European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Portugal||Estádio Algarve - Faro-LouléSunday 13 November 2016|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group B - Matchday 4
|12/10/2005||QR (GS)||Portugal - Latvia||3-0||Porto||Pauleta 18, 20, Hugo Viana 85|
|04/09/2004||QR (GS)||Latvia - Portugal||0-2||Riga||Ronaldo 58, Pauleta 59|
|03/06/1995||PR (GS)||Portugal - Latvia||3-2||Porto||Luís Figo 5, Secretário 20, Domingos 21; Rimkus 51, 82|
|09/10/1994||PR (GS)||Latvia - Portugal||1-3||Liepaja||Milevskis 87; João Pinto 31, 69, Luís Figo 70|
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|-||Rui Patrício||15/02/1988||28||Sporting CP||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Adrien Silva||15/03/1989||27||Sporting CP||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||William Carvalho||07/04/1992||24||Sporting CP||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Gelson Martins||11/05/1995||21||Sporting CP||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Cristiano Ronaldo||05/02/1985||31||Real Madrid||-||2||5||0||0|
|-||Roberts Savaļnieks||04/02/1993||23||Liepājas Metalurgs||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Playing career: SL Benfica, CS Marítimo, Estoril Praia
Coaching career: Estoril Praia, CF Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto, AEK Athens FC (twice), Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, SL Benfica, PAOK FC, Greece, Portugal
• A left-back, Santos started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before two-year stints with Marítimo and Estoril-Praia. Retired in 1975.
• After a career change as a technician – Santos holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – he returned to football in 1987, taking over at former team Estoril-Praia. Stayed seven years, guiding them to two promotions and the Portuguese top flight.
• Had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora prior to joining Porto in 1998. Led his side to the Liga title in his first term, adding two domestic cups before departing for AEK in 2001. Again made an instant impact, lifting the 2002 Greek Cup. Went to Panathinaikos that summer followed by spells at Sporting, AEK and Benfica.
• He then revived PAOK's fortunes, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Announced his departure in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel's successor as Greece coach six weeks later, proving an immediate hit as he helped them to UEFA EURO 2012.
• Repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding them to the last 16, before stepping down. He was appointed by Portugal that September after Paulo Bento's departure following a 1-0 defeat by Albania and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories. The crowning glory was to come in France, Portugal remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the hosts in the St-Denis final thanks to Éder's extra-time goal.
Date of birth: 5 August 1976
Playing career: FK Pārdaugava, Skonto Metall FC, Skonto FC (twice), Southampton FC, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, FC Jūrmala
Coaching career: Skonto FC, Latvia Under-21s, Latvia
• Born in the village of Chornobai in central Ukraine, he moved to Latvia – his parents' homeland – while young and undertook his football education in Riga before making his senior debut at Skonto in 1995. He won the league title in each of his first four seasons, and the double in three of them.
• Transferred to English Premier League outfit Southampton in 1999, where the diminutive forward became a firm fans' favourite. Known as the 'Latvian Owen' after England striker Michael Owen, he spent seven successful years with the Saints, despite a succession of injuries.
• After a year with Anorthosis, lifting the Cypriot Cup, Pahars returned to Latvia and Skonto, ending his career at Jūrmala in 2009. He accepted a role as assistant to Aleksandrs Starkovs at Skonto the following year.
• Skonto claimed the 2010 championship and Pahars replaced Starkovs at the helm the next year. His first term in the hot seat brought the Latvian Cup and a runners-up finish in the First Division, though Pahars soon left as Skonto were suffering off-the-pitch problems.
• Pahars was out of football for just two months before taking charge of Latvia's U21 side. His tenure lasted a solitary game as Starkovs' unexpected decision to step down as senior team boss in summer 2013 prompted the younger man's immediate promotion on a contract until 2018.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
Referee since: 2002
First division: 2008
FIFA badge: 2010
No such matches refereed
|25/10/2012||UEL||GS||Club Atlético de Madrid||A. Académica de Coimbra||2-1||Madrid|
|18/09/2014||UEL||GS||PSV Eindhoven||Estoril Praia||1-0||Eindhoven|
|01/10/2015||UEL||GS||SC Braga||FC Groningen||1-0||Braga|
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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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