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ULSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Turkey can match Brazil for skill and defeat them on teamwork, Turkish midfielder Yildiray Basturk believes.

Turkey and Brazil meet in the Korean city of Ulsan on June 3 for their opening match of World Cup group C, which also includes Costa Rica and China.

Basturk, who plays for Germany's Bayer Leverkusen and helped them to the final of the Champions League and a league second place in Germany this season, said he was familiar with the bulk of Brazil's star-studded squad from his experience in Europe.

"In terms of skill I think the two teams are level, but we have the stronger team spirit. Making the most of that I'm sure we will give them a good game," he told reporters.

Brazil's progress to this World Cup has been a hectic affair, involving six losses and coaching changes in a team much of which is based at wealthy European sides.

Turkey would like at least a draw against Brazil in a drive to ensure qualification to the next round of their first World Cup in 48 years.

Turkish coach Senol Gunes has only introduced Basturk into the international set-up in recent years but the slight figure has earned a firm place with nimble performances, often in the "hole" behind striker Hakan Sukur, creating chances and passes for the goal-scorer.


The same skills have helped Basturk get to know many Brazilians in Europe.

"I've played them all in the Champions League. I know them all well, so I will prepare on that basis," Basturk said.

German-born Basturk said he had reported to his Turkish team mates on Brazilian defender Lucio, also at Bayer Leverkusen, but the news was not good for the Turkish strike force.

"Of course we talk about him but I can tell you that he does not make many mistakes, he's a good man...despite playing aggressively he does not pick up many cards," Basturk said.

Striker Ilhan Mansiz, another of the Turkish squad who was born in Germany, said he thought the Brazil clash would be a close game that would demand deep concentration.

"The team that makes the least mistakes will win," he said.

Basturk said he was hoping for a transfer to a bigger European club after the World Cup despite Leverkusen's Champions League final appearance when they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid.

"I think I had a good season and I'm finishing it with a World Cup. After this I hope to play for another European club," he said.
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