European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Poland||Stadion Narodowy - WarsawSunday 8 October 2017|
18.00CET (18.00 local time) Group E - Matchday 10
|26/03/2017||QR (GS)||Montenegro - Poland||1-2||Podgorica||Mugoša 63; Lewandowski 40, Piszczek 82|
|06/09/2013||QR (GS)||Poland - Montenegro||1-1||Warsaw||Lewandowski 16; Damjanović 12|
|07/09/2012||QR (GS)||Montenegro - Poland||2-2||Podgorica||Drinčić 27, Vučinić 45+3; Błaszczykowski 6 (P), Mierzejewski 55|
Last updated 15/09/2017 12:05CET
|-||Tomasz Kędziora||11/06/1994||23||Dynamo Kyiv||0||0||0||0|
|-||Grzegorz Krychowiak||29/01/1990||27||West Brom||6||0||0||0|
|-||Maciej Rybus||19/08/1989||28||Lokomotiv Moskva||4||0||0||0|
|-||Damian Kadzior||16/06/1992||25||Górnik Zabrze||0||0||0||0|
|-||Milan Mijatović||26/07/1987||30||Budućnost Podgorica||0||0||0||0|
|-||Filip Stojković||22/01/1993||24||Crvena zvezda||3||0||0||0|
|-||Emrah Klimenta||13/02/1991||26||Sacramento Republic||1||0||0||0|
|-||Vukan Savićević||29/01/1994||23||Slovan Bratislava||0||0||0||0|
|-||Fatos Bećiraj||05/05/1988||29||Dinamo Moskva||8||4||0||0|
|-||Luka Djordjević||09/07/1994||23||Arsenal Tula||2||0||0||0|
|-||Sead Haksabanovic||04/05/1999||18||West Ham||1||0||0||0|
Last updated 08/10/2017 10:53CET
Date of birth: 23 October 1957
Playing career: Wisła Kraków, PAAC Eagles
Coaching career: GKS Świt Krzeszowice, Wisła Kraków (three times), Zagłębie Lubin, MKS Sandecja Nowy Sącz, Jagiellonia Białystok, GKS Katowice, Górnik Zabrze, Poland
• Nawałka, part of Poland's squad at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, spent most of his playing days in the Wisła midfield before ending his career in the late 1980s in Chicago.
• Having qualified as a coach, he took charge of Krzeszowice in 1996 before returning to Wisła two years later to head their youth set-up. He twice had spells at the senior helm, winning the 2001 Polish League Cup.
• After several adventures in the dugouts of clubs in Poland's top two divisions, culminating in a 2006–07 return to Wisła, Nawałka had a short stint as assistant to national coach Leo Beenhakker, aiding their UEFA EURO 2008 qualification.
• Soon back in club coaching with Katowice, at the start of 2010 Nawałka switched to Górnik and within six months had guided them to promotion.
• With Górnik top of the Polish First Division in October 2013, Nawałka agreed to take the Poland job, beginning the following month. Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016 started in style with a first win against Germany in 19 meetings and, though Poland finished second behind their opponents, it was still enough for a finals place. They went on to reach the quarter-finals in France, losing to eventual champions Portugal on penalties.
Date of birth: 2 September 1952
Playing career: Partizan, Vardar, Radnički Sombor
Coaching career: Radnički Belgrade, Obilić, Khaitan Sporting Club, Partizan Youth, Partizan (twice), AEK Athens, Al Nassr, Shandong Luneng, Steel Azin, Wuhan Zall, Montenegro
• Belgrade-born Tumbaković started in the Radnički Belgrade academy at the age of ten before moving on to the Partizan youth ranks two years later. He never appeared for the senior Partizan side in a competitive match and most of his professional playing career was spent on loan.
• Tumbaković went on to coach Partizan for nearly a decade in two separate spells, from 1992 to 1999 and 2000 to 2002. He won six league titles and three domestic cups to establish himself as one of the most successful ever Yugoslavian coaches.
• Had a solitary season in charge of AEK Athens either side of his two Partizan stints, leading the capital club to third in the Greek top flight.
• Tumbaković has latterly been at the helm at Chinese sides Shandong Luneng and Wuhan Zall, as well as having spells in Saudi Arabia and Iran.
• Appointed Montenegro coach in January 2016.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|30/08/2012||UEL||PO||Rosenborg BK||Legia Warszawa||2-1||Trondheim|
Last updated 06/10/2017 11:39CET
The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.
Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on UEFA.com.
Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.
The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.
The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.
How qualification works
The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
South America: 4.5
Last updated 06/10/2017 11:40CET