Football is the number one sport in Turkey
, closely followed by basketball, volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting and handball. The national association can proudly look back upon a number of success stories in recent times. After 48 years of trying, Turkey
finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup in 2002, and finished in third place . Hakan Sükür, one of Turkey
's most famous players, scored the first goal in the third-place playoff after just 11 seconds - although Korea Republic kicked off - and so entered football history. It was the fastest goal in the history of the FIFA World Cup finals. A third-place finish at the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 merely confirmed the progress that Turkey
have made in recent years. Apart from Sükür, the other stars of Turkish football include Tugay, Nihat, Rüstü and Emre.