Our match prediction:
Spain kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign with a hard-fought win over Turkey. La Roja were struggling to turn their dominance into goals, but Gerard Pique’s header eventually helped the reigning champions pick up all three points from the game. The Spaniards are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the Turkey game and they will be looking to get their job done in Group D with a victory over Fatih Terim’s troops. Vicente Del Bosque has a number of top-class players to choose from and considering that the Turks failed to impress in the 1-0 loss to Croatia, we predict that the title holders are going to emerge triumphant in Friday’s football match. It has to be noted that Spain are after their fourth consecutive win over Turkey. In their last meeting on the international stage La Roja recorded a 2-1 win over Fatih Terim’s troops.
Highligted Player (Iniesta):
Andres Iniesta is a Spanish footballer player who was born in Fuentealbilla on 11 May, 1984. He started his youth career at Albacete and in 1996 he joined Barcelona’s youth academy – La Masia. He was making progress week by week and he made his debut for the first team in 2002. In 2015 he clinched his fourth Champions League trophy with Barca and it has to be noted that he won eight league titles with the Catalan giants. Andres Iniesta is well known for his brilliant ball control and he often looks unstoppable when facing opposition defenders. The Barcelona ace is a complete footballer and he helped Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring the winner in the title game against Netherlands. Iniesta won two European Championship trophies with la Furia Roja (2008, 2012) as well. In 2011 he invested €420,000 in Albacete and he helped the club avoid administrative relegation in 2013 by loaning them a further €240,000. Speaking of his individual honours, Iniesta was named the 2010 FIFA World Cup final man of the match.
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.