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ItalyItalyJuventus Stadium - TurinThursday 6 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
27/06/20161/8Italy - Spain2-0
Saint-DenisChiellini 33, Pellè 90+1
FIFA Confederations Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
27/06/2013SFSpain - Italy0-0
(aet, 7-6pens)
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
01/07/2012FSpain - Italy4-0
KyivSilva 14, Jordi Alba 41, Torres 84, Juan Mata 88
10/06/2012GS-FTSpain - Italy1-1GdanskFàbregas 64; Di Natale 61
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/06/2008QFSpain - Italy0-0
(aet, 4-2pens)
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/07/1994QFItaly - Spain2-1
BostonD. Baggio 25, R. Baggio 88; Caminero 58
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/06/1988GS-FTItaly - Spain1-0
Frankfurt am MainVialli 73
1980 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/06/1980GS-FTSpain - Italy0-0Milan
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
01/06/1934QFItaly - Spain1-0
FlorenceMeazza 11
31/05/1934QFItaly - Spain1-1FlorenceFerrari 44; Regueiro 31
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Italy - Squad list
Current season
-Gianluigi Buffon28/01/197838Juventus - 1000
-Mattia Perin10/11/199223Genoa - 0000
-Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/199917Milan - 0000
-Andrea Barzagli08/05/198135Juventus - 1000
-Davide Astori07/01/198729Fiorentina - 0000
-Matteo Darmian02/12/198926Man. United - 0000
-Angelo Ogbonna23/05/198828West Ham - 1000
-Leonardo Bonucci01/05/198729Juventus - 1000
-Mattia De Sciglio20/10/199223Milan - 0000
-Alessio Romagnoli12/01/199521Milan - 0000
-Daniele De Rossi24/07/198333Roma - 0000
-Riccardo Montolivo18/01/198531Milan - 0000
-Antonio Candreva28/02/198729Internazionale - 1100
-Giacomo Bonaventura22/08/198927Milan - 1000
-Marco Verratti05/11/199223Paris - 1000
-Marco Parolo25/01/198531Lazio - 1000
-Alessandro Florenzi11/03/199125Roma - 1000
-Federico Bernardeschi16/02/199422Fiorentina - 0000
-Graziano Pellè15/07/198531Shandong Luneng - 1100
-Éder15/11/198629Internazionale - 1000
-Ciro Immobile20/02/199026Lazio - 1100
-Manolo Gabbiadini26/11/199124Napoli - 0000
-Andrea Belotti20/12/199322Torino - 0000
-Gian Piero Ventura14/01/194868 - 1000
Spain - Squad list
Current season
-Pepe Reina31/08/198234Napoli - 0000
-David de Gea07/11/199025Man. United - 1000
-Sergio Rico01/09/199323Sevilla - 0000
-Gerard Piqué02/02/198729Barcelona - 1000
-Sergio Ramos30/03/198630Real Madrid - 1000
-Nacho18/01/199026Real Madrid - 0000
-Jordi Alba21/03/198927Barcelona - 1000
-Sergi Roberto07/02/199224Barcelona - 1100
-Dani Carvajal11/01/199224Real Madrid - 0000
-Iñigo Martínez17/05/199125Real Sociedad - 0000
-Andrés Iniesta11/05/198432Barcelona - 0000
-David Silva08/01/198630Man. City - 1200
-Thiago Alcántara11/04/199125Bayern - 1000
-Koke08/01/199224Atlético - 1000
-Sergio Busquets16/07/198828Barcelona - 1000
-Ander Herrera14/08/198927Man. United - 0000
-Isco21/04/199224Real Madrid - 0000
-Vitolo02/11/198926Sevilla - 1100
-Diego Costa07/10/198827Chelsea - 1200
-José Callejón11/02/198729Napoli - 0000
-Nolito15/10/198629Man. City - 1000
-Álvaro Morata23/10/199223Real Madrid - 1200
-Lucas Vázquez01/07/199125Real Madrid - 0000
-Julen Lopetegui28/08/196650 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Gian Piero Ventura

Date of birth: 14 January 1948
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: FS Sestrese Calcio, USD Enna, SSDU Sanremo, USD Novese
Coaching career: UC Sampdoria (youth), ASD Albenga, ACD Rapallo Ruentes, Virtus Entella, Spezia Calcio, US Centese, US Pistoiese, ASD Giarre Calcio, Venezia FC, US Lecce, Cagliari Calcio (twice9, UC Sampdoria, Udinese calcio, SSC Napoli, ACR Messina, Hellas-Verona FC, AC Pisa, FC Bari, Torino FC, Italy

• Born in Genoa, Ventura started his playing and coaching careers in the youth system of Sampdoria. As a midfielder he made nine appearances for Sicilian outfit Enna in Serie C, the highest level he played at.

• Began coaching in the Sampdoria academy in 1976 and worked for several teams in the lower divisions before finally making his Serie A debut more than two decades later after leading Cagliari to promotion in 1998. He had done the same the previous season with Lecce, only to be replaced by Cesare Prandelli before the campaign started.

• He continued to move between posts in Serie A and Serie B, but his stock rose considerably after he replaced Antonio Conte at Bari ahead of the 2009/10 season. Ventura guided Bari to tenth place with a club record 50 points in Serie A, drawing twice against José Mourinho's FC Internazionale Milano and defeating Juventus 3-1.

• In 2011 he accepted the call from Torino, then in Serie B. "I could take a mid-table team in Serie A but trying to take Torino back to Serie A is the real libido," he famously said. He not only achieved that but also led the Granata into Europe. Under Ventura, Torino reached the UEFA Europa League round of 16 in 2014/15 after a memorable 3-2 win at Athletic Club.

• After becoming the trainer with most consecutive games on the Torino bench (217), third overall behind Luigi Radice and Emiliano Mondonico, Ventura was announced as Conte's successor as Italy coach in June 2016.



Julen Lopetegui

Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: San Sebastián CF, Castilla CF, UD Las Palmas, Real Madrid CF, CD Logroñés, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s, FC Porto, Spain

• Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid. The Basque native progressed into the senior squad, but, starved of opportunities, switched to Logroñes, where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.

• Those displays earned a move to Barcelona but again he found playing time limited, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano, where he featured 112 times until retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

• Started his coaching career in 2003/04, at second division Rayo, but the experience was short-lived – he was dismissed after ten games. After five years away from the bench he returned to active duty in 2008/09, with Real Madrid Castilla, ending the campaign in sixth place.

• In 2010 Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and led the U19s to the European title two years later before reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He had assumed control of the U21s in August 2012 and guided the holders to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the title in Israel.

• On 6 May 2014, he returned to club duties with Porto but failed to win any silverware with the club and left his post in January 2016. Appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor as Spain coach in July that year.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFelix Brych (GER)
  • Assistant refereesMark Borsch (GER) , Stefan Lupp (GER)
  • Fourth officialBastian Dankert (GER)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerHarry M. Been (NED)
  • Referee observerLevan Paniashvili (GEO)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Felix Brych03/08/1975477

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
30/08/2007UEL2QRFK VojvodinaClub Atlético de Madrid1-2Novi Sad
23/10/2008UELGSUdinese CalcioTottenham Hotspur FC2-0Udine
19/08/2009UCLPOPanathinaikos FCClub Atlético de Madrid2-3Athens
29/09/2009UCLGSACF FiorentinaLiverpool FC2-0Florence
03/11/2009UCLGSAC MilanReal Madrid CF1-1Milan
24/02/2010UCLR16PFC CSKA MoskvaSevilla FC1-1Moscow
28/09/2010UCLGSAFC AjaxAC Milan1-1Amsterdam
02/11/2010UCLGSValencia CFRangers FC3-0Valencia
05/04/2011UCLQFReal Madrid CFTottenham Hotspur FC4-0Madrid
14/03/2012UCLR16Chelsea FCSSC Napoli4-1London
27/03/2012UCLQFAPOEL FCReal Madrid CF0-3Nicosia
18/04/2012UCLSFChelsea FCFC Barcelona1-0London
03/10/2012UCLGSFC ZenitAC Milan2-3St Petersburg
13/02/2013UCLR16Real Madrid CFManchester United FC1-1Madrid
22/10/2013UCLGSAC MilanFC Barcelona1-1Milan
10/12/2013UCLGSFC KøbenhavnReal Madrid CF0-2Copenhagen
01/04/2014UCLQFFC BarcelonaClub Atlético de Madrid1-1Barcelona
14/05/2014UELFinalSevilla FCSL Benfica0-0Turin
01/10/2014UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridJuventus1-0Madrid
05/11/2014UCLGSAthletic ClubFC Porto0-2Bilbao
25/11/2014UCLGSPFC CSKA MoskvaAS Roma1-1Khimki
24/02/2015UCLR16Manchester City FCFC Barcelona1-2Manchester
22/04/2015UCLQFReal Madrid CFClub Atlético de Madrid1-0Madrid
07/05/2015UELSFSevilla FCACF Fiorentina3-0Seville
25/11/2015UCLGSJuventusManchester City FC1-0Turin
05/04/2016UCLQFFC BarcelonaClub Atlético de Madrid2-1Barcelona
17/08/2016UCLPOVillarreal CFAS Monaco FC1-2Villarreal
28/09/2016UCLGSSSC NapoliSL Benfica4-2Naples

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Competition facts Only this chapter

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

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:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia1001120
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Buffon, Chiellini, Candreva (67 Florenzi), Bonaventura (63 Ogbonna), Pellè, Verratti, L. Antonelli, Barzagli, Parolo, Éder (70 Immobile), Bonucci
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia-Italy
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Italy-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Koke, Thiago Alcántara (46 Nolito), Vitolo (79 Asensio), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa (68 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Spain-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Spain
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on