Brazil - Turkey Semifinal Preview
June 26 in Saitama at 8:30 pm local time
Live on ESPN, Univision at 7:30 a.m. ET
Brazil is looking to make World Cup history in a rematch against a surprising Turkey side. With a win Brazil would become just the second team to advance to the World Cup final in three straight tournaments.
Turkey and Brazil matched up in group play, with Brazil pulling out a 2-1 win on a controversial Rivaldo penalty kick late in the match.
Brazil will have Rivaldo and Ronaldo, who are tied with Germany's Miroslav Klose for the World Cup scoring lead with five goals, but it will be without Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho was most influential in the win over England, setting up Rivaldo’s goal and then scoring the winner on a brilliant 35-yard free kick.
Turkey has been led by the strong play of goalkeeper Rustu Recber and have not given up a goal since their second match.
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished third in CONMEBOL Final Group (9-6-3; 31 GF, 17 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 17– 1930 (6th), 1934 (14th), 1938 (3rd), 1950 (2nd), 1954 (5th), 1958 (1st), 1962 (1st), 1966 (11th), 1970 (1st), 1974 (4th), 1978 (3rd), 1982 (5th), 1986 (5th), 1990 (9th), 1994 (1st), 1998 (2nd), 2002
Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)
Championship Honors: 1958, 1962, 1970 & 1994 World Cup champions; 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, & 1999 Copa America champions; 1997 Confederations Cup champions
World Cup Roster
1-Marcos, 2-Cafu, 3-Lucio, 4-Roque Junior, 5-Edmilson, 6-Roberto Carlos, 7-Emerson, 8-Gilberto Silva, 9-Ronaldo, 10-Rivaldo, 11-Ronaldinho, 12-Dida, 13-Belletti, 14-Anderson Polga, 15-Kleberson, 16-Junior, 17-Denilson, 18-Vampeta, 19-Juninho Paulista, 20-Edilson, 21-Luizao22-Rogerio Ceni, 23-Kaka
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 4” (6-1-3; 18 GF, 8 GA); defeated Austria in home-and-home playoff 5-0 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 2 – 1954 (9th), 2002
Manager: Senol Gunes (TUR)
World Cup Roster
1-Rustu Recber, 12-Omer Catkic, 23-Zafer Ozgultekin, 2-Emre Asik, 3-Bulent Korkmaz, 4-Fatih Akyel, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 16-Umit Ozat, 7-Okan Buruk, 8-Tugay Kerimoglu, 10-Yildiray Basturk, 13-Muzzy Izzet, 14-Tayfur Havutcu, 18-Ergun Penbe, 19-Abdullah Ercan, 20-Hakan Unsal, 21-Emre Belozoglu, 22-Umit Davala, 6-Arif Erdem, 9-Hakan Sukur, 11-Hasan Gokhan Sas, 15-Nihat Kahveci, 17-Ilhan Mansiz