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IcelandIcelandLaugardalsvöllur - ReykjavikThursday 6 October 2016
20.45CET (18.45 local time)
Group I - Matchday 2
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Squad list Only this chapter

Iceland - Squad list
Current season
-Hannes Halldórsson27/04/198432Randers - 1000
-Ögmundur Kristinsson19/06/198927Hammarby - 0000
-Ingvar Jónsson18/10/198926Sandefjord - 0000
-Ragnar Sigurdsson19/06/198630Fulham - 1000
-Ari Skúlason14/05/198729Lokeren - 1000
-Elmar Bjarnason04/03/198729AGF - 0000
-Birkir Sævarsson11/11/198431Hammarby - 1000
-Hólmar Eyjólfsson06/08/199026Rosenborg - 0000
-Hordur Magnússon11/02/199323Bristol City - 1000
-Haukur Heidar Hauksson01/09/199125AIK - 0000
-Sverrir Ingason05/08/199323Lokeren - 0000
-Ólafur Skúlason01/04/198333Karabükspor - 0000
-Birkir Bjarnason27/05/198828Basel - 1000
-Kári Árnason13/10/198233Malmö - 1000
-Aron Gunnarsson22/04/198927Cardiff*1000
-Gylfi Sigurdsson08/09/198927Swansea - 1000
-Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson18/06/199026Grasshoppers - 0000
-Arnór Ingvi Traustason30/04/199323Rapid Wien - 1000
-Vidar Orn Kjartansson11/03/199026M. Tel-Aviv - 0000
-Björn Sigurdarsson26/02/199125Molde - 0000
-Johann Gudmundsson27/10/199025Burnley - 1000
-Alfred Finnbogason01/02/198927Augsburg*1100
-Jón Dadi Bödvarsson25/05/199224Wolves - 1000
-Heimir Hallgrímsson10/06/196749 - 1000
Finland - Squad list
Current season
-Niki Mäenpää23/01/198531Brighton - 0000
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198926Frankfurt - 1000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199323Fulham - 0000
-Niklas Moisander29/09/198531Bremen - 1000
-Markus Halsti19/03/198432Midtjylland - 1000
-Kari Arkivuo23/06/198333Häcken - 0000
-Jukka Raitala15/09/198828Sogndal - 1000
-Juhani Ojala19/06/198927Seinäjoki - 0000
-Paulus Arajuuri15/06/198828Lech - 1100
-Thomas Lam18/12/199322Nottm Forest*1000
-Janne Saksela14/03/199323RoPS - 0000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199422AIK - 0000
-Albin Granlund01/09/198927Mariehamn - 0000
-Kasper Hämäläinen08/08/198630Legia - 1000
-Roman Eremenko19/03/198729CSKA Moskva*1000
-Perparim Hetemaj12/12/198629Chievo - 0000
-Joni Kauko12/07/199026Randers - 0000
-Sakari Mattila14/07/198927SønderjyskE - 0000
-Rasmus Schüller18/06/199125Häcken - 1000
-Alexander Ring09/04/199125Kaiserslautern - 1000
-Robin Lod17/04/199323Panathinaikos - 1000
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199026Brøndby - 1000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199026AIK - 0000
-Hans Backe14/02/195264 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Heimir Hallgrímsson

Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Nationality: Icelandic
Playing career: ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Íþróttafélagið Höttur, KF Smástund
Coaching career: Íþróttafélagið Höttur (women), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (women, twice), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Iceland (assistant), Iceland (joint coach), Iceland

• Spent the majority of his playing career with ÍBV, who he represented between 1986 and 1992 and again from 1994 to 1996; he spent 1993 playing for Höttur, also managing their women's team.

• Hallgrímsson – who combined his playing career with his part-time duties as a dentist – moved to Smástund in 1996 and continued to represent the club following their merger the following year with Framherjar, from his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.

• Started coaching ÍBV's women's side in 1999 and was appointed assistant coach of the men's team three years later. Returned to the women's selection in 2003, staying for two years; took over as head coach of ÍBV's men's squad in 2006.

• Stayed in that role until 2011; that October, following Lars Lagerbäck's appointment as Iceland coach, Hallgrímsson was named as his assistant. Promoted to the joint coaching role following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when Iceland lost in the play-offs to Croatia.

• UEFA EURO 2016 was to be a competition to remember for Iceland, however, as they qualified for a first major finals from a section including the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands. Even better was to follow in France, Iceland remaining unbeaten to reach the knockout stages and then famously getting the better of England in the last 16 before a 5-2 defeat by the hosts in the last 16. Hallgrímsson took sole charge after the tournament.



Hans Backe

Date of birth: 14 February 1952
Nationality: Swedish
Playing career: AIK Solna, IF Brommapojkarna, Spånga IS
Coaching career: Bro IK, Djurgårdens IF, Molde FK, Hammarby IF, Östers IF, AIK Solna, Stabæk Fotball, Aalborg BK, FC Salzburg, FC København, Panathinaikos FC, Notts County FC, New York RB, Finland

• A lower-league player in his native Sweden, Backe cut his teeth as a coach with Djurgården, with whom he won a second-flight title in 1982. He later reached the Swedish Cup final as coach of Östers (in 1991) and AIK (in 1995) before finding more tangible success in Denmark.

• Steered AaB to domestic title in his first season in Denmark (1998/99), as well as to successive cup finals. After a spell in Austria, took command at FCK, winning two/three league titles and his first Danish Cup between 2001 and 2005. Then lasted just four games as Panathinaikos coach in 2006.

• Worked as Sven-Göran Eriksson's assistant at Manchester City from 2007-08, then joined the coach and fellow Swede Tord Grip when both moved on to take charge of Mexico.

• Went solo again as coach of Notts County, but lasted a matter of weeks due to a disagreement over unpaid wages.

• Enjoyed a successful spell as New York RB coach – a section of the club's fans dubbed themselves the Hans Backe Viking Army in his honour. Won the Eastern Conference in 2010, but left in November 2012, and was working as a TV pundit back in Sweden when he was confirmed as Finland's new boss in August 2015.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSvein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
  • Assistant refereesKim Thomas Haglund (NOR) , Frank Andås (NOR)
  • Fourth officialDag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerAlan McRae (SCO)
  • Referee observerHerbert Fandel (GER)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Svein Oddvar Moen22/01/1979485

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

No such matches refereed

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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 I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson (84 Hallfredsson), B. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, Bödvarsson, A. Gunnarsson, A. Skúlason (42 H. Magnússon)
  • 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)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • 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)
  • 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