Turkish squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers

Turkey’s first game in the qualifiers (against Malta) isn’t untill September 6th, but they’ll play a warm-up game against Luxemborg on August 16th, a good chance for some of the newcomers to gel into the team. Here is the squad, as announced by our very own Emperor, Fatih Terim:

Besiktas: Gökhan Zan, İbrahim Toraman, Fahri Tatan

Fenerbahce: Rüştü Reçber, Volkan Demirel, Can Arat, Mehmet Aurelio, Tuncay Şanlı, Tümer Metin

Galatasaray: Tolga Seyhan, Orhan Ak, Arda Turan, Necati Ateş, Hakan Şükür

Hertha Berlin: Yıldıray Baştürk

Borussia Dortmund: Nuri Şahin

Trabzonspor: Hüseyin Cimşir

Ankaraspor: Hakan Arıkan

Kayserispor: Mehmet Topuz, Gökhan Ünal

Villarreal: Nihat Kahveci

Zenit: Fatih Tekke

Schalke 04: Halil Altıntop, Hamit Altıntop

Like everyone else, I have my own opinions on who did and didn’t deserve to be in this squad. For starters, I’m glad to see Kayserispor’s players being rewarded for their fantastic performances of late with a call to the national team. Also, the future of this squad–who I truly believe will be enormously successful in Euro 2008–will most definitely be constructed around Nuri Sahin and the Altintop brothers, so it is essential that they play in all of these friendlies.

Having said that, I have always felt this immense hatred towards Hakan Sukur. Not only do I hate him as a person–remember him whining when he was dropped from the squad by Yanal, saying he was being discriminated against because he was a practising muslim–but also as a player; he is nothing but a has-been, constantly reminding us of the laurels he brought to Galatasaray, as if that was a good enough reason to keep him on the squad till he died. For some reason, there is a select, yet very influential, group of Turkish fans who don’t understand this professional concept of letting youngsters take over the reigns of your national team, before it’s too late; which is what will likely happen if and when Hakan Sukur and Rustu are forced to retire from an injury. We will survive without a striker with superior heading skills, if we keep Tuncay/Tekke/Altintop–or any combination thereof–as fast forwards.

Also, I’m ecstatic about the Brazilian Aurelio playing for the national team, who I believe is the first foreigner to play for our team. There is some debate going on in Turkey on this issue, and some people wonder whether he should even be allowed to represent our country at such a level, to whom I suggest taking a look-see at the German, French, Polish, or even the English team, who let a Swede take the healm of their squad for years, albeit with only partial success.

Good luck Turkiye.

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~ by ziddi on August 15, 2006.

One Response to “Turkish squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers”

  1. I think Turkey can make it through to the finals, but it won’t be easy! Hopefully we’ll see them at their best for the qualifying rounds!

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