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worldcup: Belgium - Gibraltar Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

BelgiumBelgiumStade Maurice Dufrasne - LiegeThursday 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)Gibraltar - Belgium0-6
Faro-LouléBenteke 1, 43, 56, Witsel 19, Mertens 51, Hazard 79
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Belgium----1100----110060
Gibraltar1001--------100106

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Squad list Only this chapter

Belgium - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Simon Mignolet06/08/198829Liverpool - 0000
-Koen Casteels25/06/199225Wolfsburg - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199225Chelsea - 6000
Defenders
-Vincent Kompany10/04/198631Man. City - 1000
-Thomas Vermaelen14/11/198531Roma - 1000
-Laurent Ciman05/08/198532Montreal - 4000
-Toby Alderweireld02/03/198928Tottenham - 5100
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198730Tottenham - 6000
-Thomas Meunier12/09/199125Paris - 4100
-Jordan Lukaku25/07/199423Lazio - 1000
Midfielders
-Mousa Dembélé16/07/198730Tottenham - 1000
-Steven Defour15/04/198829Burnley - 1000
-Axel Witsel12/01/198928Tianjin Quanjian*6100
-Eden Hazard07/01/199126Chelsea - 4300
-Kevin De Bruyne28/06/199126Man. City - 3000
-Thorgan Hazard29/03/199324Mönchengladbach - 0000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198730Napoli*5400
-Yannick Carrasco04/09/199323Atlético - 6200
-Leander Dendoncker15/04/199522Anderlecht - 1000
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199720Monaco - 1000
Forwards
-Christian Benteke03/12/199026Crystal Palace - 2300
-Romelu Lukaku13/05/199324Man. United*5600
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199323Chelsea - 3000
Coach
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197344 - 6000
Gibraltar - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Jamie Robba26/10/199125St Joseph's - 0000
-Kyle Goldwin24/04/198532Gibraltar United - 0000
-Deren Ibrahim09/03/199126Dartford - 4000
Defenders
-Roy Chipolina20/01/198334Lincoln - 5000
-Joseph Chipolina14/12/198729Lincoln*6000
-Alain Pons16/09/199521Lincoln - 0000
-Erin Barnett02/09/199620Gibraltar United - 2000
-Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero02/07/199819Abingdon United - 4000
-Ryan Casciaro11/05/198433Lincoln - 5000
-Jean-Carlos Garcia05/07/199225Lincoln - 6000
-James Bosio24/09/199125Gibraltar United*3000
-Jason Pusey18/02/198928Lincoln - 1000
Midfielders
-Anthony Hernandez03/02/199522Lincoln*4100
-Jamie Coombes27/05/199621Undy Athletic - 3000
-Liam Walker13/04/198829Notts County*6100
-Anthony Bardon19/01/199324Lincoln - 5000
-Sykes Garro26/02/199324College Europa - 1000
-Evan Green13/03/199324Gibraltar United - 0000
Forwards
-Lee Casciaro29/09/198135Lincoln*6100
-Robert Guiling14/10/198036Lynx - 1000
-John Paul Duarte13/12/198630St Joseph's - 1000
-Michael Yome29/08/199423College Europa - 2000
-Paul Peter Podesta24/07/199027Gibraltar United - 0000
Coach
-Jeff Wood04/02/195463 - 6000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
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.

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Jeff Wood

Date of birth: 4 February 1954
Nationality: English
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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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeNeil Doyle (IRL)
  • Assistant refereesRobert Clarke (IRL) , Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
  • Fourth officialRob Harvey (IRL)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMarina Tashchyan (ARM)
  • Referee observerPeter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Neil Doyle29/04/1978231

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 11:29CET

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

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Belgium

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Belgium651024216
    Greece633010312
    Bosnia and Herzegovina632113511
    Cyprus6213597
    Estonia61145174
    Gibraltar60063240
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini (84 Nainggolan), R. Lukaku (73 Batshuayi), Hazard, Meunier, Carrasco
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Belgium 4-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1-0 Spahić 26 (og) , 2-0 Hazard 29, 3-0 Alderweireld 60, 4-0 R. Lukaku 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco, Fellaini, R. Lukaku (82 Benteke), Hazard (87 Mirallas), Mertens, Meunier, J. Lukaku (21 Ciman)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium
    0-1 Benteke 1, 0-2 Witsel 19, 0-3 Benteke 43, 0-4 Mertens 51, 0-5 Benteke 56, 0-6 Hazard 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco (53 Chadli), Hazard, Mertens (64 Mirallas), Meunier, Defour, Benteke (80 Batshuayi), Ciman
  • 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
    Courtois, Dendoncker, Vertonghen, Witsel (88 Simons), De Bruyne, R. Lukaku, Hazard (73 Mirallas), Mertens (79 Tielemans), Meunier, Carrasco, Ciman
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium 1-1 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 46, 1-1 R. Lukaku 89
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Nainggolan, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini (66 Dembélé), R. Lukaku, Carrasco, Mertens, Chadli, Ciman (84 Mirallas)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Estonia 0-2 Belgium
    0-1 Mertens 31, 0-2 Chadli 86
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, R. Lukaku, Mertens (81 Batshuayi), Carrasco, Chadli
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Belgium-Gibraltar
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece-Belgium
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Belgium
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Belgium-Cyprus

Gibraltar

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    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
    J. Perez, Wiseman, J. Chipolina, R. Casciaro, R. Chipolina, Walker, Bosio (71 K. Casciaro), L. Casciaro, Hernandez, J. Coombes (85 Yome), Garcia
  • 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
    J. Perez, J. Chipolina (89 K. Casciaro), R. Casciaro, R. Chipolina, L. Casciaro, Walker, Mascarenhas-Olivero, Bosio (58 Payas), Bardon, Priestley (65 J. Coombes), Garcia
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium
    0-1 Benteke 1, 0-2 Witsel 19, 0-3 Benteke 43, 0-4 Mertens 51, 0-5 Benteke 56, 0-6 Hazard 79
    Ibrahim, Wiseman, J. Chipolina, R. Casciaro, R. Chipolina, L. Casciaro, K. Casciaro (86 Yome), Walker (80 Bardon), Mascarenhas-Olivero, Bosio (46 Payas), Garcia
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar
    1-0 Laifis 29, 1-1 L. Casciaro 51, 2-1 Sotiriou 65, 3-1 Sielis 87
    Ibrahim, J. Chipolina, R. Casciaro, L. Casciaro, K. Casciaro (74 Garro), Walker, Cabrera (85 Priestley), Mascarenhas-Olivero, Barnett, Bardon (68 Hernandez), Garcia
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Ibišević 4, 2-0 Ibišević 43, 3-0 Vršajević 52, 4-0 Višća 56, 5-0 Bičakčić 90+4
    Ibrahim, Garcia, J. Chipolina, R. Chipolina, L. Casciaro, Payas, K. Casciaro (87 J.P. Duarte), Walker, Hernandez, Guiling (75 Bardon), K. Chipolina (53 Pusey)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Gibraltar 1-2 Cyprus
    0-1 R. Chipolina 10 (og) , 1-1 Hernandez 30, 1-2 Sotiriou 87
    Ibrahim, Garcia, J. Chipolina, Bardon (90 K. Casciaro), R. Casciaro (81 J. Coombes), R. Chipolina, L. Casciaro, Walker, Mascarenhas-Olivero, Barnett, Hernandez
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Belgium-Gibraltar
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Gibraltar-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Gibraltar-Estonia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Greece-Gibraltar

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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
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