, that definitely pulled the trigger. Despite of him leaving, I’ve gained a passion for the club and for some players like Cenk Tosun, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Gokhan Tore, Atiba Hutchinson, and others.

What attracted you in the club?

Besiktas fans are a true definition of a true fan. They follow Besiktas everywhere but I mean everywhere! This is something you don’t really see in Colombia. Most fans in Colombia are plastic fans. Some of them don’t watch Colombian league and are a “huge fan” of Barcelona or Real Madrid. When Atletico Nacional is in the final, everyone suddenly is a Nacional fan. Alex-shirts1That’s most people in Colombia with popular teams. Millonarios is Besiktas in Colombia because they always have the highest attendance average per season. They follow Millos all around Colombia through the good and bad times. I religiously follow Millonarios online because I live so far and can’t do anything to express my love for them. Millonarios fans and Besiktas fans have some similarities. I can assure you guys one thing, Millonarios fans are no where near to Besiktas fans. BJK fans are on a whole different level. No one else in this world can compete with BJK fans. So that’s why I have so much respect for them. I get defensive when someone says that Besiktas fans are ridiculous. This is why I’m attracted to Besiktas JK.

Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting a match live? Or do you have plans to do so in the future?

Visiting Turkey is on my bucket list. I would definitely like to go to Vodafone Arena before I settle in with my life. I’m pretty sure my future girlfriend or wife wouldn’t want to go to a stadium with a bunch of passionate fans.

What is your fondest memory being a Beşiktaş fan?

People started calling him and comparing one of my all time favorite players, Pedro Franco, as el comandante. I got very emotional when I saw a picture of his face on top of Che Guevara. BJK fans started following Millonarios and that’s where we build a strong bond between both fans.

Do you have a favourite player, if so who is your favourite player?

Cenk Tosun! I recently got a new BJK jersey and printed his name on the back of my jersey. He’s a very skillful player and he’s a prolific striker. In my opinion, he’s the best Turkish forward in the world. He should be starting every game on the Turkish National Team.


 

 You can follow Alex on Twitter: @hgrga93! Do you live aroad and have an interesting story of how exactly you became a Beşiktaş fan? Send us an e-mail by clicking here!

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
I've been covering Turkish football and Beşiktaş in particular for several years. Followed the Süper Lig closely for over a decade. Frequent guest on the Turkish Football Weekly podcast. I've also done various media interviews concerning Beşiktaş in many different countries, from Costa Rica to The Netherlands. Born and raised in Belgium. Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International since 2013.
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