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Ferdy's Turkish delight

Posted on 25 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Les Ferdinand opposes popular opinion and insists Turkey do have a chance of upsetting the odds against Brazil in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final.

Our powerful striker knows plenty about Turkish football and culture having spent a successful season on loan with Besiktas back in 1988-89.

He scored 21 goals in 33 games in all competitions in a season that culminated in Turkish Cup glory.

Over a decade later and Turkish football continues to rise not just at club level in Europe, but on the world stage.

They have already tested Brazil to the maximum in the group stages - going 1-0 up before losing 2-1 - and have disposed of co-hosts Japan and surprise package Senegal on their way to the last four.

"Turkey are no mugs," Les declared. "They've had a great tournament and they have a lot of players now with experience of European competitions and the Champions League.

"Their coach made a valid point as well in that a lot of their players haven't had full seasons, say like the English lads.

"The top three clubs in Turkey can compete with anyone in Europe now, just look at how well Galatasaray, Fenerbache and Besiktas have done.

"The Turkish people will also be delighted that they are so much the underdogs and have been written off. I think it will be a tough one to call."

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