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worldcup: Belgium - Greece Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

BelgiumBelgiumKing Baudouin Stadium - BrusselsSaturday 25 March 2017
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Group H - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
27/03/1985QR (GS)Belgium - Greece2-0
BrusselsVercauteren 69, Scifo 89
19/12/1984QR (GS)Greece - Belgium0-0Athens
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Belgium11001010----722377
Greece10101001----732277

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Squad list Only this chapter

Belgium - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Simon Mignolet06/08/198828Liverpool - 0000
-Matz Sels26/02/199225Newcastle - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199224Chelsea - 4000
Defenders
-Thomas Vermaelen14/11/198531Roma - 1000
-Laurent Ciman05/08/198531Montreal - 3000
-Toby Alderweireld02/03/198928Tottenham - 3100
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198729Tottenham - 4000
-Thomas Foket25/09/199422Gent - 0000
Midfielders
-Kevin Mirallas05/10/198729Everton - 3000
-Mousa Dembélé16/07/198729Tottenham - 0000
-Axel Witsel12/01/198928Tianjin Quanjian - 4100
-Marouane Fellaini22/11/198729Man. United - 2000
-Radja Nainggolan04/05/198828Roma - 1000
-Thorgan Hazard29/03/199323Mönchengladbach - 0000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198729Napoli - 3300
-Nacer Chadli02/08/198927West Brom - 1000
-Yannick Carrasco04/09/199323Atlético - 4200
-Leander Dendoncker15/04/199521Anderlecht - 1000
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199719Anderlecht - 1000
Forwards
-Christian Benteke03/12/199026Crystal Palace - 2300
-Romelu Lukaku13/05/199323Everton - 3500
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199323Chelsea - 2000
-Divock Origi18/04/199521Liverpool - 0000
Coach
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197343 - 5000
Greece - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Dimitrios Kiriakidis24/09/198630Panetolikos - 0000
-Stefanos Kapino18/03/199423Olympiacos - 0000
-Panagiotis Glykos10/10/198630PAOK - 0000
Defenders
-Vasilis Torosidis10/06/198531Bologna - 4200
-Sokratis Papastathopoulos09/06/198828Dortmund*4000
-Giorgos Tzavellas26/11/198729Alanyaspor*3100
-Giannis Maniatis12/10/198630Atromitos - 4000
-Kostas Manolas14/06/199125Roma - 3000
-Kostas Stafylidis02/12/199323Augsburg*3100
-Marios Oikonomou06/10/199224Bologna*1000
Midfielders
-Alexandros Tziolis13/02/198532Hearts - 2000
-Andreas Samaris13/06/198927Benfica*2000
-Panagiotis Tachtsidis15/02/199126Cagliari - 1000
-Petros Mantalos31/08/199125AEK - 4100
-Kostas Fortounis16/10/199224Olympiacos - 3100
-Manolis Siopis14/05/199422Panionios - 0000
-Thanasis Androutsos06/05/199719Olympiacos - 0000
-Zeca01/10/198828Panathinaikos - 0000
Forwards
-Kostas Mitroglou12/03/198829Benfica*4200
-Dimitris Diamantakos05/03/199324Karlsruhe - 0000
-Apostolos Vellios08/01/199225Nottm Forest - 1000
-Yannis Gianniotas29/04/199323APOEL - 2000
-Tasos Bakasetas28/06/199323AEK - 3000
Coach
-Michael Skibbe04/08/196551 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, CF Balaguer, Wigan Athletic FC, Motherwell FC, Walsall FC, Swansea City AFC, Chester City FC
Coaching career: Swansea City AFC, Wigan Athletic FC, Everton FC, Belgium

• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.

• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; spent six years with the club, helping them win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later.

• A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez aiding the club to promotion to League One. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.

• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.

• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016. Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400857.html#roberto+martinez

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Michael Skibbe

Date of birth: 4 August 1965
Nationality: German
Playing career: FC Schalke 04
Coaching career: Borussia Dortmund, Germany (assistant), Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AŞ, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eskişehirspor (twice), Hertha BSC Berlin, Kardemir Karabükspor, Grasshopper Club, Greece

• Michael Skibbe started out as a midfielder at home-town club Schalke; however, the former youth international made just 15 first-team appearances before a series of cruciate injuries forced him to abandon his playing career in his early 20s.

• Impressing as a youth coach at Schalke and Dortmund, Skibbe became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was given the senior job at Dortmund aged 32 in July 1998.

• Worked in tandem with Rudi Völler during the latter's time as Germany coach, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup final but the pair resigning after the national team's early exit from UEFA EURO 2004. Skibbe returned to club football, coaching Leverkusen from 2005–08.

• First ventured abroad to coach Galatasaray from 2008–09. Went back to Turkey three more times, twice leading Eskişehirspor and briefly taking charge of Karabükspor. Had a longer stint in Switzerland with Grasshoppers.

• Hired as Greece coach in late October 2015, tasked with directing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying attempt after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2016.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2299626.html#michael+skibbe

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFelix Brych (GER)
  • Assistant refereesMark Borsch (GER) , Stefan Lupp (GER)
  • Fourth officialMarco Fritz (GER)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerChristian Mutschler (SUI)
  • Referee observerJozef Marko (SVK)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Felix Brych03/08/1975581

Felix Brych

Referee since: 1993
First division: 2004
FIFA badge: 2007

Tournaments: UEFA EURO 2016, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2012 Olympic Games

Finals
2014 UEFA Europa League

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
21/02/2008UELR32Panathinaikos FCRangers FC1-1Athens
27/11/2008UELGSClub Brugge KVAS Saint-Étienne1-1Bruges
19/08/2009UCLPOPanathinaikos FCClub Atlético de Madrid2-3Athens
17/09/2013UCLGSOlympiacos FCParis Saint-Germain1-4Piraeus
12/06/2015EUROQRWalesBelgium1-0Cardiff
22/06/2016EUROGS-FTSwedenBelgium0-1Nice

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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 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:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Belgium

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Belgium440021112
    Greece43109210
    Bosnia and Herzegovina4211857
    Cyprus4103383
    Estonia41035153
    Gibraltar40042170
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini (84 Nainggolan), R. Lukaku (73 Batshuayi), Hazard, Meunier, Carrasco
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Belgium 4-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1-0 Spahić 26 (og) , 2-0 Hazard 29, 3-0 Alderweireld 60, 4-0 R. Lukaku 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco, Fellaini, R. Lukaku (82 Benteke), Hazard (87 Mirallas), Mertens, Meunier, J. Lukaku (21 Ciman)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium
    0-1 Benteke 1, 0-2 Witsel 19, 0-3 Benteke 43, 0-4 Mertens 51, 0-5 Benteke 56, 0-6 Hazard 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco (53 Chadli), Hazard, Mertens (64 Mirallas), Meunier, Defour, Benteke (80 Batshuayi), Ciman
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Belgium 8-1 Estonia
    1-0 Meunier 8, 2-0 Mertens 16, 3-0 Hazard 25, 3-1 Henri Anier 29, 4-1 Carrasco 62, 5-1 Klavan 64 (og) , 6-1 Mertens 68, 7-1 R. Lukaku 83, 8-1 R. Lukaku 88
    Courtois, Dendoncker, Vertonghen, Witsel (88 Simons), De Bruyne, R. Lukaku, Hazard (73 Mirallas), Mertens (79 Tielemans), Meunier, Carrasco, Ciman
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium-Greece
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Estonia-Belgium
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Belgium-Gibraltar
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece-Belgium
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Belgium
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Belgium-Cyprus

Greece

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 10, 1-1 Walker 26, 1-2 Wiseman 44 (og) , 1-3 Fortounis 45, 1-4 Torosidis 45+2
    Karnezis, Maniatis (71 Tziolis), Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou (73 Vellios), Bakasetas, Torosidis, Mantalos (62 Gianniotas), Papastathopoulos, Samaris
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Karnezis, Maniatis, Tzavellas (88 Karelis), Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas (77 Holebas), Torosidis, Mantalos, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (70 Papadopoulos)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Karnezis, Maniatis (86 Tziolis), Manolas, Papadopoulos, Karelis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas, Torosidis (18 Oikonomou), Mantalos, Papastathopoulos (6 Tachtsidis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Greece 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    0-1 Karnezis 32 (og) , 1-1 Tzavellas 90+5
    Karnezis, Maniatis (61 Gianniotas), Tzavellas, Papadopoulos, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (87 Karelis), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium-Greece
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Greece
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Greece-Estonia
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece-Belgium
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus-Greece
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Greece-Gibraltar

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Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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
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