The Turkey national football team have qualified for three world cups, but only appeared at two. In 1950 the side withdrew because of the financial cost of travelling to a world cup in South America. Turkey reached the semi-final in 2002.
The team’s first international match came in 1923, a 2-2 draw with Romania. In 1954 the side qualified for the world cup on a coin toss. After repeated draws with Spain, this was the method used to book their place. The Turkey national football team’s biggest win came in that tournament. A 7-0 win over South Korea. The side have matched this scoreline in 1949 and 1996.
The side also have the unwelcome statistic of recording their biggest loss in three separate occasions. The first 8-0 came against Poland in 1968. Then again in 1984 and 1987, both against England.