By Chris Wright
The names of several of the last great Turkey squad of the late 90’s will forever be laser-etched in our memory: Hakan Sukur, Emre Belozoglu, Tugay Kerimoglu, Rustu Recber, Sergen Yalcin, Yildiray Basturk, Alpay, etc, etc – but sadly Oktay Derelioglu’s just isn’t one of them.
A fairly nondescript forward who settled longest at Besiktas during a fairly nomadic career, Derelioglu won 18 caps for Turkey between 1995 and 2001, scoring 9 goals.
The best of those nine – and we say this with confidence despite having never seen any of the other eight – was his frankly astounding virtuoso effort against Belgium during Turkey’s ultimately unsuccessful attempts to qualify for the 1998 World Cup en France.
Already 2-0 down at the time, Derelioglu picked the ball up on the right touchline just a few yards inside the Belgian half.
The rest, as they say, was abso-friggin’-tively marvellous…
Sadly, Belgium went on to win the game 3-1 and qualify for France ’98.
Turkey, alas, did not.
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Many thanks to Pies fan Tobias for this Random Great Goal nomination!
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