The selection of the 2018 world Cup: Went out in the second round

Ivan RAKITIC vs Birkir of BHADRASANA. Photo: Reuters

Sunday matches in Tampere, Reykjavik and Shkoder will start the second part of the qualifying tournament in our qualifying group.

Finns, Ukrainians will take to the pitch at 19.00 Kyiv time. Duels Kosovo, Turkey and Iceland Croatia will start at 21.45.


Goalkeepers Samir Ujkani (“Pisa”, Italy), Adis, Nurkovic (“Travnik”, Bosnia), Bledar Houdini (“Trepca”);

defenders Alban Pnishi (“grasshopper”, Switzerland), Amir Rrahmani (“locomotive”, Croatia), Benjamin Kololi (Lausanne, Switzerland), Fidan Aliti (“Glorious Belupo”, Croatia), Mergim, Voyvoda (“Mouscron”, Belgium), Avni Pepa (“Vestmannaeyjar”, Iceland), Lirim Kastrati (Roma – U19);

Midfielders Bernard Berisha (Terek, Russia), Valon Berisha (Salzburg, Austria), Healing Shalya (“Kasimpasa”, Turkey), Arber Zeneli (“Heerenveen”, Holland), Hakuran, Kryeziu (Lucerne, Switzerland), Enis Alushi (“Maccabi”, X, Israel); anel Ruskai (“Eskilstuna”, Sweden), besar Musolli (“Kukesi”, Albania), Milot Rashica (Vitesse, Holland) Donis Avdei (Schalke, Germany);

forwards , Atdhe, Nuhiu (“Sheffield Wednesday”, England), Vedat vesel Muriqi (“injury time”, Turkey), Besart Berisha (Melbourne city, Australia).

Team Kosovo conditional begins the second round of the qualifying tournament with the return of forgotten names brought before the local Federation has received full official recognition, after which some of the old-timers gave way to waiting for this good news hardened professionals.

Among those returning is defender Avni Turnips, a participant in the very first match under the auspices of FIFA to Haiti in March 2014, and before that was lit in the Junior national team of Norway. He was, however, already caused the fall of 2016, but I guess then it does not count. And was to honor the more important newcomers for the first time, to honor with his presence the team.

In that match, with Haiti participated and midfielder Enis Alushi (ex-Germany U-21), but thought about it before – in November last year, when he played for nürnberg. From January 2017 to rent in “Maccabi” from Haifa. What’s next – is unclear.

27-year-old midfielder anel Ruskay representing Swedish “Eskilstuna”, in the national team of Kosovo and before that, from 2009, when about any international recognition to speak is not necessary. But the team existed, met with the Swedish clubs and the national team of Albania such as Kosovo’s unrecognized States.

Interestingly, Rashkai, who was called almost new Zidane, then (in 2009 and 2011) have very much wanted to see in the youth national team of Sweden, coach Jurgen Lennartsson, but not in his power to break the guy’s Swedish passport. If were talking about the first team – no problem, but on the first Rashkai still not pulled. And he himself did not aspire. As for the national team of Albania, whose offer was immediately rejected.

The team of Kosovo plays in the selection of the 2018 world Cup, Rashkai called just now. But somehow, it seems that the train Turnips and Ruskai already gone. Too many foreign players from better clubs have been viewed in the team Alberta to Bonaca. And ahead – the new generation.

One of the brightest of its representatives – 18-year-old pupil of “Roma” (now in Primavera Romans) Lirim Kastrati. Played for the youth team of Albania, Kosovo youth team, and now got up to the first team.

There’s a new name – the midfielder of Albanian “Kukesi” besar Musolli. By the way, a nearby related Albania bunjaku has been paid attention no more than in their native championship. In this cycle, and then only on the first match was called defender of “Skenderbeu” Bairam Jashanica. Was in the application for the game with Finland, but the field was never released.

Explaining his choice in General, Bonaca said that breeding work has not stopped for the day, which viewed over hundreds of candidates, of which 35 have been in the national team and was included in the application for the game. Now as part of the strongest to date, with the exception of injured players.

To the last coach was ranked as the defenders Benjamin Kololi from “Lausanne”, Leart Pacarada “Sandhausen” and the striker Rosenborg Albu Magnus Andersen. However, only the first of them is considered a team player. Right guard “Munich 1860” Panola Perdido, belonging to the Manchester city winger Twente Bersatu the Snow prevented any other problems.


Goalkeepers Volkan Babacan (“Basaksehir”), Harun Tekin (“Bursaspor”), and Burke Lakes (“Altinoglu”); defenders gökhan gönül (“Besiktas”), schöner Sparkly, Mehmet Topal, Kabashi Ismail, Hassan Ali Kaldirim (fenerbahçe), Ahmet Yilmaz Calik (Galatasaray), Çağlar, Seungju (“Freiburg” Germany), Kaan Ayhan (Fortuna, Germany); Midfielders Emre Colak (“Deportivo” Spain), Oguzhan an attempt on goal, Caner Erkin both (“Besiktas”), olcay şahan, Yusuf Yazici (both is “Rostov”), Selcuk Inan, Semih Kaya (both Galatasaray), Cengiz Under (“Basaksehir”), Denise Turuk (Kayserispor), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce), Emre Akbaba (“Goal”), Yusuf Yazici (Trabzonspor); forwards Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), ENES Unal (Villarreal, Spain), Yunus Malli (Wolfsburg, Germany), Emre Moore (Borussia D, Germany), Burak Yilmaz (“Guoan Beijing”, China).

In Turkey there are as fundamental changes, and insignificant. First expelled and then refused to speak for her Barcelonas Arda Turan, but that’s another story. Second, even in the winter it became known, disqualified for fraud when transfer in 2011, Hakan Chashoglu from Bayer. Injured Volkan şen and ömer Toprak. This is serious.

Of the less noticeable changes is the third goalie Burke Lakes instead of Onur Kivrak not caused by a Okay Yokuslu and Guray Vural. In the team, apart from goalkeeper Burke Lake, two potential debutants – Midfielders Emre Akbaba and Yusuf Yazici. However, their appearance on the field is now unlikely. Rather, should wait them in the game with Macedonia.


Goalkeepers Hannes tour Halldorsson (Randers, Denmark), Ogmundur Kristinsson (“Hammarby” in Sweden), Ingvar Jonsson (“Sandefjord”, Norway); defence Birkir MAWR Saevarsson (“Hammarby” in Sweden), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham, England), Kauri Advowson (‘Omonia, Cyprus), Ari Freyr Skulason (“Lookeen”, Belgium), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Granada, Spain), Herder Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol city”, England), Hortor Hermansson (brøndby”, Denmark); Midfielders Aron Einar Gunnarsson (Cardiff city FC, England), Johan Berg Gudmundsson (“Burnley”, England), birkir Batnasan (Aston Villa”, England), Emile Hallgrimsson (Udinese, Italy), Gulf tour Sigurdson (Swansea, England), Rurik Gislason (nürnberg, Germany), Olafur Ingi Skulason (“Karabukspor”, Turkey), Yngwie Adnor Traustason (rapid, Austria), Aron Sigurdarson (tromsø, Norway), Runar MAWR Sigurjonsson (“grasshopper”, Switzerland); forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (“Augsburg”, Germany), Jone Dadi Bodvarsson (“Wolverhampton”, England), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (Molde, Norway).

Icelanders are still forced to do without their leader Cavagna of Sigthorsson, missed the entire season due to injury. She, incidentally, was cancelled and a lease contract with Galatasaray, in which the striker at the end of August moved from the “Nantes”. To come back Sigthorsson can only next season, but so far it is unclear which club will show up.

Previously Iceland and Croatia met five times. One draw (0:0 in Reykjavik during the 2014 FIFA world Cup qualification), all the other appointments confidently won “cellular”.


Goalkeepers Daniel subašić (Monaco, France), Lower kalinic (Genk, Belgium), Dominique Livakovic (Dynamo); defenders domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kyiv, UKRAINE), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, England), Josip Vida, Marco Leskovec (both “Dynamo”), tin Edvi (Bayer, Germany), Matej Mitrovic (Besiktas, Turkey); Midfielders Luka Modric, MATEO Kovacic (both real Madrid), Ivan perišić, Marcelo Brozović (both “inter”, Italy), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina, Italy), Marco Rog (Napoli, Italy), Mario Pasalic (Milan), Franco Andrijasevic, Philip Bradaric (both Rijeka); forwards Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, Italy), Nikola kalinic (Fiorentina, Italy), Douillet Chop (sporting, Spain), Ivan Santini (Kahn, France).

Icelanders after the March games with Kosovo in the selection of the 2018 world Cup and the friendly match against Ireland in Dublin before the summer was not going to, making it only last Monday. Croats in late may, pull up an experimental line-up in Los Angeles, where he has collected all the strongest beat Mexico, making sure that an excellent pool of potential the team has.

The lineup for the game with Iceland Ante Čačić announced in advance – even before the visit to California, and to change it could only extraordinary circumstances. For example, trauma. Any. The company has long been stationed in the infirmary, Sime vrsaljko, Vedran Corluka the m Marco Piazza was joined by Ivan Rakitic and Andrew Kramaric. The absence of the first – a serious loss for the Croats.

Additional calls Čačić do not, even though the Franc to Tudor Bivol, gleaming in the match against Mexico, and could give work-out with the strongest players in the country.

Among those who called for a game with Iceland, in addition to not very hyped players in the Croatian League, it is worth noting the return seems to pairisadas with Choicem defender Liverpool Dejan Louren and Marco Pasalic contributed to the long-awaited hit Milan in the European Cup Mario Pasalic.

First, given the serious problems of the Croats in defence, has good chances to play in Reykjavik. The second is too much competition in midfield. But for the game should fall.

Defender “Dynamo” domagoj Vida has given many interviews to the local press, but nothing much said, “we’re Going to win, but to underestimate them it is impossible. The atmosphere in the team is great, but to congratulate the Modric and Kovacic victory will return.”

Hopes that the bitterness of defeat in the final of the Champions League will not prevent the Mandzukic to tune in to Icelanders. Who better to play together in Central defence – Mitrović, or Lovren? Still, both have already played, both are good.

About Besiktas didn’t ask. Or Domagoj did not answer…

Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine

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