European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Croatia||Stadion Maksimir - ZagrebFriday 24 March 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 5
|06/06/2009||QR (GS)||Croatia - Ukraine||2-2||Zagreb||Petrić 2, Modrić 68; Shevchenko 13, Gai 54|
|11/10/2008||QR (GS)||Ukraine - Croatia||0-0||Kharkiv|
|15/11/1997||PO||Ukraine - Croatia||1-1|
|Kyiv||Shevchenko 5; Bokšić 27|
|29/10/1997||PO||Croatia - Ukraine||2-0||Zagreb||Bilić 11, Vlaović 50|
|11/06/1995||PR (GS)||Ukraine - Croatia||1-0||Kyiv||Kalitvintsev 13|
|25/03/1995||PR (GS)||Croatia - Ukraine||4-0||Zagreb||Boban 13, Šuker 20, 80, Prosinečki 71|
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|-||Dominik Livaković||09/01/1995||22||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Josip Pivarić||30/01/1989||28||Dinamo Zagreb||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Domagoj Vida||29/04/1989||27||Dynamo Kyiv||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Marko Lešković||27/04/1991||25||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Luka Modrić||09/09/1985||31||Real Madrid||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Mateo Kovačić||06/05/1994||22||Real Madrid||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Duje Čop||01/02/1990||27||Sporting Gijón||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Andriy Pyatov||28/06/1984||32||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Mykyta Shevchenko||26/01/1993||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Olexandr Kucher||22/10/1982||34||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Mykola Morozyuk||17/01/1988||29||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Bohdan Butko||13/01/1991||26||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Ivan Ordets||08/07/1992||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Yaroslav Rakitskiy||03/08/1989||27||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Mykola Matviyenko||02/05/1996||20||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Taras Stepanenko||08/08/1989||27||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Sydorchuk||02/05/1991||25||Dynamo Kyiv||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Kovalenko||14/02/1996||21||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Tsygankov||15/11/1997||19||Dynamo Kyiv||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Maksym Malyshev||24/12/1992||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Andriy Yarmolenko||23/10/1989||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||4||3||0||0|
|-||Artem Besedin||31/03/1996||20||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia
• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.
• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.
• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.
• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.
• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.
Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine
• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.
• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.
• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.
• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.
• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|Antonio Mateu Lahoz||12/03/1977||2||44|
Referee since: 1992
First division: 2008
FIFA badge: 2011
Tournaments: 2016 Olympic Games, 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
No such matches refereed
|29/08/2013||UEL||PO||KF Skënderbeu||FC Chornomorets Odesa||1-0||Tirana|
|20/02/2014||UEL||R32||FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||Tottenham Hotspur FC||1-0||Dnipropetrovsk|
|04/11/2015||UCL||GS||Olympiacos FC||GNK Dinamo Zagreb||2-1||Piraeus|
|24/02/2016||UCL||R16||FC Dynamo Kyiv||Manchester City FC||1-3||Kyiv|
|17/03/2016||UEL||R16||RSC Anderlecht||FC Shakhtar Donetsk||0-1||Brussels|
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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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