European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Finland||Tampere Stadion - TampereSaturday 2 September 2017|
18.00CET (19.00 local time) Group I - Matchday 7
|06/10/2016||QR (GS)||Iceland - Finland||3-2||Reykjavik||Árnason 37, Finnbogason 90+1, R. Sigurdsson 90+6; Pukki 21, Lod 39|
Last updated 05/07/2017 16:13CET
|-||Thomas Lam||18/12/1993||23||Nottm Forest||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Alexander Ring||09/04/1991||26||New York City FC||*||5||0||0||0|
|-||Jón Gudni Fjóluson||10/04/1989||28||Norrköping||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Hordur Magnússon||11/02/1993||24||Bristol City||-||4||1||0||0|
|-||Birkir Bjarnason||27/05/1988||29||Aston Villa||*||5||0||0||0|
|-||Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson||18/06/1990||27||Grasshoppers||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Arnór Ingvi Traustason||30/04/1993||24||AEK||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Jón Dadi Bödvarsson||25/05/1992||25||Reading||-||4||0||0||0|
Last updated 02/09/2017 00:48CET
Date of birth: 24 May 1964
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.
Date of birth: 10 June 1967
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.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|04/08/2010||UCL||3QR||HJK Helsinki||FK Partizan||1-2||Helsinki|
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 11:44CET