This is the expected linup for the TURKEY game on Friday. The game will be televised live in America on ESPN starting at 2:30PM (ET). Remember that coach Slaven Bilić still hasn’t confirmed his starting 11, but based on reports and expert analysis, he should start the same team as he did vs. Germany.
Goalkeeper: Stipe Pletikosa
Defenders: Vedran Ćorluka,Robert Kovač,Danijel Pranjić, Josip Šimunić
Midfielders: Niko Kranjčar,Niko Kovač,Luka Modrić ,Darijo Srna
Strikers: Ivica Olić and Ivan Rakitić
There have been reports that Petrić could start in place of Ivica Olić, but I just don’t see that happening. Rakitić should definitely be in there as he has shown good form and his fantastic crossing ability from the sidelines.
Turkey’s squad will not look as good as they had hoped for a quarterfinal match. Their starting goalkeeper, Volkan Demirel, will be unable to play as he received a red card in the previous match vs. the Czechs. Starting midfielder, Mehmet Aurelio, also will not play due to collecting 2 yellow cards in group play. Five other Turkish starters have been reported as unfit to play due to injuries.
It should be a good game. The real tournament starts here for Croatia. One crucial misstep and they would be called a mere fluke. The wins versus Germany and England would mean nothing and all the critics would jump right off the bandwagon just as fast as they got on. If Croatia plays like they should, they should win easily. This is our tournament to win.
i believe its darijo and that only the brits and american drop the J on certain occasions….CRUSADES!!!!I LOVE IT
right spelling is dario not darijo an d i think croatia wont have any problems with turkey they jus tneed to do waht slaven bilic says
i agree with you 100% =D
Bilic will keep the players in the game. Hes a good coach and he wont allow them to screw around. I dont want to get overconfident but if they play 100%…then we will shut out turkey…its the crusades all over again Catholics vs Muslims