In the Turkey Euro 2016 preview, we have compiled the schedule and roster for Turkey, as well as a prediction of how far they’ll advance in the European Championships, and more.
Turkey Euro 2016 preview
Manager: Fatih Terim
Captain: Arda Turan
Turkey Euro 2016 preview: Fixtures:
Sunday, June 12
Friday, June 17
Tuesday, June 21
Turkey Euro 2016 preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Harun Tekin (Bursaspor), Onur Kıvrak (Trabzonspor), Volkan Babacan (İstanbul Başakşehir).
Defenders: Gökhan Gönül (Fenerbahçe), Şener Özbayraklı (Fenerbahçe), Ahmet Çalık (Gençlerbirliği), Hakan Balta (Galatasaray), Mehmet Topal (Fenerbahçe), Semih Kaya (Galatasaray), Caner Erkin (Fenerbahçe), İsmail Köybaşı (Beşiktaş).
Midfielders: Emre Mor (Nordsjælland), Volkan Şen (Fenerbahçe), Hakan Çalhanoğu (Bayer Leverkusen), Nuri Şahin (Borussia Dortmund), Oğuzhan Özyakup (Beşiktaş), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahçe), Selçuk İnan (Galatasaray), Arda Turan (Barcelona), Olcay Şahan (Beşiktaş).
Forwards: Burak Yılmaz (Beijing Guoan), Cenk Tosun (Beşiktaş), Yunus Mallı (Mainz).
Turkey Euro 2016 preview: Overview:
After no wins in their first three qualifying group games in a pool containing the likes of the Netherlands, Iceland and the Czech Republic, getting into the finals proper looked to be beyond this talented Turkey team at one point. But eventually they recovered well and avoided the need for a playoff.
Terim is a fiercely ambitious boss and despite being placed in one of the most testing foursomes at Euro 2016, will be confident this group can upset the establish tournament order. Indeed, the last time they featured in the Euros under his guidance in 2008, they made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Of course, much has changed in that eight-year stint, although there are a selection of similarities to draw. Terim still has a lot of technically gifted-played available to him, a sprinkling of superstars and a group who have an insatiable hunger for the game.
The middle of the pitch is where the Crescent-Stars will look to get the edge in matches. Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu aside, there are some fine playmakers, including Selcuk Inan and Nuri Sahin. Oguzhan Ozyakup and Gokhan Tore, both emerging talents at Besiktas, also add depth and versatility in the middle of the pitch.