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Turkey team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.51CET
Since reaching a first final tournament at EURO '96, Turkey have gone from strength to strength, qualifying for another three EUROs and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.51CET

Turkey team profile

Since reaching a first final tournament at EURO '96, Turkey have gone from strength to strength, qualifying for another three EUROs and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Best result: Semi-finals (2008)
Coach: Fatih Terim
Leading scorers: all-time – Hakan Şükür (51); current – Burak Yılmaz (19)
Most appearances: all-time – Rüştü Reçber (120); current – Emre Belözoğlu (93)
Association formed: 1923
Nickname: Ay-Yıldızlılar (The Crescent-Stars)
Where they play: Various

The pinnacle of Turkey's achievement came at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where Şenol Güneş's side upset the odds to finish third. It was only their second World Cup appearance and they have not been back since. It took Turkey ten attempts to qualify for their first UEFA European Championship final tournament, and after losing all three matches at EURO '96 they reached the quarter-finals at UEFA EURO 2000 under Mustafa Denizli. They went one step further eight years later in Austria/ Switzerland, a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Croatia putting Fatih Terim's team into the semi-finals, where they lost 3-2 to Germany. After missing out in Poland/Ukraine, they returned to the finals at UEFA EURO 2016 by qualifying as the best third-placed side over the nine preliminary sections.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P122 W47 D29 L46 F145 A167
Final tournament: P12 W3 D2 L7 F11 A18
Qualifying: P110 W44 D27 L39 F134 A149

Having not managed a win in their previous two qualifying campaigns, Turkey eventually reached a first finals at EURO '96, but Terim's men could not muster a point in England. They bettered that in 2000, battling through the group stage before a 2-0 quarter-final loss to Portugal. A play-off defeat by Latvia meant Güneş' Turkey missed UEFA EURO 2004 but with Terim back at the helm they starred at UEFA EURO 2008. Last-gasp victories over Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Croatia took them through to the semi-finals, where they finally met their match in Germany.

Despite making a bright start to a tough Group A in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012, losses in Germany and, more surprisingly, Azerbaijan put Guus Hiddink's side on the back foot. Turkey recovered to finish second ahead of Belgium but Croatia were too strong in the play-offs, a 3-0 first-leg win in Istanbul proving decisive.

Memorable EURO matches
20/06/2008: Turkey 1-1 Croatia (aet, 3-1 on pens), UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals

Semih Şentürk's 122nd-minute equaliser stopped Slaven Bilić in his tracks, Turkey winning the shoot-out.

11/06/2008: Switzerland 1-2 Turkey, UEFA EURO 2008 group stage
In a downpour, substitute Semih equalised before Arda Turan's 92nd-minute winner.

19/06/2000: Turkey 2-0 Belgium, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
Two Hakan Şükür goals fired Turkey into the quarter-finals for the first time at the co-hosts' expense.

Did you know?
Having failed to qualify in their first nine UEFA European Championship campaigns, Turkey have reached four of the last six final tournaments.

*Last updated on 18/11/2015

Last updated: 18/04/16 9.48CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/09/2016 16:56 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland3-0Turkey
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:30
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey1-2Czech Republic
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
06/07/2016 09:02:59
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Latvia1-1Turkey
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey3-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS) Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
05/16/2016 13:21:13
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands1-1Turkey
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/30/2016 13:53:26
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Kazakhstan0-1Turkey
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) Stadium: Almaty Ortalyk Stadion, Almaty (KAZ)
07/01/2016 10:20:45
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey1-1Latvia
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
06/07/2016 08:47:03
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey3-0Netherlands
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
06/07/2016 08:47:03
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech Republic0-2Turkey
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Generali Arena, Prague (CZE)
09/01/2016 09:16:03
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey1-0Iceland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
06/07/2016 08:47:03
Turkey0-1Croatia
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:48:02
Spain3-0Turkey
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:07:49
Czech Republic0-2Turkey
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo (FRA)
06/23/2016 10:12:50
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Turkey0-0Russia
Referee: not available Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
09/15/2016 15:56:52
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-1Turkey
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
09/06/2016 13:12:59
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyUkraine
Referee: TBD Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
09/22/2016 18:38:23
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandTurkey
Referee: TBD Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
09/22/2016 18:27:45
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyKosovo
Referee: TBD
09/22/2016 15:00:31
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyFinland
Referee: TBD
09/22/2016 15:00:39
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
KosovoTurkey
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineTurkey
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyCroatia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyIceland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandTurkey
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1923
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/10/2006, Turkey 5-0 Moldova, Frankfurt am Main
    16/10/2002, Turkey 5-0 Liechtenstein, Istanbul
    12/10/1994, Turkey 5-0 Iceland, Istanbul
  • Biggest defeat:
    14/10/1987, England 8-0 Turkey, London
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 38
    Hakan Şükür (TUR)
    Rüştü Reçber (TUR)
  • Top scorers: 22
    Hakan Şükür (TUR)