Tuesday, May 27, 2008

UEFA Euro 2008: Turkey Team Preview

The squad: Turkey have failed to rediscover the form that lead to a third-place finish at the 2002 World Cup. Their failed 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign ended in a brawl with Switzerland, making their June 11 rematch one of the opening round's more intriguing matches.

The players: The Turks will be looking to striker Nihat Kahveci to replicate the scoring touch he showed this season with Villareal, where he led the La Liga runners-up with 18 goals. Goaltender Volkan Demirel takes over for veteran Rustu Recber after leading Fenerbahce to the Champions League quarterfinals.

The schedule: vs. Portugal (6/7); vs. Switzerland (6/11); vs. Czech Republic (6/15)

The prediction: Longshots to advance out of Group A, the Turks are likely to be three and done.

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