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BelgiumBelgiumKing Baudouin Stadium - BrusselsTuesday 10 October 2017
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Group H - Matchday 10
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/2016QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-3
NicosiaR. Lukaku 13, 61, Carrasco 81
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/2015QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-1
NicosiaHazard 86
28/03/2015QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus5-0
BrusselsFellaini 21, 66, Benteke 35, Hazard 67, Batshuayi 80
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/11/1995PR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium1-1LimassolAgathocleous 20; De Bilde 65
26/04/1995PR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus2-0
BrusselsDe Bilde 20, Schepens 46
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/02/1993QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-3
NicosiaScifo 1, 4, Czerniatynski 87
22/04/1992QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus1-0
BrusselsWilmots 24
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/02/1981QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus3-2
BrusselsPlessers 13, Vandenbergh 18, Ceulemans 67; Lysandrou 42, Vrahimis 60
21/12/1980QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-2
NicosiaVandenbergh 30, Ceulemans 68
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Belgium44005410----10910223
Cyprus50144004----10019322

Last updated 15/09/2017 12:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Belgium - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Simon Mignolet06/03/198829Liverpool - 0000
-Koen Casteels25/06/199225Wolfsburg - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199225Chelsea - 9000
Defenders
-Thomas Vermaelen14/11/198531Barcelona*3000
-Laurent Ciman05/08/198532Montreal - 4000
-Toby Alderweireld02/03/198928Tottenham - 8100
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198730Tottenham - 9200
-Dedryck Boyata28/11/199026Celtic - 0000
-Christian Kabasele24/02/199126Watford - 0000
-Thomas Meunier12/09/199126Paris*7500
Midfielders
-Kevin Mirallas05/10/198730Everton - 4000
-Steven Defour15/04/198829Burnley - 1000
-Axel Witsel12/01/198928Tianjin Quanjian*7200
-Eden Hazard07/01/199126Chelsea - 7400
-Kevin De Bruyne28/06/199126Man. City*6000
-Thorgan Hazard29/03/199324Mönchengladbach - 1000
-Nacer Chadli02/08/198928West Brom - 5100
-Leander Dendoncker15/04/199522Anderlecht - 3000
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199720Monaco - 3000
Forwards
-Romelu Lukaku13/05/199324Man. United*71000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198730Napoli*8500
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199324Chelsea - 4100
-Divock Origi18/04/199522Wolfsburg - 0000
Coach
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197344 - 9000
Cyprus - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Antonis Giorgallides30/01/198235AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Kostas Panayi08/10/199423Omonia*9000
-Neofytos Michael16/12/199323Nea Salamis - 0000
Defenders
-Nektarios Alexandrou19/12/198333APOEL - 5000
-Georgios Vasiliou12/06/198433Apollon - 0000
-Giorgos Merkis30/07/198433APOEL - 3000
-Marios Antoniades14/05/199027AEK Larnaca - 1000
-Jason Demetriou18/11/198729Southend*8000
-Margaça 17/07/198532Omonia - 4000
Midfielders
-Marios Nikolaou04/10/198334AEL - 1000
-Andreas Avraam06/06/198730AEL*3000
-Vincent Laban09/09/198433AEK Larnaca*7100
-Georgios Economides10/04/199027Anorthosis - 1000
-Kostakis Artymatas15/04/199324Kerkyra*9000
-Kostas Laifis19/05/199324Standard Liège - 8100
-Charalambos Kyriakou09/02/199522Estoril*8000
-Vasilios Papafotis10/08/199522Doxa - 0000
-Fanos Katelaris26/08/199621Omonia - 3000
-Grigoris Kastanos30/01/199819Zulte Waregem*8000
-Antreas Makris27/11/199521APOEL - 5000
Forwards
-Costas Charalambides25/07/198136AEK Larnaca*7000
-Pieros Sotiriou13/01/199324København - 7400
-Nestor Mytidis01/06/199126AEK Larnaca*7000
Coach
-Ran Ben Simon28/11/197046 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, CF Balaguer, Wigan Athletic FC, Motherwell FC, Walsall FC, Swansea City AFC, Chester City FC
Coaching career: Swansea City AFC, Wigan Athletic FC, Everton FC, Belgium

• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.

• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; spent six years with the club, helping them win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later.

• A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez aiding the club to promotion to League One. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.

• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.

• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016. Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure.

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Ran Ben Shimon

Date of birth: 28/11/1970
Nationality: Israeli
Playing career: Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC, Hapoel Haifa FC, Hapoel Petach-Tikva FC, Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC
Coaching career: Hapoel Haifa FC, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (twice), Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, AEL Larnaca FC, Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC, Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC, Beitar Jerusalem FC, FC Ashdod, Cyprus

• Capped 34 times as a defender for Israel, Ben Shimon spent much of his career with home-town clubs Maccabi Petach-Tikva and Hapoel Petach-Tikva, but was perhaps in his prime during a six-year spell at Hapoel Haifa, during which he won the 1999/2000 Israeli championship.

• After hanging up his boots in 2003 following a stint at Bnei Yehuda, Ben Shimon was in charge of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's youth teams, taking his first senior jobs in the second tier with Hapoel Haifa and then Kiryat Shmona, whom he led to promotion in his first campaign at the helm.

• Briefly in the Maccabi Tel-Aviv hot seat in 2008, he guided Kiryat Shmona to another promotion after rejoining them in 2009, then masterminded their shock title success of 2011/12. He moved abroad for the first time in 2012 to coach AEK Larnaca, earning a third-placed finish in his sole season in command.

• Returning to Israel in 2013, he subsequently held the reins at Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem and – in 2016/17 – Ashdod. Ben Shimon accepted the Cyprus post in July 2017, filling the void left by Christakis Christoforou's departure.

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeLuca Banti (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesAlessandro Costanzo (ITA) , Fabiano Preti (ITA)
  • Fourth officialMarco Guida (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerSteen Dahrup (DEN)
  • Referee observerVladimir Antonov (MDA)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Luca Banti27/03/1974242

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
11/08/2010U21QRFranceBelgium0-1Vannes
19/08/2010UELPOKRC GenkFC Porto0-3Genk
20/10/2011UELGSAEK Larnaca FCFC Schalke 040-5Nicosia
08/11/2012UELGSClub BruggeNewcastle United FC2-2Bruges
30/07/2013UCL3QRPSV EindhovenSV Zulte Waregem2-0Eindhoven
28/08/2014UELPOClub BruggeGrasshopper Club Zürich1-0Bruges
13/10/2014EUROQRBosnia and HerzegovinaBelgium1-1Zenica
26/07/2016UCL3QRFC RostovRSC Anderlecht2-2Rostov-on-Don
25/08/2016UELPOKF ShkëndijaKAA Gent0-4Skopje

Last updated 08/10/2017 11:24CET

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

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Belgium

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Belgium981039625
    Greece944113616
    Bosnia and Herzegovina9423221214
    Estonia9324121711
    Cyprus931591410
    Gibraltar90093430
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini (84 Nainggolan), R. Lukaku (73 Batshuayi), Hazard, Meunier, Carrasco
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Belgium 4-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1-0 Spahić 26 (og) , 2-0 Hazard 29, 3-0 Alderweireld 60, 4-0 R. Lukaku 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco, Fellaini, R. Lukaku (82 Benteke), Hazard (87 Mirallas), Mertens, Meunier, J. Lukaku (21 Ciman)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium
    0-1 Benteke 1, 0-2 Witsel 19, 0-3 Benteke 43, 0-4 Mertens 51, 0-5 Benteke 56, 0-6 Hazard 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco (53 Chadli), Hazard, Mertens (64 Mirallas), Meunier, Defour, Benteke (80 Batshuayi), Ciman
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Belgium 8-1 Estonia
    1-0 Meunier 8, 2-0 Mertens 16, 3-0 Hazard 25, 3-1 Henri Anier 29, 4-1 Carrasco 62, 5-1 Klavan 64 (og) , 6-1 Mertens 68, 7-1 R. Lukaku 83, 8-1 R. Lukaku 88
    Courtois, Dendoncker, Vertonghen, Witsel (88 Simons), De Bruyne, R. Lukaku, Hazard (73 Mirallas), Mertens (79 Tielemans), Meunier, Carrasco, Ciman
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium 1-1 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 46, 1-1 R. Lukaku 89
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Nainggolan, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini (66 Dembélé), R. Lukaku, Carrasco, Mertens, Chadli, Ciman (84 Mirallas)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Estonia 0-2 Belgium
    0-1 Mertens 31, 0-2 Chadli 86
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, R. Lukaku, Mertens (81 Batshuayi), Carrasco, Chadli
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Belgium 9-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Mertens 16, 2-0 Meunier 18, 3-0 R. Lukaku 21, 4-0 Witsel 27, 5-0 R. Lukaku 38, 6-0 Hazard 45, 7-0 Meunier 61, 8-0 Meunier 67, 9-0 R. Lukaku 84 (P)
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne (85 Tielemans), R. Lukaku, Hazard (77 Hazard), Mertens (46 Dembélé), Meunier, Carrasco
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece 1-2 Belgium
    0-1 Vertonghen 70, 1-1 Zeca 73, 1-2 R. Lukaku 74
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Fellaini (89 Dendoncker), R. Lukaku, Mertens, Meunier, Dembélé (74 Hazard), Carrasco (79 Chadli)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 Belgium
    0-1 Meunier 4, 1-1 Medunjanin 30, 2-1 Višća 39, 2-2 Batshuayi 59, 2-3 Vertonghen 68, 3-3 Dumić 82, 3-4 Carrasco 84
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Fellaini (29 Dendoncker), Batshuayi, Hazard, Mertens (46 Tielemans), Meunier, Carrasco (86 Chadli)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Belgium-Cyprus

Cyprus

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou (69 Mytidis), Charalambides, Alexandrou, Laban (69 Artymatas), Kyriakou, Efrem, Laifis, Kastanos (78 Makris)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, E. Charalambous, Demetriou, Charalambides (66 Christofi), Mytidis (83 Makris), Laban, Efrem, Artymatas (78 Kyriakou), Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Džeko 70, 2-0 Džeko 81
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (77 Charalambides), Alexandrou, Laban, Artymatas (85 Mytidis), Laifis, Kastanos, Makris (72 Efrem)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar
    1-0 Laifis 29, 1-1 L. Casciaro 51, 2-1 Sotiriou 65, 3-1 Sielis 87
    Panayi, E. Charalambous, Sielis, Demetriou, Sotiriou (86 Mytidis), Christofi, Kyriakou (91 Nikolaou), Efrem (73 Charalambides), Artymatas, Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Cyprus 0-0 Estonia
    Panayi, M. Stylianou (72 Avraam), E. Charalambous, Merkis, Christofi, Mytidis (88 Makris), Laban (82 Roushias), Kyriakou, Artymatas, Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Gibraltar 1-2 Cyprus
    0-1 R. Chipolina 10 (og) , 1-1 Hernandez 30, 1-2 Sotiriou 87
    Panayi, Merkis, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (73 Makris), Charalambides, N. Ioannou, Kyriakou, Margaça (61 Alexandrou), Artymatas (82 Mytidis), Laifis
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Cyprus 3-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    0-1 Šunjić 33, 0-2 Višća 44, 1-2 Christofi 65, 2-2 Laban 67, 3-2 Sotiriou 76
    Panayi, Merkis, Katelaris, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (80 Alexandrou), Charalambides (46 Avraam), Laban, Kyriakou, Margaça (72 Kastanos), Artymatas
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Estonia 1-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Käit 90+2
    Panayi, Avraam (66 Kastanos), Katelaris, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (87 Charalambides), Laban, Kyriakou, Margaça , Artymatas, Laifis
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus 1-2 Greece
    1-0 Sotiriou 18, 1-1 Mitroglou 24, 1-2 Tziolis 26
    Panayi, Katelaris, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Laban, Antoniades (60 Alexandrou), Kyriakou, Margaça (86 Mytidis), Artymatas, Laifis, Kastanos (79 Economides)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Belgium-Cyprus

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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.