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Terim dedicates victory to Turkey

HDN | 5/19/2000 12:00:00 AM |

'Many people suffered terribly in the earthquake in Turkey last year and if this victory brings some happiness back into their lives then I am delighted and so are all the players' Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim said after his side won the UEFA Cup to complete a notable treble on Wednesday night that the victory was not just for the club and its fans but for the whole of Turkey. Galatasaray defeated Arsenal 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win the game after both teams failed to find the net in 120 minutes

  • 'Many people suffered terribly in the earthquake in Turkey last year and if this victory brings some happiness back into their lives then I am delighted and so are all the players'
  • Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim said after his side won the UEFA Cup to complete a notable treble on Wednesday night that the victory was not just for the club and its fans but for the whole of Turkey. Galatasaray defeated Arsenal 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win the game after both teams failed to find the net in 120 minutes of end-to-end football. "Many people suffered terribly in the earthquake in Turkey last year and if this victory brings some happiness back into their lives then I am delighted and so are all the players," said Terim. "We are very proud if we are able to help the Turkish people in some small way and this victory is for the whole country and all of the soccer fans in Turkey. I believe they were all united behind us."

    Terim stated that he always felt Galatasaray could win the competition after they moved into it following their elimination from the Champions League after their first phase elimination - along with Arsenal.

    "We had a lot of possession in the match and even with the very last kick of the game we were close to scoring with Hakan Sukur's free kick. I always believed we could win this and I am delighted we have."

    Taffarel is named Man of the Match

    Coach Fatith Terim, whose team has also won a domestic League and Cup double, also gave special thank to his Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel. The World Cup winner was named Man of the Match for an inspired display which included a match-winning save 17 minutes into extra time when he blocked a powerful close-range header from Thierry Henry who looked certain to score what would have been a golden goal winner.

    "I am proud and delighted he is in my team. He was magnificent tonight and thoroughly deserved to be named the best player on the pitch," said Terim.

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