Emre Makes Final Turkey Squad for Euro 2008


Emre, the Newcastle midfielder has been included in Turkey’s final squad of 23, for the Euro 2008 Championships to begin on June 7th.

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Emre – makes full Turkey squad for Euro 2008

Midfielder Yildiray Basturk, defender Ibrahim Kas and striker Halil Altintop have been dropped from the provisional Turkey squad for Euro 2008.

The trio have joined striker Hakan Sukur as omissions for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland. Altintop’s twin brother, Hamit, has been included, after recovering from a broken foot in March.

Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli is also included in the squad, as is the reported Newcastle transfer target, 21 year-old winger Arda Turan.

Right-back Gokhan Gonul of Bayern Munich has been forced out of the squad after bruising a metatarsal in his right foot. He sustained the injury against Belarus on 26th March and was sidelined for the rest of the German season.

Turkey will play a friendly against Finland tomorrow, before taking on the Czech Republic, Portugal and Switzerland in Group A of Euro 2008.

Turkey Squad:

Goalkeepers: Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce), Rustu Recber (Besiktas), Tolga Zengin (Trabzonspor)

Defenders: Gokhan Zan (Besiktas), Sabri Sarioglu (Galatasaray), Emre Asik (Ankaraspor), Servet Cetin (Galatasaray), Emre Gungor (Galatasaray), Hakan Balta (Galatasaray), Ugur Boral, Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce)

Midfielders: Mehmet Aurelio (Fenerbahce), Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray), Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Ayhan Akman (Galatasaray), Emre Belozoglu (Newcastle), Tumer Metin (Larissa), Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan)

Forwards: Nihat Kahveci (Villarreal), Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce), Mevlut Erdinc (Sochaux), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough), Colin Kazim-Richards (Fenerbahce)

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78 comments so far

  • gallowgate31

    May 28, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #1

    lets just hope Emre is hyping up the toon to Arda, would love to see him in a toon shirt..

    same goes to Emre ………..

    Well done to Habib, well deserved. hope you stay as long as you wish.

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  • toonoholic

    May 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #2

    is this good news or bad news ?

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  • Bill F

    May 28, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    What I want to see is Emre in the Toon squad and actually playing.

    Still good luck to him in the Euro’s.

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  • Mad_Magpie

    May 28, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I was watching him against England in 2004 for Turkey on ESPN Classic and you could see his potential back then, shame he hasn’t quite lived up to it, in a Newcastle shirt anyway. I’ll be supporting Turkey, seeing as he is our only player there, assuming Rozehnal wont be returning.

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  • Frankieboy

    May 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets hope he stays injury free comes back with a few games under his belt and has a head start on fitness pre season and then starts next season flying playing alongside Turan

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  • ToonKing

    May 28, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    my thoughts exactly Frankieboy.

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  • HATE PRAWN S'WICHES

    May 28, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope he does well for turkey, and come back without injuries!! I agree hope he’s hyped up NUFC to turan!! love to see both in a black and white shirt next season!this will also make it easier if we got Turan to settle quicker!

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  • Tom

    May 28, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #8

    come on turkey!

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  • ED

    May 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope turkey do well, but i’ll be supporting Spain. It’s a shame how few of our players are in the tournament.

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  • toonfan1

    May 28, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #10

    rofl onyewu is playing for usa against england. defoe and rooney guna have a field day!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #11

    he looks like james, oneywu does. hope we smah the us of a

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #12

    cmon you f***** yanks!

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  • Mad_Magpie

    May 28, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Onyewu didn’t seem too bad while with us, although anyone would alongside Bramble…

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #14

    england cant fail to win

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Ricepaper in the rain would look solid next to Titearse Bumbles.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    this ref is horrible

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #17

    such a well worked free kick

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  • GSfan

    May 28, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Just want to make a slight correction :p

    You have 24 names up there in the list. Gokhan Gonul is also out cuz of injury (unfortunately, he was arguebly the best defender we had). Oh and he doesn’t play for Bayern Munich, he plays for Fenerbahce.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    gutted. you watching the england game gs fan?

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  • GSfan

    May 28, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Ye, I’m rooting for England. I’ve lived in the US for 8 years before and those guys hate football for all it’s worth.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #21

    its stupid because us if it was there first sport they could be one of the best of the world.

    what you think of turkeys chances in the euros?

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Turkeys chances are slim because they are going to get thrashed 7-0 by the mighty portuguese on the first day!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #23

    great header

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #24

    2-1 turket nihat and emre to score

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #25

    why is bradley playing the holding role tonight?

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #26

    cos hes a defensive midfielder.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #27

    beckham 2-0

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  • GSfan

    May 28, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Haha, well I sure ain’t hopeful for the first game against Portugal. A draw would be great. Everything will shape up in our friendly against Finland tomorrow since that’s going to be our final preparation before the Euros. I’m just hoping we bring our first team up against em.

    As for the whole competition, I’d be more than happy if we make it out of the group stage tbh. We’ve got too many young players. At least this will be a nice experience for them.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #29

    iv never seen him play there, iv always seen him more attacking

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  • GSfan

    May 28, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Gah I was gonna bet on Terry scoring first. Saw some 18-1 odds for it… A shame.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #31

    well hes box-to-box, but more defensive than attacking.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #32

    He plays as a defensive midfielder for the American national team, and in an attacking midfield role for Heerenveen. thats why!

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Nah it just looks lke hes an AM in the dutch league because it is so poor.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #34

    i always put terry to score first in england games, well good odds. i only normally do it dor big games though. biggest odds are on a.cole lol.

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 28, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #35

    he does play AM for heerenveen

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #36

    it is a shit league, thats why i seriously doubt huntelaar

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #37

    john terry has the smallest eyes, he looks chinese

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #38

    He plays as a cm, but he can just attack more in the dutch league because of its poor quality.

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  • figsdad

    May 28, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #39

    tbh bradley nothing special let him go to boro more there level we been linked with him today..

    hasnt really done nothing in the game…

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  • Toon1978

    May 28, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #40

    What a crap game been asleep twice.

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