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AzerbaijanAzerbaijanBakı Olimpiya Stadionu - BakuThursday 5 October 2017
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 9
Czech RepublicCzech Republic
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/2016QR (GS)Czech Republic - Azerbaijan0-0Ostrava
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Czech Republic1010--------201102

Last updated 15/09/2017 11:29CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Azerbaijan - Squad list
Current season
-Kamran Agayev09/02/198631Mladá Boleslav - 7000
-Anar Nazirov08/09/198532Zirä FK - 0000
-Emil Balayev17/04/199423Sabail - 0000
-Rashad F. Sadygov16/06/198235Qarabağ - 6100
-Pavlo Pashayev04/01/198829Olexandriya - 3000
-Ruslan Abışov10/10/198729Neftçi - 0000
-Tarlan Guliyev19/04/199225İnter Bakı - 1000
-Badavi Hüseynov11/07/199126Qarabağ - 6000
-Urfan Abbasov14/10/199224Gabala - 0000
-Tamkin Khalilzade06/08/199324Zirä FK - 1000
-Magomed Mirzabekov16/11/199026Neftçi - 6000
-Rahid Amirguliyev01/09/198928Qarabağ - 8000
-Javid Hüseynov09/03/198829Gabala*4000
-Gara Garayev12/10/199224Qarabağ*8000
-Afran Ismayilov08/10/198828Qarabağ - 6200
-Richard Almeida20/03/198928Qarabağ - 3000
-Dmitri Nazarov04/04/199027Erzgebirge - 7100
-Ruslan Gurbanov12/09/199126Gabala*5100
-Namik Alaskarov 03/02/199522Neftçi*5000
-Ramil Sheydaev15/03/199621Qarabağ*8000
-Mahir Madatov01/07/199720Qarabağ - 1000
-Renat Dadashov17/05/199918Frankfurt - 1000
-Robert Prosinecki12/01/196948 - 8000
Czech Republic - Squad list
Current season
-Tomáš Vaclík29/03/198928Basel - 8000
-Tomáš Koubek26/08/199225Rennes - 0000
-Jiří Pavlenka14/04/199225Bremen - 0000
-Marek Suchý29/03/198829Basel - 4000
-Jan Bořil11/01/199126Slavia Praha - 2000
-Pavel Kadeřábek25/04/199225Hoffenheim*4000
-Filip Novák26/06/199027Midtjylland - 6000
-Tomáš Kalas15/05/199324FulhamS2000
-Jakub Brabec06/08/199225Genk - 4000
-Michael Lüftner14/03/199423København - 0000
-Bořek Dočkal30/09/198829Henan Jianye*6000
-Jaromír Zmrhal02/08/199324Slavia Praha - 5100
-Josef Hušbauer16/03/199027Slavia Praha*1000
-Jan Sýkora29/12/199323Slavia Praha - 1000
-Jan Kopic04/06/199027Plzeň - 2000
-Vladimír Darida08/08/199027Hertha*5300
-Šimon Falta23/04/199324Sigma - 0000
-Tomáš Souček27/02/199522Slavia Praha*3000
-Jakub Jankto19/01/199621Udinese - 4000
-Antonín Barák03/12/199422Udinese - 1200
-Václav Kadlec20/05/199225Sparta Praha*3000
-Michael Krmenčík15/03/199324Plzeň - 5200
-Jan Kliment01/09/199324Brøndby - 2000
-Karel Jarolím23/08/195661 - 8000

Last updated 05/10/2017 12:00CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Robert Prosinečki

Date of birth: 12 January 1969
Playing career:
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (twice), FK Crvena zvezda, Real Madrid CF, Real Oviedo, FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, R. Standard de Liège, Portsmouth FC, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Zagreb
Coaching career:
Croatia (assistant), FK Crvena zvezda, Kayserispor

• Born in Germany, Prosinečki moved back to Croatia with his family in 1979, and developed as a midfielder with stunning technique at Dinamo Zagreb.

• He moved on to Crvena zvezda and helped the Belgrade side to win the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup, scoring the opening penalty in their shoot-out success against Olympique de Marseille.

• After a high-profile transfer, injuries hampered his time at Real Madrid, though he was to stay in Spain for some time, representing Oviedo, Barcelona and Sevilla before further adventures in Belgium, England and Slovenia.

• Capped 15 times for Yugoslavia and 49 times for Croatia, his goals in the 1990 and 1998 tournaments made him the only player to score in FIFA World Cup finals competitons for two different nations.

• Having assisted former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilić with the national team, Prosinečki coached Crvena zvezda to Serbian Cup success in 2011/12 and led Turkish side Kayserispor from 2012–13. Hired as Azerbaijan coach in December 2014.



Karel Jarolím

Date of birth: 23 August 1956
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: AFP Pardubice, SK Slavia Praha (three times), AC Dukla Praha, Dukla Tábor, FC Rouen, Amiens SC, FC Viktoria Žižkov, Benešov, CU Bohemians Praha, Česká Lípa
Coaching career: FK Marila Příbram, SK Slavia Praha (three times), RC Strasbourg, 1. FC Slovácko, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, Al-Ahli, Al-Wahda SCC, FK Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

• Karel Jarolím has Slavia Praha running through his veins. During his playing days with the club in the 1980s he was a skilful playmaker with great passing range and superb stamina. Slavia signed the 20-year-old Jarolím from Pardubice in 1977, but the midfielder won his only title with crosstown rivals Dukla Praha during his military service in 1979.

• Scored twice in 13 appearances for Czechoslovakia before moving to France, where he played for Rouen then Amiens during a four-year spell abroad. Jarolím returned home in 1991 and continued to play in the top flight until he was 39, finishing with 272 league games and 63 goals at that level.

• Began his coaching career at Marila Příbram in 1997, returning to Slavia as František Cipro's assistant in 2000. He replaced him as head coach ten games into the season and took Slavia to second place but his contract was not extended so Jarolím returned to France where he became assistant to Ivan Hašek at Strasbourg, helping the club to promotion.

• After one year back in the Czech Republic at Slovácko he returned to Slavia in April 2005, winning league titles in 2008 and 2009. Guided Slovan Bratislava to the Slovakian double in 2011 before a spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ahli, who he took to the 2012 AFC Champions League final.

• Jarolím, whose two sons David and Lukáš also became professional footballers, returned to his homeland with Mladá Boleslav in January 2014, winning the Czech Cup two years later. Appointed Czech Republic coach after UEFA EURO 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBenoît Millot (FRA)
  • Assistant refereesJulien Pacelli (FRA) , Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
  • Fourth officialFrank Schneider (FRA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerRomano Clavedetscher (SUI)
  • Referee observerAre Habicht (EST)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Benoît Millot10/01/1982019

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
24/07/2014UEL2QRFC KoperNeftçi PFK0-2Koper
07/08/2014UEL3QRFC Viktoria PlzeňFC Petrolul Ploieşti1-4Plzen

Last updated 03/10/2017 11:28CET

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 C - Group Standings
    Northern Ireland861116219
    Czech Republic82331099
    San Marino80082380
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    San Marino 0-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 R. Gurbanov 45
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, R. Gurbanov (69 Alaskarov ), Nazarov (78 Makhmudov ), R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (89 Sheydaev), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway
    1-0 Medvedev 11
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Eddy (65 Alaskarov ), R. Gurbanov (80 Sheydaev), Nazarov, R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (90 Hüseynov), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Azerbaijan
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Hüseynov, Alaskarov (71 Ramazanov), R. Gurbanov (87 А. Abdullayev), Nazarov, Amirguliyev, Sheydaev (91 Eddy), Dashdemirov
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan
    1-0 K. Lafferty 27, 2-0 McAuley 40, 3-0 C. McLaughlin 66, 4-0 Brunt 83
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Hüseynov, R. Gurbanov (75 Ramazanov), Makhmudov (70 Nazarov), Amirguliyev, Sheydaev (46 Deniz Yılmaz), Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany
    0-1 Schürrle 19, 1-1 Nazarov 31, 1-2 Müller 36, 1-3 Gomez 45, 1-4 Schürrle 81
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Pashayev, Hüseynov, Nazarov, R. F. Sadygov, J. Hüseynov, Amirguliyev (87 Eddy), Sheydaev (67 Deniz Yılmaz), Ismayilov (81 R. Gurbanov)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland
    0-1 Dallas 90+2
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Pashayev, Medvedev, Hüseynov, Sheydaev (90 А. Abdullayev), Nazarov (77 Alaskarov ), R. F. Sadygov, J. Hüseynov, Richard Almeida, Ismayilov (84 Amirguliyev)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    Norway 2-0 Azerbaijan
    1-0 King 32 (P) , 2-0 R. F. Sadygov 60 (og)
    K. Agayev, Garayev (81 Amirguliyev), Pashayev, Medvedev, Hüseynov, Alaskarov , Nazarov (66 Ismayilov), R. F. Sadygov, J. Hüseynov, Madatov (62 Sheydaev), Richard Almeida
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Azerbaijan 5-1 San Marino
    1-0 Ismayilov 20, 2-0 А. Abdullayev 25, 3-0 Ismayilov 57, 4-0 Cevoli 71 (og) , 4-1 Palazzi 74, 5-1 R. F. Sadygov 81
    S. Agayev, Mirzabekov, А. Abdullayev (72 Dadashov), Sheydaev, Khalilzade, R. F. Sadygov, J. Hüseynov (69 Garayev), Amirguliyev, Richard Almeida, Guliyev, Ismayilov (62 Ramazanov)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

Czech Republic

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Kadlec, Darida, Skalák (77 Kopic), Pavelka, V. Kadlec (83 Vydra), Suchý, Krejčí, Škoda (68 Necid), Novák
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Germany 3-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 Müller 13, 2-0 Kroos 49, 3-0 Müller 65
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Sivok, Novák, Dočkal, Petržela (69 Skalák), Pavelka (63 Droppa), Suchý, Hořava, Krejčí, Vydra (76 V. Kadlec)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Azerbaijan
    Vaclík, Droppa, Gebre Selassie, Brabec, Sivok, Dočkal, Skalák (74 Zmrhal), V. Kadlec, Sýkora, Krejčí (64 Petržela), Schick (66 Škoda)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Czech Republic 2-1 Norway
    1-0 Krmenčík 11, 2-0 Zmrhal 47, 2-1 King 87
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Droppa (81 Pavelka), Sivok, Zmrhal, Dočkal, Krmenčík (81 Schick), Brabec, Hořava, Krejčí (86 Skalák), Novák
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    San Marino 0-6 Czech Republic
    0-1 Barák 17, 0-2 Darida 19, 0-3 Barák 24, 0-4 Gebre Selassie 26, 0-5 Krmenčík 43, 0-6 Darida 77 (P)
    Vaclík, Gebre Selassie, Brabec, Sivok, Darida, Dočkal, Krmenčík (68 Škoda), Jankto (68 Zmrhal), Krejčí, Barák (76 Hořava), Novák
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Norway 1-1 Czech Republic
    0-1 Gebre Selassie 36, 1-1 Søderlund 55 (P)
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Gebre Selassie, Brabec, Sivok, Zmrhal (43 Jankto), Darida (79 Hořava), Dočkal, Krmenčík (63 Schick), Souček, Krejčí
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    Czech Republic 1-2 Germany
    0-1 Werner 4, 1-1 Darida 78, 1-2 Hummels 88
    Vaclík, Kalas, Gebre Selassie, Darida, Krmenčík (76 Kliment), Kopic (53 Krejčí), Jankto (89 Zmrhal), Souček, Suchý, Bořil, Novák
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 J. Evans 28, 2-0 Brunt 41
    Vaclík, Kalas, Gebre Selassie, Darida, Krmenčík, Jankto (55 Hušbauer), Souček, Suchý, Bořil, Krejčí (55 Kliment), Novák (66 Dočkal)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Czech Republic-San Marino

Last updated 15/09/2017 11:29CET



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