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Monday, 1 August 2011

Turkey face tough task to qualify for 2014 World Cup

Turkey have been drawn in Group D for the qualification round of the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil.

Turkey faces a tough task to qualify from an uneasy group, facing off against: Holland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, and Andorra. National coach, Guus Hiddink, has played up the Turkish chances. He said: “Our team is in a renovation process, in a year will have more experience and we could be able to fight the Dutch for first place in the group.”

2010 World Cup finalists Holland will no doubt be favourites to top the group, but Turkey must surely face their chances of finishing second and qualifying for the World Cup via the playoffs.

With Turkish football currently in turmoil amid allegations of corruption, the Turkish FA will be desperate for Turkey to do well and qualify for the World Cup. A successful qualification campaign could go a long way to rebuild the Turkish football game.

While the economy in Turkey thrives, there is plenty of money in Turkish football. Big names and star players still find Turkey an attractive league to play in. There is huge potential for Turkish football once the corruption allegations are put to bed.

By the time the 2014 World Cup comes along, the Turkish football team might just find themselves facing an aura of expectation should the Turkish football federation clean up their league and recover from the corruption allegations.

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