Wales v Turkey


Turkey have qualifed for the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, the first time in 1954 when they were drawn out of a hat to advance to the finals after finishing level on points with Spain in a two team group and a drawn match on neutral territory failed to separate both sides.

They have also qualified for the UEFA European Championships on five occasions.


The Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu (TFF) was formed on 23 April 1923, joining FIFA in the same year. Despite not joining UEFA until 1962 Turkey took part in the 1960 UEFA European Championship qualifiers.

Turkey's first international match was a 2-2 draw at home to Romania in October 1923.

Wales record v Turkey

Wales' first competitive match against Turkey came in the 1980 UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign where a Nick Deacey goal gave Wales a win in the home match at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.

However the away match in İzmir was overshadowed by Byron Stevenson's red card after he allegedly fractured opponent Mustafa Denizli's cheekbone. Stevenson was handed a four-and-a-half year European Championship ban following the incident.

Neville Southall won his 92nd and final cap in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Istanbul in 1997.

Head to Head


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
34529/11/1978Wales 1-0 TurkeyDeacyRacecourse Ground, WrexhamECQ
35321/11/1979Turkey 1-0 Wales İzmir Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmirECQ
35815/10/1980Wales 4-0 TurkeyFlynn, L James (2), WalshNinian Park, CardiffWCQ
36125/03/1981Turkey 0-1 WalesHarrisMayıs Stadı, AnkaraWCQ
47114/12/1996Wales 0-0 Turkey Arms Park, CardiffWCQ
47520/08/1997Turkey 6-4 WalesBlake, Savage, Saunders, MelvilleAli Sami Yen, IstanbulWCQ
67616/06/2021Turkey 0-2 WalesRamsey, C RobertsOlympic Stadium, BakuEC
70119/06/2023Turkey 2-0 Wales Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium, SamsunECQ
70721/11/2023Wales 1-1 TurkeyWilliamsCardiff City Stadium, CardiffECQ

Turkey Honours

FIFA World Cup 3rd Place: 2002

Welsh players to have made their debut against Turkey

Two Welsh players have made their debut for Wales against Turkey.