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CyprusCyprusGSP - NicosiaSaturday 7 October 2017
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group H - Matchday 9
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/10/2016QR (GS)Greece - Cyprus2-0
PiraeusMitroglou 12, Mantalos 42
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/01/1987PR (GS)Greece - Cyprus3-1
AthensAnastopoulos 54, 66, Bonovas 63; Savva 60
03/12/1986PR (GS)Cyprus - Greece2-4
NicosiaChristofi 28, Savvides 41; Antoniou 14, Papaioanou 48, Batsinilas 73, Anastopoulos 85
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Cyprus10012002----2536162448
Greece22001100----2516634824

Last updated 15/09/2017 12:02CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Cyprus - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Antonis Giorgallides30/01/198235AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Kostas Panayi08/10/199422Omonia*8000
-Neofytos Michael16/12/199323Nea Salamis - 0000
Defenders
-Nektarios Alexandrou19/12/198333APOEL - 4000
-Georgios Vasiliou12/06/198433Apollon - 0000
-Giorgos Merkis30/07/198433APOEL - 3000
-Marios Antoniades14/05/199027AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Jason Demetriou18/11/198729Southend*7000
-Margaça 17/07/198532Omonia - 3000
-Marios Stylianou23/09/199324Apollon - 1000
Midfielders
-Marios Nikolaou04/10/198334AEL - 1000
-Andreas Avraam06/06/198730AEL*3000
-Vincent Laban09/09/198433AEK Larnaca - 6100
-Georgios Economides10/04/199027Anorthosis - 0000
-Kostakis Artymatas15/04/199324Kerkyra*8000
-Kostas Laifis19/05/199324Standard Liège - 7100
-Charalambos Kyriakou09/02/199522Estoril*7000
-Fanos Katelaris26/08/199621Omonia - 2000
-Grigoris Kastanos30/01/199819Zulte Waregem*7000
-Antreas Makris27/11/199521APOEL - 5000
Forwards
-Costas Charalambides25/07/198136AEK Larnaca*7000
-Pieros Sotiriou13/01/199324København - 6300
-Nestor Mytidis01/06/199126AEK Larnaca*6000
Coach
-Ran Ben Simon28/11/197046 - 2000
Greece - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Orestis Karnezis11/07/198532Watford - 7000
-Stefanos Kapino18/03/199423Olympiacos*1000
-Giannis Anestis09/03/199126AEK - 0000
Defenders
-Vasilis Torosidis10/06/198532Bologna - 6200
-Sokratis Papastathopoulos09/06/198829Dortmund - 7000
-Giorgos Tzavellas26/11/198729Alanyaspor*6100
-Giannis Maniatis12/10/198630Alanyaspor - 6000
-Kyriakos Papadopoulos23/02/199225Hamburg - 4000
-Kostas Manolas14/06/199126Roma*7000
-Kostas Stafylidis02/12/199323Augsburg*7100
-Panagiotis Retsos09/08/199819Leverkusen*1000
Midfielders
-Alexandros Tziolis13/02/198532Al-Fayha FC - 6000
-Lazaros Christodoulopoulos19/12/198630AEK - 0000
-Andreas Samaris13/06/198928Benfica*4000
-Panagiotis Tachtsidis15/02/199126Olympiacos - 2000
-Petros Mantalos31/08/199126AEK - 7100
-Yannis Gianniotas29/04/199324Valladolid - 2000
-Kostas Fortounis16/10/199224Olympiacos - 7100
-Dimitris Kourbelis02/11/199323Panathinaikos - 1000
-Zeca29/08/198829Panathinaikos - 4100
Forwards
-Kostas Mitroglou12/03/198829Marseille*6300
-Tasos Bakasetas28/06/199324AEK - 6000
-Anastasios Donis29/08/199621Stuttgart*3000
Coach
-Michael Skibbe04/08/196552 - 8000

Last updated 07/10/2017 11:00CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Ran Ben Shimon

Date of birth: 28/11/1970
Nationality: Israeli
Playing career: Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC, Hapoel Haifa FC, Hapoel Petach-Tikva FC, Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC
Coaching career: Hapoel Haifa FC, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (twice), Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, AEL Larnaca FC, Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC, Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC, Beitar Jerusalem FC, FC Ashdod, Cyprus

• Capped 34 times as a defender for Israel, Ben Shimon spent much of his career with home-town clubs Maccabi Petach-Tikva and Hapoel Petach-Tikva, but was perhaps in his prime during a six-year spell at Hapoel Haifa, during which he won the 1999/2000 Israeli championship.

• After hanging up his boots in 2003 following a stint at Bnei Yehuda, Ben Shimon was in charge of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's youth teams, taking his first senior jobs in the second tier with Hapoel Haifa and then Kiryat Shmona, whom he led to promotion in his first campaign at the helm.

• Briefly in the Maccabi Tel-Aviv hot seat in 2008, he guided Kiryat Shmona to another promotion after rejoining them in 2009, then masterminded their shock title success of 2011/12. He moved abroad for the first time in 2012 to coach AEK Larnaca, earning a third-placed finish in his sole season in command.

• Returning to Israel in 2013, he subsequently held the reins at Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem and – in 2016/17 – Ashdod. Ben Shimon accepted the Cyprus post in July 2017, filling the void left by Christakis Christoforou's departure.

https://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2484124.html#ran+ben+shimon

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Michael Skibbe

Date of birth: 4 August 1965
Nationality: German
Playing career: FC Schalke 04
Coaching career: Borussia Dortmund, Germany (assistant), Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AŞ, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eskişehirspor (twice), Hertha BSC Berlin, Kardemir Karabükspor, Grasshopper Club, Greece

• Michael Skibbe started out as a midfielder at home-town club Schalke; however, the former youth international made just 15 first-team appearances before a series of cruciate injuries forced him to abandon his playing career in his early 20s.

• Impressing as a youth coach at Schalke and Dortmund, Skibbe became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was given the senior job at Dortmund aged 32 in July 1998.

• Worked in tandem with Rudi Völler during the latter's time as Germany coach, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup final but the pair resigning after the national team's early exit from UEFA EURO 2004. Skibbe returned to club football, coaching Leverkusen from 2005–08.

• First ventured abroad to coach Galatasaray from 2008–09. Went back to Turkey three more times, twice leading Eskişehirspor and briefly taking charge of Karabükspor. Had a longer stint in Switzerland with Grasshoppers.

• Hired as Greece coach in late October 2015, tasked with directing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying attempt after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2016.

https://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2299626.html#michael+skibbe

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesRoberto Alonso (ESP) , Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
  • Fourth officialJosé María Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerStefano Pucci (ITA)
  • Referee observerPeter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Alberto Undiano Mallenco08/10/19731190

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
28/07/2004UCL2QRAPOEL FCAC Sparta Praha2-2Nicosia
18/10/2004U191QRRussiaCyprus5-1Limassol
29/11/2007UELGSPanionios GSSGalatasaray AŞ0-3Athens
26/08/2009UCLPOOlympiacos FCFC Sheriff1-0Piraeus
24/11/2009UCLGSAZ AlkmaarOlympiacos FC0-0Alkmaar
06/12/2011UCLGSOlympiacos FCArsenal FC3-1Piraeus
16/02/2012UELR32Udinese CalcioPAOK FC0-0Udine
07/03/2012UCLR16APOEL FCOlympique Lyonnais1-0Nicosia
04/12/2012UCLGSOlympiacos FCArsenal FC2-1Piraeus
23/10/2013UCLGSSL BenficaOlympiacos FC1-1Lisbon
20/08/2015UELPOPAOK FCBrøndby IF5-0Salonika

Last updated 05/10/2017 12:15CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

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:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Cyprus

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Belgium871035322
    Bosnia and Herzegovina842219814
    Greece834111513
    Cyprus831481210
    Estonia82246178
    Gibraltar80083370
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou (69 Mytidis), Charalambides, Alexandrou, Laban (69 Artymatas), Kyriakou, Efrem, Laifis, Kastanos (78 Makris)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, E. Charalambous, Demetriou, Charalambides (66 Christofi), Mytidis (83 Makris), Laban, Efrem, Artymatas (78 Kyriakou), Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Džeko 70, 2-0 Džeko 81
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (77 Charalambides), Alexandrou, Laban, Artymatas (85 Mytidis), Laifis, Kastanos, Makris (72 Efrem)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar
    1-0 Laifis 29, 1-1 L. Casciaro 51, 2-1 Sotiriou 65, 3-1 Sielis 87
    Panayi, E. Charalambous, Sielis, Demetriou, Sotiriou (86 Mytidis), Christofi, Kyriakou (91 Nikolaou), Efrem (73 Charalambides), Artymatas, Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Cyprus 0-0 Estonia
    Panayi, M. Stylianou (72 Avraam), E. Charalambous, Merkis, Christofi, Mytidis (88 Makris), Laban (82 Roushias), Kyriakou, Artymatas, Laifis, Kastanos
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Gibraltar 1-2 Cyprus
    0-1 R. Chipolina 10 (og) , 1-1 Hernandez 30, 1-2 Sotiriou 87
    Panayi, Merkis, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (73 Makris), Charalambides, N. Ioannou, Kyriakou, Margaça (61 Alexandrou), Artymatas (82 Mytidis), Laifis
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Cyprus 3-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    0-1 Šunjić 33, 0-2 Višća 44, 1-2 Christofi 65, 2-2 Laban 67, 3-2 Sotiriou 76
    Panayi, Merkis, Katelaris, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (80 Alexandrou), Charalambides (46 Avraam), Laban, Kyriakou, Margaça (72 Kastanos), Artymatas
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Estonia 1-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Käit 90+2
    Panayi, Avraam (66 Kastanos), Katelaris, Demetriou, Sotiriou, Christofi (87 Charalambides), Laban, Kyriakou, Margaça , Artymatas, Laifis
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus-Greece
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Belgium-Cyprus

Greece

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 10, 1-1 Walker 26, 1-2 Wiseman 44 (og) , 1-3 Fortounis 45, 1-4 Torosidis 45+2
    Karnezis, Maniatis (71 Tziolis), Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou (73 Vellios), Bakasetas, Torosidis, Mantalos (62 Gianniotas), Papastathopoulos, Samaris
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Greece 2-0 Cyprus
    1-0 Mitroglou 12, 2-0 Mantalos 42
    Karnezis, Maniatis, Tzavellas (88 Karelis), Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas (77 Holebas), Torosidis, Mantalos, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (70 Papadopoulos)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Karnezis, Maniatis (86 Tziolis), Manolas, Papadopoulos, Karelis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas, Torosidis (18 Oikonomou), Mantalos, Papastathopoulos (6 Tachtsidis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Greece 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    0-1 Karnezis 32 (og) , 1-1 Tzavellas 90+5
    Karnezis, Maniatis (61 Gianniotas), Tzavellas, Papadopoulos, Fortounis, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (87 Karelis), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Belgium 1-1 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 46, 1-1 R. Lukaku 89
    Kapino, Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis (67 Tziolis), Mitroglou (92 Vellios), Torosidis, Tachtsidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (84 Zeca), Stafylidis, Samaris
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece
    Karnezis, Manolas, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis (94 Maniatis), Mitroglou, Bakasetas (50 Donis), Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Mantalos (91 Kourbelis), Stafylidis
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Greece 0-0 Estonia
    Karnezis, Tzavellas, Manolas, Papadopoulos (66 Stafylidis), Tziolis, Zeca, Vellios (70 Diamantakos), Fortounis, Donis, Mantalos (80 Bakasetas), Retsos
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Greece 1-2 Belgium
    0-1 Vertonghen 70, 1-1 Zeca 73, 1-2 R. Lukaku 74
    Karnezis, Maniatis (85 Bakasetas), Tzavellas, Manolas, Tziolis, Zeca, Fortounis (89 Vellios), Donis, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis (69 Lykogiannis), Samaris
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Cyprus-Greece
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Greece-Gibraltar

Last updated 15/09/2017 12:02CET

Legend

Competitions

Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable

Statistics

  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.