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What is the secret of Turkey’s success?

21 June 2008 by


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 down to clinch victory in the last minute thanks to Arda Turan’s powerful strike. Even more drama came against the Czech Republic when the Crescent Stars (Ay Yıldızlılar) overturned a 2-0 deficit in the final 15 minutes to win 3-2 with two late Nihat Kahveci goals.

The best til last? Turkey forced a penalty shoot out after Croatia scored in the 119 minute. Semih Şentürk driving in via a deflection in the last second of extra time to force penalties.
Turkey won the shoot out 3-1 and now face Germany.

But Turkey have lots of players out for the Semi final: Emre Aşık, Tuncay Åžanlı, Volkan Demirel and Arda all suspended in addition to injuries to Emre Güngör, Servet Çetin, Emre BelözoÄŸlu and Tümer Metin. Terim said in his post-match news conference there should be no limits to his team’s success but can they overcome Germany to reach the final? And what is the secret behind Turkey’s success?

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