John McManus is a writer and academic based in Ankara, Turkey. He writes about the Middle East, sport, migration and popular culture, especially in Turkey and Qatar. He is the author of Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018), awarded runner-up in the 2019 British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society book prize, the annual prize of the British Society of Middle East Studies. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Washington Post and BBC, as well as academic journals. John holds a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University. He is currently a visiting fellow at Qatar University Gulf Studies Center and an honorary research fellow at the British Institute at Ankara.