European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|San Marino||San Marino Stadium - SerravalleThursday 5 October 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group C - Matchday 9
|11/10/2016||QR (GS)||Norway - San Marino||4-1||Oslo||D. Simoncini 12 (og), Diomande 77, Samuelsen 82, King 83; Stefanelli 54|
|07/10/1992||QR (GS)||San Marino - Norway||0-2||San Marino di Lupari||Jakobsen 6, Flo 18|
|09/09/1992||QR (GS)||Norway - San Marino||10-0||Oslo||Rekdal 4, 79, Halle 6, 53, 70, Sørloth 15, 22, Nilsen 46, 67, Mykland 75|
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|-||Alessandro Della Valle||08/06/1982||35||Juvenes/Dogana||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Alex Gasperoni||30/06/1984||33||Tre Penne||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Mirko Palazzi||21/03/1987||30||Tre Penne||*||7||1||0||0|
|-||Danilo Rinaldi||18/04/1986||31||La Fiorita||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Filippo Berardi||18/05/1997||20||Juve Stabia||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Pål André Helland||04/01/1990||27||Rosenborg||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Jo Inge Berget||11/09/1990||27||Malmö||-||6||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 25 March 1969
Playing career: SS Cosmos, SP Cailungo, San Marino Calcio, SS Pennarossa
Coaching career: SS Pennarossa, AC Libertas, San Marino Under-15, San Marino Under-21, San Marino
• After starting his career in the local league, the midfielder had a successful two-year spell with San Marino Calcio in the Italian fourth division before returning to the Sammarinese league to play for Pennarossa, where he started to work as a coach in 2006/07, leading the team to the league title in his first season on charge.
• Capped 38 times for San Marino between 1991 and 2001, Manzaroli left Pennarossa at the end of the 2006/07 season to join AC Libertas and led his new team to a historic 1-1 draw against Irish club Drogheda United FC in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup game.
• Manzaroli than earned another notable coup when he led a San Marino side through the preliminary round of the 2008/09 UEFA Regions' Cup before being appointed as coach of the Under-21 national team in 2010.
• He led the U21s to some hugely surprising results in qualifying for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship – a stalemate against Greece in June 2012 and a 1-0 victory against Wales in September 2013 – before being appointed to replace long-standing San Marino senior coach Giampaolo Mazza in 2014.
Date of birth: 16 July 1948
Playing career: Alby FF, Gimonäs CK
Coaching career: Kilafors IF, Arbrå BK, Hudiksvalls ABK, Sweden (youth sides), Sweden, Nigeria, Iceland, Norway
• A lower-league player, Lagerbäck began his coaching career in 1977 with Kilafors, joining the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) as a youth coach after spells with two other modest club sides Arbrå and Hudiksvall. Coached the national Under-21 and B teams until Tommy Söderberg took him on as his assistant with the senior national squad in 1998.
• Söderberg and Lagerbäck managed Sweden in tandem from 2000, reaching UEFA EURO 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2004; following Söderberg's departure, Lagerbäck took the troops to the 2006 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008 single-handed.
• Stepped down after failing to lead Sweden to the 2010 World Cup finals, but ended up travelling to that tournament as coach of Nigeria.
• Appointed Iceland boss in October 2011, he steered the side to the 2014 World Cup play-offs where they lost to Croatia. Agreed a new contract that would mean he handed over the reins to assistant Heimir Hallgrímsson at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 campaign – and promptly guided Iceland to their first ever major tournament.
• Even better was to follow as Iceland knocked out England en route to reaching the quarter-finals, where they lost to France, and in February 2017 Lagerbäck came out of retirement to take over as coach of Norway.
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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
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