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Emre Belozoglu the wise old head as Turkey’s young generation impresses

Turkey are top of their qualifying group with a team of young players developed at home benefiting from the guidance of 39-year-old Emre BelozogluTurkey sit top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group, ahead of France on head-to-head, but perhaps the most …

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Turkey’s Didem Karagenç: ‘I had to become my own role model’

Turkey’s captain considered quitting football due to a lack of financial support but aims to show no girl should give up on a dream“Footballer? Do you mean that game you play with your hands … volleyball? Tell me the offside rule if you are a footbal…

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Fenerbahce at a crossroads as Turkish Super Lig gets ready to kick off | Emre Sarigul

The club had a debt of €621m in 2018 and finished sixth last season – but can a shift in focus towards young, talented Turkish players propel the club back into contention?The phrase “no pain, no gain” seems to sum up the state of Turkish football as t…

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Başakşehir’s push to upset old order in Turkey gets ultimate examination

Istanbul’s upstarts, featuring Adebayor and Robinho, go to Galatasaray level on points with them at the top of Süper LigYou could not write a more dramatic script. Galatasaray and Ba?ak?ehir, tied on 66 points at the top of Turkey’s Süper Lig, face eac…

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Why do the Turkish media seem to be out to get Loris Karius? | Emre Sarigul

Stories about the goalkeeper, on loan at Besiktas from Liverpool, being dropped or sent back to England are simply not true so why are they being written?Nearly six months on from the Champions League final and Loris Karius has been making the headline…

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Fenerbahce lead the way as young players take centre stage in Turkey

There has been a summer of austerity in Turkey with free-spending club presidents being held accountable for clubs’ debt and this has given young, homegrown players a chanceAfter the feast, the famine. This has been a summer of austerity in Turkey. A c…

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Cenk Tosun will join Everton by the weekend, says Besiktas president

• Clubs finally agree £27m fee after weeks of negotiations• The transfer will be wrapped up by the weekend, says Fikret OrmanThe Besiktas president has said that the striker Cenk Tosun will join Everton and that the transfer will be completed by the we…

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Game changer: how Altinordu aim to dominate Turkish football with homegrown players

The Izmir-based club feel they have an obligation to develop players on and off the field and the president aims to have a completely homegrown side in the Super Lig by 2019-20

Altinordu is not your average Turkish football club. While many top-flight clubs continue their short-term thinking and chase big-name foreign signings Altinordu, currently fourth in the second division, have a completely different approach – and one that could completely transform Turkish football.

Seyit Mehmet Ozkan, president of the Izmir-based club, envisages a team comprised of academy raised players only and if that dream become reality it would be unprecedented in Turkey. “Our goal is to have a completely homegrown side competing in the Super Lig by the 2019-20 season,” he tells the Guardian. “We aim to have a completely homegrown side competing in European competition by 2023-24, export our players abroad and [for them] to benefit the national team.”

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Going global: how Besiktas are aiming to become the Turkish Chelsea | Emre Sarigul

The Black Eagles president, Fikret Orman, tells the Guardian of his plans to make the club a global brand in an era when the Super Lig is finally about to get some TV coverage abroad

Five years ago it looked like the Istanbul big three – Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas – were about to become two. Besiktas were struggling with £250m of debt, 142 lawsuits and a suspension from Uefa competitions.

“Nobody else wanted to run this club, we were on the verge of collapse,” Fikret Orman said after his election as Besiktas president in 2012 – and he was probably right.

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Manchester City’s Enes Unal set to join Villarreal for £12m

• Turkish striker scored 19 goals on loan at Twente last season
• Deal would include a buy-back clause in the region of £17.5m

The Manchester City striker Enes Unal is set to join Villarreal for £12m with the deal including a buy-back clause in the region of £17.5m.

The 20-year-old has yet to agree personal terms with the Spanish side, although is expected to do so with talks between him and the club under way over a four-year contract.

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Manchester City’s Enes Unal ready to justify Turkish wonderkid hype | Emre Sarigul

The striker has shone on loan with Twente this season and appears to be mastering what, for many of his compatriots, can be a difficult move overseasFreddy Adu, Federico Macheda, Giovani dos Santos: the football world is full of wonderkids who never qu…

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Robin van Persie can remind Manchester United, and Fenerbahce, of quality | Emre Sarigul

The former United forward has failed to establish himself as a starter in Turkey but his fortunes could change as the two sides meet in the Europa League

In 2012 “the little boy inside” told Robin van Persie to leave north London and head north. Van Persie listened and swapped Arsenal for Manchester United, playing an instrumental role in the club winning the Premier League title for an unprecedented 20th time.

Related: Wayne Rooney confident Manchester United can build on Anfield draw

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Turkey Euro 2016 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

After a terrible start to their qualifying campaign, Fatih Terim’s team have started to gel and will hope an abundance of midfield talent can compensate for weaknesses in defence and up front

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2016 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from three countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 10 June.

Fatih Terim has mainly deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation but he has experimented at times with a 4-4-1-1 and 4-3-3. “The Emperor” has moved on from most of the old guard with a few notable exceptions such as Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan, Gokhan Gonul and Mehmet Topal.

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Hakan Calhanoglu: the free-kick specialist who wants to be ‘the Turkish Mesut Özil’

The Mannheim-born 22-year-old has had a superb season with Bayer Leverkusen and will add to Fatih Terim’s options going forward

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2016 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from three countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 10 June.

Turkey are not short on larger than life characters but the story of Hakan Calhanoglu (pronounced Chal-han-or-luh) stands apart from the rest. He was caught up in an altercation that almost split the national side apart, nearly missed the tournament after being accused of taking a bung and is widely regarded as one of the best free-kick takers in world football.

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Turkey have dispensed with old guard and England will be tested

Fatih Terim’s side has both youth and confidence after an unlikely run of results saw them recover to qualify for Euro 2016 at Holland’s expense

It is hard to believe that just a few months back even die-hard Turkey fans had given up any hope of making it to Euro 2016. The Crescent Stars were joint last, level with Kazakhstan, three games into their qualifying group. Iceland and the Czech Republic had already built a healthy lead and the last time Holland had failed to book a place in a European tournament was 1984. There seemed no conceivable way that Turkey would be heading to France but their head coach, Fatih Terim – known as “The Emperor” – is something of a specialist when it comes to fightbacks.

When there is a siege mentality to create, Terim is an expert. The former Galatasaray manager guided Turkey to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 in his previous stint in charge of the national team. Then Turkey earned a reputation as the comeback kings, coming from behind against Switzerland, the Czechs and Croatia to record memorable victories.

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Nani set to leave Manchester United after agreeing terms with Fenerbahce

• Winger, who spent season on loan at Sporting, has agreed personal terms
• United are holding out for more than €5m (£3.5m) offered by Turkish club

The Manchester United winger Nani has agreed personal terms with Fenerbahce and is expected to complete a move to Turkey in the next week. The two clubs are still discussing the fee with United holding out for more than the €5m (£3.5m) offered by Fenerbahce, who finished second in the league last season.

The Fenerbahce sporting director, Guiliano Terraneo, has travelled to Portugal to go over final details with the player’s agent. Talks had initially stalled as the player’s family had reservations about a move to Turkey, but they have decided to try living in a new country after spending seven years in Manchester, and a year in Lisbon while the player was on loan at Sporting.

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Manchester City close in on Bursaspor’s highly-rated striker Enes Unal

• Bursaspor allow 18-year-old to travel to England to discuss possible deal
• ‘An agreement in principle has been reached,’ says player’s agent

Bursaspor have allowed their highly-rated striker Enes Unal permission to travel to England to discuss a possible deal with Manchester City.

The 18-year-old, who won his first senior cap for Turkey in the 2-1 victory against Luxembourg in March, is likely to command a fee of around £500,000.

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Fenerbahce have four sent off as Pierre Webó scores then kicks player in head

• Pierre Webó scored equaliser and was later sent off for kicking player in head
• Bruno Alves, Caner Erkin and Mehmet Topuz also sent off late in second half
• Fenerbahce, chasing Süper Lig title, still drew 2-2 away at Istanbul Basaksehir

Fenerbahce ended the Super Lig season in farcical style, going down to seven players having had four players sent off from the 84th minute onwards. Those dismissed included substitute Pierre Webó who scored an equalising goal with two minutes of normal time remaining, but then committed a recklessly high foul in the sixth minute of injury time.

Many European leagues have been decided for weeks – if not months – but in Turkey things have been decided in the penultimate week.

Pierre Webo attempts a tackle > http://t.co/bcKQ0hvXHU

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Slaven Bilic to leave Besiktas at end of season amid West Ham speculation

• Bilic has been linked with West Ham job
• ‘We will leave on good terms,’ says Besiktas president Fikret Orman
Sam Allardyce nears West Ham exit door after late Everton win

Slaven Bilic will leave Besiktas at the end of the season, increasing speculation that he may replace Sam Allardyce as West Ham United manager.

The Croatian coach, who spent one season at West Ham as a player in the mid-1990s, will remain in charge of Besiktas two remaining games before leaving the club.

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Slaven Bilic to leave Besiktas at end of season amid West Ham speculation

• Bilic has been linked with West Ham job
• ‘We will leave on good terms,’ says Besiktas president Fikret Orman
Sam Allardyce nears West Ham exit door after late Everton win

Slaven Bilic will leave Besiktas at the end of the season, increasing speculation that he may replace Sam Allardyce as West Ham United manager.

The Croatian coach, who spent one season at West Ham as a player in the mid-1990s, will remain in charge of Besiktas two remaining games before leaving the club.

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