European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Finland||Tampere Stadion - TampereSunday 11 June 2017|
18.00CET (19.00 local time) Group I - Matchday 6
|12/11/2016||QR (GS)||Ukraine - Finland||1-0||Odessa||Kravets 25|
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|-||Jukka Raitala||15/09/1988||28||Columbus Crew||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Thomas Lam||18/12/1993||23||Nottm Forest||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Andriy Pyatov||28/06/1984||32||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Mykyta Shevchenko||26/01/1993||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Olexandr Kucher||22/10/1982||34||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||5||0||0||0|
|-||Mykola Morozyuk||17/01/1988||29||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Kryvtsov||15/03/1991||26||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Bohdan Butko||13/01/1991||26||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Ivan Ordets||08/07/1992||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Yaroslav Rakitskiy||03/08/1989||27||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Taras Stepanenko||08/08/1989||27||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||5||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Sydorchuk||02/05/1991||26||Dynamo Kyiv||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Kovalenko||14/02/1996||21||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Tsygankov||15/11/1997||19||Dynamo Kyiv||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Maksym Malyshev||24/12/1992||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Volodymyr Shepeliev||01/06/1997||20||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Andriy Yarmolenko||23/10/1989||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||5||3||0||0|
|-||Artem Besedin||31/03/1996||21||Dynamo Kyiv||-||1||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland
• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.
• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.
• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.
• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.
• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.
Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine
• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.
• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.
• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.
• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.
• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|28/07/2010||UCL||3QR||FK Partizan||HJK Helsinki||3-0||Belgrade|
|08/11/2012||UEL||GS||SSC Napoli||FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||4-2||Naples|
|21/08/2014||UEL||PO||Ruch Chorzów||FC Metalist Kharkiv||0-0||Gliwice|
|05/08/2015||UCL||3QR||FC Astana||HJK Helsinki||4-3||Astana|
|22/10/2015||UEL||GS||FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||AS Saint-Étienne||0-1||Dnipropetrovsk|
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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:
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
South America: 4.5
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