European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Ukraine||Stadion Chornomorets - OdessaSaturday 12 November 2016|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 4
No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams
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|-||Andriy Pyatov||28/06/1984||32||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Olexandr Kucher||22/10/1982||34||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Bohdan Butko||13/01/1991||25||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Ivan Ordets||08/07/1992||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Yaroslav Rakitskiy||03/08/1989||27||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Taras Stepanenko||08/08/1989||27||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Sydorchuk||02/05/1991||25||Dynamo Kyiv||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Kovalenko||14/02/1996||20||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Tsygankov||15/11/1997||18||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Maksym Malyshev||24/12/1992||23||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Andriy Yarmolenko||23/10/1989||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||3||3||0||0|
|-||Artem Besedin||31/03/1996||20||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Thomas Lam||18/12/1993||22||Nottm Forest||*||2||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine
• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.
• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.
• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.
• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.
• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.
Date of birth: 14 February 1952
Playing career: AIK Solna, IF Brommapojkarna, Spånga IS
Coaching career: Bro IK, Djurgårdens IF, Molde FK, Hammarby IF, Östers IF, AIK Solna, Stabæk Fotball, Aalborg BK, FC Salzburg, FC København, Panathinaikos FC, Notts County FC, New York RB, Finland
• A lower-league player in his native Sweden, Backe cut his teeth as a coach with Djurgården, with whom he won a second-flight title in 1982. He later reached the Swedish Cup final as coach of Östers (in 1991) and AIK (in 1995) before finding more tangible success in Denmark.
• Steered AaB to domestic title in his first season in Denmark (1998/99), as well as to successive cup finals. After a spell in Austria, took command at FCK, winning two/three league titles and his first Danish Cup between 2001 and 2005. Then lasted just four games as Panathinaikos coach in 2006.
• Worked as Sven-Göran Eriksson's assistant at Manchester City from 2007-08, then joined the coach and fellow Swede Tord Grip when both moved on to take charge of Mexico.
• Went solo again as coach of Notts County, but lasted a matter of weeks due to a disagreement over unpaid wages.
• Enjoyed a successful spell as New York RB coach – a section of the club's fans dubbed themselves the Hans Backe Viking Army in his honour. Won the Eastern Conference in 2010, but left in November 2012, and was working as a TV pundit back in Sweden when he was confirmed as Finland's new boss in August 2015.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|Manuel De Sousa||18/06/1975||3||60|
No such matches refereed
|28/07/2015||UCL||3QR||Fenerbahçe SK||FC Shakhtar Donetsk||0-0||Istanbul|
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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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