European Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup start on Sunday, with Germany launching their title defence in Norway and UEFA EURO 2016 winners Portugal facing Switzerland.
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The European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup kick off on Sunday with 54 teams beginning their bids to join hosts Russia in the finals.
• Kosovo will be playing their first competitive international at any level while Gibraltar are also making a World Cup debut.
• The nine group winners will advance directly to join Russia in the 32-team final tournament.
• The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups procede to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths.
Sunday 4 September
• Germany start their title defence in Norway.
• Slovakia and England have a quick UEFA EURO 2016 rematch.
Monday 5 September
• Kosovo's competitive debut is away to Finland.
• UEFA EURO 2016 surprise packages Wales, Iceland and Albania are all in action.
Group D: Georgia v Austria
Tuesday 6 September
• Newly-crowned European champions Portugal visit Switzerland in Basel, where they lost 2-0 to the hosts in UEFA EURO 2008.
• EURO runners-up France start their campaign in the same group where a post-Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden face surprise 2016 finals absentees the Netherlands.
Group A: Bulgaria v Luxembourg, Sweden v Netherlands, Belarus v France
Group B: Switzerland v Portugal, Faroe Islands v Hungary, Andorra v Latvia
Group H: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Estonia, Cyprus v Belgium, Gibraltar v Greece
• Next Week of Football: 6–11 October
Thursday 6 October: Italy v Spain, Austria v Wales
Friday 7 October: Hungary v Switzerland, France v Bulgaria
Saturday 8 October: Poland v Denmark, Germany v Czech Republic
Sunday 9 October: Iceland v Turkey, Albania v Spain
Monday 10 October: Netherlands v France, Faroe Islands v Portugal
Tuesday 11 October: Germany v Northern Ireland, Slovenia v England