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MaltaMaltaNational Stadium - Ta' QaliSunday 26 March 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group F - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
31/03/1997QR (GS)Malta - Slovakia0-2
Ta' QaliJancula 38, Tittel 90
22/09/1996QR (GS)Slovakia - Malta6-0
BratislavaTittel 13, 90, Simon 15, Zeman 37, Timko 56, Dubovsky 59
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/04/1985QR (GS)Malta - Czechoslovakia0-0Ta' Qali
31/10/1984QR (GS)Czechoslovakia - Malta4-0
PragueJanečka 4, 71, Jarolim 35, Berger 77
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Malta - Squad list
Current season
-Andrew Hogg02/03/198532Hibernians*4000
-Henry Bonello13/10/198828Birkirkara - 0000
-Jurgen Borg08/08/199422Hibernians - 0000
-Ryan Camilleri22/05/198828Valletta - 3000
-Clifford Baldacchino09/02/198829Gżira - 0000
-Samuel Magri30/03/199422Dover Athletic - 1000
-Cain Attard10/09/199422Birkirkara - 0000
-Gareth Sciberras29/03/198333Birkirkara*4000
-Paul Fenech20/12/198630Balzan*3000
-Mark Scerri16/01/199027Sliema - 0000
-Ryan Fenech20/04/198630Balzan - 0000
-Joseph Zerafa31/05/198828Birkirkara*3000
-Bjorn Kristensen05/04/199323Hibernians - 2000
-Zach Muscat22/08/199323Arezzo*3000
-Dominic Jacob Borg22/05/199125Gżira - 0000
-Luke Gambin16/03/199324Luton - 2000
-Michael Mifsud17/04/198135Valletta - 4000
-André Schembri27/05/198630Boavista - 4000
-Jean Paul Farrugia21/03/199225Sliema - 1000
-Stephen Pisani07/08/199224Floriana - 1000
-Luke Montebello13/08/199521Pembroke Athleta - 0000
-Pietro Ghedin21/11/195264 - 4000
Slovakia - Squad list
Current season
-Matúš Kozáčik27/12/198333Plzeň - 4000
-Martin Dúbravka15/01/198928Liberec - 0000
-Ján Novota29/11/198333Rapid Wien - 0000
-Martin Škrtel15/12/198432Fenerbahçe*3100
-Peter Pekarík30/10/198630Hertha - 2000
-Tomáš Hubočan17/09/198531Marseille - 3000
-Kornel Saláta24/01/198532Slovan Bratislava*1000
-Norbert Gyömber03/07/199224Pescara - 1000
-Milan Škriniar11/02/199522Sampdoria - 2000
-Marek Hamšík27/07/198729Napoli - 4100
-Vladimír Weiss30/11/198927Al-Gharafa - 1000
-Róbert Mak08/03/199126Zenit - 4200
-Juraj Kucka26/02/198730Milan*3100
-Ján Greguš29/01/199126København - 2000
-Filip Kiss13/10/199026Haugesund - 2000
-Albert Rusnák07/07/199422Groningen - 0000
-Erik Sabo22/11/199125Beitar Jerusalem*2000
-Matúš Bero06/09/199521Trabzonspor - 1000
-Jakub Holúbek12/01/199126Žilina - 2000
-Patrik Hrošovský22/04/199224Plzeň - 1000
-Adam Nemec02/09/198531Dinamo Bucureşti - 2200
-Michal Ďuriš01/06/198828Orenburg*4000
-Ján Kozák17/04/195462 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Pietro Ghedin

Date of birth: 21 November 1952
Nationality: Italian
Playing career:
ACF Fiorentina, SS Lazio, AC Venezia, Calcio Catania, Pescara Calcio, AC Pistoiese, AC Siena
Coaching career: Italy Under-18, Malta U21, Malta (twice), Italy (assistant), Italy women

• Defender Ghedin played in Serie A with Fiorentina and Lazio, joining the latter immediately after the capital side had won their first-ever Scudetto in 1974 and remaining at the Stadio Olimpico until 1981. He played out his career in the lower divisions.

• Ghedin became an Italian Football Federation (FIGC) coach in 1987, leading the country's U18s and becoming senior national team scout ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

• He served as the Azzurri goalkeeping coach for the Olympic Games of 1992 and 1996. Additionally, while still under contract with the FIGC, he also coached the Malta national side at both U21 and senior level between 1992 and 1995.

• Appointed assistant to Italy coach Cesare Maldini during the 1998 World Cup, Ghedin remained in that role under Dino Zoff at UEFA EURO 2000 and Giovanni Trapattoni at the 2002 World Cup.

• Ghedin became Italy's senior women's coach in 2005, guiding them to the UEFA Women's EURO 2009 quarter-finals, before leaving in 2012 to return to the Malta helm.



Ján Kozák

Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Nationality: Slovak
Playing career: LB Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), RFC Seraing, FK Dukla Praha
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, MFK Zemplín Michalovce, FC Steel Trans Ličartovce, 1. FC Košice, Slovakia

• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.

• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.

• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United FC.

• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for further stints in 2005 and 2012. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France.

• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for MFK Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over FC Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak has been at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2012.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAli Palabıyık (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesÇem Satman (TUR) , Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
  • Fourth officialHalil Umut Meler (TUR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerSusanne Erlandsson (SWE)
  • Referee observerRay Ellingham (WAL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Ali Palabıyık14/08/1981015

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
13/07/2016UCL2QRNK Olimpija LjubljanaFK AS Trenčín3-4Ljubljana

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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
    Hogg, Caruana, J. Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, P. Fenech, Gambin, Schembri (66 Briffa), S. Borg, Scicluna (79 R. Camilleri), Effiong (89 Mifsud)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    England 2-0 Malta
    1-0 Sturridge 29, 2-0 Alli 38
    Hogg, Sciberras, Agius, S. Borg, P. Fenech, Schembri (86 R. Muscat), R. Camilleri, Kristensen, Effiong (76 Mifsud), Z. Muscat, A. Muscat
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Lithuania 2-0 Malta
    1-0 Černych 76, 2-0 Novikovas 84 (P)
    Hogg, Caruana, J. Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, S. Borg, P. Fenech (85 S. Pisani), Mifsud, Schembri (83 R. Muscat), Kristensen (80 Effiong), Z. Muscat
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Malta 0-1 Slovenia
    0-1 Verbič 47
    Hogg, Magri, J. Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, Mifsud (77 J.P. Farrugia), Gambin, R. Muscat, Schembri, R. Camilleri (68 S. Borg), Z. Muscat
  • 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)
    Slovakia 0-1 England
    0-1 Lallana 90+5
    Kozáčik, Pekarík, Škrtel, Ďurica, Greguš, Hubočan, Hamšík, Švento (78 Kiss), Mak (71 Kubík), Ďuriš, Pečovský (55 Gyömber)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Kronaveter 74
    Kozáčik, Ďurica, Greguš, Hrošovský (79 Ďuriš), Pauschek (79 Sabo), Hubočan, Saláta, Hamšík, Švento (79 Holúbek), Kucka, Mak
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Slovakia 3-0 Scotland
    1-0 Mak 18, 2-0 Mak 56, 3-0 Nemec 68
    Kozáčik, Škrtel, Ďurica, Sabo, Nemec (69 Bakoš), Škriniar, Hamšík (87 Kiss), Kucka, Mak (80 Švento), Ďuriš, Holúbek
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Slovakia 4-0 Lithuania
    1-0 Nemec 12, 2-0 Kucka 15, 3-0 Škrtel 36, 4-0 Hamšík 86
    Kozáčik, Pekarík, Škrtel, Ďurica, Weiss (89 Bero), Nemec (77 Ďuriš), Škriniar, Hubočan, Hamšík, Kucka, Mak (83 Švento)
  • 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