European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Azerbaijan||Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu - BakuThursday 5 October 2017|
18.00CET (20.00 local time) Group C - Matchday 9
|11/10/2016||QR (GS)||Czech Republic - Azerbaijan||0-0||Ostrava|
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|-||Kamran Agayev||09/02/1986||31||Mladá Boleslav||-||7||0||0||0|
|-||Anar Nazirov||08/09/1985||32||Zirä FK||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Rashad F. Sadygov||16/06/1982||35||Qarabağ||-||6||1||0||0|
|-||Tarlan Guliyev||19/04/1992||25||İnter Bakı||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Tamkin Khalilzade||06/08/1993||24||Zirä FK||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Jan Bořil||11/01/1991||26||Slavia Praha||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Bořek Dočkal||30/09/1988||29||Henan Jianye||*||6||0||0||0|
|-||Jaromír Zmrhal||02/08/1993||24||Slavia Praha||-||5||1||0||0|
|-||Josef Hušbauer||16/03/1990||27||Slavia Praha||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||Jan Sýkora||29/12/1993||23||Slavia Praha||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Tomáš Souček||27/02/1995||22||Slavia Praha||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Václav Kadlec||20/05/1992||25||Sparta Praha||*||3||0||0||0|
Last updated 05/10/2017 12:00CET
Date of birth: 12 January 1969
Playing career: GNK Dinamo Zagreb (twice), FK Crvena zvezda, Real Madrid CF, Real Oviedo, FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, R. Standard de Liège, Portsmouth FC, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Zagreb
Coaching career: Croatia (assistant), FK Crvena zvezda, Kayserispor
• Born in Germany, Prosinečki moved back to Croatia with his family in 1979, and developed as a midfielder with stunning technique at Dinamo Zagreb.
• He moved on to Crvena zvezda and helped the Belgrade side to win the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup, scoring the opening penalty in their shoot-out success against Olympique de Marseille.
• After a high-profile transfer, injuries hampered his time at Real Madrid, though he was to stay in Spain for some time, representing Oviedo, Barcelona and Sevilla before further adventures in Belgium, England and Slovenia.
• Capped 15 times for Yugoslavia and 49 times for Croatia, his goals in the 1990 and 1998 tournaments made him the only player to score in FIFA World Cup finals competitons for two different nations.
• Having assisted former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilić with the national team, Prosinečki coached Crvena zvezda to Serbian Cup success in 2011/12 and led Turkish side Kayserispor from 2012–13. Hired as Azerbaijan coach in December 2014.
Date of birth: 23 August 1956
Playing career: AFP Pardubice, SK Slavia Praha (three times), AC Dukla Praha, Dukla Tábor, FC Rouen, Amiens SC, FC Viktoria Žižkov, Benešov, CU Bohemians Praha, Česká Lípa
Coaching career: FK Marila Příbram, SK Slavia Praha (three times), RC Strasbourg, 1. FC Slovácko, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, Al-Ahli, Al-Wahda SCC, FK Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
• Karel Jarolím has Slavia Praha running through his veins. During his playing days with the club in the 1980s he was a skilful playmaker with great passing range and superb stamina. Slavia signed the 20-year-old Jarolím from Pardubice in 1977, but the midfielder won his only title with crosstown rivals Dukla Praha during his military service in 1979.
• Scored twice in 13 appearances for Czechoslovakia before moving to France, where he played for Rouen then Amiens during a four-year spell abroad. Jarolím returned home in 1991 and continued to play in the top flight until he was 39, finishing with 272 league games and 63 goals at that level.
• Began his coaching career at Marila Příbram in 1997, returning to Slavia as František Cipro's assistant in 2000. He replaced him as head coach ten games into the season and took Slavia to second place but his contract was not extended so Jarolím returned to France where he became assistant to Ivan Hašek at Strasbourg, helping the club to promotion.
• After one year back in the Czech Republic at Slovácko he returned to Slavia in April 2005, winning league titles in 2008 and 2009. Guided Slovan Bratislava to the Slovakian double in 2011 before a spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ahli, who he took to the 2012 AFC Champions League final.
• Jarolím, whose two sons David and Lukáš also became professional footballers, returned to his homeland with Mladá Boleslav in January 2014, winning the Czech Cup two years later. Appointed Czech Republic coach after UEFA EURO 2016.
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No such matches refereed
|24/07/2014||UEL||2QR||FC Koper||Neftçi PFK||0-2||Koper|
|07/08/2014||UEL||3QR||FC Viktoria Plzeň||FC Petrolul Ploieşti||1-4||Plzen|
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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
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