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Lineker's Verdict

Turkey Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Turkey star player, Hasan Sas
World Cup record:
 1954   First round
 2002   Third place

Did you know?
Prior to 2002, Turkey had only played three World Cup finals matches - all back in 1954. A total of 21 goals were scored in their two defeats and a victory that year - an average of seven per game.

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Star player:

Senol Gunes
Hasan Sas
It might've been 48 years since Turkey last appeared in the finals, but they've returned to the world stage with a bang.

Coach Senol Gunes' prediction of reaching the quarter-finals seemed a little optimistic at the time, but in the end his men went one better and made it to the last four.

Although they lost their opening group game, I could see this was a team with potential. I wasn't wrong - a subsequent draw and win put them through to the knockout stages where they soon brought Japan and Senegal's fantastic World Cup runs to an end.

Certainly the team has benefited from many of the players playing their club football outside Turkey, such as Emre Belozoglu and Umit Davala in Serie A as well as Yildiray Basturk in Germany.

Gunes has also played his part, transforming his team into a tight unit that's not afraid to knock the ball around and go forward, with the likes of Hasan Sas proving a dangerous threat in the box.

Their impressive run was finally halted by the team that beat them in their opening game, Brazil, but the Turks have gone out with their heads held high.

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2002 World Cup results

Group C: v Brazil 1-2; v Costa Rica 1-1; v China 3-0; Second round: v Japan 1-0; v Quarter-finals: v Senegal 1-0 (aet); Semi-finals: v Brazil 0-1; Third place play-off: v South Korea 3-2.



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