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worldcup: Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

BelgiumBelgiumKing Baudouin Stadium - BrusselsFriday 7 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group H - Matchday 2
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2015QR (GS)Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina3-1
BrusselsFellaini 23, De Bruyne 44, Hazard 78 (P); Džeko 15
13/10/2014QR (GS)Bosnia and Herzegovina - Belgium1-1ZenicaDžeko 28; Nainggolan 51
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
01/04/2009QR (GS)Bosnia and Herzegovina - Belgium2-1
ZenicaDžeko 12, 14; Swerts 88
28/03/2009QR (GS)Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina2-4
GenkDembélé 66, Sonck 85 (P); Džeko 7, Jahić 75, Bajramović 77, Misimović 81
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2005QR (GS)Bosnia and Herzegovina - Belgium1-0
ZenicaBarbarez 62
26/03/2005QR (GS)Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina4-1
BrusselsEmile Mpenza 15, 54, Daerden 44, Buffel 77; Bolić 1
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Bosnia and Herzegovina32103102----63121011

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Squad list Only this chapter

Belgium - Squad list
Current season
-Simon Mignolet06/08/198828Liverpool - 0000
-Matz Sels26/02/199224Newcastle - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199224Chelsea - 1000
-Nicolas Lombaerts20/03/198531Zenit - 0000
-Laurent Ciman05/08/198531Montreal - 0000
-Toby Alderweireld02/03/198927Tottenham - 1000
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198729Tottenham - 1000
-Christian Kabasele24/02/199125Watford - 0000
-Thomas Meunier12/09/199125Paris - 1000
-Jordan Lukaku25/07/199422Lazio - 0000
-Kevin Mirallas05/10/198729Everton - 0000
-Steven Defour15/04/198828Burnley - 0000
-Axel Witsel12/01/198927Zenit - 1000
-Marouane Fellaini22/11/198728Man. United*1000
-Eden Hazard07/01/199125Chelsea - 1000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198729Napoli - 0000
-Nacer Chadli02/08/198927West Brom - 0000
-Yannick Carrasco04/09/199323Atlético - 1100
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199719Anderlecht - 0000
-Christian Benteke03/12/199025Crystal Palace - 0000
-Romelu Lukaku13/05/199323Everton - 1200
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199323Chelsea - 1000
-Divock Origi18/04/199521Liverpool - 0000
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197343 - 1000
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Squad list
Current season
-Jasmin Burić18/02/198729Lech - 0000
-Ibrahim Šehić02/09/198828Qarabağ - 0000
-Asmir Begović20/06/198729Chelsea - 1000
-Emir Spahić18/08/198036Hamburg - 1200
-Toni Šunjić15/12/198827Stuttgart - 0000
-Ognjen Vranješ24/10/198926Tom*1000
-Senad Lulić18/01/198630Lazio - 1000
-Mateo Sušić18/11/199025Sheriff - 0000
-Ermin Bičakčić24/01/199026Hoffenheim - 1000
-Ervin Zukanovic11/02/198729Atalanta - 1000
-Sead Kolašinac20/06/199323Schalke - 1000
-Edin Cocalić05/12/198728Mechelen - 0000
-Haris Medunjanin08/03/198531M. Tel-Aviv - 1100
-Miralem Pjanić02/04/199026Juventus - 1000
-Mario Vrancic23/05/198927Darmstadt - 0000
-Mato Jajalo25/05/198828Palermo - 0000
-Edin Višća17/02/199026İstanbul Başakşehir - 1000
-Izet Hajrovic04/08/199125Bremen - 0000
-Gojko Cimirot19/12/199223PAOK - 0000
-Edin Džeko17/03/198630Roma - 1100
-Vedad Ibišević06/08/198432Hertha - 1100
-Tino-Sven Sušić13/02/199224Genk - 0000
-Milan Djurić22/05/199026Cesena - 1000
-Mehmed Baždarević28/09/196056 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, CF Balaguer, Wigan Athletic FC, Motherwell FC, Walsall FC, Swansea City AFC, Chester City FC
Coaching career: Swansea City AFC, Wigan Athletic FC, Everton FC, Belgium

• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.

• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; spent six years with the club, helping them win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later.

• A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez aiding the club to promotion to League One. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.

• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.

• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016. Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure.



Mehmed Baždarević

Date of birth: 28 September 1960
Nationality: Bosnian
Playing career: FK Željezničar, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, Nîmes Olympique, Étoile Carouge FC
Coaching career: FC Istres, Étoile du Sahel, Al-Wakrah SC (twice), Grenoble Foot 38, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, MC Alger, Bosnia and Herzegovina

• Baždarević played in midfield for Sarajevo-based Željezničar, helping them reach the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1984/85.

• Transferred to France for a lengthy spell with Sochaux, and was named as the best foreign player in Ligue 1 in 1988/89. Wound his career down with spells at Nîmes and Swiss side Étoile Carouge.

• Capped 54 times by Yugoslavia, he made two appearances for the independent Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

• Achieved a coaching coup by leading Istres to promotion to the top division in France, with further spells at Grenoble and Sochaux between assignments in Tunisia, Qatar and Algeria.

• Hired to replace Safet Sušić as Bosnia and Herzegovina coach in December 2014 with the Dragons having taken two points from their first four UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers. Stayed on for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers despite the play-off loss to the Republic of Ireland.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMartin Atkinson (ENG)
  • Assistant refereesStephen Child (ENG) , Stuart Burt (ENG)
  • Fourth officialRobert Madley (ENG)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerTormod Larsen (NOR)
  • Referee observerSergey Zuev (RUS)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Martin Atkinson31/03/1971682

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
14/11/2009WCPOPortugalBosnia and Herzegovina1-0Lisbon

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
04/12/2008UELGSValencia CFClub Brugge KV1-1Valencia
14/11/2009WCPOPortugalBosnia and Herzegovina1-0Lisbon
09/12/2009UCLGSR. Standard de LiègeAZ Alkmaar1-1Liege
01/04/2010UELQFHamburger SVR. Standard de Liège2-1Hamburg

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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 H - Group Standings
    Bosnia and Herzegovina1100503
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini (84 Nainggolan), R. Lukaku (73 Batshuayi), Hazard, Meunier, Carrasco
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Belgium-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 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)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Belgium
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Estonia
    1-0 Spahić 7, 2-0 Džeko 23 (P) , 3-0 Medunjanin 71, 4-0 Ibišević 83, 5-0 Spahić 90+2
    Begović, Spahić, Kolašinac, Vranješ (62 Bičakčić), Medunjanin, Ibišević, Pjanić, Džeko (81 Djurić), Lulić, Zukanovic, Višća (75 Milicevic)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Belgium-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Cyprus
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Greece-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Gibraltar
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Greece
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Cyprus-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Gibraltar-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Belgium
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Estonia-Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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