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SwedenSwedenFriends Arena - SolnaMonday 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

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2005QR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria3-0
SolnaLjungberg 60, Mellberg 75, Ibrahimović 90
26/03/2005QR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden0-3
SofiaLjungberg 17, 90, Edman 74
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/06/2004GS-FTSweden - Bulgaria5-0
LisbonLjungberg 32, Larsson 57, 58, Ibrahimović 78 (P), Allbäck 90+1
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
04/09/1999PR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria1-0
SolnaAlexandersson 65
14/10/1998PR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden0-1
BourgasLarsson 62
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
16/07/19943rdPOBulgaria - Sweden0-4
Los AngelesBrolin 8, Mild 30, Larsson 37, Andersson 40
08/09/1993QR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden1-1SofiaStoichkov 21 (P); Dahlin 26
07/10/1992QR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria2-0
SolnaDahlin 56, Pettersson 76
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/1974GS-FTSweden - Bulgaria0-0Dusseldorf
1968 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/11/1967PR (GS)Bulgaria - Sweden3-0
SofiaKotkov 43, Mitkov 44, Asparuhov 75
11/06/1967PR (GS)Sweden - Bulgaria0-2
SolnaZhekov 23, Dermendzhiev 82
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Sweden - Squad list
Current season
-Karl-Johan Johnsson28/01/199026Guingamp - 0000
-Robin Olsen08/01/199026København - 2000
-Patrik Carlgren08/01/199224AIK - 0000
-Andreas Granqvist16/04/198531Krasnodar - 2000
-Mikael Lustig13/12/198629Celtic*2100
-Oscar Wendt24/10/198530Mönchengladbach - 1000
-Martin Olsson17/05/198828Norwich*1000
-Pontus Jansson13/02/199125Leeds - 0000
-Ludwig Augustinsson21/04/199422København - 0000
-Filip Helander22/04/199323Bologna - 0000
-Emil Krafth02/08/199422Bologna - 0000
-Victor Lindelöf17/07/199422Benfica*2000
-Albin Ekdal28/07/198927Hamburg - 1000
-Jimmy Durmaz22/03/198927Toulouse*2000
-Emil Forsberg23/10/199124Leipzig - 2000
-Oscar Hiljemark28/06/199224Palermo - 2000
-Viktor Claesson02/01/199224Elfsborg - 0000
-Marcus Rohdén11/05/199125Crotone - 1000
-Alexander Fransson02/04/199422Basel - 2000
-Marcus Berg17/08/198630Panathinaikos - 2100
-Ola Toivonen03/07/198630Toulouse*1000
-John Guidetti15/04/199224Celta - 2000
-Christoffer Nyman05/10/199224Braunschweig*2000
-Jan Andersson29/09/196254 - 2000
Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
-Vladislav Stoyanov08/06/198729Ludogorets - 2000
-Bozhidar Mitrev31/03/198729Sheriff - 0000
-Blagoy Makendzhiev11/07/198828Beroe - 0000
-Zhivko Milanov15/07/198432APOEL - 1000
-Aleksandar Aleksandrov13/04/198630Levski - 1000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198828Kasımpaşa - 0000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199026Kasımpaşa - 2000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199323CSKA-Sofia*1000
-Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski30/11/199520CSKA-Sofia - 1000
-Dimitar Pirgov26/10/198926Levski - 1000
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198728Spartak Moskva*2100
-Svetoslav Dyakov31/05/198432Ludogorets - 2000
-Georgi Milanov19/02/199224CSKA Moskva - 2000
-Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199323Palermo - 1000
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199323Lechia - 0000
-Todor Nedelev07/02/199323Botev Plovdiv - 1000
-Martin Rainov25/04/199224Lokomotiv Plovdiv - 0000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199026Levski - 1000
-Mihail Alexandrov11/06/198927Legia - 2100
-Dimitar Rangelov09/02/198333Konyaspor - 2100
-Alexandar Tonev03/02/199026Crotone*2100
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198827Novara - 0000
-Petar Houbtchev26/02/196452 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Janne Andersson

Date of birth: 29 September 1962
Nationality: Swedish
Playing career: Alets IK (twice), IS Halmia, Laholms FK
Coaching career: Alets IK, Halmstads BK (assistant, twice), Laholms FK, Halmstads BK, Örgryte IS, IFK Norrköping, Sweden

• Janne Andersson succeeded Erik Hamrén after UEFA EURO 2016 having led Norrköping to their first Allsvenskan title in almost two decades the previous year.

• A footballer and handball player in his native Halmstad, Andersson became assistant coach to Stuart Baxter at the city's main club in 1990, going on to work under Tom Prahl and then Jonas Thern.

• Andersson, who also coached lower-division teams Alet and Laholm, took the Halmstad reins himself in 2004 and in his first season in charge was named coach of the year in Sweden after steering Halmstad to second place.

• After a brief spell at Örgryte in 2010, Andersson was named Norrköping coach the following year as they returned to the Allsvenskan, at first keeping them up then guiding them to the 2015 title.

• His appointment as Sweden coach meant he missed out on leading the club into UEFA Champions League qualifying, Andersson saying on his unveiling: "Right now I'm just humbled and grateful. This is an honour and a challenge that will be very exciting to take on."



Petar Hubchev

Date of birth: 26 February 1964
Nationality: Bulgarian
Playing career: PFC Litex Lovech, PFC Levski Sofia, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt
Coaching career: PFC Slavia Sofia, Chernomorets Pomorie, PFC Botev Plovdiv, PFC Beroe Stara Zagora

• Made debut for Bulgaria while playing in the second tier in a friendly against Greece in 1984, the first of 35 caps. Hubchev was one of the mainstays of the great Bulgaria side that reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. He also played at EURO '96.

• Hubchev came through the ranks of Osum Lovech (now known as Litex Lovech). He was a right-back before establishing himself as a central defender.

• In 1989 he moved to Levski, winning the league and cup double in 1993 before departing at the end of that year for Hamburg. In 1996 he moved on to Eintracht, helping them back to the Bundesliga.

• Hubchev began his coaching career at Eintracht in 2001, and after a six-month stint as head coach at Slavia Sofia in 2005 he returned to Germany for spells with the reserve sides of Eintracht and Wolfsburg.

• In 2009 he was back in Bulgaria at Chernomorets Pomorie, guiding the second division side to the cup final in his first season. Following a brief spell at Botev Plovdiv he had four seasons at Beroe Stara Zagora, leading them to the Bulgarian Cup in 2013. On 3 October 2016 Hubchev succeeded Ivaylo Petev as Bulgaria coach.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMichael Oliver (ENG)
  • Assistant refereesStuart Burt (ENG) , Gary Beswick (ENG)
  • Fourth officialCraig Pawson (ENG)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMichail Anagnostou (GRE)
  • Referee observerPeter Mikkelsen (DEN)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Michael Oliver20/02/1985231

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
11/07/2013UEL1QRGefle IFJK Narva Trans5-1Sundsvall
24/10/2013UELGSIF ElfsborgEsbjerg fB1-2Boras

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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
    Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Rohdén (76 Kujovic), Berg (87 Durmaz), Forsberg, Guidetti (64 Nyman), Hiljemark, Wendt, Fransson
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Luxembourg 0-1 Sweden
    0-1 Lustig 58
    Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, M. Olsson, Ekdal (79 Fransson), Berg, Forsberg, Guidetti (70 Toivonen), Hiljemark, Durmaz (88 Nyman)
  • 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)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bulgaria 4-3 Luxembourg
    1-0 Rangelov 16, 1-1 Joachim 60, 1-2 Joachim 62, 2-2 Marcelinho 65, 3-2 Popov 79, 3-3 Bohnert 90+1, 4-3 Tonev 90+2
    Stoyanov, Popov, Nedyalkov, Chorbadzhiyski, Alexandrov (56 Chochev), Rangelov, Popov (85 Bozhilov), Marcelinho, Ivanov, Milanov (64 Tonev), Dyakov
  • 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
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Alexandrov (76 Nedelev), Kostadinov, Popov (68 Tonev), Marcelinho (62 Rangelov), Pirgov, Milanov, Milanov, Dyakov
  • 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)

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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