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European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

BelarusBelarusBorisov-Arena - BorisovFriday 9 June 2017
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/11/2016QR (GS)Bulgaria - Belarus1-0
SofiaPopov 10
UEFA EURO 2008
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/06/2007QR (GS)Bulgaria - Belarus2-1
SofiaM.Petrov 10, Yankov 40; Vasilyuk 5 (P)
02/06/2007QR (GS)Belarus - Bulgaria0-2
MinskBerbatov 28, 46
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Belarus10012002----6105411
Bulgaria22001100----6501114

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Squad list Only this chapter

Belarus - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Andrei Klimovich27/08/198828Dinamo Minsk - 0000
-Andrei Gorbunov29/05/198334Atromitos - 5000
-Sergei Chernik20/07/198828Nancy - 0000
Defenders
-Mikhail Sivakov16/01/198829Orenburg*2000
-Yegor Filipenko10/04/198829M. Tel-Aviv - 3000
-Sergei Politevich09/04/199027Gençlerbirliği - 4000
-Aleksandr Sachivko05/01/198631Dinamo Minsk - 0000
-Sergei Matveichik05/06/198829Shakhtyor - 0000
-Dmitri Aliseiko28/08/199224Dinamo Brest - 0000
-Denis Polyakov 17/04/199126BATE - 4000
-Aleksandr Pavlovets13/08/199620Torpedo Zhodino - 0000
-Igor Burko08/09/198828Shakhtyor - 0000
Midfielders
-Stanislav Dragun04/06/198829Orenburg - 1000
-Sergei Balanovich29/08/198729Amkar - 0000
-Aleksei Rios14/05/198730BATE*2100
-Ivan Maevski05/05/198829Astana*5000
-Artem Bykov19/10/199224Dinamo Minsk - 0000
-Nikita Korzun06/03/199522Dynamo Kyiv*3000
-Evgeni Berezkin05/07/199620BATE - 0000
Forwards
-Maksim Skavysh13/11/198927Torpedo Zhodino - 0000
-Mikhail Gordeichuk23/10/198927BATE - 5000
-Pavel Savitski12/07/199422Neman - 2100
-Denis Laptev01/08/199125Shakhtyor - 1000
Coach
-Igor Kriushenko10/02/196453 - 1000
Bulgaria - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Nikolay Mihaylov28/06/198828Mersin - 1000
-Plamen Iliev30/11/199125Astra - 0000
-Georgi Kitanov06/03/199522CSKA Sofia - 0000
Defenders
-Petar Zanev18/10/198531Amkar - 2000
-Stanislav Manolev16/12/198531CSKA Sofia - 1000
-Vasil Bozhikov02/06/198829Kasımpaşa - 3000
-Aleksandar Tsvetkov31/08/199026Cherno More - 0000
-Strahil Popov31/08/199026Kasımpaşa - 5000
-Georgi Terziev18/04/199225Ludogorets - 0000
-Aleksandar Bashliev16/11/198927Pirin - 0000
-Anton Nedyalkov30/04/199324CSKA Sofia*3000
-Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski08/08/199521CSKA Sofia - 2000
Midfielders
-Ivelin Popov26/10/198729Spartak Moskva*5200
-Svetoslav Dyakov31/05/198433Ludogorets*4000
-Georgi Milanov19/02/199225CSKA Moskva - 4000
-Ivaylo Chochev18/02/199324Palermo - 3000
-Simeon Slavchev25/09/199323Lechia - 3000
-Georgi Kostadinov07/09/199026Levski - 3000
-Kiril Despodov11/11/199620CSKA Sofia - 0000
Forwards
-Alexandar Tonev03/02/199027Crotone*4100
-Spas Delev22/09/198927Pogoń - 2200
-Andrej Galabinov27/11/198828Novara - 0000
-Bozhidar Kraev23/06/199719Levski - 1000
Coach
-Petar Houbtchev26/02/196453 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Igor Kriushenko

Date of birth: 10 February 1964
Nationality: Belarusian
Playing career: FC Dinamo Minsk, FC Neman Grodno, FC Lida, FC Alga Bishkek, FC Aktyubinets, FC Metallurg Aldan, FC Dinamo Yakutsk, FC Selenga, FC Torpedo Mogilev
Coaching career: FC Torpedo Mogilev, FC BATE Borisov (reserve team), FC BATE Borisov, FC Dinamo Minsk, FC Sibir Novosibirsk, FC Shurtan Guzar, FC Torpedo Zhodino, Belarus

• A graduate of one Minsk's youth academies, his first coach was Mikhail Mustygin – Soviet Top League top scorer with Dinamo Minsk in 1962 and 1967. A Soviet youth international, Kriushenko never made the first team at Dinamo Minsk, and spent his playing career in the lower divisions.

• After four years as a coach with BATE's reserve team, took charge of the seniors in 2005 and won league titles in 2006 and 2007.

• League runner-up as Dinamo Minsk coach in 2008, he moved to Russia and led Sibir Novosibirsk to promotion in his first campaign, and then to the Russian Cup final and the UEFA Europa League play-offs in 2010.

• Won a Belarusian Cup with Torpedo Zhodino in 2016 and was named Belarus coach on a temoporary basis on 1 March 2017, coaching Torpedo and the national team in tandem.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2445695.html#igor+kriushenko

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Petar Hubchev

Date of birth: 26 February 1964
Nationality: Bulgarian
Playing career: PFC Litex Lovech, PFC Levski Sofia, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt
Coaching career: PFC Slavia Sofia, Chernomorets Pomorie, PFC Botev Plovdiv, PFC Beroe Stara Zagora

• Made debut for Bulgaria while playing in the second tier in a friendly against Greece in 1984, the first of 35 caps. Hubchev was one of the mainstays of the great Bulgaria side that reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. He also played at EURO '96.

• Hubchev came through the ranks of Osum Lovech (now known as Litex Lovech). He was a right-back before establishing himself as a central defender.

• In 1989 he moved to Levski, winning the league and cup double in 1993 before departing at the end of that year for Hamburg. In 1996 he moved on to Eintracht, helping them back to the Bundesliga.

• Hubchev began his coaching career at Eintracht in 2001, and after a six-month stint as head coach at Slavia Sofia in 2005 he returned to Germany for spells with the reserve sides of Eintracht and Wolfsburg.

• In 2009 he was back in Bulgaria at Chernomorets Pomorie, guiding the second division side to the cup final in his first season. Following a brief spell at Botev Plovdiv he had four seasons at Beroe Stara Zagora, leading them to the Bulgarian Cup in 2013. On 3 October 2016 Hubchev succeeded Ivaylo Petev as Bulgaria coach.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2410755.html#petar+hubchev

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMatej Jug (SVN)
  • Assistant refereesMatej Žunič (SVN) , Manuel Vidali (SVN)
  • Fourth officialRade Obrenovic (SVN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerWilliam Campbell (NIR)
  • Referee observerMatteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Matej Jug25/09/1980365

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
26/03/2008U21QRPortugalBulgaria2-0Guimaraes
16/09/2014UCLGSLiverpool FCPFC Ludogorets Razgrad2-1Liverpool

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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 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

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Belarus

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group A - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    France541010313
    Sweden531110310
    Bulgaria53028109
    Netherlands5212867
    Belarus50232102
    Luxembourg50146121
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Belarus 0-0 France
    Gorbunov, Polyakov , Politevich, Korzun, Stasevich (69 Krivets), Gordeichuk (85 M. Volodko), Sivakov, Maevski, Bordachev, Signevich (81 Kornilenko), Kalachev
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Netherlands 4-1 Belarus
    1-0 Promes 15, 2-0 Promes 31, 2-1 Rios 47, 3-1 Klaassen 56, 4-1 Janssen 64
    Gorbunov, Polyakov , Politevich, Korzun, Kornilenko, Gordeichuk (74 M. Volodko), Krivets (67 Kislyak), Rios, Sivakov, Maevski (46 Hleb), Bordachev
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Belarus 1-1 Luxembourg
    1-0 Savitski 80, 1-1 Joachim 85
    Gorbunov, Martynovich, Polyakov , Korzun, Hleb, Gordeichuk, Maevski (71 Savitski), Bordachev (78 M. Volodko), Signevich (60 Kornilenko), Filipenko, Kalachev
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Bulgaria 1-0 Belarus
    1-0 Popov 10
    Gorbunov, Martynovich (36 Shitov), Polyakov , Politevich, Hleb, Gordeichuk, Nekhaychik (61 Savitski), Kendysh, Maevski (74 Kornilenko), Filipenko, Laptev
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Sweden 4-0 Belarus
    1-0 Forsberg 19 (P) , 2-0 Forsberg 49, 3-0 Berg 57, 4-0 Kiese Thelin 78
    Gorbunov, Martynovich, Shitov, Politevich, Renan Bressan, Gordeichuk, Signevich (71 Rodionov), Rios, Maevski (65 Dragun), Bordachev (69 M. Volodko), Filipenko
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Belarus-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Luxembourg-Belarus
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Belarus-Sweden
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Belarus-Netherlands
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    France-Belarus

Bulgaria

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bulgaria 4-3 Luxembourg
    1-0 Rangelov 16, 1-1 Joachim 60, 1-2 Joachim 62, 2-2 Marcelinho 65, 3-2 Popov 79, 3-3 Bohnert 90+1, 4-3 Tonev 90+2
    Stoyanov, Popov, Nedyalkov, Chorbadzhiyski, Alexandrov (56 Chochev), Rangelov, Popov (85 Bozhilov), Marcelinho, Ivanov, Milanov (64 Tonev), Dyakov
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    France 4-1 Bulgaria
    0-1 Alexandrov 6 (P) , 1-1 Gameiro 23, 2-1 Payet 26, 3-1 Griezmann 38, 4-1 Gameiro 59
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Alexandrov (76 Nedelev), Kostadinov, Popov (68 Tonev), Marcelinho (62 Rangelov), Pirgov, Milanov, Milanov, Dyakov
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Sweden 3-0 Bulgaria
    1-0 Toivonen 39, 2-0 Hiljemark 45, 3-0 Lindelöf 58
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Bozhikov, Slavchev (89 Rainov), Kostadinov (53 Alexandrov), Popov, Nedyalkov, Milanov, Chochev (72 Marcelinho), Dyakov
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Bulgaria 1-0 Belarus
    1-0 Popov 10
    Stoyanov, Popov, A. Aleksandrov, Zanev, Slavchev, Delev, Popov (75 Yordanov ), Bozhikov, Milanov (53 Chochev), Tonev (66 Kirilov), Dyakov
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Bulgaria 2-0 Netherlands
    1-0 Delev 5, 2-0 Delev 20
    Mihaylov, Popov, Zanev (86 Nedyalkov), Chorbadzhiyski, Slavchev, Kostadinov, Delev (88 Bodurov), Popov (67 Kraev), Manolev, Bozhikov, Tonev
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Belarus-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Bulgaria-Sweden
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Netherlands-Bulgaria
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bulgaria-France
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Luxembourg-Bulgaria

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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.