Andorra national football team
The Andorra national football team (Catalan: Selecció de futbol d'Andorra) represents Andorra in association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra. The team has enjoyed very little success due to the Principality's tiny population, the fifth smallest of any UEFA country (only Liechtenstein, San Marino, Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands are smaller).
|Nickname(s)||Tricolors (The Tricolours)|
|Association||Andorran Football Federation|
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
|Head coach||Koldo Álvarez|
|Most caps||Ildefons Lima (121)|
|Top scorer||Ildefons Lima (11)|
|Home stadium||Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella|
|Current||134 2 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||125 (September 2005)|
|Lowest||206 (December 2011)|
|Current||185 3 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||171 (February 2005, September 2005)|
|Lowest||193 (September 2015)|
| Andorra 1–6 Estonia |
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 13 November 1996)
| Andorra 2–0 Belarus |
(Aixovall, Andorra; 26 April 2000)
Andorra 2–0 Albania
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 17 April 2002)
San Marino 0–2 Andorra
(Serravalle, San Marino; 22 February 2017)
| Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra |
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Croatia 7–0 Andorra
(Zagreb, Croatia; 7 October 2006)
Andorra's first official game was a 6–1 defeat in a friendly match to Estonia in 1996. Since the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, Andorra have competed in qualifying for every European Championship and World Cup but have had very little success. They have only ever won six matches, four of them at home. They have two wins in competitive matches, 1–0 wins against Macedonia in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition and against Hungary in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition.
Though the Andorran Football Federation formed in 1994, and the domestic league started in 1995, the national team could not participate in major championships until it gained affiliation with governing bodies FIFA and UEFA in 1996. The national team played its first match against Estonia in Andorra La Vella and lost 6–1.
Andorra's first match in a FIFA-sanctioned competition was a 3–1 loss to Armenia on 5 September 1998 in a qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000. Andorra lost all ten qualifiers for the tournament. The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals. Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties, and two of which were in the away matches. Andorra conceded 28 goals, and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.
For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, Andorra were drawn in a group with Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal. They lost their opening match 1–0 to Estonia. In the next game, they lost 3–2 to Cyprus but scored their first World Cup qualifying goals. They were again defeated by Estonia, this time 2–1. They lost all their matches and their only away goal was in a 3–1 loss against Ireland. Their worst defeat was 7–1 to Portugal on a neutral ground in Lleida, Spain. Andorra finished the campaign with no points and conceded 36 goals in ten matches.
In the team's qualification campaign for Euro 2004 they again lost every game. They scored their only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Bulgaria. In this competition the scores were closer than before as they lost 3–0 to Bulgaria, Croatia and Belgium, 2–0 twice to Estonia, 2–0 to Croatia and 1–0 to Belgium.
By Andorran standards, qualification for the 2006 World Cup was successful. They won their first competitive game 1–0 at home against Macedonia. Andorra midfielder Marc Bernaus, who played in the Spanish second division, received a long throw in off his chest and volleyed in a goal early in the second half. After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game "a shameful outcome, a humiliation." Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland.
In Euro 2008 qualifying, Andorra again lost every game. The closest game was against Russia, a 1–0 defeat on 21 November 2007. Their biggest defeat was a 7–0 loss to Croatia in Andorra La Vella, which is their worst defeat in UEFA competitions and matched their loss to the Czech Republic as their largest losing deficit. Andorra scored only two goals and conceded 42 in a total of 12 games. In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Andorra lost all ten matches. For the tournament, they scored three goals, in defeats to Belarus and Kazakhstan, and conceded 39 goals, including six in a defeat to England, the largest margin in the group.
Qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012 ended in familiar fashion; they lost all ten matches, scoring only one goal and conceding 25; their best results were two one-goal losses to Slovakia and a 3–1 loss in Ireland. The 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament was even more disastrous. Andorra lost all their matches while conceding 30 goals and not scoring.
During 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying, Andorra again lost all of its ten games but scored four goals, setting a national team record for goals scored in a European Championship qualifying group. On 22 February 2017, Andorra beat San Marino away 2–0 in a friendly match, ending with 12 years and 132 days without winning any match. On 9 June 2017, Andorra beat Hungary 1–0 in a World Cup home qualifier with a goal by Marc Rebés, their first victory in a competitive match since 2004. Thanks to these two wins and a draw against the Faroe Islands on 6 July 2017, Andorra progressed 57 positions in the FIFA rankings to 129th, its second best position ever. On 21 March 2018, Rebés scored the only goal of a friendly win over Liechtenstein in Spain, giving Andorra their third victory of the last 13 months and sixth of all time.
In 2018, Andorra made its debut in the newly-created UEFA Nations League. They played in Group 1 of League D, where they finished at the bottom of the group with four ties and two losses, ending unbeaten at home.
From 1996 until 2014 Andorra played their home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 and also hosts the matches of club sides FC Andorra and the Andorran Premier League. On 9 September 2014, the national team began playing at the new Estadi Nacional with a capacity of 3,306.
Andorra have occasionally played home matches outside their borders. For example, Andorra hosted France and England in the 2000 European Championship, 2008 European Championship and 2010 World Cup qualifiers in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, which was the home of RCD Espanyol between 1997 and 2009.
Andorra's dismal record gives them a lowly reputation in world football. The nation has only won two competitive fixtures, World Cup qualifying games against Macedonia in 2004 and Hungary in 2017, both by 1–0; and three friendly games against Belarus and Albania at home and San Marino away, all of them by 2–0.
With the fourth smallest population of any UEFA country, until the admission of Gibraltar, the talent pool is small. Players are predominantly amateurs because the Andorra domestic league is only part-time. Since Andorra began playing in 1996, their average FIFA ranking is 163.
Manuel Miluir was the first coach of the team and managed their first three matches of European Championship qualifying. He departed in 1999 to make way for David Rodrigo, whose first competitive match was a 2–0 European Championship qualifying defeat at home to Iceland on 27 March of that year. Rodrigo had been in charge of the team until February 2010, when it was announced that Koldo took over this role.
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||10||0||0||10||5||36|
UEFA European Championship recordEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960 to 1996||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify||10||0||0||10||3||28|
|2020||To be determined||2||0||0||2||0||5|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingEdit
|1||France||2||2||0||0||8||1||+7||6||Qualify for final tournament||—||14 Oct||7 Sep||4–0||10 Sep||14 Nov|
|2||Turkey||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||6||8 Jun||—||11 Oct||14 Nov||7 Sep||4–0|
|3||Albania||2||1||0||1||3||2||+1||3||17 Nov||0–2||—||10 Sep||14 Nov||11 Jun|
|4||Iceland||2||1||0||1||2||4||−2||3||11 Oct||11 Jun||8 Jun||—||14 Oct||7 Sep|
|5||Andorra||2||0||0||2||0||5||−5||0||11 Jun||17 Nov||0–3||0–2||—||11 Oct|
|6||Moldova||2||0||0||2||1||8||−7||0||1–4||10 Sep||14 Oct||17 Nov||8 Jun||—|
2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|1||Georgia (P)||6||5||1||0||12||2||+10||16||Promotion to League C||—||2–1||1–0||3–0|
Recent results and fixturesEdit
|3 June 2018 Friendly||Cape Verde||0–0||Andorra||Almada, Portugal|
|16:00 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira|
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)
|18 August 2018 Friendly||Andorra||0–0||United Arab Emirates||Grödig, Austria|
|18:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Das.Goldberg-Stadion|
Referee: Christopher Jäger (Austria)
|6 September 2018 2018 UEFA Nations League||Latvia||0–0||Andorra||Riga, Latvia|
|20:45||Stadium: Daugava Stadium, Riga|
Referee: Keith Kennedy (Northern Ireland)
|10 September 2018 2018 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||1–1||Kazakhstan||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Aláez 86'||Report||Logvinenko 68'||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Vilhjálmur Þórarinsson (Iceland)
|13 October 2018 2018 UEFA Nations League||Georgia||3–0||Andorra||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)
|16 October 2018 2018 UEFA Nations League||Kazakhstan||4–0||Andorra||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|16:00||Report||Stadium: Astana Arena|
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Ukraine)
|15 November 2018 2018 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||1–1||Georgia||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
|19 November 2018 2018 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||0–0||Latvia||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
|22 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Andorra||0–2||Iceland||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
|25 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Andorra||0–3||Albania||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
|8 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Moldova||v||Andorra||Chișinău, Moldova|
|18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)||Stadium: Zimbru Stadium|
|11 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Andorra||v||France||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
|10 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||France||v||Andorra||Saint-Denis, France|
|20:45||Stadium: Stade de France|
|11 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Andorra||v||Moldova||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
|14 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Iceland||v||Andorra||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|20:45 (18:45 UTC±0)||Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur|
Andorra all-time record against all nationsEdit
- As of 25 March 2019
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0||6||−6||.000|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||0||4||2||11||−9||.000|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||.000|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.000|
° FIFA-unofficial match on 19 February 1998 between Andorra – Czech Republic (0–1) is not included.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Josep Gómes||3 December 1985||55||0||UE Santa Coloma|
|13||GK||Ferran Pol||28 February 1983||26||0||Sant Julià|
|4||DF||Marc Rebés||3 July 1994||23||2||FC Santa Coloma|
|5||DF||Emili García||11 January 1989||44||1||Andorra|
|6||DF||Ildefons Lima (Captain)||10 December 1979||121||11||Inter d'Escaldes|
|15||DF||Moisés San Nicolás||17 September 1993||40||0||FC Santa Coloma|
|17||DF||Joan Cervós||24 February 1998||9||0||Andorra|
|18||DF||Txus Rubio||9 September 1994||20||0||UE Santa Coloma|
|20||DF||Max Llovera||8 January 1997||28||0||Santboià|
|2||MF||Cristian Martínez||16 October 1989||54||3||Andorra|
|3||MF||Marc Vales||4 April 1990||58||0||Sandefjord|
|7||MF||Marc Pujol||21 August 1982||83||2||Andorra|
|8||MF||Márcio Vieira||10 October 1984||86||0||Atlético Monzón|
|11||MF||Sergi Moreno||25 November 1987||63||0||Inter d'Escaldes|
|14||MF||Jordi Aláez||23 January 1998||19||1||Andorra|
|22||MF||Víctor Rodríguez||7 September 1987||24||0||FC Santa Coloma|
|9||FW||Aarón Sánchez||5 June 1996||11||0||UE Santa Coloma|
|10||FW||Ludovic Clemente||9 May 1986||30||0||Andorra|
|16||FW||Àlex Martínez||10 October 1998||17||1||Andorra|
|19||FW||Sebas Gómez||1 November 1983||31||0||Engordany|
The following players have been called up to the Andorra squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Francisco Pires||25 January 1998||0||0||Andorra||v. Kazakhstan, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Jordi Rubio||1 November 1987||43||0||UE Santa Coloma||v. Latvia, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Marc García||21 March 1988||42||0||Granollers||v. Latvia, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Adri Rodrígues||14 August 1988||16||0||Lusitanos||v. Latvia, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Marc Ferré||11 January 1994||2||0||Andorra||v. Latvia, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Xavier Vieira||14 January 1992||2||0||Atlètic d'Escaldes||v. Cape Verde, 3 June 2018|
|FW||Juli Sánchez||20 June 1978||72||2||FC Santa Coloma||v. Iceland, 22 March 2019|
|FW||Ricard Fernández||19 March 1999||5||0||Andorra||v. Latvia, 19 November 2018|
|FW||Luigi San Nicolás||28 June 1992||1||0||Engordany||v. Kazakhstan, 10 September 2018|
|FW||Gabi Riera||5 June 1985||40||1||FC Santa Coloma||v. Cape Verde, 3 June 2018|
RET: player retired from international football
INJ: player withdrewed due to injury
Ildefons Lima and Óscar Sonejee are the only Andorran players to have scored more than three career goals for the team; Lima has 11 goals and Sonejee 4. Lima is also the most capped player with 111 appearances. Óscar Sonejee's 106 appearances are the second most for the Andorra national team.
Most capped playersEdit
- As of 25 March 2018
|7||Koldo Álvarez de Eulate||78||0||1998–2009|
- As of 25 March 2018
Andorra has scored very few goals in competitive internationals; the list below is comprehensive.
|1||ECQ||5 September 1998||Armenia||Jesús Lucendo (pen)||1–3|
|2||ECQ||31 March 1999||Russia||Juli Sánchez||1–6|
|3||ECQ||8 September 1999||Russia||Justo Ruiz||1–2|
|4||WCQ||2 September 2000||Cyprus||Emiliano González||2–3[c]|
|6||WCQ||7 October 2000||Estonia||Justo Ruiz||1–2|
|7||WCQ||25 April 2001||Republic of Ireland||Ildefons Lima||1–3|
|8||WCQ||1 September 2001||Portugal||Roberto Jonas||1–7|
|9||ECQ||16 October 2002||Bulgaria||Antoni Lima||1–2|
|10||WCQ||8 September 2004||Romania||Marc Pujol||1–5|
|11||WCQ||13 October 2004||Macedonia||Marc Bernaus||1–0[d]|
|12||WCQ||26 March 2005||Armenia||Fernando Silva||1–2|
|13||WCQ||4 June 2005||Czech Republic||Gabriel Riera||1–8|
|14||ECQ||6 September 2006||Israel||Juli Fernández||1–4|
|15||ECQ||22 August 2007||Estonia||Fernando Silva||1–2|
|16||WCQ||10 September 2008||Belarus||Marc Pujol (pen)||1–3|
|17||WCQ||6 June 2009||Belarus||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–5|
|18||WCQ||9 September 2009||Kazakhstan||Óscar Sonejee||1–3|
|19||ECQ||7 September 2010||Republic of Ireland||Cristian Martínez||1–3|
|20||ECQ||9 September 2014||Wales||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–2|
|21||ECQ||13 October 2014||Israel||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–4|
|22||ECQ||12 June 2015||Cyprus||Dossa Júnior (o.g.)||1–3|
|23||ECQ||10 October 2015||Belgium||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–4|
|24||WCQ||10 October 2016||Switzerland||Àlex Martínez||1–2|
|25||WCQ||9 June 2017||Hungary||Marc Rebés||1–0[d]|
|26||UNL||10 September 2018||Kazakhstan||Jordi Aláez||1–1|
|27||UNL||15 November 2018||Georgia||Cristian Martínez||1–1|
a ECQ = UEFA European Football Championship qualification match, WCQ = FIFA World Cup qualification match, UNL = UEFA Nations League.
b The Andorra score is always listed first.
c The Andorra-Cyprus match in 2000 is the only game Andorra has scored two goals in any competitive match.
d The Andorra-Macedonia match in 2004 and the Andorra-Hungary match in 2017 are the only competitive matches Andorra has won.
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