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TurkeyTurkeyAntalya Stadyumu - AntalyaSaturday 12 November 2016
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
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

Turkey - Squad list
Current season
-Volkan Babacan11/08/198828İstanbul Başakşehir - 3000
-Harun Tekin17/06/198927Bursaspor - 0000
-Muammer Yıldırım10/07/199026Kayserispor - 0000
-Yalçın Ayhan01/05/198234İstanbul Başakşehir - 0000
-Gökhan Gönül04/01/198531Beşiktaş - 0000
-İsmail Köybaşı10/07/198927Fenerbahçe - 1000
-Hasan Ali Kaldırım09/12/198926Fenerbahçe - 0000
-Ahmet Çalık26/02/199422Gençlerbirliği - 1000
-Şener Özbayraklı23/01/199026Fenerbahçe - 3000
-Selçuk İnan10/02/198531Galatasaray - 0000
-Arda Turan30/01/198729Barcelona - 0000
-Mehmet Topal03/03/198630Fenerbahçe - 3000
-Emre Çolak20/05/199125Deportivo - 0000
-Oğuzhan Özyakup23/09/199224Beşiktaş - 0000
-Volkan Şen07/07/198729Fenerbahçe*3000
-Yunus Mallı24/02/199224Mainz - 0000
-Hakan Çalhanoğlu08/02/199422Leverkusen*3200
-Tolga Cigerci23/03/199224Galatasaray - 2000
-Kaan Ayhan10/11/199422Düsseldorf - 3000
-Cengiz Ünder14/07/199719İstanbul Başakşehir - 0000
-Burak Yılmaz15/07/198531Beijing Guoan - 0000
-Mehmet Batdal24/02/198630İstanbul Başakşehir - 0000
-Cenk Tosun07/06/199125Beşiktaş - 3000
-Fatih Terim14/09/195363 - 3000
Kosovo - Squad list
Current season
-Adis Nurković28/04/198630Travnik - 0000
-Samir Ujkani05/07/198828Latina - 3000
-Bledar Hajdini19/06/199521Trepca 89 - 0000
-Avni Pepa14/11/198827ÍBV - 1000
-Amir Rrahmani24/02/199422Split - 2000
-Fidan Aliti03/10/199323Sheriff - 0000
-Mergim Vojvoda01/02/199521Mouscron-Péruwelz - 0000
-Alban Pnishi20/10/199026Grasshoppers - 3000
-Benjamin Kololli15/05/199224Lausanne - 0000
-Leart Paqarada08/11/199422Sandhausen - 3000
-Enis Alushi22/12/198530Nürnberg*1000
-Fanol Perdedaj16/07/199125FSV Frankfurt - 3000
-Valon Berisha07/02/199323Salzburg*3100
-Arber Zeneli25/02/199521Heerenveen - 2000
-Alban Meha26/04/198630Konyaspor - 2000
-Herolind Shala01/02/199224Liberec - 2000
-Vedat Muriqi24/04/199422Gençlerbirliği - 1000
-Besar Halimi12/12/199421Mainz - 2000
-Eroll Zejnullahu19/10/199422Union Berlin - 0000
-Milot Rashica28/06/199620Vitesse - 3000
-Bernard Berisha24/10/199125Anji*3000
-Albert Bunjaku18/06/197145 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Fatih Terim

Date of birth: 4 September 1953
Nationality: Turkish
Playing career: Adana Demirspor, Galatasaray AŞ
Coaching career: MKE Ankaragücü, Göztepe AŞ, Turkey Under-21, Turkey (three times), Galatasaray AŞ (three times), ACF Fiorentina, AC Milan

• A central defender, Terim represented Galatasaray for over a decade and played 51 games for Turkey, 32 as captain. Began his coaching career with Ankaragücü and Göztepe, before being named assistant to national team boss Sepp Piontek and put in charge of the U21s in 1990.

• Appointed Turkey coach in 1993, Terim led them to EURO '96. They lost all their matches in England, but just getting to the final tournament, Turkey's first since the 1954 FIFA World Cup, was a major landmark.

• Returned to Galatasaray after the EURO, winning four league titles and the 2000 UEFA Cup. Serie A came calling and Terim took the helm at Fiorentina and Milan before rejoining Galatasaray; however, a run of disappointing results brought about a temporary retirement in 2004.

• Reappointed Turkey coach in 2005, Terim – known as 'İmparator' (The Emperor) for his leadership skills – could not guide them through a 2006 World Cup play-off against Switzerland. Success followed at UEFA EURO 2008 with Terim steering Turkey to the semi-finals but he resigned following unsuccessful bid to reach the 2010 World Cup.

• Back for a third spell as Galatasaray boss in July 2011, in his first season he inspired Cimbom to their first Süper Lig crown in four years. Repeated the feat in 2013 when also helping Galatasaray to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Named head of the national team for a third time – on a part-time basis – in August 2013, he parted company with Galatasaray in September to assume the role full time. Was unable to lead Turkey to the 2014 World Cup despite winning three of his four qualifiers in charge, but did take them to UEFA EURO 2016 where they failed to get out of their group.



Albert Bunjaki

Date of birth: 18 June 1971
Nationality: Kosovan
Playing career: FC Prishtina, Skövde, IFK/MBK Mariestad, Törboda IK, Torsö Hassle
Coaching career: Torsö Hassle, Tidavad IK, Örebro Syrianska, Tidaholms GIF, Degerfors IF, Kalmar FF (assistant), Kosovo

• Born in Pristina – then part of Yugoslavia – Bunjaki started his career with his local team and went on to spend much of his playing days in the Swedish lower leagues.

• His coaching career followed a similar pattern, with his highest-profile appointment a stint at Degerfors in 2005; Bunjaki then spent two years as assistant coach at Kalmar between 2006 and 2007.

• Appointed Kosovo coach in 2009, overseeing wins against Oman and Equatorial Guinea prior to a 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in June 2016, their first match after being accepted into FIFA the previous month.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeTamás Bognar (HUN)
  • Assistant refereesBalázs Buzás (HUN) , Zsolt Varga (HUN)
  • Fourth officialFerenc Karakó (HUN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerStefano Pucci (ITA)
  • Referee observerStefan Messner (AUT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Tamás Bognar18/11/1978241

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
17/09/2015UELGSKF SkënderbeuBeşiktaş JK0-1Elbasan

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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)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Volkan Babacan, Şener Özbayraklı, İsmail Köybaşı, Serdar Aziz, Okay Yokuşlu, Cenk Tosun (71 Olcay Şahan), Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan, Emre Mor (85 Volkan Şen), Kaan Ayhan (53 Ahmet Çalık)
  • 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)
    Volkan Babacan, Şener Özbayraklı, Hakan Balta (46 Kaan Ayhan), Ömer Toprak, Cenk Tosun, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Enes Ünal (46 Cigerci), Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan (77 Volkan Şen), Caner Erkin, Emre Mor
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Iceland 2-0 Turkey
    1-0 E. Bjarnason 42, 2-0 Finnbogason 44
    Volkan Babacan, Şener Özbayraklı, Ömer Toprak, Yasin Öztekin (59 Cenk Tosun), Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan (43 Cigerci), Caner Erkin, Volkan Şen (66 Mevlüt Erdinç), Emre Mor, Kaan Ayhan
  • 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)
    Ujkani, Perdedaj, Pnishi, Alushi, Rashica, Bunjaku (66 Celina), Rrahmani, V. Berisha (93 Meha), Paqarada, Kryeziu, B. Berisha (81 Halimi)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo 0-6 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 6, 0-2 Mandžukić 24, 0-3 Mandžukić 35, 0-4 Mitrović 68, 0-5 Perišić 83, 0-6 N. Kalinić 90+2
    Ujkani, Perdedaj, Pnishi, Pepa, Rashica, Celina (68 Bunjaku), V. Berisha, Zeneli (77 Shala), Paqarada, Kryeziu, B. Berisha (58 Halimi)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Ukraine 3-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Kravets 31, 2-0 Yarmolenko 81, 3-0 Rotan 87
    Ujkani, Perdedaj (77 Sulejmani), Pnishi, Rashica (66 Zeneli), Shala, Rrahmani, V. Berisha, Meha (54 B. Berisha), Muriqi, Paqarada, Kryeziu
  • 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
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