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AzerbaijanAzerbaijanBakı Olimpiya Stadionu - BakuSaturday 8 October 2016
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/06/2015QR (GS)Norway - Azerbaijan0-0Oslo
16/11/2014QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Norway0-1
BakuNordtveit 25
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/1997QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Norway0-1
BakuT. A. Flo 42
02/06/1996QR (GS)Norway - Azerbaijan5-0
OsloSolbakken 7, 46, Solskjær 36, 89, Strandli 59
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Azerbaijan - Squad list
Current season
-Kamran Agayev09/02/198630Boavista - 1000
-Anar Nazirov08/09/198531Zirä - 0000
-Salahat Agayev04/01/199125İnter Bakı - 0000
-Rashad F. Sadygov16/06/198234Qarabağ - 1000
-Arif Dashdemirov10/02/198729Qarabağ - 1000
-Pavlo Pashayev04/01/198828Stal - 0000
-Maksim Medvedev29/09/198927Qarabağ - 1000
-Tarlan Guliyev19/04/199224İnter Bakı - 0000
-Magomed Mirzabekov16/11/199025Gabala - 1000
-Rahid Amirguliyev01/09/198927Qarabağ - 1000
-Araz Abdullayev18/04/199224Neftçi - 0000
-Gara Garayev12/10/199223Qarabağ - 1000
-Rahman Hajiyev25/07/199323Neftçi - 0000
-Emin Makhmudov 27/04/199224Boavista - 1000
-Dmitri Nazarov04/04/199026Erzgebirge - 1000
-Eddy02/08/199224Cádiz - 0000
-Ruslan Gurbanov12/09/199125Gabala - 1100
-Namik Alaskarov 03/02/199521Qarabağ - 1000
-Ramil Sheydaev15/03/199620Trabzonspor - 1000
-Agabala Ramazanov20/01/199323Sumqayıt - 1000
-Robert Prosinecki12/01/196947 - 1000
Norway - Squad list
Current season
-Rune Jarstein29/09/198432Hertha - 1000
-Ørjan Nyland10/09/199026Ingolstadt - 0000
-André Hansen17/12/198926Rosenborg - 0000
-Jonathan Parr21/10/198827Strømsgodset - 0000
-Even Hovland14/02/198927Nürnberg - 1000
-Vegar Hedenstad26/06/199125St Pauli - 0000
-Ruben Gabrielsen10/03/199224Molde - 0000
-Stefan Strandberg25/07/199026Hannover - 0000
-Jonas Svensson06/03/199323Rosenborg - 1000
-Haitam Aleesami31/07/199125Palermo - 1000
-Per Ciljan Skjelbred16/06/198729Hertha - 0000
-Alexander Tettey04/04/198630Norwich - 1000
-Tarik Elyounoussi23/02/198828Olympiacos - 0000
-Stefan Johansen08/01/199125Fulham*1000
-Markus Henriksen25/07/199224Hull - 1000
-Ole Selnæs07/07/199422St-Étienne - 1000
-Ruben Yttergård Jenssen04/05/198828Groningen - 1000
-Jo Inge Berget11/09/199026Malmö - 0000
-Pål André Helland04/01/199026Rosenborg - 0000
-Joshua King15/01/199224Bournemouth*1000
-Adama Diomande14/02/199026Hull - 1000
-Alexander Sørloth05/12/199520Groningen - 1000
-Martin Samuelsen17/04/199719Blackburn - 0000
-Per-Mathias Høgmo01/12/195956 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Robert Prosinečki

Date of birth: 12 January 1969
Playing career:
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (twice), FK Crvena zvezda, Real Madrid CF, Real Oviedo, FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, R. Standard de Liège, Portsmouth FC, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Zagreb
Coaching career:
Croatia (assistant), FK Crvena zvezda, Kayserispor

• Born in Germany, Prosinečki moved back to Croatia with his family in 1979, and developed as a midfielder with stunning technique at Dinamo Zagreb.

• He moved on to Crvena zvezda and helped the Belgrade side to win the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup, scoring the opening penalty in their shoot-out success against Olympique de Marseille.

• After a high-profile transfer, injuries hampered his time at Real Madrid, though he was to stay in Spain for some time, representing Oviedo, Barcelona and Sevilla before further adventures in Belgium, England and Slovenia.

• Capped 15 times for Yugoslavia and 49 times for Croatia, his goals in the 1990 and 1998 tournaments made him the only player to score in FIFA World Cup finals competitons for two different nations.

• Having assisted former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilić with the national team, Prosinečki coached Crvena zvezda to Serbian Cup success in 2011/12 and led Turkish side Kayserispor from 2012–13. Hired as Azerbaijan coach in December 2014.



Per-Mathias Høgmo

Date of birth: 1 December 1959
Nationality: Norwegian
Playing career: Gratangen IL, FK Mjølner, Tromsø IL (twice), IFK Norrköping
Coaching career: Gratangen IL, Tromsalden UIL, Tromsø IL (three times), Fossum IF, Moss FK, Norway (women), Norway Under-21, Rosenborg BK, Djurgårdens IF, Norway

• An industrious winger, Høgmo's playing career peaked with a 1986 Norwegian Cup success with Tromsø; he then turned to coaching, leading local clubs and helping out with Norway's national youth teams.

• Coached Norway's women's side from 1997, winning Olympic gold in 2000, before being asked to spearhead the men's Under-21 squad, a position he left in 2003.

• Following a second spell in charge of Tromsø, Høgmo worked as a television pundit. A subsequent return to club football with Rosenborg in 2005 was ill-fated: he quit the next year, having been signed off with health problems.

• Returned to coaching, again with Tromsø, in 2008, securing some solid league finishes and two attempts at UEFA Europa League qualifying before heading abroad for the first time in his career to take the reins at Swedish outfit Djurgården in 2013.

• Appointed Norway coach in September 2013 after Egil Olsen agreed to step down, penning a four-year contract, and lost out to Hungary in the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeLiran Liany (ISR)
  • Assistant refereesDavid Elias Biton (ISR) , Nissan Davidy (ISR)
  • Fourth officialEitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerCharles Schaack (LUX)
  • Referee observerErol Ersoy (TUR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Liran Liany24/05/1977347

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

No such matches refereed

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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 C - Group Standings
    Czech Republic1010001
    Northern Ireland1010001
    San Marino1001010
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    San Marino 0-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 R. Gurbanov 45
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, R. Gurbanov (69 Alaskarov ), Nazarov (78 Makhmudov ), R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (89 Sheydaev), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Czech Republic-Azerbaijan
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland-Azerbaijan
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Azerbaijan-San Marino
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Norway 0-3 Germany
    0-1 Müller 15, 0-2 Kimmich 45, 0-3 Müller 60
    Jarstein, Aleesami, Hovland, Tettey, Nordtveit, King (72 Sørloth), Johansen (67 Jenssen), Henriksen (61 Selnæs), Svensson, Veton Berisha, Diomande
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Norway-San Marino
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Czech Republic-Norway
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Norway
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Norway-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    San Marino-Norway
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Norway-Northern Ireland

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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