Now that both Turkey and Russia slips through hellish draws and last minute revivals, they both have become a part of the quarter finals in the Euro 2008 European Football Championships.
A Turkey vs Russia match, in which I think that a strong willed Turkish side will win for sure, will, unfortunately, can only happen in the finals if both teams can end up there.
Most of my readers know about Turkey (since they are Turkish themselves or have heard about our 3rd position in World Cup 2002, Galatasaray FC with UEFA cup...vs) but Russian football has been an enigma since the fall of Soviet Union. They could never show up in international championships or when they did, they had satirical defeats against other post-soviet states (with a vengeance).
Along with the dramatic revivals in other sports like volleyball and ice hockey, enormous funds are now directed to Russian football according to the semi-hidden agenda of reviving the "USSR Sportsky Spirit" where the soviet sportsmen would dominate in every sport available from naked mud wrestling to table tennis with nuclear warheads. Football is one of them of course...After winning the European Cup in 1960 (the team with Lev Yashin, legendary goalkeeper) and losing it three times later to Spain, West Germany (there was a West Germany then) and then to Netherlands. The Soviet (and then Russian) football was never to become an eyecandy of Kremlin again and all socialist sporting interest would be on olympics where the athletics of communism would stack the gold medals and show how fat ass capitalist pigs are inferior.
After the fall and with the succeeding rise of Russia, all they needed was money and pride which they found both under their very feet deep underground. Money was easier to extract as oil and gas but pride came not as easy. They had to earn it back from the capitalist pigs-cum-allies.
Now they have their chance as Zenith has the UEFA cup this year and the national team leads on to the goal with two star players Roman Pavluchenko of Spartak Moscow and Andrei Arshavin of Zenith St.Petersburg.
I hope we will have a Turkey vs Russia final...although how unrealistic it sounds.