The Turkish national team has arrived at in Kharkiv ahead of their 2 September World Cup qualification tie against Ukraine. They will stay at Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s Premier Palace Hotel in the heart of the city.
The Turkish Football Federation delegation in Ukraine is headed by TFF President Yildirim Demiroren, who formerly served as the President of Istanbul club side Besiktas. The delegation will be joined by Turkey’s Minister of Sports Osman Askin Bak, Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Yonet Can Tezel, and other officials. In total, the Turkish contingent will occupy around one third of the five-star hotel’s rooms.
This is not the first football match to bring representatives of Besiktas to Kharkiv. The Istanbul side came to the eastern Ukrainian city in 2008 for a UEFA Cup clash, having recorded a 1-0 home victory over Metalist Kharkiv. On that occasion, the Turkish side was to leave Ukraine disappointed, suffering a 1-4 loss to the club then owned by Yaroslavsky.
The Premier Palace Hotel in Kharkiv is no stranger to high-level football delegations. The hotel was built as part of Kharkiv’s preparations to serve as one of four Ukrainian host cities during the Euro 2012 UEFA European Championship.
Ukraine vs Turkey
2018 World Cup Qualifier
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv