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worldcup: Netherlands - France Match press kits

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NetherlandsNetherlandsAmsterdam ArenA - AmsterdamMonday 10 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/06/2008GS-FTNetherlands - France4-1
BerneKuyt 9, Van Persie 59, Robben 72, Sneijder 90+2; Henry 71
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/06/2000GS-FTFrance - Netherlands2-3
AmsterdamDugarry 8, Trezeguet 31; Kluivert 14, F. de Boer 51, Zenden 59
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/06/1996QFFrance - Netherlands0-0
(aet, 5-4pens)
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/11/1981QR (GS)France - Netherlands2-0
ParisPlatini 52, Six 82
25/03/1981QR (GS)Netherlands - France1-0
RotterdamMühren 47
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Netherlands - Squad list
Current season
-Michel Vorm20/10/198332Tottenham - 0000
-Jeroen Zoet06/01/199125PSV - 1000
-Maarten Stekelenburg22/09/198234Everton - 1000
-Daley Blind09/03/199026Man. United - 2000
-Stefan de Vrij05/02/199224Lazio - 0000
-Joël Veltman15/01/199224Ajax - 0000
-Jeffrey Bruma13/11/199124Wolfsburg - 2000
-Terence Kongolo14/02/199422Feyenoord - 0000
-Jetro Willems30/03/199422PSV - 0000
-Virgil Van Dijk08/07/199125Southampton*2000
-Georginio Wijnaldum11/11/199025Liverpool - 2000
-Siem de Jong28/01/198927PSV - 0000
-Jordy Clasie27/06/199125Southampton - 1000
-Kevin Strootman13/02/199026Roma*2000
-Davy Klaassen21/02/199323Ajax - 2100
-Davy Pröpper02/09/199125PSV - 1000
-Jens Toornstra04/04/198927Feyenoord - 0000
-Tonny Trindade03/01/199521Feyenoord - 0000
-Quincy Promes04/01/199224Spartak Moskva - 2200
-Rick Karsdorp11/02/199521Feyenoord - 1000
-Bas Dost31/05/198927Sporting CP - 2000
-Memphis Depay13/02/199422Man. United - 0000
-Vincent Janssen15/06/199422Tottenham - 2100
-Danny Blind01/08/196155 - 2000
France - Squad list
Current season
-Hugo Lloris26/12/198629Tottenham - 1000
-Steve Mandanda28/03/198531Crystal Palace - 1000
-Alphonse Aréola27/02/199323Paris - 0000
-Sébastien Corchia01/11/199025LOSC - 0000
-Lucas Digne20/07/199323Barcelona - 0000
-Laurent Koscielny10/09/198531Arsenal - 2000
-Layvin Kurzawa04/09/199224Paris - 2000
-Djibril Sidibé29/07/199224Monaco - 2000
-Raphaël Varane25/04/199323Real Madrid - 2000
-Aymeric Laporte27/05/199422Athletic - 0000
-Presnel Kimpembe13/08/199521Paris - 0000
-Yohan Cabaye14/01/198630Crystal Palace - 0000
-Blaise Matuidi09/04/198729Paris - 1000
-Moussa Sissoko16/08/198927Tottenham - 2000
-Dimitri Payet29/03/198729West Ham - 2100
-Paul Pogba15/03/199323Man. United - 2000
-N'Golo Kanté29/03/199125Chelsea - 1000
-Kevin Gameiro09/05/198729Atlético - 2200
-André-Pierre Gignac05/12/198530Tigres - 1000
-Antoine Griezmann21/03/199125Atlético - 2100
-Anthony Martial05/12/199520Man. United - 1000
-Kingsley Coman13/06/199620Bayern - 0000
-Nabil Fekir18/07/199323Lyon - 1000
-Didier Deschamps15/10/196847 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Danny Blind

Date of birth: 01 August 1961
Nationality: Dutch
Playing career: RC Souburg, Sparta Rotterdam, AFC Ajax
Coaching career: AFC Ajax

• Born in Oost-Souburg, in the Zeeland province, Blind played for local amateur outfit Souburg before joining Sparta in 1979. Making his Eredivisie debut in the same year – against AZ Alkmaar on 29 August – he helped Sparta qualify for the UEFA Cup on two occasions.

• Signed by Johan Cruyff in July 1986, Blind became Ajax's defensive cornerstone – winning 16 trophies, including five Dutch championships. The club also excelled in Europe, winning the UEFA Cup in 1992, with Blind captaining the side to a UEFA Champions League final defeat of AC Milan in 1995. He added the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup later that year.

• Having made his international bow for the Netherlands against Scotland on 29 April 1986, Blind ended his Oranje career 20 years later following a quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat against France at EURO '96.

• Appointed head of youth development at De Toekomst – Ajax's world famous academy – in 2003, having joined the club's technical staff after retiring in 1999 following 537 Dutch top-flight matches for the Dutch giants. Succeeded Ronald Koeman as Ajax coach in February 2005 but sacked 13 months later despite winning Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup. Returned to Ajax as technical director in 2008 following a stint at Sparta in a similar role, later becoming assistant to Martin Jol.

• Left Ajax in 2012, hired as assistant to Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal in July. Helped guide the Oranje to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Confirmed as next Netherlands coach after UEFA EURO 2016, but appointed in July 2015, a year early, after Van Gaal's successor Guus Hiddink stepped down during an ultimately unsuccessful qualifying campaign.



Didier Deschamps

Date of birth: 15 October 1968
Nationality: French
Playing career: FC Nantes, Olympique de Marseille (twice), FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea FC, Valencia CF
Coaching career: AS Monaco FC, Juventus, Olympique de Marseille, France

• A product of Nantes's highly rated youth system, Deschamps had success with Marseille as a defensive midfielder, winning Ligue 1 in 1990 and 1992 and captaining them to UEFA Champions League glory in 1993.

• Signed for Juve in 1994 and won the UEFA Champions League again in 1996, adding three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a European/South American Cup. Left in 1999 for Chelsea, staying one season and lifting the FA Cup, before ending his career with a year in Valencia, watching from the bench as they lost the 2001 UEFA Champions League final to FC Bayern München.

• Skippered France to victory on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also at UEFA EURO 2000, retiring that year with 103 caps.

• Started coaching career in 2001 with Monaco, landing the French League Cup in 2003 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final a year later, going down to José Mourinho's FC Porto. Resigned in September 2005 and joined his old club Juventus, then in Serie B, the following June. Stepped down after securing promotion back to Serie A in May 2007.

• Appointed Marseille boss in May 2009, replacing Eric Gerets. Ended OM's 18-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship in his first term and added a maiden League Cup, retaining the latter trophy in the next two campaigns. Succeeded Laurent Blanc after UEFA EURO 2012 and guided France to the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Germany in the quarter-finals, and then to the final of UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil only to lose to Portugal in extra time.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDamir Skomina (SVN)
  • Assistant refereesJure Praprotnik (SVN) , Robert Vukan (SVN)
  • Fourth officialSlavko Vinčić (SVN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerDuncan Fraser (SCO)
  • Referee observerNikolay Levnikov (RUS)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Damir Skomina05/08/19767112

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
03/07/2004UICR2Esbjerg fBOGC Nice1-0Herning
15/10/2004RCUPIRPortalegre (POR)District Zuid 1 (NED)0-0Lanzhot
19/10/2006UELGSCA Osasunasc Heerenveen0-0Pamplona
19/09/2007UELR1RC LensFC København1-1Lens
22/10/2008UCLGSPSV EindhovenOlympique de Marseille2-0Eindhoven
21/10/2009UCLGSFC ZürichOlympique de Marseille0-1Zurich
18/03/2010UELR16Olympique de MarseilleSL Benfica1-2Marseille
25/08/2010UCLPOAJ AuxerreFC Zenit2-0Auxerre
15/09/2010UCLGSReal Madrid CFAFC Ajax2-0Madrid
23/11/2010UCLGSAJ AuxerreAC Milan0-2Auxerre
16/03/2011UCLR16Real Madrid CFOlympique Lyonnais3-0Madrid
19/10/2011UCLGSOlympique de MarseilleArsenal FC0-1Marseille
23/02/2012UELR32Manchester United FCAFC Ajax1-2Manchester
28/08/2013UCLPOReal Sociedad de FútbolOlympique Lyonnais2-0San Sebastian
09/12/2014UCLGSAS Monaco FCFC Zenit2-0Monaco
13/10/2015EUROQRNetherlandsCzech Republic2-3Amsterdam
19/06/2016EUROGS-FTSwitzerlandFrance0-0Lille Métropole

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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 A - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Sweden 1-1 Netherlands
    1-0 Berg 42, 1-1 Sneijder 67
    Zoet, Janmaat, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman, Klaassen, Wijnaldum (66 Dost), Janssen, Sneijder, Promes (78 Berghuis)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Netherlands 4-1 Belarus
    1-0 Promes 15, 2-0 Promes 31, 2-1 Rios 47, 3-1 Klaassen 56, 4-1 Janssen 64
    Stekelenburg, Karsdorp, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman (79 Clasie), Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Janssen (83 Dost), Sneijder (46 Pröpper), Promes
  • 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)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Belarus 0-0 France
    Mandanda, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud (83 Gameiro), Martial (57 Payet), Kanté, Sissoko (69 Dembélé), Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    France 4-1 Bulgaria
    0-1 Alexandrov 6 (P) , 1-1 Gameiro 23, 2-1 Payet 26, 3-1 Griezmann 38, 4-1 Gameiro 59
    Lloris, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (83 Fekir), Payet, Gameiro (72 Gignac), Matuidi, Sissoko, Sagna (27 Sidibé), Koscielny
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • 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)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

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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