What a revelation! What people suspected in our blog it was confirmed. Turkey coach Fatih Terim has named a provisional 26-man squad for the EURO 2008 and the striker Hakan Sukur wasn´t there.
The historical Top Scorer of Turkey National Team has been played eight matches during the qualifying and participated in the EURO´s 1996 and 2000 and the World Cup in 2002 when Turkey was third, but Terim thought about his present, not about his experience.
The squad includes seven players from the last Super Ligue champion Galatasaray AS and six from the runner-up Fenerbahce SK.
This month Turkey will play three friendly matches in Germany: against Slovakia (at the SchucoArena, Bielefeld), Uruguay (at the Rewirpower Stadion, Bochum) and Finland (at the MSV Arena, Duisburg).
The Turkey squad
Goalkeepers: Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce SK), Rustu Recber (Besiktas JK), Tolga Zengin (Trabzonspor).
Defenders: Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce SK), Sabri Sarıoglu (Galatasaray AS), Gokhan Zan (Besiktas JK), Ibrahim Kas (Besiktas JK), Emre Asık (Galatasaray AS), Servet Cetin (Galatasaray AS), Hakan Balta (Galatasaray AS), Ugur Boral (Fenerbahce SK).
Midfielders: Mehmet Aurelio (Fenerbahce SK), Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray AS), Emre Belozoglu (Newcastle United FC), Tumer Metin (Larissa FC), Yildiray Basturk (Stuttgart), Hamit Altintop (FC Bayern Munchen), Ayhan Akman (Galatasaray AS), Arda Turan (Galatasaray AS), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough FC), Kazim Kazim (Fenerbahce SK), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (FC Rubin Kazan).
Forwards: Nihat Kahveci (Villarreal CF), Halil Altıntop (FC Schalke 04), Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce SK), Mevlut Erding (FC Sochaux).
EDITED: defender Emre Gungor from Galatasaray was added to Turkey's preliminary European Championship roster. More info in Turkey Football.