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IcelandIcelandLaugardalsvöllur - ReykjavikMonday 9 October 2017
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Group I - Matchday 10
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
24/03/2017QR (GS)Kosovo - Iceland1-2
ShkoderNuhiu 52; Sigurdarsson 25, G. Sigurdsson 35 (P)
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Iceland----1100----110021
Kosovo1001--------100112

Last updated 15/09/2017 12:12CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Iceland - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Hannes Halldórsson27/04/198433Randers - 8000
-Ögmundur Kristinsson19/06/198928Excelsior - 1000
-Rúnar Rúnarsson18/02/199522Nordsjælland - 0000
Defenders
-Ragnar Sigurdsson19/06/198631Rubin*9100
-Ari Skúlason14/05/198730Lokeren - 5000
-Birkir Sævarsson11/11/198432Hammarby - 9000
-Jón Gudni Fjóluson10/04/198928Norrköping - 0000
-Hordur Magnússon11/02/199324Bristol City - 7100
-Sverrir Ingason05/08/199324Rostov - 3000
Midfielders
-Ólafur Skúlason01/04/198334Karabükspor*3000
-Emil Hallfredsson29/06/198433Udinese - 5000
-Rúrik Gíslason25/02/198829Nürnberg - 3000
-Birkir Bjarnason27/05/198829Aston Villa*8100
-Kári Árnason13/10/198234Aberdeen*8200
-Aron Gunnarsson22/04/198928Cardiff*8000
-Gylfi Sigurdsson08/09/198928Everton*9300
-Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson18/06/199027Grasshoppers - 0000
-Arnór Ingvi Traustason30/04/199324AEK - 3000
Forwards
-Vidar Orn Kjartansson11/03/199027M. Tel-Aviv - 4000
-Johann Gudmundsson27/10/199026Burnley*8100
-Alfred Finnbogason01/02/198928Augsburg*7300
-Kjartan Henry Finnbogason09/07/198631Horsens - 0000
-Jón Dadi Bödvarsson25/05/199225Reading - 7000
Coach
-Heimir Hallgrímsson10/06/196750 - 9000
Kosovo - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Samir Ujkani05/07/198829Cremonese - 9000
-Visar Bekaj24/05/199720Prishtina - 0000
-Bledar Hajdini19/06/199522Trepça’89 - 0000
Defenders
-Amir Rrahmani24/02/199423Dinamo Zagreb*8100
-Fidan Aliti03/10/199324Skënderbeu - 1000
-Bajram Jashanica25/09/199027Skënderbeu*3000
-Mergim Vojvoda01/02/199522Mouscron*4000
-Lirim Kastrati02/02/199918Roma - 0000
-Alban Pnishi20/10/199026Grasshoppers - 6000
-Leart Paqarada08/10/199423Sandhausen - 6000
-Ardin Dallku01/11/199422Vorskla - 0000
Midfielders
-Valon Berisha07/02/199324Salzburg - 8100
-Bersant Celina09/09/199621Twente - 4000
-Milot Rashica28/06/199621Vitesse - 9000
-Besar Musolli28/02/198928Kukës - 1000
-Vedat Muriqi24/04/199423Gençlerbirliği*5000
-Besar Halimi12/12/199422Brøndby*4000
Forwards
-Atdhe Nuhiu29/07/198928Sheff. Wednesday - 5100
-Flamur Kastrati14/11/199125Strømsgodset - 1000
-Elbasan Rashani09/05/199324Rosenborg - 1000
-Bernard Berisha24/10/199125Akhmat - 6000
Coach
-Albert Bunjaki18/06/197146 - 9000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Heimir Hallgrímsson

Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Nationality: Icelandic
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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=385009.html#heimir+hallgrimsson

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Albert Bunjaki

Date of birth: 18 June 1971
Nationality: Kosovan
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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400730.html#albert+bunjaki

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeHarald Lechner (AUT)
  • Assistant refereesAndreas Heidenreich (AUT) , Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
  • Fourth officialMarkus Hameter (AUT)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerPaul Krähenbühl (SUI)
  • Referee observerNiklas à Lídarenda (FRO)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Harald Lechner30/07/1982444

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

No such matches refereed

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
17/07/2012UCL2QRHJK HelsinkiKR Reykjavík7-0Helsinki
28/08/2014UELPOFC Internazionale MilanoStjarnan6-0Milan

Last updated 07/10/2017 11:14CET

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

Iceland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Iceland961214719
    Croatia952213417
    Ukraine952213717
    Turkey9423121114
    Finland92257118
    Kosovo90183221
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson (84 Hallfredsson), B. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, Bödvarsson, A. Gunnarsson, A. Skúlason (42 H. Magnússon)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Kristinsson, B. Sævarsson (89 E. Bjarnason), R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, Sigurdarsson (75 Kjartansson), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Iceland 2-0 Turkey
    1-0 E. Bjarnason 42, 2-0 Finnbogason 44
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (67 Kjartansson), Árnason, E. Bjarnason (85 H. Magnússon), Bödvarsson (61 Sigurdarsson), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia 2-0 Iceland
    1-0 Brozović 15, 2-0 Brozović 90+1
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, E. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), H. Magnússon, Bödvarsson (75 Kjartansson)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Kosovo 1-2 Iceland
    0-1 Sigurdarsson 25, 0-2 G. Sigurdsson 35 (P) , 1-2 Nuhiu 52
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Kjartansson (69 Bödvarsson), G. Sigurdsson, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Traustason (72 Gíslason), Sigurdarsson (86 Skúlason), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Iceland 1-0 Croatia
    1-0 H. Magnússon 90
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson (91 Ingason), Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason (81 Gíslason), G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (77 Sigurdarsson), Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, H. Magnússon, Hallfredsson
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Finland 1-0 Iceland
    1-0 Ring 8
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson (59 Gíslason), R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (88 Bödvarsson), Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, H. Magnússon, Hallfredsson (59 Sigurdarsson)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Iceland 2-0 Ukraine
    1-0 G. Sigurdsson 47, 2-0 G. Sigurdsson 66
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, Ingason, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson (92 Finnbogason), A. Gunnarsson, H. Magnússon, Hallfredsson (89 Skúlason), Bödvarsson (67 Sigurdarsson)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Turkey 0-3 Iceland
    0-1 Gudmundsson 32, 0-2 B. Bjarnason 39, 0-3 Árnason 50
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson (82 A. Skúlason), B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (78 Skúlason), Árnason, A. Gunnarsson (65 Ingason), H. Magnússon, Bödvarsson
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Iceland-Kosovo

Kosovo

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Ujkani, Perdedaj, Pnishi, Alushi, Rashica, Bunjaku (66 Celina), Rrahmani, V. Berisha (93 Meha), Paqarada, Kryeziu, B. Berisha (81 Halimi)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo 0-6 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 6, 0-2 Mandžukić 24, 0-3 Mandžukić 35, 0-4 Mitrović 68, 0-5 Perišić 83, 0-6 N. Kalinić 90+2
    Ujkani, Perdedaj, Pnishi, Pepa, Rashica, Celina (68 Bunjaku), V. Berisha, Zeneli (77 Shala), Paqarada, Kryeziu, B. Berisha (58 Halimi)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Ukraine 3-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Kravets 31, 2-0 Yarmolenko 81, 3-0 Rotan 87
    Ujkani, Perdedaj (77 Sulejmani), Pnishi, Rashica (66 Zeneli), Shala, Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Meha (54 B. Berisha), Muriqi, Paqarada, Kryeziu
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Turkey 2-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Burak Yılmaz 51, 2-0 Volkan Şen 55
    Ujkani, Perdedaj, Pnishi, Alushi, Rashica, Shala, Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Zeneli, Muriqi, Kololli
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Kosovo 1-2 Iceland
    0-1 Sigurdarsson 25, 0-2 G. Sigurdsson 35 (P) , 1-2 Nuhiu 52
    Ujkani, Perdedaj (74 Avdijaj), Kololli, Pnishi, Shala, Rashica (64 Celina), Berisha (83 B. Berisha), Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Kryeziu, Nuhiu
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Kosovo 1-4 Turkey
    0-1 Volkan Şen 6, 1-1 Rrahmani 22, 1-2 Cengiz Ünder 31, 1-3 Burak Yılmaz 61, 1-4 Ozan Tufan 82
    Ujkani (53 Nurković), Aliti, Pnishi, Alushi, Zeneli (53 B. Berisha), Avdijaj (73 Rashica), Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Vojvoda, Kryeziu, Nuhiu
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Croatia 1-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Vida 74
    Ujkani, Alushi, Kryeziu, Rashica, Zeneli (79 Nuhiu), Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Vojvoda, Kololli (70 Paqarada), Muriqi (67 Fejzullahu), Jashanica
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Kosovo 0-1 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 83
    Ujkani, Alushi, Kryeziu, Rashica (62 Halimi), Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Vojvoda, Paqarada (82 Muriqi), Nuhiu, Jashanica, B. Berisha (70 Zeneli)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Kosovo 0-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Paqarada 60 (og) , 0-2 Yarmolenko 87
    Ujkani, Musolli (83 Kastrati), Kryeziu (53 Rashani), Rashica, Halimi, Celina, Rrahmani, Vojvoda, Muriqi (70 Nuhiu), Paqarada, Jashanica
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Iceland-Kosovo

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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.