Turkey national football team
|Shirt badge/Association crest|
|Nickname(s)||Ay Yıldızlılar (The Crescent-Stars)
|Association||Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu (TFF)|
|Head coach||Fatih Terim|
|Most caps||Rüştü Reçber (120)|
|Top scorer||Hakan Şükür (51)|
|Current||21 3 (3 December 2015)|
|Highest||5 (June 2004)|
|Lowest||67 (October 1993)|
| Turkey 2–2 Romania
(Istanbul, Turkey; October 26, 1923)
|Appearances||2 (First in 1954)|
|Best result||Third place, 2002|
|Appearances||3 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||Semi-finals, 2008|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1924)|
|Best result||Quarter-final, 1948, 1952|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2003)|
|Best result||Third place, 2003|
The Turkey national football team (Turkish: Türkiye Millî Futbol Takımı) represents Turkey in association football and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Turkey. They are affiliated with UEFA.
Turkey has qualified three times for the World Cup finals, in 1950, 1954, and 2002, although they withdrew from the 1950 event. Turkey has also qualified four times for the UEFA European Championship, in 1996, 2000, 2008, and 2016. They have reached the semi-finals of three major tournaments: the 2002 World Cup, the 2003 Confederations Cup, and Euro 2008.
- 1 History
- 2 Fixtures
- 3 Squad
- 4 Previous squads
- 5 Competitive record
- 6 Honours
- 7 Player history
- 8 Past managers
- 9 Decoration
- 10 Kit History
- 11 Gallery
- 12 References
- 13 External links
1950 FIFA World Cup
1954 FIFA World Cup
Turkey then qualified for the 1954 World Cup after a play-off with Spain. The Turkish team first lost 4–1 to Spain, but a 1–0 win a few days later initiated a replay. On that occasion, they tied 2–2 after, booking their place after a coin toss. Turkey was put in a group along with Hungary and West Germany. The Turks, however, never played Hungary due to the tournament format, and a 4–1 defeat by the Germans was followed by Turkey carrying out a 7–0 win over South Korea. Turkey lost the play-off to West Germany 7–2. In 1956 Turkey did however play Hungary, in a friendly match in Istanbul, beating what was one of the strongest teams of the era 3–1.
Despite the introduction of a national league, and showings by Turkish clubs in European competition, the 1960s would be a barren time for the national team. The 1970s saw Turkey holding back in the World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, but the team was a point too short to qualify for both Euro 1972 and Euro 1976. In the 1980s the Turkish team also suffered their worst defeats with 8–0 scorelines against Poland and twice against England. Yet the 1990 World Cup qualifiers would mark a turning point for Turkish football, with Turkey only missing out on qualification in the final game.
Turkey qualified for Euro 1996, beating both Switzerland and Sweden 2–1 along the way. Turkey lost all their matches without scoring a single goal. They did, however, go home with an award: the fair-play award, given to Alpay Özalan.
Turkey qualified for Euro 2000 after winning a play-off against Ireland. Turkey lost their first match 2–1 to Italy, they drew their second match against Sweden 0–0, and beat host nation Belgium 2–0, making it the first time in the history of the European Championship that a host nation had been eliminated in the first round, brought Turkey into the last eight of the tournament where they were beaten 2–0 by Portugal.
2002 FIFA World Cup
For the 2002 FIFA World Cup Turkey finished second in their qualifying group, despite starting well and being the favourites to top the group. They lost 2–1 to Sweden in the crucial match that would decide the top spot. The Turks were forced to play the play-offs against Austria. They defeated the Austrians 6–0 on aggregate and booked their place at the finals. The Turkish team started the 2002 World Cup with a 2–1 defeat against eventual winners Brazil. Turkey qualified from the group stage with a 3–0 win against China, after drawing 1–1 with Costa Rica.
Turkey then faced home team Japan in the second round, beating them 1–0. The Turkish team continued their run, as they beat Senegal 1–0 on a golden goal to book their place in the semi-finals where a 1–0 defeat against eventual tournament winners Brazil forced them to play the third place match, and a bronze medal was won after a 3–2 victory over the South Korean team. Hakan Şükür scored Turkey's first goal in 10.8 seconds, even when the South Koreans kicked off first. It was the fastest goal in World Cup history. Tens of thousands of flag-waving Turkish fans greeted the World Cup squad on their return to Istanbul, where they joined a massive street party at Taksim Square.
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
In the summer of 2003, Turkey reached third place at the 2003 Confederations Cup. In the group stages, they drew 2–2 against Brazil, eliminating them from the tournament. Turkey lost to eventual tournament winners France 3–2 in the semi-final match. Turkey then defeated Colombia 2–1 to win the bronze medal.
The Turkish team failed to qualify for Euro 2004 on play-offs due to a loss to Latvia after finishing second in their group. This marked a turning point for the national team as new players were introduced to the national team to create a new generation.
2006 FIFA World Cup
The Turkish team once again narrowly missed out on the World Cup finals after failing to win a play-off, this time on away goals against Switzerland, again after finishing second in their group. There were scenes of violence after the game on and off the pitch where the Turkish team brawled with Swiss players down the tunnel.
Turkey qualified for their first international tournament in six years by finishing second behind Greece in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group C to reach the European Championships. They were placed alongside Switzerland, Portugal, and the Czech Republic in Group A. In their first match, they played Portugal and were beaten 2–0, but wins over Switzerland (2–1) and Czech Republic (3–2) – both secured by late goals – brought qualification for the knockout stages. Again, Turkey knocked out a host nation – Switzerland – in the group stages for the second time.
The quarter-final against Croatia was goalless after 90 minutes, and Croatia led 1–0 in the final minute of extra time, but another late Turkish goal by forward Semih Şentürk brought the game to penalties. The goal raised some controversy with Croatia fans and Croatia's coach, Slaven Bilić, who claimed that the goal had been scored after extra time had elapsed. This complaint, however, was overruled, and the game went into penalties. Turkey beat out Croatia in penalties 3–1.
They went into the semi-final against Germany with just 14 outfield players available as a result of injuries and suspensions, but scored first and were drawing 2–2 in the last minute of the match, until Germany scored a third goal in the last few seconds and Turkey was thus eliminated. Both Russia and Turkey were given bronze medals in the dressing rooms after the semi-finals.
2010 FIFA World Cup
For the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Turkey had a mixed qualifying campaign, finishing with 15 points and missing out on a play-off place to Bosnia and Herzegovina with 19 points. Spain topped the group to qualify, winning every game in the process. Coach Fatih Terim announced he would be resigning his post following their failure to qualify.
Turkey were drawn in Group A in qualification for UEFA Euro 2012, together with Kazakhstan, Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Azerbaijan. The Turkish team reached the play-offs after beating Azerbaijan 1–0 but got eliminated 3–0 on aggregate by Croatia.
On 14 November 2012, Turkey celebrated their 500th match in a friendly game played against Denmark at the Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul that ended in a 1–1 draw. Before the match, footballers and coaches, who contributed to the national team's success in the past, were honored. Turkish pop singer Hadise, who wore a national team jersey with the number 500, gave a mini concert.
2014 FIFA World Cup
Turkey were drawn in Group A in qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, together with Iceland, Latvia, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. The Turkish team qualified for their first major tournament in eight years as the best third-placed team after beating Iceland 1–0, with Selçuk İnan netting a free kick in the 89th minute. The last time the team qualified for the tournament, they finished 3rd by default after losing to Germany 3-2 with a last minute goal by Philipp Lahm.
The following are Turkey's results over the past 1 year, as well as Turkey's confirmed upcoming fixtures. The national team have not actually lost a football match since mid November 2014, and have become the best mover of the year in the FIFA rankings with almost 400 points.
|March 28 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Netherlands||1 – 1||Turkey||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Huntelaar 90+2'||Report||Yılmaz 37'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|March 31 Friendly||Luxembourg||1 – 2||Turkey||Luxembourg City|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Mutsch 32'||Report||Erdinç 4'
|Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
|June 8 Friendly||Turkey||4 – 0||Bulgaria||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Çalhanoğlu 49', 54'
Yılmaz 56', 80'
|Report||Stadium: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
|June 12 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Kazakhstan||0 – 1||Turkey||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|Turan 83'||Stadium: Almaty Central Stadium
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
|September 3 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Turkey||1 – 1||Latvia||Konya, Turkey|
|İnan 77'||Report||Šabala 90+1'||Stadium: Torku Arena
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
|September 6 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Turkey||3 – 0||Netherlands||Konya, Turkey|
|Report||Stadium: Torku Arena
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|October 10 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Czech Republic||0 – 2||Turkey||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Report||İnan 62' (pen.)
|Stadium: Generali Arena
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|October 13 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Turkey||1 – 0||Iceland||Konya, Turkey|
|İnan 89'||Report||Stadium: Torku Arena
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|November 13 Friendly||Qatar||1 – 2||Turkey||Doha, Qatar|
|Assadalla 26'||Report||Turan 69'
|Stadium: Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
|November 17 Friendly||Turkey||0 – 0||Greece||İstanbul, Turkey|
|Report||Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
|June 12 Group Stage||Turkey||v||Croatia||Paris, France|
|Stadium: Parc des Princes
|June 17 Group Stage||Spain||v||Turkey||Nice, France|
|Stadium: Allianz Riviera
|June 21 Group Stage||Czech Republic||v||Turkey||Lens, France|
|Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis
|September 5 2018 FIFA WC Q||Croatia||v||Turkey||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Stadium: Stadion Maksimir
|October 9 2018 FIFA WC Q||Iceland||v||Turkey||Reykjavik, Iceland|
|Head Coach||Fatih Terim|
|Assistant Coach||Abdullah Ercan|
|Assistant Coach||Vedat İnceefe|
|Fitness Coach||Julen Masach|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Alper Boğuşlu|
|National Team Manager||Mustafa Eröğüt|
|Team Doctor||Sarper Çetinkaya|
The following players were called up to the squad for the friendly matches against Qatar on 13 November and against Greece on 17 November 2015.
Caps and goals updated as 13 November 2015 after the match against Qatar.
The following players have also been called up to the Turkey squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Onur Kıvrak||1 January 1988||12||0||Trabzonspor||v. Netherlands, 6 September 2015|
|GK||Ali Şaşal Vural||10 July 1990||0||0||Eskişehirspor||v. Kazakhstan, 12 June 2015|
|GK||Harun Tekin||17 June 1989||0||0||Bursaspor||v. Luxembourg, 31 March 2015|
|DF||Caner Erkin||4 October 1988||42||2||Fenerbahçe||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|DF||Ersan Gülüm||17 May 1987||7||0||Beşiktaş||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|DF||Hakan Balta||23 March 1983||43||2||Galatasaray||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|DF||Semih Kaya||24 February 1991||23||0||Galatasaray||v. Latvia, 3 September 2015|
|DF||Hasan Ali Kaldırım||9 December 1989||16||0||Fenerbahçe||v. Kazakhstan, 12 June 2015|
|DF||Mahmut Tekdemir||20 January 1988||2||0||İstanbul Başakşehir||v. Kazakhstan, 12 June 2015|
|DF||Ümit Kurt||2 May 1991||1||0||Sivasspor||v. Luxembourg, 31 March 2015|
|DF||Kaan Kanak||6 October 1990||0||0||Eskişehirspor||v. Luxembourg, 31 March 2015|
|DF||Ömer Toprak||21 July 1989||23||2||Bayer Leverkusen||v. Netherlands, 28 March 2015|
|MF||Gökhan Töre||20 January 1992||26||0||Beşiktaş||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|MF||Volkan Şen||7 July 1987||12||0||Fenerbahçe||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|MF||Mehmet Ekici||25 March 1990||12||0||Trabzonspor||v. Netherlands, 6 September 2015|
|MF||Yusuf Erdoğan||7 August 1992||0||0||Trabzonspor||v. Latvia, 3 September 2015|
|MF||Eren Albayrak||23 April 1991||1||0||Çaykur Rizespor||v. Luxembourg, 31 March 2015|
|MF||Emre Belözoğlu||7 September 1980||94||9||İstanbul Başakşehir||v. Netherlands, 28 March 2015|
|MF||Hamit Altıntop||8 December 1982||82||7||Galatasaray||v. Netherlands, 28 March 2015|
|FW||Umut Bulut||15 March 1983||38||10||Galatasaray||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|FW||Mevlüt Erdinç||25 February 1987||33||8||Hannover 96||v. Iceland, 13 October 2015|
|FW||Batuhan Karadeniz||24 April 1991||2||0||Sivasspor||v. Netherlands, 6 September 2015|
|FW||Muhammet Demir||10 January 1992||2||0||Gaziantepspor||v. Bulgaria, 8 June 2015|
|FW||Enes Ünal||10 May 1997||1||0||Racing Genk||v. Luxembourg, 31 March 2015|
|FW||Colin Kazim-Richards||26 August 1986||37||2||Feyenoord||v. Netherlands, 28 March 2015|
|} INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
FIFA World Cup squads
FIFA Confederations Cup squads
UEFA European Football Championship squads
FIFA World Cup
UEFA European Championship
|Olympic Games Record|
|1964||Did Not Qualify|
|1988||Did Not Qualify|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2005||Did Not Qualify|
Third place (1): 2002
Third place (1): 2003
Semi-finals (1): 2008
Most capped players
Players in bold are still active.
Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone. Bold indicates still active players.
|9||Zeki Rıza Sporel||1923–1932||
- As of 13 November 2015
|Manager||Career Start||Career End||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals For||Goals Against||Win %|
|Piontek, SeppSepp Piontek||27/5/1990||28/4/1993||27||4||8||15||22||50||14.8|
|Terim, FatihFatih Terim||27/10/1993||19/6/1996||33||17||8||8||47||36||51.5|
|Denizli, MustafaMustafa Denizli||14/8/1996||24/6/2000||31||11||9||11||45||38||35.5|
|Güneş, ŞenolŞenol Güneş||16/8/2000||18/2/2004||50||23||13||14||72||50||46.0|
|Karaman, ÜnalÜnal Karaman||31/3/2004||31/3/2004||1||0||1||0||2||2||00.0|
|Yanal, ErsunErsun Yanal||28/4/2004||8/6/2005||15||8||4||3||29||14||53.3|
|Terim, FatihFatih Terim||17/8/2005||14/10/2009||58||26||18||14||86||71||39.7|
|Çetin, OğuzOğuz Çetin||3/3/2010||29/5/2010||4||3||0||1||7||3||75.0|
|Hiddink, GuusGuus Hiddink||1/8/2010||15/11/2011||16||7||4||5||18||15||43.7|
|Avcı, AbdullahAbdullah Avcı||17/11/2011||20/08/2013||18||6||4||8||26||26||33.3|
|Terim, FatihFatih Terim||22/08/2013||24||16||3||5||46||23||62.0|
In 2002, the national team was honored with the Turkish "State Medal of Distinguished Service" for its third place achievement at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. All the team members, coaches and officials were bestowed by a medal.
The Turkey's official kit suppiler is currently produced by Nike since 2003. It is all-red with white details to reflect the colours of the Turkish national flag. Before that briefly the former kit suppiler were German company Adidas (1925-2003).
Arda Turan is the current captain of the national team.
Nuri Şahin is the youngest debutant of the national team.
Hakan Şükür is the all time topscorer for the national team
Rüştü Reçber is the most capped player in the history of the national team.
Fatih Terim is the most successful manager in the history of the national team.
Sepp Piontek managed the national team between 1990 and 1993.
Nihat Bekdik represented Turkey on 21 occasions, captaining them 10 times.
Turkey against Austria on 6 September 2011.
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