Turkey meet China, Colombia and Brazil in group play in what should be a group of death with no team obviously going to finish last. On paper, this is another team that is hard to get excited about. Given past history, they look like another team that others need to get through on their own path to glory. This is best demonstrated by their eighth place finish at the 2012 London Paralympics, which came after losing 0 – 2 to Great Britain in the placement game.
Turkey met some of the European teams competing at last year’s European Championships. They tied Germany 2 – 2, before defeating Germany 1 – 0. They lost 2 – 0 to France. Their London Paralympic Games performance was not much better against World Championship bound teams. They lost 2 – 0 to France. They lost 4 – 0 to France. They lost 4 – 0 to Brazil. Going into those games, they played a friendly against Germany, which they lost 2 – 1. Their partially sighted counterparts have not done much better. At the 2012 European partially sighted championships, Turkey lost to Italy 1 – 0.
This Turkish is just a team that is difficult to root for and to have high expectations for. They do not have any players that appear to have high international profiles. They haven’t run up high scores against their non-world championship bound competitors. Their friendlies have mostly been limited to Germany.