Turkey 1-2 Soviet Union (lost footage of 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying match; 1961)

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The Mithatpaşa Stadyumu, which is where the match took place.

Status: Lost

On 12th November 1961, Turkey hosted the Soviet Union for a 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. Occurring at the Mithatpaşa Stadyumu in front of 34,000 fans, the visitors won the match 2-1, successfully qualifying for the World Cup in the process. The encounter is known to have been the first football match to be televised live in Turkey.


Turkey and the Soviet Union were placed in UEFA Group 5 of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage, alongside Norway.[1] Both teams successfully beat Norway home and away, but the Soviet Union held the advantage as they successfully beat Turkey 1-0 on 18th June 1961.[2][1] To qualify, the Soviet Union needed to avoid defeat, but Turkey required a win.[1] If the hosts won the 12th November match, the two teams would play again in a neutral ground, where the winner of the play-off would qualify for the World Cup.[1] Meanwhile, television was in its infancy stage within Turkey.[3] The country had only received the technology needed to televise events in the late-1950s, with the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) conducting test broadcasts from 1957 to 1971.[3] The Turkey-Soviet Union game was chosen as the first live broadcast of a football match within the country.[3]

The match itself occurred on 12th November, with 34,000 in-attendance at the Mithatpaşa Stadyumu.[4] Ultimately, the visitors gained the lead courtesy of a 12th minute goal from Gennadiy Gusarov.[4] Six minutes later, Aleksey Mamykin doubled the Soviet Union's lead.[4] Metin Oktay pulled one back for the hosts, but the Soviet Union held on to claim victory and qualification to the World Cup.[4][1] The team would top Group 1 of the World Cup Finals after beating Yugoslavia 2-0, drawing with Colombia 4-4, and defeating Uruguay 2-1.[5] However, they would lose in the Quarter-Finals to hosts Chile 2-1.[5] Meanwhile, television was influential in Turkish sports' mediatisation, with the Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu being established in 1968 and broadcasting sports events to build the audience during a period where television sets proved expensive.[3]


The ITU broadcast was received by a minute audience, primarily because of the television signal's limited range and for the need to buy specialist equipment to view the event.[3] Ultimately, no recording of the broadcast, nor any other footage of the match, is known to have survived.



Footage of the 18th June game.

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