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Tunisia coach Faouzi Benzarti announced his final 23 man squad on 31st December and there was delight from the fans as he named a young squad that is full of potential. Benzarti’s expected to get his side playing the attacking football that fans of Esperance watch on a weekly basis, and he will certainly institute changes in the team’s fluidity and efficiency that was sorely missing in the qualifying campaign.
Benzarti has the advantage of knowing the ins and outs of Tunisian football better than any foreign manager would and has …

Two minutes of madness cost Turkey dear on Friday night, as they went down 1-0 to an under-strength France side in Lyon.

Despite leaving star names such as Patrice Evra and Franck Ribery on the substitutes bench, the French side still contained household names such as Chelsea duo Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka but struggled during the opening exchanges of the friendly in front of 32,000 at the Stade Gerland.

Left out – Franck Ribery

Whilst the margin of victory appears narrow to observers, the reality was anything but and a …

Turkey take a break from their qualifying for the 2010 World Cup with a friendly double header against two teams of varying difficulty.

Fatih Terim’s men face Estonia in September as they look to qualify for South Africa next year, and will face Azerbaijan on Tuesday at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium before travelling to the Stade de Gerland to take on France on Friday.

On paper, Azerbaijan – nicknamed Odlar Yurdu, or the ‘land of fire’ – are the simpler of the two games for Terim’s charges. Their last six …

Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey, is commonly known as “The City on Seven Hills” – and Fatih Terim’s charges now face a wholly uphill task of qualifying for the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals.

To stand any chance of boarding the plane for South Africa next year through automatic qualification, Turkey must achieve a better result against Estonia in September than group leaders Spain attain against Belgium. If not, the only way to qualify will be through a tricky Uefa play-off.

Fenerbahçe striker Semih Şentürk holds the key to …

Of all the teams Turkey used the most players that were forced upon, baring in mind the sides that decided to field second sides because they had already qualified had every choice, due to injuries and suspensions Turkey fielded everyone except their 3rd choice keeper. The tournament didn’t see too many red cards, and only 1 goalkeeper saw red, which let in Recber for a swansong of a performance before announcing his retirement. We look at the impact the Turkish players made on the Euro’s as they certainly added some …

Germany 3 Turkey 2
With only four minutes remaining in the match, Turkey looked to have come back from the dead yet again with an equaliser from Semih Senturk. Unfortunately for them though they didn’t manage to see the game into extra time. A Philip Lahm goal in the final minute of the match restored Germany’s lead and made sure they would line-up in the final of the tournament in Vienna on Sunday.
Many expected the Turks to deploy similar tactics that saw them frustrate Croatia, however, they came at Germany from …

Turkey Coach Fatih Terim faces the prospect of having to play third-choice keeper Tolgan Zengin on pitch during Wednesday’s Semi Final.
Fatih Terim has just 13 outfield players available for their Euro 2008, not to mention 1st choice keeper Volkan Demirel suspended.
Turkey are still waiting to hear whether keeper he will have his suspension, for his red card against teh Czech Republic overturned.

“He could come on towards the end as a sub as last man in defence or a centre forward,” he said.

“Now, we are in the top four. We have eliminated the best team of the tournament,” Bastian Schweinsteiger, the man who scored one goal and created the other two, told the official Germany website. On the performances leading up to the semi final, Portugal were the best side in Germany’s half of the tournament and, arguably, the best team in the tournament overall. After disposing of the Portuguese, Germany will now face never-say-die Turkey, who have been behind in three of their four matches so far and have only been …

Turkey will go into their semi final against Germany without their leading striker Nihat Kahveci. Kahveci picked up a thigh injury against Croatia in the quarter final and joins an ever expanding injury list.
Turkey will be missing a third of their squad for the semi final through injury or suspension this proves there current run of form really is incredible and they have excellent depth.
Injury List:
Emre Güngör: Calf (out for tournament)
Servet Çetin: Hip and knee (Out of Semi Final)
Tümer Metin: Groin (Out of Semi Final)
Emre BelözoÄŸlu: Hamstring (Out of …

Croatia coach Slaven Bilić admitted there was “something special” about Fatih Terim’s side after their thrilling win at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Friday night. Turkey’s run to the semi-finals of EURO 2008 has been sensational but what is the secret of their success – and can they reproduce it against Germany in Basel next Wednesday?
When Portugal beat Turkey in their opening Group A game there was no indication of the incredible theatre that was to follow. First Terim’s side stunned co-hosts Switzerland in their own backyard, fighting back from a goal …