Turkish Football Federation president Yildirim Demirören, Iceland to be played with 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in game booklet was issued before qualification. Demirören's descriptions are as follows:
"A National team of 2018 World Cup European qualifiers in match against Croatia's fair-play, which does not compromise unconditional support of Eskişehir fans, not only Turkey, but also gained admiration of foreign guests. The Iceland event is crucial to our goal of joining World Cup finals. To play this match in atmosphere of enthusiastic fans of Eskişehir increases our belief. We have no doubt that our fans will fulfill ir duties in bleachers and play with spirit of our footballers to succeed. Our national footballers will certainly not compromise goal of taking regular place in finals of international tournaments. The desire to win our players, enthusiasm, not to give up ID, fair-play and respect for opponent will be our guide tonight. The Icelandic national team and Icelandic Football Federation officials welcomes our country, I wish all football fans an unforgettable football evening. "