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AzerbaijanAzerbaijanTofig Bahramov Republican stadium - BakuSunday 26 March 2017
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/06/2011QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Germany1-3
BakuM. Huseynov 89; Özil 29, Gomez 40, Schürrle 90+3
07/09/2010QR (GS)Germany - Azerbaijan6-1
CologneWestermann 28, Podolski 45+1, Klose 45+2, 90+2, R. F. Sadygov 53 (og), Badstuber 86; Javadov 57
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/09/2009QR (GS)Germany - Azerbaijan4-0
HanoverBallack 15 (P), Klose 55, 66, Podolski 71
12/08/2009QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Germany0-2
BakuSchweinsteiger 11, Klose 53
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Azerbaijan - Squad list
Current season
-Kamran Agayev09/02/198631Boavista - 4000
-Anar Nazirov08/09/198531Zirä - 0000
-Agil Mammadov01/05/198927Olimpik-Şüvälan - 0000
-Rashad F. Sadygov16/06/198234Qarabağ - 2000
-Pavlo Pashayev04/01/198829Stal - 0000
-Maksim Medvedev29/09/198927Qarabağ - 4100
-Tarlan Guliyev19/04/199224İnter Bakı - 0000
-Badavi Hüseynov11/07/199125Qarabağ - 3000
-Urfan Abbasov14/10/199224Gabala - 0000
-Magomed Mirzabekov16/11/199026Gabala - 4000
-Rahid Amirguliyev01/09/198927Qarabağ - 4000
-Elvin Mammadov18/07/198828Zirä - 0000
-Javid Hüseynov09/03/198829Gabala - 0000
-Araz Abdullayev18/04/199224Gabala - 1000
-Gara Garayev12/10/199224Qarabağ - 4000
-Afran Ismayilov08/10/198828Qarabağ - 2000
-Emin Makhmudov 27/04/199224Boavista*2000
-Dmitri Nazarov04/04/199026Erzgebirge*4000
-Eddy02/08/199224Cádiz - 2000
-Deniz Yılmaz26/02/198829Bursaspor - 1000
-Ruslan Gurbanov12/09/199125Gabala*4100
-Ramil Sheydaev15/03/199621Žilina*4000
-Agabala Ramazanov20/01/199324İnter Bakı - 4000
-Robert Prosinecki12/01/196948 - 4000
Germany - Squad list
Current season
-Kevin Trapp08/07/199026Paris - 0000
-Bernd Leno04/03/199225Leverkusen - 0000
-Marc-André ter Stegen30/04/199224Barcelona - 1000
-Mats Hummels16/12/198828Bayern - 4000
-Benedikt Höwedes29/02/198829Schalke - 2000
-Sebastian Rudy28/02/199027Hoffenheim - 0000
-Shkodran Mustafi17/04/199224Arsenal - 1000
-Antonio Rüdiger03/03/199324Roma - 0000
-Niklas Süle03/09/199521Hoffenheim - 0000
-Joshua Kimmich08/02/199522Bayern - 4100
-Jonas Hector27/05/199026Köln - 4200
-Sami Khedira04/04/198729Juventus*4200
-Toni Kroos04/01/199027Real Madrid - 3100
-Mesut Özil15/10/198828Arsenal - 3000
-Emre Can12/01/199423Liverpool - 0000
-Julian Draxler20/09/199323Paris - 3100
-Julian Brandt02/05/199620Leverkusen - 2000
-Leroy Sané11/01/199621Man. City - 0000
-Mario Gomez10/07/198531Wolfsburg - 1000
-Thomas Müller13/09/198927Bayern - 4400
-André Schürrle06/11/199026Dortmund - 0000
-Joachim Löw03/02/196057 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Robert Prosinečki

Date of birth: 12 January 1969
Playing career:
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (twice), FK Crvena zvezda, Real Madrid CF, Real Oviedo, FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, R. Standard de Liège, Portsmouth FC, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Zagreb
Coaching career:
Croatia (assistant), FK Crvena zvezda, Kayserispor

• Born in Germany, Prosinečki moved back to Croatia with his family in 1979, and developed as a midfielder with stunning technique at Dinamo Zagreb.

• He moved on to Crvena zvezda and helped the Belgrade side to win the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup, scoring the opening penalty in their shoot-out success against Olympique de Marseille.

• After a high-profile transfer, injuries hampered his time at Real Madrid, though he was to stay in Spain for some time, representing Oviedo, Barcelona and Sevilla before further adventures in Belgium, England and Slovenia.

• Capped 15 times for Yugoslavia and 49 times for Croatia, his goals in the 1990 and 1998 tournaments made him the only player to score in FIFA World Cup finals competitons for two different nations.

• Having assisted former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilić with the national team, Prosinečki coached Crvena zvezda to Serbian Cup success in 2011/12 and led Turkish side Kayserispor from 2012–13. Hired as Azerbaijan coach in December 2014.



Joachim Löw

Date of birth: 3 February 1960
Nationality: German
Playing career: SC Freiburg (three times), VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, Karlsruher SC, FC Schaffhausen, FC Winterthur, FC Frauenfeld
Coaching career: FC Winterthur (youth), FC Frauenfeld, VfB Stuttgart, Fenerbahçe SK, Karlsruher SC, Adanaspor AŞ, FC Tirol Innsbruck, FK Austria Wien, Germany (assistant), Germany

• A native of the Black Forest in south-west Germany, Löw spent most of his playing days with local club Freiburg, where he had three spells, before winding down his career in Switzerland.

• Operated as a player-coach in Switzerland before becoming an assistant, and later head coach, back in Germany with Stuttgart. Succeeded Rolf Fringer in 1996 and led the Swabian side to a German Cup win in his first season and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Chelsea FC in his second.

• Left Stuttgart for Fenerbahçe but struggled to match his early success until he joined Tirol Innsbruck, guiding the team to the 2001/02 Austrian Bundesliga title.

• After nine months with Austria Wien he was summoned by old friend Jürgen Klinsmann to become his assistant with Germany. The pair steered the Nationalmannschaft to a third-place finish on home soil at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

• Replaced Klinsmann as head coach, taking the side to a runners-up spot at UEFA EURO 2008 and third place at the 2010 World Cup. They also reached the last four of UEFA EURO 2012, before qualifying unbeaten for the 2014 global finals.

• The real glory was to follow in Brazil, Löw leading the team to their fourth world title with a final defeat of Argentina. In 2015 he signed a new contract running until 2018, although Germany were unable to add the European title to their world crown, losing to hosts France in the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDaniele Orsato (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesMauro Tonolini (ITA) , Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
  • Fourth officialMarco Guida (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerAndrian Ixari (MDA)
  • Referee observerAleksei Spirin (RUS)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Daniele Orsato23/11/1975442

Daniele Orsato

Referee since: 1992
First division: 2006
FIFA badge: 2010

Tournaments: 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup


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
14/09/2016UCLGSBayer 04 LeverkusenPFC CSKA Moskva2-2Leverkusen

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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

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



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    Northern Ireland4211827
    Czech Republic4121245
    San Marino40041170
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    San Marino 0-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 R. Gurbanov 45
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, R. Gurbanov (69 Alaskarov ), Nazarov (78 Makhmudov ), R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (89 Sheydaev), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway
    1-0 Medvedev 11
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Eddy (65 Alaskarov ), R. Gurbanov (80 Sheydaev), Nazarov, R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (90 Hüseynov), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Azerbaijan
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Hüseynov, Alaskarov (71 Ramazanov), R. Gurbanov (87 А. Abdullayev), Nazarov, Amirguliyev, Sheydaev (91 Eddy), Dashdemirov
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan
    1-0 K. Lafferty 27, 2-0 McAuley 40, 3-0 C. McLaughlin 66, 4-0 Brunt 83
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Hüseynov, R. Gurbanov (75 Ramazanov), Makhmudov (70 Nazarov), Amirguliyev, Sheydaev (46 Deniz Yılmaz), Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Azerbaijan-San Marino
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Norway 0-3 Germany
    0-1 Müller 15, 0-2 Kimmich 45, 0-3 Müller 60
    Neuer, Hector, Höwedes, Hummels, Khedira (84 Weigl), Kroos, Özil, Draxler (84 Meyer), Müller, Götze (72 Brandt), Kimmich
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Germany 3-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 Müller 13, 2-0 Kroos 49, 3-0 Müller 65
    Neuer, Hector (68 Höwedes), Hummels, Khedira, Draxler (80 Brandt), Kroos (76 Gündoğan), Özil, Müller, Boateng, Kimmich, Götze
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland
    1-0 Draxler 13, 2-0 Khedira 17
    Neuer, Hector (81 Volland), Hummels, Khedira, Draxler, Kroos, Özil (46 Gündoğan), Müller, Boateng (69 Mustafi), Kimmich, Götze
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    San Marino 0-8 Germany
    0-1 Khedira 7, 0-2 Gnabry 9, 0-3 Hector 32, 0-4 Gnabry 58, 0-5 Hector 65, 0-6 Gnabry 76, 0-7 Stefanelli 82 (og) , 0-8 Volland 85
    ter Stegen, Hector, Hummels, Khedira (77 Goretzka), Gnabry, Müller, Henrichs, Kimmich, Götze (71 Meyer), Gündoğan, Gomez (71 Volland)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Germany-San Marino
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    Czech Republic-Germany
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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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


  • -: 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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