European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Finland||Veritas Stadion - TurkuMonday 9 October 2017|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 10
|24/03/2017||QR (GS)||Turkey - Finland||2-0||Antalya||Cenk Tosun 9, 13|
|05/06/1999||PR (GS)||Finland - Turkey||2-4||Helsinki||Tihinen 10, Paatelainen 14; Havutçu 25, 84, Hakan Şükür 34, 87|
|14/10/1998||PR (GS)||Turkey - Finland||1-3||Istanbul||Temizkanoğlu 74; Paatelainen 5, Johansson 51, Litmanen 90+6|
|25/09/1985||QR (GS)||Finland - Turkey||1-0||Tampere||Rantanen 37|
|31/10/1984||QR (GS)||Turkey - Finland||1-2||Antalya||Tüfekci 77; Hjelm 10, Lipponen 56|
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|-||Rasmus Schüller||18/06/1991||26||Minnesota United||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Volkan Babacan||11/08/1988||29||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||9||0||0||0|
|-||Sabri Sarıoğlu||26/07/1984||33||Göztepe Izmir||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Emre Belözoğlu||07/09/1980||37||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Mevlüt Erdinç||25/02/1987||30||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||1||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland
• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.
• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.
• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.
• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.
• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.
Date of birth: 29 July 1945
Playing career: FC Dinamo Bucureşti, FC Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti, FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Coaching career: FC Corvinul Hunedoara, Romania, FC Dinamo Bucureşti, AC Pisa 1909, Brescia Calcio, AC Reggiana 1919, FC Rapid Bucureşti (twice), FC Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray AŞ, Beşiktaş JK, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit, Turkey
• A useful striker for Dinamo in the 1960s and 1970s, winning six league titles and 70 caps for Romania as well as playing at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Lucescu became Corvinul player-coach in his early 30s and went on to win three Romanian championships with Dinamo.
• Fluent in six foreign languages and regarded as a workaholic, he cemented his reputation at Pisa, Brescia and Reggiana before returning home for the first of two spells as Rapid coach, winning the league in 1998 and 2000.
• Returned to Serie A for a short spell at Inter in 1998/99 before a one-season return to Rapid. 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 and, after a year at Zenit, he succeeded Fatih Terim as Turkey coach in August 2017.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|17/09/2015||UEL||GS||Fenerbahçe SK||Molde FK||1-3||Istanbul|
|20/10/2016||UEL||GS||Manchester United FC||Fenerbahçe SK||4-1||Manchester|
Last updated 07/10/2017 11:13CET
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
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