European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Norway||Ullevaal Stadion - OsloFriday 1 September 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group C - Matchday 7
|08/10/2016||QR (GS)||Azerbaijan - Norway||1-0||Baku||Medvedev 11|
|12/06/2015||QR (GS)||Norway - Azerbaijan||0-0||Oslo|
|16/11/2014||QR (GS)||Azerbaijan - Norway||0-1||Baku||Nordtveit 25|
|06/09/1997||QR (GS)||Azerbaijan - Norway||0-1||Baku||T. A. Flo 42|
|02/06/1996||QR (GS)||Norway - Azerbaijan||5-0||Oslo||Solbakken 7, 46, Solskjær 36, 89, Strandli 59|
Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET
|-||Mats Møller Daehli||02/03/1995||22||St Pauli||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Jo Inge Berget||11/09/1990||26||Malmö||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Bjorn Johnsen||06/11/1991||25||Den Haag||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Kamran Agayev||09/02/1986||31||Mladá Boleslav||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Anar Nazirov||08/09/1985||31||Zirä FK||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Rashad F. Sadygov||16/06/1982||35||Qarabağ||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Tarlan Guliyev||19/04/1992||25||İnter Bakı||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Tamkin Khalilzade||06/08/1993||24||Zirä FK||-||0||0||0||0|
Last updated 01/09/2017 10:41CET
Date of birth: 16 July 1948
Playing career: Alby FF, Gimonäs CK
Coaching career: Kilafors IF, Arbrå BK, Hudiksvalls ABK, Sweden (youth sides), Sweden, Nigeria, Iceland, Norway
• A lower-league player, Lagerbäck began his coaching career in 1977 with Kilafors, joining the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) as a youth coach after spells with two other modest club sides Arbrå and Hudiksvall. Coached the national Under-21 and B teams until Tommy Söderberg took him on as his assistant with the senior national squad in 1998.
• Söderberg and Lagerbäck managed Sweden in tandem from 2000, reaching UEFA EURO 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2004; following Söderberg's departure, Lagerbäck took the troops to the 2006 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008 single-handed.
• Stepped down after failing to lead Sweden to the 2010 World Cup finals, but ended up travelling to that tournament as coach of Nigeria.
• Appointed Iceland boss in October 2011, he steered the side to the 2014 World Cup play-offs where they lost to Croatia. Agreed a new contract that would mean he handed over the reins to assistant Heimir Hallgrímsson at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 campaign – and promptly guided Iceland to their first ever major tournament.
• Even better was to follow as Iceland knocked out England en route to reaching the quarter-finals, where they lost to France, and in February 2017 Lagerbäck came out of retirement to take over as coach of Norway.
Date of birth: 12 January 1969
Playing career: GNK Dinamo Zagreb (twice), FK Crvena zvezda, Real Madrid CF, Real Oviedo, FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, R. Standard de Liège, Portsmouth FC, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Zagreb
Coaching career: Croatia (assistant), FK Crvena zvezda, Kayserispor
• Born in Germany, Prosinečki moved back to Croatia with his family in 1979, and developed as a midfielder with stunning technique at Dinamo Zagreb.
• He moved on to Crvena zvezda and helped the Belgrade side to win the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup, scoring the opening penalty in their shoot-out success against Olympique de Marseille.
• After a high-profile transfer, injuries hampered his time at Real Madrid, though he was to stay in Spain for some time, representing Oviedo, Barcelona and Sevilla before further adventures in Belgium, England and Slovenia.
• Capped 15 times for Yugoslavia and 49 times for Croatia, his goals in the 1990 and 1998 tournaments made him the only player to score in FIFA World Cup finals competitons for two different nations.
• Having assisted former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilić with the national team, Prosinečki coached Crvena zvezda to Serbian Cup success in 2011/12 and led Turkish side Kayserispor from 2012–13. Hired as Azerbaijan coach in December 2014.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|28/07/2016||UEL||3QR||LOSC Lille||Gabala SC||1-1||Lille Métropole|
Last updated 30/08/2017 11:23CET
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
Last updated 17/08/2017 11:32CET