European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Netherlands||Stadion Feijenoord - RotterdamFriday 7 October 2016|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group A - Matchday 2
|21/11/2007||QR (GS)||Belarus - Netherlands||2-1||Minsk||Bulyga 49, Korytko 65; Van der Vaart 89|
|06/09/2006||QR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||3-0||Eindhoven||Van Persie 32, 78, Kuyt 90+1|
|07/06/2003||PR (GS)||Belarus - Netherlands||0-2||Minsk||Overmars 61, Kluivert 68|
|07/09/2002||PR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||3-0||Eindhoven||Davids 35, Kluivert 37, Hasselbaink 73|
|06/09/1995||PR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||1-0||Rotterdam||Mulder 83|
|07/06/1995||PR (GS)||Belarus - Netherlands||1-0||Minsk||Gerasimets 27|
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|-||Daley Blind||09/03/1990||26||Man. United||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Stefan de Vrij||05/02/1992||24||Lazio||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Virgil Van Dijk||08/07/1991||25||Southampton||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||Siem de Jong||28/01/1989||27||PSV||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Quincy Promes||04/01/1992||24||Spartak Moskva||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Bas Dost||31/05/1989||27||Sporting CP||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Memphis Depay||13/02/1994||22||Man. United||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Yegor Filipenko||10/04/1988||28||M. Tel-Aviv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Evgeni Klopotski||12/08/1993||23||Torpedo Zhodino||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Stanislav Dragun||04/06/1988||28||Dinamo Moskva||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Sergei Krivets||08/06/1986||30||Wisla Plock||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Nikita Korzun||06/03/1995||21||Dynamo Kyiv||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Sergei Kornilenko||14/06/1983||33||Krylya Sovetov||-||1||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 01 August 1961
Playing career: RC Souburg, Sparta Rotterdam, AFC Ajax
Coaching career: AFC Ajax
• Born in Oost-Souburg, in the Zeeland province, Blind played for local amateur outfit Souburg before joining Sparta in 1979. Making his Eredivisie debut in the same year – against AZ Alkmaar on 29 August – he helped Sparta qualify for the UEFA Cup on two occasions.
• Signed by Johan Cruyff in July 1986, Blind became Ajax's defensive cornerstone – winning 16 trophies, including five Dutch championships. The club also excelled in Europe, winning the UEFA Cup in 1992, with Blind captaining the side to a UEFA Champions League final defeat of AC Milan in 1995. He added the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup later that year.
• Having made his international bow for the Netherlands against Scotland on 29 April 1986, Blind ended his Oranje career 20 years later following a quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat against France at EURO '96.
• Appointed head of youth development at De Toekomst – Ajax's world famous academy – in 2003, having joined the club's technical staff after retiring in 1999 following 537 Dutch top-flight matches for the Dutch giants. Succeeded Ronald Koeman as Ajax coach in February 2005 but sacked 13 months later despite winning Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup. Returned to Ajax as technical director in 2008 following a stint at Sparta in a similar role, later becoming assistant to Martin Jol.
• Left Ajax in 2012, hired as assistant to Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal in July. Helped guide the Oranje to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Confirmed as next Netherlands coach after UEFA EURO 2016, but appointed in July 2015, a year early, after Van Gaal's successor Guus Hiddink stepped down during an ultimately unsuccessful qualifying campaign.
Date of birth: 19 October 1973
Playing career: FC Dinamo Minsk (twice), FC Dynamo Kyiv, Tianjin Teda FC, FK Venta
Coaching career: FC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus Under-18, FC Vitebsk, Ukraine (assistant), FC Dynamo Kyiv (reserves), Belarus
• Born in the Belarusian capital, Khatskevich was schooled at FC Dinamo Minsk where he won four national championships before moving abroad.
• Khatskevich made his name as a central midfielder with FC Dynamo Kyiv, collecting seven Ukrainian titles from 1996–2003. Reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with Dynamo in 1998/99 and was Belarusian Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000.
• Capped 38 times between 1993 and 2005, Khatskevich's playing career wound down with spells in China and Latvia, before a closing shift back at Dinamo Minsk.
• He went straight into coaching with periods in charge of Dinamo Minsk, Belarus's Under-18s and FC Vitebsk before once more returning to Ukraine.
• Worked on Myron Markevich's coaching staff with the Ukraine national team, and under his successor Yuriy Kalytvyntsev; replaced Georgi Kondratyev as Belarus coach in December 2014 after a stint with Dynamo Kyiv's youth and reserve sides.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|27/08/2009||UEL||PO||Villarreal CF||NAC Breda||6-1||Villarreal|
|23/11/2010||UCL||GS||AFC Ajax||Real Madrid CF||0-4||Amsterdam|
|08/03/2012||UEL||R16||FC Twente||FC Schalke 04||1-0||Enschede|
|23/10/2012||UCL||GS||FC BATE Borisov||Valencia CF||0-3||Minsk|
|20/03/2014||UEL||R16||FC Anji||AZ Alkmaar||0-0||Ramenskoye|
|18/08/2015||UCL||PO||FC BATE Borisov||FK Partizan||1-0||Borisov|
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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
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