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IBSA Blind Football World Championships preview: Turkey

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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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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