Turkey National Football Team Returns To Istanbul After 4.5 Year Break For Next Three Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Turkey's supporters wave flags prior the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Turkey and France at the Buyuksehir Belediyesi stadium in Konya, on June 8, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Turkey national football team will return to Istanbul after a four-and-a-half-year break the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) revealed today.

The Turkish side stopped playing in Istanbul after fans from the major local clubs – Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas – put tribal loyalties ahead of the national team and started booing players who did not play for their respective sides.

Turkey will play their next three 2020 Euro qualification Group H games at home.

All three matches will be played in Istanbul.

Turkey take on Andorra first on Saturday 7 September at the Vodafone Park stadium – home to Besiktas.

The Crescent-Stars will face Albania next at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium – home to Fenerbahce – on Friday 11 October.

Turkey will then take on Iceland on Thursday 14 November at the Turk Telekom Arena – home to Galatasaray.

Turkey head into the Andorra game in 2nd place tied on nine points with leaders France and 3rd placed Iceland – by virtue of goal difference.

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The Red-Whites will be on 18 points if they win their next three games.

Turkey have already beat France 2-0 at home as well as Albania 2-0 away and Moldova 4-0 at home.

Senol Gunes’ side have scored nine times and conceded just two goals.