European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Scotland||Hampden Park - GlasgowThursday 5 October 2017|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group F - Matchday 9
|11/10/2016||QR (GS)||Slovakia - Scotland||3-0||Trnava||Mak 18, 56, Nemec 68|
|21/09/1977||QR (GS)||Scotland - Czechoslovakia||3-1||Glasgow||Jordan 18, Hartford 35, Dalglish 54; Gajdůšek 81|
|13/10/1976||QR (GS)||Czechoslovakia - Scotland||2-0||Prague||Panenka 48, Petráš 50|
|17/10/1973||QR (GS)||Czechoslovakia - Scotland||1-0||Bratislava||Nehoda 15 (P)|
|26/09/1973||QR (GS)||Scotland - Czechoslovakia||2-1||Glasgow||Holton 41, Jordan 72; Nehoda 33|
|29/11/1961||QR (GS)||Czechoslovakia - Scotland||4-2|
|Brussels||Pluskal 36, Hledik 70, Pospíchal 96 ET, Kvašňák 101 ET; St. John 38, 70|
|26/09/1961||QR (GS)||Scotland - Czechoslovakia||3-2||Glasgow||St. John 21, Law 62, 83; Kvašňák 6, Scherer 51|
|14/05/1961||QR (GS)||Czechoslovakia - Scotland||4-0||Bratislava||Pospíchal 8, 85, Kvašňák 13, Kadraba 40|
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|-||James Morrison||25/05/1986||31||West Brom||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Robert Snodgrass||07/09/1987||30||Aston Villa||-||6||3||0||0|
|-||James McArthur||07/10/1987||29||Crystal Palace||*||6||2||0||0|
|-||Barry Bannan||01/12/1989||27||Sheff. Wednesday||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Matthew Phillips||13/03/1991||26||West Brom||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Steven Fletcher||26/03/1987||30||Sheff. Wednesday||-||2||1||0||0|
|-||Martin Dúbravka||15/01/1989||28||Sparta Praha||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Lukáš Štetina||28/07/1991||26||Sparta Praha||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Norbert Gyömber||03/07/1992||25||Bari 1908||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Albert Rusnák||07/07/1994||23||Real Salt Lake||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Erik Sabo||22/11/1991||25||Beitar Jerusalem||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Adam Nemec||02/09/1985||32||Dinamo Bucureşti||-||5||3||0||0|
Last updated 05/10/2017 12:01CET
Date of birth: 9 February 1957
Playing career: Dundee FC, Aberdeen FC, Manchester United FC, Leeds United AFC, Coventry City FC
Coaching career: Coventry City FC, Southampton FC, Celtic FC, Middlesbrough FC, Scotland
• An energetic and talented midfielder, Strachan was capped 50 times by Scotland and helped Aberdeen FC lift the European Cup Winners' Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson. Began in management while still a player at Coventry in November 1996 before ending his on-field career aged 40 to concentrate on coaching, keeping the club in the Premier League until 2001.
• Although sacked early the following season, he was swiftly appointed by Southampton – whom he guided to eighth place in the English top flight in 2002/03 and the 2003 FA Cup final. Strachan stepped down in March 2004 to concentrate on media work.
• Installed as Martin O'Neill's successor at Celtic in summer 2005, Strachan proceeded to win the Scottish Premier League in record time and also lifted the Scottish League Cup in his first campaign. In 2006/07, Celtic triumphed in both league and Scottish Cup, and got past the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time, falling in extra time to eventual winners AC Milan in the last 16.
• Steered the Bhoys to the round of 16 again in 2007/08, this time succumbing to FC Barcelona, and a tremendous late surge took Celtic past Rangers FC to retain the Scottish championship. Stepped down at Celtic in 2009 after failing to defend the league crown.
• After an unsuccessful year with Middlesbrough, was appointed national coach in January 2013, helping reinvigorate a Scotland team that went on to win home and away against Croatia in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying pool, despite failing to make the cut for Brazil; Scotland also missed out on UEFA EURO 2016.
Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Playing career: LB Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), RFC Seraing, FK Dukla Praha
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, MFK Zemplín Michalovce, FC Steel Trans Ličartovce, 1. FC Košice, Slovakia
• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.
• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.
• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United FC.
• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for further stints in 2005 and 2012. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France.
• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for MFK Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over FC Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak has been at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2012.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|09/07/2009||UEL||1QR||Llanelli AFC||Motherwell FC||0-3||Llanelli|
|14/11/2014||EURO||QR||Scotland||Republic of Ireland||1-0||Glasgow|
|25/08/2015||UCL||PO||Malmö FF||Celtic FC||2-0||Malmo|
Last updated 03/10/2017 11:30CET
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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