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Emrah Ocal

Football 5-a-side

Emrah Ocal was Turkey’s best player at Rio 2016 as the European team achieved fifth, their best-position ever position in blind football at a Paralympic Games.

Turkey’s success story dates back to 2015 when Ocal was in sensational form as they won the IBSA European Championships. After a goalless draw against Germany in their opening game, Turkey smashed six past Poland with Ocal bagging four goals.

He followed this up in the very next game with a hat-trick against Italy, as Turkey ran out with the 3-0 win.

Despite a loss to hosts England in their final group game, Turkey progressed to the knockout stages beating Spain 2-0 on penalties in the semi-finals. A goal in the final by teammate Kahraman Kurbetoglu secured Turkey a historic 1-0 win over Russia and a European title.


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men Group A 2016-09-09 2
Men Group A 2016-09-11 4
Men Group A 2016-09-13 6
Men Group A - Standings 2016-09-13 3
Men Classification 5-6 2016-09-15 1