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Nicknames: Ay Yildizlilar (The Crescent-Stars)
Head coach: Guus Hiddink
Captain: Emre Belözoglu
Most caps: Rüstü Reçber (119)
Top scorer: Hakan Sükür (51)
Home stadium: Sükrü Saracoglu, Türk Telekom Arena
Football is the number one sport in Turkey, closely followed by basketball, volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting and handball. The national association can proudly look back upon a number of success stories in recent times. After 48 years of trying, Turkey finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup in 2002, and finished in third place . Hakan Sükür, one of Turkey's most famous players, scored the first goal in the third-place playoff after just 11 seconds - although Korea Republic kicked off - and so entered football history. It was the fastest goal in the history of the FIFA World Cup finals. A third-place finish at the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 merely confirmed the progress thatTurkey have made in recent years. Apart from Sükür, the other stars of Turkish football include Tugay, Nihat, Rüstü and Emre.
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.