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UkraineUkraineStadion Chornomorets - OdessaSaturday 12 November 2016
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Group I - 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

Ukraine - Squad list
Current season
-Andriy Pyatov28/06/198432Shakhtar Donetsk - 3000
-Denys Boyko29/01/198828Málaga - 0000
-Oleksii Shevchenko24/02/199224Zorya - 0000
-Olexandr Kucher22/10/198234Shakhtar Donetsk*3000
-Artem Fedetskiy26/04/198531Darmstadt - 0000
-Bohdan Butko13/01/199125Shakhtar Donetsk - 3000
-Ivan Ordets08/07/199224Shakhtar Donetsk*2000
-Yaroslav Rakitskiy03/08/198927Shakhtar Donetsk - 1000
-Eduard Sobol20/04/199521Zorya*3000
-Ruslan Rotan29/10/198135Dnipro - 1100
-Yevhen Shakhov30/11/199025PAOK - 1000
-Taras Stepanenko08/08/198927Shakhtar Donetsk*3000
-Olexandr Karavaev02/06/199224Zorya - 1000
-Serhiy Sydorchuk02/05/199125Dynamo Kyiv - 2000
-Olexandr Zinchenko15/12/199619PSV - 3000
-Viktor Kovalenko14/02/199620Shakhtar Donetsk - 3000
-Viktor Tsygankov15/11/199718Dynamo Kyiv - 0000
-Maksym Malyshev24/12/199223Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Roman Zozulya17/11/198926Betis*3000
-Artem Kravets03/06/198927Granada - 2100
-Yevhen Konoplyanka29/09/198927Schalke - 3000
-Andriy Yarmolenko23/10/198927Dynamo Kyiv - 3300
-Artem Besedin31/03/199620Dynamo Kyiv - 0000
-Andriy Shevchenko29/09/197640 - 3000
Finland - Squad list
Current season
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198926Frankfurt*3000
-Walter Viitala09/01/199224Mariehamn - 0000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199323Fulham - 0000
-Markus Halsti19/03/198432Midtjylland*2000
-Kari Arkivuo23/06/198333Häcken - 2000
-Jukka Raitala15/09/198828Sogndal - 3000
-Juhani Ojala19/06/198927Seinäjoki - 1000
-Paulus Arajuuri15/06/198828Lech*3100
-Thomas Lam18/12/199322Nottm Forest*2000
-Janne Saksela14/03/199323RoPS - 1000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199422AIK*2000
-Albin Granlund01/09/198927Mariehamn - 0000
-Joona Toivio10/03/198828Molde - 0000
-Perparim Hetemaj12/12/198629Chievo - 1000
-Joni Kauko12/07/199026Randers - 0000
-Sakari Mattila14/07/198927SønderjyskE - 0000
-Rasmus Schüller18/06/199125Häcken - 3000
-Alexander Ring09/04/199125Kaiserslautern*3000
-Robin Lod17/04/199323Panathinaikos - 3100
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199026Brøndby - 3100
-Roope Riski16/08/199125Seinäjoki - 1000
-Simon Skrabb19/01/199521Åtvidaberg - 0000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199026AIK - 1000
-Hans Backe14/02/195264 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Andriy Shevchenko

Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Nationality: Ukrainian
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.



Hans Backe

Date of birth: 14 February 1952
Nationality: Swedish
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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeManuel De Sousa (POR)
  • Assistant refereesAlvaro Mesquita (POR) , Ricardo Santos (POR)
  • Fourth officialFabio Verssimo (POR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJacques Antenen (SUI)
  • Referee observerGerard Perry (IRL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Manuel De Sousa18/06/1975360

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
28/07/2015UCL3QRFenerbahçe SKFC Shakhtar Donetsk0-0Istanbul

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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 I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Sydorchuk (63 Zozulya), Kovalenko, Rakitskiy, Zinchenko (90 Shakhov)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Turkey 2-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Yarmolenko 24 (P) , 0-2 Kravets 27, 1-2 Ozan Tufan 45+1, 2-2 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 81 (P)
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka (81 Petriak), Kravets (73 Zozulya), Ordets, Zinchenko (46 Sydorchuk)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Ukraine 3-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Kravets 31, 2-0 Yarmolenko 81, 3-0 Rotan 87
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka (79 Karavaev), Kravets (84 Zozulya), Ordets, Zinchenko (63 Rotan)
  • 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)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen, Ring (94 Schüller), P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti, Lod, Hämäläinen (56 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen (87 Riski), Ojala, Ring (67 Lam), Pukki, Arkivuo (46 Schüller), Lod, Saksela, Raitala
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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