Turkey Euro 2008 Squad

Turkey qualified for Euro 2008 thanks to a 1-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in the last qualifying match in November 2007. With 24 points, Turkey scraped past Norway — a single point behind them — to get the second Group C spot and send themselves to Austria and Switzerland this summer.

Turkey won seven of their qualifiers, scoring 25 goals in the process but the campaign’s turning point came four days before the Malta clash when they came back from a goal down in Oslo to beat Norway 2-1. The result gave them the impetus to then go on and get the three points needed for qualification 96 hours later.

Whether Turkey can produce the type of performances (and crucially get the similar momentum) they did during their momentous World Cup run in 2002 remains to be seen. But in Hakan Sukur they have one of Europe’s most lethal strikers, truly a headache for any defence, coach Fatih Terim has the right combination of experience and flair and with a solid backline, there is no reason why Turkey cannot progress.

Although speculation exists about whether Terim will still be in charge after the tournament, the renowned disciplinarian will not let any distractions upset his side. If he is to go, then what better send off could his players give him than winning Euro 2008?

Flag of Turkey Turkey Euro 2008 Squad

Head coach: Fatih Terim

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK RüÅŸtü Reçber 10 May 1973 (35) 128 0 Flag of Turkey BeÅŸiktaÅŸ
2 DF Servet Çetin 17 March 1981 (27) 21 1 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
3 DF Hakan Balta 23 March 1983 (25) 6 1 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
4 DF Gökhan Zan 7 September 1981 (26) 17 0 Flag of Turkey BeÅŸiktaÅŸ
5 MF Emre BelözoÄŸlu 7 September 1980 (27) 53 4 Flag of England Newcastle United
6 MF Mehmet Topal 3 March 1986 (22) 1 0 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
7 MF Mehmet Aurélio 15 December 1977 (30) 17 1 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe
8 FW Nihat Kahveci 23 November 1979 (29) 53 14 Flag of Spain Villarreal
9 FW Semih Åžentürk 29 April 1983 (25) 3 0 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe
10 FW Gökdeniz Karadeniz 11 January 1980 (28) 45 6 Flag of Russia Rubin Kazan
11 MF Tümer Metin 14 October 1974 (33) 23 7 Flag of Greece Larissa
12 GK Tolga Zengin 10 October 1983 (24) 2 0 Flag of Turkey Trabzonspor
13 DF Emre Güngör 01 August 1984 (23) 1 0 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
14 MF Arda Turan 30 January 1987 (21) 16 1 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
15 DF Emre Aşık 13 December 1973 (34) 26 2 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
16 DF UÄŸur Boral 14 April 1982 (26) 7 0 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe
17 FW Tuncay Şanlı 16 January 1982 (26) 51 14 Flag of England Middlesbrough
18 MF Colin Kazim-Richards 26 August 1986 (21) 1 0 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe
19 MF Ayhan Akman 23 February 1977 (31) 7 0 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
20 DF Sabri Sarıoğlu 26 July 1984 (23) 11 1 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
21 FW Mevlüt Erdinç 25 February 1987 (23) 1 0 Flag of France Sochaux
22 MF Hamit Altıntop 8 December 1982 (25) 40 2 Flag of Germany Bayern Munich
23 GK Volkan Demirel 27 October 1981 (26) 19 0 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe

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