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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 two 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 two EUROs and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Best result: Semi-finals (2008)
Coach: Fatih Terim
Leading scorers: all-time – Hakan Şükür (51); current – Arda Turan (14)
Most appearances: all-time – Rüştü Reçber (120); current – Emre Belözoğlu (91)
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.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P112 W42 D26 L44 F131 A158
Final tournament: P12 W3 D2 L7 F11 A18
Qualifying: P100 W39 D24 L37 F120 A140

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 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 three of the last five final tournaments.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 17/02/14 17.03CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 02/06/2014 01:36 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Austria2-0Turkey
Referee: Ján Valášek (SVK)
06/11/2014 17:13:12
Netherlands2-0Turkey
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
04/18/2013 18:13:20
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Turkey3-0Estonia
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
04/18/2013 18:13:20
Turkey0-1Romania
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
04/18/2013 18:12:50
Hungary3-1Turkey
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
04/18/2013 17:09:46
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey1-1Denmark
Referee: not available – Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:13:16
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey0-2Czech Republic
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: 19 Mayıs, Manisa (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:12:55
Andorra0-2Turkey
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU) – Stadium: Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella (AND)
05/28/2013 11:06:55
Turkey1-1Hungary
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
05/28/2013 11:07:36
28 May 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey3-3Latvia
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER) – Stadium: Wedaustadion, Duisburg (GER)
06/11/2014 17:12:55
31 May 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey0-2Slovenia
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER) – Stadium: Schüco Arena, Bielefeld (GER)
06/11/2014 17:13:02
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey2-2Ghana
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:13:16
Turkey5-0Andorra
Referee: Sven Bindels (LUX) – Stadium: Kadir Has, Kayseri (TUR)
09/11/2013 07:09:31
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Romania0-2Turkey
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/11/2013 07:25:02
Estonia0-2Turkey
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
12/16/2013 12:37:08
Turkey0-2Netherlands
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
12/16/2013 12:37:38
15 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey1-0Northern Ireland
Referee: not available – Stadium: 5 Ocak, Adana (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:12:51
19 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey2-1Belarus
Referee: not available – Stadium: Mersin Fevfik Sirri Gur, Mersin (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:12:43
5 March 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey2-1Sweden
Referee: not available – Stadium: 19 Mayis, Ankara (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:12:45
25 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Republic of Ireland1-2Turkey
Referee: not available – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
06/11/2014 17:12:45
29 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Honduras0-2Turkey
Referee: not available – Stadium: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Washington (USA)
06/11/2014 17:12:55
01 June 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
USA2-1Turkey
Referee: not available
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
IcelandTurkey
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
08/01/2014 14:28:42
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyCzech Republic
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
07/28/2014 14:10:41
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
LatviaTurkey
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
07/28/2014 14:10:42
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyKazakhstan
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
07/31/2014 15:17:43
NetherlandsTurkey
Referee: TBD
07/28/2014 14:10:50
KazakhstanTurkey
Referee: TBD
07/31/2014 15:36:44
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyLatvia
Referee: TBD
07/28/2014 14:10:52
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyNetherlands
Referee: TBD
07/31/2014 15:53:25
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech RepublicTurkey
Referee: TBD
07/28/2014 14:11:00
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyIceland
Referee: TBD
07/28/2014 14:10:40

General info

  • Founded : 1923
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

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)
 
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