Two qualifications almost 50 years apart (1954 and 2002), a third place finish in 2002, and a failure to qualify in 2006 make up the fortunes of one of the surprise non-qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup.  Despite a formidable league at home, and several star players at top notch clubs abroad, Turkey's qualifying run came to a grind as they were edged by formidable Ukraine.  Turkey's absence from the 2006 finals proves just how difficult qualification can be, especially in the European region.