National Team • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Following the completion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, football's governing body has released the latest edition of their World Ranking. While finalists Spain and the Netherlands took up the first two slots, other big movers on the list were Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Ghana and Japan. Despite not appearing in the competition, Turkey have also gone up one spot to 28th.
National Team • Author: Nathan Redd • Monday, June 7, 2010
Turkish National Team coach Guus Hiddink has yet to officially take over as Crescent Stars' boss, but he's proving already to be a man of his word. According to a report early this week, Hiddink is not interested in an offer from English side Liverpool to take over the same position there. Hiddink's agent also reveals that he turned down an offer to replace Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan recently.
National Team • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Turkish National Football Team have returned back from their two-week United States tour. Milli Takım players and technical staff arrived at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport on Tuesday morning. "Despite it being at the end of the season, the training camp was very fruitful. All the players showed admirable will," said TFF executive Levent Kızıl, responsible of national teams.
National Team • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Sunday, May 30, 2010
Milli Takım interim coach Oğuz Çetin spoke to reporters after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to the United States at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. He acknowledged the fact that it was the final friendly for the US National Soccer Team before they embark on their trip to South Africa for the World Cup finals. "Especially in the second half, they showed a lot more will and ambition which gave them the edge," stated Çetin.
A fatigued Turkey squad, playing their third match in seven days, dominated through the first 45 minutes on Saturday. However, the Turks fell apart in the second half, suffering a difficult 2-1 loss to the United States in Philadelphia. Arda Turan opened the scoring in the final match of the Turks' American tour, but the Americans used two crucial mistakes by the Turks to come from behind and take the lead. They hung on for a 2-1 win as the Turks now return to Istanbul to prepare for Euro 2012 qualifying.
İstanbul is known as the city on two continents, but they can add North America to the list on Saturday, as thousands of Turks will turn Philadelphia into 'İstanbul West.' The Turkish National Team will play the final friendly of their American tour, taking on the United States from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Kickoff for Saturday's match is set for 2 PM EST (21:00 Turkish time; 7 PM in the U.K.).
The Turkish National Team will hit the pitch one last time Saturday in the final friendly of their American tour. They'll play the hosts United States at Lincoln Financial Field before returning to Istanbul on Sunday. Coach-in-waiting Guus Hiddink spoke with reporters Friday and talked about his team's final opponent. The Dutch boss also talked about the shocking and disappointing announcement regarding Turkey's UEFA Euro 2016 bid.
The Turkish National Team is in Philadelphia, preparing for Saturday's final friendly of their American tour. They'll face the host United States at 2 PM EST (21:00 Turkish time; 7 PM in the U.K.) at Lincoln Financial Field. The squad wrapped up preparations Friday, just as Guus Hiddink responded to rumours linking him to the vacant Inter Milan coaching job.
National Team • Author: Nathan Redd • Friday, May 28, 2010
In an announcement just moments ago, UEFA, the governing body of European football, awarded the Euro 2016 championship to France. The country was one of three finalists, along with Turkey and Italy. Both France and Italy have hosted the tournament twice previously. Turkey was bidding for the third time, but has never been awarded the prestigious competition. France narrowly defeated Turkey in the final voting, with a 7-to-6 vote tally.
National Team • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Friday, May 28, 2010
The three candidate countries to host the UEFA EURO 2016 (Turkey, Italy and France) made their formal presentations at the Espace Hippomène in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday morning. The Turkish Football Federation made a 30-minute professional presentation which included speeches from President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Federation President Mahmut Özgener. The UEFA Executive Committee have now convened for the voting procedure and the final decision will be announced at 14:00 Turkish time (13:00 CET).