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Turkey – Euro 2024 Overview

Turkey have developed into a respected football nation. At club level, teams such as Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe have excelled n European competition, while the national team has reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008 and won bronze at the World Cup 2002. Familiar names such as Hakan Şükür and Arda Turan have contributed to the country’s success.

However, the national team has experienced a difficult period recently. However, Turkey finished ahead of Croatia to win their qualifying group, and this, along with some promising Nations League performances, suggest that things may be on the up for the Turks. Overall the future of Turkish football looks promising with continued investments being made in youth development, which is expected to keep the country competitive both at club and national team level for a number of years.

Turkey, were drawn in Group F with the Czech Republic , Portugal and the playoff winners from Path C. Italian Vincenzo Montella has been in charge since 2023. During his coaching career, Montella has been at several Serie A clubs such as Milan and Sampdoria. The last club side he coached was Adana Demirspor in the Turkish top league.

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How Turkey qualified for the Euro 2024

Turkey qualified for the Euro 2024 finals in Germany by winning their European Championship qualifying group ahead of Croatia , Wales, Armenia and Latvia. They recorded five wins, two draws and one defeat, scoring 14 goals and conceding seven. The Turks dropped points in the home and away ties against Croatia and away to Wales.

The team’s 14 goals were scored by twelve different players, deonstrating that they are a team who can share the goals around. Kerem Aktürkoğlu and Cenk Tosun were joint top scorers with two goals each.

Turkey’s Euro 2024 squad

The Turkish Euro 2024 squad consists mostly of players from Süper Lig, Turkey’s top domestic league. Despite the fact that there are a lot of players who are valued around 10-20 million euros according to the German Transfermarkt, Turkey are in the bottom half in terms of player value from the nations who have made the finals.

The most valued are Ferdi Kadıoğlu, Fenerbahce and Kerem Aktürkoğlu, whose market value is 20 and 17 million euros respectively.

Montella, who took over from the German Stefan Kuntz, is Turkey’s first Italian national team boss since 1965-66 when Sandro Puppo was in charge. The 49-year-old Italian is known for implementing a playing philosophy that focuses on technically skilled players, quick passing and an offensively oriented style of play. He has previously emphasised the importance of playing attractive and entertaining football, while striving to create a balanced team with both defensive and attacking qualities.

Because Montella’s focus is on attacking, his team can sometimes be vulnerable to quick turnovers and counter-attacks, something that the group opponents will look to exploit.

GKMert Günok Beşiktaş
GKUğurcan Çakır Trabzonspor
GKAltay Bayındır Manchester United
DÇağlar Söyüncü Atlético Madrid
DKaan Ayhan Galatasaray
DZeki Celik Rome
DOzan Kabak 1899 Hoffenheim
DFerdi Kadıoğlu Fenerbahçe
DEren Elmalı Trabzonspor
DCenk Özkacar Valencia
DRıdvan Yılmaz Rangers
DAbdülkerim Bardakcı Galatasaray
DSamet Akaydin Fenerbahçe
MFSalih Özcan Borussia Dortmund
MFİsmail Yüksek Fenerbahçe
MFAbdülkadir Ömur Trabzonspor
MFBerkan Kutlu Genoa
MFEmre Akbaba Adana Demirspor
MFBerat Özdemir Trabzonspor
FWYusuf Yazıcı Small
FWİrfan Kahveci Fenerbahçe
FWKerem Akturkoğlu Galatasaray
FWBarış Alper Yılmaz Galatasaray
FWBertug Yıldırım Rennes
FWYusuf Sarı Adana Demirspor

Key player in Turkey

Here we have listed three of the key players in the Turkish Euro 2024 squad:

  • Hakan Çalhanoğlu – Inter Milan’ midfielder Calhanoglu wil captain the Turks and is a key player with his set piece delivery, leadership and creative passes. A hugely experienced member of the squad with hundrends of matchs in the Bundesliga and Serie A behind him.
  • Çağlar Söyüncü – Söyüncü enjoyed success at Leicester City before heading to Atletico Madrid. Currently on loan to Fenerbache, . Söyüncü is a strong and aggressive defender with excellent positioning and the ability to win duels and play out from the back.
  • Burak Yılmaz – A striker with solid experience and an ability to perform at a high level under pressure both for his club Lille and for Turkey. His ability to find the net, combined with his leadership make him a key player who inspires teammates and poses a threat to opponents.


Turkey Odds at Euro 2024

Portugal are the clear group favourite. But Turkey’s chances of reaching the round of 16 are very good and they will be looking to go beyond that. They are outsiders for the tournament as a whole.

Turkey Euro 2024 OddsOdds
To win tournament50/1 bet365
To win Group F4/1 bet365
To qualify from Group F13/20 BetUK
Odds correct at the time of writing, odds subject to change.

Turkey’s Scedule Euro 2024

This is how Turkey’s schedule looks like in the EC:

Date and timeMatchVenue
18/6, 18:00Turkey – Playoff Winner CDortmund
22/6, 18:00Turkey – PortugalDortmund
26/6, 21:00Czech Republic – TurkeyHamburg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Turkey will be captained by Inter Milan's Hakan Çalhanoğlü,

Euro 2024 will be Turkey's sixth appearance in the finals.

Besiktas' Cenk Tosun is the player who has scored the most goals in the Turkish national team shirt.


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