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AlbaniaAlbaniaLoro Boriçi Stadium - ShkoderMonday 9 October 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 10
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
24/03/2017QR (GS)Italy - Albania2-0
PalermoDe Rossi 12 (P), Immobile 80
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Albania----1001----200203
Italy1100--------220030

Last updated 15/09/2017 12:09CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Albania - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198729Partizani - 1000
-Ehea Koliçi13/02/198631Iraklis - 0000
-Etrit Berisha10/03/198928Atalanta - 7000
Defenders
-Ansi Agolli11/10/198234Qarabağ - 7100
-Andi Lila12/02/198631Giannina*5000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199224Empoli*3000
-Mërgim Mavraj09/06/198631Hamburg - 7000
-Arlind Ajeti25/09/199324Crotone - 4000
-Elseid Hysaj02/02/199423Napoli*9000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199324Benevento - 5000
-Iván Balliu01/01/199225Metz - 1000
-Hysen Memolla03/07/199225Hajduk Split - 2000
Midfielders
-Migjen Basha05/01/198730Bari 1908*5000
-Odise Roshi22/05/199126Akhmat - 8200
-Burim Kukeli16/01/198433Sion - 7000
-Ermir Lenjani05/08/198928Sion - 1000
-Ergys Kaçe08/07/199324PAOK*1000
-Ledian Memushaj 07/12/198630Pescara*8100
-Valon Ahmedi07/10/199423Maribor - 1000
-Liridon Latifi06/02/199423Puskás Akadémia - 2000
-Emanuele Ndoj20/11/199620Brescia - 0000
Forwards
-Armando Sadiku27/05/199126Legia - 5300
-Eros Grezda15/04/199522Osijek*3000
Coach
-Christian Panucci12/04/197344 - 2000
Italy - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Gianluigi Buffon28/01/197839Juventus - 9000
-Mattia Perin10/11/199224Genoa - 0000
-Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/199918Milan - 0000
Defenders
-Giorgio Chiellini14/08/198433Juventus - 3100
-Davide Astori07/01/198730Fiorentina - 1000
-Matteo Darmian02/12/198927Man. United - 4000
-Danilo D'Ambrosio09/09/198829Internazionale - 0000
-Leonardo Bonucci01/05/198730Milan - 7000
-Daniele Rugani29/07/199423Juventus - 1000
-Davide Zappacosta11/06/199225Chelsea - 4000
Midfielders
-Antonio Candreva28/02/198730Internazionale - 7200
-Leonardo Spinazzola25/03/199324Atalanta - 2000
-Marco Parolo25/01/198532Lazio - 4000
-Bryan Cristante03/03/199522Atalanta - 1000
-Federico Bernardeschi16/02/199423Juventus - 5100
-Nicolò Barella07/02/199720Cagliari - 0000
-Roberto Gagliardini07/04/199423Internazionale - 1000
Forwards
-Éder15/11/198630Internazionale - 6100
-Ciro Immobile20/02/199027Lazio*9600
-Stephan El Shaarawy27/10/199224Roma - 0000
-Roberto Inglese12/11/199125Chievo - 0000
-Lorenzo Insigne04/06/199126Napoli - 6100
-Manolo Gabbiadini26/11/199125Southampton - 2100
Coach
-Gian Piero Ventura14/01/194869 - 9000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Christian Panucci

Date of birth: 12 April 1973
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Genoa CFC, AC Milan, Real Madrid CF, FC Internazionale Milano, Chelsea FC (loan), AS Monaco FC, AS Roma, Parma FC
Coaching career: Russia (assistant), AS Livorno Calcio, Ternana Calcio, Albania

• Having risen through the ranks at Genoa, Panucci spent three seasons in the first team before leaving for Milan in 1993, winning the Scudetto and UEFA Champions League in his first season.

• A right-back who could cover in central defence, a second Serie A title with Milan followed in 1996. Panucci moved to Real Madrid midway through 1996/97, becoming first Italian to play for Spanish giants, winning another league title that season and the UEFA Champions League again in 1998.

• Short spells at Inter, Chelsea and Monaco preceded his 2001 move to Roma, for whom he would make more than 250 appearances over the next eight years, winning the Coppa Italia twice. He hung up his boots in 2010 after a year with Parma.

• Twice a UEFA European Under-21 Championship winner with Italy, Panucci won only 57 caps in a senior career spanning 15 years. Made his major tournament bow at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and scored the goal against Scotland that took Italy to UEFA EURO 2008.

• Worked as Fabio Capello's assistant coach with Russia before striking out on his own; had short spells in charge of Livorno and Ternana before being appointed to succeed fellow Italian Gianni De Biasi as Albania coach in July 2017.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2498505.html#christian+panucci

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Gian Piero Ventura

Date of birth: 14 January 1948
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: FS Sestrese Calcio, USD Enna, SSDU Sanremo, USD Novese
Coaching career: UC Sampdoria (youth), ASD Albenga, ACD Rapallo Ruentes, Virtus Entella, Spezia Calcio, US Centese, US Pistoiese, ASD Giarre Calcio, Venezia FC, US Lecce, Cagliari Calcio (twice9, UC Sampdoria, Udinese calcio, SSC Napoli, ACR Messina, Hellas-Verona FC, AC Pisa, FC Bari, Torino FC, Italy

• Born in Genoa, Ventura started his playing and coaching careers in the youth system of Sampdoria. As a midfielder he made nine appearances for Sicilian outfit Enna in Serie C, the highest level he played at.

• Began coaching in the Sampdoria academy in 1976 and worked for several teams in the lower divisions before finally making his Serie A debut more than two decades later after leading Cagliari to promotion in 1998. He had done the same the previous season with Lecce, only to be replaced by Cesare Prandelli before the campaign started.

• He continued to move between posts in Serie A and Serie B, but his stock rose considerably after he replaced Antonio Conte at Bari ahead of the 2009/10 season. Ventura guided Bari to tenth place with a club record 50 points in Serie A, drawing twice against José Mourinho's FC Internazionale Milano and defeating Juventus 3-1.

• In 2011 he accepted the call from Torino, then in Serie B. "I could take a mid-table team in Serie A but trying to take Torino back to Serie A is the real libido," he famously said. He not only achieved that but also led the Granata into Europe. Under Ventura, Torino reached the UEFA Europa League round of 16 in 2014/15 after a memorable 3-2 win at Athletic Club.

• After becoming the trainer with most consecutive games on the Torino bench (217), third overall behind Luigi Radice and Emiliano Mondonico, Ventura was announced as Conte's successor as Italy coach in June 2016.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400814.html#gian+piero+ventura

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSvein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
  • Assistant refereesKim Thomas Haglund (NOR) , Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
  • Fourth officialTore Hansen (NOR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJean Paul Mievis (BEL)
  • Referee observerMorgan Norman (SWE)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Svein Oddvar Moen22/01/1979589

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
07/06/2013WCQRCzech RepublicItaly0-0Prague

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
23/07/2008U19SFItalyHungary1-0Plzen
07/12/2011UCLGSVillarreal CFSSC Napoli0-2Villarreal
07/06/2013WCQRCzech RepublicItaly0-0Prague
07/05/2015UELSFSSC NapoliFC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk1-1Naples

Last updated 07/10/2017 11:07CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on UEFA.com.

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Albania

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Spain981035325
    Italy962120820
    Albania9414101213
    Israel9405101412
    FYR Macedonia922511158
    Liechtenstein90091350
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Sadiku, Gashi (60 Memushaj ), Kukeli, Xhaka, Mavraj, Hyka (67 Roshi), Abrashi (60 Balaj)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Llullaku (69 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (44 Basha), Mavraj, Aliji, Hyka, Balaj, Roshi, Abrashi (46 Lila)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    Berisha, Lila, Lenjani (46 Aliji), Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj (68 Basha), Xhaka (75 Hyka), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Albania 0-3 Israel
    0-1 Zahavi 18 (P) , 0-2 Einbinder 66, 0-3 Atar 83
    Berisha, Hysaj (79 Çani), Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj , Llullaku (57 Hoxha), Kukeli, Xhaka (82 Manaj), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Italy 2-0 Albania
    1-0 De Rossi 12 (P) , 2-0 Immobile 80
    Strakosha, Lila (77 Sadiku), Hysaj, Veseli, Agolli, Basha (96 Latifi), Memushaj , Kukeli, Çikalleshi, Arlind Ajeti, Roshi (87 Grezda)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Israel 0-3 Albania
    0-1 Sadiku 22, 0-2 Sadiku 44, 0-3 Memushaj 71
    Strakosha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Memushaj , Sadiku (70 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (82 Veseli), Hyka, Mavraj, Aliji, Roshi (53 Lila), Abrashi
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Albania 2-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Roshi 54, 2-0 Agolli 78
    Berisha, Hysaj, Agolli, Basha, Memushaj (77 Kukeli), Llullaku, Mavraj, Grezda (86 Ahmedi), Arlind Ajeti, Roshi, Abrashi (83 Hyka)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    FYR Macedonia 1-1 Albania
    0-1 Roshi 53, 1-1 Trajkovski 78 (P)
    Berisha, Lila, Hysaj, Agolli (73 Memolla), Sadiku, Llullaku (46 Memushaj ), Kukeli (46 Basha), Mavraj, Arlind Ajeti, Hyka, Roshi
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Spain 3-0 Albania
    1-0 Rodrigo 16, 2-0 Isco 24, 3-0 Thiago Alcántara 27
    Berisha, Hysaj, Veseli, Memushaj , Llullaku, Iván Balliu (46 Sadiku), Xhaka, Memolla (46 Agolli), Grezda (66 Latifi), Arlind Ajeti, Kaçe
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Albania-Italy

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Buffon, Chiellini, Candreva (67 Florenzi), Bonaventura (63 Ogbonna), Pellè, Verratti, L. Antonelli, Barzagli, Parolo, Éder (70 Immobile), Bonucci
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Florenzi, Pellè (59 Immobile), Barzagli, De Rossi, Éder, Montolivo (30 Bonaventura), Bonucci, Parolo (76 Belotti)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia 2-3 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 24, 1-1 Nestorovski 57, 2-1 Hasani 59, 2-2 Immobile 75, 2-3 Immobile 90+2
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Candreva, Bonaventura (64 Parolo), Verratti, Immobile, Barzagli, Bonucci, Bernardeschi (64 Sansone), Belotti (84 Éder)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-4 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 11, 0-2 Immobile 12, 0-3 Candreva 32, 0-4 Belotti 44
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Candreva (74 Éder), Bonaventura (67 Insigne), Belotti, Verratti, Immobile (81 Zaza), De Rossi, Bonucci, Zappacosta
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Italy 2-0 Albania
    1-0 De Rossi 12 (P) , 2-0 Immobile 80
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Candreva, Insigne, Belotti, Verratti, Immobile, Barzagli, De Rossi, Bonucci, Zappacosta
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Italy 5-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Insigne 35, 2-0 Belotti 52, 3-0 Éder 74, 4-0 Bernardeschi 83, 5-0 Gabbiadini 90+1
    Buffon, Chiellini, Darmian, Pellegrini, Candreva (60 Bernardeschi), Spinazzola, Belotti (75 Gabbiadini), Insigne, Immobile (67 Éder), Barzagli, De Rossi
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Spain 3-0 Italy
    1-0 Isco 13, 2-0 Isco 40, 3-0 Morata 77
    Buffon, Darmian, Candreva (70 Bernardeschi), Spinazzola, Verratti, Belotti (70 Éder), Insigne, Immobile (78 Gabbiadini), Barzagli, De Rossi, Bonucci
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Italy 1-0 Israel
    1-0 Immobile 53
    Buffon, Conti (49 Zappacosta), Darmian, Candreva (87 Bernardeschi), Verratti (89 Montolivo), Belotti, Insigne, Immobile, Astori, Barzagli, De Rossi
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Italy 1-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Chiellini 40, 1-1 Trajkovski 77
    Buffon, Zappacosta, Chiellini, Darmian, Gagliardini (75 Cristante), Verdi (64 Bernardeschi), Insigne, Immobile, Barzagli (46 Rugani), Parolo, Bonucci
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Albania-Italy

Last updated 07/10/2017 11:08CET

Legend

Competitions

Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable

Statistics

  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.