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San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino Stadium - SerravalleSunday 26 March 2017
18.00CET (18.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 5
Czech RepublicCzech Republic
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/09/2009QR (GS)Czech Republic - San Marino7-0
Uherske HradisteBaroš 27, 44, 45 (P), 66, Svěrkoš 46, 90, Necid 86
19/11/2008QR (GS)San Marino - Czech Republic0-3
SerravalleKováč 47, Pospěch 53, Necid 83
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/09/2007QR (GS)San Marino - Czech Republic0-3
SerravalleRosický 33, Jankulovski 75, Koller 90+3
07/10/2006QR (GS)Czech Republic - San Marino7-0
LiberecKulič 15, Polák 22, Baroš 28, 68, Koller 43, 52, Jarolím 49
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
San Marino20022002----4004020
Czech Republic22002200----4400200

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Squad list Only this chapter

San Marino - Squad list
Current season
-Aldo Simoncini30/08/198630Libertas - 4000
-Elia Benedettini22/06/199521Novara - 0000
-Giacomo Muraccini15/09/199026Domagnano - 0000
-Alessandro Della Valle08/06/198234Juvenes/Dogana - 2000
-Davide Simoncini30/08/198630Libertas*4000
-Carlo Valentini15/03/198235Murata - 2000
-Fabio Vitaioli05/04/198432Libertas*3000
-Cristian Brolli28/02/199225Folgore - 3000
-Davide Cesarini16/02/199522Tre Penne*3000
-Giovanni Bonini05/09/198630Tre Penne - 0000
-Marco Domeniconi29/01/198433Folgore - 1000
-Michele Cervellini14/04/198828Libertas - 0000
-Mirko Palazzi21/03/198730Tre Penne - 3000
-Pier Filippo Mazza20/08/198828Juvenes/Dogana - 1000
-Alessandro Golinucci10/10/199422Domagnano - 0000
-Tommaso Zafferani19/02/199621La Fiorita*3000
-Michael Battistini08/10/199620Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
-Luca Tosi04/11/199224Folgore - 4000
-Matteo Vitaioli27/10/198927Murata*3000
-Mattia Stefanelli12/03/199324Juvenes/Dogana*3100
-Danilo Rinaldi18/04/198630La Fiorita - 2000
-José Hirsch31/01/198631Folgore - 4000
-Fabio Tomassini05/02/199621A.S.D. Romagna Centro - 0000
-Pierangelo Manzaroli25/03/196948 - 4000
Czech Republic - Squad list
Current season
-Jaroslav Drobný18/10/197937Bremen - 0000
-Tomáš Vaclík29/03/198927Basel - 4000
-Tomáš Koubek26/08/199224Sparta Praha - 0000
-Tomáš Sivok15/09/198333Bursaspor - 3000
-Marek Suchý29/03/198828Basel - 2000
-Theodor Gebre Selassie24/12/198630Bremen - 1000
-Ondřej Čelůstka18/06/198927Antalyaspor - 0000
-Filip Novák26/06/199026Midtjylland - 3000
-Tomáš Kalas15/05/199323Fulham - 0000
-Jakub Brabec06/08/199224Genk - 2000
-Bořek Dočkal30/09/198828Henan Jianye FC*3000
-Adam Hloušek20/12/198828Legia - 0000
-Petr Mareš17/01/199126Mladá Boleslav - 0000
-Jaromír Zmrhal02/08/199323Slavia Praha - 2100
-Tomáš Hořava29/05/198828Plzeň - 2000
-Josef Hušbauer16/03/199027Slavia Praha - 0000
-Ladislav Krejčí05/07/199224Bologna - 4000
-Vladimír Darida08/08/199026Hertha - 1000
-Jakub Jankto19/01/199621Ascoli - 0000
-Antonín Barák03/12/199422Slavia Praha - 0000
-Milan Škoda16/01/198631Slavia Praha - 2000
-Tomáš Přikryl04/07/199224Mladá Boleslav - 0000
-Michael Krmenčik15/03/199324Plzeň - 1100
-Karel Jarolím23/08/195660 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Pierangelo Manzaroli

Date of birth: 25 March 1969
Nationality: Sammarinese
Playing career: SS Cosmos, SP Cailungo, San Marino Calcio, SS Pennarossa
Coaching career: SS Pennarossa, AC Libertas, San Marino Under-15, San Marino Under-21, San Marino

• After starting his career in the local league, the midfielder had a successful two-year spell with San Marino Calcio in the Italian fourth division before returning to the Sammarinese league to play for Pennarossa, where he started to work as a coach in 2006/07, leading the team to the league title in his first season on charge.

• Capped 38 times for San Marino between 1991 and 2001, Manzaroli left Pennarossa at the end of the 2006/07 season to join AC Libertas and led his new team to a historic 1-1 draw against Irish club Drogheda United FC in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup game.

• Manzaroli than earned another notable coup when he led a San Marino side through the preliminary round of the 2008/09 UEFA Regions' Cup before being appointed as coach of the Under-21 national team in 2010.

• He led the U21s to some hugely surprising results in qualifying for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship – a stalemate against Greece in June 2012 and a 1-0 victory against Wales in September 2013 – before being appointed to replace long-standing San Marino senior coach Giampaolo Mazza in 2014.



Karel Jarolím

Date of birth: 23 August 1956
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: AFP Pardubice, SK Slavia Praha (three times), AC Dukla Praha, Dukla Tábor, FC Rouen, Amiens SC, FC Viktoria Žižkov, Benešov, CU Bohemians Praha, Česká Lípa
Coaching career: FK Marila Příbram, SK Slavia Praha (three times), RC Strasbourg, 1. FC Slovácko, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, Al-Ahli, Al-Wahda SCC, FK Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

• Karel Jarolím has Slavia Praha running through his veins. During his playing days with the club in the 1980s he was a skilful playmaker with great passing range and superb stamina. Slavia signed the 20-year-old Jarolím from Pardubice in 1977, but the midfielder won his only title with crosstown rivals Dukla Praha during his military service in 1979.

• Scored twice in 13 appearances for Czechoslovakia before moving to France, where he played for Rouen then Amiens during a four-year spell abroad. Jarolím returned home in 1991 and continued to play in the top flight until he was 39, finishing with 272 league games and 63 goals at that level.

• Began his coaching career at Marila Příbram in 1997, returning to Slavia as František Cipro's assistant in 2000. He replaced him as head coach ten games into the season and took Slavia to second place but his contract was not extended so Jarolím returned to France where he became assistant to Ivan Hašek at Strasbourg, helping the club to promotion.

• After one year back in the Czech Republic at Slovácko he returned to Slavia in April 2005, winning league titles in 2008 and 2009. Guided Slovan Bratislava to the Slovakian double in 2011 before a spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ahli, who he took to the 2012 AFC Champions League final.

• Jarolím, whose two sons David and Lukáš also became professional footballers, returned to his homeland with Mladá Boleslav in January 2014, winning the Czech Cup two years later. Appointed Czech Republic coach after UEFA EURO 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeKristo Tohver (EST)
  • Assistant refereesHannes Reinvald (EST) , Sten Klaasen (EST)
  • Fourth officialJuri Frischer (EST)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerDavid Griffiths (WAL)
  • Referee observerGevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Kristo Tohver11/06/1981146

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
03/05/2011U17GS-FTCzech RepublicRomania1-1Belgrade
02/08/2012UEL3QRFC TwenteFK Mladá Boleslav2-0Enschede

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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

San Marino

  • 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
    A. Simoncini, Cesarini, Brolli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli (86 C. Valentini), Hirsch, Palazzi, Tosi, Berardi, Berardi (73 D. Rinaldi), Chiaruzzi (54 L. Gasperoni)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 San Marino
    1-0 S. Davis 26 (P) , 2-0 K. Lafferty 79, 3-0 Ward 85, 4-0 K. Lafferty 90+4
    A. Simoncini, Berardi, Coppini (71 E. Golinucci), F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli, Hirsch (56 Cesarini), Stefanelli (88 Zafferani), Ales. Della Valle, Tosi, Palazzi
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Norway 4-1 San Marino
    1-0 D. Simoncini 12 (og) , 1-1 Stefanelli 54, 2-1 Diomande 77, 3-1 Samuelsen 82, 4-1 King 83
    A. Simoncini, C. Valentini (68 Hirsch), F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, Brolli, Stefanelli (82 Selva), Ales. Della Valle, Zafferani, D. Rinaldi (46 Berardi), Tosi, Mazza
  • 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
    A. Simoncini, F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli (91 Hirsch), A. Gasperoni, Stefanelli, Zafferani (83 Brolli), Berardi, Cesarini, Tosi (58 Domeniconi), Palazzi
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    San Marino-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Germany-San Marino
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    San Marino-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Azerbaijan-San Marino
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    San Marino-Norway
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Czech Republic-San Marino

Czech Republic

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Kadlec, Darida, Skalák (77 Kopic), Pavelka, V. Kadlec (83 Vydra), Suchý, Krejčí, Škoda (68 Necid), Novák
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Germany 3-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 Müller 13, 2-0 Kroos 49, 3-0 Müller 65
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Sivok, Novák, Dočkal, Petržela (69 Skalák), Pavelka (63 Droppa), Suchý, Hořava, Krejčí, Vydra (76 V. Kadlec)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Azerbaijan
    Vaclík, Droppa, Gebre Selassie, Brabec, Sivok, Dočkal, Skalák (74 Zmrhal), V. Kadlec, Sýkora, Krejčí (64 Petržela), Schick (66 Škoda)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Czech Republic 2-1 Norway
    1-0 Krmenčik 11, 2-0 Zmrhal 47, 2-1 King 87
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Droppa (81 Pavelka), Sivok, Zmrhal, Dočkal, Krmenčik (81 Schick), Brabec, Hořava, Krejčí (86 Skalák), Novák
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    San Marino-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Norway-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    Czech Republic-Germany
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Czech Republic-San Marino

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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
  • 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