European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Georgia||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiSaturday 2 September 2017|
18.00CET (20.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 7
|Republic of Ireland|
|06/10/2016||QR (GS)||Republic of Ireland - Georgia||1-0||Dublin||Coleman 56|
|07/09/2015||QR (GS)||Republic of Ireland - Georgia||1-0||Dublin||Walters 69|
|07/09/2014||QR (GS)||Georgia - Republic of Ireland||1-2||Tbilisi||Okriashvili 38; McGeady 24, 90|
|11/02/2009||QR (GS)||Republic of Ireland - Georgia||2-1||Dublin||Keane 73 (P), 78; Iashvili 1|
|06/09/2008||QR (GS)||Georgia - Republic of Ireland||1-2||Mainz||Kenia 90+2; Doyle 13, Whelan 70|
|11/06/2003||PR (GS)||Republic of Ireland - Georgia||2-0||Dublin||Doherty 43, Keane 59|
|29/03/2003||PR (GS)||Georgia - Republic of Ireland||1-2||Tbilisi||Kobiashvili 61; Duff 18, Doherty 85|
|Republic of Ireland||4||4||0||0||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||8||8||0||0||16||4|
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|-||Nukri Revishvili||02/03/1987||30||Dinamo Tbilisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Roin Kvaskhvadze||31/05/1989||28||Torpedo Kutaisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Solomon Kverkvelia||06/02/1992||25||Lokomotiv Moskva||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Merebashvili||15/08/1986||31||Wisła Płock||-||1||1||0||0|
|-||Jano Ananidze||10/10/1992||24||Spartak Moskva||-||4||1||0||0|
|-||Davit Khocholava||08/02/1993||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Irakli Sikharulidze||18/07/1990||27||Locomotive Tbilisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Kvilitaia||01/10/1993||23||Rapid Wien||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Arabidze||04/03/1998||19||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Keiren Westwood||23/10/1984||32||Sheff. Wednesday||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Glenn Whelan||13/01/1984||33||Aston Villa||*||6||0||0||0|
|-||Conor Hourihane||02/02/1991||26||Aston Villa||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||James McClean||22/04/1989||28||West Brom||-||6||3||0||0|
|-||Callum O'Dowda||23/04/1995||22||Bristol City||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Daryl Murphy||15/03/1983||34||Nottm Forest||-||2||1||0||0|
Last updated 02/09/2017 00:32CET
Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Playing career: VTJ Agro Hurbanovo, AŠK Inter Bratislava, AC Sparta Praha, FK Drnovice, DAC Dunajská Streda, 1. FC Košice, FC Artmedia
Coaching career: FC Artmedia (twice), FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, FC Kairat Almaty, Georgia
• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. First capped for Czechoslovakia in 1988 and won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring his country's first post-independence goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994. Ended playing career with Artmedia, serving as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.
• Led Artmedia to Slovakian Cup in 2005 and league title a year later before knocking out Celtic FC and FK Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at FC Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.
• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy and only losing to the Netherlands.
• Coached Slovakia in tandem with Slovan Bratislava in 2011/12 and led his hometown club into their first UEFA Europa League group stage. Nearly did the same with Kairat only losing against Bordeaux on away goals in play-offs. Left Almaty in November 2015 having won Kazakhstan Cups in successive seasons. Hired by Georgia in March 2016.
Date of birth: 1 March 1952
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Lisburn Distillery FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Norwich City FC (twice), Manchester City FC, Notts County FC, Chesterfield FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career: Grantham Town FC, Shepshed Charterhouse FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Norwich City FC, Leicester City FC, Celtic FC, Aston Villa FC, Sunderland AFC, Republic of Ireland
• The highlight of Northern Irish international O'Neill's playing career was winning the 1977/78 English title and 1979 and 1980 European Cups under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest (though he did not play in the first of those finals). He also appeared at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
• After injury ended O'Neill's career, he entered management with non-league Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe, whom he led into the Football League for the first time in 1993 and a further promotion the next year.
• He left Wycombe for Norwich in June 1995 but within six months had gone to Leicester, whom he would guide into the Premier League, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cups to earn two UEFA Cup campaigns.
• O'Neill was appointed by Celtic in summer 2000 and in five years at the helm landed three league titles and three Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup completing a 2000/01 treble. He also led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup final.
• Managed Aston Villa between 2006 and 2010, then Sunderland from 2011 to March 2013. O'Neill was appointed Ireland manager, to be assisted by fellow former Forest player Roy Keane, that November, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 via a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Agreed to stay on until the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the finals, where Ireland were eliminated by hosts France in the last 16.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|10/09/2012||U21||QR||Italy||Republic of Ireland||2-4||Casarano|
Last updated 31/08/2017 11:20CET
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
|Republic of Ireland||6||3||3||0||8||4||12|
Last updated 17/08/2017 11:39CET