European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Georgia||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiSaturday 12 November 2016|
18.00CET (21.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 4
|24/09/1997||QR (GS)||Moldova - Georgia||0-1||Chisinau||Ketsbaia 10|
|07/06/1997||QR (GS)||Georgia - Moldova||2-0||Batumi||S. Arveladze 27, Kinkladze 51|
|15/11/1995||PR (GS)||Moldova - Georgia||3-2||Chisinau||Testemitanu 5 (P), Miterev 18, 73; Janashia 68, Culibaba 81 (og)|
|07/09/1994||PR (GS)||Georgia - Moldova||0-1||Tbilisi||Oprea 40|
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|-||Roin Kvaskhvadze||31/05/1989||27||Torpedo Kutaisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Loria||27/01/1986||30||Krylya Sovetov||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Ucha Lobzhanidze||23/02/1987||29||Dinamo Tbilisi||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Jambul Jigauri||08/07/1992||24||Dinamo Tbilisi||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Otar Kiteishvili||26/03/1996||20||Dinamo Tbilisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Vladimer Dvalishvili||20/04/1986||30||Dinamo Tbilisi||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Davit Khocholava||08/02/1993||23||Chornomorets Odesa||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Kvilitaia||01/10/1993||23||Rapid Wien||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Arabidze||04/03/1998||18||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Victor Golovatenco||28/04/1984||32||Zaria Balti||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Alexandru Epureanu||27/09/1986||30||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Maxim Mihaliov||22/08/1986||30||Zaria Balti||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Igor Bugaev||26/06/1984||32||Zaria Balti||*||3||1||0||0|
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Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Playing career: VTJ Agro Hurbanovo, AŠK Inter Bratislava, AC Sparta Praha, FK Drnovice, DAC Dunajská Streda, 1. FC Košice, FC Artmedia
Coaching career: FC Artmedia (twice), FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, FC Kairat Almaty, Georgia
• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. First capped for Czechoslovakia in 1988 and won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring his country's first post-independence goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994. Ended playing career with Artmedia, serving as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.
• Led Artmedia to Slovakian Cup in 2005 and league title a year later before knocking out Celtic FC and FK Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at FC Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.
• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy and only losing to the Netherlands.
• Coached Slovakia in tandem with Slovan Bratislava in 2011/12 and led his hometown club into their first UEFA Europa League group stage. Nearly did the same with Kairat only losing against Bordeaux on away goals in play-offs. Left Almaty in November 2015 having won Kazakhstan Cups in successive seasons. Hired by Georgia in March 2016.
Date of birth: 27/08/1967
Playing career: FC Nistru Chisinau, FC Dinamo Moskva, Playas de Castellón FS, Servette FC, Genoa CFC, Olympique de Marseille, Club Atlético de Madrid, SC Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tiligul Tiraspol, FC Academia Chisinau, FC Dacia Chisinau, FC Veris, FC Sakhalin, Moldova (twice)
• Born near the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, Dobrovolski was schooled at an academy in Tiraspol, and made his name as a creative midfielder with Nistru Chisinau, earning a move to Dinamo Moskva in 1986.
• A gold medal winner with the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics, he was also in the side that won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared with the senior side at the FIFA World Cup finals that summer, and also played at the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Capped 47 times in total.
• Played in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and was at Marseille when they followed up a 1991/92 French title success with triumph in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League.
• Returned to Moldova in 2005 to become player-coach at Tiligul, leading his side to fourth place in his only season in charge. Hired as Moldova coach Anatol Teslev's assistant, he was in sole command from 2007-09, Moldova earning a best-ever total of 12 points under him in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, and reaching a pinnacle of 37th in the FIFA rankings.
• Led Dacia to Moldovan title in 2010/11 before working with Veris and Sakhalin. Hired as Moldova boss for a second time on 23 December 2015.
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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
|Republic of Ireland||3||2||1||0||6||3||7|
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