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PolandPolandStadion Narodowy - WarsawSaturday 8 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group E - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/09/1977QR (GS)Poland - Denmark4-1
ChorzowMasztaler 27, Lato 38, Deyna 62, Szarmach 81; Nygaard 66 (P)
01/05/1977QR (GS)Denmark - Poland1-2
CopenhagenSimonsen 49; Ref 7, Lubanski 54
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Poland - Squad list
Current season
-Artur Boruc20/02/198036Bournemouth - 0000
-Łukasz Fabiański18/04/198531Swansea - 1000
-Wojciech Szczęsny18/04/199026Roma - 0000
-Łukasz Piszczek03/06/198531Dortmund*1000
-Artur Jędrzejczyk04/11/198728Krasnodar - 0000
-Kamil Glik03/02/198828Monaco*1000
-Igor Lewczuk30/05/198531Bordeaux - 0000
-Thiago Cionek21/04/198630Palermo - 0000
-Sławomir Peszko19/02/198531Lechia - 0000
-Jakub Błaszczykowski14/12/198530Wolfsburg - 1000
-Grzegorz Krychowiak29/01/199026Paris - 1000
-Maciej Rybus19/08/198927Lyon - 1000
-Kamil Grosicki08/06/198828Rennes - 0000
-Tomasz Jodłowiec08/09/198531Legia - 0000
-Krzysztof Mączyński23/05/198729Wisła - 0000
-Paweł Wszołek30/04/199224QPR - 0000
-Kamil Wilczek14/01/198828Brøndby - 0000
-Piotr Zieliński20/05/199422Napoli*1000
-Karol Linetty02/02/199521Sampdoria - 1000
-Pawel Dawidowicz20/05/199521Bochum - 0000
-Robert Lewandowski21/08/198828Bayern*1100
-Łukasz Teodorczyk03/06/199125Anderlecht - 0000
-Arkadiusz Milik28/02/199422Napoli - 1000
-Adam Nawalka23/10/195758 - 1000
Denmark - Squad list
Current season
-Kasper Schmeichel05/11/198629Leicester - 0000
-Jonas Lössl01/02/198927Mainz - 0000
-Frederik Rønnow04/08/199224Brøndby - 1000
-Mathias Jørgensen23/04/199026København - 0000
-Andreas Bjelland11/07/198828Brentford - 0000
-Simon Kjær26/03/198927Fenerbahçe - 1000
-Jens Stryger Larsen21/02/199125Austria Wien - 0000
-Riza Durmisi08/01/199422Betis - 1000
-Erik Sviatchenko04/10/199125Celtic - 0000
-Peter Ankersen22/09/199026København - 1000
-Jannik Vestergaard03/08/199224Mönchengladbach - 1000
-Andreas Christensen10/04/199620Mönchengladbach - 1000
-William Kvist24/02/198531København - 1000
-Lasse Schöne27/05/198630Ajax - 0000
-Christian Eriksen14/02/199224Tottenham - 1100
-Thomas Delaney03/09/199125København - 1000
-Pierre Højbjerg05/08/199521Southampton - 1000
-Pione Sisto04/02/199521Celta - 0000
-Rasmus Falk15/01/199224København - 0000
-Viktor Fischer09/06/199422Middlesbrough - 1000
-Nicolai Jørgensen15/01/199125Feyenoord - 1000
-Yussuf Poulsen15/06/199422Leipzig - 1000
-Andreas Cornelius16/03/199323København - 0000
-Aage Hareide23/09/195363 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Adam Nawałka

Date of birth: 23 October 1957
Nationality: Polish
Playing career: Wisła Kraków, PAAC Eagles
Coaching career: GKS Świt Krzeszowice, Wisła Kraków (three times), Zagłębie Lubin, MKS Sandecja Nowy Sącz, Jagiellonia Białystok, GKS Katowice, Górnik Zabrze, Poland

• Nawałka, part of Poland's squad at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, spent most of his playing days in the Wisła midfield before ending his career in the late 1980s in Chicago.

• Having qualified as a coach, he took charge of Krzeszowice in 1996 before returning to Wisła two years later to head their youth set-up. He twice had spells at the senior helm, winning the 2001 Polish League Cup.

• After several adventures in the dugouts of clubs in Poland's top two divisions, culminating in a 2006–07 return to Wisła, Nawałka had a short stint as assistant to national coach Leo Beenhakker, aiding their UEFA EURO 2008 qualification.

• Soon back in club coaching with Katowice, at the start of 2010 Nawałka switched to Górnik and within six months had guided them to promotion.

• With Górnik top of the Polish First Division in October 2013, Nawałka agreed to take the Poland job, beginning the following month. Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016 started in style with a first win against Germany in 19 meetings and, though Poland finished second behind their opponents, it was still enough for a finals place. They went on to reach the quarter-finals in France, losing to eventual champions Portugal on penalties.



Åge Hareide

Date of birth: 23 September 1953
Nationality: Norwegian
Playing career: IL Hødd, Molde FK, Manchester City FC, Norwich City FC, Molde FK, Norway
Coaching career: Molde FK, Helsinborgs IF (twice), Brøndby IF, Rosenborg BK, Norway, Örgryte IS, Viking FK, Malmö FF

• Having trained as a tax accountant before turning professional, Hareide was a physical defender who represented his country 50 times between 1976 and 1986. His club career took him from Molde to Manchester City and then Norwich in the English top flight.

• Hareide made the transition to coaching before hanging up his boots. After returning from England he acted as player-coach for Molde during two seasons. From 1987 he focused solely on coaching and a second spell as Molde boss brought his first silverware – the 1994 Norwegian Cup. His first trophy in Sweden was also the cup, with Helsingborg in 1998. In 2003, Hareide added one more Norwegian Cup as coach of Rosenborg.

• Hareide is the only coach to win league titles in Sweden (Helsingborg 1999, Malmö 2014), Denmark (Brøndby 2001/02) and Norway (Rosenborg 2003).

• Coached Norway from January 2004 until December 2008. Under Hareide, Norway made it to the play-offs for the 2006 FIFA World Cup but lost 2-0 on aggregate to the Czech Republic.

• Returned to Helsingborg in 2012 for a six-month spell and steered the side to the UEFA Champions League play-offs. In January 2014 he was appointed by Malmö, leading them to the Swedish title and into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time at the start of 2014/15. He repeated the feat when Malmö progressed via the play-offs in 2015/16, before being appointed Denmark coach in December 2015.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeGianluca Rocchi (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesAlessandro Costanzo (ITA) , Filippo Meli (ITA)
  • Fourth officialDavide Massa (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerRoland Tis (BEL)
  • Referee observerSándor Piller (HUN)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Gianluca Rocchi25/08/1973259

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
17/08/2010UCLPORosenborg BKFC København2-1Trondheim
24/08/2016UCLPOAPOEL FCFC København1-1Nicosia

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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 E - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Kazakhstan 2-2 Poland
    0-1 Kapustka 9, 0-2 Lewandowski 35 (P) , 1-2 Khizhnichenko 51, 2-2 Khizhnichenko 58
    Fabiański, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Glik, Błaszczykowski, Salamon, Zieliński, Piszczek, Kapustka (83 Linetty)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Denmark 1-0 Armenia
    1-0 Eriksen 17
    Rønnow, Ankersen, Vestergaard, Kjær, Durmisi, A. Christensen, Kvist, N. Jørgensen (66 Y. Poulsen), Eriksen, Fischer, Højbjerg (81 Delaney)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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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