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Terim's law saves Turkey again

Coach Fatih Terim said his never-say-die attitude, which he has instilled so effectively in his players was behind Turkey’s remarkable 3-1 penalty shoot-out Euro 2008 quarterfinal success over Croatia.

sports Updated: Jun 21, 2008 23:17 IST

Coach Fatih Terim said his never-say-die attitude, which he has instilled so effectively in his players was behind Turkey’s remarkable 3-1 penalty shoot-out Euro 2008 quarterfinal success over Croatia.

Turkey have gained a well earned reputation as the team that never lies down. In the group stage they beat Switzerland with a late goal, they came from 2-0 behind to beat the Czech Republic 3-2, and now inflicted the same punishment on the hapless Croats.

“This is football, you should never give up until the final whistle. I share my philosophy with my players, I tell them to keep going right to the end,” said Terim, whose nickname ‘The Emperor’ is taking on an uncannily realistic hue.

We can win the title: Altintop

Hamit Altintop, who drove in Turkey’s winning penalty in the quarterfinal shoot-out win over Croatia, is relishing taking on some of his Bayern Munich teammates in Wedneday’s semifinal against Germany. The Gelsenkirchen-born midfielder, who picked up the man of the match award in Vienna on Friday, could face as many as five Bayern colleagues in Basel.

Given his insider knowledge the 25-year-old will play a pivotal part in discussions as Turkey coach Fatih Terim plots to undo Die Mannschaft.

“It’s important that we rest first and then we can analyse Germany with our coach."