Turkey needs to qualify for Euro 16, but what are its chances?

The Turkish national team has a decent chance of beating Kazakhstan on Friday, but given its past results and current position, that might not do much for its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
At fourth place in qualifying group A, Turkey will have to overcome Netherlands, the Czech Republic and a surprising Iceland team.
Coach Fatih Terim called on fans to come out and support Turkey in a and”finaland” national team match just after the Spor Toto Super League season ends. He vowed to put on a show that would make them proud and keep their slim qualifying chances alive.
Kazakhstan, in last place with just one point, is the only team Turkey has defeated thus far. The Turks drew 1-1 with Latvia after losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic, the groupand’s current leader. In their first match, Iceland stunned Turkey for a 3-0 win.
Turkey managed to stave off the Netherlandsand’ all-star squad to draw with a Burak Yilmaz goal and finish 1-1 in Amsterdam in its most recent qualifier in March. Soon after, the national team defeated Luxembourg 2-1 in a friendly, compliments of goals by France-born striker Mevlandut Erdinandc and Germany-born midfielder Hakan andcalhanoilu.
In preparation for the Friday match, the national team had a warm-up with neighbor Bulgaria on Monday.
h2Terimand’s Turksh2 Terim is widely considered the most successful manager in Turkish football for his hand in the teamand’s relative success in Euro 2008. The spirited national team shocked Europe by ending up in the semi-finals, where a last-gasp 3-2 defeat to Germany put the Turks in third.
That was the last time Turkey entered a major international tournament. The team has since missed out on the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and the 2012 European Championship. Turkish fans want to get back into action, though the teamand’s chances look slim this time around as well.
Terim has a few concerns with his squad. Fenerbahandceand’s midfielder Alper Potuk missed a call up due to injury.
Beiiktai midfielder GandOkhan TandOre, Fenerbahandceand’s Hasan Ali Kaldirim, and Galatasaray players including defender Hakan Balta, playmaker Selandcuk inan, striker Burak Yilmaz and defender Semih Kaya are all slightly less than fit, though they are likely to recover for Kazakhstan.
Turkey needs Burak most of all. The Galatasaray striker has scored three goals in as many games thus far in this qualifying campaign.
h2Trying to come backh2 The match on Friday will be Terimand’s 112th match with the national team. He has had several stints with Turkey, interrupted with spells at Galatasaray, where he has many more honors.
Despite being the teamand’s most successful trainer, Terim has struggled to get the team back onto the international stage in recent years. He is dealing with a transition period in which his big names are past their prime and his young talents do not have enough experience under their belts.
Most of the teamand’s most successful players are Turks who have been raised abroad. A few of those now play for Turkish clubs, but still others, such as andcalhanoilu and Erdinandc, are playing in Europe. One of Turkeyand’s most successful homegrown players is Arda Turan, a playmaker for La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Few Turks are that successful abroad, just as the Turkish national team has trouble qualifying for major events. A huge transformation would have to take place for the team to qualify now.
Even if Kazakhstan goes as planned, the Turks will have to exact revenge on all four of the teams they failed to defeat the first time around. The Netherlands will not underestimate Turkey after the last match, so that is unlikely to go in Turkeyand’s direction. Latvia will be at home the next match, as will the Czech Republic, adding to the disaantages for Turkey.
After this weekand’s encounters, each and every point will be hard-won for a team just trying to get its foot in a door it has long been locked out of.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman