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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).

Andorra
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Tricolors (The Tricolours)
AssociationAndorran Football Federation
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachKoldo Álvarez
CaptainIldefons Lima
Most capsIldefons Lima (125)
Top scorerIldefons Lima (11)
Home stadiumEstadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella
FIFA codeAND
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 139 Decrease 3 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest125 (September 2005)
Lowest206 (December 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 183 Decrease 2 (13 September 2019)[2]
Highest171 (February 2005, September 2005)
Lowest193 (September 2015)
First international
 Andorra 1–6 Estonia 
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 13 November 1996)
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 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.

HistoryEdit

Though the Andorran Football Federation formed in 1994,[3] 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.[3][4] The national team played its first match against Estonia in Andorra La Vella and lost 6–1.[5]

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.[6] The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals.[6] Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties,[6] and two of which were in the away matches.[6] Andorra conceded 28 goals,[6] and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.[6]

For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, Andorra were drawn in a group with Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal.[7] 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.[7] They were again defeated by Estonia, this time 2–1.[7] They lost all their matches and their only away goal was in a 3–1 loss against Ireland.[7] Their worst defeat was 7–1 to Portugal on a neutral ground in Lleida, Spain.[7] Andorra finished the campaign with no points and conceded 36 goals in ten matches.[7]

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.[8] 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.[8]

 
Match against Ukraine in 2009.

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.[9] After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game "a shameful outcome, a humiliation."[10] Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland.[11]

In Euro 2008 qualifying, Andorra again lost every game.[12] 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[13] 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.[12] In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Andorra lost all ten matches.[14] 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.[14]

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.[15] The 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament was even more disastrous. Andorra lost all their matches while conceding 30 goals and not scoring.

 
Against Israel in 2015.

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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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, finishing unbeaten at home.

StadiumEdit

 
Andorra's former home stadium, Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella.

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.[20] 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.[21][22]

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period
  Reusch 1996–2000
  Reebok 2000–2004
  Diadora 2004–2006
  Joma 2006–2008
  Adidas 2008–2018
  Macron 2018–2026

ReputationEdit

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,[23] 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.[24]

Manager historyEdit

 
Koldo.

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 would take over this role.[25]

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter
   2002 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 5 36
  2006 12 1 2 9 4 34
  2010 10 0 0 10 3 39
  2014 10 0 0 10 0 30
  2018 10 1 1 8 2 23
Total 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 2 3 47 14 162

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1996 Did not enter
   2000 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 3 28
  2004 8 0 0 8 1 18
   2008 12 0 0 12 2 42
   2012 10 0 0 10 1 25
  2016 10 0 0 10 4 36
2020 6 0 0 6 0 14
  2024 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/16 0 0 0 0 0 0 55 0 0 55 11 163

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D 4th (53rd) 6 0 4 2 2 9
Total 6 0 4 2 2 9

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Turkey 6 5 0 1 14 2 +12 15[a] Qualify for final tournament 2–0 14 Nov 11 Oct 4–0 1–0
2   France 6 5 0 1 19 4 +15 15[a] 14 Oct 4–0 4–1 14 Nov 3–0
3   Iceland 6 4 0 2 10 9 +1 12 2–1 11 Oct 1–0 3–0 14 Oct
4   Albania 6 3 0 3 10 9 +1 9 0–2 17 Nov 4–2 2–0 14 Nov
5   Moldova 6 1 0 5 2 17 −15 3 0–4 1–4 17 Nov 14 Oct 1–0
6   Andorra (E) 6 0 0 6 0 14 −14 0 17 Nov 0–4 0–2 0–3 11 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Turkey 3, France 0.

2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Georgia 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16 Promotion to League C 2–1 1–0 3–0
2   Kazakhstan 6 1 3 2 8 7 +1 6 0–2 1–1 4–0
3   Latvia 6 0 4 2 2 6 −4 4 0–3 1–1 0–0
4   Andorra 6 0 4 2 2 9 −7 4 1–1 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Andorra all-time record against all nationsEdit

As of 10 September 2019

° FIFA-unofficial match on 19 February 1998 between Andorra – Czech Republic (0–1) is not included.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against France on 10 September 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Josep Gómes (1985-12-03) 3 December 1985 (age 33) 59 0   Inter d'Escaldes
13 1GK Francisco Pires (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   UE Santa Coloma

5 2DF Emili García (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 30) 45 1   Inter d'Escaldes
6 2DF Ildefons Lima (Captain) (1979-12-10) 10 December 1979 (age 39) 125 11   Inter d'Escaldes
15 2DF Moisés San Nicolás (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 26) 44 0   FC Santa Coloma
17 2DF Joan Cervós (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 13 0   Andorra
18 2DF Txus Rubio (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 25) 23 0   FC Santa Coloma
20 2DF Max Llovera (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 22) 32 0   Granollers
21 2DF Marc García (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 31) 43 0   Granollers
23 2DF Jordi Rubio (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 (age 31) 45 0   UE Santa Coloma

2 3MF Cristian Martínez (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 29) 56 3   Inter d'Escaldes
3 3MF Marc Vales (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 29) 62 0   Sandefjord
4 3MF Marc Rebés (1994-07-03) 3 July 1994 (age 25) 27 2   FC Santa Coloma
8 3MF Márcio Vieira (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 34) 90 0   Atlético Monzón
10 3MF Ludovic Clemente (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 33) 33 0   Andorra
11 3MF Sergi Moreno (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 65 0   Inter d'Escaldes
16 3MF Marc Ferré (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Engordany
19 3MF Sebas Gómez (1983-11-01) 1 November 1983 (age 35) 31 0   Engordany
22 3MF Víctor Rodríguez (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 32) 26 0   Engordany

7 4FW Àlex Martínez (1998-10-10) 10 October 1998 (age 20) 19 1   Andorra
9 4FW Aarón Sánchez (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23) 12 0   Engordany
14 4FW Jordi Aláez (1998-01-23) 23 January 1998 (age 21) 23 1   FC Santa Coloma

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Ferran Pol (1983-02-28) 28 February 1983 (age 36) 26 0   UE Santa Coloma v.   France, 11 June 2019

DF Adri Rodrígues (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 31) 16 0   Atlètic d'Escaldes v.   Latvia, 19 November 2018

MF Marc Pujol (1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 37) 83 2   Inter d'Escaldes v.   Albania, 25 March 2019

FW Juli SánchezRET (1978-06-20) 20 June 1978 (age 41) 73 2 v.   France, 11 June 2019
FW Ricard Fernández (1999-03-19) 19 March 1999 (age 20) 5 0   Andorra v.   Latvia, 19 November 2018

RET: player retired from international football
INJ: player withdrewed due to injury

Player historyEdit

 
Ildefons Lima is Andorra's most capped player and the all-time top goalscorer.
 
Óscar Sonejee is the second most capped player and the second all-time top goalscorer.

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.

In January 2006, the Andorran Football Association named Koldo, their goalkeeper from 1998 to 2009, as their greatest ever player.[26]

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 10 September 2019
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Ildefons Lima 125 11 1997–
2 Óscar Sonejee 106 4 1997–2015
3 Márcio Vieira 90 0 2005–
4 Josep Ayala 84 0 2002–2017
5 Marc Pujol 83 2 2000–
6 Manolo Jiménez 79 1 1998–2012
7 Koldo Álvarez de Eulate 78 0 1998–2009
8 Juli Sánchez 73 2 1996–2019
9 Txema Garcia 71 0 1997–2009
10 Justo Ruiz 67 2 1998–2008

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 10 September 2019
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Ildefons Lima 125 11 1997–
2 Óscar Sonejee 106 4 1997–2015
3 Cristian Martínez 56 3 2009–
Emiliano González 37 3 1998–2003
Jesús Lucendo 29 3 1996–2003
6 Marc Pujol 83 2 2000–
Juli Sánchez 73 2 1996–2019
Justo Ruiz 67 2 1998–2008
Fernando Silva 51 2 2002–2013
Marc Rebés 27 2 2015–

International goalsEdit

Andorra has scored very few goals in competitive internationals; the list below is comprehensive.

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.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Association information – Andorra". FIFA. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  4. ^ "The Association – Andorra". UEFA. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Andorra – List of International Matches 1996–2002". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "European Championship 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "World Cup 2002 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  8. ^ a b "European Championship 2004". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Soccer: Andorra scores its first World Cup victory". The New York Times. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Macedonia's coach offers resignation". Associated Press. Sports Illustrated. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  11. ^ "World Cup 2006 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  12. ^ a b "European Championship 2008". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  13. ^ "General info – Andorra". UEFA. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  14. ^ a b "World Cup 2010 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  15. ^ "Euro 2012 qualifying tables". BBC. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  16. ^ "La selecció d'Andorra dona per acabada una ratxa de 12 anys i 132 dies sense guanyar" (in Catalan). Bon Dia. 22 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Andorra players shed tears of joy after first competitive win since 2004". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Lima: 2017 almost too good to be true for Andorra". FIFA. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Tercera victòria d'Andorra en un any" [Andorra's third victory in a year] (in Catalan). Cadena SER. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Estadi Comunal d Aixovall". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  21. ^ "European Championship 2008 detailed information". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  22. ^ "World Cup 2010 qualifications detailed information". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  23. ^ James Appell (8 September 2010). "It's raining... apples?". The Football Ramble. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  24. ^ "FIFA Rankings – Andorra". FIFA. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Álvarez assumes Andorra mantle". UEFA.com. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  26. ^ "The UEFA Jubilee 52 Golden Players". rsssf. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2011.

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