Turkey

Posted on: 05 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Will there be more Turkish Delight for the fiery Turks?


Football Profile

Coach: Fatih Terim (54) “The Emporer” has a chance to improve his standing in Turkish football in his second spell in charge. Although successful at club level, Terim has had a mixed bag with his country.

Away From The Game

Capital: Ankara

Population: 70.6m

Currency: New Turkish Lira

Language(s): Turkish

Famous Export: Belly Dancers, Turkish Delight.

National Food: Kebab, pide bread, kofte (meatball), dolma (stuffed vegetable dish), pilav (rice-based dish).

National Drink: Raki (flavoured drink of the aniseed variety), Turkish coffee, apple tea.

National Animal: Grey Wolf

Star: Nihat Kaveci (28), Villareal (Spa) the main focus in attack, Kaveci has proved himself as a top striker in Spain’s La Liga but he’ll need to be clinical for his country to stand a chance.

Hidden Gem: Colin Kazim-Richards (21) Fenerbache, the London-born striker signed for the Turkish giants after spells with Sheffield United and Brighton. Grabbed the headlines at the start of April with a spectacular goal against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals.

How They Qualified: Group C runners-up behind Greece and in front of Norway, Bosnia, Hungary, Moldova and Malta.
Previous Best: Quarter-finals 2000

FIFA Ranking: 25

Key Fact: The last time Turkey met Switzerland was in a play-off for the 2006 World Cup, they were eliminated on away goals and reacted by instigating a madcap brawl.

Hamit AltintopOverview: A chance for Turkey to prove they belong on the top table of football after missing out on Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006. Euro 2008 offers a number of talented, home-based players the opportunity to showcase their talents. Turkey offer heart, resilience and sometimes a little bit too much aggression. If they can keep their heads they stand a realistic chance of a quarter-final spot.

Odds: 33/1

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