Turkey proud to play opening Euro game, says coach Gunes

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Turkey are proud to be taking part in the opening game of the European Championship against a “great” Italy side, coach Senol Gunes said on Thursday. He has a fully fit squad for Friday’s Group A tournament opener in Rome. “It’s a great source of pride for us to be playing the opening game of this tournament,” Gunes told a news conference. “Italy are a great team, and I have great respect for them. This is the first time Turkey have played an opening game, and for all but three of my players this will be a first Euro game.” Turkey reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008, th…

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