European qualifiers - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|Wales||Cardiff City Stadium - CardiffSunday 13 October 2019|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group E - Matchday 8
|08/06/2019||QR (GS)||Croatia - Wales||2-1||Osijek||Lawrence 17 (og), Perišić 48; Brooks 77|
|26/03/2013||QR (GS)||Wales - Croatia||1-2||Swansea||Bale 21 (P); Lovren 77, Eduardo 87|
|16/10/2012||QR (GS)||Croatia - Wales||2-0||Osijek||Mandžukić 27, Eduardo 57|
* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup
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|-||Wayne Hennessey||24/01/1987||32||Crystal Palace||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Neil Taylor||07/02/1989||30||Aston Villa||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Ashley Williams||23/08/1984||35||Bristol City||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Joe Morrell||03/01/1997||22||Lincoln City||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Daniel James||10/11/1997||21||Man. United||-||5||1||0||0|
|-||Gareth Bale||16/07/1989||30||Real Madrid||*||5||1||0||0|
|-||Lovre Kalinić||03/04/1990||29||Aston Villa||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Dominik Livaković||09/01/1995||24||Dinamo Zagreb||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Dino Perić||12/07/1994||25||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Luka Modrić||09/09/1985||34||Real Madrid||-||6||2||0||0|
|-||Filip Bradarić||11/01/1992||27||Hajduk Split||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Nikola Vlašić||04/10/1997||22||CSKA Moskva||-||4||1||0||0|
|-||Mislav Oršić||29/12/1992||26||Dinamo Zagreb||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Bruno Petković||16/09/1994||25||Dinamo Zagreb||-||5||3||0||0|
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Date of birth: 29 November 1973
Playing career: Manchester United
Coaching career: Manchester United (caretaker), Manchester United (assistant), Wales
• Manchester United's most successful ever player, Cardiff-born Giggs signed for the club on his 14th birthday and made his first-team debut in March 1991 at 17. He was capped at the same age, becoming Wales' youngest senior international.
• An extravagantly gifted left-winger hailed at Old Trafford and beyond as the 'new George Best', Giggs was a United regular in his late teens and a champion of England before he reached 20 – the first of a record-breaking 13 English Premier League titles he would win, all under Sir Alex Ferguson, during 24 years as a first-teamer. He landed domestic doubles in 1993/94 and 1995/96 and a famous treble in 1998/99, when United added the UEFA Champions League by dramatically defeating Bayern München in the final at the Camp Nou.
• He broke Sir Bobby Charlton's club record of 758 appearances when he came on as a substitute in the victorious 2008 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow and would end his United career with 963 games and 168 goals. In all he helped United win 25 major trophies and was voted both PFA Player of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.
• He played 64 times for Wales, scoring 12 goals, before retiring from international football in 2007 after three years as captain. Like Northern Ireland's Best, Giggs was never able to parade his talent at a major tournament.
• Joined the coaching staff of Ferguson's replacement David Moyes while still active as a player during 2013/14 and assumed player-caretaker duties for the final four games of the campaign after Moyes' sacking. He announced his retirement from playing in May 2014 to take up a position as assistant to new manager Louis van Gaal and finally left Old Trafford two years later, appointed as Wales coach in January 2018 to succeed Chris Coleman.
Date of birth: 26 October 1966
Playing career: Hajduk Split (twice), Budućnost Titograd, Velež, Varteks (twice)
Coaching career: Varteks, Rijeka, Dinamo Tirana, Slaven Belupo (twice), al-Faisaly, al-Hilal, 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 Middle East with al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and al-Ain (United Arab Emirates); 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.
• A win away to Ukraine two days after Dalić's appointment earned a 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off place, where Greece were defeated as Croatia reached the finals, prompting Dalić to sign a contract running until 2020. They went on to excel in Russia, reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1998 courtesy of wins against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland; Denmark and hosts Russia were beaten on penalties en route to the semi-finals, where England were overcome in extra time, but France proved a step too far in the final.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA EURO matches||UEFA matches|
Referee since: 1990
First division: 2005
FIFA badge: 2006
Tournaments: 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, UEFA EURO 2016, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA EURO 2012, 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
2018 UEFA Europa League
2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2014 UEFA Champions League
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2013 UEFA Europa League
2011 UEFA Super Cup
2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
|10/06/2012||EURO||GS-FT||Republic of Ireland||Croatia||1-3||Poznan|
|13/07/2006||UEL||1QR||NK Varaždin||KF Tirana||1-1||Varazdin|
|10/06/2012||EURO||GS-FT||Republic of Ireland||Croatia||1-3||Poznan|
|28/08/2018||UCL||PO||GNK Dinamo Zagreb||BSC Young Boys||1-2||Zagreb|
|16/10/2018||UNL||GS-FT||Republic of Ireland||Wales||0-1||Dublin|
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Last updated 11/10/2019 11:56CET
:: 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.
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.