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Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsTórsvøllur - TorshavnThursday 11 October 2018
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Group D3 - Matchday 3
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Squad list Only this chapter

Faroe Islands - Squad list
League phase
1Gunnar Nielsen07/10/198632FH - 20
12Teitur Gestsson19/08/199226HB - 00
23Kristian Joensen21/12/199225 - 00
3Viljormur Davidsen19/07/199127VB - 20
4Atli Gregersen15/06/198236Vikingur - 20
5Ragnar Nattestad04/08/199424HorsensS20
13Alex Mellemgaard27/11/199126B36 - 00
15Odmar Faerø01/11/198928B36 - 00
18Jógvan Rói Davidsen09/10/199127HB - 00
19Rógvi Baldvinsson06/12/198928Bryne - 20
22Pól Jóhannus Justinussen13/01/198929NSÍ - 00
2Magnus Egilsson19/03/199424HB - 00
6Hallur Hansson08/07/199226Horsens - 21
7Kaj Bartalsstovu23/06/199127ÍBV - 20
8Brandur Hendriksson19/12/199522FH - 20
9Gilli Sørensen11/08/199226Brann - 20
11Heini Vatnsdal18/10/199126Fremad Amager - 00
16René Joensen08/02/199325Grindavík - 21
17Gunnar Vatnhamar29/03/199523Vikingur*20
20Eli Nielsen23/09/199226B36 - 00
10Finnur Justinussen30/03/198929Næstved - 10
14Jóan Edmundsson26/07/199127Arminia*21
21Klæmint Olsen17/07/199028NSÍ*10
-Lars Olsen02/02/196157 - 20
Azerbaijan - Squad list
League phase
1Kamran Agayev09/02/198632Keşla - 20
12Shakhrudin Magomedaliyev12/06/199424Qarabağ - 00
23Salahat Agayev04/01/199127Neftçi - 00
3Urfan Abbasov14/10/199225Gabala - 20
4Pavlo Pashayev04/01/198830Olexandriya - 20
5Maksim Medvedev29/09/198929Qarabağ - 20
6Bakhtiyar Hasanalizada29/12/199225Sumqayıt - 00
18Magomed Mirzabekov16/11/199027Neftçi - 00
19Rahil Mammadov24/11/199522Qarabağ - 00
21Tamkin Khalilzade06/08/199325Gabala - 21
22Badavi Hüseynov11/07/199127Qarabağ - 20
2Gara Garayev12/10/199225Qarabağ*20
7Araz Abdullayev18/04/199226Qarabağ - 00
8Emin Makhmudov 27/04/199226Neftçi - 20
13Dmitri Nazarov04/04/199028Erzgebirge - 20
14Rahid Amirguliyev01/09/198929Sabail - 00
15Javid Imamverdiyev08/01/199028Sabah - 10
17Mahir Madatov01/07/199721Qarabağ - 20
20Richard Almeida20/03/198929Astana - 20
9Namik Alaskarov 03/02/199523Neftçi - 00
10Ruslan Gurbanov12/09/199127Sabail - 10
11Ramil Sheydaev15/03/199622Krylya Sovetov - 20
16Rüfat Dadaşov29/09/199127Preußen Münster - 00
-Gurban Gurbanov13/04/197246 - 20

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Head coach Only this chapter

Lars Olsen

Date of birth: 2 February 1961
Nationality: Danish
Playing career: Glostrup, Køge, Brøndby (twice), Trabzonspor, Seraing, Basel
Coaching career: Brøndby (youth/reserves/assistant), Randers, Odense, Faroe Islands

• Enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a central defender, winning five Danish titles in a six-year spell at Brøndby between 1985 and 1991.

• Allegedly drove from Turkey to Scandinavia when he learned of his country's belated call-up to EURO '92. His passion and leadership – he played every minute in Sweden – helped inspire Denmark to the most unlikely of triumphs. He ended his career with 84 caps, a record 69 as captain.

• Learned his coaching craft with Brøndby, taking charge at various youth and reserve levels after finishing his playing days at the club in 1996, before accepting his first senior job with newly formed Randers in 2003. Guided the team into the Danish Super League in 2004 but could not help maintain their elite status, suffering immediate relegation.

• Steered second-division Randers to a surprise 2006 Danish Cup success, beating Esbjerg in the final, while also securing a return to the top flight. Moved to Odense in summer 2007, leading his new side to a fourth-place finish in his first term. Consecutive runners-up spots followed in 2008/09 and 2009/10 before he departed in September 2010.

• Appointed coach of the Faroe Islands in November 2011, his team were unable to register a win as they came bottom of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C, earning their only point in a 1-1 home draw with Kazakhstan. However, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying featured two high points in the shape of home and away wins against the 2004 champions Greece, while there were two more victories in the 2018 World Cup preliminaries.


Gurban Gurbanov

Date of birth: 13 April 1972
Nationality: Azerbaijani
Playing career: Daşqın Zaqatala (twice), Mertskhali, Alazani, Turan Tovuz (twice), Kur Nur, Neftçi (three times), Dinamo Stavropol, Fakel Voronezh (three times), Baltika Kaliningrad, Volgar Astrakhan, İnter Bakı
Coaching career: Neftçi, Qarabağ, Azerbaijan

• Started his playing career in 1988 with local side Daşqın Zaqatala before a spell in Georgia. Having returned to Azerbaijan, striker Gurbanov spent two more years at Daşqın and won the league with Turan Tovuz in 1993/94.

• Claimed three more Azerbaijani titles with Baku-based Neftçi, ending up as the league's leading marksman in 1996/97 and adding the domestic cup in 2004.

• With 12 goals in 64 matches for Azerbaijan, Gurbanov remains the national team's top scorer; after 115 goals in 191 Azerbaijani league games, he finished playing in 2006.

• Kicked off his coaching career at Neftçi and came second in the league before taking charge of Qarabağ in 2008. Won the Azerbaijani Cup in his first season and went on to lift the trophy three more times.

• Landed five league championships in a row with Qarabağ, getting to the UEFA Europa League play-offs three times before eventually qualifying for the competition proper in 2014/15 and then for the next two seasons. In 2017/18, he guided Qarabağ to the UEFA Champions League group stage – the first club from Azerbaijan to achieve that feat – and in November 2017 was appointed as Azerbaijan coach in addition to his club role.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAleksei Eskov (RUS)
  • Assistant refereesDmitri Mosyakin (RUS) , Anton Averianov (RUS)
  • Additional assistant refereesSergei Lapochkin (RUS) , Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
  • Fourth officialValeri Danchenko (RUS)
  • UEFA DelegateIonel Piscanu (ROU)
  • UEFA Referee observerSalustia Chato Cipres (AND)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Aleksei Eskov07/09/1978038

Aleksei Eskov

Referee since: 2002
First division: 2009
FIFA badge: 2011

Tournaments: N/A


UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
04/08/2016UEL3QRGabala SCLOSC Lille1-0Baku

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Faroe Islands

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group D3 - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands2101333
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Faroe Islands 3-1 Malta
    1-0 Edmundsson 31, 2-0 R. Joensen 38, 2-1 Mifsud 42, 3-1 Hansson 52
    Nielsen, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Nattestad, Hansson, Hendriksson (86 F. Justinussen), Sørensen (81 Bartalsstovu), S. Vatnhamar (90 Baldvinsson), Edmundsson, R. Joensen, G. Vatnhamar
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Zeneli 50, 2-0 Nuhiu 55
    Nielsen, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Nattestad, Hansson, Bartalsstovu (79 Baldvinsson), Hendriksson (62 S. Vatnhamar), Sørensen (89 K. Olsen), Edmundsson, R. Joensen, G. Vatnhamar
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Faroe Islands-Azerbaijan
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Faroe Islands-Kosovo
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
    Azerbaijan-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)
    Malta-Faroe Islands


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Abbasov, Pashayev, Medvedev, Madatov, Makhmudov (66 Nazarov), R. Gurbanov (61 Khalilzade), Sheydaev (74 R. Aliyev), Richard Almeida, Hüseynov
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan
    1-0 Agius 10 (P) , 1-1 Khalilzade 26
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Pashayev (34 Abbasov), Medvedev, Madatov, Makhmudov (56 Imamverdiyev), R. Aliyev (68 Sheydaev), Nazarov, Richard Almeida, Khalilzade, Hüseynov
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Faroe Islands-Azerbaijan
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
    Azerbaijan-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)

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