European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Spain||Rico Perez - AlicanteFriday 6 October 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group G - Matchday 9
|09/10/2016||QR (GS)||Albania - Spain||0-2||Shkoder||Diego Costa 55, Nolito 63|
|22/09/1993||QR (GS)||Albania - Spain||1-5||Tirana||Salinas 4, 30, 61, Gomez 19, Caminero 67|
|22/04/1992||QR (GS)||Spain - Albania||3-0||Seville||Míchel 2 (P), 65, Hierro 87|
|19/12/1990||PR (GS)||Spain - Albania||9-0||Seville||Amor 21, Muñoz 24, 65, Butragueño 31, 57, 68, 88, Hierro 40, Bakero 76|
|18/11/1987||PR (GS)||Spain - Albania||5-0||Seville||Bakero 6, 31, 75, Míchel 37 (P), Llorente 64|
|03/12/1986||PR (GS)||Albania - Spain||1-2||Tirana||Muca 27; Arteche 67, Alonso 84|
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|-||David de Gea||07/11/1990||26||Man. United||-||8||0||0||0|
|-||Sergio Ramos||30/03/1986||31||Real Madrid||*||7||1||0||0|
|-||Álvaro Odriozola||14/12/1995||21||Real Sociedad||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||David Silva||08/01/1986||31||Man. City||*||8||5||0||0|
|-||Asier Illarramendi||08/03/1990||27||Real Sociedad||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Marco Asensio||21/01/1996||21||Real Madrid||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Jonathan Viera||21/10/1989||27||Las Palmas||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Hysen Memolla||03/07/1992||25||Hajduk Split||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Migjen Basha||05/01/1987||30||Bari 1908||*||5||0||0||0|
|-||Liridon Latifi||06/02/1994||23||Puskás Akadémia||-||1||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 28 August 1966
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.
Date of birth: 12 April 1973
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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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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