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GeorgiaGeorgiaBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiFriday 24 March 2017
18.00CET (21.00 local time)
Group D - Matchday 5
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Squad list Only this chapter

Georgia - Squad list
Current season
-Roin Kvaskhvadze31/05/198927Torpedo Kutaisi - 0000
-Giorgi Loria27/01/198631Krylya Sovetov - 4000
-Giorgi Makaridze31/03/199026Moreirense - 0000
-Giorgi Navalovski28/06/198630Neftçi - 4000
-Ucha Lobzhanidze23/02/198730Atyrau - 1000
-Guram Kashia04/07/198729Vitesse*4000
-Giorgi Rekhviashvili01/02/198829Locomotive Tbilisi - 0000
-Solomon Kverkvelia06/02/199225Lokomotiv Moskva - 4000
-Otar Kakabadze27/06/199521Esbjerg - 3000
-Jemal Tabidze18/03/199621Ural - 0000
-Jaba Kankava18/03/198631Reims - 1000
-Aleksandre Kobakhidze11/02/198730Göztepe Izmir - 1000
-Jano Ananidze10/10/199224Spartak Moskva - 3100
-Nika Kvekveskiri29/05/199224Gabala - 0000
-Valeri Kazaishvili29/01/199324Legia - 4100
-Jambul Jigauri08/07/199224Vardar - 2000
-Otar Kiteishvili26/03/199620Dinamo Tbilisi - 0000
-Valerian Gvilia24/05/199422BATE*3000
-Vladimer Dvalishvili20/04/198630Atyrau - 3000
-Davit Khocholava08/02/199324Chornomorets Odesa - 0000
-Nika Katcharava13/01/199423Ethnikos Achnas - 2000
-Giorgi Kvilitaia01/10/199323Rapid Wien - 1000
-Giorgi Arabidze04/03/199819Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Vladimír Weiss22/09/196452 - 4000
Serbia - Squad list
Current season
-Vladimir Stojković28/07/198333Nottm Forest*3000
-Predrag Rajković31/10/199521M. Tel-Aviv - 1000
-Aleksandar Jovanović06/12/199224Olimpik Donetsk - 0000
-Branislav Ivanović22/02/198433Zenit - 4100
-Antonio Rukavina26/01/198433Villarreal - 4000
-Aleksandar Kolarov10/11/198531Man. City - 2000
-Jagoš Vuković10/06/198828Konyaspor*2000
-Ivan Obradović25/07/198828Anderlecht - 1000
-Nikola Maksimović25/11/199125Napoli - 2000
-Uroš Spajić13/02/199819Anderlecht - 0000
-Stefan Mitrović22/05/199026Gent*2000
-Zoran Tošić28/04/198729CSKA Moskva - 1000
-Luka Milivojević07/04/199125Crystal Palace*4000
-Nemanja Gudelj16/11/199125Tianjin TEDA - 4000
-Nemanja Matić01/08/198828Chelsea - 1000
-Lazar Marković02/03/199423Hull - 0000
-Filip Kostić01/11/199224Hamburg - 4200
-Mijat Gačinović08/02/199522Frankfurt - 0000
-Saša Lukić13/08/199620Torino - 0000
-Dušan Tadić20/11/198828Southampton*4300
-Nikola Stoiljković17/08/199224Braga - 0000
-Uroš Djurdjević02/03/199423Partizan - 0000
-Aleksandar Mitrović16/09/199422Newcastle - 3300
-Slavoljub Muslin14/06/195363 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Vladimír Weiss

Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Nationality: Slovakian
Playing career: VTJ Agro Hurbanovo, AŠK Inter Bratislava, AC Sparta Praha, FK Drnovice, DAC Dunajská Streda, 1. FC Košice, FC Artmedia
Coaching career: FC Artmedia (twice), FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, FC Kairat Almaty, Georgia

• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. First capped for Czechoslovakia in 1988 and won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring his country's first post-independence goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994. Ended playing career with Artmedia, serving as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.

• Led Artmedia to Slovakian Cup in 2005 and league title a year later before knocking out Celtic FC and FK Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at FC Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.

• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy and only losing to the Netherlands.

• Coached Slovakia in tandem with Slovan Bratislava in 2011/12 and led his hometown club into their first UEFA Europa League group stage. Nearly did the same with Kairat only losing against Bordeaux on away goals in play-offs. Left Almaty in November 2015 having won Kazakhstan Cups in successive seasons. Hired by Georgia in March 2016.



Slavoljub Muslin

Date of birth: 15 June 1953
Nationality: Serbian
Playing career: OFK Beograd, FK BASK, FK Rad, FK Crvena zvezda, LOSC Lille, Stade Brestois 29, SM Caen
Coaching career: Stade Brestois 29, Pau FC, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, RC Lens, Le Mans FC, Wydad Casablanca, FK Crvena zvezda (twice), PFC Levski Sofia, FC Metalurh Donetsk, KSC Lokeren OV (twice), FC Lokomotiv Moskva, FC Khimki, FC Dinamo Minsk, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, FC Krasnodar, FC Amkar Perm, R. Standard de Liège, Serbia

• Born and raised in Belgrade, Muslin played for a number of smaller clubs in the city before arriving at Crvena zvezda in 1975; was a defensive stalwart for 'Red Star' for six years, winning three Yugoslavian titles and reaching the 1978/79 UEFA Cup final, where his side lost to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Spent the latter years of his playing career in France, and started out as a coach there; helped to nurture the careers of David Ginola (Brest), Zinédine Zidane, Bixente Lizarazu and Christophe Dugarry (all Bordeaux).

• Won three domestic titles and a national cup in two spells as Crvena zvezda boss in the early 2000s; also coached clubs in Morocco, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Belgium, Belarus and Cyprus.

• Hired as Serbia coach in May 2016 to replace Radovan Ćurčić; agreed contract for the duration of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with the option of an extension if he takes his side to the finals.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFelix Zwayer (GER)
  • Assistant refereesThorsten Schiffner (GER) , Marco Achmüller (GER)
  • Fourth officialChristian Dingert (GER)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerPatrick Wattebled (FRA)
  • Referee observerVítor Melo Pereira (POR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Felix Zwayer19/05/1981339

Felix Zwayer

Referee since: 2004
First division:
FIFA badge: 2012

Tournaments: 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship


FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

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Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

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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 D - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland43107310
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Georgia 1-2 Austria
    0-1 Hinteregger 16, 0-2 Janko 42, 1-2 Ananidze 78
    Loria, Lobzhanidze (84 Chanturia), Kverkvelia, Kashia, Amisulashvili (76 Okriashvili), Daushvili, Ananidze, Kazaishvili, Dvalishvili (63 Skhirtladze), Jigauri, Navalovski
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
    1-0 Coleman 56
    Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili (93 Katcharava), Ananidze (73 Skhirtladze), Kazaishvili, Okriashvili, Gvilia, Navalovski (89 Kobakhidze), Mchedlidze
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Wales 1-1 Georgia
    1-0 Bale 10, 1-1 Okriashvili 57
    Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili, Ananidze (93 Katcharava), Kazaishvili, Okriashvili (91 Jigauri), Gvilia, Navalovski, Mchedlidze (75 Dvalishvili)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Georgia 1-1 Moldova
    1-0 Kazaishvili 16, 1-1 Gaţcan 78
    Loria, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili, Kazaishvili (80 Skhirtladze), Okriashvili, Chanturia, Kvilitaia (64 Kankava), Gvilia (71 Dvalishvili), Kakabadze, Navalovski
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Georgia-Republic of Ireland
  • 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)
    Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Hendrick 3, 1-1 Kostić 62, 2-1 Tadić 69 (P) , 2-2 Murphy 81
    Rajković, Rukavina, Gudelj, Nastasić, Ivanović, A. Mitrović (59 Pavlović), Tadić, Mladenović (76 D. Tošić), Milivojević, Kostić (82 Katai), Vuković
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Moldova 0-3 Serbia
    0-1 Kostić 19, 0-2 Ivanović 37, 0-3 Tadić 59
    Stojković, Rukavina, Gudelj, Nastasić, Ivanović, Tadić, Kolarov, Milivojević, Kostić (69 Z. Tošić), Pavlović (46 Katai), Vuković (69 S. Mitrović)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Serbia 3-2 Austria
    1-0 A. Mitrović 6, 1-1 Sabitzer 16, 2-1 A. Mitrović 23, 2-2 Janko 62, 3-2 Tadić 74
    Stojković, Rukavina (89 Maksimović), Nastasić, Ivanović, A. Mitrović (77 Gudelj), Tadić, Kolarov, S. Mitrović, Fejsa, Milivojević, Kostić (65 Katai)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Wales 1-1 Serbia
    1-0 Bale 30, 1-1 A. Mitrović 86
    Stojković, Rukavina, Nastasić, Ivanović, A. Mitrović (88 Gudelj), Tadić, Milivojević, Kostić (70 Katai), Maksimović, Matić, Obradović
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Serbia
  • 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