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Euro 2016 Profile: Terim’s Turkey not without talent

Crescent-Stars could defy long odds to go far again just as they did at Euro 2008 under current coach Terim.

We’re profiling all 24 teams that will be competing in France, so punters will have an expert view as Europe’s finest collide.

This time we focus on talented Turkey, who dramatically secured automatic qualification for the finals as a best third-placed team.

Though, the Crescent-Stars now face a tricky Group D in France (which they are a best-priced 10/1 to win with Bet365), also featuring current Euro holders Spain, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

History at the Euros: Breaking a six-year absence from international tournaments, Turkey qualified for Euro 2008 and registered their best-ever finish by reaching a semi-final.

Fatih Terim’s team beat Switzerland and the Czech Republic during the group stage, with both wins secured by last-gasp goals which saw them reach the knockout phase. Turkey then went on to beat Croatia in a quarter-final penalty shoot-out before finally coming unstuck against Germany in the last four.

However, with just 14 outfield players available against Die Mannschaft as a result of injuries and suspensions, the Crescent-Stars defied expectations to finish third overall.

Head coach: Now in his third spell as Turkey tactician, Terim remains his nation’s best coach, guiding Galatasaray to six Super Lig titles and old UEFA Cup in 1999/2000.

Nicknamed ‘the Emperor’, Terim is famed for his aggressive, gladiatorial style of football and became the most successful manager in Gala’s history, after winning four consecutive top-flight trophies in the late 1990s.​

So, with terrific Terim in charge, BetVictor have dark horses Turkey available at 100/1 to go all the way this time and win Euro 2016.

Key player: Veteran midfielder Hamit Altintop is a doubt to make the tournament after fracturing his foot, and his experience and calming influence on a young Turkey team will be missed.

Therefore, Crescent-Stars captain and recently registered Barcelona signing Arda Turan will take on a lot of responsibility. The bearded maestro’s skill and guile could see Turkey surprise a few teams.

Rising Star: Hakan Calhanoglu has considerably impressed since his move to Bayern Leverkusen from Hamburg back in 2014 and is certainly one to watch.

The 22-year-old is part of an exciting attacking trio at Leverkusen, also comprising of Mexico hitman Javier Hernandez and Germany winger Karim Bellarabi.

German-born Calhanoglu possesses fantastic passing ability and executes exquisite free- kicks, meaning the playmaker has the ability to reach the very top level of football.

Wildcard: Ex-Chelsea youth player Gokhan Tore will be an interesting prospect for many a team come summer. The stocky winger is a bundle of energy and can wreak havoc down either flank, backing this up with plenty of assists for club Besiktas.

Confirmed Turkey Euro 2016 fixtures:
All kick-offs are British Summer time (BST)
Sunday, June 12th: Turkey v Croatia (14:00); Parc des Princes, Paris, ITV
Friday, June 17th: Spain v Turkey (20:00); Allianz Riviera, Nice, ITV
Tuesday, June 21st: Czech Republic v Turkey (20:00); Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, ITV

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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