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Turkey won a dramatic UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-final with Croatia on penalties ©Getty Images


UEFA European Championship record
Quarter-finals: 2000
Group stage: 1996

2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Group 5: P10 W4 D3 L3 F13 A10 Pts15 (Pos 3rd)

A disappointing campaign marred by injuries to key players ended with Turkey missing out on their second successive World Cup finals and Fatih Terim standing down as coach. Draws against Belgium and Estonia, and back-to-back defeats by eventual world champions Spain meant Terim's side slipped behind Bosnia-Herzegovina in the race for second place. After drawing 1-1 in Zenica in September 2009, a 2-0 loss in Belgium the following month sealed their fate as they ended third, four points – and, tellingly, 12 goals – shy of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Qualifying Group C: P12 W7 D3 L2 F25 A11 Pts24 (Pos 2nd)
Final tournament: semi-finals

Turkey qualified for the finals after finishing runners-up to Greece, a 2-1 win in Norway in their penultimate fixture ensuring they finished above their opponents. Terim's side then exceeded expectations by reaching the last four. After an opening loss to Portugal, they stunned co-hosts Switzerland by winning 2-1 through Arda Turan's added-time goal. More drama followed as they overturned a two-goal deficit against the Czech Republic to book a last-eight slot, Nihat Kahveci scoring twice late on. A 120th-minute Semih Şentürk equaliser took them to penalties against Croatia, with Turkey prevailing 3-1, before their luck ran out with a 3-2 defeat by Germany.

UEFA European Championship best performance
After three defeats on their tournament debut at EURO '96, Turkey caused a stir at UEFA EURO 2000, getting through a group containing Italy, Sweden and co-hosts Belgium before losing 2-0 to Portugal in the quarter-finals. Terim's team went a step further in 2008 thanks to a rash of late goals, and though suspensions undermined them in their last-four meeting with Germany, it still took a last-minute Philipp Lahm strike to deny them extra time in Turkey's 100th competition fixture.

Key facts
Having failed to qualify in their first nine UEFA European Championship campaigns, Turkey have reached three of the last four final tournaments.

Last updated: 19/07/10 12.43CET

Club 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)