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AlbaniaAlbaniaElbasan Arena - ElbasanSaturday 2 September 2017
18.00CET (18.00 local time)
Group G - Matchday 7
LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/10/2016QR (GS)Liechtenstein - Albania0-2
VaduzJehle 12 (og), Balaj 71
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Albania----1100----220040
Liechtenstein1001--------200204

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Albania - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198729Partizani - 1000
-Etrit Berisha01/03/198928Atalanta - 4000
-Thoma Strakosha19/03/199522Lazio - 2000
Defenders
-Ansi Agolli11/10/198234Qarabağ - 4000
-Andi Lila12/02/198631Giannina*4000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199224Empoli*2000
-Mërgim Mavraj09/06/198631Hamburg*5000
-Arlind Ajeti25/09/199323Crotone - 1000
-Elseid Hysaj02/02/199423Napoli - 6000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199324Benevento*5000
-Iván Balliu01/01/199225Metz - 0000
-Azdren Llullaku15/02/198829Tobol*2000
-Hysen Memolla03/07/199225Hajduk Split - 0000
Midfielders
-Jahmir Hyka08/03/198829San Jose Earthquakes*4000
-Migjen Basha05/01/198730Bari 1908 - 3000
-Odise Roshi22/05/199126Akhmat*6000
-Amir Abrashi27/03/199027Freiburg - 3000
-Burim Kukeli16/01/198433Sion*5000
-Ledian Memushaj 07/12/198630Pescara*5100
-Valon Ahmedi07/10/199422Maribor - 0000
-Liridon Latifi06/02/199423Puskás Akadémia - 1000
Forwards
-Armando Sadiku27/05/199126Legia - 3300
-Eros Grezda15/04/199522Osijek - 1000
Coach
-Christian Panuci12/04/197344 - 0000
Liechtenstein - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Peter Jehle22/01/198235Vaduz*6000
-Claudio Majer23/03/199621Balzers - 0000
-Thomas Hobi20/06/199324Balzers - 0000
Defenders
-Franz Burgmeier07/04/198235Vaduz*6000
-Daniel Kaufmann22/12/199026Vaduz - 4000
-Daniel Brändle23/01/199225Balzers - 2000
-Seyhan Yildiz30/04/198928Balzers*1000
-Ivan Quintans15/10/198927Eschen/Mauren - 1000
-Max Göppel31/08/199720Vaduz*5100
-Andreas Malin31/01/199423FC Dornbirn 1913 - 2000
Midfielders
-Martin Büchel19/02/198730Unterföhring - 5000
-Mathias Sele28/05/199225Eschen/Mauren - 0000
-Nicolas Hasler04/05/199126Toronto FC*5000
-Sandro Wolfinger24/08/199126BCF Wolfratshausen - 3000
-Sandro Wieser03/02/199324Reading - 4000
-Aron Sele02/09/199620Balzers - 1000
-Fabio Wolfinger11/05/199621Langenthal - 0000
-Dennis Salanovic26/02/199621Rapperswil-Jona - 6000
-Livio Meier10/01/199819Balzers - 0000
-Jens Hofer01/10/199719Dudingen - 0000
Forwards
-Philippe Erne14/12/198630Balzers - 0000
-Luca Ritter29/10/199719Eschen/Mauren - 0000
-Yanik Frick27/05/199819Perugia*4000
Coach
-René Pauritsch04/02/196453 - 6000

Last updated 02/09/2017 00:38CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Gianni De Biasi

Date of birth: 16 June 1956
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Treviso FC, FC Internazionale Milano, AC Reggiana 1919, Pescara Calcio, Brescia Calcio, US Città di Palermo, Vicenza Calcio, Bassano Virtus 55 ST
Coaching career: FC Pro Vasto, Carpi FC 1909, Cosenza Calcio, SPAL 1907, Modena FC, Brescia Calcio, Torino FC (three times), Levante UD, Udinese Calcio, Albania

• Served apprenticeship as an academy coach and on the lower rungs of the Italian football ladder before making his name overseeing back-to-back promotions at Modena – guiding them from the third division to Serie A in 2002. It ended a 38-year absence from the top flight.

• Helped Modena survive first season among the elite before moving to Brescia, where he stayed two years before embarking on a tumultuous spell at Torino in 2005.

• Arrived with Torino picking up the pieces after bankruptcy and exceeded expectations by steering them back to Serie A in his first campaign, only to be replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni three days before the start of the next term. He was reappointed within seven months, leading the Granata to safety.

• Spent 2007/08 at Levante, winning plaudits despite relegation, then returned for a third stint at Torino with five games of the season remaining and saved them from relegation again. Sacked that December, he had a two-month reign at Udinese in 2009/10 before finding more constancy as Albania boss.

• A one-time midfielder with a handful of top-flight playing campaigns under his belt, De Biasi was installed in December 2011 as successor to Josip Kuže. He signed a new deal running until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in November 2013, and promptly led the team to the finals for the first time, Albania only narrowly missing out on the last 16 in France after a memorable win against Romania in their final game.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2040751.html#gianni+de+biasi

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René Pauritsch

Date of birth: 4 February 1964
Nationality: Austrian
Playing career: ASK Voitsberg, Grazer AK (twice), Donawitzer SV Leoben, Red-White Rankweil, SV Frohnleiten
Coaching career: USV Eschen/Mauren, AKA Vorarlberg, SC Austria Lustenau (assistant), Liechtenstein (youth), Liechtenstein

• Enjoyed a modest playing career, making a total of 35 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Graz and Leoben in addition to spending time in the lower leagues with Voitsberg, Rankweil and Frohnleiten.

• His sole top-flight goal was a decisive one – the winner for Leoben in a 2-1 victory against Kremser SC on 3 November 1990.

• Began coaching at Eschen/Mauren before returning home to Austria to lead Vorarlberg and, subsequently, work as assistant at second-tier Austria Lustenau under Heinz Fuchsbichler.

• Took charge of Liechtenstein's youth teams in 2008, eventually stepping up to succeed Hans-Peter Zaugg at the helm of the senior national side in late 2012.

• Enjoyed some early success in his new role, guiding Liechtenstein to 1-1 home draws against Latvia and Slovakia in his first two competitive fixtures.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2041642.html#rene+pauritsch

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSergei Lapochkin (RUS)
  • Assistant refereesAleksei Lebedev (RUS) , Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
  • Fourth officialMikhail Vilkov (RUS)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerSergei Ilyich (BLR)
  • Referee observerIoannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Sergei Lapochkin28/04/1981022

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
14/11/2014U19QRAlbaniaPortugal1-4Parchal

Last updated 31/08/2017 11:17CET

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

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Albania

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Spain651021316
    Italy651018416
    Albania6303789
    Israel63039129
    FYR Macedonia61058133
    Liechtenstein60061240
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Sadiku, Gashi (60 Memushaj ), Kukeli, Xhaka, Mavraj, Hyka (67 Roshi), Abrashi (60 Balaj)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Llullaku (69 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (44 Basha), Mavraj, Aliji, Hyka, Balaj, Roshi, Abrashi (46 Lila)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    Berisha, Lila, Lenjani (46 Aliji), Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj (68 Basha), Xhaka (75 Hyka), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Albania 0-3 Israel
    0-1 Zahavi 18 (P) , 0-2 Einbinder 66, 0-3 Atar 83
    Berisha, Hysaj (79 Çani), Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj , Llullaku (57 Hoxha), Kukeli, Xhaka (82 Manaj), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Italy 2-0 Albania
    1-0 De Rossi 12 (P) , 2-0 Immobile 80
    Strakosha, Lila (77 Sadiku), Hysaj, Veseli, Agolli, Basha (96 Latifi), Memushaj , Kukeli, Çikalleshi, Arlind Ajeti, Roshi (87 Grezda)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Israel 0-3 Albania
    0-1 Sadiku 22, 0-2 Sadiku 44, 0-3 Memushaj 71
    Strakosha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Memushaj , Sadiku (70 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (82 Veseli), Hyka, Mavraj, Aliji, Roshi (53 Lila), Abrashi
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Albania-Liechtenstein
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Albania
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Spain-Albania
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Albania-Italy

Liechtenstein

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Rechsteiner (71 Yildiz), Büchel, Wieser, Burgmeier, M. Büchel (83 Gubser), Hasler, Salanovic (77 Wolfinger), Polverino
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Büchel, Wieser, Burgmeier, Oehri, Gubser (59 Frick), Hasler, Salanovic (73 Kühne), Polverino (46 Rechsteiner)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Israel 2-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Hemed 4, 2-0 Hemed 16, 2-1 Göppel 49
    Jehle, Göppel, Kaufmann, Rechsteiner, Büchel (88 Salanovic), A. Christen, Wieser, Burgmeier (81 Kühne), M. Büchel, Gubser (75 Frick), Hasler
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-4 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 11, 0-2 Immobile 12, 0-3 Candreva 32, 0-4 Belotti 44
    Jehle, Kaufmann, Rechsteiner, Büchel, A. Christen, Wieser, Burgmeier, M. Büchel, Oehri, Salanovic, Polverino
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Liechtenstein 0-3 FYR Macedonia
    0-1 Nikolov 43, 0-2 Nestorovski 68, 0-3 Nestorovski 73
    Jehle, Göppel, Malin, Rechsteiner (78 Wolfinger), Büchel, Burgmeier, M. Büchel (83 Sele), Gubser, Hasler, Salanovic (87 Brändle), Frick
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Italy 5-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Insigne 35, 2-0 Belotti 52, 3-0 Éder 74, 4-0 Bernardeschi 83, 5-0 Gabbiadini 90+1
    Jehle, Göppel, Rechsteiner, Burgmeier (68 Wolfinger), M. Büchel, Malin, Gubser, Hasler, Salanovic (59 Brändle), Frick, Polverino (87 Quintans)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Albania-Liechtenstein
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Liechtenstein-Spain
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Liechtenstein-Israel
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Liechtenstein

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:41CET

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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