European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Georgia||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiFriday 6 October 2017|
18.00CET (20.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 9
|09/10/2016||QR (GS)||Wales - Georgia||1-1||Cardiff||Bale 10; Okriashvili 57|
|07/06/1995||PR (GS)||Wales - Georgia||0-1||Cardiff||Kinkladze 73|
|16/11/1994||PR (GS)||Georgia - Wales||5-0||Tbilisi||Ketsbaia 29, 48, Kinkladze 39, Gogrichiani 58, S. Arveladze 65|
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|-||Roin Kvaskhvadze||31/05/1989||28||Torpedo Kutaisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Solomon Kverkvelia||06/02/1992||25||Lokomotiv Moskva||-||8||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Merebashvili||15/08/1986||31||Wisła Płock||-||3||1||0||0|
|-||Otar Kiteishvili||26/03/1996||21||Dinamo Tbilisi||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||David Khocholava||08/02/1993||24||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Giorgi Kvilitaia||01/10/1993||24||Rapid Wien||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Wayne Hennessey||24/01/1987||30||Crystal Palace||-||8||0||0||0|
|-||Neil Taylor||07/02/1989||28||Aston Villa||*||5||0||0||0|
|-||James Chester||23/01/1989||28||Aston Villa||*||8||0||0||0|
|-||Thomas Lockyer||03/12/1994||22||Bristol Rovers||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Hal Robson-Kanu||21/05/1989||28||West Brom||*||7||1||0||0|
|-||David Brooks||08/07/1997||20||Sheff. United||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Playing career: VTJ Agro Hurbanovo, AŠK Inter Bratislava, AC Sparta Praha, FK Drnovice, DAC Dunajská Streda, 1. FC Košice, FC Artmedia
Coaching career: FC Artmedia (twice), FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, FC Kairat Almaty, Georgia
• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. First capped for Czechoslovakia in 1988 and won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring his country's first post-independence goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994. Ended playing career with Artmedia, serving as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.
• Led Artmedia to Slovakian Cup in 2005 and league title a year later before knocking out Celtic FC and FK Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at FC Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.
• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy and only losing to the Netherlands.
• Coached Slovakia in tandem with Slovan Bratislava in 2011/12 and led his hometown club into their first UEFA Europa League group stage. Nearly did the same with Kairat only losing against Bordeaux on away goals in play-offs. Left Almaty in November 2015 having won Kazakhstan Cups in successive seasons. Hired by Georgia in March 2016.
Date of birth: 10 June 1970
Playing career: Manchester City FC, Swansea City AFC, Crystal Palace FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career: Fulham FC, Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Coventry City FC, Larissa FC, Wales
• A solid defender, Coleman came through the youth ranks at Manchester City but started his career in earnest with home-town team Swansea, where he won Welsh Cups in 1989 and 1991.
• Picked up the first of 32 caps for Wales while at Crystal Palace, where he occasionally served as a makeshift striker, before joining then reigning English champions Blackburn in 1995 for an injury-ravaged two-year stay.
• A broken leg sustained in a car crash in 2001 when Coleman was playing for Fulham effectively ended his playing days, but he was brought on to the club's coaching staff, taking the top job after a successful stint as caretaker in 2003.
• After leaving Fulham in 2007, Coleman headed abroad to manage first Real Sociedad and then Larissa either side of a spell at Coventry.
• Hired as Wales manager in January 2012 following the death of former team-mate Gary Speed, Coleman signed a two-year extension in November 2013, and was rewarded by guiding the side to UEFA EURO 2016 – their first major tournament since 1958. Even better was to come in France, as Wales upset the odds by reaching the semi-finals, their best-ever performance in a major finals.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|Jesús Gil Manzano||04/02/1984||2||21|
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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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