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European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

KosovoKosovoLoro Boriçi Stadium - ShkoderThursday 6 October 2016
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Group I - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Kosovo - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Adis Nurković28/04/198630Travnik - 0000
-Samir Ujkani05/07/198828Latina - 1000
-Bledar Hajdini19/06/199521Trepca 89 - 0000
Defenders
-Avni Pepa14/11/198827ÍBV - 0000
-Amir Rrahmani24/02/199422Split - 1000
-Alban Pnishi20/10/199025Grasshoppers - 1000
-Leart Paqarada08/11/199421Sandhausen - 1000
Midfielders
-Fanol Perdedaj16/07/199125FSV Frankfurt - 1000
-Valon Berisha07/02/199323Salzburg - 1100
-Hekuran Kryeziu12/02/199323Luzern*1000
-Sinan Bytyqi15/01/199521Man. City - 0000
-Arber Zeneli25/02/199521Heerenveen - 0000
-Alban Meha26/04/198630Konyaspor - 1000
-Bersant Celina09/09/199620Man. City - 1000
-Herolind Shala01/02/199224Liberec - 0000
-Vedat Muriqi24/04/199422Gençlerbirliği - 0000
-Besar Halimi12/12/199421Mainz - 1000
-Valmir Sulejmani01/02/199620Hannover - 0000
-Eroll Zejnullahu19/10/199421Union Berlin - 0000
Forwards
-Albert Bunjaku29/11/198332St Gallen - 1000
-Milot Rashica28/06/199620Vitesse - 1000
-Bernard Berisha24/10/199124Anji - 1000
-Labinot Kabashi28/02/200016Barcelona - 0000
Coach
-Albert Bunjaku18/06/197145 - 1000
Croatia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Danijel Subašić27/10/198431Monaco - 0000
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199026Hajduk Split - 1000
-Ivan Vargić15/03/198729Lazio - 0000
Defenders
-Vedran Ćorluka05/02/198630Lokomotiv Moskva - 1000
-Ivan Strinić17/07/198729Napoli - 1000
-Josip Pivarić30/01/198927Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198927Dynamo Kyiv - 1000
-Šime Vrsaljko10/01/199224Atlético - 1000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199520Leverkusen - 0000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199322Rijeka - 0000
Midfielders
-Milan Badelj25/02/198927Fiorentina - 1000
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198927Internazionale - 1000
-Domagoj Antolić30/06/199026Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199422Real Madrid - 0000
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199223Internazionale - 1000
-Marko Rog19/07/199521Napoli - 0000
Forwards
-Nikola Kalinić05/01/198828Fiorentina - 1000
-Mario Mandžukić21/05/198630Juventus - 1000
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199125Hoffenheim - 1000
-Duje Čop01/02/199026Sporting Gijón - 0000
Coach
-Ante Čačić29/09/195363 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Albert Bunjaki

Date of birth: 18 June 1971
Nationality: Kosovan
Playing career: FC Prishtina, Skövde, IFK/MBK Mariestad, Törboda IK, Torsö Hassle
Coaching career: Torsö Hassle, Tidavad IK, Örebro Syrianska, Tidaholms GIF, Degerfors IF, Kalmar FF (assistant), Kosovo

• Born in Pristina – then part of Yugoslavia – Bunjaki started his career with his local team and went on to spend much of his playing days in the Swedish lower leagues.

• His coaching career followed a similar pattern, with his highest-profile appointment a stint at Degerfors in 2005; Bunjaki then spent two years as assistant coach at Kalmar between 2006 and 2007.

• Appointed Kosovo coach in 2009, overseeing wins against Oman and Equatorial Guinea prior to a 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in June 2016, their first match after being accepted into FIFA the previous month.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2400730.html#albert+bunjaki

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Ante Čačić

Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia

• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.

• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.

• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.

• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.

• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2285276.html#ante+cacic

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDavid Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesRaúl Cabanero (ESP) , Roberto Alonso (ESP)
  • Fourth officialCarlos Gómez (ESP)
  • Referee observerJozef Marko (SVK)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
David Fernández Borbalán30/05/1973239

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
07/06/2013WCQRCroatiaScotland0-1Zagreb

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
28/08/2012UCLPONK MariborGNK Dinamo Zagreb0-1Maribor
07/06/2013WCQRCroatiaScotland0-1Zagreb
20/08/2015UELPOFC Slovan LiberecHNK Hajduk Split1-0Liberec

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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 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:

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

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Kosovo

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Iceland1010111
    Kosovo1010111
    Turkey1010111
    Croatia1010111
    Finland1010111
    Ukraine1010111
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Ujkani, Perdedaj, Pnishi, Alushi, Rashica, Bunjaku (66 Celina), Rrahmani, V. Berisha (93 Meha), Paqarada, Kryeziu, B. Berisha (81 Halimi)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo-Croatia
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Ukraine-Kosovo
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Turkey-Kosovo
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Kosovo-Iceland
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Kosovo-Turkey
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Croatia-Kosovo
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Kosovo-Finland
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Kosovo-Ukraine
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Iceland-Kosovo

Croatia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Kalinić, Vrsaljko, Strinić, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (64 Brozović), Modrić, Mandžukić (85 Kramarić), Badelj, Pjaca (80 N. Kalinić), Vida
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo-Croatia
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland-Croatia
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia-Iceland
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Croatia-Ukraine
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Iceland-Croatia
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Croatia-Kosovo
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Turkey-Croatia
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Croatia-Finland
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Ukraine-Croatia

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Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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 UEFA.com.