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worldcup: Spain - Albania Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

SpainSpainRico Perez - AlicanteFriday 6 October 2017
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Group G - Matchday 9
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/10/2016QR (GS)Albania - Spain0-2
ShkoderDiego Costa 55, Nolito 63
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/09/1993QR (GS)Albania - Spain1-5
TiranaSalinas 4, 30, 61, Gomez 19, Caminero 67
22/04/1992QR (GS)Spain - Albania3-0
SevilleMíchel 2 (P), 65, Hierro 87
EURO '92
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
19/12/1990PR (GS)Spain - Albania9-0
SevilleAmor 21, Muñoz 24, 65, Butragueño 31, 57, 68, 88, Hierro 40, Bakero 76
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/11/1987PR (GS)Spain - Albania5-0
SevilleBakero 6, 31, 75, Míchel 37 (P), Llorente 64
03/12/1986PR (GS)Albania - Spain1-2
TiranaMuca 27; Arteche 67, Alonso 84
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Spain33003300----6600262
Albania30033003----6006226

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Squad list Only this chapter

Spain - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Pepe Reina31/08/198235Napoli - 0000
-David de Gea07/11/199026Man. United - 8000
-Kepa Arrizabalaga03/10/199423Athletic - 0000
Defenders
-Gerard Piqué02/02/198730Barcelona*7000
-Sergio Ramos30/03/198631Real Madrid*7100
-Nacho Monreal26/02/198631Arsenal - 3100
-César Azpilicueta28/08/198928Chelsea - 0000
-Nacho18/01/199027Real Madrid - 3000
-Jordi Alba21/03/198928Barcelona*5000
-Álvaro Odriozola14/12/199521Real Sociedad - 0000
Midfielders
-David Silva08/01/198631Man. City*8500
-Asier Illarramendi08/03/199027Real Sociedad - 0000
-Thiago Alcántara11/04/199126Bayern*7000
-Koke08/01/199225Atlético - 7000
-Pedro Rodríguez28/07/198730Chelsea - 2000
-Saúl Ñíguez21/11/199422Atlético - 2000
-Isco21/04/199225Real Madrid - 6400
-Marco Asensio21/01/199621Real Madrid - 2000
Forwards
-Iago Aspas01/08/198730Celta - 2200
-José Callejón11/02/198730Napoli - 1000
-Rodrigo06/03/199126Valencia - 0000
-Aritz Aduriz11/02/198136Athletic - 1100
-Jonathan Viera21/10/198927Las Palmas - 0000
Coach
-Julen Lopetegui28/08/196651 - 8000
Albania - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198729Partizani - 1000
-Ehea Koliçi13/02/198631Iraklis - 0000
-Etrit Berisha01/03/198928Atalanta - 6000
Defenders
-Ansi Agolli11/10/198234Qarabağ - 6100
-Andi Lila12/02/198631Giannina*5000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199224Empoli*2000
-Arlind Ajeti25/09/199324Crotone - 3000
-Elseid Hysaj02/02/199423Napoli - 8000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199324Benevento - 5000
-Iván Balliu01/01/199225Metz - 0000
-Azdren Llullaku15/02/198829Tobol*4000
-Hysen Memolla03/07/199225Hajduk Split - 1000
Midfielders
-Migjen Basha05/01/198730Bari 1908*5000
-Taulant Xhaka28/03/199126Basel*3000
-Ermir Lenjani05/08/198928Sion - 1000
-Ergys Kaçe08/07/199324PAOK - 0000
-Ledian Memushaj 07/12/198630Pescara*7100
-Valon Ahmedi07/10/199422Maribor - 1000
-Liridon Latifi06/02/199423Puskás Akadémia - 1000
-Emanuele Ndoj20/11/199620Brescia - 0000
Forwards
-Armando Sadiku27/05/199126Legia - 4300
-Eros Grezda15/04/199522Osijek - 2000
Coach
-Christian Panucci12/04/197344 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Julen Lopetegui

Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Nationality:
Spanish
Playing career: San Sebastián CF, Castilla CF, UD Las Palmas, Real Madrid CF, CD Logroñés, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s, FC Porto, Spain

• Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid. The Basque native progressed into the senior squad, but, starved of opportunities, switched to Logroñes, where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.

• Those displays earned a move to Barcelona but again he found playing time limited, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano, where he featured 112 times until retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

• Started his coaching career in 2003/04, at second division Rayo, but the experience was short-lived – he was dismissed after ten games. After five years away from the bench he returned to active duty in 2008/09, with Real Madrid Castilla, ending the campaign in sixth place.

• In 2010 Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and led the U19s to the European title two years later before reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He had assumed control of the U21s in August 2012 and guided the holders to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the title in Israel.

• On 6 May 2014, he returned to club duties with Porto but failed to win any silverware with the club and left his post in January 2016. Appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor as Spain coach in July that year.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=1899685.html#julen+lopetegui

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Christian Panucci

Date of birth: 12 April 1973
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Genoa CFC, AC Milan, Real Madrid CF, FC Internazionale Milano, Chelsea FC (loan), AS Monaco FC, AS Roma, Parma FC
Coaching career: Russia (assistant), AS Livorno Calcio, Ternana Calcio, Albania

• Having risen through the ranks at Genoa, Panucci spent three seasons in the first team before leaving for Milan in 1993, winning the Scudetto and UEFA Champions League in his first season.

• A right-back who could cover in central defence, a second Serie A title with Milan followed in 1996. Panucci moved to Real Madrid midway through 1996/97, becoming first Italian to play for Spanish giants, winning another league title that season and the UEFA Champions League again in 1998.

• Short spells at Inter, Chelsea and Monaco preceded his 2001 move to Roma, for whom he would make more than 250 appearances over the next eight years, winning the Coppa Italia twice. He hung up his boots in 2010 after a year with Parma.

• Twice a UEFA European Under-21 Championship winner with Italy, Panucci won only 57 caps in a senior career spanning 15 years. Made his major tournament bow at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and scored the goal against Scotland that took Italy to UEFA EURO 2008.

• Worked as Fabio Capello's assistant coach with Russia before striking out on his own; had short spells in charge of Livorno and Ternana before being appointed to succeed fellow Italian Gianni De Biasi as Albania coach in July 2017.

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAleksei Eskov (RUS)
  • Assistant refereesDmitri Mosyakin (RUS) , Igor Demeshko (RUS)
  • Fourth officialKirill Levnikov (RUS)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerDuncan Fraser (SCO)
  • Referee observerNuno Castro (POR)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Aleksei Eskov07/09/1978232

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

No such matches refereed

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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 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:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Spain

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Spain871032322
    Italy861119719
    Albania841310913
    Israel83059149
    FYR Macedonia821510147
    Liechtenstein80081340
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    De Gea, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Koke, Thiago Alcántara (46 Nolito), Vitolo (79 Asensio), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa (68 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    De Gea, Carvajal, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Vitolo (84 Thiago Alcántara), Ramos, Jordi Alba (22 Nacho), Diego Costa (67 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    De Gea, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (78 Isco), Koke, Thiago Alcántara, Vitolo (60 Nolito), Ramos (80 Iñigo Martínez), Monreal, Diego Costa, Silva
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Spain 4-0 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Velkoski 34 (og) , 2-0 Vitolo 63, 3-0 Monreal 84, 4-0 Aritz Aduriz 85
    De Gea, Bartra, Sergio Busquets, Nacho, Morata (60 Aritz Aduriz), Koke (71 Isco), Thiago Alcántara, Vitolo (87 Callejón), Carvajal, Monreal, Silva
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Spain 4-1 Israel
    1-0 Silva 13, 2-0 Vitolo 45+1, 3-0 Diego Costa 51, 3-1 Refaelov 76, 4-1 Isco 88
    De Gea, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (70 Isco), Thiago Alcántara (63 Koke), Vitolo (83 Aspas), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa, Carvajal, Silva
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    FYR Macedonia 1-2 Spain
    0-1 Silva 15, 0-2 Diego Costa 27, 1-2 Ristovski 66
    De Gea, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (92 Saúl Ñíguez), Thiago Alcántara (74 Koke), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa, Carvajal, Silva (69 Pedro Rodríguez), Isco
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Spain 3-0 Italy
    1-0 Isco 13, 2-0 Isco 40, 3-0 Morata 77
    De Gea, Carvajal, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (72 Morata), Koke, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Asensio (78 Saúl Ñíguez), Silva, Isco (90 Villa)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Liechtenstein 0-8 Spain
    0-1 Ramos 3, 0-2 Morata 15, 0-3 Isco 16, 0-4 Silva 39, 0-5 Aspas 51, 0-6 Morata 54, 0-7 Aspas 63, 0-8 Göppel 89 (og)
    De Gea, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Morata, Thiago Alcántara, Pedro Rodríguez, Ramos (46 Nacho), Monreal, Silva (46 Aspas), Isco (56 Deulofeu)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Spain-Albania
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Israel-Spain

Albania

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Sadiku, Gashi (60 Memushaj ), Kukeli, Xhaka, Mavraj, Hyka (67 Roshi), Abrashi (60 Balaj)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Llullaku (69 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (44 Basha), Mavraj, Aliji, Hyka, Balaj, Roshi, Abrashi (46 Lila)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    Berisha, Lila, Lenjani (46 Aliji), Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj (68 Basha), Xhaka (75 Hyka), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Albania 0-3 Israel
    0-1 Zahavi 18 (P) , 0-2 Einbinder 66, 0-3 Atar 83
    Berisha, Hysaj (79 Çani), Xhimshiti, Agolli, Memushaj , Llullaku (57 Hoxha), Kukeli, Xhaka (82 Manaj), Mavraj, Balaj, Roshi
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Italy 2-0 Albania
    1-0 De Rossi 12 (P) , 2-0 Immobile 80
    Strakosha, Lila (77 Sadiku), Hysaj, Veseli, Agolli, Basha (96 Latifi), Memushaj , Kukeli, Çikalleshi, Arlind Ajeti, Roshi (87 Grezda)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Israel 0-3 Albania
    0-1 Sadiku 22, 0-2 Sadiku 44, 0-3 Memushaj 71
    Strakosha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Memushaj , Sadiku (70 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (82 Veseli), Hyka, Mavraj, Aliji, Roshi (53 Lila), Abrashi
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Albania 2-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Roshi 54, 2-0 Agolli 78
    Berisha, Hysaj, Agolli, Basha, Memushaj (77 Kukeli), Llullaku, Mavraj, Grezda (86 Ahmedi), Arlind Ajeti, Roshi, Abrashi (83 Hyka)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    FYR Macedonia 1-1 Albania
    0-1 Roshi 53, 1-1 Trajkovski 78 (P)
    Berisha, Lila, Hysaj, Agolli (73 Memolla), Sadiku, Llullaku (46 Memushaj ), Kukeli (46 Basha), Mavraj, Arlind Ajeti, Hyka, Roshi
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Spain-Albania
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Albania-Italy

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Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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 UEFA.com.