European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Faroe Islands||Tórsvøllur - TorshavnSaturday 7 October 2017|
18.00CET (17.00 local time) Group B - Matchday 9
|07/10/2016||QR (GS)||Latvia - Faroe Islands||0-2||Riga||Nattestad 19, Edmundsson 70|
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|-||Pól Jóhannus Justinussen||13/01/1989||28||NSÍ||-||2||0||0||0|
|-||Jónas Tór Naes||27/12/1986||30||ÍBV||*||6||0||0||0|
|-||Aleksejs Višņakovs||03/02/1984||33||Rīgas FS||-||6||0||0||0|
|-||Daniils Ulimbaševs||12/03/1992||25||Rīgas FS||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Roberts Savaļnieks||04/02/1993||24||Rīgas FS||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Jevgeņijs Kazačoks||12/08/1995||22||Spartaks Jūrmala||-||3||0||0||0|
|-||Eduards Višņakovs||10/05/1990||27||Rīgas FS||-||0||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 2 February 1961
Playing career: Glostrup IF, Køge BK, Brøndby IF (twice), Trabzonspor AŞ, RFC Seraing, FC Basel 1893
Coaching career: Randers FC, Odense BK, Faroe Islands
• Enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a central defender, winning five Danish titles in a six-year spell at Brøndby between 1985 and 1991.
• Allegedly drove from Turkey to Scandinavia when he learned of his country's belated call-up to EURO '92. His passion and leadership – he played every minute in Sweden – helped inspire Denmark to the most unlikely of triumphs. He ended his career with 84 caps, a record 69 as captain.
• Learned his coaching craft with Brøndby, taking charge at various youth and reserve levels after finishing his playing days at the club in 1996, before accepting his first senior job with newly formed Randers in 2003. Guided the team into the Danish Super League in 2004 but could not help maintain their elite status, suffering immediate relegation.
• Steered second-division Randers to a surprise 2006 Danish Cup success, beating Esbjerg fB in the final, while also securing a return to the top flight. Moved to Odense in summer 2007, leading his new side to a fourth-place finish in his first term. Consecutive runners-up spots followed in 2008/09 and 2009/10 before he departed in September 2010.
• Appointed coach of the Faroe Islands in November 2011, his team were unable to register a win as they came bottom of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C, earning their only point in a 1-1 home draw with Kazakhstan. However, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying featured two high points in the shape of home and away wins against the 2004 champions Greece.
Date of birth: 26 July 1955
Playing career: RPI Madona, FK Daugava Rīga (twice), FC Dinamo Moskva
Coaching career: FK Daugava Rīga (assistant), Latvia Under-21s, Skonto FC (twice), Latvia (three times), FC Spartak Moskva, Bakı FK
• A prolific goalscorer, Starkovs found the net over 100 times in the former Soviet league for Daugava Rīga and was voted Latvia's Golden Player of the past 50 years to celebrate UEFA's jubilee in 2004.
• After a spell as an assistant at Daugava, he led Skonto, where he won the Latvian title in all of his 12 seasons in charge (1993–2004), extending the club's record sequence to 14 successive crowns.
• Coached Latvia and Skonto in tandem from 2001, unexpectedly leading the national team to UEFA EURO 2004. Joined Spartak Moskva after the finals and guided them to the runners-up spot in the Russian league in 2005.
• Coached Latvia again from 2007 to 2013, during which time he won another title in a second spell as Skonto coach (2009 to 2011) and steered Bakı in Azerbaijan (2011 to 2012). Embarked on a third term as Latvia boss in April 2017, having spent the intervening years working for the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) and coaching in Skonto's youth ranks.
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No such matches refereed
|16/12/2009||UEL||GS||sc Heerenveen||FK Ventspils||5-0||Heerenveen|
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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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