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. Conversely, Liechtenstein is the only country that lost an official match against San Marino, albeit in a friendly match. 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 coachMartin Stocklasa
CaptainNicolas Hasler
Most capsPeter Jehle (132)
Top scorerMario Frick (16)
Home stadiumRheinpark Stadion
FIFA codeLIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 191 Steady (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest191 (July 2017)
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 2–1 away. Liechtenstein were able to claim their first Nations League victory, beating Gibraltar 2–0.[7]

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2021Edit

25 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Liechtenstein   0–1   Armenia Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Report
  • Frommelt   83' (o.g.)
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
28 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification North Macedonia   5–0   Liechtenstein Skopje, North Macedonia
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
31 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Liechtenstein   1–4   Iceland Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
3 June 2021 Friendly Switzerland    7–0   Liechtenstein St. Gallen, Switzerland
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Kybunpark
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nejc Kajtazović (Slovenia)
7 June 2021 Friendly Faroe Islands   5–1   Liechtenstein Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
19:45 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Ívar Orri Kristjánsson (Iceland)
2 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Liechtenstein   0–2   Germany St. Gallen, Switzerland
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report
Stadium: Kybunpark
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)
8 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Liechtenstein   0–4   North Macedonia Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
11 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Germany   9–0   Liechtenstein Wolfsburg, Germany
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Volkswagen Arena
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)
14 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Liechtenstein   0–2   Romania Vaduz, Liechtenstein
18:00 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

2022Edit

3 June 2022 (2022-06-03) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Liechtenstein   v   Kazakhstan or Moldova Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
6 June 2022 (2022-06-06) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Latvia   v   Liechtenstein
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report
10 June 2022 (2022-06-10) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Andorra   v   Liechtenstein Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report Stadium: Estadi Nacional
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Liechtenstein   v   Latvia Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
22 September 2022 (2022-09-22) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Liechtenstein   v   Andorra Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
25 September 2022 (2022-09-25) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Kazakhstan or Moldova   v   Liechtenstein
15:00 (19:00 UTC+6 or 16:00 UTC+3) Report

Manager historyEdit

 
Martin Stocklasa, the team manager since 2020.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the World Cup Qualifiers matches against Germany and Romania on 11 and 14 November 2021 respectively.[8]

Caps and goals are current as of 14 November 2021, after the match against Romania.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 32) 42 0   Vaduz
1GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Freienbach
1GK Armando Majer (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Eschen/Mauren
1GK Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Eschen/Mauren

2DF Daniel Kaufmann RET (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 31) 66 1   Eschen/Mauren
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 32) 53 1   Balzers
2DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 30) 48 2   Balzers
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 24) 48 2   Eschen/Mauren
2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 30) 39 0   SV Pullach
2DF Rafael Grünenfelder (1999-03-20) 20 March 1999 (age 22) 9 0   Balzers
2DF Roman Spirig (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 24) 4 0   Balzers
2DF Martin Marxer (1999-10-04) 4 October 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Ostermundigen
2DF Marco Marxer (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Chur 97

3MF Martin Büchel RET (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 34) 91 2   Ruggell
3MF Nicolas Hasler (captain) (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 30) 82 5   Thun
3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 25) 36 0   Chur 97
3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 24) 22 0   Eschen/Mauren
3MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 25) 16 1   Balzers
3MF Noah Frommelt (2000-12-18) 18 December 2000 (age 21) 16 0   Eschen/Mauren
3MF Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 29) 15 0   Ruggell
3MF Nicola Kollmann (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 27) 4 0   Ruggell
3MF Niklas Beck (2001-03-25) March 25, 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Ruggell
3MF Simon Lüchinger (2002-11-28) November 28, 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Saint Francis
3MF Andrin Netzer (2002-01-11) January 11, 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Vaduz II

4FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 23) 26 3 Unattached
4FW Noah Frick (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 20) 14 2   Bruhl
4FW Ridvan Kardesoglu (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Ruggell
4FW Benjamin Vogt (1999-06-28) June 28, 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Balzers
4FW Pascal Koller (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Widnau

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were called up in the last 12 months and are still eligible to represent.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 28) 5 0   Balzers v.   Armenia, 8 September 2021
GK Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Vaduz v.   Iceland, 31 March 2021

DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 27) 33 0   Rot-Weiß Rankweil v.   Germany, 11 November 2021INJ
DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 24) 21 0   Biel-Bienne v.   Germany, 11 November 2021SUS
DF Alexander Marxer (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Iceland, 11 October 2021
DF Lukas Graber (2001-05-03) 3 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Germany, 2 September 2021PRE
DF Manuel Mikus (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Balzers v.   Germany, 2 September 2021PRE
DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 32) 31 0   Buchs v.    Switzerland, 3 June 2021PRE

MF Menderes Caglar (1999-07-20) July 20, 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Balzers v.   Iceland, 11 October 2021
MF Noah Graber (2001-05-03) May 3, 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Germany, 2 September 2021PRE

FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 25) 47 4   Oulu v.   Germany, 11 November 2021INJ
FW Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 35) 35 1   Balzers v.   Germany, 2 September 2021PRE
FW Philipp Gassner (2003-08-30) 30 August 2003 (age 18) 0 0   AKA Voralberg v.   Germany, 2 September 2021PRE
FW Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 27) 25 0   Eschen/Mauren v.   Faroe Islands, 7 June 2021PRE

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • INJ = Injured
  • SUS = Suspended for a match

Player recordsEdit

As of 14 November 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active and available for selection.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Peter Jehle is Liechtenstein's most capped player at 132 capps.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Peter Jehle 132 0 1998–2018
2 Mario Frick 125 16 1993–2015
3 Martin Stocklasa 113 5 1996–2014
4 Franz Burgmeier 112 9 2001–2018
5 Thomas Beck 92 5 1998–2013
6 Martin Büchel 91 2 2004–2021
7 Nicolas Hasler 82 5 2010–
8 Michele Polverino 79 6 2007–2019
9 Daniel Hasler 78 1 1993–2007
10 Martin Telser 73 1 1996–2007

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Mario Frick is Liechtenstein's all-time record goalscorer at 16 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Mario Frick 16 125 0.13 1993–2015
2 Franz Burgmeier 9 112 0.08 2001–2018
3 Michele Polverino 6 79 0.08 2007–2019
4 Nicolas Hasler 5 82 0.06 2010–
Thomas Beck 5 92 0.05 1998–2013
Martin Stocklasa 5 113 0.04 1996–2014
7 Dennis Salanović 4 47 0.09 2014–
8 Yanik Frick 3 26 0.12 2016–
9
Noah Frick 2 14 0.14 2019–
Benjamin Fischer 2 23 0.09 2005–2011
Mathias Christen 2 36 0.06 2008–2014
Maximilian Göppel 2 48 0.04 2016–
Sandro Wolfinger 2 48 0.04 2013–
Fabio D'Elia 2 50 0.04 2001–2010
Sandro Wieser 2 53 0.04 2008–
Michael Stocklasa 2 71 0.03 1998–2012
Martin Büchel 2 91 0.02 2004–2021

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1930 to   1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 6/6 10 0 0 10 3 52
    2002 5/5 8 0 0 8 0 23
  2006 6/7 12 2 2 8 13 23
  2010 6/6 10 0 2 8 2 23
  2014 6/6 10 0 2 8 4 25
  2018 6/6 10 0 0 10 1 39
  2022 6/6 10 0 1 9 2 34
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 - - - - - - - 70 2 7 61 25 219
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1960 to   1992 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Did not qualify 6/6 10 0 1 9 1 40
    2000 6/6 10 1 1 8 2 39
  2004 5/5 8 0 1 7 2 22
    2008 7/7 12 2 1 9 9 32
    2012 5/5 8 1 1 6 3 17
  2016 5/6 10 1 2 7 2 26
  2020 6/6 10 0 2 8 2 31
  2024 To be determined To be determined - - - - - -
Total 0/16 - - - - - - - 68 5 9 54 21 207
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 D 4 6 1 1 4 7 12   52nd
2020–21 D 2 4 1 2 1 3 2   51st
2022–23 D TBA To be determined
Total 10 2 3 5 10 14 51st

Head-to-head recordEdit

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.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 23 January 2022. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  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/2021/Aufgebot-WOF-November-2021.pdf
  9. ^ Garin, Erik. "Liechtenstein - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  10. ^ Connelly, Charlie (2014-06-11). Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. ISBN 9780349141121.

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