European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Luxembourg||Stade Josy Barthel - LuxembourgTuesday 10 October 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group A - Matchday 10
|06/09/2016||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||4-3||Sofia||Rangelov 16, Marcelinho 65, Popov 79, Tonev 90+2; Joachim 60, 62, Bohnert 90+1|
|12/09/2007||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||3-0||Sofia||Berbatov 27, 28, M.Petrov 54 (P)|
|11/10/2006||QR (GS)||Luxembourg - Bulgaria||0-1||Luxembourg||Tunchev 26|
|10/10/1999||PR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||3-0||Sofia||Borimirov 40, I Petkov 67, Roumen Hristov 77|
|31/03/1999||PR (GS)||Luxembourg - Bulgaria||0-2||Luxembourg||Stoichkov 17, Yordanov 38|
|08/06/1997||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||4-0||Burgas||Stoichkov 41, Kostadinov 47, Balakov 49, Lechkov 70|
|08/10/1996||QR (GS)||Luxembourg - Bulgaria||1-2||Luxembourg||Langers 20; Balakov 14, Kostadinov 38|
|20/05/1987||PR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||3-0||Sofia||Sirakov 32, Iordanov 39, Kolev 56|
|30/04/1987||PR (GS)||Luxembourg - Bulgaria||1-4||Luxembourg||Langers 59; Sadakov 49, Sirakov 55, Tanev 62, Kolev 82|
|25/09/1985||QR (GS)||Luxembourg - Bulgaria||1-3||Luxembourg||Langers 65; Hellers 2 (og), Kostadinov 26, Dimitrov 33|
|05/12/1984||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||4-0||Sofia||Sirakov 8, Velitchov 31, Mladenov 65, Dimitrov 70|
|07/12/1969||QR (GS)||Luxembourg - Bulgaria||1-3||Rumelange||Philipp 58 (P); Dermendzhiev 35, Yakimov 37, Bonev 82|
|23/04/1969||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Luxembourg||2-1||Sofia||Asparuhov 31, 39; Leonard 50|
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|-||Ralph Schon||20/01/1990||27||UNA Strassen||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Marvin Martins||17/02/1995||22||Jeunesse Esch||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Aldin Skenderovic||28/06/1997||20||Union Titus Petange||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Daniel Da Mota||11/09/1985||32||Racing FC Union Luxembourg||*||8||1||0||0|
|-||Stanislav Manolev||16/12/1985||31||CSKA Sofia||*||5||1||0||0|
|-||Vasil Bozhikov||02/06/1988||29||Slovan Bratislava||*||7||0||0||0|
|-||Nikolay Bodurov||30/05/1986||31||CSKA Sofia||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Aleksandar Tsvetkov||31/08/1990||27||Cherno More||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Anton Nedyalkov||30/04/1993||24||CSKA Sofia||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Cvetomir Panov||17/04/1989||28||Botev Plovdiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Ivelin Popov||26/10/1987||29||Spartak Moskva||-||8||2||0||0|
|-||Simeon Slavchev||25/09/1993||24||Sporting CP||*||6||0||0||0|
|-||Todor Nedelev||07/02/1993||24||Botev Plovdiv||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Kristiyan Malinov||30/03/1994||23||CSKA Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Ivaylo Dimitrov||26/03/1989||28||Slavia Sofia||-||2||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 14 June 1969
Playing career: Red Boys Differdange, FC Avenir Beggen, FC Etzella Ettelbruck
Coaching career: FC Etzella Ettelbruck, Luxembourg Under-21s, Luxembourg
• Holtz started his career with Red Boys Differdange, a club which today is part of successful outfit FC 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 U21 national side in 2008. He was then handed the reins of the senior team following the resignation of Guy Hellers in August 2010.
Date of birth: 26 February 1964
Playing career: PFC Litex Lovech, PFC Levski Sofia, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt
Coaching career: PFC Slavia Sofia, Chernomorets Pomorie, PFC Botev Plovdiv, PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
• Made debut for Bulgaria while playing in the second tier in a friendly against Greece in 1984, the first of 35 caps. Hubchev was one of the mainstays of the great Bulgaria side that reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. He also played at EURO '96.
• Hubchev came through the ranks of Osum Lovech (now known as Litex Lovech). He was a right-back before establishing himself as a central defender.
• In 1989 he moved to Levski, winning the league and cup double in 1993 before departing at the end of that year for Hamburg. In 1996 he moved on to Eintracht, helping them back to the Bundesliga.
• Hubchev began his coaching career at Eintracht in 2001, and after a six-month stint as head coach at Slavia Sofia in 2005 he returned to Germany for spells with the reserve sides of Eintracht and Wolfsburg.
• In 2009 he was back in Bulgaria at Chernomorets Pomorie, guiding the second division side to the cup final in his first season. Following a brief spell at Botev Plovdiv he had four seasons at Beroe Stara Zagora, leading them to the Bulgarian Cup in 2013. On 3 October 2016 Hubchev succeeded Ivaylo Petev as Bulgaria coach.
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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 08/10/2017 11:09CET