Fatih Terim To Tackle Double Duty

By Aydin Reyhan
Fatih Terim

Fatih Terim has agreed to double-coach Galatasaray and the Turkish Men’s National Team at least until May of 2014. He has been coaching Gala since 2011 and due to his success within that time frame, he has been hand-picked to coach the national team for the third time around.

Now, we take a look at his feats during the first two spells …

1996: Turkey made the group stage of EURO 96.

2008: Turkey finished as semi-finalists in EURO 2008

Now, Terim has to lead the troops with four games remaining in the 2014 WC qualifying campaign against AndorraRomaniaEstonia and Holland. None of these games should be taken lightly, but some should certainly be easier than others.

Andorra was defeated 2-0 on the road in a fairly comfortable game under coach Abdullah Avci. Under Terim, it is expected to be even easier, especially on home soil.

After losing 1-0 at home to Romania, winning away is more than a must, as the players will have to gather to figure out a way to outplay and outscore a tough nation who only lost at home to Holland who completely crushed them at 4-1. Nothing short of a win is acceptable as Turkey cannot take any chances on settling for draws or slipping up in losses.

Estonia on the road will not be easy but Turkey is certainly favorites to pull this one out. Under Terim, they can control the game in all aspects and score goals to grab what matters most: all three points.

The toughest game of all will be on October 15 at home when the nation will play host to the group leaders and eventual winners, Holland. This is going to be their toughest game yet as they lost the opening match of qualifying on the road by a score of 2-0. This time around, even 1-0 will be enough as the Dutch will only want to win this game to keep a perfect record whereas Turkey have it all to play for.

Turkish management could not have picked a better man for the job as he has proven his worth and skills as a leader on the coaching stage. If the team respects his style and learns how to play under him, they can go far … very far … especially if they make the Finals in Brazil next year.

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