Turkey national football team

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Turkey
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Ay-Yıldızlılar
(The Crescent-Stars)[1]
AssociationTürkiye Futbol Federasyonu (TFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachŞenol Güneş[2]
CaptainEmre Belözoğlu
Most capsRüştü Reçber (120)
Top scorerHakan Şükür (51)
FIFA codeTUR[3]
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 41 Decrease 2 (7 February 2019)[4]
Highest5 (June 2004)
Lowest67 (October 1993)
Elo ranking
Current 44 Decrease 5 (3 March 2019)[5]
Highest10 (16 October 2002, November 2002)
Lowest72 (13 November 1985, 29 October 1986)
First international
 Turkey 2–2 Romania 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 26 October 1923)[6]
Biggest win
 Turkey 7–0 Syria 
(Ankara, Turkey; 20 November 1949)
 Turkey 7–0 South Korea 
(Geneva, Switzerland; 20 June 1954)
 Turkey 7–0 San Marino 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 10 November 1996)
Biggest defeat
 Poland 8–0 Turkey 
(Chorzów, Poland; 24 April 1968)
 Turkey 0–8 England 
(Istanbul, Turkey; 14 November 1984)
 England 8–0 Turkey 
(London, England; 14 October 1987)
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1954)
Best resultThird place (2002)
European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 1996)
Best resultSemi-finals (2008)
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1924)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1948, 1952)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2003)
Best resultThird place (2003)
The Turkish national football team (2016)
Turkish team during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification.
Nuri Şahin is the youngest player to have made a goal.

The Turkish national football team is the national football team of the Republic of Turkey and is worked by the Turkish Football Federation. They are in association with UEFA.

Turkey has a footballing tradition that has been good and bad. In World Cup competition Turkey has qualified three times for the 1950, 1954, and 2002 editions. Turkey failed to make an appearance for the 1950 World Cup because they withdrew.

Turkey made it to the semi-finals during the UEFA Euro 2008, but then lost to Germany.

Current Squad[change | change source]

2011[change | change source]

Most appearances[change | change source]

Updated on October 1, 2011

# Name Caps Goals
1 Rüştü Reçber 120 0
2 Hakan Şükür 112 51
3 Bülent Korkmaz 102 2
4 Tugay Kerimoğlu 94 2
5 Alpay Özalan 90 4
6 Tuncay Şanlı 80 22
7 Emre Belözoğlu 78 8
8 Ogün Temizkanoglu 76 5
9 Abdullah Ercan 71 0
10 Oğuz Çetin 70 3
  • Players in bold are still active.

Top scorers[change | change source]

Updated on October 1, 2011

# Name Goals Caps
1 Hakan Şükür
51
112
2 Tuncay Şanlı
22
80
3 Lefter Küçükandonyadis
21
46
4 Metin Oktay
19
36
5 Cemil Turan
19
44
6 Nihat Kahveci
19
69
7 Zeki Rıza Sporel
15
16
8 Arda Turan
12
46
9 Ertuğrul Sağlam
11
26
10 Arif Erdem
11
60
  • Players in bold are still active.

Recent Games[change | change source]

Date Home Team Result Away Team
November 15, 2012  Croatia 0 – 0 Turkey Turkey
February 29, 2012 Turkey Turkey 1 – 2  Slovakia
May 24, 2012  Georgia 1 – 3 Turkey Turkey
May 29, 2012  Bulgaria 0 – 2 Turkey Turkey
June 2, 2012  Portugal 1 – 3 Turkey Turkey
June 5, 2012 Turkey Turkey 2 – 0  Ukraine
August 15, 2012  Austria 2 – 0 Turkey Turkey


  • Green means that the team won.
  • Yellow means the team had a draw.
  • Red means the team lost.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Turkey sneak through as best third-placed team". UEFA. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. Beşiktaş boss Şenol Güneş appointed Turkey national team coach
  3. Jeffree, Iain (6 August 2015). "FIFA Country Codes". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. Since the Republic was not formally declared by the time of the event, the game was played between Romania and TFF. The city also was not consistently known as Istanbul in the English speaking world until 1930

Other websites[change | change source]