The new trainer will head abroad this weekend to meet with youngsters eligible to play for the Turkey national teamTurkey coach Abdullah Avci is set to try to infuse his team with young talent following the Crescent Stars' failure to secure a spot at Euro 2012. And as a means of doing so, he will look abroad for promising starlets.
Haber Turk claims that the 48-year-old will fly to Germany on Friday to meet with young German-born players of Turkish ancestry over the course of five days and will try to convince them to represent Turkey. The trainer will be accompanied by a psychologist and will hold talks with both footballers and their families.
The players Avci aims to convert are primarily German-born and have represented their homeland at youth international level. Tensions between the German (DFB) and Turkish (TFF) FAs have escalated in recent years, especially following Gelsenkirchen native Mesut Ozil's decision to play his senior football for Germany.
Now, with eight members of Germany's 2011 Under-17 World Cup team - which set a record for goals scored at the tournament - being of Turkish ancestry, the TFF has launched a renewed initiative to recruit from abroad.
In July, former Bundesliga player Erdal Keser claimed he had agreements from as many as three players from that side to represent Turkey, prompting outrage from DFB sporting director Matthias Sammer.
However, captain Emre Can committed his future to Germany, as did the father of top scorer Samed Yesil on behalf of his son.
Following the news of Avci's visit, Sammer this time remained cool, telling Bild: "The players know what they have at the DFB."