European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Kosovo||Loro Boriçi Stadium - ShkoderFriday 6 October 2017|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group I - Matchday 9
|09/10/2016||QR (GS)||Ukraine - Kosovo||3-0||Krakow||Kravets 31, Yarmolenko 81, Rotan 87|
Last updated 15/09/2017 11:50CET
|-||Amir Rrahmani||24/02/1994||23||Dinamo Zagreb||*||7||1||0||0|
|-||Atdhe Nuhiu||29/07/1989||28||Sheff. Wednesday||-||4||1||0||0|
|-||Andriy Pyatov||28/06/1984||33||Shakhtar Donetsk||-||8||0||0||0|
|-||Maxym Koval||09/12/1992||24||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Ivan Ordets||08/07/1992||25||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Yevhen Khacheridi||28/07/1987||30||Dynamo Kyiv||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Eduard Sobol||20/04/1995||22||Slavia Praha||-||5||0||0||0|
|-||Pavlo Lukyanchuk||19/05/1996||21||Olimpik Donetsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Ruslan Rotan||29/10/1981||35||Slavia Praha||*||5||1||0||0|
|-||Denys Garmash||19/04/1990||27||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Taras Stepanenko||08/08/1989||28||Shakhtar Donetsk||*||8||0||0||0|
|-||Serhiy Sydorchuk||02/05/1991||26||Dynamo Kyiv||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Vitaliy Buyalskiy||06/01/1993||24||Dynamo Kyiv||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Volodymyr Shepeliev||01/06/1997||20||Dynamo Kyiv||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||Artem Kravets||03/06/1989||28||Dynamo Kyiv||*||6||2||0||0|
|-||Artem Besedin||31/03/1996||21||Dynamo Kyiv||*||4||1||0||0|
Last updated 06/10/2017 11:30CET
Date of birth: 18 June 1971
Playing career: FC Prishtina, Skövde, IFK/MBK Mariestad, Törboda IK, Torsö Hassle
Coaching career: Torsö Hassle, Tidavad IK, Örebro Syrianska, Tidaholms GIF, Degerfors IF, Kalmar FF (assistant), Kosovo
• Born in Pristina – then part of Yugoslavia – Bunjaki started his career with his local team and went on to spend much of his playing days in the Swedish lower leagues.
• His coaching career followed a similar pattern, with his highest-profile appointment a stint at Degerfors in 2005; Bunjaki then spent two years as assistant coach at Kalmar between 2006 and 2007.
• Appointed Kosovo coach in 2009, overseeing wins against Oman and Equatorial Guinea prior to a 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in June 2016, their first match after being accepted into FIFA the previous month.
Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine
• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.
• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.
• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.
• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.
• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.
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Last updated 04/10/2017 11:23CET
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
Last updated 15/09/2017 11:50CET