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Liechtenstein national football team

The Liechtenstein national football team (German: Liechtensteinische Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the national football team of the Principality of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a 1–1 draw in 1981. Their first official match came two years later, a 0–1 defeat from Switzerland. Liechtenstein's largest win, a 4–0 win over Luxembourg in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 13 October 2004, was both its first ever away win and its first win in any FIFA World Cup qualifier. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, losing 1–11 to Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.

Liechtenstein
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Blues-Reds
AssociationLiechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachHelgi Kolviðsson
CaptainMichele Polverino
Most capsPeter Jehle (132)
Top scorerMario Frick (16)
Home stadiumRheinpark Stadion
FIFA codeLIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 182 Decrease 1 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 172 Steady (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest150 (September 2011)
Lowest184 (September 2004)
First international
 Liechtenstein 1–1 Malta 
(Daejeon, South Korea; 14 June 1981)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 0–4 Liechtenstein 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia 
(Eschen, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)

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HistoryEdit

Liechtenstein are only a relatively recent affiliate to FIFA, and did not participate in any qualifying series until the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers. There they managed to surprise the Republic of Ireland by holding them to a 0–0 draw on 3 June 1995. On 14 October 1998, they managed their first victory in a qualifying campaign after winning 2–1 against Azerbaijan in a Euro 2000 qualifying match.

Since then, the presence of Liechtenstein clubs in the Swiss league system and of a handful of professional players (most notably Mario Frick) has seen the side's competitiveness improve enormously. The Euro 2004 qualifiers saw Liechtenstein improve to the extent they restricted England to 2–0 wins. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers, however, brought even better results as two wins over Luxembourg and draws against both Slovakia and Portugal meant that Liechtenstein finished with 8 points.

In the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Liechtenstein beat Latvia through a solitary goal from Mario Frick. The result caused the Latvian manager to resign after the match. They repeated their heroics against Iceland managing to beat them 3–0 on 17 October 2007 for their second qualifying group win. On the 26 March 2008 Liechtenstein had an embarrassing 7–1 loss to fellow small nation in Europe, Malta. This was recorded as Malta's largest win.[3]

The Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund voted Rainer Hasler to be their "Golden Player" — their best player over the last 50 years — to mark UEFA's golden jubilee.

In the 2010 World Cup qualifiers Liechtenstein secured a scoreless draw against Azerbaijan and a 1–1 draw against Finland, finishing bottom of Group 4 on two points.[4]

In the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Liechtenstein were narrowly beaten 2–1 by Scotland in Hampden Park thanks to a goal by Stephen McManus in the seventh minute of additional time.[5] They produced a shock 2–0 win at home against Lithuania; their goals were scored by Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino.[5] In the following qualifying game they managed a scoreless draw away to Lithuania.[5]

In 2018, Liechtenstein entered the first ever UEFA Nations League, in group 4 of league D.[6] Their first Nations League match saw Armenia beat them 2-0 away. Liechtenstein were able to claim their first Nations League victory, beating Gibraltar 2-0.[7]

Liechtenstein all-time record against all nationsEdit

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1994 Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 3 52
    2002 5th, last (qualifying) 0 0 8 0 23
  2006 6th out of 7 (qualifying) 2 2 8 13 23
  2010 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 23
  2014 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 4 25
  2018 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 1 39
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 2 6 52 23 185

European Championship recordEdit

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
  1960 to   1992 Did not enter
  1996 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 1 9 1 40
    2000 6th, last (qualifying) 1 1 8 2 39
  2004 5th, last (qualifying) 0 1 7 2 22
    2008 7th, last (qualifying) 2 1 9 9 32
    2012 5th, last (qualifying) 1 1 6 3 17
  2016 5th out of 6 (qualifying) 1 2 7 2 26
  2020 To be determined To be determined 0 0 1 0 2
Total 0/15 5 7 47 19 178

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Manager historyEdit

 
Helgi Kolviðsson, the team manager since 2018.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Greece and Italy on 23 and 26 March 2019 respectively.[8]
Caps and goals are current as of 26 March 2019 after the match against Italy.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 29) 23 0   Vaduz
12 1GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0   VfB Hohenems
21 1GK Armando Majer (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Eschen/Mauren

4 2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 28) 52 1   Balzers
22 2DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 30) 40 0   Balzers
15 2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 29) 33 1   Balzers
20 2DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 28 2   Eschen/Mauren
3 2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 21) 23 1   Vaduz
2 2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 27) 21 0   Pullach
6 2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 25) 13 0   Dornbirn
16 2DF Fabian Eberle (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 26) 7 0   Konolfingen
5 2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Münsingen

13 3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 32) 76 2   Zurich II
23 3MF Michele Polverino (Captain) (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 34) 73 6   Balzers
10 3MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 26) 50 2   Vaduz
17 3MF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 28) 32 1   Eschen/Mauren
9 3MF Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 24) 20 0   Eschen/Mauren
8 3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 22) 14 0   Vaduz
14 3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Eschen/Mauren
7 3MF Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 26) 4 0   Eschen/Mauren

18 4FW Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 27) 59 3   Sporting Kansas City
11 4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 33 3   Thun
19 4FW Noah Frick (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 17) 1 0   Vaduz

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Linth 04 v.   Armenia, 19 November 2018
GK Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Vaduz v.   Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 29) 31 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Armenia, 19 November 2018
DF Vinzenz Flatz (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Konolfingen v.   Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

MF Mathias Sele (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 26) 6 0   Balzers v.   Armenia, 19 November 2018
MF Marco Wolfinger (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Balzers v.   Armenia, 19 November 2018

FW Philippe ErneINJ (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 32) 35 1   Balzers v.   Greece, 23 March 2019 PRE
FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28) 14 1   Empoli v.   Armenia, 19 November 2018
FW Niklas Kieber (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 26) 11 0   Triesenberg v.   Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • INJ = Injured

2016 UEFA European Championship qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Austria 10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
2   Russia 10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1
3   Sweden 10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18 Advance to play-offs 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0
4   Montenegro 10 3 2 5 10 13 −3 11 2–3 0–3[a] 1–1 2–0 2–0
5   Liechtenstein 10 1 2 7 2 26 −24 5 0–5 0–7 0–2 0–0 1–1
6   Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 16 −12 2 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Montenegro v Russia match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after being abandoned at 0–0 due to crowd violence and a scuffle between players.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiersEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 1 0 36 3 +33 28 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 3–0 3–0 4–1 4–0 8–0
2   Italy 10 7 2 1 21 8 +13 23 Advance to second round 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
3   Albania 10 4 1 5 10 13 −3 13 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
4   Israel 10 4 0 6 10 15 −5 12 0–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–1
5   North Macedonia 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0
6   Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 39 −38 0 0–8 0–4 0–2 0–1 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

2020 UEFA European Championship qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Italy 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 6 Qualify for final tournament 12 Oct 11 Jun 2–0 18 Nov 6–0
2   Greece 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4[a] 8 Jun 15 Oct 18 Nov 11 Jun 8 Sep
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina (X) 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4[a] 15 Nov 2–2 12 Oct 2–1 5 Sep
4   Finland (X) 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 8 Sep 5 Sep 8 Jun 15 Oct 15 Nov
5   Armenia 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 5 Sep 15 Nov 8 Sep 0–2 8 Jun
6   Liechtenstein 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0 15 Oct 0–2 18 Nov 11 Jun 12 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 26 March 2019. Source: UEFA
(X) Assured of at least play-offs.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals scored: Greece 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Macedonia (P) 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15 Promotion to League C 2–0 4–0 4–1
2   Armenia 6 3 1 2 14 8 +6 10 4–0 0–1 2–1
3   Gibraltar 6 2 0 4 5 15 −10 6 0–2 2–6 2–1
4   Liechtenstein 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 0–2 2–2 2–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted.

Player historyEdit

As of 27 March 2019

In literatureEdit

Prompted by the team's poor record in competitive games, British writer Charlie Connelly followed the entire qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As recorded in the subsequent book Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup, Liechtenstein lost all eight games without scoring a goal.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Malta beat Liechtenstein 7-1". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  4. ^ "Liechtenstein and Finland football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 9 September 2009". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  5. ^ a b c "Liechtenstein missing goal hero Philippe Erne". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. ^ UEFA.com. "UEFA Nations League - Standings". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ "UEFA league D4".
  8. ^ "Liechtenstein squad for Macedonia and Armenia UEFA Nations League matches" (PDF).
  9. ^ Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.

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