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Omer Toprak: Leverkusen defender will not return to Turkey national team

Toprak celebrates a goal for his club Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak has ruled out returning to the Turkey national team in the near future.

Toprak and Leverkusen teammate Hakan Calhanoglu allege that they were threatened with a gun by a friend of fellow international Gokhan Tore in 2013.

In October last year, midfielder Calhanoglu told German television channel ZDF that Tore and the man had gained access to the hotel room he shared with Toprak.


Hakan Calhanoglu says he will return to Turkey picture after talks

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Hakan Calhanoglu is set to return to the Turkey national team after holding talks with coach Fatih Terim.

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder -- who last played for the national team in a friendly against Republic of Ireland in May -- was threatened with a gun by a friend of his fellow international Goktan Tore in 2013.

In October last year, he told German television channel ZDF that Tore and the man had gained access to the hotel room he shared with Turkey and Leverkusen teammate Omer Toprak.

"I was...

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Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel refuses to play after fan insults

The ESPN FC crew discuss Brazil's 4-nil win in Turkey, and question what has happened to the team that finished third at the 2002 World Cup.

Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel walked out ahead of Sunday's 3-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory against Kazakhstan following abuse by Turkish fans.

Demirel, 33, was warming up on the pitch ahead of the qualifier, only to walk off after being insulted by supporters. He had initially told the fans to be quiet before then waving sarcastically, removing his gloves and marching away while reportedly close to tears.

The game took place at Galatasaray's Turk Telekom Arena, and the Fenerbahce player has long...

Turkey 3-1 Kazakhstan

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Turkey beat Kazakhstan 3-1 for their first win in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A.

Burak Yilmaz's first-half brace, including a penalty, put the home side in control and Serdar Aziz headed the third.

Kazakhstan netted a penalty of their own through Samat Smakov and had a couple more chances in the closing stages but Turkey held on.

Turkey were quickly on the attack and Selcuk Inan's early free-kick was headed goalwards by Serdar Aziz, but Alexandr Mokin saved.

Yilmaz gave a warning of what was to come when...

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President of Turkish club Genclerbirligi to fine bearded players

Ilhan Cavcav has a moustache but evidently is not a fan of beards.

The president of Turkish club Genclerbirligi has decided to fine any of his side's players who sport beards by claiming they are a bad influence on youngsters.

Ilhan Cavcav, who sports a moustache himself, will fine players 25,000 Turkish Liras -- around 7,150 pounds -- if they do not follow his demands, and says players such as Olcay Sahan, Volkan Demirel, Selcuk Inan and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic are setting a poor example.

"I am 80 years old, and I shave every single day," the Guardian reports...