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LiechtensteinLiechtensteinRheinpark Stadion - VaduzThursday 6 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 2
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Squad list Only this chapter

Liechtenstein - Squad list
Current season
-Peter Jehle22/01/198234Vaduz - 1000
-Benjamin Büchel04/07/198927Oxford - 0000
-Cengiz Biçer11/12/198728Yomraspor - 0000
-Franz Burgmeier07/04/198234Vaduz - 1000
-Yves Oehri15/03/198729YF Juventus - 0000
-Martin Rechsteiner15/02/198927Balzers - 1000
-Daniel Kaufmann22/12/199025Chiasso*1000
-Daniel Brändle23/01/199224Münsingen - 0000
-Seyhan Yildiz30/04/198927Balzers*1000
-Max Göppel31/08/199719Vaduz - 1000
-Michele Polverino26/09/198432Ried*1000
-Andreas Christen29/08/198927Balzers - 0000
-Nicolas Hasler04/05/199125Vaduz*1000
-Sandro Wieser03/02/199323Reading - 1000
-Dennis Salanovic26/02/199620Istra 1961 - 1000
-Robin Gubser17/04/199125Balzers - 1000
-Marcel Büchel18/03/199125Empoli - 1000
-Simon Kühne30/04/199422St Gallen - 0000
-Yanik Frick27/05/199818Altach - 0000
-René Pauritsch04/02/196452 - 1000
Albania - Squad list
Current season
-Orges Shehi25/09/197739Skënderbeu - 0000
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198728Partizani - 0000
-Etrit Berisha10/03/198927Atalanta - 1000
-Ansi Agolli11/10/198233Qarabağ - 1000
-Andi Lila12/02/198630Giannina - 0000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199223Empoli - 0000
-Mërgim Mavraj09/06/198630Köln - 1000
-Elseid Hysaj20/02/199422Napoli - 1000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199323Avellino - 1000
-Azdren Llullaku15/02/198828Gaz Metan - 0000
-Naser Aliji27/12/199322Kaiserslautern - 0000
-Jahmir Hyka08/03/198828Luzern - 1000
-Migjen Basha05/01/198729Bari - 0000
-Odise Roshi22/05/199125Terek - 1000
-Taulant Xhaka28/03/199125Basel - 1000
-Amir Abrashi27/03/199026Freiburg - 1000
-Burim Kukeli16/01/198432Zürich - 1000
-Ermir Lenjani05/08/198927Nantes - 0000
-Ergys Kaçe08/07/199323Plzeň - 0000
-Bekim Balaj11/01/199125Terek - 1100
-Sokol Çikalleshi27/07/199026İstanbul Başakşehir - 0000
-Edgar Çani02/07/198927Pisa - 0000
-Eros Grezda15/04/199521Lokomotiva Zagreb - 0000
-Giovanni de Biasi16/06/195660 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

René Pauritsch

Date of birth: 4 February 1964
Nationality: Austrian
Playing career: ASK Voitsberg, Grazer AK (twice), Donawitzer SV Leoben, Red-White Rankweil, SV Frohnleiten
Coaching career: USV Eschen/Mauren, AKA Vorarlberg, SC Austria Lustenau (assistant), Liechtenstein (youth), Liechtenstein

• Enjoyed a modest playing career, making a total of 35 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Graz and Leoben in addition to spending time in the lower leagues with Voitsberg, Rankweil and Frohnleiten.

• His sole top-flight goal was a decisive one – the winner for Leoben in a 2-1 victory against Kremser SC on 3 November 1990.

• Began coaching at Eschen/Mauren before returning home to Austria to lead Vorarlberg and, subsequently, work as assistant at second-tier Austria Lustenau under Heinz Fuchsbichler.

• Took charge of Liechtenstein's youth teams in 2008, eventually stepping up to succeed Hans-Peter Zaugg at the helm of the senior national side in late 2012.

• Enjoyed some early success in his new role, guiding Liechtenstein to 1-1 home draws against Latvia and Slovakia in his first two competitive fixtures.



Gianni De Biasi

Date of birth: 16 June 1956
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Treviso FC, FC Internazionale Milano, AC Reggiana 1919, Pescara Calcio, Brescia Calcio, US Città di Palermo, Vicenza Calcio, Bassano Virtus 55 ST
Coaching career: FC Pro Vasto, Carpi FC 1909, Cosenza Calcio, SPAL 1907, Modena FC, Brescia Calcio, Torino FC (three times), Levante UD, Udinese Calcio, Albania

• Served apprenticeship as an academy coach and on the lower rungs of the Italian football ladder before making his name overseeing back-to-back promotions at Modena – guiding them from the third division to Serie A in 2002. It ended a 38-year absence from the top flight.

• Helped Modena survive first season among the elite before moving to Brescia, where he stayed two years before embarking on a tumultuous spell at Torino in 2005.

• Arrived with Torino picking up the pieces after bankruptcy and exceeded expectations by steering them back to Serie A in his first campaign, only to be replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni three days before the start of the next term. He was reappointed within seven months, leading the Granata to safety.

• Spent 2007/08 at Levante, winning plaudits despite relegation, then returned for a third stint at Torino with five games of the season remaining and saved them from relegation again. Sacked that December, he had a two-month reign at Udinese in 2009/10 before finding more constancy as Albania boss.

• A one-time midfielder with a handful of top-flight playing campaigns under his belt, De Biasi was installed in December 2011 as successor to Josip Kuže. He signed a new deal running until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in November 2013, and promptly led the team to the finals for the first time, Albania only narrowly missing out on the last 16 in France after a memorable win against Romania in their final game.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeTamás Bognar (HUN)
  • Assistant refereesVencel Tóth (HUN) , Zsolt Varga (HUN)
  • Fourth officialFerenc Karakó (HUN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerKarl Espen Eriksen (NOR)
  • Referee observerIgor Satchi (MDA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Tamás Bognar18/11/1978139

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

No such matches refereed

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
10/07/2014UEL1QRKF LaçiNK Rudar Velenje1-1Lac
17/09/2015UELGSKF SkënderbeuBeşiktaş JK0-1Elbasan

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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)
    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
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Rechsteiner (71 Yildiz), Büchel, Wieser, Burgmeier, M. Büchel (83 Gubser), Hasler, Salanovic (77 Wolfinger), Polverino
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Liechtenstein-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Liechtenstein


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Sadiku, Gashi (60 Memushaj ), Kukeli, Xhaka, Mavraj, Hyka (67 Roshi), Abrashi (60 Balaj)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • 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)
    FYR Macedonia-Albania
  • 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