European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Belgium||Stade Maurice Dufrasne - LiegeThursday 31 August 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group H - Matchday 7
|10/10/2016||QR (GS)||Gibraltar - Belgium||0-6||Faro-Loulé||Benteke 1, 43, 56, Witsel 19, Mertens 51, Hazard 79|
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|-||Vincent Kompany||10/04/1986||31||Man. City||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Axel Witsel||12/01/1989||28||Tianjin Quanjian||*||6||1||0||0|
|-||Kevin De Bruyne||28/06/1991||26||Man. City||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Christian Benteke||03/12/1990||26||Crystal Palace||-||2||3||0||0|
|-||Romelu Lukaku||13/05/1993||24||Man. United||*||5||6||0||0|
|-||Jamie Robba||26/10/1991||25||St Joseph's||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Kyle Goldwin||24/04/1985||32||Gibraltar United||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Erin Barnett||02/09/1996||20||Gibraltar United||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero||02/07/1998||19||Abingdon United||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||James Bosio||24/09/1991||25||Gibraltar United||*||3||0||0||0|
|-||Jamie Coombes||27/05/1996||21||Undy Athletic||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Liam Walker||13/04/1988||29||Notts County||*||6||1||0||0|
|-||Sykes Garro||26/02/1993||24||College Europa||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Evan Green||13/03/1993||24||Gibraltar United||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||John Paul Duarte||13/12/1986||30||St Joseph's||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Michael Yome||29/08/1994||23||College Europa||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Paul Peter Podesta||24/07/1990||27||Gibraltar United||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, CF Balaguer, Wigan Athletic FC, Motherwell FC, Walsall FC, Swansea City AFC, Chester City FC
Coaching career: Swansea City AFC, Wigan Athletic FC, Everton FC, Belgium
• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.
• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; spent six years with the club, helping them win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later.
• A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez aiding the club to promotion to League One. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.
• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.
• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016. Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure.
Date of birth: 4 February 1954
Playing career: Charlton Athletic FC, Colchester United FC, HJK Helsinki, Exeter City FC, Happy Valley AA, Rabat Ajax FC, Grankulla IFK, IF Gnistan
Coaching career: Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Sliema Wanderers FC, Lions Gibraltar FC, Gibraltar
• A former goalkeeper, London-born Wood played more than 150 games for Charlton and also had spells in Finland, Hong Kong and Malta.
• Among his playing achievements were two Maltese titles and two cups with Rabat.
• In 1996 Wood became assistant to former Charlton team-mate Steve Gritt at Brighton and in 1999 was briefly his successor as manager.
• Further coaching spells followed in the United States, Malta (in charge of Sliema) and English non-league before Wood took over Charlton's European soccer school in Spain in 2004.
• Norwich's goakeeping coach from 2011 to 2012, a spell including promotion and a Premier League season, Wood became Wales Under-21 and U19 goalkeeping coach in 2013, followed by a stint in a similar role at Luton Town FC.
• In May 2014 Wood took over Gibraltar Lions and in July 2015 was appointed as team national coach.
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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
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||6||3||2||1||13||5||11|
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