European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Turkey||Eskişehir Yeni Stadyumu - EskisehirFriday 6 October 2017|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 9
|09/10/2016||QR (GS)||Iceland - Turkey||2-0||Reykjavik||E. Bjarnason 42, Finnbogason 44|
|13/10/2015||QR (GS)||Turkey - Iceland||1-0||Konya||Selçuk İnan 89|
|09/09/2014||QR (GS)||Iceland - Turkey||3-0||Reykjavik||Bödvarsson 19, G. Sigurdsson 76, Sigthórsson 77|
|11/10/1995||PR (GS)||Iceland - Turkey||0-0||Reykjavik|
|12/10/1994||PR (GS)||Turkey - Iceland||5-0||Istanbul||Saffet Sancaklı 8, 26, Hakan Şükür 27, 61, Sergen Yalçın 65|
|20/09/1989||QR (GS)||Iceland - Turkey||2-1||Reykjavik||Pétursson 53, 72; Feyyaz Uçar 85|
|12/10/1988||QR (GS)||Turkey - Iceland||1-1||Istanbul||Ünal Karaman 74; Torfason 63|
|09/09/1981||QR (GS)||Iceland - Turkey||2-0||Reykjavik||Larus Gudmundsson 20, Edvaldsson 65|
|24/09/1980||QR (GS)||Turkey - Iceland||1-3||Izmir||Fatih Terim 72 (P); Gudlaugsson 12, Gudmundsson 62, Thordarsson 80|
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|-||Volkan Babacan||11/08/1988||29||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||8||0||0||0|
|-||Sabri Sarıoğlu||26/07/1984||33||Göztepe Izmir||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Emre Belözoğlu||07/09/1980||37||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Jón Gudni Fjóluson||10/04/1989||28||Norrköping||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Hordur Magnússon||11/02/1993||24||Bristol City||-||6||1||0||0|
|-||Birkir Bjarnason||27/05/1988||29||Aston Villa||*||7||0||0||0|
|-||Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson||18/06/1990||27||Grasshoppers||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Arnór Ingvi Traustason||30/04/1993||24||AEK||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Vidar Orn Kjartansson||11/03/1990||27||M. Tel-Aviv||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Jón Dadi Bödvarsson||25/05/1992||25||Reading||-||6||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 29 July 1945
Playing career: FC Dinamo Bucureşti, FC Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti, FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Coaching career: FC Corvinul Hunedoara, Romania, FC Dinamo Bucureşti, AC Pisa 1909, Brescia Calcio, AC Reggiana 1919, FC Rapid Bucureşti (twice), FC Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray AŞ, Beşiktaş JK, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit, Turkey
• A useful striker for Dinamo in the 1960s and 1970s, winning six league titles and 70 caps for Romania as well as playing at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Lucescu became Corvinul player-coach in his early 30s and went on to win three Romanian championships with Dinamo.
• Fluent in six foreign languages and regarded as a workaholic, he cemented his reputation at Pisa, Brescia and Reggiana before returning home for the first of two spells as Rapid coach, winning the league in 1998 and 2000.
• Returned to Serie A for a short spell at Inter in 1998/99 before a one-season return to Rapid. After joining Galatasaray in 2000 he lifted the UEFA Super Cup in his first game as coach and took them to the Turkish title in 2001/02 – a feat he repeated with Beşiktaş in 2002/03, their centenary season.
• Left Beşiktaş in 2004 and promptly joined Shakhtar, leading the Donetsk club to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, when his side also won the Ukrainian Cup. In May 2009, Lucescu's Shakhtar became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup. He suffered a heart attack that summer but swiftly returned to work, guiding the club to another league title at the end of the season and winning the domestic double in 2010/11, when Shakhtar also reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
• More success followed, Lucescu's team completing a hat-trick of domestic doubles in 2012/13 and making it five league titles in a row the following year. Lucescu stepped down in 2016 after 12 years in charge having won a sixth Ukrainian Cup and, after a year at Zenit, he succeeded Fatih Terim as Turkey coach in August 2017.
Date of birth: 10 June 1967
Playing career: ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Íþróttafélagið Höttur, KF Smástund
Coaching career: Íþróttafélagið Höttur (women), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (women, twice), ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (twice), Iceland (assistant), Iceland (joint coach), Iceland
• Spent the majority of his playing career with ÍBV, who he represented between 1986 and 1992 and again from 1994 to 1996; he spent 1993 playing for Höttur, also managing their women's team.
• Hallgrímsson – who combined his playing career with his part-time duties as a dentist – moved to Smástund in 1996 and continued to represent the club following their merger the following year with Framherjar, from his home town of Vestmannaeyjar.
• Started coaching ÍBV's women's side in 1999 and was appointed assistant coach of the men's team three years later. Returned to the women's selection in 2003, staying for two years; took over as head coach of ÍBV's men's squad in 2006.
• Stayed in that role until 2011; that October, following Lars Lagerbäck's appointment as Iceland coach, Hallgrímsson was named as his assistant. Promoted to the joint coaching role following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when Iceland lost in the play-offs to Croatia.
• UEFA EURO 2016 was to be a competition to remember for Iceland, however, as they qualified for a first major finals from a section including the Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands. Even better was to follow in France, Iceland remaining unbeaten to reach the knockout stages and then famously getting the better of England in the last 16 before a 5-2 defeat by the hosts in the last 16. Hallgrímsson took sole charge after the tournament.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|19/02/2015||UEL||R32||Liverpool FC||Beşiktaş JK||1-0||Liverpool|
|15/09/2015||UCL||GS||Galatasaray AŞ||Club Atlético de Madrid||0-2||Istanbul|
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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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