European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Republic of Ireland||Aviva Stadium - DublinFriday 6 October 2017|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group D - Matchday 9
|09/10/2016||QR (GS)||Moldova - Republic of Ireland||1-3||Chisinau||Bugaev 45+1; Long 2, McClean 69, 76|
|Republic of Ireland||-||-||-||-||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||1||1||0||0||3||1|
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|-||Glenn Whelan||13/01/1984||33||Aston Villa||*||7||0||0||0|
|-||Conor Hourihane||02/02/1991||26||Aston Villa||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Callum O'Dowda||23/04/1995||22||Bristol City||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Daryl Murphy||15/03/1983||34||Nottm Forest||-||4||1||0||0|
|-||Scott Hogan||13/04/1992||25||Aston Villa||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Serghei Paşcenco||18/12/1982||34||Zaria Balti||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Alexei Koşelev||19/11/1993||23||Politehnica Iaşi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Alexandru Epureanu||27/09/1986||31||İstanbul Başakşehir||*||7||0||0||0|
|-||Radu Gînsari||10/12/1991||25||H. Haifa||*||6||1||0||0|
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Date of birth: 1 March 1952
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Lisburn Distillery FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Norwich City FC (twice), Manchester City FC, Notts County FC, Chesterfield FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career: Grantham Town FC, Shepshed Charterhouse FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Norwich City FC, Leicester City FC, Celtic FC, Aston Villa FC, Sunderland AFC, Republic of Ireland
• The highlight of Northern Irish international O'Neill's playing career was winning the 1977/78 English title and 1979 and 1980 European Cups under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest (though he did not play in the first of those finals). He also appeared at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
• After injury ended O'Neill's career, he entered management with non-league Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe, whom he led into the Football League for the first time in 1993 and a further promotion the next year.
• He left Wycombe for Norwich in June 1995 but within six months had gone to Leicester, whom he would guide into the Premier League, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cups to earn two UEFA Cup campaigns.
• O'Neill was appointed by Celtic in summer 2000 and in five years at the helm landed three league titles and three Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup completing a 2000/01 treble. He also led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup final.
• Managed Aston Villa between 2006 and 2010, then Sunderland from 2011 to March 2013. O'Neill was appointed Ireland manager, to be assisted by fellow former Forest player Roy Keane, that November, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 via a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Agreed to stay on until the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the finals, where Ireland were eliminated by hosts France in the last 16.
Date of birth: 27/08/1967
Playing career: FC Nistru Chisinau, FC Dinamo Moskva, Playas de Castellón FS, Servette FC, Genoa CFC, Olympique de Marseille, Club Atlético de Madrid, SC Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tiligul Tiraspol, FC Academia Chisinau, FC Dacia Chisinau, FC Veris, FC Sakhalin, Moldova (twice)
• Born near the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, Dobrovolski was schooled at an academy in Tiraspol, and made his name as a creative midfielder with Nistru Chisinau, earning a move to Dinamo Moskva in 1986.
• A gold medal winner with the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics, he was also in the side that won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared with the senior side at the FIFA World Cup finals that summer, and also played at the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Capped 47 times in total.
• Played in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and was at Marseille when they followed up a 1991/92 French title success with triumph in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League.
• Returned to Moldova in 2005 to become player-coach at Tiligul, leading his side to fourth place in his only season in charge. Hired as Moldova coach Anatol Teslev's assistant, he was in sole command from 2007-09, Moldova earning a best-ever total of 12 points under him in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, and reaching a pinnacle of 37th in the FIFA rankings.
• Led Dacia to Moldovan title in 2010/11 before working with Veris and Sakhalin. Hired as Moldova boss for a second time on 23 December 2015.
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|13/07/2010||UCL||2QR||Bohemian FC||The New Saints FC||1-0||Dublin|
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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
|Republic of Ireland||8||3||4||1||9||6||13|
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