Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 9/18/12
Ryan Giggs will never forget his first visit to Istanbul. November 1993. Champions League second knockout round, second leg. Galatasaray away. Welcome to Hell. "I remember it vividly. It will always stick with me," the veteran Manchester United midfielder said. "I was 19 and, when we arrived at the airport, there were all the banners and fans. Thousands of fans screaming at you. "There were things being thrown at us when we were driving away on the coach. Outside the hotel their fans were chanting all night, making sure we didn't get any sleep. People were phoning the hotel room. "Prior to the game, the manager told us to go on the pitch and sample the atmosphere. "The fans had been in the ground for hours and hours. The atmosphere was buzzing 90 minutes before kick-off. "We were stood in the middle of the pitch watching the fans chant. It was one stand to another." Nineteen years on, Giggs recalls it as being a brilliant experience - at least until the final whistle when U...
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