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GreeceGreece (First leg: 1-4) Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusSunday 12 November 2017
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/11/2017POCroatia - Greece4-1
ZagrebModrić 13 (P), N. Kalinić 19, Perišić 33, Kramarić 49; Papastathopoulos 30
UEFA EURO 2012
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/10/2011QR (GS)Greece - Croatia2-0
PiraeusSamaras 71, Gekas 79
07/09/2010QR (GS)Croatia - Greece0-0Zagreb
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
30/04/1997QR (GS)Greece - Croatia0-1
SalonikaŠuker 74
10/11/1996QR (GS)Croatia - Greece1-1ZagrebŠuker 44; Nikolaidis 9
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Greece21013021----7232910
Croatia31202101----7232109

Last updated 10/11/2017 19:08CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Greece - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Orestis Karnezis11/07/198532Watford - 10000
-Stefanos Kapino18/03/199423Olympiacos - 1000
-Giannis Anestis09/03/199126AEK - 0000
Defenders
-Vasilis Torosidis10/06/198532Bologna - 8300
-Sokratis Papastathopoulos09/06/198829Dortmund - 10100
-Giorgos Tzavellas26/11/198729Alanyaspor - 8100
-Giannis Maniatis12/10/198631Alanyaspor - 8000
-Kyriakos Papadopoulos23/02/199225Hamburg - 6000
-Kostas Manolas14/06/199126Roma - 8000
-Charalambos Lykogiannis22/10/199324Sturm - 1000
-Kostas Stafylidis02/12/199323Augsburg - 10100
-Panagiotis Retsos09/08/199819Leverkusen - 3000
-Marios Oikonomou06/10/199225SPAL - 1000
Midfielders
-Alexandros Tziolis13/02/198532Al-Fayha FC - 9100
-Lazaros Christodoulopoulos19/12/198630AEK - 1000
-Andreas Samaris13/06/198928Benfica - 6000
-Panagiotis Tachtsidis15/02/199126Olympiacos - 4000
-Yannis Gianniotas29/04/199324Valladolid - 3100
-Kostas Fortounis16/10/199225Olympiacos - 10100
-Zeca31/08/198829København - 7100
Forwards
-Kostas Mitroglou12/03/198829Marseille - 9600
-Dimitris Diamantakos05/03/199324Bochum - 1000
-Tasos Bakasetas28/06/199324AEK - 7000
Coach
-Michael Skibbe04/08/196552 - 11000
Croatia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Danijel Subašić27/10/198433Monaco - 9000
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199027Gent - 2000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199522Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
Defenders
-Ivan Strinić17/07/198730Sampdoria - 2000
-Dejan Lovren05/07/198928Liverpool - 5000
-Josip Pivarić30/01/198928Dynamo Kyiv - 9000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198928Dynamo Kyiv - 11100
-Marin Leovac07/08/198829PAOK - 0000
-Šime Vrsaljko10/01/199225Atlético - 9000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199324Beşiktaş - 5100
-Zoran Nižić11/10/198928Hajduk Split - 0000
Midfielders
-Luka Modrić09/09/198532Real Madrid - 9100
-Ivan Rakitić10/03/198829Barcelona - 7100
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198928Internazionale - 10200
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199224Internazionale - 10200
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199522Spartak Moskva - 3000
-Filip Bradarić11/01/199225Rijeka - 0000
-Nikola Vlašić04/10/199720Everton - 1000
-Marko Rog19/07/199522Napoli - 5000
Forwards
-Nikola Kalinić05/01/198829Milan - 8300
-Mario Mandžukić21/05/198631Juventus - 10500
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199126Hoffenheim - 10300
-Ante Rebić21/09/199324Frankfurt - 1000
Coach
-Zlatko Dalic26/10/196651 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Michael Skibbe

Date of birth: 4 August 1965
Nationality: German
Playing career: FC Schalke 04
Coaching career: Borussia Dortmund, Germany (assistant), Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AŞ, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eskişehirspor (twice), Hertha BSC Berlin, Kardemir Karabükspor, Grasshopper Club, Greece

• Michael Skibbe started out as a midfielder at home-town club Schalke; however, the former youth international made just 15 first-team appearances before a series of cruciate injuries forced him to abandon his playing career in his early 20s.

• Impressing as a youth coach at Schalke and Dortmund, Skibbe became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was given the senior job at Dortmund aged 32 in July 1998.

• Worked in tandem with Rudi Völler during the latter's time as Germany coach, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup final but the pair resigning after the national team's early exit from UEFA EURO 2004. Skibbe returned to club football, coaching Leverkusen from 2005–08.

• First ventured abroad to coach Galatasaray from 2008–09. Went back to Turkey three more times, twice leading Eskişehirspor and briefly taking charge of Karabükspor. Had a longer stint in Switzerland with Grasshoppers.

• Hired as Greece coach in late October 2015, tasked with directing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying attempt after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2016.

https://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2299626.html#michael+skibbe

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Zlatko Dalić

Date of birth: 26 October 1966
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: HNK Hajduk Split (twice), HNK Cibalia, FK Velež, NK Varteks (twice)
Coaching career: NK Varteks, HNK Rijeka, FK Dinamo Tirana, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), al-Faisaly, al-Ain, Croatia

• A midfielder, he spent the best years of his playing career at Varteks, scoring 13 goals in 108 matches from 1992-96.

• Played for Varteks in two spells, and after hanging up his boots in 2000, worked simultaneously as the club's assistant coach and sporting director. Took sole command on the field for the first time in 2005.

• Dalić more recently found success in the United Arab Emirates with al-Hilal and al-Ain; in 2016, he led al-Ain to the AFC Champions League final, where they lost to South Korea's Jeonbuk FC over two legs.

• Assistant coach of Croatia under-21s from 2006-11, he returned to the national-team set-up as boss of the senior side on 7 October 2017, stepping in following the departure of Ante Čačić. 

https://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2507897.html#zlatko+dalic

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBjörn Kuipers (NED)
  • Assistant refereesSander van Roekel (NED) , Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
  • Fourth officialDanny Makkelie (NED)
  • UEFA DelegateClaude Runavot (FRA)
  • UEFA Referee observerNikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Björn Kuipers28/03/197312108

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
22/03/2013WCQRBosnia and HerzegovinaGreece3-1Zenica
19/11/2013WCPOCroatiaIceland2-0Zagreb

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
13/07/2006UEL1QRNK VaraždinKF Tirana1-1Varazdin
17/11/2007U21QRGreeceCroatia3-4Athens
03/09/2010EUROQRLatviaCroatia0-3Riga
10/06/2012EUROGS-FTRepublic of IrelandCroatia1-3Poznan
21/11/2012UCLGSFC Schalke 04Olympiacos FC1-0Gelsenkirchen
22/03/2013WCQRBosnia and HerzegovinaGreece3-1Zenica
27/08/2013UCLPOPAOK FCFC Schalke 042-3Salonika
19/11/2013WCPOCroatiaIceland2-0Zagreb
19/03/2014UCLR16Manchester United FCOlympiacos FC3-0Manchester
16/11/2014EUROQRItalyCroatia1-1Milan
21/06/2016EUROGS-FTCroatiaSpain2-1Bordeaux

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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

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

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Greece

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Belgium1091043628
    Greece1054117619
    Bosnia and Herzegovina10523241317
    Estonia10325131911
    Cyprus1031691810
    Gibraltar1000103470
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 10, 1-1 Walker 26, 1-2 Wiseman 44 (og) , 1-3 Fortounis 45, 1-4 Torosidis 45+2
    Karnezis, Maniatis (71 Tziolis), Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou (73 Vellios), Bakasetas, Torosidis, Mantalos (62 Gianniotas), Papastathopoulos, Samaris
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Karnezis, Maniatis, Tzavellas (88 Karelis), Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas (77 Holebas), Torosidis, Mantalos, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (70 Papadopoulos)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Karnezis, Maniatis (86 Tziolis), Manolas, Papadopoulos, Karelis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas, Torosidis (18 Oikonomou), Mantalos, Papastathopoulos (6 Tachtsidis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Greece 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    0-1 Karnezis 32 (og) , 1-1 Tzavellas 90+5
    Karnezis, Maniatis (61 Gianniotas), Tzavellas, Papadopoulos, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (87 Karelis), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium 1-1 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 46, 1-1 R. Lukaku 89
    Kapino, Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis (67 Tziolis), Mitroglou (92 Vellios), Torosidis, Tachtsidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (84 Zeca), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece
    Karnezis, Manolas, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis (94 Maniatis), Mitroglou, Bakasetas (50 Donis), Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (91 Kourbelis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Greece 0-0 Estonia
    Karnezis, Tzavellas, Manolas, Papadopoulos (66 Stafylidis), Tziolis, Zeca, Vellios (70 Diamantakos), Fortounis, Donis, Mantalos (80 Bakasetas), Retsos
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece 1-2 Belgium
    0-1 Vertonghen 70, 1-1 Zeca 73, 1-2 R. Lukaku 74
    Karnezis, Maniatis (85 Bakasetas), Tzavellas, Manolas, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis (89 Vellios), Donis, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (69 Lykogiannis), Samaris
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus 1-2 Greece
    1-0 Sotiriou 18, 1-1 Mitroglou 24, 1-2 Tziolis 26
    Karnezis, Tzavellas, Manolas, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis (75 Donis), Mitroglou (89 Samaris), Torosidis (69 Retsos), Papastathopoulos, Mantalos, Stafylidis
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Greece 4-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Torosidis 32, 2-0 Mitroglou 61, 3-0 Mitroglou 63, 4-0 Gianniotas 78
    Karnezis, Papadopoulos, Christodoulopoulos (74 Gianniotas), Zeca, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Torosidis (68 Maniatis), Tachtsidis, Papastathopoulos (68 Tziolis), Mantalos, Stafylidis
  • Play-off
    Matchday 11 (09/11/2017)
    Croatia 4-1 Greece
    1-0 Modrić 13 (P) , 2-0 N. Kalinić 19, 2-1 Papastathopoulos 30, 3-1 Perišić 33, 4-1 Kramarić 49
    Karnezis, Maniatis (46 Retsos), Tzavellas, Papadopoulos, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (71 Bakasetas), Samaris (62 Tachtsidis)
  • Matchday 12 (12/11/2017)
    Greece-Croatia

Croatia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Iceland1071216722
    Croatia1062215420
    Ukraine1052313917
    Turkey10433141315
    Finland102359139
    Kosovo100193241
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Kalinić, Vrsaljko, Strinić, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (64 Brozović), Modrić, Mandžukić (85 Kramarić), Badelj, Pjaca (80 N. Kalinić), Vida
  • 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
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka (46 Mitrović), Kovačić, Kramarić (71 Rog), Brozović, Mandžukić (59 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Mitrović, Kovačić, Kramarić (81 Rog), Brozović (71 Čop), Mandžukić (87 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia 2-0 Iceland
    1-0 Brozović 15, 2-0 Brozović 90+1
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (85 Kramarić), Kovačić (46 Modrić), Brozović, Mandžukić (92 Čop), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Croatia 1-0 Ukraine
    1-0 N. Kalinić 38
    Subašić, Mitrović, Rakitić (79 Kovačić), Modrić, Brozović (91 Rog), Jedvaj, N. Kalinić (87 Kramarić), Mandžukić, Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Iceland 1-0 Croatia
    1-0 H. Magnússon 90
    Kalinić, Perišić, Lovren, Kovačić, Modrić, Jedvaj, N. Kalinić (63 Brozović), Mandžukić (88 Santini), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Croatia 1-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Vida 74
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Lovren, Rakitić (55 Kramarić), Kovačić (55 Badelj), Modrić, Brozović (72 N. Kalinić), Mandžukić, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Turkey 1-0 Croatia
    1-0 Cenk Tosun 75
    Subašić, Vrsaljko (84 Čop), Perišić, Lovren, Kovačić (70 Kramarić), Modrić, Brozović, N. Kalinić (62 Mandžukić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Croatia 1-1 Finland
    1-0 Mandžukić 57, 1-1 Soiri 90
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Mitrović, Rakitić, Kramarić (81 Čop), Modrić, Brozović (54 Rog), Mandžukić (85 Pašalić), Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Ukraine 0-2 Croatia
    0-1 Kramarić 62, 0-2 Kramarić 70
    Subašić, Vrsaljko (86 Pivarić), Perišić, Mitrović, Lovren, Rakitić, Kramarić (88 Pašalić), Modrić, Mandžukić (90 Rog), Badelj, Vida
  • Play-off
    Matchday 11 (09/11/2017)
    Croatia 4-1 Greece
    1-0 Modrić 13 (P) , 2-0 N. Kalinić 19, 2-1 Papastathopoulos 30, 3-1 Perišić 33, 4-1 Kramarić 49
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Strinić, Perišić, Lovren, Rakitić, Kramarić (82 Vlašić), Modrić (89 Pašalić), Brozović, N. Kalinić (76 Rebić), Vida
  • Matchday 12 (12/11/2017)
    Greece-Croatia

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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.