European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Northern Ireland||Windsor Park - BelfastFriday 11 November 2016|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group C - Matchday 4
|11/10/2013||QR (GS)||Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland||2-0||Baku||Dadaşov 58, Shukurov 90+5|
|14/11/2012||QR (GS)||Northern Ireland - Azerbaijan||1-1||Belfast||Healy 90+6; R. Aliyev 5|
|03/09/2005||QR (GS)||Northern Ireland - Azerbaijan||2-0||Belfast||Elliott 60, Feeney 85|
|09/10/2004||QR (GS)||Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland||0-0||Baku|
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|-||Alan Mannus||19/05/1982||34||St Johnstone||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Gareth McAuley||05/12/1979||36||West Brom||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Jonny Evans||03/01/1988||28||West Brom||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Chris Brunt||14/12/1984||31||West Brom||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Paul Paton||18/04/1987||29||St Johnstone||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Liam Boyce||08/04/1991||25||Ross County||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Salahat Agayev||04/01/1991||25||İnter Bakı||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Ruslan Abışov||10/10/1987||29||İnter Bakı||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Tarlan Guliyev||19/04/1992||24||İnter Bakı||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Agabala Ramazanov||20/01/1993||23||İnter Bakı||-||3||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 5 July 1969
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Coleraine FC, Newcastle United FC, Dundee United FC, Hibernian FC, Coventry City FC, Aberdeen FC (loan), Reading FC (loan), Wigan Athletic FC, Saint Johnstone FC, Portland Timbers, Clydebank FC, Glentoran FC, Ayr United FC
Coaching career: Brechin City FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, Northern Ireland
• A midfielder and forward during a 20-year playing career, O'Neill spent the bulk of his time in Scotland, most notably with Dundee United and Hibernian. Enjoyed late success when winning a Northern Irish league and League Cup double with Glentoran in 2002/03.
• Made 31 appearances for his country, scoring four goals, two of which came in a memorable 5-3 victory against Austria during EURO '96 qualifying.
• Moved into coaching as assistant manager of Scottish club Cowdenbeath in 2005 before taking the reins at Brechin in March 2006. Was named coach of Shamrock Rovers in the Republic of Ireland in December 2008, guiding the Hoops to a second-place finish in his debut season before clinching their first title since 1994 in 2010.
• Made history as Rovers became the first Irish side to qualify for the group stage of a European competition, beating FK Partizan in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs. Also led the Hoops to a second successive domestic championship in 2011.
• Appointed coach of his country in December 2011 and helped Northern Ireland record several notable results in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, including a 1-1 draw in Portugal and a home win against Russia. Even better was to come as O'Neill steered his charges to UEFA EURO 2016, their first UEFA European Championship appearance, taking Northern Ireland to the last 16 at the finals in France.
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.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|22/07/2010||UEL||2QR||HNK Cibalia||Cliftonville FC||0-0||Vinkovci|
|14/07/2011||UEL||2QR||Crusaders FC||Fulham FC||1-3||Belfast|
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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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