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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 181 Increase 1 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 170 Increase 3 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest145 (June 1984)
Lowest183 (June 2005)
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)

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 slightly. 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 1 5 1 19
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 Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 and 18 November 2019 respectively.[8]
Caps and goals are current as of 15 October 2019 after the match against Italy.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 30) 27 0   Vaduz
1GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Linth 04
1GK Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Vaduz

2DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 30) 45 0   Balzers
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 30) 36 1   Balzers
2DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 28) 32 2   Eschen/Mauren
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 22) 28 1   Vaduz
2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 27) 25 0   Pullach
2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 25) 17 0   Dornbirn
2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Vaduz

3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 32) 80 2   FC Red Star Zürich
3MF Michele Polverino (Captain) (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 35) 77 6   Balzers
3MF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 28) 36 1   Eschen/Mauren
3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 23) 18 0   Vaduz
3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 21) 11 0   Eschen/Mauren
3MF Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Eschen/Mauren
3MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Eschen/Mauren
3MF Ridvan Kardesoglu (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Chur 97
3MF Marco Wolfinger (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Balzers

4FW Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 28) 65 3   Sporting Kansas City
4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 39 4   Thun
4FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 21) 9 1   Rapperswil-Jona

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 Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Italy, 15 October 2019
GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 26) 2 0   VfB Hohenems v.   Finland, 11 June 2019
GK Armando Majer (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Finland, 11 June 2019

DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 28) 57 1   Balzers v.   Italy, 15 October 2019
DF Fabian Eberle (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 27) 7 0   Konolfingen v.   Italy, 15 October 2019
DF Alexander Marxer (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Ruggell v.   Armenia, 8 June 2019

MF Noah Frommelt (2000-12-18) 18 December 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Balzers v.   Italy, 15 October 2019
MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 26) 53 2   Vaduz v.   Greece, 8 September 2019
MF Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 25) 22 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Greece, 8 September 2019

FW Noah Frick (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 18) 2 0   Vaduz v.   Italy, 15 October 2019
FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28) 16 1   Juve Stabia v.   Finland, 11 June 2019
FW Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 32) 35 1   Balzers v.   Greece, 23 March 2019 INJ

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   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 (Q) 8 8 0 0 25 3 +22 24 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 18 Nov 2–1 2–0 6–0
2   Finland (X) 8 5 0 3 12 8 +4 15 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–0 15 Nov
3   Armenia 8 3 1 4 13 15 −2 10[a] 1–3 0–2 4–2 15 Nov 3–0
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina (X) 8 3 1 4 17 14 +3 10[a] 15 Nov 4–1 2–1 2–2 5–0
5   Greece (Y) 8 2 2 4 9 13 −4 8 0–3 18 Nov 2–3 2–1 1–1
6   Liechtenstein (E) 8 0 2 6 2 25 −23 2 0–5 0–2 1–1 18 Nov 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2019. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (X) Assured of at least play-offs; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still advance to play-offs.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head goal difference: Armenia +1, Bosnia and Herzegovina −1.

2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]        
1   Macedonia 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
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, the second-placed teams in each group and the best third-placed team among all groups were also promoted.

Player historyEdit

As of 15 October 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. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 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. ^ https://www.lfv.li/fileadmin/user_upload/Dateien/Nationalmannschaften/A-Nationalmannschaft/Aufgebote-Nationalmannschaft/2019/Aufgebot_WOF-November.pdf
  9. ^ Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.

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