Euro 2008 Turkey Team Guide
Welcome to the euro2008betting.com Turkey Team Guide for Euro 2008. Here we preview the chances of Turkey for Euro 2008 plus take a look back at their Euro 2008 qualifiying performance and previous appearances at the European Championships.
Coach: Fatih Terim
Terim is one of Turkey's most successful football players and is their current head coach. He is widely regarded as one of the top international managers due to his ability to motivate his players and aggressive game strategies.
Euro 2008 Qualifying:
Turkey finished second in Group C behind European champions Greece, but made heavy work of qualifying after a stirring start. Fatih Terim's team won their first three games without conceding a single goal, Hakan Şükür celebrating his 50th international goal when he struck four in the third of those wins, 5-0 win against Moldova. Things got even better when an under-strength Turkey side came from behind to beat Greece 4-1 in Athens in their first qualifier of 2007. They then lost their way, however, with a run of one win in six that included a 3-2 defeat in Bosnia-Herzegovina and then a humiliating 2-2 draw in Malta, where Turkey came from behind twice. Crisis talk intensified in October 2007 when a 1-1 draw in Moldova was followed by a 1-0 home defeat against Greece, which saw the European champions celebrate qualification in Istanbul. Having slipped to third in the section, Turkey reclaimed the initiative with a 2-1 win in Oslo in their penultimate qualifier. A 1-0 home victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in their final qualifier kept them a point above Norway in second place.
Past Euro Performance:
Turkey first participated in a UEFA European Championship final round at EURO '96, losing all three of their group matches, but they returned four years later and advanced as far as the quarter-finals, their best effort to date in the competition. Finishing second in their qualifying group, Turkey defeated the Republic of Ireland on away goals in their subsequent play-off to book their place at UEFA EURO 2000. Drawn in a group featuring Belgium, Italy and Sweden, Turkey took four points from their three games, defeating the tournament hosts 2-0 in their final game with two goals from Hakan Sükür (45, 70). Their reward was a quarter-final berth, but Turkey were defeated 2-0 by Portugal.
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