The only World Cup qualifier that I could find (going back to 1990) are the play-off games between Turkey and Switzerland in '06. Switzerland wins the first game 2-0, and Turkey wins the second one 4-2.
Nothing as dramatic as a 7-0 margin as suggested by the article's data though.
If you don't have access to Internet, unfortunately, it does.
I called my mom who lives in Eskisehir Saturday morning TST, and asked her about the protests. Her reaction was, "What protests?" If you get your news from TV, and if none of them broadcast the protests, then how would you know?
Sadly, when there is internet connection, the problem doesn't simply go away. In Russia, internet media are heavily censored too - so internet user has to make effort to obtain the information not biased in favour of Putin's government: there are only several "unbiased" regular online media(not counting social media like big social networks like facebook or twitter). It is much simpler to just turn on TV especially if you don't care much about politics.
The described reaction is extremely familiar to me. There were major protests in Russia during winter 2011/2012. The first protest event happened the next day after federal parliament elections(quite important event). So, after another 2 days I call my mother(she lives about 3000 km away from Moscow) and ask her if she heared about protests, and get the same reaction "What protests?".
Five days after the initial event, there was another: ~50 000 - 100 000 people gathered in the center of Moscow. Did the federal governmental media mention it? This time did, but very briefly, and understating the number of participants by order of magnitude.
In most of the world, revolutions come bottom up. In Turkey, they came top down. It was the military that toppled the "sultan" and established the parliamentary system / Turkish Republic. And later it was a former general who set up the multi-party system (and didn't get elected).
I know it sounds off, but what the Founding Fathers did for the US, the generals did for Turkey. Not a very healthy one I agree, but at least they established whatever form of democracy Turkey has today.
Turkey was ruled by one party until 1946 like the ones in Soviet Union. After 4-5 years of the multi party election of the first prime minister that "honest" and "non-corrupt government" hung the prime minister after the coup. The last soft coup in 1998 costed Turkey by one estimation $300Bn. Wanna talk corruption, talk the military and all the state investments...
Distributed load balancing is a tough problem with two pieces to it. One is the queueing theory part.
The other is the systems side to it. If you have multiple customers and multiple checkout lines, and if your customers act independently without seeing the lines (no feedback from servers, network failures and delays, implementation complexity), what do you do?
It isn't a trivial problem. The easy route is paying Cisco's load balancers millions of dollars, but those only scale so far.
The bigger internet companies spend years of development time trying to make distributed load balancing work, but the issues there are a bit more complicated than a few customers walking to checkout lines.