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UEFA EURO: Moldova - France Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

MoldovaStadionul Zimbru - ChisinauFriday 22 March 2019 - 20.45CETGroup H - Matchday 1France
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Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Moldova - Squad list
Current season
-Stanislav Namaşco10/11/198632Zeta - 0000
-Alexei Koşelev19/11/199325Fortuna Sittard - 0000
-Dumitru Celeadnic23/04/199226Sheriff - 0000
-Ion Jardan10/01/199029Petrocub - 0000
-Artiom Rozgoniuc01/10/199523Sheriff - 0000
-Veaceslav Posmac07/11/199028Sheriff - 0000
-Dinu Graur27/12/199424Milsami - 0000
-Oleg Reabciuk16/01/199821Porto - 0000
-Artur Craciun29/06/199820Milsami - 0000
-Eugeniu Cebotaru16/10/198434Sibir - 0000
-Alexandru Antoniuc23/05/198929Milsami - 0000
-Artur Ioniţa17/08/199028Cagliari - 0000
-Cătălin Carp20/10/199325Ufa - 0000
-Gheorghe Anton27/01/199326Sheriff - 0000
-Eugeniu Cociuc11/05/199325Sabail - 0000
-Iaser Țurcan07/01/199821Petrocub - 0000
-Constantin Sandu15/09/199325Speranta - 0000
-Radu Gînsari10/12/199127H. Haifa - 0000
-Nicolae Milinceanu01/08/199226Chiasso - 0000
-Vitalie Damaşcan24/01/199920Torino - 0000
-Vladimir Ambros30/12/199325Petrocub - 0000
-Ion Nicolaescu07/09/199820Shakhtyor - 0000
-Sergiu Platica05/06/199127Milsami - 0000
-Alexandru Spiridon20/07/196058 - 0000
France - Squad list
Current season
-Hugo Lloris26/12/198632Tottenham - 0000
-Steve Mandanda28/03/198533Marseille - 0000
-Alphonse Areola27/02/199326Paris - 0000
-Lucas Digne20/07/199325Everton - 0000
-Samuel Umtiti14/11/199325Barcelona - 0000
-Layvin Kurzawa04/09/199226Paris - 0000
-Djibril Sidibé29/07/199226Monaco - 0000
-Kurt Zouma27/10/199424Everton - 0000
-Raphaël Varane25/04/199325Real Madrid - 0000
-Presnel Kimpembe13/08/199523Paris - 0000
-Benjamin Pavard28/03/199622Stuttgart - 0000
-Blaise Matuidi09/04/198731Juventus - 0000
-Moussa Sissoko16/08/198929Tottenham - 0000
-Paul Pogba15/03/199326Man. United - 0000
-Thomas Lemar12/11/199523Atlético - 0000
-Florian Thauvin26/01/199326Marseille - 0000
-N'Golo Kanté29/03/199127Chelsea - 0000
-Tanguy Ndombele28/12/199622Lyon - 0000
-Antoine Griezmann21/03/199128Atlético - 0000
-Olivier Giroud30/09/198632Chelsea - 0000
-Kingsley Coman13/06/199622Bayern - 0000
-Nabil Fekir18/07/199325Lyon - 0000
-Kylian Mbappé20/12/199820Paris - 0000
-Didier Deschamps15/10/196850 - 0000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Alexandru Spiridon

Date of birth: 20 July 1960
Nationality: Moldovan
Playing career: Nistru Chişinău (twice), SKA Kyiv, Zorya Voroshilovgrad, Zaria Bălţi, Zimbru Chişinău, Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: Zimbru Chişinău (twice), Tiligul Tiraspol (twice), Moldova Under-21, Moldova (twice), Unisport Chişinău, Nistru Otaci, Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant), Zenit (assistant)

• Born in Edinet in northern Moldova, the midfielder started his professional career at Nistru Chişinău (now Zimbru). Shortly before he was due to travel to the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship with the USSR, Spiridon broke his leg in two places – an injury that would hamper his career.

• Played for Ukrainian clubs SKA Kyiv and Zorya Voroshilovgrad (now Zorya Luhansk) in the Soviet second tier before returning to Nistru and later joining Zaria Bălţi. After Moldova gained independence, Spiridon went on to play for Zimbru and Tiligul Tiraspol before hanging up his boots at the age of 37.

• Spiridon won 16 caps and scored twice for Moldova between 1991 and 1995. He won five Moldovan leagues with Zimbru both as player and coach and was voted the country's player of the year in 1992.

• He started coaching in 1992 while still playing for Zimbru – first as assistant coach then, from 1994, as player/head coach. Held the same role at Tiligul before focusing solely on coaching and guiding local clubs Unisport and Nistru. He was on the national team coaching staff between 1994 and 2000, working with the Under-21s, and briefly took charge of the senior side in 2001.

• A new chapter in Spiridon's career kicked off in 2004 as he became Mircea Lucescu's assistant at Shakhtar – a post he held for the next 12 years, during which Shakhtar won eight league titles and the 2008/09 UEFA Cup. Spiridon followed Lucescu to Zenit for the 2016/17 season before being appointed as Moldova's head coach in January 2018.


Didier Deschamps

Date of birth: 15 October 1968
Nationality: French
Playing career: Nantes, Marseille (twice), Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea, Valencia
Coaching career: Monaco, Juventus, Marseille, France

• A product of Nantes's highly rated youth system, Deschamps had success with Marseille as a defensive midfielder, winning Ligue 1 in 1990 and 1992 and captaining them to UEFA Champions League glory in 1993. Signed for Juve in 1994 and won the UEFA Champions League again in 1996, adding three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a European/South American Cup.

• Left in 1999 for Chelsea, staying one season and lifting the FA Cup, before ending his career with a year in Valencia, watching from the bench as they lost the 2001 UEFA Champions League final to Bayern München. Skippered France to victory on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also at UEFA EURO 2000, retiring that year with 103 caps.

• Started coaching career in 2001 with Monaco, landing the French League Cup in 2003 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final a year later, going down to José Mourinho's Porto. Resigned in September 2005 and joined his old club Juventus, then in Serie B, the following June. Stepped down after securing promotion back to Serie A in May 2007.

• Appointed Marseille boss in May 2009, replacing Eric Gerets. Ended OM's 18-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship in his first term and added a maiden League Cup, retaining the latter trophy in the next two campaigns.

• Succeeded Laurent Blanc after UEFA EURO 2012 and guided France to the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Germany in the quarter-finals, and then to the final of UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil only to lose to Portugal in extra time. Redemption followed at Russia 2018, where France went all the way to lift the trophy, making Deschamps only the third man to win the World Cup as both player and coach after Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
  • Assistant refereesMarjan Kirovski (MKD) , Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
  • Fourth officialDimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
  • UEFA DelegateKurt Zuppinger (SUI)
  • UEFA Referee observerGevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Aleksandar Stavrev30/03/1977580

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
25/09/2006U17QRFranceLithuania4-2Otopeni - Bucharest
01/10/2009UELGSFC Sheriff TiraspolFenerbahçe SK0-1Tiraspol
05/12/2012UCLGSLOSC LilleValencia CF0-1Villeneuve d'Ascq
27/02/2014UELR32Olympique LyonnaisFC Chornomorets Odesa1-0Lyon
23/10/2014UELGSFC Dinamo MinskEA Guingamp0-0Borisov
22/10/2015UELGSFC Girondins de BordeauxFC Sion0-1Bordeaux
17/08/2017UELPOLegia WarszawaFC Sheriff Tiraspol1-1Warsaw
30/08/2018UELPOQarabağ FKFC Sheriff Tiraspol3-0Baku

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
  • (25/03/2019)
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (07/09/2019)
  • (10/09/2019)
  • (11/10/2019)
  • (14/10/2019)
  • (14/11/2019)
  • (17/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
  • (25/03/2019)
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (07/09/2019)
  • (10/09/2019)
  • (11/10/2019)
  • (14/10/2019)
  • (14/11/2019)
  • (17/11/2019)

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:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


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
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