European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Belarus||Borisov-Arena - BorisovSaturday 7 October 2017|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group A - Matchday 9
|07/10/2016||QR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||4-1||Rotterdam||Promes 15, 31, Klaassen 56, Janssen 64; Rios 47|
|21/11/2007||QR (GS)||Belarus - Netherlands||2-1||Minsk||Bulyga 49, Korytko 65; Van der Vaart 89|
|06/09/2006||QR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||3-0||Eindhoven||Van Persie 32, 78, Kuyt 90+1|
|07/06/2003||PR (GS)||Belarus - Netherlands||0-2||Minsk||Overmars 61, Kluivert 68|
|07/09/2002||PR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||3-0||Eindhoven||Davids 35, Kluivert 37, Hasselbaink 73|
|06/09/1995||PR (GS)||Netherlands - Belarus||1-0||Rotterdam||Mulder 83|
|07/06/1995||PR (GS)||Belarus - Netherlands||1-0||Minsk||Gerasimets 27|
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|-||Aleksandr Gutor||18/04/1989||28||Chornomorets Odesa||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Sergei Ignatovich||29/06/1992||25||Dinamo Minsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Aleksandr Sachivko||05/01/1986||31||Dinamo Minsk||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Aleksei Gavrilovich||05/01/1990||27||Dinamo Brest||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Oleg Evdokimov||25/02/1994||23||Dinamo Minsk||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Artem Bykov||19/10/1992||24||Dinamo Minsk||*||2||0||0||0|
|-||Maksim Skavysh||13/11/1989||27||Torpedo Zhodino||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Anton Saroka||05/03/1992||25||Dinamo Minsk||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Daley Blind||09/03/1990||27||Man. United||*||8||0||0||0|
|-||Virgil Van Dijk||08/07/1991||26||Southampton||*||4||0||0||0|
|-||Matthijs de Ligt||12/08/1999||18||Ajax||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Marco van Ginkel||01/12/1992||24||PSV||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Donny van de Beek||18/04/1997||20||Ajax||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Bas Dost||31/05/1989||28||Sporting CP||-||5||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 10 February 1964
Playing career: FC Dinamo Minsk, FC Neman Grodno, FC Lida, FC Alga Bishkek, FC Aktyubinets, FC Metallurg Aldan, FC Dinamo Yakutsk, FC Selenga, FC Torpedo Mogilev
Coaching career: FC Torpedo Mogilev, FC BATE Borisov (reserve team), FC BATE Borisov, FC Dinamo Minsk, FC Sibir Novosibirsk, FC Shurtan Guzar, FC Torpedo Zhodino, Belarus
• A graduate of one Minsk's youth academies, his first coach was Mikhail Mustygin – Soviet Top League top scorer with Dinamo Minsk in 1962 and 1967. A Soviet youth international, Kriushenko never made the first team at Dinamo Minsk, and spent his playing career in the lower divisions.
• After four years as a coach with BATE's reserve team, took charge of the seniors in 2005 and won league titles in 2006 and 2007.
• League runner-up as Dinamo Minsk coach in 2008, he moved to Russia and led Sibir Novosibirsk to promotion in his first campaign, and then to the Russian Cup final and the UEFA Europa League play-offs in 2010.
• Won a Belarusian Cup with Torpedo Zhodino in 2016 and was named Belarus coach on a temoporary basis on 1 March 2017, coaching Torpedo and the national team in tandem.
Date of birth: 27 September 1947
Playing career: ADO Den Haag (twice), Roda JC, VVV Venlo, Chicago Sting, Sparta Rotterdam, K. Berchem Sport, FC Utrecht
Coaching career: DSVP, HFC Haarlem, FC Dordrecht, Netherlands (three times), PSV Eindhoven, Rangers FC, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, FC Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar (twice), Belgium, Russia, Serbia, Sunderland, Netherlands (assistant), Fenerbahçe SK
• A combative midfielder, Advocaat's playing career lasted 18 years and included three seasons in the North American Soccer League with Chicago Sting.
• Twice served as assistant coach to Rinus Michels with the Dutch national team, where he earned the nickname Little General. Then took charge himself and led the Oranje to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in the United States.
• Won the Dutch Cup and Eredivisie with PSV (1995–98) before moving to Scotland and picking up domestic treble in the first of four seasons with Rangers. He then opted for a second spell with the Netherlands and led team to UEFA EURO 2004 semi-finals. Two years later he was in charge of South Korea at the World Cup finals.
• Returned to club football with Zenit, winning the Russian title in 2007 and the UEFA Cup – where he defeated former club Rangers – and UEFA Super Cup a year later. Left in August 2009, becoming Belgium coach two months later before agreeing to coach AZ Alkmaar for the rest of the season.
• Took charge of Russia in May 2010, clinching a place at UEFA EURO 2012 with a 6-0 defeat of Andorra on the last day of qualifying. In April 2012 he announced his decision to depart after that summer's finals and subsequently agreed a return to PSV. Returned to Alkmaar in October 2013 on a short-term basis.
• After an ill-fated four-month spell as Serbia coach in 2014, he successfully negotiated the end of Sunderland's relegation battle the following year. He extended his association, but a poor start to 2015/16 brought his resignation and he worked as an assistant to the senior Dutch team before being unveiled at Fenerbahçe on 17 August. The following May, succeeded Danny Blind as Netherlands coach for his third spell in charge.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|29/08/2013||UEL||PO||Feyenoord||FC Kuban Krasnodar||1-2||Rotterdam|
|12/12/2013||UEL||GS||PAOK FC||AZ Alkmaar||2-2||Salonika|
|21/08/2014||UEL||PO||PEC Zwolle||AC Sparta Praha||1-1||Zwolle|
|14/10/2014||U21||PO||Portugal||Netherlands||5-4||Pacos de Ferreira|
Last updated 05/10/2017 12:13CET
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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