European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Kosovo||Loro Boriçi Stadium - ShkoderSunday 11 June 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 6
|12/11/2016||QR (GS)||Turkey - Kosovo||2-0||Antalya||Burak Yılmaz 51, Volkan Şen 55|
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|-||Amir Rrahmani||24/02/1994||23||Lokomotiva Zagreb||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Fidan Aliti||03/10/1993||23||Slaven Koprivnica||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Enis Alushi||22/12/1985||31||M. Haifa||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Fanol Perdedaj||16/07/1991||25||1860 München||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Besart Berisha||29/07/1985||31||Melbourne Victory||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Atdhe Nuhiu||29/07/1989||27||Sheff. Wednesday||-||1||1||0||0|
|-||Volkan Babacan||11/08/1988||28||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Hasan Ali Kaldırım||09/12/1989||27||Fenerbahçe||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Cengiz Ünder||14/07/1997||19||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Burak Yılmaz||15/07/1985||31||Beijing Guoan||*||1||1||0||0|
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Date of birth: 18 June 1971
Playing career: FC Prishtina, Skövde, IFK/MBK Mariestad, Törboda IK, Torsö Hassle
Coaching career: Torsö Hassle, Tidavad IK, Örebro Syrianska, Tidaholms GIF, Degerfors IF, Kalmar FF (assistant), Kosovo
• Born in Pristina – then part of Yugoslavia – Bunjaki started his career with his local team and went on to spend much of his playing days in the Swedish lower leagues.
• His coaching career followed a similar pattern, with his highest-profile appointment a stint at Degerfors in 2005; Bunjaki then spent two years as assistant coach at Kalmar between 2006 and 2007.
• Appointed Kosovo coach in 2009, overseeing wins against Oman and Equatorial Guinea prior to a 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in June 2016, their first match after being accepted into FIFA the previous month.
Date of birth: 4 September 1953
Playing career: Adana Demirspor, Galatasaray AŞ
Coaching career: MKE Ankaragücü, Göztepe AŞ, Turkey Under-21, Turkey (three times), Galatasaray AŞ (three times), ACF Fiorentina, AC Milan
• A central defender, Terim represented Galatasaray for over a decade and played 51 games for Turkey, 32 as captain. Began his coaching career with Ankaragücü and Göztepe, before being named assistant to national team boss Sepp Piontek and put in charge of the U21s in 1990.
• Appointed Turkey coach in 1993, Terim led them to EURO '96. They lost all their matches in England, but just getting to the final tournament, Turkey's first since the 1954 FIFA World Cup, was a major landmark.
• Returned to Galatasaray after the EURO, winning four league titles and the 2000 UEFA Cup. Serie A came calling and Terim took the helm at Fiorentina and Milan before rejoining Galatasaray; however, a run of disappointing results brought about a temporary retirement in 2004.
• Reappointed Turkey coach in 2005, Terim – known as 'İmparator' (The Emperor) for his leadership skills – could not guide them through a 2006 World Cup play-off against Switzerland. Success followed at UEFA EURO 2008 with Terim steering Turkey to the semi-finals but he resigned following unsuccessful bid to reach the 2010 World Cup.
• Back for a third spell as Galatasaray boss in July 2011, in his first season he inspired Cimbom to their first Süper Lig crown in four years. Repeated the feat in 2013 when also helping Galatasaray to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Named head of the national team for a third time – on a part-time basis – in August 2013, he parted company with Galatasaray in September to assume the role full time. Was unable to lead Turkey to the 2014 World Cup despite winning three of his four qualifiers in charge, but did take them to UEFA EURO 2016 where they failed to get out of their group.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|18/09/2014||UEL||GS||Beşiktaş JK||Asteras Tripolis FC||1-1||Istanbul|
|26/11/2015||UEL||GS||Molde FK||Fenerbahçe SK||0-2||Molde|
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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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