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Another Turkish club which boasts its fair share of international talent is Besiktas' bitter Istanbul rivals, Galatasaray. This summer, Gala brought in the likes of the sporadically brilliant Johan Elmander and defensive hardnut Tomas Ujfalusi to bolster their squad of homegrown stars and European misfits. They even have Fernando Muslera, goalkeeper for the international team of 2011, Uruguay.
The term misfit is one that could so easily have been coined specifically for Felipe Melo. The Brazilian midfielder once enjoyed a burgeoning reputation as a no-nonsense midfield enforcer, to the point where he was was on the verge of a move to Arsenal before then employers Fiorentina priced him out of the market.
For once, Arsene Wenger was right not to get the chequebook out and pay the asking price, because Melo's career has been an entrancing rollercoaster ever since.
Having already played for three clubs each in Brazil and Spain before moving to Florence, Melo joined Juventus and contributed to the Bianconeri's lowest ebb with a series of captivatingly erratic performances. Melo blows so hot and cold it's a wonder he hasn't developed hypothermia, for he veers from dominating one match to bumbling around the next to getting himself sent off for random acts of violence in another.
His nadir came at the 2010 World Cup when, in the quarter-final game against the Netherlands, he scored an own goal before seeing a red card for stamping on Arjen Robben. A year later, Juve shipped him out on loan to Galatasaray.
Melo may have a blotted copybook, but somewhere in that midfield maelstrom is a player of real potential, even at the age of 28. Still, he is a Brazilian national who is, for better or worse, always fun to watch, a pleasure now largely the exclusive preserve of those in Turkey.