Turkey's biggest European success stories

With Beşiktaş JK's UEFA Europa League efforts ongoing, and Turkish stars in UEFA Champions League action, UEFA.com picks out the nation's top European performers.

Beşiktaş JK are carrying the flag for Turkey in the UEFA Europa League, while Arda Turan, Nuri Şahin, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Ömer Toprak's quests are ongoing in the UEFA Champions League. UEFA.com runs the rule over the nation's most notable European achievers.

Bülent Korkmaz
Bülent Korkmaz©Getty Images

Most appearances by a Turkish player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
74: Bülent Korkmaz (Galatasaray AŞ)
67: Arif Erdem (Galatasaray AŞ)
65: Ergün Penbe (Galatasaray AŞ)
59: Hasan Şaş (Galatasaray AŞ)
55: Hakan Şükür  (Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano)
53: Emre Belozoğlu (Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano, Fenerbahçe SK)
51: Suat Kaya (Galatasaray AŞ)
49: Hakan Ünsal (Galatasaray AŞ)
46: Ümit Davala (Galatasaray AŞ, SV Werder Bremen)
45: Okan Buruk (Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano)

Top-scoring Turkish players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
22: Hakan Şükür (Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano)
12: Metin Oktay (Galatasaray AŞ)
12: Arif Erdem (Galatasaray AŞ)
10: Burak Yılmaz (Beşiktaş JK, Fenerbahçe SK, Trabzonspor AŞ, Galatasaray AŞ)
9: Ümit Karan (Galatasaray AŞ)
8: Semih Şentürk (Fenerbahçe SK)
7: Arda Turan (Galatasaray AŞ, Club Atlético de Madrid)
7: Tuncay Şanlı (Fenerbahçe SK)
6: Tanju Çolak (Galatasaray AŞ)
6: Oktay Derelioğlu (Beşiktaş JK, Fenerbahçe SK)
6: Hasan Şaş (Galatasaray AŞ)
6: Ümit Davala (Galatasaray AŞ, SV Werder Bremen)

Most appearances by Turkish players in UEFA club competition*
101: Bülent Korkmaz (Galatasaray AŞ)
99: Emre Belozoğlu (Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano, Newcastle United FC, Fenerbahçe SK)
94: Hakan Şükür (Sakaryaspor, Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano)
87: Arif Erdem (Galatasaray AŞ)
83: Hasan Şaş (Galatasaray AŞ)
81: Okan Buruk (Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano, Beşiktaş JK)
79: Ergün Penbe (Galatasaray AŞ)
78: Tugay Kerimoğlu (Galatasaray AŞ, Rangers FC, Blackburn Rovers FC)
77: Hamit Altıntop (FC Schalke 04, FC Bayern München, Real Madrid CF, Galatasaray AŞ)
71: Arda Turan (Galatasaray AŞ, Club Atlético de Madrid)

Top-scoring Turkish players in UEFA club competition*
38: Hakan Şükür (Sakaryaspor, Galatasaray AŞ, FC Internazionale Milano)
24: Hami Mandıralı (Trabzonspor AŞ, FC Schalke 04, MKE Ankaragücü)
16: Arif Erdem (Galatasaray AŞ)
16: Oktay Derelioğlu (Beşiktaş JK, Fenerbahçe SK)
15: Arda Turan (Galatasaray AŞ, Club Atlético de Madrid)
15: Metin Oktay (Galatasaray AŞ)
13: Ümit Karan (Galatasaray AŞ)
12: Gökdeniz Karadeniz (Trabzonspor AŞ, FC Rubin Kazan)
12: Tuncay Şanlı (Fenerbahçe SK, Bursaspor SK)
11: Burak Yılmaz (Beşiktaş JK, Fenerbahçe SK, Trabzonspor AŞ, Galatasaray AŞ)
11: Aykut Kocaman (Fenerbahçe SK, Istanbulspor AŞ)

Yıldıray Baştürk in the 2002 final
Yıldıray Baştürk in the 2002 final©Getty Images

Only Turkish players to appear in a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Yıldıray Baştürk (Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-2 Real Madrid FC, 2002)
Hamit Altıntop (FC Bayern Munchen 0-2 FC Internazionale Milano, 2010)
Nuri Şahin (Borussia Dortmund 1-2 FC Bayern München, 2013)

First Turkish players to feature in a UEFA final
Can Bartu (ACF Fiorentina, 1962 European Cup Winners' Cup)
Arkoç Özcan (Hamburger SV, 1968 European Cup Winners' Cup)

First Turkish side/Turkish players to win a UEFA final
Galatasaray AŞ (2000 UEFA Cup, 2000 UEFA Super Cup)

Only Turkish players to win a UEFA title with a foreign club
Fatih Tekke (FC Zenit, 2008 UEFA Cup)
Arda Turan (Club Atlético de Madrid, 2012 UEFA Europa League, 2012 UEFA Super Cup)

First Turkish coach to feature in a UEFA final
Arkoç Özcan (Hamburger SV, 1977 UEFA Super Cup)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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