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worldcup: Finland - Iceland Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

FinlandFinlandTampere Stadion - TampereSaturday 2 September 2017
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group I - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/10/2016QR (GS)Iceland - Finland3-2
ReykjavikÁrnason 37, Finnbogason 90+1, R. Sigurdsson 90+6; Pukki 21, Lod 39
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:13CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Finland - Squad list
Current season
-Anssi Jaakkola13/03/198730Reading - 0000
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198927Frankfurt*6000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199324Horsens - 0000
-Markus Halsti19/03/198433Midtjylland*3000
-Juhani Ojala19/06/198928Häcken - 2000
-Juha Pirinen22/10/199125HJK - 0000
-Paulus Arajuuri15/06/198829Brøndby - 5100
-Thomas Lam18/12/199323Nottm Forest*4000
-Jere Uronen13/07/199423Genk*3000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199423Spal*3000
-Albin Granlund01/09/198928Mariehamn - 0000
-Kasper Hämäläinen08/08/198631Legia - 3000
-Tim Sparv20/02/198730Midtjylland - 0000
-Joona Toivio10/03/198829Molde - 1000
-Perparim Hetemaj12/12/198630Chievo - 2000
-Alexander Ring09/04/199126New York City FC*5000
-Robin Lod17/04/199324Panathinaikos - 6100
-Glen Kamara28/10/199521Dundee - 0000
-Fredrik Jensen09/09/199719Twente - 1000
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199027Brøndby*6100
-Simon Skrabb19/01/199522Norrköping - 0000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199126Dresden - 4000
-Jasse Tuominen12/11/199521BATE - 0000
-Markku Kanerva24/05/196453 - 2000
Iceland - Squad list
Current season
-Hannes Halldórsson27/04/198433Randers - 5000
-Ingvar Jónsson18/10/198927Sandefjord - 0000
-Rúnar Rúnarsson18/02/199522Nordsjælland - 0000
-Ragnar Sigurdsson19/06/198631Rubin - 6100
-Ari Skúlason14/05/198730Lokeren - 4000
-Birkir Sævarsson11/11/198432Hammarby - 6000
-Jón Gudni Fjóluson10/04/198928Norrköping - 0000
-Hordur Magnússon11/02/199324Bristol City - 4100
-Sverrir Ingason05/08/199324Rostov - 1000
-Hjörtur Hermannsson08/02/199522Brøndby - 0000
-Ólafur Skúlason01/04/198334Karabükspor - 1000
-Emil Hallfredsson29/06/198433Udinese - 3000
-Rúrik Gíslason25/02/198829Nürnberg*2000
-Birkir Bjarnason27/05/198829Aston Villa*5000
-Kári Árnason13/10/198234Aberdeen*6100
-Aron Gunnarsson22/04/198928Cardiff - 5000
-Gylfi Sigurdsson08/09/198927Everton - 6100
-Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson18/06/199027Grasshoppers - 0000
-Arnór Ingvi Traustason30/04/199324AEK - 3000
-Björn Sigurdarsson26/02/199126Molde - 4100
-Johann Gudmundsson27/10/199026Burnley - 5000
-Alfred Finnbogason01/02/198928Augsburg*4300
-Jón Dadi Bödvarsson25/05/199225Reading - 4000
-Heimir Hallgrímsson10/06/196750 - 6000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Markku Kanerva

Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Nationality: Finnish
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland

• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.

• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.

• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.

• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.

• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.



Heimir Hallgrímsson

Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Nationality: Icelandic
Playing career: ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Íþróttafélagið Höttur, KF Smástund
Coaching career: Íþróttafélagið Höttur (women), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (women, twice), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Iceland (assistant), Iceland (joint coach), Iceland

• Spent the majority of his playing career with ÍBV, who he represented between 1986 and 1992 and again from 1994 to 1996; he spent 1993 playing for Höttur, also managing their women's team.

• Hallgrímsson – who combined his playing career with his part-time duties as a dentist – moved to Smástund in 1996 and continued to represent the club following their merger the following year with Framherjar, from his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.

• Started coaching ÍBV's women's side in 1999 and was appointed assistant coach of the men's team three years later. Returned to the women's selection in 2003, staying for two years; took over as head coach of ÍBV's men's squad in 2006.

• Stayed in that role until 2011; that October, following Lars Lagerbäck's appointment as Iceland coach, Hallgrímsson was named as his assistant. Promoted to the joint coaching role following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when Iceland lost in the play-offs to Croatia.

• UEFA EURO 2016 was to be a competition to remember for Iceland, however, as they qualified for a first major finals from a section including the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands. Even better was to follow in France, Iceland remaining unbeaten to reach the knockout stages and then famously getting the better of England in the last 16 before a 5-2 defeat by the hosts in the last 16. Hallgrímsson took sole charge after the tournament.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePavel Královec (CZE)
  • Assistant refereesRoman Slyško (SVK) , Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
  • Fourth officialMiroslav Zelinka (CZE)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerKarl Espen Eriksen (NOR)
  • Referee observerRodger Gifford (WAL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Pavel Královec16/08/1977489

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
04/08/2010UCL3QRHJK HelsinkiFK Partizan1-2Helsinki

Last updated 31/08/2017 11:18CET

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

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



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen, Ring (94 Schüller), P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti, Lod, Hämäläinen (56 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen (87 Riski), Ojala, Ring (67 Lam), Pukki, Arkivuo (46 Schüller), Lod, Saksela, Raitala
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Ukraine 1-0 Finland
    1-0 Kravets 25
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Väisänen (83 Saksela), Toivio, Ring (46 Markkanen), Lod, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti (63 Lam), Mattila, Raitala
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Turkey 2-0 Finland
    1-0 Cenk Tosun 9, 2-0 Cenk Tosun 13
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Ring (84 Forsell), Lod, P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Mattila (67 Yaghoubi), Uronen, Pohjanpalo (72 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Finland 1-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Konoplyanka 51, 1-1 Pohjanpalo 72, 1-2 Besedin 75
    Hradecky, Moisander, Ojala, Lod (68 Jensen), Pukki (68 Pohjanpalo), Arkivuo, Yaghoubi, Uronen (84 Markkanen), Lam, Hämäläinen, Raitala
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson (84 Hallfredsson), B. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, Bödvarsson, A. Gunnarsson, A. Skúlason (42 H. Magnússon)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Kristinsson, B. Sævarsson (89 E. Bjarnason), R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, Sigurdarsson (75 Kjartansson), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Iceland 2-0 Turkey
    1-0 E. Bjarnason 42, 2-0 Finnbogason 44
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (67 Kjartansson), Árnason, E. Bjarnason (85 H. Magnússon), Bödvarsson (61 Sigurdarsson), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia 2-0 Iceland
    1-0 Brozović 15, 2-0 Brozović 90+1
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, E. Bjarnason (75 Traustason), H. Magnússon, Bödvarsson (75 Kjartansson)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Kosovo 1-2 Iceland
    0-1 Sigurdarsson 25, 0-2 G. Sigurdsson 35 (P) , 1-2 Nuhiu 52
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Kjartansson (69 Bödvarsson), G. Sigurdsson, Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Traustason (72 Gíslason), Sigurdarsson (86 Skúlason), A. Skúlason
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Iceland 1-0 Croatia
    1-0 H. Magnússon 90
    Halldórsson, B. Sævarsson, R. Sigurdsson (91 Ingason), Gudmundsson, B. Bjarnason (81 Gíslason), G. Sigurdsson, Finnbogason (77 Sigurdarsson), Árnason, A. Gunnarsson, H. Magnússon, Hallfredsson
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:44CET



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


  • -: 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
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on