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UEFA Nations League: Russia - Turkey Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

RussiaRussiaFisht Stadium - SochiSunday 14 October 2018
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Group B2 - Matchday 4
TurkeyTurkey
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/09/2018GS-FTTurkey - Russia1-2
TrabzonSerdar Aziz 41; Cheryshev 13, Dzyuba 49
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/11/1989QR (GS)USSR - Turkey2-0
SimferopolProtasov 68, Keskín 79 (og)
10/05/1989QR (GS)Turkey - USSR0-1
IstanbulMykhailychenko 41
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/10/1981QR (GS)Turkey - USSR0-3
IzmirShengelia 16, Blokhin 36, 53
23/09/1981QR (GS)USSR - Turkey4-0
MoscowChivadze 4, Demianenko 20, Blokhin 26, Shengelia 49
1976 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
23/11/1975PR (GS)Turkey - USSR1-0
IzmirTuran 22
02/04/1975PR (GS)USSR - Turkey3-0
KyivKolotov 25 (P), 56 (P), Blokhin 75
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
16/11/1969QR (GS)Turkey - USSR1-3
IstanbulKonca 23; Asatiani 3, 53, Khmelnitskiy 32
15/10/1969QR (GS)USSR - Turkey3-0
KyivMuntyan 43, 78, Nodia 63
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/11/1961QR (GS)Turkey - USSR1-2
IstanbulOktay 40; Gusarov 12, Mamykin 18
18/06/1961QR (GS)USSR - Turkey1-0
MoscowVoronin 20
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Russia550054011100191522348
Turkey510450051001192215834

Last updated 12/10/2018 15:09CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Russia - Squad list
League phase
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Guilherme12/12/198532Lokomotiv Moskva - 10
12Andrei Lunev13/11/199126Zenit - 10
16Anton Shunin27/01/198731Dinamo Moskva - 00
Defenders
2Mário Fernandes19/09/199028CSKA Moskva - 20
3Roman Neustädter18/02/198830Fenerbahçe - 20
4Konstantin Rausch15/03/199028Dinamo Moskva - 20
5Andrei Semenov24/03/198929Akhmat - 00
13Fedor Kudryashov05/04/198731Rubin*10
14Georgi Dzhikiya21/11/199225Spartak Moskva*20
18Igor Smolnikov08/08/198830Zenit - 00
19Egor Sorokin04/11/199522Rubin - 00
Midfielders
6Denis Cheryshev26/12/199027Valencia - 21
7Daler Kuzyaev15/01/199325Zenit - 20
8Yuri Gazinski20/07/198929Krasnodar*20
10Alan Dzagoev17/06/199028CSKA Moskva - 00
11Roman Zobnin11/02/199424Spartak Moskva*20
15Aleksei Miranchuk17/10/199522Lokomotiv Moskva - 00
17Aleksandr Golovin30/05/199622Monaco - 10
20Aleksei Ionov18/02/198929Rostov - 20
21Ruslan Kambolov01/01/199028Rubin - 00
Forwards
9Anton Zabolotny13/06/199127Zenit - 10
22Artem Dzyuba22/08/198830Zenit*21
23Dmitri Poloz12/07/199127Rubin - 00
Coach
-Stanislav Cherchesov02/09/196355 - 20
Turkey - Squad list
League phase
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Sinan Bolat03/09/199820Royal Antwerp - 10
12Serkan Kırıntılı15/02/198533Konyaspor - 10
23Gökhan Akkan01/01/199523Rizespor - 00
Defenders
2Şener Özbayraklı23/01/199028Fenerbahçe*10
3Hasan Ali Kaldırım09/12/198928Fenerbahçe - 10
4Serdar Aziz23/10/199027Galatasaray - 11
6Çağlar Söyüncü23/05/199622Leicester - 20
13Zeki Çelik17/02/199721LOSC - 10
15Ertuğrul Ersoy13/02/199721Bursaspor - 00
20Ömer Bayram27/07/199127Galatasaray - 10
Midfielders
5Okay Yokuşlu09/03/199424Celta - 20
8Oğuzhan Özyakup23/09/199226Beşiktaş - 20
10Hakan Çalhanoğlu08/02/199424Milan - 21
11Yusuf Yazıcı29/01/199721Trabzonspor - 10
14Mahmut Tekdemir20/01/198830İstanbul Başakşehir - 00
17Cengiz Ünder14/07/199721Roma - 20
18Tarkan Serbest02/05/199424Kasımpaşa - 00
19Yunus Mallı24/02/199226Wolfsburg - 20
22Kaan Ayhan10/11/199423Düsseldorf - 20
Forwards
7Serdar Gürler14/09/199127Huesca - 10
9Cenk Tosun07/06/199127Everton - 20
16Enes Ünal10/05/199721Valladolid - 00
21Berkay Özcan15/02/199820Stuttgart - 00
Coach
-Mircea Lucescu29/07/194573 - 20

Last updated 14/10/2018 09:59CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Stanislav Cherchesov

Date of birth: 2 September 1963
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: Spartak Ordzhonikidze, Spartak Moskva (four times), Lokomotiv Moskva, Dynamo Dresden, Tirol Innsbruck
Coaching career: Kufstein, Wacker Tirol, Spartak Moskva, Zhemchuzhina Sochi, Terek Grozny, Amkar Perm, Dinamo Moskva, Legia Warszawa, Russia

• Born in North Ossetia, goalkeeper Cherchesov captained Russia in their first international after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, against Mexico in 1992, and was selected for the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cups as well as EURO '96. At club level, Cherchesov was ever-present as Spartak finished the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League group stage with maximum points.

• After a spell in Austria, where he started his coaching career, Cherchesov rejoined Spartak in the summer of 2006 as sporting director. He replaced Vladimir Fedotov as coach in June 2007 and led the team to a second-place finish that season. Cherchesov parted company with Spartak after an 8-2 aggregate defeat against Dynamo Kyiv in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. 

• After a brief stint at second-tier Zhemchuzhina Sochi, Cherchesov coached Terek from 2011 to 2013, guiding them to eighth in the Russian Premier-Liga in the latter season – the highest finish in their history. He took charge of Amkar Perm in June 2013 but left the following April for Dinamo Moskva.

• Under Cherchesov, Dinamo won all six of their group matches in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage, losing to Napoli in the round of 16. The capital outift finished fourth in the Premier-Liga that campaign and Cherchesov was soon dismissed.

• Cherchesov was appointed by Legia less than three months later, his sole season at the helm yielding the domestic double for the Warsaw club in their centenary year. On 11 August 2016, Cherchesov was announced as Russia coach and unexpectedly led the team to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals on home soil, the highlight a shoot-out defeat of Spain in the round of 16.

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=2395760.html#stanislav+cherchesov

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Mircea Lucescu

Date of birth: 29 July 1945
Nationality: Romanian
Playing career: Dinamo Bucureşti (twice), Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti (loan), Corvinul Hunedoara
Coaching career: Corvinul Hunedoara, Romania, Dinamo Bucureşti, Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana, Rapid Bucureşti (twice), Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit, Turkey

• A useful striker for Dinamo in the 1960s and 1970s, winning six league titles and 70 caps for Romania as well as captaining his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Lucescu became Corvinul player-coach in his early 30s and, after five years as Romania national team coach, went on to win the 1989/90 Romanian league and cup double with Dinamo.

• Fluent in six foreign languages and regarded as a workaholic, he cemented his reputation at Pisa, Brescia and Reggiana before returning home to coach Rapid, winning the cup in 1997/98 and the league in 1998/99 either side of a short spell back in Italy with Inter.

• After joining Galatasaray in 2000 he lifted the UEFA Super Cup in his first game as coach and took them to the Turkish title in 2001/02 – a feat he repeated with Beşiktaş in 2002/03, their centenary season.

• Left Beşiktaş in 2004 and promptly joined Shakhtar, leading the Donetsk club to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, when his side also won the Ukrainian Cup. In May 2009, Lucescu's Shakhtar became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup. He suffered a heart attack that summer but swiftly returned to work, guiding the club to another league title at the end of the season and winning the domestic double in 2010/11, when Shakhtar also reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• More success followed, Lucescu's team completing a hat-trick of domestic doubles in 2012/13 and making it five league titles in a row the following year. Lucescu stepped down in 2016 after 12 years in charge having won a sixth Ukrainian Cup to go with his eight league titles and, after a year at Zenit, succeeded Fatih Terim as Turkey coach in August 2017.

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=938005.html#mircea+lucescu

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaweł Raczkowski (POL)
  • Assistant refereesMichal Obukowicz (POL) , Radosław Siejka (POL)
  • Additional assistant refereesTomasz Kwiatkowski (POL) , Jaroslaw Przybyl (POL)
  • Fourth officialMarcin Boniek (POL)
  • UEFA DelegateGeir Thorsteinsson (ISL)
  • UEFA Referee observerTerje Hauge (NOR)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Paweł Raczkowski10/05/1983039

Paweł Raczkowski

Referee since: 2001
First division: 2010
FIFA badge: 2013

Tournaments: 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

Finals
2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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
22/02/2017UELR32Fenerbahçe SKFC Krasnodar1-1Istanbul
13/02/2018UELR32FK Crvena zvezdaPFC CSKA Moskva0-0Belgrade

Last updated 13/10/2018 03:11CET

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.

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=2569366.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Russia

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group B2 - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Russia2110214
    Turkey2101443
    Sweden2011231
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Turkey 1-2 Russia
    0-1 Cheryshev 13, 1-1 Serdar Aziz 41, 1-2 Dzyuba 49
    Lunev, Mário Fernandes, Neustädter, Cheryshev (79 Ionov), Kuzyaev (73 Mogilevets), Gazinski, Zobnin, Kudryashov (82 Rausch), Dzhikiya, Erokhin, Dzyuba
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Russia 0-0 Sweden
    Guilherme, Mário Fernandes, Neustädter, Rausch, Cheryshev (87 Zabolotny), Gazinski, Zobnin, Dzhikiya, Golovin, Ionov (76 Kuzyaev), Dzyuba
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Russia-Turkey
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)
    Sweden-Russia

Turkey

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Turkey 1-2 Russia
    0-1 Cheryshev 13, 1-1 Serdar Aziz 41, 1-2 Dzyuba 49
    Serkan Kırıntılı, Şener Özbayraklı, Hasan Ali Kaldırım, Serdar Aziz (46 Kaan Ayhan), Okay Yokuşlu, Çağlar Söyüncü, Cenk Tosun, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Yusuf Yazıcı (57 Oğuzhan Özyakup), Mehmet Topal (71 Yunus Mallı), Cengiz Ünder
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Sweden 2-3 Turkey
    1-0 Kiese Thelin 35, 2-0 Claesson 49, 2-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 51, 2-2 Akbaba 88, 2-3 Akbaba 90+2
    Sinan Bolat, Ömer Bayram, Okay Yokuşlu, Çağlar Söyüncü, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Cenk Tosun, Hakan Çalhanoğlu (86 Yunus Mallı), Zeki Çelik, Mehmet Topal (62 Akbaba), Cengiz Ünder (77 Serdar Gürler), Kaan Ayhan
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Russia-Turkey
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
    Turkey-Sweden

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Legend

Competitions

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