European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Iceland||Laugardalsvöllur - ReykjavikMonday 9 October 2017|
20.45CET (18.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 10
|24/03/2017||QR (GS)||Kosovo - Iceland||1-2||Shkoder||Nuhiu 52; Sigurdarsson 25, G. Sigurdsson 35 (P)|
Last updated 15/09/2017 12:12CET
|-||Jón Gudni Fjóluson||10/04/1989||28||Norrköping||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Hordur Magnússon||11/02/1993||24||Bristol City||-||7||1||0||0|
|-||Birkir Bjarnason||27/05/1988||29||Aston Villa||*||8||1||0||0|
|-||Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson||18/06/1990||27||Grasshoppers||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Arnór Ingvi Traustason||30/04/1993||24||AEK||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Vidar Orn Kjartansson||11/03/1990||27||M. Tel-Aviv||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Kjartan Henry Finnbogason||09/07/1986||31||Horsens||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Jón Dadi Bödvarsson||25/05/1992||25||Reading||-||7||0||0||0|
|-||Amir Rrahmani||24/02/1994||23||Dinamo Zagreb||*||8||1||0||0|
|-||Atdhe Nuhiu||29/07/1989||28||Sheff. Wednesday||-||5||1||0||0|
Last updated 09/10/2017 14:49CET
Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Playing career: ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Íþróttafélagið Höttur, KF Smástund
Coaching career: Íþróttafélagið Höttur (women), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (women, twice), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Iceland (assistant), Iceland (joint coach), Iceland
• Spent the majority of his playing career with ÍBV, who he represented between 1986 and 1992 and again from 1994 to 1996; he spent 1993 playing for Höttur, also managing their women's team.
• Hallgrímsson – who combined his playing career with his part-time duties as a dentist – moved to Smástund in 1996 and continued to represent the club following their merger the following year with Framherjar, from his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.
• Started coaching ÍBV's women's side in 1999 and was appointed assistant coach of the men's team three years later. Returned to the women's selection in 2003, staying for two years; took over as head coach of ÍBV's men's squad in 2006.
• Stayed in that role until 2011; that October, following Lars Lagerbäck's appointment as Iceland coach, Hallgrímsson was named as his assistant. Promoted to the joint coaching role following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when Iceland lost in the play-offs to Croatia.
• UEFA EURO 2016 was to be a competition to remember for Iceland, however, as they qualified for a first major finals from a section including the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands. Even better was to follow in France, Iceland remaining unbeaten to reach the knockout stages and then famously getting the better of England in the last 16 before a 5-2 defeat by the hosts in the last 16. Hallgrímsson took sole charge after the tournament.
Date of birth: 18 June 1971
Playing career: FC Prishtina, Skövde, IFK/MBK Mariestad, Törboda IK, Torsö Hassle
Coaching career: Torsö Hassle, Tidavad IK, Örebro Syrianska, Tidaholms GIF, Degerfors IF, Kalmar FF (assistant), Kosovo
• Born in Pristina – then part of Yugoslavia – Bunjaki started his career with his local team and went on to spend much of his playing days in the Swedish lower leagues.
• His coaching career followed a similar pattern, with his highest-profile appointment a stint at Degerfors in 2005; Bunjaki then spent two years as assistant coach at Kalmar between 2006 and 2007.
• Appointed Kosovo coach in 2009, overseeing wins against Oman and Equatorial Guinea prior to a 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in June 2016, their first match after being accepted into FIFA the previous month.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|17/07/2012||UCL||2QR||HJK Helsinki||KR Reykjavík||7-0||Helsinki|
|28/08/2014||UEL||PO||FC Internazionale Milano||Stjarnan||6-0||Milan|
Last updated 07/10/2017 11:14CET
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:
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
South America: 4.5
Last updated 07/10/2017 11:15CET