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FranceFranceStade de France - Saint-DenisThursday 31 August 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2016QR (GS)Netherlands - France0-1
AmsterdamPogba 30
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/06/2008GS-FTNetherlands - France4-1
BerneKuyt 9, Van Persie 59, Robben 72, Sneijder 90+2; Henry 71
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/06/2000GS-FTFrance - Netherlands2-3
AmsterdamDugarry 8, Trezeguet 31; Kluivert 14, F. de Boer 51, Zenden 59
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/06/1996QFFrance - Netherlands0-0
(aet, 5-4pens)
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/11/1981QR (GS)France - Netherlands2-0
ParisPlatini 52, Six 82
25/03/1981QR (GS)Netherlands - France1-0
RotterdamMühren 47
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

France - Squad list
Current season
-Hugo Lloris26/12/198630Tottenham*5000
-Steve Mandanda28/03/198532Marseille - 1000
-Alphonse Areola27/02/199324Paris - 0000
-Christophe Jallet31/10/198333Nice - 1000
-Lucas Digne20/07/199324Barcelona - 0000
-Samuel Umtiti14/11/199323Barcelona - 1000
-Laurent Koscielny10/09/198531Arsenal - 6000
-Layvin Kurzawa04/09/199224Paris - 3000
-Djibril Sidibé29/07/199225Monaco - 6000
-Kurt Zouma27/10/199422Stoke - 0000
-Presnel Kimpembe13/08/199522Paris - 0000
-Blaise Matuidi09/04/198730Juventus*5000
-Paul Pogba15/03/199324Man. United*5200
-Thomas Lemar12/11/199521Monaco - 1000
-Adrien Rabiot03/04/199522Paris - 1000
-N'Golo Kanté29/03/199126Chelsea - 4000
-Alexandre Lacazette28/05/199126Arsenal - 0000
-Antoine Griezmann21/03/199126Atlético - 6200
-Olivier Giroud30/09/198630Arsenal - 4300
-Florian Thauvin26/01/199324Marseille - 0000
-Kingsley Coman13/06/199621Bayern - 0000
-Nabil Fekir18/07/199324Lyon - 1000
-Kylian Mbappé20/12/199818Monaco - 2000
-Didier Deschamps15/10/196848 - 6000
Netherlands - Squad list
Current season
-Jeroen Zoet06/01/199126PSV - 2000
-Jasper Cillessen22/04/198928Barcelona - 1000
-Maarten Stekelenburg22/09/198234Everton - 3000
-Daley Blind09/03/199027Man. United*6000
-Stefan de Vrij05/02/199225Lazio*1000
-Joël Veltman15/01/199225Ajax - 1000
-Bruno Martins Indi08/02/199225Stoke - 1000
-Karim Rekik02/12/199422Hertha - 0000
-Wesley Hoedt06/03/199423Southampton - 2000
-Timothy Fosu-Mensah02/01/199819Crystal Palace - 0000
-Matthijs de Ligt12/08/199918Ajax - 1000
-Wesley Sneijder09/06/198433Nice - 5200
-Arjen Robben23/01/198433Bayern - 3200
-Georginio Wijnaldum11/11/199026Liverpool - 6100
-Kevin Strootman13/02/199027Roma - 5000
-Davy Pröpper02/09/199125Brighton*2000
-Marco van Ginkel01/12/199224PSV - 0000
-Tonny Vilhena03/01/199522Feyenoord - 0000
-Quincy Promes04/01/199225Spartak Moskva - 5300
-Robin van Persie06/08/198334Fenerbahçe - 0000
-Bas Dost31/05/198928Sporting CP - 5000
-Memphis Depay13/02/199423Lyon - 3200
-Vincent Janssen15/06/199423Tottenham - 4200
-Dick Advocaat27/09/194769 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Didier Deschamps

Date of birth: 15 October 1968
Nationality: French
Playing career: FC Nantes, Olympique de Marseille (twice), FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea FC, Valencia CF
Coaching career: AS Monaco FC, Juventus, Olympique de Marseille, France

• A product of Nantes's highly rated youth system, Deschamps had success with Marseille as a defensive midfielder, winning Ligue 1 in 1990 and 1992 and captaining them to UEFA Champions League glory in 1993.

• Signed for Juve in 1994 and won the UEFA Champions League again in 1996, adding three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a European/South American Cup. Left in 1999 for Chelsea, staying one season and lifting the FA Cup, before ending his career with a year in Valencia, watching from the bench as they lost the 2001 UEFA Champions League final to FC Bayern München.

• Skippered France to victory on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also at UEFA EURO 2000, retiring that year with 103 caps.

• Started coaching career in 2001 with Monaco, landing the French League Cup in 2003 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final a year later, going down to José Mourinho's FC Porto. Resigned in September 2005 and joined his old club Juventus, then in Serie B, the following June. Stepped down after securing promotion back to Serie A in May 2007.

• Appointed Marseille boss in May 2009, replacing Eric Gerets. Ended OM's 18-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship in his first term and added a maiden League Cup, retaining the latter trophy in the next two campaigns. Succeeded Laurent Blanc after UEFA EURO 2012 and guided France to the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Germany in the quarter-finals, and then to the final of UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil only to lose to Portugal in extra time.



Dick Advocaat

Date of birth: 27 September 1947
Nationality: Dutch
Playing career: ADO Den Haag (twice), Roda JC, VVV Venlo, Chicago Sting, Sparta Rotterdam, K. Berchem Sport, FC Utrecht
Coaching career: DSVP, HFC Haarlem, FC Dordrecht, Netherlands (three times), PSV Eindhoven, Rangers FC, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, FC Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar (twice), Belgium, Russia, Serbia, Sunderland, Netherlands (assistant), Fenerbahçe SK

• A combative midfielder, Advocaat's playing career lasted 18 years and included three seasons in the North American Soccer League with Chicago Sting.

• Twice served as assistant coach to Rinus Michels with the Dutch national team, where he earned the nickname Little General. Then took charge himself and led the Oranje to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in the United States.

• Won the Dutch Cup and Eredivisie with PSV (1995–98) before moving to Scotland and picking up domestic treble in the first of four seasons with Rangers. He then opted for a second spell with the Netherlands and led team to UEFA EURO 2004 semi-finals. Two years later he was in charge of South Korea at the World Cup finals.

• Returned to club football with Zenit, winning the Russian title in 2007 and the UEFA Cup – where he defeated former club Rangers – and UEFA Super Cup a year later. Left in August 2009, becoming Belgium coach two months later before agreeing to coach AZ Alkmaar for the rest of the season.

• Took charge of Russia in May 2010, clinching a place at UEFA EURO 2012 with a 6-0 defeat of Andorra on the last day of qualifying. In April 2012 he announced his decision to depart after that summer's finals and subsequently agreed a return to PSV. Returned to Alkmaar in October 2013 on a short-term basis.

• After an ill-fated four-month spell as Serbia coach in 2014, he successfully negotiated the end of Sunderland's relegation battle the following year. He extended his association, but a poor start to 2015/16 brought his resignation and he worked as an assistant to the senior Dutch team before being unveiled at Fenerbahçe on 17 August. The following May, succeeded Danny Blind as Netherlands coach for his third spell in charge.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeGianluca Rocchi (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesElenito Di Liberatore (ITA) , Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
  • Fourth officialLuca Banti (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerEmil Ubias (CZE)
  • Referee observerMarkus Nobs (SUI)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Gianluca Rocchi25/08/1973468

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
24/05/2008U19ELITERussiaNetherlands2-2Argos Orestiko
23/10/2008UELGSFC Schalke 04Paris Saint-Germain3-1Gelsenkirchen
27/08/2009UELPOLOSC LilleKRC Genk4-2Villeneuve d'Ascq
01/10/2009UELGSFC TwenteFCSB0-0Enschede
17/02/2011UELR32RSC AnderlechtAFC Ajax0-3Brussels
16/08/2011UCLPOOlympique LyonnaisFC Rubin3-1Lyon
16/02/2012UELR32AFC AjaxManchester United FC0-2Amsterdam
02/10/2012UCLGSValencia CFLOSC Lille2-0Valencia
09/09/2014EUROQRCzech RepublicNetherlands2-1Prague
14/09/2016UCLGSTottenham Hotspur FCAS Monaco FC1-2London
01/11/2016UCLGSPSV EindhovenFC Bayern München1-2Eindhoven
15/03/2017UCLR16AS Monaco FCManchester City FC3-1Monaco
03/05/2017UELSFAFC AjaxOlympique Lyonnais4-1Amsterdam

Last updated 29/08/2017 11:30CET

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 A - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Belarus 0-0 France
    Mandanda, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud (83 Gameiro), Martial (57 Payet), Kanté, Sissoko (69 Dembélé), Sidibé, Koscielny
  • 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
    Lloris, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (83 Fekir), Payet, Gameiro (72 Gignac), Matuidi, Sissoko, Sagna (27 Sidibé), Koscielny
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Netherlands 0-1 France
    0-1 Pogba 30
    Lloris, Sidibé, Kurzawa, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (93 Kanté), Payet (67 Martial), Gameiro (79 Gignac), Matuidi, Sissoko, Koscielny
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    France 2-1 Sweden
    0-1 Forsberg 55, 1-1 Pogba 58, 2-1 Payet 65
    Lloris, Evra, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (88 Kanté), Payet, Giroud, Matuidi, Sissoko, Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Luxembourg 1-3 France
    0-1 Giroud 28, 1-1 Joachim 34 (P) , 1-2 Griezmann 37 (P) , 1-3 Giroud 77
    Lloris, Griezmann, Payet (78 Mbappé), Giroud, Dembélé, Kanté, Matuidi (83 Rabiot), B. Mendy, Sidibé (62 Jallet), Koscielny, Umtiti
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Sweden 2-1 France
    0-1 Giroud 37, 1-1 Durmaz 43, 2-1 Toivonen 90+3
    Lloris, B. Mendy, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann (75 Mbappé), Giroud, Payet (76 Lemar), Matuidi, Sissoko, Sidibé, Koscielny
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Sweden 1-1 Netherlands
    1-0 Berg 42, 1-1 Sneijder 67
    Zoet, Janmaat, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman, Klaassen, Wijnaldum (66 Dost), Janssen, Sneijder, Promes (78 Berghuis)
  • 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
    Stekelenburg, Karsdorp, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman (79 Clasie), Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Janssen (83 Dost), Sneijder (46 Pröpper), Promes
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Netherlands 0-1 France
    0-1 Pogba 30
    Stekelenburg, Karsdorp, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Strootman, Klaassen, Wijnaldum (62 Dost), Janssen, Pröpper (84 Willems), Promes (16 Depay)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Luxembourg 1-3 Netherlands
    0-1 Robben 36, 1-1 Chanot 44 (P) , 1-2 Depay 58, 1-3 Depay 84
    Stekelenburg, Brenet, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Ramselaar (88 De Roon), Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Dost, Sneijder (46 Depay), Robben (46 Berghuis)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Bulgaria 2-0 Netherlands
    1-0 Delev 5, 2-0 Delev 20
    Zoet, Karsdorp, De Ligt (46 Hoedt), Martins Indi, Blind, Strootman, Promes (68 L. de Jong), Wijnaldum (46 Sneijder), Dost, Klaassen, Robben
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg
    1-0 Robben 21, 2-0 Sneijder 34, 3-0 Wijnaldum 62, 4-0 Promes 70, 5-0 Janssen 84 (P)
    Cillessen, Veltman, De Vrij, Hoedt, Blind, Strootman, Depay (66 Promes), Wijnaldum, Janssen, Sneijder (82 Aké), Robben (73 Lens)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:12CET



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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