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European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

GreeceGreeceStadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusThursday 31 August 2017
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Group H - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2016QR (GS)Estonia - Greece0-2
TallinnTorosidis 2, Stafylidis 60
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Greece----1100----321084
Estonia1001--------301248

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Greece - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Orestis Karnezis11/07/198532Udinese - 5000
-Dimitrios Kiriakidis24/09/198630Panetolikos - 0000
-Giannis Anestis09/03/199126AEK - 0000
Defenders
-Giorgos Tzavellas26/11/198729Alanyaspor*4100
-Giannis Maniatis12/10/198630Alanyaspor - 5000
-Kyriakos Papadopoulos23/02/199225Hamburg - 3000
-Kostas Manolas14/06/199126Roma*5000
-Charalambos Lykogiannis22/10/199323Sturm - 0000
-Kostas Stafylidis02/12/199323Augsburg*5100
-Panagiotis Retsos09/08/199819Olympiacos - 0000
Midfielders
-Alexandros Tziolis13/02/198532Al-Fayha FC - 4000
-Andreas Samaris13/06/198928Benfica - 3000
-Panagiotis Tachtsidis15/02/199126Olympiacos - 2000
-Petros Mantalos31/08/199126AEK - 6100
-Yannis Gianniotas29/04/199324Valladolid - 2000
-Kostas Fortounis16/10/199224Olympiacos - 5100
-Manolis Siopis14/05/199423Olympiacos - 0000
-Andreas Bouchalakis05/04/199324Nottm Forest - 0000
-Zeca29/08/198829Panathinaikos - 2000
Forwards
-Dimitris Diamantakos05/03/199324Bochum - 0000
-Apostolos Vellios08/01/199225Nottm Forest - 2000
-Tasos Bakasetas28/06/199324AEK - 4000
-Anastasios Donis29/08/199621Stuttgart*1000
Coach
-Michael Skibbe04/08/196552 - 6000
Estonia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Mihkel Aksalu07/11/198432SJK - 6000
-Mait Toom07/05/199027Flora - 0000
-Marko Meerits26/04/199225VPS - 0000
Defenders
-Enar Jääger18/11/198432Vålerenga - 0000
-Ragnar Klavan30/10/198531Liverpool*6000
-Dmitri Kruglov24/05/198433FCI - 3000
-Ken Kallaste31/08/198829Korona - 4000
-Nikita Baranov19/08/199225Kristiansund*6000
-Karl Mööl04/03/199225Kalju - 0000
-Joonas Tamm02/02/199225Flora - 0000
Midfielders
-Aleksandr Dmitrijev18/02/198235Hønefoss*3000
-Konstantin Vassiljev16/08/198433Piast*6100
-Taijo Teniste31/01/198829Sogndal - 6000
-Siim Luts12/03/198928Bohemians 1905 - 5000
-Ilja Antonov05/12/199224Rudar Velenje - 1000
-Rauno Sappinen23/01/199621Flora - 1000
-Brent Lepistu26/03/199324Flora - 1000
-Mattias Käit29/06/199819Fulham - 3200
-Martin Miller25/09/199719Flora - 0000
Forwards
-Ats Purje03/08/198532KuPS - 1000
-Sergei Zenjov20/04/198928Cracovia - 5000
-Henri Anier17/12/199026Lahti - 5100
Coach
-Martin Reim14/05/197146 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Michael Skibbe

Date of birth: 4 August 1965
Nationality: German
Playing career: FC Schalke 04
Coaching career: Borussia Dortmund, Germany (assistant), Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AŞ, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eskişehirspor (twice), Hertha BSC Berlin, Kardemir Karabükspor, Grasshopper Club, Greece

• Michael Skibbe started out as a midfielder at home-town club Schalke; however, the former youth international made just 15 first-team appearances before a series of cruciate injuries forced him to abandon his playing career in his early 20s.

• Impressing as a youth coach at Schalke and Dortmund, Skibbe became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was given the senior job at Dortmund aged 32 in July 1998.

• Worked in tandem with Rudi Völler during the latter's time as Germany coach, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup final but the pair resigning after the national team's early exit from UEFA EURO 2004. Skibbe returned to club football, coaching Leverkusen from 2005–08.

• First ventured abroad to coach Galatasaray from 2008–09. Went back to Turkey three more times, twice leading Eskişehirspor and briefly taking charge of Karabükspor. Had a longer stint in Switzerland with Grasshoppers.

• Hired as Greece coach in late October 2015, tasked with directing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying attempt after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2016.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2299626.html#michael+skibbe

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Martin Reim

Date of birth: 14 May 1971
Nationality: Estonian
Playing career: FC Tallinna Lõvid, SK Tallinna Sport, FC Norma Tallinn, FC Flora Tallinn (twice), Lelle SK, Kotkan TP, JK Tervis Pärnu, Viimsi JK
Coaching career: FC Flora Tallinn, Estonia U18, Estonia U21, Estonia U23, Estonia

• Reim was a defensive midfielder whose international career spanned 17 years after his debut for the newly-independent nation in June 1992 against Slovenia, a 1-1 draw. He won his 157th cap (a European record since surpassed by Latvia's Vitālijs Astafjevs) in June 2009, six months after ending club career.

• Took first steps in the game alongside goalkeeper Mart Poom. Began career in Soviet Estonia's top division aged 16, finishing top scorer in 1990 while playing for Norma.

• Spent bulk of his club career (a combined 16 years) in two stints at Flora, retiring with seven titles and three Estonian Cups to his name. He also reached the Finnish Cup final during his only overseas spell, 18 months at Kotkan.

• Returned to Flora as head coach in December 2009, having served as assistant to Janno Kivisild in the latter part of his playing career; won the Estonian title in 2010 and 2011. Lifted the Estonian Cup in 2012, but left a few months later and established a football academy in Tallinn.

• Has since coached Estonia at various levels – youth, U21s and U23s – with some success. Was named successor to Magnus Pehrsson as senior Estonia coach on 14 September 2016 in the wake of a 5-0 defeat away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first match of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2410757.html#martin+reim

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeLiran Liany (ISR)
  • Assistant refereesDavid Elias Biton (ISR) , Dvir Shimon (ISR)
  • Fourth officialRoi Reinshreiber (ISR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerAlvaro Albino (POR)
  • Referee observerSalustia Chato Cipres (AND)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Liran Liany24/05/1977451

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
12/10/2012WCQREstoniaHungary0-1Tallinn

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
12/10/2012WCQREstoniaHungary0-1Tallinn
10/12/2015UELGSAsteras Tripolis FCFC Schalke 040-4Tripoli Arkadia
18/08/2016UELPOFC Dinamo TbilisiPAOK FC0-3Tbilisi

Last updated 29/08/2017 11:29CET

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 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:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Greece

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Belgium651024216
    Greece633010312
    Bosnia and Herzegovina632113511
    Cyprus6213597
    Estonia61145174
    Gibraltar60063240
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 10, 1-1 Walker 26, 1-2 Wiseman 44 (og) , 1-3 Fortounis 45, 1-4 Torosidis 45+2
    Karnezis, Maniatis (71 Tziolis), Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou (73 Vellios), Bakasetas, Torosidis, Mantalos (62 Gianniotas), Papastathopoulos, Samaris
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Karnezis, Maniatis, Tzavellas (88 Karelis), Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas (77 Holebas), Torosidis, Mantalos, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (70 Papadopoulos)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Karnezis, Maniatis (86 Tziolis), Manolas, Papadopoulos, Karelis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas, Torosidis (18 Oikonomou), Mantalos, Papastathopoulos (6 Tachtsidis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Greece 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    0-1 Karnezis 32 (og) , 1-1 Tzavellas 90+5
    Karnezis, Maniatis (61 Gianniotas), Tzavellas, Papadopoulos, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (87 Karelis), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium 1-1 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 46, 1-1 R. Lukaku 89
    Kapino, Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis (67 Tziolis), Mitroglou (92 Vellios), Torosidis, Tachtsidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (84 Zeca), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece
    Karnezis, Manolas, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis (94 Maniatis), Mitroglou, Bakasetas (50 Donis), Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (91 Kourbelis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Greece-Estonia
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece-Belgium
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus-Greece
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Greece-Gibraltar

Estonia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Estonia
    1-0 Spahić 7, 2-0 Džeko 23 (P) , 3-0 Medunjanin 71, 4-0 Ibišević 83, 5-0 Spahić 90+2
    Aksalu, Pikk, Zenjov (71 Henri Anier), Vassiljev, Klavan, Antonov (86 Sappinen), Mets, Kallaste, Kams (46 Kruglov), Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Käit 47, 2-0 Vassiljev 52, 3-0 Käit 70, 4-0 Mošnikov 88
    Aksalu, Käit (80 Lepistu), Kruglov, Henri Anier, Zenjov (65 Ojamaa), Vassiljev (61 Mošnikov), Klavan, Luts, Mets, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Aksalu, Dmitrijev (79 Mošnikov), Marin, Zenjov, Vassiljev, Klavan, Luts (69 Purje), Mets, Kallaste, Baranov, Teniste (31 Kams)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Belgium 8-1 Estonia
    1-0 Meunier 8, 2-0 Mertens 16, 3-0 Hazard 25, 3-1 Henri Anier 29, 4-1 Carrasco 62, 5-1 Klavan 64 (og) , 6-1 Mertens 68, 7-1 R. Lukaku 83, 8-1 R. Lukaku 88
    Aksalu, Dmitrijev, Henri Anier (85 Ojamaa), Vassiljev, Klavan, Mošnikov (63 Kams), Luts (84 Marin), Mets, Kallaste, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Cyprus 0-0 Estonia
    Aksalu, Kruglov, Dmitrijev, Käit, Zenjov (79 Toomet), Ojamaa (65 Luts), Vassiljev (91 Henri Anier), Klavan, Mets, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Estonia 0-2 Belgium
    0-1 Mertens 31, 0-2 Chadli 86
    Aksalu, Pikk, Käit (85 Henri Anier), Zenjov (79 Ojamaa), Vassiljev, Klavan, Luts (75 Kallaste), Mets, Dmitrijev, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Greece-Estonia
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Estonia-Cyprus
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Gibraltar-Estonia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Estonia-Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:20CET

Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.