European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Bulgaria||Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - SofiaSaturday 25 March 2017|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group A - Matchday 5
|08/09/2007||QR (GS)||Netherlands - Bulgaria||2-0||Amsterdam||Sneijder 22, Van Nistelrooy 58|
|07/10/2006||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Netherlands||1-1||Sofia||M.Petrov 12; Van Persie 62|
|23/06/1974||GS-FT||Bulgaria - Netherlands||1-4||Dortmund||Krol 79 (og); Neeskens 5 (P), 45 (P), Rep 71, de Jong 78|
|22/10/1969||QR (GS)||Netherlands - Bulgaria||1-1||Rotterdam||Veenstra 23; Bonev 60|
|27/10/1968||QR (GS)||Bulgaria - Netherlands||2-0||Sofia||Bonev 44, Asparuhov 65|
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|-||Georgi Kitanov||06/03/1995||22||CSKA Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Stanislav Manolev||16/12/1985||31||CSKA Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Nikolay Bodurov||30/05/1986||30||CSKA Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Aleksandar Tsvetkov||31/08/1990||26||Cherno More||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Anton Nedyalkov||30/04/1993||23||CSKA Sofia||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Stefan Velkov||12/12/1996||20||Slavia Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski||08/08/1995||21||CSKA Sofia||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Ivelin Popov||26/10/1987||29||Spartak Moskva||*||4||2||0||0|
|-||Kiril Despodov||11/11/1996||20||CSKA Sofia||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Daley Blind||09/03/1990||27||Man. United||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Bruno Martins Indi||08/02/1992||25||Stoke||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Matthijs de Ligt||12/08/1999||17||Ajax||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Quincy Promes||04/01/1992||25||Spartak Moskva||-||3||2||0||0|
|-||Luuk de Jong||27/08/1990||26||PSV||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Bas Dost||31/05/1989||27||Sporting CP||-||4||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: 01 August 1961
Playing career: RC Souburg, Sparta Rotterdam, AFC Ajax
Coaching career: AFC Ajax
• Born in Oost-Souburg, in the Zeeland province, Blind played for local amateur outfit Souburg before joining Sparta in 1979. Making his Eredivisie debut in the same year – against AZ Alkmaar on 29 August – he helped Sparta qualify for the UEFA Cup on two occasions.
• Signed by Johan Cruyff in July 1986, Blind became Ajax's defensive cornerstone – winning 16 trophies, including five Dutch championships. The club also excelled in Europe, winning the UEFA Cup in 1992, with Blind captaining the side to a UEFA Champions League final defeat of AC Milan in 1995. He added the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup later that year.
• Having made his international bow for the Netherlands against Scotland on 29 April 1986, Blind ended his Oranje career 20 years later following a quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat against France at EURO '96.
• Appointed head of youth development at De Toekomst – Ajax's world famous academy – in 2003, having joined the club's technical staff after retiring in 1999 following 537 Dutch top-flight matches for the Dutch giants. Succeeded Ronald Koeman as Ajax coach in February 2005 but sacked 13 months later despite winning Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup. Returned to Ajax as technical director in 2008 following a stint at Sparta in a similar role, later becoming assistant to Martin Jol.
• Left Ajax in 2012, hired as assistant to Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal in July. Helped guide the Oranje to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Confirmed as next Netherlands coach after UEFA EURO 2016, but appointed in July 2015, a year early, after Van Gaal's successor Guus Hiddink stepped down during an ultimately unsuccessful qualifying campaign.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
Referee since: 1993
First division: 2005
FIFA badge: 2006
Tournaments: UEFA EURO 2016, 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
2015 UEFA Super Cup
2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
No such matches refereed
|18/09/2008||UEL||R1||Stade Rennais FC||FC Twente||2-1||Rennes|
|17/12/2009||UEL||GS||SS Lazio||PFC Levski Sofia||0-1||Rome|
|14/04/2011||UEL||QF||FC Twente||Villarreal CF||1-3||Enschede|
|15/03/2012||UEL||R16||PSV Eindhoven||Valencia CF||1-1||Eindhoven|
|27/08/2013||UCL||PO||FC Basel 1893||PFC Ludogorets Razgrad||2-0||Basel|
|21/10/2014||UCL||GS||FC Barcelona||AFC Ajax||3-1||Barcelona|
|29/07/2015||UCL||3QR||SK Rapid Wien||AFC Ajax||2-2||Vienna|
|16/08/2016||UCL||PO||AFC Ajax||FC Rostov||1-1||Amsterdam|
|19/10/2016||UCL||GS||FC Bayern München||PSV Eindhoven||4-1||Munich|
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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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