European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Finland||Tampere Stadion - TampereSunday 9 October 2016|
18.00CET (19.00 local time) Group I - Matchday 3
No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams
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|-||Thomas Lam||18/12/1993||22||Nottm Forest||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||Lovre Kalinić||03/04/1990||26||Hajduk Split||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Vedran Ćorluka||05/02/1986||30||Lokomotiv Moskva||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Josip Pivarić||30/01/1989||27||Dinamo Zagreb||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Domagoj Vida||29/04/1989||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Domagoj Antolić||30/06/1990||26||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Mateo Kovačić||06/05/1994||22||Real Madrid||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Duje Čop||01/02/1990||26||Sporting Gijón||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 14 February 1952
Playing career: AIK Solna, IF Brommapojkarna, Spånga IS
Coaching career: Bro IK, Djurgårdens IF, Molde FK, Hammarby IF, Östers IF, AIK Solna, Stabæk Fotball, Aalborg BK, FC Salzburg, FC København, Panathinaikos FC, Notts County FC, New York RB, Finland
• A lower-league player in his native Sweden, Backe cut his teeth as a coach with Djurgården, with whom he won a second-flight title in 1982. He later reached the Swedish Cup final as coach of Östers (in 1991) and AIK (in 1995) before finding more tangible success in Denmark.
• Steered AaB to domestic title in his first season in Denmark (1998/99), as well as to successive cup finals. After a spell in Austria, took command at FCK, winning two/three league titles and his first Danish Cup between 2001 and 2005. Then lasted just four games as Panathinaikos coach in 2006.
• Worked as Sven-Göran Eriksson's assistant at Manchester City from 2007-08, then joined the coach and fellow Swede Tord Grip when both moved on to take charge of Mexico.
• Went solo again as coach of Notts County, but lasted a matter of weeks due to a disagreement over unpaid wages.
• Enjoyed a successful spell as New York RB coach – a section of the club's fans dubbed themselves the Hans Backe Viking Army in his honour. Won the Eastern Conference in 2010, but left in November 2012, and was working as a TV pundit back in Sweden when he was confirmed as Finland's new boss in August 2015.
Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia
• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.
• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.
• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.
• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.
• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.
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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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