European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Bulgaria||Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - SofiaSunday 13 November 2016|
18.00CET (19.00 local time) Group A - Matchday 4
|06/06/2007||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Belarus||2-1||Sofia||M.Petrov 10, Yankov 40; Vasilyuk 5 (P)|
|02/06/2007||QR (GS)||Belarus - Bulgaria||0-2||Minsk||Berbatov 28, 46|
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|-||Daniel Zlatkov||06/03/1989||27||Cherno More||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Ivelin Popov||26/10/1987||29||Spartak Moskva||*||3||1||0||0|
|-||Georgi Milanov||19/02/1992||24||CSKA Moskva||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Todor Nedelev||07/02/1993||23||Botev Plovdiv||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Nikolay Dimitrov||15/10/1987||29||Slavia Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Yegor Filipenko||10/04/1988||28||M. Tel-Aviv||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Roman Begunov||22/03/1993||23||Dinamo Minsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Evgeni Klopotski||12/08/1993||23||Torpedo Zhodino||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Nikita Korzun||06/03/1995||21||Dynamo Kyiv||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Sergei Kornilenko||14/06/1983||33||Krylya Sovetov||*||3||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 26 February 1964
Playing career: PFC Litex Lovech, PFC Levski Sofia, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt
Coaching career: PFC Slavia Sofia, Chernomorets Pomorie, PFC Botev Plovdiv, PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
• Made debut for Bulgaria while playing in the second tier in a friendly against Greece in 1984, the first of 35 caps. Hubchev was one of the mainstays of the great Bulgaria side that reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. He also played at EURO '96.
• Hubchev came through the ranks of Osum Lovech (now known as Litex Lovech). He was a right-back before establishing himself as a central defender.
• In 1989 he moved to Levski, winning the league and cup double in 1993 before departing at the end of that year for Hamburg. In 1996 he moved on to Eintracht, helping them back to the Bundesliga.
• Hubchev began his coaching career at Eintracht in 2001, and after a six-month stint as head coach at Slavia Sofia in 2005 he returned to Germany for spells with the reserve sides of Eintracht and Wolfsburg.
• In 2009 he was back in Bulgaria at Chernomorets Pomorie, guiding the second division side to the cup final in his first season. Following a brief spell at Botev Plovdiv he had four seasons at Beroe Stara Zagora, leading them to the Bulgarian Cup in 2013. On 3 October 2016 Hubchev succeeded Ivaylo Petev as Bulgaria coach.
Date of birth: 19 October 1973
Playing career: FC Dinamo Minsk (twice), FC Dynamo Kyiv, Tianjin Teda FC, FK Venta
Coaching career: FC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus Under-18, FC Vitebsk, Ukraine (assistant), FC Dynamo Kyiv (reserves), Belarus
• Born in the Belarusian capital, Khatskevich was schooled at FC Dinamo Minsk where he won four national championships before moving abroad.
• Khatskevich made his name as a central midfielder with FC Dynamo Kyiv, collecting seven Ukrainian titles from 1996–2003. Reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with Dynamo in 1998/99 and was Belarusian Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000.
• Capped 38 times between 1993 and 2005, Khatskevich's playing career wound down with spells in China and Latvia, before a closing shift back at Dinamo Minsk.
• He went straight into coaching with periods in charge of Dinamo Minsk, Belarus's Under-18s and FC Vitebsk before once more returning to Ukraine.
• Worked on Myron Markevich's coaching staff with the Ukraine national team, and under his successor Yuriy Kalytvyntsev; replaced Georgi Kondratyev as Belarus coach in December 2014 after a stint with Dynamo Kyiv's youth and reserve sides.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|23/07/2013||UCL||2QR||FC Shakhter Karagandy||FC BATE Borisov||1-0||Karagandy|
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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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