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worldcup: Israel - Albania Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

IsraelIsraelSammy Ofer Stadium - HaifaSunday 11 June 2017
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 6
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Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/11/2016QR (GS)Albania - Israel0-3
ElbasanZahavi 18 (P), Einbinder 66, Atar 83
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Israel - Squad list
Current season
-David Goresh01/02/198037H. Beer-Sheva - 4000
-Daniel Amos02/02/198730M. Petach-Tikva - 0000
-Omri Glazer11/03/199621M. Haifa - 0000
-Tal Ben Haim31/03/198235M. Tel-Aviv - 0000
-Eytan Tibi16/11/198729M. Tel-Aviv*4000
-Taleb Twatha21/06/199224Frankfurt - 1000
-Eli Dasa03/12/199224M. Tel-Aviv*4000
-Omer Danino17/02/199522M. Petach-Tikva - 0000
-Shir Tzedek 22/08/198927H. Beer-Sheva - 5000
-Yossi Benayoun05/05/198037M. Tel-Aviv - 0000
-Bibras Natcho18/02/198829CSKA Moskva - 2000
-Beram Kayal02/05/198829Brighton - 1000
-Almog Cohen01/09/198828Ingolstadt*4000
-Eran Zahavi25/07/198729Guangzhou R&F - 5100
-Eyal Golasa07/10/199125M. Tel-Aviv - 2000
-Daniel Einbinder16/02/198928Beitar Jerusalem - 3100
-Gidi Kanuk11/02/199324M. Petach-Tikva - 0000
-David Keltjens11/06/199521Beitar Jerusalem - 1000
-Lior Refaelov26/04/198631Club Brugge - 1100
-Etey Shechter22/02/198730Beitar Jerusalem - 0000
-Ben Sahar10/08/198927H. Beer-Sheva*1000
-Idan Vered25/05/198928Beitar Jerusalem - 0000
-Manor Solomon24/07/199917M. Petach-Tikva - 0000
-Elisha Levy18/11/195759 - 5000
Albania - Squad list
Current season
-Orges Shehi25/09/197739Skënderbeu - 0000
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198729Partizani - 1000
-Thoma Strakosha19/03/199522Lazio - 1000
-Andi Lila12/02/198631Giannina - 3000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199224Empoli*1000
-Mërgim Mavraj09/06/198631Hamburg*4000
-Arlind Ajeti25/09/199323Torino - 1000
-Elseid Hysaj02/02/199423Napoli - 5000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199324Avellino - 4000
-Azdren Llullaku15/02/198829Astana*2000
-Naser Aliji27/12/199323Kaiserslautern - 2000
-Jahmir Hyka08/03/198829San Jose Earthquakes*3000
-Migjen Basha05/01/198730Bari - 3000
-Odise Roshi22/05/199126Terek*5000
-Amir Abrashi27/03/199027Freiburg - 2000
-Burim Kukeli16/01/198433Zürich*4000
-Ermir Lenjani05/08/198927Rennes - 1000
-Ergys Kaçe08/07/199323PAOK - 0000
-Ledian Memushaj 07/12/198630Pescara*4000
-Liridon Latifi06/02/199423Skënderbeu - 1000
-Sokol Çikalleshi27/07/199026Akhisar - 2000
-Armando Sadiku27/05/199126Lugano - 2100
-Eros Grezda15/04/199522Lokomotiva Zagreb - 1000
-Giovanni de Biasi16/06/195660 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Elisha Levy

Date of birth: 18 November 1957
Nationality: Israeli
Playing career: Hapoel Beit She'an FC (twice), Maccabi Haifa FC, Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC
Coaching career: Hapoel Beit She'an FC (twice), Maccabi Herzliya FC, Hapoel Tzafririm Holon FC, Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion FC, Hapoel Kfar-Saba FC (twice), FC Ashdod, Bnei Sakhnin FC, Maccabi Haifa FC, Hapoel Beer Sheva FC

• Levy joined home-town club Hapoel Beit She'an aged 11 and stepped up to the first team in 1974, signing for Maccabi Haifa in 1982. A season later the midfielder joined Maccabi Petach-Tikva, where he spent four years prior to returning to Beit She'an, hanging up his boots in 1989.

• After steering Beit She'an up through the leagues, Levy went on to coach a number of clubs, enjoying particular success at Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion and Ashdod, securing a fourth-placed Premier League finish with the latter in 2001.

• Promotions to the top flight with both Hapoel Kfar-Saba (2005) and Bnei Sakhnin (2007) prompted a chance at Maccabi Haifa in 2008. Levy was an instant hit, winning the league in his first season and taking the club into the UEFA Champions League group stage the following campaign.

• Moved on after winning a second league title with Maccabi Haifa, spending three years at Hapoel Beer Sheva. He was confirmed as Israel coach on 20 April 2016, taking over from Eli Gutman.



Gianni De Biasi

Date of birth: 16 June 1956
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Treviso FC, FC Internazionale Milano, AC Reggiana 1919, Pescara Calcio, Brescia Calcio, US Città di Palermo, Vicenza Calcio, Bassano Virtus 55 ST
Coaching career: FC Pro Vasto, Carpi FC 1909, Cosenza Calcio, SPAL 1907, Modena FC, Brescia Calcio, Torino FC (three times), Levante UD, Udinese Calcio, Albania

• Served apprenticeship as an academy coach and on the lower rungs of the Italian football ladder before making his name overseeing back-to-back promotions at Modena – guiding them from the third division to Serie A in 2002. It ended a 38-year absence from the top flight.

• Helped Modena survive first season among the elite before moving to Brescia, where he stayed two years before embarking on a tumultuous spell at Torino in 2005.

• Arrived with Torino picking up the pieces after bankruptcy and exceeded expectations by steering them back to Serie A in his first campaign, only to be replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni three days before the start of the next term. He was reappointed within seven months, leading the Granata to safety.

• Spent 2007/08 at Levante, winning plaudits despite relegation, then returned for a third stint at Torino with five games of the season remaining and saved them from relegation again. Sacked that December, he had a two-month reign at Udinese in 2009/10 before finding more constancy as Albania boss.

• A one-time midfielder with a handful of top-flight playing campaigns under his belt, De Biasi was installed in December 2011 as successor to Josip Kuže. He signed a new deal running until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in November 2013, and promptly led the team to the finals for the first time, Albania only narrowly missing out on the last 16 in France after a memorable win against Romania in their final game.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
  • Assistant refereesDmitri Zhuk (BLR) , Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
  • Fourth officialDenis Scherbakov (BLR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerTugomir Frajman (SVN)
  • Referee observerMichel Vautrot (FRA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Aleksei Kulbakov27/12/1979482

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
12/10/2007U19QRIsraelFYR Macedonia3-0Boxholm
17/07/2008UEL1QRFC KoperKF Vllaznia1-2Nova Gorica
13/10/2008U19QRAlbaniaNorthern Ireland1-2Belfast
19/07/2012UEL2QRKF TiranaAalesunds FK1-1Tirana
08/11/2012UELGSHapoel Kiryat Shmona FCAC Sparta Praha1-1Haifa
28/11/2013UELGSAZ AlkmaarMaccabi Haifa FC2-0Alkmaar
28/07/2015UCL3QRMaccabi Tel-Aviv FCFC Viktoria Plzeň1-2Tel Aviv

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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 G - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia51047113
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Goresh, Davidzada, Bitton (57 Atzily), Zahavi, Kayal, Hemed, Ben Chaim (62 Kehat), Yeini, Tzedek , Tibi (50 Gershon), Bitton
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia 1-2 Israel
    0-1 Hemed 25, 0-2 Ben Chaim 43, 1-2 Nestorovski 63
    Goresh, Dasa, Davidzada, Bitton, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Hemed (75 Abed), Ben Chaim (68 Buzaglo), Golasa (72 Einbinder), Tzedek , Tibi
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Israel 2-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Hemed 4, 2-0 Hemed 16, 2-1 Göppel 49
    Goresh, Dasa, Gershon, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Hemed (75 Kehat), Buzaglo (63 Atzily), Ben Chaim (81 Dabbur), Golasa, Tzedek , Ben Harush
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Albania 0-3 Israel
    0-1 Zahavi 18 (P) , 0-2 Einbinder 66, 0-3 Atar 83
    Goresh, Dasa, Gershon, Natcho, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Einbinder (70 Hemed), Ben Chaim (75 Atar), Sahar (64 Buzaglo), Tzedek , Tibi
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Spain 4-1 Israel
    1-0 Silva 13, 2-0 Vitolo 45+1, 3-0 Diego Costa 51, 3-1 Refaelov 76, 4-1 Isco 88
    Marciano, Dasa, Gershon, Natcho, Zahavi, A. Cohen, Refaelov, Ben Chaim (64 Hemed), Einbinder (60 Keltjens), Tzedek , Tibi (19 Twatha)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Israel-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Sadiku, Gashi (60 Memushaj ), Kukeli, Xhaka, Mavraj, Hyka (67 Roshi), Abrashi (60 Balaj)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Llullaku (69 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (44 Basha), Mavraj, Aliji, Hyka, Balaj, Roshi, Abrashi (46 Lila)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    Berisha, Lila, Lenjani (46 Aliji), Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj (68 Basha), Xhaka (75 Hyka), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Albania 0-3 Israel
    0-1 Zahavi 18 (P) , 0-2 Einbinder 66, 0-3 Atar 83
    Berisha, Hysaj (79 Çani), Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj , Llullaku (57 Hoxha), Kukeli, Xhaka (82 Manaj), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Italy 2-0 Albania
    1-0 De Rossi 12 (P) , 2-0 Immobile 80
    Strakosha, Lila (77 Sadiku), Hysaj, Veseli, Agolli, Basha (96 Latifi), Memushaj , Kukeli, Çikalleshi, Arlind Ajeti, Roshi (87 Grezda)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Albania
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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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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