European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Ukraine||OSK Metalist Stadion - KharkivSaturday 2 September 2017|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 7
|06/10/2016||QR (GS)||Turkey - Ukraine||2-2||Konya||Ozan Tufan 45+1, Hakan Çalhanoğlu 81 (P); Yarmolenko 24 (P), Kravets 27|
|07/09/2005||QR (GS)||Ukraine - Turkey||0-1||Kyiv||Tümer Metin 55|
|17/11/2004||QR (GS)||Turkey - Ukraine||0-3||Istanbul||Gusev 9, Shevchenko 17, 88|
Last updated 05/07/2017 16:13CET
|-||Andriy Pyatov||28/06/1984||33||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Maxym Koval||09/12/1992||24||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Mykola Morozyuk||17/01/1988||29||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Kryvtsov||15/03/1991||26||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Bohdan Butko||13/01/1991||26||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Ivan Ordets||08/07/1992||25||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Yevhen Khacheridi||28/07/1987||30||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Eduard Sobol||20/04/1995||22||Slavia Praha||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Ruslan Rotan||29/10/1981||35||Slavia Praha||*||3||1||0||0|
|-||Taras Stepanenko||08/08/1989||28||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||6||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Sydorchuk||02/05/1991||26||Dynamo Kyiv||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Olexandr Zinchenko||15/12/1996||20||Man. City||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Kovalenko||14/02/1996||21||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||6||0||0||0|
|-||Viktor Tsygankov||15/11/1997||19||Dynamo Kyiv||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Volodymyr Shepeliev||01/06/1997||20||Dynamo Kyiv||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||Artem Kravets||03/06/1989||28||Dynamo Kyiv||*||4||2||0||0|
|-||Artem Besedin||31/03/1996||21||Dynamo Kyiv||-||2||1||0||0|
|-||Volkan Babacan||11/08/1988||29||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Emre Belözoğlu||07/09/1980||36||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||0||0||0||0|
Last updated 02/09/2017 00:46CET
Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine
• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.
• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.
• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.
• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.
• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.
Date of birth: 29 July 1945
Playing career: FC Dinamo Bucureşti, FC Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti, FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Coaching career: FC Corvinul Hunedoara, Romania, FC Dinamo Bucureşti, AC Pisa 1909, Brescia Calcio, AC Reggiana 1919, FC Rapid Bucureşti (twice), FC Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray AŞ, Beşiktaş JK, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit, Turkey
• A useful striker for Dinamo in the 1960s and 1970s, winning six league titles and 70 caps for Romania as well as playing at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Lucescu became Corvinul player-coach in his early 30s and went on to win three Romanian championships with Dinamo.
• Fluent in six foreign languages and regarded as a workaholic, he cemented his reputation at Pisa, Brescia and Reggiana before returning home for the first of two spells as Rapid coach, winning the league in 1998 and 2000.
• Returned to Serie A for a short spell at Inter in 1998/99 before a one-season return to Rapid. After joining Galatasaray in 2000 he lifted the UEFA Super Cup in his first game as coach and took them to the Turkish title in 2001/02 – a feat he repeated with Beşiktaş in 2002/03, their centenary season.
• Left Beşiktaş in 2004 and promptly joined Shakhtar, leading the Donetsk club to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, when his side also won the Ukrainian Cup. In May 2009, Lucescu's Shakhtar became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup. He suffered a heart attack that summer but swiftly returned to work, guiding the club to another league title at the end of the season and winning the domestic double in 2010/11, when Shakhtar also reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
• More success followed, Lucescu's team completing a hat-trick of domestic doubles in 2012/13 and making it five league titles in a row the following year. Lucescu stepped down in 2016 after 12 years in charge having won a sixth Ukrainian Cup and, after a year at Zenit, he succeeded Fatih Terim as Turkey coach in August 2017.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|David Fernández Borbalán||30/05/1973||4||45|
No such matches refereed
|28/05/2010||U19||ELITE||Republic of Ireland||Ukraine||1-0||Borodyanka|
|26/07/2011||UCL||3QR||FC Dynamo Kyiv||FC Rubin||0-2||Kyiv|
|09/12/2014||UCL||GS||Galatasaray AŞ||Arsenal FC||1-4||Istanbul|
|29/09/2015||UCL||GS||Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC||FC Dynamo Kyiv||0-2||Haifa|
|22/10/2015||UEL||GS||Fenerbahçe SK||AFC Ajax||1-0||Istanbul|
|19/10/2016||UCL||GS||FC Dynamo Kyiv||SL Benfica||0-2||Kyiv|
Last updated 31/08/2017 11:18CET
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 11:43CET