Turkey National Team

Turkey locates in Eurasia but it has been settled playing in the Europe zone since the 1954 World Cup where Lefter Kucukandonyadis was their most remarkable star. However, Zeki Riza Sporel was its first superstar as one of the most prolific scorers in amateur era during 1920s. The 1980s saw the Turkish best striker ever Metin Oktay. Hankan Suker was the most iconic Turkish star in the first half 2000s, being chosen as Turkish UEFA Jubilee.   Fatih Terim is the greatest Turkish football personality of all-time and is named in player-manager.


Turkey





Location   :  North East
European Championship Participation : 3 Times (1994, 2000, 2008)
World Cup Participation :  2 Times (1954, 2002)
Achievement  :  2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Most Caps  : Rustu Recber (119 Games)           
Top Scorer : Hakan Suker (51 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Lefter Kucukandonyadis





All-Time Turkish Squad



1. Rustu Recber

Date Of Birth  : 10 May 1973
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height   :  187 cm
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps  :  119 Games
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (7 Games)
Club Honours  : 5 Times Turkish League, 1 Time Turkish Cup
International Honours  :  2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement :  2002 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
2002 Bronze Ball IFFHS World Best Goalkeeper of The Year
Class  : Prince SIlver


2. Alpaslan Eratli

Date Of Birth :  1948
Position  : Center-Back
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps  :  26 Games
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours  :  4 Times Turkish League
3 Times Turkish Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Bronze


3. Basri Dirimlili

Date Of Birth  : 7 June 1929
Position  :  Center-Back
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps  :  27 Games
World Cup Participation : 1954 (3 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times Turkish League
1 Time Turkish Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze


4. Fatih Terim

Date Of Birth  :  4 September 1953
Position  :  Sweeper
Height  : 172 cm
Major Club  :  Galatasaraay
Caps  : 51 Games
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  :  3 Times Turkish Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Silver

5. Riza Calimbay

Date Of Birth  : 2 February 1963
Position  :  Right-Side Midfielder
Height  :  172 cm
Major Club  :  Besiktas
Caps  : 51 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours :  6 Times Turkish League
3 Times Turkish Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  Besiktas Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Bronze


6. Abdullah Ercan

Date Of Birth  : 8 December 1971
Position  :  Left-Wing-Back/ Midfielder
Height  : 182 cm
Major Club  : Trabzonspor
Caps : 71 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Turkish League
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  : Prince Silver


7. Emre Belozoglu

Date Of Birth  : 7 September 1980
Position :  Box-to-Box Midfielder
Height : 171 cm, Caps :  65 Games
Major Club : Galatasaraay, Inter Milan
World Cup Participation :  2002 (6 Games)
Club Honours  :  4 Times Turkish League
3 Times Turkish Cup, 1 Time Copa Italia
2000 UEFA Cup
International Honours  : 2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement :   None
Class : Prince Bronze


8. Oguz Cetin

Date Of Birth  : 15 February 1963
Position : Central Holding Midfielder
Height  : 179 cm
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps  : 70 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours : 2 Times Turkish League
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze



9. Metin Oktay

Date Of Birth  : 2 February 1936
Height : 176 cm, Position : Target Striker
Major Club  : Galatasaray
Caps  : 36 Games (19 Goals)
Professional Scores Record : 390 Goals/ 403 Games
Club Honours  : 3 Times Turkish League, 4 Times Turkish Cup
International Honours, World Cup Participation  :  None
Individual Achievement : Turkish league All-Time Most Top Scorers (6)
1963 European/World League Top Scorer
Galatasaray All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Silver


10. Lefter Kucukandonyadis

Date Of Birth  :  22 December 1925
Height  : 168 cm, Position : Deep-Lying Forward
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps :  50 Games (22 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1954 (3 Games/2 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 434 Goals/ 630 Games
Club Honours : 3 Times Turkish League
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement :  1 Time Turkish League Top Scorer
Turkish Golden Honour Medal
Fenerbahce Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Silver

11. Zeki Riza Sporel

Date Of Birth  : 28 February 1898
Position  : Fast Striker
Height  : 174 cm
Major Club :  Fenebahce
Caps : 16 Games (15 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : None
Amateur Scores Record  :  470 Goals/ 352 Games
Club Honours  :  4 Istanbul Football League
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : Fenerbahce All-Time Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver

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12. Turgay Seren

Date Of Birth  : 15 May 1932
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  :  Galatasaraay
Caps  : 46 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1954 (2 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Times Turkish League
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class : Prince Bronze

13. Alpay Ozalan

Date Of Birth  : 29 May 1973
Height :  188 cm, Position :  Stopper
Major Club  :  Besiktas, Aston Villa
Caps  :  98 Games
World Cup Participation : 2002 (5 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Turkish League
2 Times Turkish Cup
International Honours : 2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : 2002 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
Class  : Prince Bronze


14. Bulen Korkmaz

Date Of Birth  :  24 November 1968
Position : Center-Back
Height : 181 cm
Major Club  :  Galatasaraay
Caps  : 102 Games
World Cup Participation  : 2002 (6 Games)
Club Honours  :  8 Times Turkish League
6 Times Turkish Cup, 2000 UEFA Cup
International Honours  :  2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement :   None
Class : Prince Bronze


15. Tugay Kerimoglu

Date Of Birth  : 24 August 1970
Position : Destroyer
Height :  175 cm
Major Club  : Galatasaray, Blackburn Rovers
Caps  :  94 Games
World Cup Participation  : 2002 (7 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Times English League Cup
1 Time Scottish Premier League, 1 Time Scottish Cup
6 Times Turkish League, 1 Time Turkish Cup
International Honours  :  2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Bronze


16. Arda Turan

Date Of Birth  :  30 January 1987
Position  :  Left-Winger
Height : 182 cm, Caps : 97 Games 
Major Club :  Galatasaraay, Atletico Madrid
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Turkish League
2 Times La Liga, 3 Times Copa Del Rey
1 Time Turkish Cup, 1 Time Copa Del Rey
2012 Europa League
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : 5 Times Turkish League Player of The Year
Class :  Prince Silver


17. Yildiray Basturk

Date Of Birth  :  24 December 1978
Position  :  Playmaker
Height  : 168 cm, Caps  : 49 Games
Major Club  :  Bochum, Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin
World Cup Participation : 2002 (6 Games)
Club Honours  : 2002 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
International Honours :  2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Bronze


18. Can Bartu

Date Of Birth  : 30 January 1936
Position  : Attacking Midfielder, Left-Winger
Height  :  172 cm, Caps : 97 Games
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
World Cup Participation :  None
Professional Scores Record : 195 Goals/426 Games
Club Honours  :  4 Times Turkish League
1 Time Cup Winners'Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class :  Prince Bronze



19. Hami Mandirali

Date Of Birth  :  20 July 1968
Position : Attacking Midfielder
Height  : 182 cm
Major Club  :  Trabzonspor
Caps  :  48 Games 
World Cup Participation :  None
Professional Scores Record : 222 Goals/500 Games
Club Honours  : None
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : Trabzonspor Greatest Player Ever
Class :  Prince Bronze


20. Alaattin Baydar

Date Of Birth  : 1901
Height  :  183 cm
Position : Right-Winger/Forward
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps  :  16 Games
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours  :  2 Time Istanbul League
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze



21. Tanju Colak

Date Of Birth : 10 November 1963
Height : 170 cm, Position : Target Striker
Major Club  : Samsunspor, Galatasaray
Caps  : 31 Games (9 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : None
Professional Scores Record : 257 Goals/ 296 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Turkish League, 1 Time Turkish Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 5 Times Turkish League Top Scorer
1988 European Golden Shoe, World League Top Scorer
Turkish League All-Time Highest Scorer in a Single Season
Class : Prince Bronze


22. Hakan Sukur

Date Of Birth  :  1 September 1971
Height : 191 cm, Position : Target Striker
Major Club  :  Samsunspor, Galatasaray
Caps : 112 Games (51 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 2002 (7 Games With 1 Goal)
Professional Scores Record : 332 Goals/ 715 Games)
Club Honours : 8 Times Turkish League
6 Times Turkish Cup, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours  : 2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : 3 Times Turkish League Top Scorer
Turkey League All-Tim Top Scorer                                  
UEFA Jubilee Award (Turkey)
Class : Prince Bronze




Manager 

Fatih Terim

Year Of Birth :  4 September 1953
Major Team :  Galatasaray, Turkey
Major Achievement :  4 Times Turkish League
2 Times Turkish Cup
2000 UEFA Cup
2001 Copa Italia Runner-Up
2008 European Championship Semi-Final
Individual Achievement : 2008 Eurosport Best Manager at Euro 2008
Class  :  Prince Silver








Conclusion of Squad

GK : Rustu Recber, Turgay Seren
DF : Bulent Korkmaz, Alpay Ozalan, Basri Dirimlili, Fatih Terim, Alpasan Eratli, Abudullah Ercan
MF : Tukay Kerimoglu, Emre Belozoglu, Oguz Cetin, Yildiray Basturk, Arda Turan, Can Bartu, Riza Calimbay
FW : Alaattin Baydar, Metin Oktay, Zeki Riza Sporel, Lefter Kucukandonyadis (Captain), Hakan Suker, Tanju Colak
Player-Manager : Fatih Terim



Formation XI (3-4-3)




Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is direct-ball counter attack with a deep midfield line. Rustu Recber is stand as a first choice goalkeeper. Three defending system consists of Terim who is set as a sweeper. Dirimlili and Eratli cooperate to stop opponents’ attackers. Abdullah is a left-defensive midfielder with a precise-crossing weapon. Calimbay will be on the right-side-midfielder. Emre is assigned as a role of box-to-box midfielder with Cetin as deep-lying playmaker, is a true partnership based on central midfield line allowing Lefter playing as support striker just behind Oktay and Sporel.


 Stadium

Ataruk Olympic Stadium


Start Year :  2002
City :  Istanbul
Capacity :  75,486 Seats
Field Dimension :  105x68m








Statistics

By Decade
By Class
By Club
1920s :  2
1930s :  -
1940s :  -
1950s :  3
1960s :  2
1970s :  2
1980s :  3
1990s :  6
2000s :  4

King : -
Queen : -
Prince : 22

Galatasaray  : 8
Fenerbahce : 8
Besiktas : 2
Trapzonspor : 2



Major Reserved Player

Tuncay Sanli

Date Of Birth :  16 January 1982
Position : Free-Role Attacker
Height : 182 cm
Major Club  :  Fenerbahce
Caps  :  80 Games (22 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 3 Times Turkish League
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement   :   None
Class :  Prince Bronze




Minor Reserved Group

Ertugrul Saglam
Aykut Kocaman
Cemil Turan
Olgun Altiparmark
Ridvan Dilmen
Hamit Altintop
Nuri Sahin
Nihat Kavechi
Hakki Yeten
Melih Kotanca


The Greatest Turkish Footballers of All-Time

1. Arda Turan 
2. Lefter Kucukandonyadis
3. Zeki Riza Sporel
4. Can Bartu
5. Metin Oktay

8 comments:

  1. their staffs are great, but do you mind putting together a formation B using the reserves that are among the 22?

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    1. I'm appreciated that you like to see the formation B. Actually, Formation B - E was available in my active works during Xtratime.org period but the it was all cancelled as the work reform to identify each all-time squad and eliminate the problem that saw many players in lower Formation is better than the higher one due to inequivalent level of players between positions and was solved by replacement of positional ranking for reserved players.

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  2. I understand, but still prefer the way you ~ and fzia in xtratime.org is like my way of doing squads too, when my blog is ready pass you my link, I do not like the desperation of some forums out there that heap squads with 3, 4 center-forwards and only five or six defenders only to include all stars on the same team

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  3. Anonymous1/2/16

    All-stars team XI D1 Turkey "Süper Lig" (1959-2012). Turkish newspaper "Hürriyet" (vote among football specialists): 4-4-2

    Turgay Şeren - Basri Dirimlili, Georghe Popescu (ROM), Bülent Korkmaz, Ergün Penbe - Oğuz Çetin, Georghe Hagi (ROM), Can Bartu, Lefter - Metin Oktay, Hakan Şükür.

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  4. Anonymous18/2/16

    what about Hamburger SV Goalkeeper Ozcan?

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    1. I'm surprised that there was a Turkish keeper regularly appear in Bundesliga in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Kicker start to rate foreigner since 1971 and he was not rated better than national level. Note that Hamburg in his time was middle-level team in Bundesliga. He also got a few opportunities to play for Turkey. He might be better than Seren in quality but status in history is way disqualified.

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    2. Anonymous24/2/16

      Thanks for reply. Then, how about Segnol Gunes in Minor Reserved Group? He was a great manager and also as a Goalie. Gunes was an important player for Trabzonspor which dominated Turkish football during 70s to 80s.

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  5. Anonymous31/3/17

    Ali Kemal Denizci

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