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Euros: Turkey odds, fixtures, key players, Euros record

Turkey are heading to their third successive European Championships and after suffering group-stage exits at Euro 2016 and 2020, they will be hoping to fare better in Germany.

The Crescent Stars certainly have previous at major tournaments after reaching the semi-finals of both the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008, but their defeat to Germany in the latter of those competitions is also the most recent match they have contested in the knockout stages of a big event.

However, after topping their qualifying group ahead of World Cup semi-finalists Croatia and a dangerous Wales side, confidence should be high that Turkey can perform well at this summer's finals, especially as they will be well-supported by the large Turkish communities settled across Germany.

Vincenzo Montella's side appear to have been handed a favourable draw for the Euros, as they are in Group F alongside Portugal, Czech Republic and tournament debutants Georgia.

Turkey Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 50/1
To Reach Final -
20/1
To Reach Semi-Final -
8/1
To Reach Quarter-Final -
11/4
Group Betting -
4/1
Group Qualification Yes -
2/7
Group Qualification No -
5/2

Turkey Euro 2024 fixtures

Turkey v Georgia, 17:00, Tuesday 18th June, BVB Stadion Dortmund
Turkey v Portugal, 17:00, Saturday 22nd June, BVB Stadion Dortmund
Czech Republic v Turkey, 20:00, Wednesday 26th June, Volksparkstadion

Turkey manager

Vincenzo Montella

Montella enjoyed a decorated playing career, representing the likes of Sampdoria, Roma and, briefly Fulham, with distinction, while he was also capped 20 times at international level by Italy and was part of the Azzurri squad that reached the final of Euro 2000.

Since retiring from playing, the 49-year-old, who turns 50 on the day of Turkey's opening group match at the Euros, has coached prestigious clubs such as Fiorentina, AC Milan and Sevilla and had a spell in charge of Adana Demirspor before succeeding Stefan Kuntz as Turkey's head coach in September 2023.

A 1-0 win away to Croatia in Euro qualifying represented a perfect start to Montella's reign and he successfully helped the team qualify for this summer's tournament by topping qualifying Group D.

Turkey captain

Hakan Calhanoglu

Turkey's captain and star man is Inter Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who has won 84 caps for his country since making his debut 11 years ago and he has also contributed 18 goals.

Having enjoyed a stellar club career in Germany with the likes of Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, Calhanoglu's career really took off when he moved to Italy with first AC Milan and latterly Inter.

At Inter, Calhanoglu has won two Coppa Italias and helped his side reach last season's Champions League final, while this term he has played a key role in the Nerazzurri's Serie A title success.

Turkey key players

Zeki Celik

Calhanoglu may be Turkey's standout player, but he is not the only talent within Montella's squad, with Roma right-back Zeki Celik another that is playing at the highest level.

Formerly of Lille, whom he helped to the Ligue 1 title in 2021, Celik has been impressing since joining Roma and has played a key role in their run to the semi-finals of this season's Europa League.

Salih Ozcan

German-born midfielder Salih Ozcan only switched allegiances to Turkey in 2022 but he has since established himself as a regular in the starting XI.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is another that has been starring on the European stage this season, helping his club make it through to the Champions League semi-finals and will also relish representing his national team on the ground where he plays his domestic football.

Arda Guler

A player with unlimited potential, Arda Guler has been dubbed the 'Turkish Messi' and was snapped up by Real Madrid last summer after impressing for Fenerbahce.

The 19-year-old has had to bide his time in the Spanish capital, making just eight appearances for Los Blancos to date, but he has scored twice, including in the recent win at Real Sociedad on what was his first La Liga start.

Turkey one to watch

Kenan Yildiz

Guler is not the only talented teenager that could light up the Euros for Turkey, as Juventus forward Kenan Yildiz is another that seemingly has the world at his feet.

After making his senior debut for Juve in August, Yildiz has established himself as a regular with the Old Lady and he made his international bow with Turkey last October.

Yildiz then scored his first international goal the following month in a memorable friendly victory over Germany - the country of his birth - and he could now be ready to take the Euros by storm.

Turkey All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

1960-1992

Did not qualify

1996

Group stage

2000

Quarter-finals

2004

Did not qualify

2008

Semi-finals

2012

Did not qualify 

2016

Group stage

2020

Group stage

Turkey's Euro 2024 prospects

Turkey are being talked up as potential dark horses heading into this summer's finals, but that was also the case at Euro 2020, where they were unceremoniously dumped out in the group stage without picking up a single point.

The scars of that exit will still be there, but this appears to be a new improved Turkey under Montella, with Calhanoglu set to pull the strings in midfield and Guler and Yildiz providing both youth and plenty of quality.

A strong qualifying campaign and November's friendly win over tournament hosts Germany will have lifted expectations further, but Turkey were brought crashing back down to earth by a pair of friendly defeats to Hungary and Austria in March - the latter a 6-1 thrashing in Vienna.

That loss epitomises what a Jekyll and Hyde team Turkey can be, but a favourable group draw at the Euros means they should at least make it to the knockout stages, especially with the crowd behind them.

Turkey will open their tournament against Georgia - a potential must win match - before facing group favourites Portugal and then the Czech Republic in what could prove to be a pivotal final group game.

Reaching the last 16 feels about right for this team, but as we saw in 2002 and 2008, when they get on a roll, Turkey can be very difficult to stop.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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