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LiechtensteinLiechtensteinRheinpark Stadion - VaduzSaturday 12 November 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 4
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Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Liechtenstein - Squad list
Current season
-Peter Jehle22/01/198234Vaduz - 3000
-Benjamin Büchel04/07/198927Oxford - 0000
-Thomas Hobi20/06/199323Balzers - 0000
-Franz Burgmeier07/04/198234Vaduz*3000
-Yves Oehri15/03/198729YF Juventus*1000
-Martin Rechsteiner15/02/198927Balzers - 3000
-Daniel Kaufmann22/12/199025Chiasso*3000
-Seyhan Yildiz30/04/198927Balzers*1000
-Andreas Malin31/01/199422FC Dornbirn 1913 - 0000
-Martin Büchel19/02/198729Unterföhring - 2000
-Michele Polverino26/09/198432Ried*2000
-Andreas Christen29/08/198927Balzers - 1000
-Sandro Wieser03/02/199323Reading - 3000
-Aron Sele02/09/199620Balzers - 0000
-Dennis Salanovic26/02/199620Istra 1961 - 3000
-Philippe Erne14/12/198629Balzers - 0000
-Marcel Büchel18/03/199125Empoli*3000
-Simon Kühne30/04/199422St Gallen - 2000
-Yanik Frick27/05/199818Altach*2000
-René Pauritsch04/02/196452 - 3000
Italy - Squad list
Current season
-Gianluigi Buffon28/01/197838Juventus - 3000
-Mattia Perin10/11/199224Genoa - 0000
-Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/199917Milan - 0000
-Davide Astori07/01/198729Fiorentina - 0000
-Matteo Darmian02/12/198926Man. United - 0000
-Luca Antonelli11/02/198729Milan - 1000
-Leonardo Bonucci01/05/198729Juventus*3000
-Mattia De Sciglio20/10/199224Milan - 2000
-Daniele Rugani29/07/199422Juventus - 0000
-Alessio Romagnoli12/01/199521Milan - 2000
-Davide Zappacosta11/06/199224Torino - 0000
-Daniele De Rossi24/07/198333Roma - 1100
-Antonio Candreva28/02/198729Internazionale - 2100
-Giacomo Bonaventura22/08/198927Milan*3000
-Marco Verratti05/11/199224Paris - 2000
-Danilo Cataldi06/08/199422Lazio - 0000
-Matteo Politano03/08/199323Sassuolo - 0000
-Roberto Gagliardini07/04/199422Atalanta - 0000
-Éder15/11/198629Internazionale - 3000
-Ciro Immobile20/02/199026Lazio - 3300
-Simone Zaza25/06/199125West Ham - 0000
-Lorenzo Insigne04/06/199125Napoli - 0000
-Andrea Belotti20/12/199322Torino - 2100
-Gian Piero Ventura14/01/194868 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

René Pauritsch

Date of birth: 4 February 1964
Nationality: Austrian
Playing career: ASK Voitsberg, Grazer AK (twice), Donawitzer SV Leoben, Red-White Rankweil, SV Frohnleiten
Coaching career: USV Eschen/Mauren, AKA Vorarlberg, SC Austria Lustenau (assistant), Liechtenstein (youth), Liechtenstein

• Enjoyed a modest playing career, making a total of 35 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Graz and Leoben in addition to spending time in the lower leagues with Voitsberg, Rankweil and Frohnleiten.

• His sole top-flight goal was a decisive one – the winner for Leoben in a 2-1 victory against Kremser SC on 3 November 1990.

• Began coaching at Eschen/Mauren before returning home to Austria to lead Vorarlberg and, subsequently, work as assistant at second-tier Austria Lustenau under Heinz Fuchsbichler.

• Took charge of Liechtenstein's youth teams in 2008, eventually stepping up to succeed Hans-Peter Zaugg at the helm of the senior national side in late 2012.

• Enjoyed some early success in his new role, guiding Liechtenstein to 1-1 home draws against Latvia and Slovakia in his first two competitive fixtures.



Gian Piero Ventura

Date of birth: 14 January 1948
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: FS Sestrese Calcio, USD Enna, SSDU Sanremo, USD Novese
Coaching career: UC Sampdoria (youth), ASD Albenga, ACD Rapallo Ruentes, Virtus Entella, Spezia Calcio, US Centese, US Pistoiese, ASD Giarre Calcio, Venezia FC, US Lecce, Cagliari Calcio (twice9, UC Sampdoria, Udinese calcio, SSC Napoli, ACR Messina, Hellas-Verona FC, AC Pisa, FC Bari, Torino FC, Italy

• Born in Genoa, Ventura started his playing and coaching careers in the youth system of Sampdoria. As a midfielder he made nine appearances for Sicilian outfit Enna in Serie C, the highest level he played at.

• Began coaching in the Sampdoria academy in 1976 and worked for several teams in the lower divisions before finally making his Serie A debut more than two decades later after leading Cagliari to promotion in 1998. He had done the same the previous season with Lecce, only to be replaced by Cesare Prandelli before the campaign started.

• He continued to move between posts in Serie A and Serie B, but his stock rose considerably after he replaced Antonio Conte at Bari ahead of the 2009/10 season. Ventura guided Bari to tenth place with a club record 50 points in Serie A, drawing twice against José Mourinho's FC Internazionale Milano and defeating Juventus 3-1.

• In 2011 he accepted the call from Torino, then in Serie B. "I could take a mid-table team in Serie A but trying to take Torino back to Serie A is the real libido," he famously said. He not only achieved that but also led the Granata into Europe. Under Ventura, Torino reached the UEFA Europa League round of 16 in 2014/15 after a memorable 3-2 win at Athletic Club.

• After becoming the trainer with most consecutive games on the Torino bench (217), third overall behind Luigi Radice and Emiliano Mondonico, Ventura was announced as Conte's successor as Italy coach in June 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIvan Bebek (CRO)
  • Assistant refereesTomislav Petrović (CRO) , Miro Grgić (CRO)
  • Fourth officialMario Zebec (CRO)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerNodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)
  • Referee observerNuno Castro (POR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Ivan Bebek30/05/1977796

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
11/08/2005UEL2QRFC VaduzBeşiktaş JK0-1Vaduz
14/12/2006UELGSAJ AuxerreAS Livorno Calcio0-1Auxerre
06/11/2007UCLGSSS LazioSV Werder Bremen2-1Rome
22/10/2009UELGSSS LazioVillarreal CF2-1Rome
18/02/2010UELR32AFC AjaxJuventus1-2Amsterdam
14/03/2013UELR16FC Internazionale MilanoTottenham Hotspur FC4-1Milan
29/08/2013UELPOACF FiorentinaGrasshopper Club Zürich0-1Florence
17/09/2013UCLGSFC KøbenhavnJuventus1-1Copenhagen
20/02/2014UELR32Swansea City AFCSSC Napoli0-0Swansea
26/02/2015UELR32SSC NapoliTrabzonspor AŞ1-0Naples

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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 G - Group Standings
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    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Rechsteiner (71 Yildiz), Büchel, Wieser, Burgmeier, M. Büchel (83 Gubser), Hasler, Salanovic (77 Wolfinger), Polverino
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Büchel, Wieser, Burgmeier, Oehri, Gubser (59 Frick), Hasler, Salanovic (73 Kühne), Polverino (46 Rechsteiner)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Israel 2-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Hemed 4, 2-0 Hemed 16, 2-1 Göppel 49
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Rechsteiner, Büchel (88 Salanovic), A. Christen, Wieser, Burgmeier (81 Kühne), M. Büchel, Gubser (75 Frick), Hasler
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Liechtenstein-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Liechtenstein


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Buffon, Chiellini, Candreva (67 Florenzi), Bonaventura (63 Ogbonna), Pellè, Verratti, L. Antonelli, Barzagli, Parolo, Éder (70 Immobile), Bonucci
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Florenzi, Pellè (59 Immobile), Barzagli, De Rossi, Éder, Montolivo (30 Bonaventura), Bonucci, Parolo (76 Belotti)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia 2-3 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 24, 1-1 Nestorovski 57, 2-1 Hasani 59, 2-2 Immobile 75, 2-3 Immobile 90+2
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Candreva, Bonaventura (64 Parolo), Verratti, Immobile, Barzagli, Bonucci, Bernardeschi (64 Sansone), Belotti (84 Éder)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Italy-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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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
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