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Özil and Gündoğan’s Erdoğan picture causes anger in Germany

Premier League footballers met Turkish president during his UK state visitTwo German footballers of Turkish heritage posing for photographs with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, have reignited a debate over dual citizenship and national ide…

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Gaël Clichy: ‘Playing for Pep Guardiola at City was a major shock’ | Will Unwin

French defender hopes to help guide Istanbul Basaksehir to a first Turkish title and is intent on conducting himself like his former manager at Manchester City would expectGaël Clichy clearly remembers the moment Pep Guardiola changed his outlook on ho…

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How football is saving the lives of young Turkish girls in Malatya | Patrick Keddie

Ikranur Sarigul is only one of many girls in the eastern Anatolian region whose life was transformed by joining a girl’s school team set up to keep them in education and out of an early marriageMalatya is the world capital of apricots. Orchards full of…

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New-look Republic of Ireland fall to defeat in Turkey friendly

Mehmet Topal’s sweetly struck volley condemned a new-look Republic of Ireland to friendly defeat in Turkey on a night Martin O’Neill used to experiment with his squad.O’Neill handed senior debuts to Declan Rice, Scott Hogan and a substitute Matt Dohert…

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Hakan Sukur – Turkey’s fallen hero who can never return home

Scorer of the fastest World Cup goal had Turkey’s president as a wedding guest but now lives in enforced exile in the USThere is a photograph, famous in Turkey, taken at the wedding of one of the nation’s greatest footballers, a Uefa Cup winner who pla…

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Naim Süleymano?lu obituary

Weightlifter who fled communist oppression in Bulgaria to represent Turkey at the OlympicsThe weightlifter Naim Süleymano?lu escaped the communist oppression of his native Bulgaria by evading the agents detailed to keep an eye on him while he was compe…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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World Cup qualifiers: previews for five of the week’s most intriguing matches

A look at Scotland v Slovakia, Northern Ireland v Germany, Montenegro v Denmark, Turkey v Iceland and Bulgaria v France

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Slovakia’s visit to Glasgow is enormous for Gordon Strachan’s men, who know they will finish second in Group F if they win their final two qualifying games. Anything other than a win on Thursday night will probably be too little for Scotland. Defeat would end their hopes entirely, leaving Slovakia and Slovenia to fight it out for a top-two spot with England; while a draw would give Slovakia a one-point advantage before the final round of fixtures, when they have a favourable home game against Malta. Jan Kozak’s side wouldn’t be disheartened with a share of the spoils provided their neighbours Slovenia, who are also in with a shout of qualifying, don’t spring an upset at Wembley.

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Arda Turan retires from Turkey duty after post-friendly bust-up on aeroplane

• Barcelona midfielder says he has no regrets over incident with reporter
• Turan ends international career with 94 caps and 17 goals

The Turkey captain Arda Turan announced on Tuesday that he was quitting the national team following a bust-up with a reporter on the squad’s flight back from a friendly international in Macedonia.

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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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West Ham’s Slaven Bilic dedicates Anfield point to Turkey after bomb attack

• Manager was in charge at Besiktas, where bombs planted, from 2013-15
• ‘The people are so warm and friendly and it’s tearing me apart’

Slaven Bilic dedicated West Ham United’s point at Liverpool to the people of Turkey following the twin bomb attack that killed 38 and injured more than 160 outside Besiktas’ stadium on Saturday night.

Related: Divock Origi earns Liverpool point after West Ham turn tables at Anfield

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Turkey: explosions at Istanbul football stadium cause multiple casualties

The blasts took place hours after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, leaving at least 20 wounded

Turkish authorities have reported that a major soccer stadium in Istanbul was hit by at least two explosions on Saturday night, in which around 20 police were wounded.

Witnesses said more police were deployed and had cordoned off the area as smoke rose from the newly built Beșiktaș Stadium. They said gunfire had also been heard in what appeared to have been an armed attack on police. Broadcaster NTV said the explosion seemed to have targeted a police vehicle that was leaving the stadium after fans had dispersed.

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Turkey: explosions at Istanbul football stadium cause multiple casualties

The blasts took place hours after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, leaving at least 20 wounded

Turkish authorities have reported that a major soccer stadium in Istanbul was hit by at least two explosions on Saturday night, in which around 20 police were wounded.

Witnesses said more police were deployed and had cordoned off the area as smoke rose from the newly built Beșiktaș Stadium. They said gunfire had also been heard in what appeared to have been an armed attack on police. Broadcaster NTV said the explosion seemed to have targeted a police vehicle that was leaving the stadium after fans had dispersed.

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The Dozen: the best photos from this week’s World Cup qualifiers

Player tussles, reactions and illuminated fans – the best images from around the globe as 209 teams continue on the road to Moscow 2018

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Ciro Immobile double takes Italy past Macedonia, Spain beat Albania

• Italy win 3-2 while Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain’s 2-0 win
• Dusan Tadic orchestrates Serbia’s 3-2 home win over Austria in Group D

Ciro Immobile scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn Italy a 3-2 win in Macedonia after the four-times champions were on the brink of a humiliating defeat.

Andrea Belotti gave Italy a 24th-minute lead after the visitors, who have not lost in a qualifying competition for 10 years, had made a shaky start.

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Ciro Immobile double takes Italy past Macedonia, Spain beat Albania

• Italy win 3-2 while Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain’s 2-0 win
• Dusan Tadic orchestrates Serbia’s 3-2 home win over Austria in Group D

Ciro Immobile scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn Italy a 3-2 win in Macedonia after the four-times champions were on the brink of a humiliating defeat.

Andrea Belotti gave Italy a 24th-minute lead after the visitors, who have not lost in a qualifying competition for 10 years, had made a shaky start.

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Valon Berisha earns draw with Finland in Kosovo’s first competitive match

• Berisha was cleared to play hours before World Cup qualifier
• Victories for Spain and Italy as Croatia draw with Turkey

Valon Berisha, given permission to play only a few hours before kick-off, scored Kosovo’s first goal in a competitive international to earn them a 1-1 draw against Finland a World Cup qualifier on Monday.

Berisha, who was allowed to switch to Kosovo by Fifa despite having previously played competitive matches for Norway, scored a penalty on the hour after a foul by Thomas Lam on Bernard Berisha to spark delirious celebrations among his team mates and officials.

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Ten rising stars to watch across Europe’s World Cup qualifying campaign | Alan Smith

From Italy’s 17-year-old keeper to Poland’s Premier League winger we choose the most exciting youngsters to watch out for in the forthcoming games

Elevated into Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid team during the opening two weeks of the La Liga season, the attacking midfielder was included in Julen Lopetegui’s first squad for a friendly with Belgium and Monday’s visit of Liechtenstein, though he did not make it off the bench for the win in Brussels on Thursday. Capable of operating centrally and out wide, the 20-year‑old will need to bide his time for opportunities but such has been his rapid rise it would not be a massive surprise if he became a regular later in the campaign. In the meantime it would be good to see him get some game time in noncompetitive fixtures. His only cap so far came against Bosnia‑Herzegovina at the end of last season.

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Mario Gómez to leave Besiktas due to ‘political situation’ in Turkey

• Germany striker announces decision via Facebook page
• ‘It is purely down to the terrible events in the last few days’

The Germany forward Mario Gómez is leaving the Turkish champions Besiktas due to the volatile political situation in the country, he said on Wednesday.

The former VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich forward scored 26 league goals last season as he helped the club win the Turkish league, a performance which also earned him a place in the Germany squad for Euro 2016.

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Euro 2016 power rankings: Croatia go top but problems for France

Croatia’s win over Spain puts them top of the pile, hosts France fail to impress with the pressure off, Germany show inconsistent flashes of brilliance while Iceland and Republic of Ireland’s late shows see them climb

The most notable thing from beating Spain is that without Luka Modric they remain a force to be reckoned with. Their record should have been 100% only for that bizarre collapse against Czech Republic – and, really, the disruptive element in their fanbase deserve as much blame as the players. Based on what we have witnessed so far, calling them dark horses is playing their chances down, especially now their path in the knockout stages is moderately easier on account of finishing above the reigning champions. While Modric and Ivan Rakitic are the star turns, Ivan Perisic has arguably been their best player. Defensively they are sound. And Mario Mandzukic could yet have a big impact in attack.

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