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.
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.