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I outsource today's post to Murat Iyigun, who expresses my feelings best.
The question is, when will Turkey's luck--after two come from behind victories that did not seem all that well deserved--run out?
Posted at 12:02 AM | Permalink
I think they pushed sufficiently hard, in the second half, and changed everything. It wasn't a matter of luck but it was how hard they managed to attack. They did it and that is what counts.
June 16, 2008 at 02:45 AM
No the real question is why the Czechs were so taktically incompetent. Each goal scored by the Turkish team involved at least two positional errors by the Czech team. I wonder what they do at training.
June 16, 2008 at 05:02 AM
what a game. what a game.
I couldn't believe it. What a painful experience for Czechs. They had at least two great and simple chances to make it 3-0 before the Turks started their come back.
Amazing. Poor Cech. What a way to give up the winning goal.
I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall where you were watching the game to see a distinguished Harvard professor go nuts in that final 15 minutes. :)
Congrats. But I think their days are numbered.
John V |
June 16, 2008 at 09:52 AM
With Croatia in the next game, I guess Vienna will survive. This time too ;)
Tord Steiro |
June 16, 2008 at 11:40 AM
Football often rewards the lucky--Germany comes to mind. But the Turkish wins, especially the last one, show the other side of football. Turkey literally bled the Check in the second half, and their victory was well deserved. Cliché it may be, but Turkey will be the dark horse of this tournament.
June 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM
Actually, Turkey qualified for the championship through a late come-back against Norway. I think they have crossed the line from "lucky" to "skilled" at quashing opponents late in the game.
Sigve Indregard |
June 16, 2008 at 12:36 PM
Can someone explain Volkan's boneheadedness?
Transient Reporter |
June 16, 2008 at 12:50 PM
It was a great win. The pressing that Fatih Terim asks from every team he has coached is a guarantee for success. Fortunately, the turks have the discipline to make it happen ... at least for one half...
June 16, 2008 at 04:57 PM
As your loyal Czech reader, I feel compelled to comment.
There are many excuses. A country of 10 million against a country of 70 million. Millions of Turks in Western Europe supporting Turkey (and playing for the Turkish team). Turkey is NOT a European country and should be kicked out of the UEFA.
We sure did lose. It hurts. Second major tournament in a row ended at the group stage.
We will be back in two years time to give the USS another "Eastern European whoop-ass" though;)
Tomas the Czech |
June 17, 2008 at 05:49 PM
What about Turkey-Croatia ::))
this was literally a last second come back...
June 20, 2008 at 06:18 PM
What Turkey have is determination and skill, which led to well-deserved wins over countries that underestimate them. Turkey is as much a part of Europe as Russia and England --- Isreal and Georgia for that matter, and it kills other countries to see Turkey prosper in these tournaments.
People probably said "Turkey's not in the World, they should be kicked out of the World Cup", when it was World Cup 2002... But that's the way it is, and we have to live with it.
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