Andy Selva (born 23 May 1976) is a Sammarinese former footballer and current manager of Pennarossa. During his playing career he played as a forward and captained the San Marino national team, finishing his career as their record goal scorer.

Andy Selva
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Selva with San Marino in 2013
Personal information
Full name Andy Selva[1]
Date of birth (1976-05-23) 23 May 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Pennarossa (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Latina 26 (5)
1995–1996 Civita Castellana 31 (10)
1996–1998 Fano 32 (1)
1998–1999 Catanzaro 40 (6)
1999–2000 Tivoli 21 (15)
2000–2001 San Marino 29 (4)
2001–2002 Maceratese 5 (1)
2002Grosseto (loan) 15 (2)
2002–2003 Bellaria 30 (21)
2003–2005 SPAL 1907 51 (22)
2005–2006 Padova 20 (2)
2006–2009 Sassuolo 59 (23)
2009–2011 Verona 29 (8)
2011–2013 Fidene 26 (6)
2013 La Fiorita 3 (2)
2013–2014 Anziolavinio 6 (1)
2014–2018 La Fiorita 68 (36)
Total 491 (165)
National team
1997 San Marino U21 1 (1)
1998–2016 San Marino 73 (8)
Teams managed
2018–2019 San Marino U17
2020– Pennarossa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

He began his career in 1994–95, playing in the Eccellenza with A.S. Latina, in which he scored five goals in 26 appearances. The following season, he produced 10 goals in 31 appearances in Civita Castellana in Serie D, before moving to Fano (Serie C2), where he remained until March 1998, he played 32 games with only one goal. In 1999, Selva played with another Serie C2 club, Catanzaro, making 40 appearances, scoring six goals.[2]

Selva went back to the Eccellenza with Tivoli in 1999, which he scored 15 goals in 21 matches, while for the following season, he moved to San Marino, where he scored four goals in 26 appearances.[2] In the 2001–02 season playing in three different teams, he collected three appearances with San Marino, then five with Maceratese in Serie D, scoring a goal, and thus finishing the season in Serie D, with Grosseto (15 appearances and two goals). He scored 21 goals in 30 games for Bellaria in the following season.

In the summer of 2003, he transferred to SPAL 1907 where, in two seasons in Serie C1 he plays 51 games scoring 22 goals.[2] In 2005–06, he moved to Padova (Serie C1), who sold him to Sassuolo after only scoring two goals in 20 games. With Sassuolo, he played two years in Serie C1 and played an important part in the historic breakthrough with a Serie B promotion, contributing decisively with 11 goals in and became the top scorer in Group A.[3]

In mid-2009, he left for Hellas Verona but was released after Verona were promoted to Serie B.[3]

In July 2011, he trained with Santarcangelo.[4]

He announced his retirement as a player in July 2018.[5]

International careerEdit

Selva was born in Rome, Italy to an Italian father from Lazio and a Sammarinese mother,[6] which made him eligible to represent Italy or San Marino and chose for the latter.

He made his international debut on 9 September 1997 against Turkey U-21, and scored one goal for his team in 1–4 loss.

As one of the few professional practitioners of the sport in the country, he is hailed one of the greatest players in the history of the San Marino national side.[7] He appeared 74 times for the national team and scored eight goals, making him the leading goalscorer in the history of the team.[8] Until 2012, he was the only player to score more than one goal for San Marino.

On 28 April 2004, Selva became the first player ever to score a winning goal for San Marino when he netted the only goal in a 1–0 friendly win over Liechtenstein, which is the only win that San Marino have recorded to date, as well as one of four official matches where San Marino have kept a clean sheet.[9]

Managerial careerEdit

After his retirement, he was announced as the head coach of San Marino national under-17 football team.[10] In February 2020, he was appointed as manager of Campionato Sammarinese side Pennarossa.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Score and Result lists San Marino's goals first.[12]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 1998 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino   Austria 1–4 1–4 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2 28 February 2001 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium   Belgium 1–10 1–10 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying
3 6 June 2001 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino   Belgium 1–1 1–4
4 28 April 2004   Liechtenstein 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5 30 March 2005   Belgium 1–1 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
6 4 June 2005   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–2 1–3
7 17 October 2007   Wales 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
8 11 October 2008   Slovakia 1–2 1–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Selva, il bomber dal gol storico gioca nel Fidene". gazzettadimodena.gelocal.it (in Italian). 30 November 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Leone, Claudio (26 March 2018). "Andy Selva, la leggenda del calcio di San Marino". footballpills.com (in Italian). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Borkowski, Piotr (17 November 2011). "Najlepszy pośród najgorszych – historia Andy'ego Selvy". weszlo.com (in Polish). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. ^ Debbia, Valeria (20 July 2011). "Andy Selva si allenerà con il Santarcangelo". tuttoc.com (in Italian). Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Andy Selva in lacrime: "Saluto e ringrazio tutti questa è stata la mia ultima partita da calciatore"". smtvsanmarino.sm (in Italian). 27 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Le schede di HellaStory – Andy Selva". hellastory.net (in Italian). Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  7. ^ Skórzewski, Norbert (5 September 2017). "Bohater w swoim domu. Historia Andy'ego Selvy". weszlo.com. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  8. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (10 January 2019). "San Marino - Record International Players". rsssf.com. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  9. ^ Peterson, Brad (3 March 2014). "30 truly random football facts". GiveMeSport. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ webit.it. "San Marino. Calcio, Andy Selva allenerà U17, Pietro Rossi l'U19". Libertas. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Andy Selva è il nuovo allenatore del Pennarossa". sanmarinortv.sm. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  12. ^ "NFT Profile". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 March 2017.

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