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SwitzerlandSwitzerlandKybunpark St. Gallen - St GallenThursday 31 August 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group B - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2016QR (GS)Andorra - Switzerland1-2
Andorra la VellaAlex Martínez 90+1; Schär 19 (P), Mehmedi 77
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Switzerland - Squad list
Current season
-Yann Sommer17/12/198828Mönchengladbach - 5000
-Roman Bürki14/11/199026Dortmund - 1000
-Marwin Hitz18/09/198729Augsburg - 0000
-Stephan Lichtsteiner16/01/198433Juventus - 5100
-Johan Djourou18/01/198730Antalyaspor - 4000
-Michael Lang08/02/199126Basel*1000
-Ricardo Rodríguez25/08/199225Milan*4100
-François Moubandje21/06/199027Toulouse - 2000
-Fabian Schär20/12/199125Deportivo - 5100
-Nico Elvedi30/09/199620Mönchengladbach - 2000
-Manuel Akanji19/07/199522Basel - 1000
-Valon Behrami19/04/198532Udinese - 4000
-Blerim Džemaili12/04/198631Montreal*5000
-Gelson Fernandes02/09/198630Frankfurt*4000
-Xherdan Shaqiri10/10/199125Stoke - 4100
-Steven Zuber17/08/199126Hoffenheim - 2000
-Granit Xhaka27/09/199224Arsenal - 5100
-Remo Freuler15/04/199225Atalanta - 2000
-Denis Zakaria20/11/199620Mönchengladbach - 1000
-Edimilson Fernandes15/04/199621West Ham - 1000
-Eren Derdiyok12/06/198829Galatasaray - 4100
-Admir Mehmedi16/03/199126Leverkusen*6200
-Haris Seferović22/02/199225Benfica - 6100
-Vladimir Petković15/08/196354 - 6000
Andorra - Squad list
Current season
-Ferran Pol28/02/198334FC Andorra - 1000
-Josep Gomes03/12/198531Illescas - 5000
-Victor Silverio15/04/199720FC Santa Coloma - 0000
-Ildefons Lima10/12/197937FC Santa Coloma*5000
-Marc Garcia21/03/198829AEC Manlleu - 3000
-Jordi Rubio01/11/198729UE Santa Coloma - 3000
-Emili Garcia11/01/198928Andorra - 2000
-David Maneiro16/02/198928UE Santa Coloma*1000
-Max Llovera08/01/199720Lleida - 6000
-Marc Pujol21/08/198235FC Andorra*6000
-Gabriel Riera05/06/198532FC Santa Coloma - 3000
-Sergi Moreno25/11/198729FC Andorra - 0000
-Marcio Vieira10/10/198432Monzón - 5000
-Victor Moreira05/10/198234FC Andorra - 3000
-Marc Rebés03/07/199423FC Santa Coloma - 3100
-Marc Ferré11/01/199423FC Andorra - 0000
-Victor Rodríguez07/09/198729FC Santa Coloma*3000
-Jordi Aláez23/01/199819FC Andorra*5000
-Ludovic Clemente09/05/198631FC Andorra*4000
-Sebastiàn Gómez01/11/198333FC Andorra - 0000
-Aaron Sánchez05/06/199621Lleida - 0000
-Alex Martínez10/10/199818FC Andorra - 4100
-Koldo Alvarez04/09/197046 - 6000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Vladimir Petković

Date of birth: 15 August 1963
Nationality: Swiss
Playing career: FK Sarajevo (twice), FK Rudar Ljubija, FC Koper, FC Chur 97 (twice), FC Sion, FC Martigny-Sports, AC Bellinzona (twice), FC Locarno
Coaching career: AC Bellinzona (twice), FC Malcantone Agno, AC Lugano, BSC Young Boys, Samsunspor, FC Sion, SS Lazio, Switzerland

• Started his career in midfield with Sarajevo, losing in the 1983 Yugoslavian Cup final but featuring twice as his team took the 1984/85 league title, the only major honour of his playing days. Moved to Switzerland in 1987, playing for second-tier Chur and then ascending to the top flight with Sion in 1988/89; returned to the second division to represent Martigny, Bellinzona and Locarno.

• Petković hung up his boots in 1999, aged 36, following a season as player-coach at Bellinzona. Then led Malcantone Agno to promotion from the third divison in 2002/03 before becoming the first coach of AC Lugano – successors to FC Lugano.

• Rejoined Bellinzona in October 2005, steering them to the 2007/08 Swiss Cup final, where they lost 4-1 to FC Basel 1893, but consolation came two weeks later as victory in a relegation/promotion play-off against FC St Gallen gave Bellinzona a Super League berth.

• Was appointed Young Boys coach in August 2008, guiding them to second-placed finishes in his first two campaigns in charge as well the 2008/09 Swiss Cup final. After short spells in charge of Turkey's Samsunspor and Sion back in Switzerland, was named Lazio coach in June 2012 and won the Coppa Italia in his first term in Italy, also helping the side to seventh position in the final standings.

• Left in January 2014 after being anointed Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's successor, taking the reins after the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Promptly guided his charges to UEFA EURO 2016, where they lost to Poland in the last 16.



Koldo Alvarez

Date of birth: 4 September 1970
Nationality: Andorran
Playing career: Club Atlético de Madrid, CD Toledo, UD Salamanca, FC Andorra (twice), CF Balaguer
Coaching career: Andorra

• A reserve goalkeeper at Atlético, Koldo came through the club's youth ranks and lifted the Copa del Rey with the Spanish side in 1991/92.

• Leaving the capital in search of first-team football, Koldo played for Toledo before winning promotion to the Spanish second division with Salamanca in 1993/94.

• Signed for FC Andorra in the summer of 1994, dividing his time between playing for the club's first team and acting as a youth coach with the national Under-17, U19 and U21 sides.

• Capped 79 times by Andorra before his retirement following a 6-0 loss to England at Wembley in June 2009. Named his country's best player of the last 50 years by the Andorran Football Federation (FAF).

• Took over as coach of the national team in February 2010 after the departure of David Rodrigo, though his side finished bottom of their qualifying groups for UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. That was again the case in the UEFA EURO 2016 preliminaries, although Andorra did score four goals – setting a new best mark for the competition.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeTore Hansen (NOR)
  • Assistant refereesJon-Michael Knutsen (NOR) , Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
  • Fourth officialEspen Eskås (NOR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerThomas Weyhing (GER)
  • Referee observerKaren Nalbandyan (ARM)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Tore Hansen06/02/1978024

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

No such matches refereed

Last updated 29/08/2017 11:28CET

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 B - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands61232105
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
    1-0 Embolo 24, 2-0 Mehmedi 30
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner (70 Widmer), Embolo, Seferović (78 Derdiyok), Xhaka, Behrami, Rodríguez, Džemaili (89 Fernandes), Mehmedi, Djourou, Schär
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Hungary 2-3 Switzerland
    0-1 Seferović 51, 1-1 Szalai 53, 1-2 Rodríguez 67, 2-2 Szalai 71, 2-3 Stocker 89
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Elvedi, Embolo, Seferović (72 Derdiyok), Behrami, Rodríguez, Džemaili, Mehmedi (88 Stocker), Schär, Shaqiri (81 Fernandes)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Andorra 1-2 Switzerland
    0-1 Schär 19 (P) , 0-2 Mehmedi 77, 1-2 Alex Martínez 90+1
    Bürki, Klose (46 Elvedi), M. Lang, Embolo, Seferović, Xhaka, Rodríguez, Fernandes (66 Zakaria), Mehmedi, Schär, Shaqiri (80 Stocker)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Derdiyok 27, 2-0 Lichtsteiner 83
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodríguez, Stocker (69 Fernandes), Džemaili (80 Steffen), Mehmedi, Derdiyok (87 Seferović), Djourou, Schär
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Switzerland 1-0 Latvia
    1-0 Drmic 66
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Moubandje, Seferović (83 Freuler), Xhaka, Džemaili, Fernandes (64 Drmic), Mehmedi, Djourou, Schär, Shaqiri (77 St. Zuber)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Faroe Islands 0-2 Switzerland
    0-1 Xhaka 36, 0-2 Shaqiri 59
    Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Moubandje, Seferović (78 Derdiyok), Xhaka, Behrami, Akanji, Džemaili (86 Freuler), Mehmedi (62 St. Zuber), Djourou, Shaqiri
  • 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)
    Andorra 0-1 Latvia
    0-1 Šabala 48
    Ferran Pol, C. Martínez, Vales, Ildefons Lima, M. Vieira, Riera (30 Rebés), Clemente (78 Pujol), Aláez (83 Moreira), Llovera, Marc Garcia, Jordi Rubio
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Portugal 6-0 Andorra
    1-0 Ronaldo 2, 2-0 Ronaldo 4, 3-0 João Cancelo 44, 4-0 Ronaldo 47, 5-0 Ronaldo 68, 6-0 André Silva 86
    Gomes, C. Martínez (76 Moreira), Vales, Rebés, Ildefons Lima, M. Vieira, Aláez (73 Pujol), Llovera, Marc Garcia (49 M. San Nicolás), Rodríguez, Jordi Rubio
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Andorra 1-2 Switzerland
    0-1 Schär 19 (P) , 0-2 Mehmedi 77, 1-2 Alex Martínez 90+1
    Gomes, Vales, Emili Garcia, Ildefons Lima, Pujol (84 Riera), M. Vieira (80 C. Martínez), Clemente (73 Alex Martínez), M. San Nicolás, Llovera, Rodríguez, Chus Rubio
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Hungary 4-0 Andorra
    1-0 Gera 34, 2-0 Lang 43, 3-0 Gyurcsó 73, 4-0 Szalai 88
    Gomes, C. Martínez (67 Alex Martínez), Vales, Emili Garcia, Pujol (87 Juli Sánchez), M. Vieira, Aláez, M. San Nicolás, Chus Rubio, Llovera, Rodríguez (83 Moreira)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Andorra 0-0 Faroe Islands
    Gomes, C. Martínez, Vales, Ildefons Lima, Pujol (54 Alex Martínez), M. Vieira, Aláez, M. San Nicolás, Chus Rubio (46 Marc Garcia), Llovera, Jordi Rubio (77 Clemente)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Andorra 1-0 Hungary
    1-0 Rebés 26
    Gomes, Vales, Rebés, Ildefons Lima, Pujol (88 Josep Ayala), Clemente (83 Riera), Aláez (68 David Maneiro), M. San Nicolás, Alex Martínez, Llovera, Chus Rubio
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Andorra
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:17CET



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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