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ScotlandScotlandHampden Park - GlasgowSunday 26 March 2017
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group F - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/10/2005QR (GS)Slovenia - Scotland0-3
CeljeD. Fletcher 4, McFadden 47, Hartley 84
08/09/2004QR (GS)Scotland - Slovenia0-0Glasgow
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Scotland - Squad list
Current season
-Allan McGregor31/01/198235Cardiff - 0000
-Craig Gordon31/12/198234Celtic - 1000
-Jack Hamilton22/03/199423Hearts - 0000
-Charlie Mulgrew06/03/198631Blackburn - 0000
-Christophe Berra31/01/198532Ipswich - 1000
-Russell Martin04/01/198631Norwich - 3000
-Andrew Robertson11/03/199423Hull - 2000
-Kieran Tierney05/06/199719Celtic - 1000
-Darren Fletcher01/02/198433West Brom - 4000
-James Morrison25/05/198630West Brom - 1000
-Robert Snodgrass07/09/198729West Ham - 4300
-Scott Brown25/06/198531Celtic - 1000
-James Forrest07/07/199125Celtic - 3000
-Tom Cairney20/01/199126Fulham - 0000
-Barry Bannan01/12/198927Sheff. Wednesday - 3000
-Matt Ritchie10/09/198927Newcastle - 4000
-Stuart Armstrong30/03/199224Celtic - 0000
-Ikechi Anya03/01/198829Derby - 3000
-John McGinn18/10/199422Hibernian - 1000
-Steven Naismith14/09/198630Norwich - 0000
-Jordan Rhodes05/02/199027Sheff. Wednesday - 0000
-Chris Martin04/11/198828Fulham - 2100
-Leigh Griffiths20/08/199026Celtic*3000
-Gordon Strachan09/02/195760 - 4000
Slovenia - Squad list
Current season
-Jan Koprivec15/07/198828Anorthosis - 0000
-Vid Belec06/06/199026Carpi - 0000
-Jan Oblak07/01/199324Atlético - 4000
-Boštjan Cesar09/07/198234Chievo*4100
-Bojan Jokić17/05/198630Ufa - 3000
-Miral Samardžić17/02/198730Akhisar*4000
-Matija Širok31/05/199125Domžale - 0000
-Andraž Struna23/04/198927Hearts - 0000
-Aljaž Struna04/08/199026Carpi - 2000
-Miha Mevlja12/06/199026Rostov - 2000
-Luka Krajnc19/09/199422Frosinone - 0000
-Valter Birsa07/08/198630Chievo*4000
-René Krhin21/05/199026Granada*4100
-Nik Omladič21/08/198927Braunschweig - 2000
-Josip Iličić29/01/198829Fiorentina - 4000
-Matic Črnic12/06/199224Rijeka - 0000
-Jasmin Kurtič01/01/198928Atalanta - 3000
-Kevin Kampl09/10/199026Leverkusen - 1000
-Miha Zajc01/07/199422Empoli - 0000
-Benjamin Verbič27/11/199323København - 4100
-Milivoje Novakovič18/05/197937Maribor - 3000
-Roman Bezjak21/02/198928Rijeka - 3000
-Robert Berić17/06/199125St-Étienne - 1000
-Srečko Katanec16/07/196353 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Gordon Strachan

Date of birth: 9 February 1957
Nationality: Scottish
Playing career: Dundee FC, Aberdeen FC, Manchester United FC, Leeds United AFC, Coventry City FC
Coaching career: Coventry City FC, Southampton FC, Celtic FC, Middlesbrough FC, Scotland

• An energetic and talented midfielder, Strachan was capped 50 times by Scotland and helped Aberdeen FC lift the European Cup Winners' Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson. Began in management while still a player at Coventry in November 1996 before ending his on-field career aged 40 to concentrate on coaching, keeping the club in the Premier League until 2001.

• Although sacked early the following season, he was swiftly appointed by Southampton – whom he guided to eighth place in the English top flight in 2002/03 and the 2003 FA Cup final. Strachan stepped down in March 2004 to concentrate on media work.

• Installed as Martin O'Neill's successor at Celtic in summer 2005, Strachan proceeded to win the Scottish Premier League in record time and also lifted the Scottish League Cup in his first campaign. In 2006/07, Celtic triumphed in both league and Scottish Cup, and got past the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time, falling in extra time to eventual winners AC Milan in the last 16.

• Steered the Bhoys to the round of 16 again in 2007/08, this time succumbing to FC Barcelona, and a tremendous late surge took Celtic past Rangers FC to retain the Scottish championship. Stepped down at Celtic in 2009 after failing to defend the league crown.

• After an unsuccessful year with Middlesbrough, was appointed national coach in January 2013, helping reinvigorate a Scotland team that went on to win home and away against Croatia in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying pool, despite failing to make the cut for Brazil; Scotland also missed out on UEFA EURO 2016.



Srečko Katanec

Date of birth: 16 July 1963
Nationality: Slovenian
Playing career: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, FK Partizan, VfB Stuttgart, UC Sampdoria
Coaching career: Slovenia Under-21s, ND Gorica, Slovenia (twice), Olympiacos FC, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates

• A centre-back or defensive midfielder, Katanec began his playing days at home-town club Olimpija before spells with Dinamo and Partizan. He reached the 1989 UEFA Cup final with Stuttgart and won the same competition the following season with Sampdoria, whom he also helped to the 1992 UEFA Champions League showpiece.

• Earned 31 caps for Yugoslavia (five goals) – including at the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1990 FIFA World Cup – and five for Slovenia (one goal).

• Started his coaching career with Slovenia's U21s in 1996, two years after retiring as a player. After a brief stint in the Gorica dugout, took charge of the senior Slovenia side in 1998 and guided them to UEFA EURO 2000 – their first major tournament – and the 2002 World Cup.

• Joined Olympiacos in 2002 but stayed for only three months and in February 2006 assumed the FYROM helm, where he remained for three years. Named United Arab Emirates coach in June 2009, a position he held for two years.

• Katanec was reappointed by Slovenia in January 2013, signing a contract until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, and stayed on despite the failure to reach France after a play-off defeat by Ukraine.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBjörn Kuipers (NED)
  • Assistant refereesSander van Roekel (NED) , Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
  • Fourth officialPol van Boekel (NED)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJean-François Crucke (BEL)
  • Referee observerMichel Vautrot (FRA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Björn Kuipers28/03/19739100

Björn Kuipers

Referee since: 1990
First division: 2005
FIFA badge: 2006

Tournaments: UEFA EURO 2016, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA EURO 2012, 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

2014 UEFA Champions League
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2013 UEFA Europa League
2011 UEFA Super Cup
2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
07/11/2012UCLGSCeltic FCFC Barcelona2-1Glasgow

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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 F - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Malta 1-5 Scotland
    0-1 Snodgrass 10, 1-1 Effiong 14, 1-2 C. Martin 53, 1-3 Snodgrass 61 (P) , 1-4 S. Fletcher 78, 1-5 Snodgrass 85
    Marshall, Paterson, Robertson, R. Martin, Hanley, Bannan, D. Fletcher, Burke (66 Forrest), C. Martin (69 S. Fletcher), Snodgrass, Ritchie (86 Anya)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Scotland 1-1 Lithuania
    0-1 Černych 59, 1-1 McArthur 89
    Marshall, Paterson, Robertson, R. Martin, Hanley, Bannan, D. Fletcher (46 McArthur), Burke (57 Forrest), C. Martin, Snodgrass, Ritchie (71 Griffiths)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Slovakia 3-0 Scotland
    1-0 Mak 18, 2-0 Mak 56, 3-0 Nemec 68
    Marshall, Paterson, Tierney, R. Martin, Hanley, Bannan, D. Fletcher (64 Griffiths), McArthur, S. Fletcher (76 McGinn), Snodgrass, Ritchie (64 Anya)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    England 3-0 Scotland
    1-0 Sturridge 23, 2-0 Lallana 50, 3-0 Cahill 61
    Gordon, Anya (79 Paterson), Wallace, Berra, Hanley, Forrest, D. Fletcher, Brown, Griffiths, Snodgrass (82 Ritchie), Morrison (66 McArthur)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Lithuania 2-2 Slovenia
    1-0 Černych 32, 2-0 Slivka 34, 2-1 Krhin 77, 2-2 Cesar 90+3
    Oblak, Skubic, Samardžić, Cesar, Krhin, Berić (46 Iličić), Birsa, Jokić, Bezjak, Kampl, Verbič (56 Novakovič)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Kronaveter 74
    Oblak, Samardžić, Cesar, Krhin, Iličić, Kurtič (72 Kronaveter), Birsa (68 Novakovič), Jokić, Bezjak (91 M. Mevlja), Verbič, Aljaž Struna
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Slovenia 0-0 England
    Oblak, Samardžić, Cesar (68 M. Mevlja), Krhin (84 Omladič), Iličić, Kurtič, Birsa (59 Kronaveter), Jokić, Bezjak, Verbič, Aljaž Struna
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Malta 0-1 Slovenia
    0-1 Verbič 47
    Oblak, Skubic, Samardžić, Cesar, Krhin, Iličić, Kurtič, Birsa (71 Omladič), Novakovič (83 Šporar), Trajkovski (63 Jovič), Verbič
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • 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
  • 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