Last updated 05/07/2017 16:07CET
worldcup: Cyprus - Estonia Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

CyprusCyprusGSP - NicosiaSaturday 25 March 2017
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group H - Matchday 5
EstoniaEstonia
PrintX
Print all chapters
Select a chapter
EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS OFFICIAL SPONSORS
  • Carlsberg
  • Continental
  • Hisense
  • Konami
  • Socar
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Wurth
  • Adidas
/insideuefa/mediaservices/presskits/worldcup/season=2018/round=2000717/day=5/session=2/match=2017846/library/_sidebar.html

Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/08/2001QR (GS)Estonia - Cyprus2-2TallinnZelinski 49, Novikov 89; Konstantinou 36 (P), 69
28/03/2001QR (GS)Cyprus - Estonia2-2LimassolKonstantinou 47, Okkas 64; Kristal 76, Piiroja 78
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Cyprus10101010----6321117
Estonia10101010----6123711

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:13CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Cyprus - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Antonis Giorgallides30/01/198235AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Kostas Panayi08/10/199422Omonia - 4000
-Neofytos Michael16/12/199323Nea Salamis - 0000
Defenders
-Elias Charalambous25/09/198036AEK Larnaca*2000
-Nektarios Alexandrou19/12/198333APOEL - 2000
-Giorgos Merkis30/07/198432APOEL - 0000
-Andreas Avraam06/06/198729Larissa - 0000
-Valentinos Sielis01/03/199027Gangwon - 1100
-Margaça 17/07/198531Omonia - 0000
-Antreas Panayiotou31/05/199521Omonia - 0000
-Marios Stylianou23/09/199323Apollon - 0000
Midfielders
-Vincent Laban09/09/198432AEK Larnaca*3000
-Kostakis Artymatas15/04/199323APOEL - 4000
-Kostas Laifis19/05/199323Standard Liège*4100
-Nikos Englezou11/07/199323Nea Salamis - 0000
-Charalambos Kyriakou09/02/199522Apollon - 3000
-Fanos Katelaris26/08/199620Omonia - 0000
-Grigoris Kastanos30/01/199819Pescara*4000
Forwards
-Costas Charalambides25/07/198135AEK Larnaca*4000
-Dimitris Christofi28/09/198828Omonia*3000
-Onisiforos Roushias15/07/199224Omonia - 0000
-Nestor Mytidis01/06/199125AEK Larnaca*4000
-Antreas Makris27/11/199521Walsall - 3000
Coach
-Christakis Christoforou26/01/196453 - 4000
Estonia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Mihkel Aksalu07/11/198432SJK - 4000
-Marko Meerits26/04/199224VPS - 0000
-Matvei Igonen02/10/199620FCI - 0000
Defenders
-Ragnar Klavan30/10/198531Liverpool*4000
-Dmitri Kruglov24/05/198432FCI - 2000
-Ken Kallaste31/08/198828Korona - 3000
-Nikita Baranov19/08/199224Kristiansund*4000
-Karl Mööl04/03/199225Kalju - 0000
-Joonas Tamm02/02/199225Flora - 0000
-Karol Mets16/05/199323Viking*4000
-Madis Vihmann05/10/199521Flora - 0000
Midfielders
-Aleksandr Dmitrijev18/02/198235FCI*2000
-Konstantin Vassiljev16/08/198432Jagiellonia - 4100
-Taijo Teniste31/01/198829Sogndal - 4000
-Siim Luts12/03/198928Bohemians 1905 - 3000
-Sergei Mošnikov07/01/198829Minsk - 3100
-Artjom Dmitrijev14/11/198828Kalju - 0000
-Henrik Ojamaa20/05/199125Dundee - 2000
-Janar Toomet10/08/198927Kalju - 0000
-Ilja Antonov05/12/199224Horn - 1000
-Mattias Käit29/06/199818Fulham - 1200
Forwards
-Sergei Zenjov20/04/198927Gabala - 3000
-Henri Anier17/12/199026Inverness - 3100
Coach
-Martin Reim14/05/197145 - 3000

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:22CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Christakis Christoforou

Date of birth: 26 January 1964
Nationality: Cypriot
Playing career: AEL Limassol FC, APOEL FC
Coaching career: Apollon Limassol FC (youth), APOEL FC (youth), Cyprus Under-17, Apollon Ladies FC, Apollon Limassol FC, AEL Limassol FC

• Played as a midfielder for AEL, helping them beat city rivals Apollon 1-0 in the 1987 Cypriot Cup final; later left Limassol to join APOEL.

• Coached AEL and APOEL's youth academies before steering Cyprus's Under-17s to the elite round of the 1999 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

• Took charge of Apollon Ladies in 2009 and won five consecutive domestic doubles as well as reaching the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 three times.

• After a switch to Apollon's men's team in 2013, became the first coach to lead men's and women's divisions of the same club into the group stage of a UEFA competition; lifted Cypriot Cup with Apollon and took them to the UEFA Europa League group stage in successive seasons.

• Returned to AEL as coach though his side lost 4-2 to APOEL in the 2014/15 Cypriot Cup final; made some amends by beating the Nicosia club on penalties to claim the 2015 Cyprus Super Cup. Left post in October 2015, taking up Cyprus job in early December.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2313103.html#christakis+christoforou

2017-07-5T15:22:03:156

Martin Reim

Date of birth: 14 May 1971
Nationality: Estonian
Playing career: FC Tallinna Lõvid, SK Tallinna Sport, FC Norma Tallinn, FC Flora Tallinn (twice), Lelle SK, Kotkan TP, JK Tervis Pärnu, Viimsi JK
Coaching career: FC Flora Tallinn, Estonia U18, Estonia U21, Estonia U23, Estonia

• Reim was a defensive midfielder whose international career spanned 17 years after his debut for the newly-independent nation in June 1992 against Slovenia, a 1-1 draw. He won his 157th cap (a European record since surpassed by Latvia's Vitālijs Astafjevs) in June 2009, six months after ending club career.

• Took first steps in the game alongside goalkeeper Mart Poom. Began career in Soviet Estonia's top division aged 16, finishing top scorer in 1990 while playing for Norma.

• Spent bulk of his club career (a combined 16 years) in two stints at Flora, retiring with seven titles and three Estonian Cups to his name. He also reached the Finnish Cup final during his only overseas spell, 18 months at Kotkan.

• Returned to Flora as head coach in December 2009, having served as assistant to Janno Kivisild in the latter part of his playing career; won the Estonian title in 2010 and 2011. Lifted the Estonian Cup in 2012, but left a few months later and established a football academy in Tallinn.

• Has since coached Estonia at various levels – youth, U21s and U23s – with some success. Was named successor to Magnus Pehrsson as senior Estonia coach on 14 September 2016 in the wake of a 5-0 defeat away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first match of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2410757.html#martin+reim

2017-07-5T15:22:03:156

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeVille Nevalainen (FIN)
  • Assistant refereesJan-Peter Aravirta (FIN) , Sami Nykänen (FIN)
  • Fourth officialDennis Antamo (FIN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerThomas Grimm (SUI)
  • Referee observerDrago Kos (SVN)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Ville Nevalainen20/10/1984017

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
05/11/2014UYLGSParis Saint-GermainAPOEL FC6-0Saint-Germain-en-Laye
08/10/2015U21QRSlovakiaCyprus2-0Myjava

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:20CET

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

2017-07-5T15:13:47:830

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Cyprus

  • 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
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou (69 Mytidis), Charalambides, Alexandrou, Laban (69 Artymatas), Kyriakou, Efrem, Laifis, Kastanos (78 Makris)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, E. Charalambous, Demetriou, Charalambides (66 Christofi), Mytidis (83 Makris), Laban, Efrem, Artymatas (78 Kyriakou), Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Džeko 70, 2-0 Džeko 81
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (77 Charalambides), Alexandrou, Laban, Artymatas (85 Mytidis), Laifis, Kastanos, Makris (72 Efrem)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar
    1-0 Laifis 29, 1-1 L. Casciaro 51, 2-1 Sotiriou 65, 3-1 Sielis 87
    Panayi, E. Charalambous, Sielis, Demetriou, Sotiriou (86 Mytidis), Christofi, Kyriakou (91 Nikolaou), Efrem (73 Charalambides), Artymatas, Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Cyprus-Estonia
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Gibraltar-Cyprus
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Cyprus-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Estonia-Cyprus
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus-Greece
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Belgium-Cyprus

Estonia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Estonia
    1-0 Spahić 7, 2-0 Džeko 23 (P) , 3-0 Medunjanin 71, 4-0 Ibišević 83, 5-0 Spahić 90+2
    Aksalu, Pikk, Zenjov (71 Henri Anier), Vassiljev, Klavan, Antonov (86 Sappinen), Mets, Kallaste, Kams (46 Kruglov), Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Käit 47, 2-0 Vassiljev 52, 3-0 Käit 70, 4-0 Mošnikov 88
    Aksalu, Käit (80 Lepistu), Kruglov, Henri Anier, Zenjov (65 Ojamaa), Vassiljev (61 Mošnikov), Klavan, Luts, Mets, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Aksalu, Dmitrijev (79 Mošnikov), Marin, Zenjov, Vassiljev, Klavan, Luts (69 Purje), Mets, Kallaste, Baranov, Teniste (31 Kams)
  • 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
    Aksalu, Dmitrijev, Henri Anier (85 Ojamaa), Vassiljev, Klavan, Mošnikov (63 Kams), Luts (84 Marin), Mets, Kallaste, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Cyprus-Estonia
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Estonia-Belgium
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Greece-Estonia
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Estonia-Cyprus
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Gibraltar-Estonia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Estonia-Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:12CET

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
  • 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 UEFA.com.