European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Croatia||Stadion Maksimir - ZagrebSaturday 12 November 2016|
18.00CET (18.00 local time) Group I - Matchday 4
|19/11/2013||PO||Croatia - Iceland||2-0|
|Zagreb||Mandžukić 27, Srna 47|
|15/11/2013||PO||Iceland - Croatia||0-0||Reykjavik|
|03/09/2005||QR (GS)||Iceland - Croatia||1-3||Reykjavik||Gudjohnsen 24; Balaban 56, 61, Srna 82|
|26/03/2005||QR (GS)||Croatia - Iceland||4-0||Zagreb||N.Kovač 38, 75, Šimunić 70, Pršo 89|
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|-||Lovre Kalinić||03/04/1990||26||Hajduk Split||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Vedran Ćorluka||05/02/1986||30||Lokomotiv Moskva||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Josip Pivarić||30/01/1989||27||Dinamo Zagreb||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Domagoj Vida||29/04/1989||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Luka Modrić||09/09/1985||31||Real Madrid||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Mateo Kovačić||06/05/1994||22||Real Madrid||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Ante Ćorić||14/04/1997||19||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Duje Čop||01/02/1990||26||Sporting Gijón||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Hordur Magnússon||11/02/1993||23||Bristol City||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson||18/06/1990||26||Grasshoppers||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Arnór Ingvi Traustason||30/04/1993||23||Rapid Wien||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Aron Elís Thrándarson||10/11/1994||22||Aalesund||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Vidar Orn Kjartansson||11/03/1990||26||M. Tel-Aviv||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Jón Dadi Bödvarsson||25/05/1992||24||Wolves||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Elías Már Ómarsson||18/01/1995||21||Göteborg||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia
• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.
• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.
• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.
• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.
• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.
Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Playing career: ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Íþróttafélagið Höttur, KF Smástund
Coaching career: Íþróttafélagið Höttur (women), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (women, twice), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Iceland (assistant), Iceland (joint coach), Iceland
• Spent the majority of his playing career with ÍBV, who he represented between 1986 and 1992 and again from 1994 to 1996; he spent 1993 playing for Höttur, also managing their women's team.
• Hallgrímsson – who combined his playing career with his part-time duties as a dentist – moved to Smástund in 1996 and continued to represent the club following their merger the following year with Framherjar, from his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.
• Started coaching ÍBV's women's side in 1999 and was appointed assistant coach of the men's team three years later. Returned to the women's selection in 2003, staying for two years; took over as head coach of ÍBV's men's squad in 2006.
• Stayed in that role until 2011; that October, following Lars Lagerbäck's appointment as Iceland coach, Hallgrímsson was named as his assistant. Promoted to the joint coaching role following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when Iceland lost in the play-offs to Croatia.
• UEFA EURO 2016 was to be a competition to remember for Iceland, however, as they qualified for a first major finals from a section including the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands. Even better was to follow in France, Iceland remaining unbeaten to reach the knockout stages and then famously getting the better of England in the last 16 before a 5-2 defeat by the hosts in the last 16. Hallgrímsson took sole charge after the tournament.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|28/08/2008||UEL||2QR||HNK Hajduk Split||RC Deportivo La Coruña||0-2||Split|
|25/08/2015||UCL||PO||GNK Dinamo Zagreb||KF Skënderbeu||4-1||Zagreb|
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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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