Turkey national football team

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The Turkey national football team (Türkiye Millî Futbol Takımı) represents Turkey in international football and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Turkey.wikipedia
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Turkish Football Federation

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The Turkey national football team (Türkiye Millî Futbol Takımı) represents Turkey in international football and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Turkey.
It organizes the Turkish national teams, the Turkish Football League and the Turkish Cup.

Football at the 1924 Summer Olympics

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Turkey played their first ever official match at the 1924 Summer Olympics losing 5–2 to Czechoslovakia.
The tournament expanded to 22 countries from 4 confederations, with African sides Egypt (as the previous edition) and Turkey, Uruguay representing South America and the United States in representation of North America.

2002 FIFA World Cup

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Turkey has qualified three times for the FIFA World Cup, in 1950, 1954, and 2002, although they withdrew from the 1950 event.
In the third place play-off match against South Korea, Turkey won 3–2, taking third place in only their second ever FIFA World Cup, and scored the fastest goal in the FIFA World Cup history.

1954 FIFA World Cup

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Turkey has qualified three times for the FIFA World Cup, in 1950, 1954, and 2002, although they withdrew from the 1950 event.
These seedings were thrown into disarray when, in an unexpected result, Turkey eliminated Spain in qualification.

South Korea national football team

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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.
South Korea played games against Hungary and Turkey, losing 9–0 and 7–0 respectively (the game scheduled against West Germany was never played because neither were seeded in their group, as per that tournament's rules).

Rüştü Reçber

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Many of these players (which included Bülent Korkmaz, Alpay Özalan, Sergen Yalçın, Rüştü Reçber, and Hakan Şükür) would become the backbone of the national team for many years.
Rüştü Reçber (born 10 May 1973) is a retired Turkish international footballer and a current sports executive.

Hakan Şükür

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Many of these players (which included Bülent Korkmaz, Alpay Özalan, Sergen Yalçın, Rüştü Reçber, and Hakan Şükür) would become the backbone of the national team for many years.
Şükür represented Turkey a total of 112 times, scoring 51 goals, making him the nation's top goalscorer and 19th in the world at the time of his retirement.

Alpay Özalan

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Many of these players (which included Bülent Korkmaz, Alpay Özalan, Sergen Yalçın, Rüştü Reçber, and Hakan Şükür) would become the backbone of the national team for many years.
He played 90 international games for Turkey between 1995 and 2005, making him Turkey's seventh-most capped player of all time.

Zeki Rıza Sporel

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Zeki Rıza Sporel is considered as the first big star of Turkish football as he scored the first two goals against Romania.
He plied his trade at the striker position for Fenerbahçe and the Turkey national football team.

Fatih Terim

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Piontek's mission came to an end in 1993, where he was replaced by Fatih Terim, who in turn managed to qualify for Euro 1996.
Terim has managed several clubs in Italy and Turkey, as well as the Turkish national football team, most recently from 2013 to 2017.

Lefter Küçükandonyadis

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Lefter Küçükandonyadis, arguably one of the best Turkish strikers of all-time, scored two goals during the tournament.
He is often recognized as one of the greatest strikers to play for Fenerbahçe and Turkey.

Arif Erdem

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This victory brought Turkey into the last eight of the tournament, where they were beaten 2–0 by Portugal, with Arif Erdem missing a critical penalty.
Arif Erdem (born 2 January 1972) is a retired Turkish international footballer of Albanian descent and the former manager of İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor.

Czechoslovakia national football team

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Turkey played their first ever official match at the 1924 Summer Olympics losing 5–2 to Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia returned for the 1924 Olympics in Paris and defeated Turkey 5–2 in the first round, but were eliminated in the second 1–0 against Switzerland in a replay after a 1–1 draw.

Bülent Korkmaz

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Many of these players (which included Bülent Korkmaz, Alpay Özalan, Sergen Yalçın, Rüştü Reçber, and Hakan Şükür) would become the backbone of the national team for many years.
He retired at the end of the 2004–2005 season, having made over 100 appearances for Turkey.

FIFA World Cup

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Turkey has qualified three times for the FIFA World Cup, in 1950, 1954, and 2002, although they withdrew from the 1950 event.
In the tournaments between 1934 and 1978, 16 teams competed in each tournament, except in 1938, when Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, leaving the tournament with 15 teams, and in 1950, when India, Scotland, and Turkey withdrew, leaving the tournament with 13 teams.

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

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They have reached the semi-finals of three major tournaments: the 2002 World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, and Euro 2008.
They were replaced by Turkey, who came third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Hasan Şaş

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Rüştü Reçber, Alpay Özalan and Hasan Şaş were all included in the All-Star Team, with Reçber also being voted as the best goalkeeper in the UEFA Team of the Year 2002, while Şenol Güneş was being voted as the best manager.
Hasan Gökhan Şaş (, born 1 August 1976) is a Turkish football coach and former international footballer, who is currently the co-assistant manager of Galatasaray, alongside co-assistant manager Ümit Davala and manager Fatih Terim.

Rıza Çalımbay

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Prominent players in this period included Rıdvan Dilmen, Oğuz Çetin, Rıza Çalımbay, Feyyaz Uçar, and European Golden Boot winner Tanju Çolak.
Until his retirement in 1995–96 season., he played only for Beşiktaş, and for the Turkey national football team, although he played in the UNICEF-world team against Germany and caught the eye of many clubs like Marseille but Çalımbay would not leave Beşiktaş.

1950 FIFA World Cup

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Turkey has qualified three times for the FIFA World Cup, in 1950, 1954, and 2002, although they withdrew from the 1950 event.
These withdrawals meant that Switzerland and Turkey qualified without having to play their final round of matches.

Hungary national football team

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Turkey was put in a group along with Hungary and West Germany.
Excluding the 1954 World Cup Final, they achieved a remarkable record of 43 victories, 6 draws, and 0 defeats from 14 May 1950 until they lost 3–1 to Turkey on 19 February 1956.

Germany national football team

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Turkey was put in a group along with Hungary and West Germany.
West Germany, captained by Fritz Walter, met in the 1954 World Cup against Turkey, Yugoslavia and Austria.

Tuncay Şanlı

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Tuncay scored three goals and made an assist, which won him the Silver Shoe Award and the Silver Ball Award for the second best player of the tournament.
He was in the Turkey team that finished in third place in both the 2003 Confederations Cup and the 2008 European Championships.

China national football team

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Turkey qualified from the group stage with a 3–0 win against China PR after drawing 1–1 with Costa Rica.
On 2 August 1948 China competed in the Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics where they were once again knocked out in the last sixteen, this time by Turkey national football team in a 4–0 defeat.

Şenol Güneş

Rüştü Reçber, Alpay Özalan and Hasan Şaş were all included in the All-Star Team, with Reçber also being voted as the best goalkeeper in the UEFA Team of the Year 2002, while Şenol Güneş was being voted as the best manager.
His most notable managerial achievements to date include coaching the Turkish national team to third place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and winning two Süper Lig titles; both of them with Beşiktaş.

Golden Team

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In 1956, however, Turkey did play Hungary in a friendly match in Istanbul, defeating what was one of the strongest teams of the era, 3–1.
Hungary shared Group B with Turkey, West Germany and South Korea; Hungary and Turkey were the two seeded sides in the group.