The Turkish squad also hosts two Dutch-born players. The most famous name is that of midfielder Orkun Kökcü, who was born in Haarlem. The 20-year-old Feyenoord player made his debut for the Turkish team last September and is now on six international matches.
The cradle of the one year older Halil Dervisoglu was in Rotterdam. The attacker made the step to Brentford in England via Sparta, then played football at FC Twente, but played for Galatasaray in the past six months. At the end of last month he played his first and second international match.
It does not stop there with the Dutch contribution today. The opening match of the European Championship between Italy and Turkey (kick-off 9 p.m.) is led by referee Danny Makkelie.
Turkey in good spirits to European Championship with champion trio from Lille
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