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1954 FIFA World Cup – News – When Turkey shocked Spain to reach first World Cup

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1954 FIFA World Cup™ - News - When Turkey shocked Spain to reach first World Cup

  • Turkey first certified for the FIFA World Cup™ in unusual circumstances
  • The essential play-off resulted in a draw
  • A 14-yr-previous tipped the scales in Turkey’s favour

Turkey induced a significant sensation on the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, advancing all the best way to the semi-finals earlier than being narrowly defeated by eventual world champions Brazil and in the end securing a outstanding third-place end.

The first and beforehand solely time the Turks certified for the World Cup, nearly 50 years earlier than, was equally spectacular.

Qualification for the 1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland™ was not as intensive as it’s right this moment. For instance, though there have been ten qualifying teams in Europe (out of solely 13 worldwide), every group solely contained between two and 4 groups.

Turkey discovered themselves in Group 6, the place their solely rivals had been favourites Spain. Just like right this moment, groups performed one another each house and away. Spain navigated the first leg with out too many issues with a 4-1 win in Madrid on 6 January 1954.

The return leg was held in Istanbul on 14 March. By this time the Turkish workforce had labored on their defensive power, stopping the Spanish from scoring whereas discovering the goal themselves to safe a 1-0 victory.

As there was no away objectives rule at this level, FIFA guidelines stipulated {that a} play-off had to be performed. This was held simply three days later at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. A reported 60,000 spectators gathered to watch a dramatic match that was determined in outstanding style.

Turkey cancelled out Jose Luis Arteche’s early purpose for Spain (18’) with a thirty second-minute strike from Burhan Sargin, who beforehand scored that essential winner in Istanbul. The Turks then took the lead by way of Suat Marma across the hour mark, just for their Iberian opponents to hit again with a purpose from Adrian Escudero (79’). There had been no extra additions to the scoresheet both in regular time or additional time.

Penalty shootouts weren’t but a part of the Laws of the Game, and had been solely launched by IFAB in 1970. Instead heaps had been drawn to determine who would journey to the World Cup in Switzerland. Luigi Franco Gemma, a 14-yr-previous boy whose father labored on the stadium, was chosen to perform this necessary process.

“We shut ourselves away in the dressing room feeling utterly dispirited, thinking that there was nothing more we could do, that everything had gone so badly that the kid wouldn’t pick our name,” stated Escudero, who had saved Spain within the tie along with his equalising purpose. “And of course he picked Turkey. The disappointment was tremendous. We felt helpless. It was dramatic.”

This was how Turkey certified for his or her first-ever FIFA World Cup.

Turkey’s efficiency on the 1954 World Cup

Group 2

  • West Germany 4-1 Turkey
  • Turkey 7-0 Korea Republic
  • West Germany 7-2 Turkey

In accordance with the principles at the moment, Turkey confronted West Germany twice however didn’t play group winners Hungary in any respect. The Turks had been eradicated from a bunch that additionally contained the 2 groups that may finally contest the Final.

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