We finished the current U17 European Championship in Israel without scoring any points in the group. Our wish is that the 2005 generation achieves good results in the future. Speaking of 2005, not much, a bit backwards; Let’s go back 5 years. We all had a lot of hope for the generation born in 2000 of the same age group. The U17 national team, formed by this age group, played in the semi-finals of the final of the European Football Championship in Croatia in 2017 and participated in the World Cup (final group A) in India the same year. There were many star candidates, including 6 Galatasaray players, in coach Mehmet Hacıoğlu’s team.
I couldn’t take the castle
We lost 2-1 in the semi-final against the British, who lost the trophy to Spain in the European Championship final. Many players representing the island came at certain times of their career and in particular 4 names; Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe have all had great success in world football. When looking at Hacıoğlu’s team, it was Berke Özer who was selected for the first national team (in 2017, but never played). Berke, who did not find a chance in the next period except for the friendly match we played with Ukraine at national level (U21) in June 2021, could not score the goal at Fenerbahçe and parted ways with his club.
Enjoyed in Adana
Ozan Kabak was the career best of the 18-man squad. Ozan, who was given a chance by Fatih Terim in Galatasaray’s A team, sees the Bundesliga and the Premier League, and he is regularly selected for the national A team (he has 15 appearances), although his testimony is between the hands of Schalke 04. After Ozan, Yunus Akgün, who did not find enough chances at Galatasaray and whose value was understood at Adana Demirspor, where he left on loan this season, was also called up in the last candidate team by Stefan Kuntz. Umut Güneş from Alanya and Kerem Atakan Kesgin from Sivas, who played in Ümit Milliler, are the team’s two closest candidates in 2017 to be A National.
The captain is now in the white group of the 2nd division
Apart from what I just mentioned, Abdussamed Karnuçu, just like Berke, once played the Ümit Milli jersey; He was able to wear it in the friendly match (Serbia) in March 2021. Recep Gül, who was the captain of the match against England, took the road to Bucaspor 1928 in the white group of the 2nd League from Cim Bom at the start of last season. Malik Karaahmet, the striker of the team in 2017 and the infrastructure of Frankfurt at the time, and the other striker Ali Göçmen could not see above the U17 level! After passing through Galatasaray, Malik spent this season at Nevşehir, in the 3rd League 1. Group on loan from Ankara Keçiörengücü. Ali, who was at Kasımpaşa in 2017, finished 2021-22 in the Regional Amateur League, first at Gerede and then at Mersin 33 FK.