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MaltaMaltaNational Stadium - Ta' QaliFriday 11 November 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group F - Matchday 4
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
30/04/2003PR (GS)Malta - Slovenia1-3
Ta' QaliMifsud 90+1; Zahovič 15, Šiljak 36, 57
07/09/2002PR (GS)Slovenia - Malta3-0
LjubljanaDebono 37 (og), Šiljak 59, Cimirotič 90
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Malta - Squad list
Current season
-Justin Haber09/06/198135Floriana - 0000
-Andrew Hogg02/03/198531Hibernians*3000
-Henry Bonello13/10/198828Valletta - 0000
-Ryan Camilleri22/05/198828Valletta - 2000
-Andrei Agius12/08/198630Hibernians*3000
-Steve Borg15/05/198828Valletta*3000
-Ryan Scicluna30/07/199323Birkirkara - 1000
-Samuel Magri30/03/199422Dover Athletic - 0000
-Gareth Sciberras29/03/198333Birkirkara - 3000
-Clayton Failla08/01/198630Hibernians - 0000
-Joseph Zerafa31/05/198828Birkirkara - 2000
-Rowen Muscat05/06/199125Birkirkara - 2000
-Bjorn Kristensen05/04/199323Hibernians - 2000
-Zach Muscat22/08/199323Arezzo - 2000
-Ryan Camenzuli08/09/199422Floriana - 0000
-Luke Gambin16/03/199323Barnet - 1000
-Michael Mifsud17/04/198135Valletta - 3000
-André Schembri27/05/198630Boavista - 3000
-Jean Paul Farrugia21/03/199224Sliema - 0000
-Stephen Pisani07/08/199224Floriana - 1000
-Alfred Effiong29/11/198431Balzan*3100
-Pietro Ghedin21/11/195263 - 3000
Slovenia - Squad list
Current season
-Jan Koprivec15/07/198828Anorthosis - 0000
-Vid Belec06/06/199026Carpi - 0000
-Jan Oblak07/01/199323Atlético - 3000
-Boštjan Cesar09/07/198234Chievo*3100
-Miral Samardžić17/02/198729Henan Jianye FC*3000
-Boban Jovič25/06/199125Wisła - 0000
-Antonio Delamea-Mlinar10/06/199125Olimpija Ljubljana - 0000
-Nejc Skubic13/06/198927Konyaspor - 1000
-Miha Mevlja12/06/199026Rostov - 2000
-Dejan Trajkovski14/04/199224Twente - 0000
-Gregor Sikošek12/02/199422Koper - 0000
-Valter Birsa07/08/198630Chievo*3000
-Rok Kronaveter07/12/198629Olimpija Ljubljana*2100
-René Krhin21/05/199026Granada*3100
-Nik Omladič21/08/198927Braunschweig - 1000
-Josip Iličić29/01/198828Fiorentina - 3000
-Matic Črnic12/06/199224Rijeka - 0000
-Jasmin Kurtič01/01/198927Atalanta - 2000
-Aleks Pihler15/01/199422Maribor - 0000
-Miha Zajc01/07/199422Olimpija Ljubljana - 0000
-Benjamin Verbič27/11/199322København - 3000
-Milivoje Novakovič18/05/197937Maribor - 2000
-Andraž Šporar27/02/199422Basel - 0000
-Srečko Katanec16/07/196353 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Pietro Ghedin

Date of birth: 21 November 1952
Nationality: Italian
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.



Srečko Katanec

Date of birth: 16 July 1963
Nationality: Slovenian
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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaweł Raczkowski (POL)
  • Assistant refereesMichal Obukowicz (POL) , Radosław Siejka (POL)
  • Fourth officialTomasz Musiał (POL)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMichail Kassabov (BUL)
  • Referee observerKonrad Plautz (AUT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Paweł Raczkowski10/05/1983127

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

No such matches refereed

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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 F - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Malta 1-5 Scotland
    0-1 Snodgrass 10, 1-1 Effiong 14, 1-2 C. Martin 53, 1-3 Snodgrass 61 (P) , 1-4 S. Fletcher 78, 1-5 Snodgrass 85
    Hogg, Caruana, J. Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, P. Fenech, Gambin, Schembri (66 Briffa), S. Borg, Scicluna (79 R. Camilleri), Effiong (89 Mifsud)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    England 2-0 Malta
    1-0 Sturridge 29, 2-0 Alli 38
    Hogg, Sciberras, Agius, S. Borg, P. Fenech, Schembri (86 R. Muscat), R. Camilleri, Kristensen, Effiong (76 Mifsud), Z. Muscat, A. Muscat
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Lithuania 2-0 Malta
    1-0 Černych 76, 2-0 Novikovas 84 (P)
    Hogg, Caruana, J. Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, S. Borg, P. Fenech (85 S. Pisani), Mifsud, Schembri (83 R. Muscat), Kristensen (80 Effiong), Z. Muscat
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Lithuania 2-2 Slovenia
    1-0 Černych 32, 2-0 Slivka 34, 2-1 Krhin 77, 2-2 Cesar 90+3
    Oblak, Skubic, Samardžić, Cesar, Krhin, Berić (46 Iličić), Birsa, Jokić, Bezjak, Kampl, Verbič (56 Novakovič)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Kronaveter 74
    Oblak, Samardžić, Cesar, Krhin, Iličić, Kurtič (72 Kronaveter), Birsa (68 Novakovič), Jokić, Bezjak (91 M. Mevlja), Verbič, Aljaž Struna
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Slovenia 0-0 England
    Oblak, Samardžić, Cesar (68 M. Mevlja), Krhin (84 Omladič), Iličić, Kurtič, Birsa (59 Kronaveter), Jokić, Bezjak, Verbič, Aljaž Struna
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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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