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worldcup: Netherlands - Belarus Match press kits

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NetherlandsNetherlandsStadion Feijenoord - RotterdamFriday 7 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/11/2007QR (GS)Belarus - Netherlands2-1
MinskBulyga 49, Korytko 65; Van der Vaart 89
06/09/2006QR (GS)Netherlands - Belarus3-0
EindhovenVan Persie 32, 78, Kuyt 90+1
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/06/2003PR (GS)Belarus - Netherlands0-2
MinskOvermars 61, Kluivert 68
07/09/2002PR (GS)Netherlands - Belarus3-0
EindhovenDavids 35, Kluivert 37, Hasselbaink 73
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/1995PR (GS)Netherlands - Belarus1-0
RotterdamMulder 83
07/06/1995PR (GS)Belarus - Netherlands1-0
MinskGerasimets 27
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Netherlands - Squad list
Current season
-Jeroen Zoet06/01/199125PSV - 1000
-Jasper Cillessen22/04/198927Barcelona - 0000
-Maarten Stekelenburg22/09/198234Everton - 0000
-Daley Blind09/03/199026Man. United - 1000
-Stefan de Vrij05/02/199224Lazio - 0000
-Joël Veltman15/01/199224Ajax - 0000
-Jeffrey Bruma13/11/199124Wolfsburg - 1000
-Terence Kongolo14/02/199422Feyenoord - 0000
-Jetro Willems30/03/199422PSV - 0000
-Virgil Van Dijk08/07/199125Southampton*1000
-Wesley Sneijder09/06/198432Galatasaray - 1100
-Georginio Wijnaldum11/11/199025Liverpool - 1000
-Siem de Jong28/01/198927PSV - 0000
-Jordy Clasie27/06/199125Southampton - 0000
-Kevin Strootman13/02/199026Roma*1000
-Davy Klaassen21/02/199323Ajax - 1000
-Davy Pröpper02/09/199125PSV - 0000
-Quincy Promes04/01/199224Spartak Moskva - 1000
-Rick Karsdorp11/02/199521Feyenoord - 0000
-Luciano Narsingh13/09/199026PSV - 0000
-Bas Dost31/05/198927Sporting CP - 1000
-Memphis Depay13/02/199422Man. United - 0000
-Vincent Janssen15/06/199422Tottenham - 1000
-Danny Blind01/08/196155 - 1000
Belarus - Squad list
Current season
-Aleksandr Gutor18/04/198927Orenburg - 0000
-Andrei Gorbunov29/05/198333Atromitos - 1000
-Sergei Chernik20/07/198828Nancy - 0000
-Maksim Bordachev18/05/198630Tom - 1000
-Aleksandr Martynovich26/08/198729Ural - 0000
-Mikhail Sivakov16/01/198828Zorya*1000
-Yegor Filipenko10/04/198828M. Tel-Aviv - 0000
-Sergei Politevich09/04/199026Gençlerbirliği - 1000
-Denis Polyakov 17/04/199125BATE - 1000
-Evgeni Klopotski12/08/199323Torpedo Zhodino - 0000
-Aleksandr Hleb01/05/198135BATE - 0000
-Timofei Kalachev01/05/198135Rostov - 1000
-Sergei Kislyak06/08/198729Gaziantepspor - 0000
-Stanislav Dragun04/06/198828Dinamo Moskva - 0000
-Sergei Krivets08/06/198630Wisla Plock - 1000
-Aleksei Rios14/05/198729BATE - 0000
-Ivan Maevski05/05/198828Anji*1000
-Maksim Volodko10/11/199223BATE - 1000
-Nikita Korzun06/03/199521Dynamo Kyiv - 1000
-Sergei Kornilenko14/06/198333Krylya Sovetov - 1000
-Mikhail Gordeichuk23/10/198926BATE - 1000
-Nikolai Signevich20/02/199224BATE - 1000
-Aleksandr Khatskevich19/10/197342 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Danny Blind

Date of birth: 01 August 1961
Nationality: Dutch
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.



Aleksandr Khatskevich

Nationality: Belarus
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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeCraig Thomson (SCO)
  • Assistant refereesDavid McGeachie (SCO) , Francis Connor (SCO)
  • Fourth officialJohn Beaton (SCO)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerGraham Hover (ENG)
  • Referee observerEdgar Steinborn (GER)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Craig Thomson20/06/1972386

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
27/08/2009UELPOVillarreal CFNAC Breda6-1Villarreal
23/11/2010UCLGSAFC AjaxReal Madrid CF0-4Amsterdam
08/03/2012UELR16FC TwenteFC Schalke 041-0Enschede
23/10/2012UCLGSFC BATE BorisovValencia CF0-3Minsk
20/03/2014UELR16FC AnjiAZ Alkmaar0-0Ramenskoye
06/11/2014UELGSFeyenoordHNK Rijeka2-0Rotterdam
18/08/2015UCLPOFC BATE BorisovFK Partizan1-0Borisov

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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 A - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Sweden 1-1 Netherlands
    1-0 Berg 42, 1-1 Sneijder 67
    Zoet, Janmaat, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman, Klaassen, Wijnaldum (66 Dost), Janssen, Sneijder, Promes (78 Berghuis)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Belarus 0-0 France
    Gorbunov, Polyakov , Politevich, Korzun, Stasevich (69 Krivets), Gordeichuk (85 M. Volodko), Sivakov, Maevski, Bordachev, Signevich (81 Kornilenko), Kalachev
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

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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