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UEFA Nations League: Belarus - Luxembourg Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

BelarusBelarusDinamo Stadion - MinskFriday 12 October 2018
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Group D2 - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
31/08/2017QR (GS)Luxembourg - Belarus1-0
LuxembourgDa Mota 60
10/10/2016QR (GS)Belarus - Luxembourg1-1BorisovSavitski 80; Joachim 85
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/09/2015QR (GS)Belarus - Luxembourg2-0
BorisovGordeichuk 34, 62
08/09/2014QR (GS)Luxembourg - Belarus1-1LuxembourgGerson 42; Dragun 78
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/06/2011QR (GS)Belarus - Luxembourg2-0
MinskKornilenko 48 (P), Putilo 73
08/10/2010QR (GS)Luxembourg - Belarus0-0Luxembourg
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/10/2007QR (GS)Belarus - Luxembourg0-1
GomelF. Leweck 90+5
24/03/2007QR (GS)Luxembourg - Belarus1-2
LuxembourgSagramola 68; Kalachev 25, Kutuzov 54
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/1995PR (GS)Luxembourg - Belarus0-0Luxembourg
12/10/1994PR (GS)Belarus - Luxembourg2-0
MinskRomaschenko 67, Gerasimets 76
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Squad list Only this chapter

Belarus - Squad list
League phase
1Aleksandr Gutor18/04/198929Dinamo Brest - 00
12Sergei Chernik20/07/198830Nancy - 20
16Andrei Gorbunov29/05/198335Dinamo Minsk - 00
3Aleksandr Martynovich26/08/198731Krasnodar - 20
4Igor Burko08/09/198830Shakhtyor - 00
5Denis Polyakov 17/04/199127BATE - 00
6Sergei Politevich09/04/199028Kairat*20
17Mikhail Sivakov16/01/198830Orenburg - 00
19Maksim Volodko10/11/199225BATE*20
2Stanislav Dragun04/06/198830BATE - 22
7Yuri Kovalev27/01/199325Shakhtyor - 11
8Yuri Kendysh10/06/199028Sheriff - 10
9Nikita Korzun06/03/199523Dinamo Minsk - 00
13Pavel Nekhaychik15/07/198830Dinamo Brest - 20
14Anton Putilo23/06/198731Ankaragücü - 00
15Sergei Kislyak06/08/198731Dinamo Brest - 00
18Ivan Maevski05/05/198830Astana - 20
21Aleksei Rios14/05/198731BATE - 00
22Igor Stasevich21/10/198532BATE - 21
23Maksim Skavysh13/11/198928BATE - 00
10Nikolai Signevich20/02/199226BATE - 00
11Anton Saroka05/03/199226Lokeren - 21
20Denis Laptev01/08/199127Shakhtyor*20
-Igor Kriushenko10/02/196454 - 20
Luxembourg - Squad list
League phase
1Anthony Moris29/04/199028Mechelen - 20
12Ralph Schon20/01/199028UNA Strassen - 00
23Tim Kips01/11/200017Magdeburg - 00
2Maxime Chanot21/11/198928New York City FC - 21
3Enes Mahmutović22/05/199721Yeovil - 00
4Kevin Malget15/01/199127Dudelange - 11
13Dirk Carlson01/04/199820Grasshoppers - 20
18Laurent Jans05/08/199226Metz - 20
5Florian Bohnert09/11/199720Schalke - 00
6Chris Philipps08/03/199424Legia - 10
7Lars Gerson05/02/199028Norrköping - 10
8Christopher Martins19/02/199721Troyes - 21
10Vincent Thill04/02/200018Pau*10
11Gerson Rodrigues20/06/199523Sheriff*10
14Danel Sinani05/04/199721Dudelange - 22
15Olivier Thill17/12/199621Ufa - 21
16Leandro Barreiro Martins 03/01/200018Mainz - 10
17Mario Mutsch03/09/198434Progrès*20
19Mathias Jänisch27/08/199028Differdange - 10
9Daniel Da Mota11/09/198533Racing Union - 20
20David Turpel19/10/199225Dudelange - 10
21Maurice Deville31/07/199226SV Waldhof Mannheim - 00
22Aurélien Joachim10/08/198632Virton - 21
-Luc Holtz14/06/196949 - 20

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Head coach Only this chapter

Igor Kriushenko

Date of birth: 10 February 1964
Nationality: Belarusian
Playing career: Dinamo Minsk, Khimik Grodno, Lida, Alga Bishkek, Aktyubinets, Metallurg Aldan, Dinamo Yakutsk, Selenga, Torpedo Mogilev
Coaching career: Torpedo Mogilev (assistant), BATE Borisov (reserves), BATE, Dinamo Minsk, Sibir Novosibirsk, Shurtan Guzar, Torpedo Zhodino, Belarus

• A graduate of one Minsk's youth academies, his first coach was Mikhail Mustygin – Soviet Top League top scorer with Dinamo Minsk in 1962 and 1967. A Soviet youth international, Kriushenko never made the first team at Dinamo Minsk, and spent his playing career in the lower divisions.

• After four years as a coach with BATE's reserve team, took charge of the seniors in 2005 and won league titles in 2006 and 2007 before leaving for Dinamo Minsk.

• League runner-up as Dinamo coach in 2008, he moved to Russia and led Sibir Novosibirsk to promotion in his first campaign, and then to the Russian Cup final and the UEFA Europa League play-offs in 2010.

• Won a Belarusian Cup with Torpedo Zhodino in 2016 and was named Belarus coach on 1 March 2017, initially on a temporary basis.

• Coached Torpedo and the national team in tandem to start with before stepping down from his club role to concentrate on his Belarus position.


Luc Holtz

Date of birth: 14 June 1969
Nationality: Luxembourger
Playing career: Red Boys Differdange, Avenir Beggen, Etzella Ettelbruck
Coaching career: Etzella Ettelbruck, Luxembourg Under-21s, Luxembourg

• Holtz started his career with Red Boys Differdange, a club which today is part of leading top-flight outfit Differdange 03.

• A creative playmaker with a keen eye for goal, Holtz moved to Avenir Beggen in 1992 where he went on to win the domestic double in 1993 and 1994. He was chosen as Luxembourg's footballer of the year in 1993.

• Played until 2008 when, aged 38, he finished his career at Etzella having gone there from Beggen in 1999 to take over as player-coach.

• Led Etzella to promotion to the top flight in 1999, his first season in charge. Lifted the cup two years later but was relegated in 2002, only to bounce back immediately. Proceeded to reach the cup final in 2003 and 2004, although both ended in defeat.

• Having earned 55 caps for Luxembourg, he accepted an offer to coach the national U21 side in 2008. He was then handed the reins of the senior team following the resignation of Guy Hellers in August 2010; has achieved some notable results, most recently a goalless draw away to eventual winners France in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAli Palabıyık (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesSerkan Olguncan (TUR) , Serkan Cimen (TUR)
  • Additional assistant refereesYasar Kemal Ugurlu (TUR) , Serkan Tokat (TUR)
  • Fourth officialIbrahim Çaglar Uyarcan (TUR)
  • UEFA DelegatePhivos Constantinides (CYP)
  • UEFA Referee observerVadims Direktorenko (LVA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Ali Palabıyık14/08/1981027

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

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

No such matches refereed

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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


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group D2 - Group Standings
    San Marino2002080
    Matchday 1 (08/09/2018)
    Belarus 5-0 San Marino
    1-0 Stasevich 4, 2-0 Dragun 26, 3-0 Saroka 67 (P) , 4-0 Dragun 87, 5-0 Kovalev 90+1
    Chernik, Dragun, Martynovich, Shitov, Politevich, Renan Bressan, Nekhaychik (67 Balanovich), Laptev (56 Saroka), Maevski, M. Volodko, Stasevich (75 Kovalev)
  • Matchday 2 (11/09/2018)
    Moldova 0-0 Belarus
    Chernik, Dragun, Martynovich, Shitov, Politevich, Renan Bressan (77 Kendysh), Nekhaychik (72 Balanovich), Laptev (59 Saroka), Maevski, M. Volodko, Stasevich
  • Matchday 3 (12/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (15/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (15/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (18/11/2018)
    San Marino-Belarus


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (08/09/2018)
    Luxembourg 4-0 Moldova
    1-0 Malget 34, 2-0 O. Thill 60, 3-0 Sinani 75, 4-0 C. Martins 83
    Moris, Chanot, Malget, Gerson, C. Martins, Rodrigues (55 Da Mota), Carlson, Sinani, O. Thill (78 Mutsch), Jans, Turpel (59 Joachim)
  • Matchday 2 (11/09/2018)
    San Marino 0-3 Luxembourg
    0-1 Chanot 9, 0-2 Joachim 45+1, 0-3 Sinani 52
    Moris, Chanot (70 Jänisch), Philipps, C. Martins, Da Mota, Carlson, Sinani, O. Thill (46 Thill), Barreiro Martins (46 Mutsch), Jans, Joachim
  • Matchday 3 (12/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (15/10/2018)
    Luxembourg-San Marino
  • Matchday 5 (15/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (18/11/2018)

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