European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Croatia||Stadion HNK Rijeka - RijekaFriday 6 October 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 9
|09/10/2016||QR (GS)||Finland - Croatia||0-1||Tampere||Mandžukić 18|
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|-||Dominik Livaković||09/01/1995||22||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Josip Pivarić||30/01/1989||28||Dynamo Kyiv||*||7||0||0||0|
|-||Domagoj Vida||29/04/1989||28||Dynamo Kyiv||*||8||1||0||0|
|-||Zoran Nižić||11/10/1989||27||Hajduk Split||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Luka Modrić||09/09/1985||32||Real Madrid||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Mario Pašalić||09/02/1995||22||Spartak Moskva||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Duje Čop||01/02/1990||27||Standard Liège||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Rasmus Schüller||18/06/1991||26||Minnesota United||-||3||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia
• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.
• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.
• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.
• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.
• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.
Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland
• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.
• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.
• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.
• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.
• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.
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No such matches refereed
|26/07/2017||UCL||3QR||FC Salzburg||HNK Rijeka||1-1||Salzburg|
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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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