Our prediction for this match:
Romania and Turkey, the two teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, square off against each other at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu in a friendly match. Romania finished their qualifying campaign in 4th place in Group E, but they proved their worth in a 1-1 draw with Denmark in their last group game. The Romanians want to finish the year in great manner, but Thursday’s football match against Turkey will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Turks had good chance of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but Iceland ruined their hopes of booking their place at the tournament in Russia. Mircea Lucescu is still in charge of the Turkish national football team and seeing that he knows Romanian players very well, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in the upcoming friendly match.
Highlighted Player (Stefan Radu):
Stefan Radu is a Romanian footballer who plays for Serie A team Lazio as a left back. Radu is capable of playing as a centre back and a left midfielder if needed, but his main position is left back. After spending four years at his home-town club Dinamo Bucharest (2004-2008), the Romanian footballer joined Lazio in January 2008 and he has been playing for the Biancocelesti ever since. Stefan Radu make his Lazio debut against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia clash shortly after joining the capital club. On 17 June, 2011 Radu signed a new five-year deal with Lazio. Speaking of his international career, the former Dinamo Bucharest defender made his Romania debut in 2006. Radu made Romania Euro 2008 squad, but he did not play for the national team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Lazio footballer won two Coppa Italia trophies with the Stadio Olimpico outfit (2008/2009, 2012/2013). Radu was born in Bucharest on 22 October, 1986.
Highlighted Team (Turkey):
Present on the international stage since 1923, Turkey only started showing some promise during the 70’s, but they had to wait until the turn of the century to place themselves on the map. While they lost all three fixtures at their first ever European Championship finals in 1996, they fared much better four years later, reaching the last eight in Netherlands and Belgium. Milli Takim were able to build on that result as they went on to reach the podium at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, while also finishing third at the 2003 Confederations Cup and making it to the semi-finals at the Euro 2008. Rustu Recber, Hakan Sukur and Emre Belezoglu were important parts of the country’s most successful generation, but the one including Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan, Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu is threatening to surpass their achievements. As the Turkish Super Lig continues the get stronger, the national team follows, and we should expect some big result from Milli Takim in the near future.