Turkey has qualified for the World Cup Finals only twice since their first appearance in 1950, their second and third appearances coming in 1954 and 2002. Their finest moment came at the 2002 World Cup where they enjoyed a fairytale run to the semi-finals, eventually finishing in third place. Upon returning to Turkey, the team was greeted by tens of thousands of Turkish supporters. Turkey also enjoyed success at the Euro 2008 tournament where they reached the semi-finals.
They narrowly lost to Germany despite only having 14 outfield players available for that match due to injuries and suspensions. Unfortunately this was their last appearance in a major tournament for 8 years.
Failing to progress from the qualifying stages to major tournaments has become something of a trend for Turkey. They failed to qualify for the World Cup 2010 and 2014 and also failed to qualify for Euro 2012. Turkey did manage to qualify for Euro 2016 with a late victory over Iceland thanks to an 89th minute free-kick from Selcuk Inan, which secured them third place in their group.
Best Turkey Football Team Betting Lines
Here are the odds for Turkey's next match. Check out the odds and take into consideration who they are playing, what team is likely to be selected and the strength of the opposition.
Turkey Football Team Season Schedule
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Turkey Football Team League Standings
Keep tabs on Turkey's progression below and see where they sit in the standings. No matter what group their in, we expect Turkey to fight for a place in a major tournament.
Turkey keeps every game close and is always expected stay close to the top teams in their group. They play well at home and often struggle on the road.
How To Turkey Football Team Bets
Turkey had a fantastic spell of results between November 2014 and May 2016 where they went undefeated before losing 2-1 to England in May 2016. During this time they had surged up the FIFA world rankings and their qualification for Euro 2016, albeit via a very late goal, shows they are certainly a team that can win matches, even against strong opposition.
Striker Burak Yilmaz is a threat up front and has been a consistent goal scorer in his international career, averaging about 1 goal every 2 matches for his country. He scored 65 goals in 102 appearances in his domestic career for Galatasaray between 2012 and 2016. Against the weaker international sides he poses a real threat in front of goal and is a good bet for first goal scorer.
Turkey's most recognisable player is Hakan Calhanoglu. He signed for Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 for €14.5 million after building his reputation in the Bundesliga with Hamburg. Often tipped for a big money move to the Premie League, Calhanoglu's has played in the Champions League. A free-kick specialist, Calhanoglu is a good bet for first goal scorer. Here are a selection of Calhanoglu's free-kicks in the Bundesliga.
Against a strong attack, however, things get slightly less favorable for the Turkish side. Turkey are weak in defence, regardless of what their winning percentage over the past two years is indicative of.
Turkey's two most selected goalkeepers have less than 30 caps between them and don't play at a high level in club football. Turkey's preferred goalkeeper is the relatively inexperienced Volkan Babacan, who plays his football in Turkey for Istanbul Basaksehir.
The step up in class may be too much for him to cope with. You may find some value in the overs market, as once the strong attackers get into their stride, Turkey will struggle to deal with the class of opposing strikers in many of strong international sides.
It is not all doom and gloom. Turkey beat the Netherlands 3-0 during their Euro 2016 campaign and gave England a game in May 2016, eventually losing 2-1.
We don't expect Turkey to blast aside any of the top nations in a big match scenario. Their plight for knockout stage qualification will likely fall short.