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UEFA Nations League: Turkey - Sweden Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

TurkeyTurkeySaturday 17 November 2018
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group B2 - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/09/2018GS-FTSweden - Turkey2-3
SolnaKiese Thelin 35, Claesson 49; Çalhanoğlu 51, Emre Akbaba 88, 90+2
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
05/09/2001QR (GS)Turkey - Sweden1-2
IstanbulHakan Şükür 51; Larsson 87, Andreas Andersson 90+1
07/10/2000QR (GS)Sweden - Turkey1-1GothenburgLarsson 69; Havutçu 90
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/2000GS-FTSweden - Turkey0-0Eindhoven
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/11/1995PR (GS)Sweden - Turkey2-2SolnaAlexandersson 25, Pettersson 64; Hakan Şükür 63, Patrik Andersson 72 (og)
29/03/1995PR (GS)Turkey - Sweden2-1
IstanbulEmre Aşık 63, Sergen Yalçın 73; Andersson 23
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Squad list Only this chapter

Turkey - Squad list
League phase
1Sinan Bolat03/09/198830Royal Antwerp - 20
12Serkan Kırıntılı15/02/198533Konyaspor - 10
23Okan Kocuk27/07/199523Bursaspor - 00
2Ertuğrul Ersoy13/02/199721Bursaspor - 00
3Hasan Ali Kaldırım09/12/198928Fenerbahçe - 20
4Serdar Aziz23/10/199028Galatasaray - 21
6Çağlar Söyüncü23/05/199622Leicester - 30
11Mert Müldür03/04/199919Rapid Wien - 00
13Zeki Çelik17/02/199721LOSC - 20
20Ömer Bayram27/07/199127Galatasaray - 20
5Okay Yokuşlu09/03/199424Celta - 30
8Oğuzhan Özyakup23/09/199226Beşiktaş - 30
10Hakan Çalhanoğlu08/02/199424Milan - 31
14Mahmut Tekdemir20/01/198830İstanbul Başakşehir - 10
15Mehmet Topal03/03/198632Fenerbahçe - 20
17Cengiz Ünder14/07/199721Roma - 30
18Tarkan Serbest02/05/199424Kasımpaşa - 00
19Yunus Mallı24/02/199226Wolfsburg - 30
21İrfan Kahveci15/07/199523İstanbul Başakşehir - 00
22Kaan Ayhan10/11/199424Düsseldorf - 20
7Serdar Gürler14/09/199127Huesca - 10
9Cenk Tosun07/06/199127Everton - 30
16Kenan Karaman05/03/199424Düsseldorf - 00
-Mircea Lucescu29/07/194573 - 30
Sweden - Squad list
League phase
1Robin Olsen08/01/199028Roma - 20
12Karl-Johan Johnsson28/01/199028Guingamp - 00
23Kristoffer Nordfeldt23/06/198929Swansea - 00
2Mikael Lustig13/12/198631Celtic - 20
3Victor Lindelöf17/07/199424Man. United - 20
4Andreas Granqvist16/04/198533Helsingborg - 10
5Martin Olsson17/05/198830Swansea - 00
6Ludwig Augustinsson21/04/199424Bremen*20
14Filip Helander22/04/199325Bologna - 00
16Emil Krafth02/08/199424Amiens - 10
7Sebastian Larsson06/06/198533AIK - 20
8Albin Ekdal28/07/198929Sampdoria - 10
10Jakob Johansson21/06/199028Rennes - 00
13Gustav Svensson07/02/198731Seattle Sounders - 10
15Oscar Hiljemark28/06/199226Genoa - 10
17Viktor Claesson02/01/199226Krasnodar - 21
18Robin Quaison09/10/199325Mainz - 00
19Marcus Rohdén11/05/199127Crotone - 10
20Kristoffer Olsson30/06/199523AIK - 00
21Jimmy Durmaz22/03/198929Toulouse - 10
9Marcus Berg17/08/198632Al-Ain - 20
11John Guidetti15/04/199226Alavés - 10
22Isaac Kiese Thelin24/06/199226Leverkusen - 21
-Jan Andersson29/09/196256 - 20

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Head coach Only this chapter

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.


Janne Andersson

Date of birth: 29 September 1962
Nationality: Swedish
Playing career: Alet (twice), Halmia, Laholm
Coaching career: Alet, Halmstad (assistant, twice), Laholm, Halmstad, Örgryte, Norrköping, Sweden

• Jan 'Janne' Andersson succeeded Erik Hamrén as Sweden coach after UEFA EURO 2016 having led Norrköping to their first Allsvenskan title in 26 years the previous autumn.

• A footballer and handball player in his native Halmstad, Andersson became assistant coach to Stuart Baxter at the city's main club in 1990, going on to work under Tom Prahl and then Jonas Thern.

• Andersson, who also coached lower-division teams Alet and Laholm, took the Halmstad reins himself in 2004 and in his first season in charge was named coach of the year in Sweden after steering Halmstad to second place.

• After a brief spell at second-tier Örgryte in 2010, Andersson was named Norrköping coach the following year as they returned to the Allsvenskan, at first keeping them up then unexpectedly guiding them to the 2015 title.

• Although his appointment as Sweden coach meant he missed out on leading Norrköping into UEFA Champions League qualifying, Andersson made up for that by taking Sweden to the 2018 FIFA World Cup via a famous play-off win against Italy and then guiding them to the quarter-finals in Russia.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIstván Kovács (ROU)
  • Assistant refereesVasile Florin Marinescu (ROU) , Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
  • Additional assistant refereesMarius Avram (ROU) , Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
  • Fourth officialAlexandru Cerei (ROU)
  • UEFA DelegatePhilippe Prudhon (FRA)
  • UEFA Referee observerStefan Messner (AUT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
István Kovács 16/09/1984150

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
07/08/2014UEL3QRRosenborg BKKardemir Karabükspor1-1Trondheim
18/08/2016UELPOFC MidtjyllandOsmanlıspor0-1Herning
15/09/2016UELGSFC Zorya LuhanskFenerbahçe SK1-1Odessa
02/08/2017UCL3QRİstanbul BaşakşehirClub Brugge2-0Istanbul
19/10/2017UELGSÖstersunds FKAthletic Club2-2Ostersund
16/08/2018UEL3QRBurnley FCİstanbul Başakşehir1-0Burnley

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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 B2 - Group Standings
    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, 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 Çalhanoğlu 51, 2-2 Emre Akbaba 88, 2-3 Emre Akbaba 90+2
    Sinan Bolat, Ömer Bayram, Okay Yokuşlu, Çağlar Söyüncü, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Cenk Tosun, Çalhanoğlu (86 Yunus Mallı), Zeki Çelik, Mehmet Topal (62 Emre Akbaba), Cengiz Ünder (77 Serdar Gürler), Kaan Ayhan
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Russia 2-0 Turkey
    1-0 Neustädter 20, 2-0 Cheryshev 78
    Sinan Bolat, Hasan Ali Kaldırım (75 Ömer Bayram), Serdar Aziz, Okay Yokuşlu, Çağlar Söyüncü, Oğuzhan Özyakup (84 Yunus Mallı), Cenk Tosun, Çalhanoğlu, Zeki Çelik, Mahmut Tekdemir (62 Berkay Özcan), Cengiz Ünder
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Sweden 2-3 Turkey
    1-0 Kiese Thelin 35, 2-0 Claesson 49, 2-1 Çalhanoğlu 51, 2-2 Emre Akbaba 88, 2-3 Emre Akbaba 90+2
    Olsen, Lustig (78 Krafth), Lindelöf, Augustinsson, S. Larsson, Ekdal (56 Hiljemark), Berg, Claesson, Jansson, Durmaz (71 Rohdén), Kiese Thelin
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Russia 0-0 Sweden
    Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson, S. Larsson, Berg (82 Andersson), Forsberg, Svensson, Claesson, Kiese Thelin (71 Guidetti)
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)

Last updated 12/11/2018 13:58CET



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