European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Greece||Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusThursday 31 August 2017|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group H - Matchday 7
|10/10/2016||QR (GS)||Estonia - Greece||0-2||Tallinn||Torosidis 2, Stafylidis 60|
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|-||Alexandros Tziolis||13/02/1985||32||Al-Fayha FC||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Andreas Bouchalakis||05/04/1993||24||Nottm Forest||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Apostolos Vellios||08/01/1992||25||Nottm Forest||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Siim Luts||12/03/1989||28||Bohemians 1905||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Ilja Antonov||05/12/1992||24||Rudar Velenje||-||1||0||0||0|
Last updated 31/08/2017 11:01CET
Date of birth: 4 August 1965
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.
Date of birth: 14 May 1971
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.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|10/12/2015||UEL||GS||Asteras Tripolis FC||FC Schalke 04||0-4||Tripoli Arkadia|
|18/08/2016||UEL||PO||FC Dinamo Tbilisi||PAOK FC||0-3||Tbilisi|
Last updated 29/08/2017 11:29CET
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
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||6||3||2||1||13||5||11|
Last updated 17/08/2017 11:20CET