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FinlandFinlandTampere Stadion - TampereSunday 9 October 2016
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group I - Matchday 3
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Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Finland - Squad list
Current season
-Niki Mäenpää23/01/198531Brighton - 0000
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198926Frankfurt*2000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199323Fulham - 0000
-Niklas Moisander29/09/198531Bremen*2000
-Markus Halsti19/03/198432Midtjylland*2000
-Kari Arkivuo23/06/198333Häcken - 1000
-Jukka Raitala15/09/198828Sogndal - 2000
-Juhani Ojala19/06/198927Seinäjoki - 0000
-Paulus Arajuuri15/06/198828Lech*2100
-Thomas Lam18/12/199322Nottm Forest*1000
-Janne Saksela14/03/199323RoPS - 0000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199422AIK*1000
-Albin Granlund01/09/198927Mariehamn - 0000
-Kasper Hämäläinen08/08/198630Legia - 2000
-Perparim Hetemaj12/12/198629Chievo - 1000
-Joni Kauko12/07/199026Randers - 0000
-Sakari Mattila14/07/198927SønderjyskE - 0000
-Rasmus Schüller18/06/199125Häcken - 2000
-Alexander Ring09/04/199125Kaiserslautern - 2000
-Robin Lod17/04/199323Panathinaikos - 2100
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199026Brøndby - 2100
-Roope Riski16/08/199125Seinäjoki - 0000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199026AIK - 1000
-Hans Backe14/02/195264 - 2000
Croatia - Squad list
Current season
-Danijel Subašić27/10/198431Monaco - 1000
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199026Hajduk Split - 1000
-Ivan Vargić15/03/198729Lazio - 0000
-Vedran Ćorluka05/02/198630Lokomotiv Moskva - 2000
-Ivan Strinić17/07/198729Napoli - 1000
-Josip Pivarić30/01/198927Dinamo Zagreb - 1000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198927Dynamo Kyiv - 2000
-Šime Vrsaljko10/01/199224Atlético - 2000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199520Leverkusen - 0000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199322Rijeka - 1100
-Milan Badelj25/02/198927Fiorentina - 2000
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198927Internazionale - 2100
-Domagoj Antolić30/06/199026Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199422Real Madrid - 1000
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199223Internazionale - 2000
-Marko Rog19/07/199521Napoli - 1000
-Nikola Kalinić05/01/198828Fiorentina - 2100
-Mario Mandžukić21/05/198630Juventus - 2300
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199125Hoffenheim - 2000
-Duje Čop01/02/199026Sporting Gijón - 0000
-Ante Čačić29/09/195363 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Hans Backe

Date of birth: 14 February 1952
Nationality: Swedish
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.



Ante Čačić

Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Nationality: Croatian
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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeRuddy Buquet (FRA)
  • Assistant refereesGuillaume Debart (FRA) , Frédéric Cano (FRA)
  • Fourth officialClément Turpin (FRA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerAlvaro Albino (POR)
  • Referee observerGuy Goethals (BEL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Ruddy Buquet29/01/1977135

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

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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 I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen, Ring (94 Schüller), P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti, Lod, Hämäläinen (56 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Kalinić, Vrsaljko, Strinić, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (64 Brozović), Modrić, Mandžukić (85 Kramarić), Badelj, Pjaca (80 N. Kalinić), Vida
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo 0-6 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 6, 0-2 Mandžukić 24, 0-3 Mandžukić 35, 0-4 Mitrović 68, 0-5 Perišić 83, 0-6 N. Kalinić 90+2
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka (46 Mitrović), Kovačić, Kramarić (71 Rog), Brozović, Mandžukić (59 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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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