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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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 15:05 CET
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Turkey0-0Russia
Referee: not available Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
04/26/2017 15:17:43
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-1Turkey
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/30/2017 14:57:19
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Turkey2-2Ukraine
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
07/28/2017 12:41:02
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Iceland2-0Turkey
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
08/10/2017 10:02:56
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Turkey2-0Kosovo
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
04/26/2017 15:17:43
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Turkey2-0Finland
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
04/26/2017 15:17:43
27 March 2017 27 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Turkey3-1Moldova
Referee: not available Stadium: Atatürk, Eskisehir (TUR)
03/28/2017 10:13:53
5 June 2017 05 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
FYR Macedonia0-0Turkey
Referee: not available Skopje (MKD)
07/21/2017 10:22:47
Kosovo1-4Turkey
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
07/28/2017 12:39:08
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineTurkey
Referee: TBD Stadium: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv (UKR)
08/02/2017 17:24:03
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Eskişehir Yeni Stadyumu, Eskisehir (TUR)
08/02/2017 17:25:16
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyIceland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Eskişehir Yeni Stadyumu, Eskisehir (TUR)
07/26/2017 13:08:01
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandTurkey
Referee: TBD Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku (FIN)
07/10/2017 15:44:03

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)
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