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Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: Ankara
  • Population: 61m
  • Languages: Turkish
  • Team Nickname: "Ay Yildizlilar" - "The Crescent-Stars" - or Kirmizi Beyazlilar - "The Red and Whites"
  • Official Team Web Site (Click here for English language version)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Third (2002)
  • Best European Championship Performance: Semi-Finals (2008)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 24 (February 2017)

Ideas for a Turkey Themed Party

Turkish Party Decorations

Food for a Turkish Themed Party

Turkish cuisine is to some extent a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan influences, and has been a major influence over the centuries on the cooking of the nations surrounding and/or trading with Turkey. Frequently used ingredients in Turkish specialities include: lamb, beef, chicken, fish, aubergine (eggplant), green peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans, and tomatoes. Fruit frequently accompanies meat as a side dish. Plums, apricots, dates, apples, grapes, and figs are the most frequently used fruits (either fresh or dried) in Turkish cuisine.

Yoghurt is a key ingredient in Turkish cooking, and has been used for centuries. Meat is now more popular and widely available than in the past, although as Turkey is a largely Muslim country pork is not eaten. Alternatively, in coastal towns fish - especially sardines and anchovies - are widely available. Turkey produces many varieties of cheese, mostly from sheep's milk.

Classic Turkish dishes to try next time you are throwing a Turkish football party include:

Drink for a Turkey Themed Party

Strong, dark coffee is very popular in Turkey, and in fact there is a Turkish saying which translates roughly as:
"Coffee should be as black as hell, as strong as death and as sweet as an angel's kiss!"

Tea, which is traditionally served with sugar but no milk, and in glasses, is also popular. There are two other widely available and hugely popular drinks:

  • Raki is an alcoholic drink distilled from raisins and then redistilled with aniseed. It is often diluted with water, but is still pretty strong - you have been warned! Turkish Raki is often served with a selection of mezes or appetizers.
  • Ayran is a refreshing drink made from diluted yogurt.
Beer and wine are available too - one of the more popular beer brands is Efes.

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