European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Portugal||Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - LisbonSaturday 25 March 2017|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group B - Matchday 5
|22/06/2016||GS-FT||Hungary - Portugal||3-3||Lyon||Gera 19, Dzsudzsák 47, 55; Nani 42, Ronaldo 50, 62|
|10/10/2009||QR (GS)||Portugal - Hungary||3-0||Lisbon||Simão 18, 79, Liedson 74|
|09/09/2009||QR (GS)||Hungary - Portugal||0-1||Budapest||Pepe 10|
|09/10/1999||PR (GS)||Portugal - Hungary||3-0||Lisbon||Rui Costa 15, João Pinto 17, Abel Xavier 57|
|06/09/1998||PR (GS)||Hungary - Portugal||1-3||Budapest||Horváth 32; Sá Pinto 56, 77, Rui Costa 85|
|13/07/1966||GS-FT||Portugal - Hungary||3-1||Manchester||José Augusto 2, 65, Torres 89; Bene 59|
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|-||Rui Patrício||15/02/1988||29||Sporting CP||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||José Fonte||22/12/1983||33||West Ham||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||William Carvalho||07/04/1992||24||Sporting CP||-||3||1||0||0|
|-||Gelson Martins||11/05/1995||21||Sporting CP||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Cristiano Ronaldo||05/02/1985||32||Real Madrid||-||3||7||0||0|
|-||Tamás Kádár||14/03/1990||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Mihály Korhut||01/12/1988||28||H. Beer-Sheva||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Barnabás Bese||06/05/1994||22||Le Havre||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Balázs Dzsudzsák||23/12/1986||30||Al Wahda||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Tamás Priskin||27/09/1986||30||Slovan Bratislava||-||1||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: 25 January 1963
Playing career: VfL Bochum 1848, Borussia Dortmund
Coaching career: VfB Stuttgart (assistant), Hertha BSC Berlin (assistant), VfL Wolfsburg (assistant), FK Partizan (assistant), Borussia Dortmund (assistant), FC Almaty, Kazakhstan Under-21s, Kazakhstan, Olympiacos FC (youth), Hungary Under-20s, Hungary
• Made his Bundesliga debut for Bochum at the age of 19 and spent two seasons at the club before joining local rivals Dortmund in 1983. A regular in the Dortmund defence for the next six seasons, he helped the club to victory in the German Cup in his final campaign, 1988/89; ended his playing career with eight goals in 171 Bundesliga appearances.
• Joined forces with leading German coach Jürgen Röber and acted as his assistant at Stuttgart, Hertha, Wolfsburg, Partizan and Dortmund. Moved abroad midway through 2008 to take charge of Kazakh top-flight club Almaty; was also appointed simultaneously as the Kazakhstan U21 coach.
• Named the Kazakhstan senior team's interim coach following the dismissal of Dutchman Arno Pijpers in autumn 2008. His first game in charge was a 5-1 defeat by England at Wembley in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier, but he was subsequently installed as the permanent head coach.
• However, Storck was sacked in October 2010 after presiding over four losses at the start of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying and resurfaced at Olympiacos' youth team, taking charge for the inaugural UEFA Youth League group stage in 2013/14.
• In July 2015 he took charge of Hungary, having led the national side at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand the previous month, and promptly ended their 44-year absence from the UEFA European Championship thanks to a play-off defeat of Norway. Took them into the last 16 at the finals in France, where they were comfortably beaten by Belgium.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
Referee since: 2002
First division: 2009
FIFA badge: 2011
Tournaments: UEFA EURO 2016, 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
|21/07/2011||UEL||2QR||Aalesunds FK||Ferencvárosi TC||3-1||Aalesund|
|25/10/2012||UEL||GS||KRC Genk||Sporting Clube de Portugal||2-1||Genk|
|27/02/2014||UEL||R32||SL Benfica||PAOK FC||3-0||Lisbon|
|29/07/2014||UCL||3QR||Debreceni VSC||FC BATE Borisov||1-0||Debrecen|
|22/10/2014||UCL||GS||AS Monaco FC||SL Benfica||0-0||Monaco|
|05/04/2016||UCL||QF||FC Bayern München||SL Benfica||1-0||Munich|
|23/08/2016||UCL||PO||AS Roma||FC Porto||0-3||Rome|
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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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