European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Slovakia||Štadión Antona Malatinského - TrnavaFriday 1 September 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group F - Matchday 7
|08/10/2016||QR (GS)||Slovenia - Slovakia||1-0||Ljubljana||Kronaveter 74|
|10/10/2009||QR (GS)||Slovakia - Slovenia||0-2||Bratislava||Birsa 56, Pečnik 90+3|
|10/09/2008||QR (GS)||Slovenia - Slovakia||2-1||Maribor||Novakovič 22, 81; Jakubko 83|
Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET
|-||Martin Dúbravka||15/01/1989||28||Sparta Praha||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Lukáš Štetina||28/07/1991||26||Sparta Praha||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Norbert Gyömber||03/07/1992||25||Bari 1908||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Albert Rusnák||07/07/1994||23||Real Salt Lake||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Erik Sabo||22/11/1991||25||Beitar Jerusalem||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Adam Nemec||02/09/1985||31||Dinamo Bucureşti||-||3||3||0||0|
|-||Antonio Delamea-Mlinar||10/06/1991||26||New England Revolution||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Rajko Rotman||19/03/1989||28||Göztepe Izmir||-||0||0||0||0|
Last updated 01/09/2017 11:08CET
Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Playing career: LB Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), RFC Seraing, FK Dukla Praha
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, MFK Zemplín Michalovce, FC Steel Trans Ličartovce, 1. FC Košice, Slovakia
• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.
• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.
• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United FC.
• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for further stints in 2005 and 2012. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France.
• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for MFK Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over FC Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak has been at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2012.
Date of birth: 16 July 1963
Playing career: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, FK Partizan, VfB Stuttgart, UC Sampdoria
Coaching career: Slovenia Under-21s, ND Gorica, Slovenia (twice), Olympiacos FC, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates
• A centre-back or defensive midfielder, Katanec began his playing days at home-town club Olimpija before spells with Dinamo and Partizan. He reached the 1989 UEFA Cup final with Stuttgart and won the same competition the following season with Sampdoria, whom he also helped to the 1992 UEFA Champions League showpiece.
• Earned 31 caps for Yugoslavia (five goals) – including at the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1990 FIFA World Cup – and five for Slovenia (one goal).
• Started his coaching career with Slovenia's U21s in 1996, two years after retiring as a player. After a brief stint in the Gorica dugout, took charge of the senior Slovenia side in 1998 and guided them to UEFA EURO 2000 – their first major tournament – and the 2002 World Cup.
• Joined Olympiacos in 2002 but stayed for only three months and in February 2006 assumed the FYROM helm, where he remained for three years. Named United Arab Emirates coach in June 2009, a position he held for two years.
• Katanec was reappointed by Slovenia in January 2013, signing a contract until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, and stayed on despite the failure to reach France after a play-off defeat by Ukraine.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|Antonio Mateu Lahoz||12/03/1977||3||48|
No such matches refereed
|18/08/2011||UEL||PO||ŠK Slovan Bratislava||AS Roma||1-0||Bratislava|
Last updated 30/08/2017 11:25CET
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 11:34CET