GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
June 23, 2002: Turkey reaches the soccer World Cup semifinals for the first time.

Soccer is Turkey's most popular sport, perhaps reflected in the government's decision to mint commemorative coins celebrating the national team's third-place overall finish in the 2002 World Cup.

WWW 2002 FIFA World Cup
http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/en/020629/2/1aow.html

Turkey defeats South Korea in the third-place match of the 2002 World Cup.