European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Malta||National Stadium - Ta' QaliFriday 11 November 2016|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group F - Matchday 4
|30/04/2003||PR (GS)||Malta - Slovenia||1-3||Ta' Qali||Mifsud 90+1; Zahovič 15, Šiljak 36, 57|
|07/09/2002||PR (GS)||Slovenia - Malta||3-0||Ljubljana||Debono 37 (og), Šiljak 59, Cimirotič 90|
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|-||Samuel Magri||30/03/1994||22||Dover Athletic||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Jean Paul Farrugia||21/03/1992||24||Sliema||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Miral Samardžić||17/02/1987||29||Henan Jianye FC||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Antonio Delamea-Mlinar||10/06/1991||25||Olimpija Ljubljana||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Rok Kronaveter||07/12/1986||29||Olimpija Ljubljana||*||2||1||0||0|
|-||Miha Zajc||01/07/1994||22||Olimpija Ljubljana||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 21 November 1952
Playing career: ACF Fiorentina, SS Lazio, AC Venezia, Calcio Catania, Pescara Calcio, AC Pistoiese, AC Siena
Coaching career: Italy Under-18, Malta U21, Malta (twice), Italy (assistant), Italy women
• Defender Ghedin played in Serie A with Fiorentina and Lazio, joining the latter immediately after the capital side had won their first-ever Scudetto in 1974 and remaining at the Stadio Olimpico until 1981. He played out his career in the lower divisions.
• Ghedin became an Italian Football Federation (FIGC) coach in 1987, leading the country's U18s and becoming senior national team scout ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
• He served as the Azzurri goalkeeping coach for the Olympic Games of 1992 and 1996. Additionally, while still under contract with the FIGC, he also coached the Malta national side at both U21 and senior level between 1992 and 1995.
• Appointed assistant to Italy coach Cesare Maldini during the 1998 World Cup, Ghedin remained in that role under Dino Zoff at UEFA EURO 2000 and Giovanni Trapattoni at the 2002 World Cup.
• Ghedin became Italy's senior women's coach in 2005, guiding them to the UEFA Women's EURO 2009 quarter-finals, before leaving in 2012 to return to the Malta helm.
Date of birth: 16 July 1963
Playing career: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, FK Partizan, VfB Stuttgart, UC Sampdoria
Coaching career: Slovenia Under-21s, ND Gorica, Slovenia (twice), Olympiacos FC, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates
• A centre-back or defensive midfielder, Katanec began his playing days at home-town club Olimpija before spells with Dinamo and Partizan. He reached the 1989 UEFA Cup final with Stuttgart and won the same competition the following season with Sampdoria, whom he also helped to the 1992 UEFA Champions League showpiece.
• Earned 31 caps for Yugoslavia (five goals) – including at the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1990 FIFA World Cup – and five for Slovenia (one goal).
• Started his coaching career with Slovenia's U21s in 1996, two years after retiring as a player. After a brief stint in the Gorica dugout, took charge of the senior Slovenia side in 1998 and guided them to UEFA EURO 2000 – their first major tournament – and the 2002 World Cup.
• Joined Olympiacos in 2002 but stayed for only three months and in February 2006 assumed the FYROM helm, where he remained for three years. Named United Arab Emirates coach in June 2009, a position he held for two years.
• Katanec was reappointed by Slovenia in January 2013, signing a contract until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, and stayed on despite the failure to reach France after a play-off defeat by Ukraine.
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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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