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TurkeyTurkeyAntalya Stadyumu - AntalyaFriday 24 March 2017
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group I - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
05/06/1999PR (GS)Finland - Turkey2-4
HelsinkiTihinen 10, Paatelainen 14; Havutçu 25, 84, Hakan Şükür 34, 87
14/10/1998PR (GS)Turkey - Finland1-3
IstanbulTemizkanoğlu 74; Paatelainen 5, Johansson 51, Litmanen 90+6
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
25/09/1985QR (GS)Finland - Turkey1-0
TampereRantanen 37
31/10/1984QR (GS)Turkey - Finland1-2
AntalyaTüfekci 77; Hjelm 10, Lipponen 56
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Turkey - Squad list
Current season
-Volkan Babacan11/08/198828İstanbul Başakşehir - 4000
-Onur Kıvrak01/01/198829Trabzonspor - 0000
-Harun Tekin17/06/198927Bursaspor - 0000
-Gökhan Gönül04/01/198532Beşiktaş - 1000
-Ömer Toprak21/07/198927Leverkusen - 2000
-İsmail Köybaşı10/07/198927Fenerbahçe - 1000
-Ahmet Çalık26/02/199423Galatasaray - 2000
-Şener Özbayraklı23/01/199027Fenerbahçe - 3000
-Çağlar Söyüncü23/05/199620Freiburg - 0000
-Selçuk İnan10/02/198532Galatasaray - 1000
-Arda Turan30/01/198730Barcelona - 1000
-Mehmet Topal03/03/198631Fenerbahçe - 4000
-Emre Çolak20/05/199125Deportivo - 0000
-Oğuzhan Özyakup23/09/199224Beşiktaş - 1000
-Volkan Şen07/07/198729Fenerbahçe*4100
-Güray Vural11/06/198828Kayserispor - 0000
-Yunus Mallı24/02/199225Wolfsburg - 1000
-Okay Yokuşlu09/03/199423Trabzonspor - 1000
-Kaan Ayhan10/11/199422Düsseldorf - 3000
-Olcay Şahan26/05/198729Trabzonspor*1000
-Cenk Tosun07/06/199125Beşiktaş - 4000
-Enes Ünal10/05/199719Twente - 1000
-Emre Mor24/07/199719Dortmund - 3000
-Fatih Terim14/09/195363 - 4000
Finland - Squad list
Current season
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198927Häcken*4000
-Walter Viitala09/01/199225Viborg - 0000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199324Fulham - 0000
-Niklas Moisander29/09/198531Bremen - 3000
-Markus Halsti19/03/198433Midtjylland*3000
-Kari Arkivuo23/06/198333Häcken - 3000
-Jukka Raitala15/09/198828Columbus Crew - 4000
-Juha Pirinen22/10/199125HJK - 0000
-Paulus Arajuuri15/06/198828Brøndby*4100
-Janne Saksela14/03/199324Sparta - 2000
-Jere Uronen13/07/199422Genk - 1000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199422AIK*3000
-Joona Toivio10/03/198829Molde - 1000
-Perparim Hetemaj12/12/198630Chievo - 1000
-Sakari Mattila14/07/198927SønderjyskE - 1000
-Rasmus Schüller18/06/199125Minnesota United - 3000
-Petteri Forsell16/10/199026Miedz - 0000
-Alexander Ring09/04/199125New York City FC*4000
-Robin Lod17/04/199323Panathinaikos - 4100
-Moshtagh Yaghoubi08/11/199422HJK - 0000
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199026Brøndby - 4100
-Joel Pohjanpalo13/09/199422Leverkusen - 1000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199125AIK - 2000
-Markku Kanerva24/05/196452 - 0000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Fatih Terim

Date of birth: 4 September 1953
Nationality: Turkish
Playing career: Adana Demirspor, Galatasaray AŞ
Coaching career: MKE Ankaragücü, Göztepe AŞ, Turkey Under-21, Turkey (three times), Galatasaray AŞ (three times), ACF Fiorentina, AC Milan

• A central defender, Terim represented Galatasaray for over a decade and played 51 games for Turkey, 32 as captain. Began his coaching career with Ankaragücü and Göztepe, before being named assistant to national team boss Sepp Piontek and put in charge of the U21s in 1990.

• Appointed Turkey coach in 1993, Terim led them to EURO '96. They lost all their matches in England, but just getting to the final tournament, Turkey's first since the 1954 FIFA World Cup, was a major landmark.

• Returned to Galatasaray after the EURO, winning four league titles and the 2000 UEFA Cup. Serie A came calling and Terim took the helm at Fiorentina and Milan before rejoining Galatasaray; however, a run of disappointing results brought about a temporary retirement in 2004.

• Reappointed Turkey coach in 2005, Terim – known as 'İmparator' (The Emperor) for his leadership skills – could not guide them through a 2006 World Cup play-off against Switzerland. Success followed at UEFA EURO 2008 with Terim steering Turkey to the semi-finals but he resigned following unsuccessful bid to reach the 2010 World Cup.

• Back for a third spell as Galatasaray boss in July 2011, in his first season he inspired Cimbom to their first Süper Lig crown in four years. Repeated the feat in 2013 when also helping Galatasaray to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Named head of the national team for a third time – on a part-time basis – in August 2013, he parted company with Galatasaray in September to assume the role full time. Was unable to lead Turkey to the 2014 World Cup despite winning three of his four qualifiers in charge, but did take them to UEFA EURO 2016 where they failed to get out of their group.



Markku Kanerva

Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Nationality: Finnish
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland

• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.

• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.

• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.

• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.

• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeJesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesRoberto Alonso (ESP) , Juan Yuste (ESP)
  • Fourth officialCarlos Del Cerro (ESP)
  • Referee observerLászló Vagner (HUN)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Jesús Gil Manzano04/02/1984116

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
27/07/2016UCL3QRFenerbahçe SKAS Monaco FC2-1Istanbul

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Volkan Babacan, Şener Özbayraklı, İsmail Köybaşı, Serdar Aziz, Okay Yokuşlu, Cenk Tosun (71 Olcay Şahan), Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan, Emre Mor (85 Volkan Şen), Kaan Ayhan (53 Ahmet Çalık)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Turkey 2-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Yarmolenko 24 (P) , 0-2 Kravets 27, 1-2 Ozan Tufan 45+1, 2-2 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 81 (P)
    Volkan Babacan, Şener Özbayraklı, Hakan Balta (46 Kaan Ayhan), Ömer Toprak, Cenk Tosun, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Enes Ünal (46 Cigerci), Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan (77 Volkan Şen), Caner Erkin, Emre Mor
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Iceland 2-0 Turkey
    1-0 E. Bjarnason 42, 2-0 Finnbogason 44
    Volkan Babacan, Şener Özbayraklı, Ömer Toprak, Yasin Öztekin (59 Cenk Tosun), Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan (43 Cigerci), Caner Erkin, Volkan Şen (66 Mevlüt Erdinç), Emre Mor, Kaan Ayhan
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Turkey 2-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Burak Yılmaz 51, 2-0 Volkan Şen 55
    Volkan Babacan, Ahmet Çalık, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Gökhan Gönül, Selçuk İnan, Arda Turan, Hasan Ali Kaldırım, Oğuzhan Özyakup (46 Yunus Mallı), Mehmet Topal, Burak Yılmaz (87 Cenk Tosun), Volkan Şen (76 Cengiz Ünder)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen, Ring (94 Schüller), P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti, Lod, Hämäläinen (56 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen (87 Riski), Ojala, Ring (67 Lam), Pukki, Arkivuo (46 Schüller), Lod, Saksela, Raitala
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Ukraine 1-0 Finland
    1-0 Kravets 25
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Väisänen (83 Saksela), Toivio, Ring (46 Markkanen), Lod, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti (63 Lam), Mattila, Raitala
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on