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SpainSpainEl Molinón - GijonFriday 24 March 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/06/2001QR (GS)Israel - Spain1-1Tel AvivRevivo 5; Raúl González 64
07/10/2000QR (GS)Spain - Israel2-0
MadridGerard 20, Hierro 54
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/1999PR (GS)Spain - Israel3-0
AlbaceteMorientes 30, César Martín 38, Raúl González 52
14/10/1998PR (GS)Israel - Spain1-2
Tel AvivHazan 64; Hierro 65, Etxeberria 78
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Spain - Squad list
Current season
-David de Gea07/11/199026Man. United - 4000
-Kepa Arrizabalaga03/10/199422Athletic - 0000
-Sergio Rico01/09/199323Sevilla - 0000
-Gerard Piqué02/02/198730Barcelona*3000
-Sergio Ramos30/03/198630Real Madrid*3000
-César Azpilicueta28/08/198927Chelsea - 0000
-Nacho18/01/199027Real Madrid - 2000
-Jordi Alba21/03/198928Barcelona - 2000
-Dani Carvajal11/01/199225Real Madrid - 2000
-Andrés Iniesta11/05/198432Barcelona - 2000
-David Silva08/01/198631Man. City - 4200
-Javi Martínez02/09/198828Bayern - 0000
-Thiago Alcántara11/04/199125Bayern*4000
-Koke08/01/199225Atlético - 4000
-Sergio Busquets16/07/198828Barcelona*4000
-Gerard Deulofeu13/03/199423Milan - 0000
-Ander Herrera14/08/198927Man. United - 0000
-Isco21/04/199224Real Madrid - 2000
-Iago Aspas01/08/198729Celta - 0000
-Diego Costa07/10/198828Chelsea*3300
-Pedro Rodríguez28/07/198729Chelsea - 0000
-Álvaro Morata23/10/199224Real Madrid - 3200
-Julen Lopetegui28/08/196650 - 4000
Israel - Squad list
Current season
-Boris Kleyman26/10/199026Beitar Jerusalem - 0000
-Ariel Harush25/05/198828H. Tel-Aviv - 0000
-Ofir Marciano07/10/198927Hibernian - 0000
-Eytan Tibi16/11/198729M. Tel-Aviv - 3000
-Taleb Twatha21/06/199224Frankfurt - 0000
-Rami Gershon12/08/198828Gent - 3000
-Eli Dasa03/12/199224M. Tel-Aviv - 3000
-Dor Elo26/09/199323M. Petach-Tikva - 0000
-Shir Tzedek 22/08/198927H. Beer-Sheva - 4000
-Bibras Natcho18/02/198829CSKA Moskva - 1000
-Sheran Yeini08/12/198630M. Tel-Aviv - 1000
-Almog Cohen01/09/198828Ingolstadt*3000
-Eran Zahavi25/07/198729Guangzhou R&F - 4100
-Daniel Einbinder16/02/198928Beitar Jerusalem - 2100
-Nir Bitton30/10/199125Celtic*2000
-Michael Ohana04/10/199521H. Beer-Sheva - 0000
-Dor Miha02/03/199225M. Tel-Aviv - 0000
-David Keltjens11/06/199521Beitar Jerusalem - 0000
-Lior Refaelov26/04/198630Club Brugge - 0000
-Tomer Hemed02/05/198729Brighton - 4300
-Etey Shechter22/02/198730Beitar Jerusalem - 0000
-Ben Sahar10/08/198927H. Beer-Sheva*1000
-Tal Ben Chaim05/08/198927M. Tel-Aviv - 4200
-Elisha Levy18/11/195759 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Julen Lopetegui

Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: San Sebastián CF, Castilla CF, UD Las Palmas, Real Madrid CF, CD Logroñés, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s, FC Porto, Spain

• Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid. The Basque native progressed into the senior squad, but, starved of opportunities, switched to Logroñes, where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.

• Those displays earned a move to Barcelona but again he found playing time limited, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano, where he featured 112 times until retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

• Started his coaching career in 2003/04, at second division Rayo, but the experience was short-lived – he was dismissed after ten games. After five years away from the bench he returned to active duty in 2008/09, with Real Madrid Castilla, ending the campaign in sixth place.

• In 2010 Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and led the U19s to the European title two years later before reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He had assumed control of the U21s in August 2012 and guided the holders to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the title in Israel.

• On 6 May 2014, he returned to club duties with Porto but failed to win any silverware with the club and left his post in January 2016. Appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor as Spain coach in July that year.



Elisha Levy

Date of birth: 18 November 1957
Nationality: Israeli
Playing career: Hapoel Beit She'an FC (twice), Maccabi Haifa FC, Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC
Coaching career: Hapoel Beit She'an FC (twice), Maccabi Herzliya FC, Hapoel Tzafririm Holon FC, Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion FC, Hapoel Kfar-Saba FC (twice), FC Ashdod, Bnei Sakhnin FC, Maccabi Haifa FC, Hapoel Beer Sheva FC

• Levy joined home-town club Hapoel Beit She'an aged 11 and stepped up to the first team in 1974, signing for Maccabi Haifa in 1982. A season later the midfielder joined Maccabi Petach-Tikva, where he spent four years prior to returning to Beit She'an, hanging up his boots in 1989.

• After steering Beit She'an up through the leagues, Levy went on to coach a number of clubs, enjoying particular success at Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion and Ashdod, securing a fourth-placed Premier League finish with the latter in 2001.

• Promotions to the top flight with both Hapoel Kfar-Saba (2005) and Bnei Sakhnin (2007) prompted a chance at Maccabi Haifa in 2008. Levy was an instant hit, winning the league in his first season and taking the club into the UEFA Champions League group stage the following campaign.

• Moved on after winning a second league title with Maccabi Haifa, spending three years at Hapoel Beer Sheva. He was confirmed as Israel coach on 20 April 2016, taking over from Eli Gutman.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMichael Oliver (ENG)
  • Assistant refereesJake Collin (ENG) , Gary Beswick (ENG)
  • Fourth officialRobert Madley (ENG)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerAinar Leppänen (EST)
  • Referee observerGylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Michael Oliver20/02/1985337

Michael Oliver

Referee since: 1999
First division: 2010
FIFA badge: 2012

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

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

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
25/05/2012U19ELITESpainItaly2-1Misano Adriatico
27/02/2014UELR32FC RubinReal Betis Balompié0-2Kazan
17/08/2016UELPOBeitar Jerusalem FCAS Saint-Étienne1-2Jerusalem
18/10/2016UCLGSGNK Dinamo ZagrebSevilla FC0-1Zagreb

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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 G - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia40044110
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Koke, Thiago Alcántara (46 Nolito), Vitolo (79 Asensio), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa (68 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    De Gea, Carvajal, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Vitolo (84 Thiago Alcántara), Ramos, Jordi Alba (22 Nacho), Diego Costa (67 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta (78 Isco), Koke, Thiago Alcántara, Vitolo (60 Nolito), Ramos (80 Iñigo Martínez), Monreal, Diego Costa, Silva
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Spain 4-0 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Velkoski 34 (og) , 2-0 Vitolo 63, 3-0 Monreal 84, 4-0 Aritz Aduriz 85
    De Gea, Bartra, Busquets, Nacho, Morata (60 Aritz Aduriz), Koke (71 Isco), Thiago Alcántara, Vitolo (87 Callejón), Carvajal, Monreal, Silva
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Spain
  • 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)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Goresh, Davidzada, Bitton (57 Atzily), Zahavi, Kayal, Hemed, Ben Chaim (62 Kehat), Yeini, Tzedek , Tibi (50 Gershon), Bitton
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia 1-2 Israel
    0-1 Hemed 25, 0-2 Ben Chaim 43, 1-2 Nestorovski 63
    Goresh, Dasa, Davidzada, Bitton, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Hemed (75 Abed), Ben Chaim (68 Buzaglo), Golasa (72 Einbinder), Tzedek , Tibi
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Israel 2-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Hemed 4, 2-0 Hemed 16, 2-1 Göppel 49
    Goresh, Dasa, Gershon, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Hemed (75 Kehat), Buzaglo (63 Atzily), Ben Chaim (81 Dabbur), Golasa, Tzedek , Ben Harush
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Albania 0-3 Israel
    0-1 Zahavi 18 (P) , 0-2 Einbinder 66, 0-3 Atar 83
    Goresh, Dasa, Gershon, Natcho, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Einbinder (70 Hemed), Ben Chaim (75 Atar), Sahar (64 Buzaglo), Tzedek , Tibi
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Israel-FYR Macedonia
  • 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