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Moldova national football team

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei (Latin), Екипа националэ де фотбал а Молдовеи (Cyrillic)) represents Moldova in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Moldova, the governing body for football in Moldova. Moldova's home ground is Zimbru Stadium in Chișinău and their head coach is Igor Dobrovolski. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Georgia on 2 July 1991.

 Moldova
Association Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igor Dobrovolski
Captain Alexandru Epureanu
Most caps Alexandru Epureanu (83)
Top scorer Serghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadium Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA code MDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 166 Increase 1 (23 November 2017)
Highest 37 (April 2008)
Lowest 173 (October 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 126 (15 November 2017)
Highest 86 (February 2008)
Lowest 130 (October/November 2002)
First international
Moldova Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldova; July 2, 1991)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; August 18, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova Moldova
(Gothenburg, Sweden; June 6, 2001)

Two of their three best results in the 1990s years, came during the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 96, with wins over Georgia (1–0) in Tbilisi and Wales (3–2) in Chișinău. In 2007, Moldova obtained a very good result, defeating Hungary 3–0 in Chișinău in Euro 2008 qualifying. Their best recent result was a 5–2 win over Montenegro during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The team has never qualified for the final stages of the UEFA European Championship nor the FIFA World Cup as of present time, despite has never become a member of Confederation of Independent Football Associations.

Following Moldova's 4–0 defeat to England in September 1997, British writer and comedian Tony Hawks travelled to Moldova to challenge and beat all 11 Moldovan international footballers at tennis. The feature film version of the book of the same name, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, was filmed in and around Chișinău in May and June 2010 and was released in the spring of 2012.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Moldovan Football Federation was founded in 1990. However, Moldova did not play an official international match until 1991, when Moldova lost to Georgia.

Moldova's first attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup was in 1998, but they failed to qualify.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1918–1940 Part of   Romania
1940–1990 Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did Not Enter
  1998 Did Not Qualify
    2002
  2006
  2010
  2014
  2018
  2022 To Be Determined
Total 0/21

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960–1992 Part of   Soviet Union
  1996 Did Not Qualify
    2000
  2004
    2008
    2012
  2016
  2020 To be determined
Total 0/15

UEFA Euro 2016 qualificationEdit

 
Moldova national football team (2015)
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 qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Serbia 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–0
2   Republic of Ireland 10 5 4 1 12 6 +6 19 Advance to second round 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
3   Wales 10 4 5 1 13 6 +7 17 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–0
4   Austria 10 4 3 3 14 12 +2 15 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0
5   Georgia 10 0 5 5 8 14 −6 5 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1
6   Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 23 −19 2 0–3 1–3 0–2 0–1 2–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Recent resultsEdit

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

12 November 2016
21:00 GET
Georgia   1–1   Moldova
Qazaishvili   16' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Gațcan   78'

Friendly match

17 January 2017
16:00
Qatar   1–1   Moldova
Soria   3' Cojocari   25'
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Omar Mubarak Mazaroua Al Yaqoubi (Oman)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

24 March 2017
20:45 CET
Austria   2 – 0   Moldova
Arnautović   75'
Harnik   90'

Friendly match

27 March 2017
19:15 EEST
Turkey   3–1   Moldova
E. Mor   14'
Çalık   24'
Ünder   52'
Ginsari   90+2'
New Eskişehir Stadium
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)

Friendly match

6 June 2017
20:30 UTC+02:00
Israel   1–1   Moldova
Sahar   90+5' (pen.) Ginsari   51'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 June 2017
19:00 EEST
Moldova   2–2   Georgia
Gînsari   15'
Dedov   36'
Merebashvili   66'
Qazaishvili   70'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

2 September 2017
18:00 CEST
Serbia   3–0   Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

5 September 2017
21:45 EEST
Moldova   0–2   Wales

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

6 October 2017
19:45 BST
Republic of Ireland   2–0   Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

9 October 2017
21:45 EEST
Moldova    –   Austria

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Republic of Ireland and Austria on 6 and 9 October 2017 respectively.
Caps and goals are correct as of October 11, 2017 after the game against Austria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ilie Cebanu (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 30) 29 0   Zimbru Chișinău
1GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 34) 19 0   Zaria Bălți
1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 24) 3 0   CSM Politehnica Iași
1GK Radu Mîțu (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 23) 0 0   Milsami Orhei

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (Captain) (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 31) 83 8   İstanbul Başakşehir
2DF Vitalie Bordian (1984-08-11) 11 August 1984 (age 33) 47 1   Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 30) 45 1   Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 31) 24 0   Milsami Orhei
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 27) 21 2   Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 22) 3 0   Milsami Orhei
2DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 22) 3 0   Petrocub Hîncești
2DF Petru Ojog (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 27) 0 0   Spicul Chișcăreni

3MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 33) 56 5   Rostov
3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 33) 54 1   Sibir Novosibirsk
3MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 28) 45 3   Milsami Orhei
3MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 30) 34 2   Milsami Orhei
3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 28) 29 3   Milsami Orhei
3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 27) 29 2   Cagliari
3MF Igor Țîgîrlaș (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 33) 23 1   Zaria Bălți
3MF Alexandru Pașcenco (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 28) 10 0   Dacia Chișinău
3MF Vladislav Ivanov (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 27) 8 0   Krumkachy Minsk
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 24) 7 0   Žilina
3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 24) 5 0   Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Vadim Paireli (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Petrocub Hîncești

4FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 26) 22 4   Hapoel Haifa
4FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 23) 5 0   Petrocub Hîncești
4FW Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 26) 2 0   Speranța Nisporeni

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 31) 46 0   Levadiakos v.   Wales, 5 September 2017

DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 30) 52 4   Anzhi Makhachkala v.   Wales, 5 September 2017
DF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 24) 14 1   Ufa v.   Wales, 5 September 2017
DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 27) 16 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Georgia, 11 June 2017
DF Maxim Antoniuc (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 26) 8 0   Milsami Orhei v.   Georgia, 11 June 2017
DF Maxim Potîrniche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 28) 7 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Georgia, 11 June 2017
DF Victor Golovatenco (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 33) 82 4   Zaria Bălți v.   Turkey, 27 March 2017

MF Maxim Mihaliov INJ (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 31) 11 0   Zaria Bălți v.   Serbia, 2 September 2017
MF Gheorghe Andronic (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 26) 10 1   Milsami Orhei v.   Georgia, 11 June 2017
MF Dan Taras (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 23) 0 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Georgia, 11 June 2017

FW Igor Bugaiov (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 33) 55 9   Irtysh Pavlodar v.   Wales, 5 September 2017
FW Eugen Sidorenco (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 28) 34 7   Milsami Orhei v.   Georgia, 11 June 2017

Player historyEdit

Moldova all-time record against all nationsEdit

Last match updated was against   Austria on 9 October 2017.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
  Albania 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 000.00
  Andorra 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5 075.00
  Armenia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 025.00
  Austria 6 1 0 5 2 8 −6 016.67
  Azerbaijan 9 3 4 2 8 6 +2 033.33
  Belarus 7 2 2 3 7 10 −3 028.57
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 050.00
  Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 000.00
  Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
  Canada 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
  Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
  Croatia 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 000.00
  Cyprus 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00
  Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 000.00
  El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  England 4 0 0 4 0 16 −16 000.00
  Estonia 5 1 1 3 1 3 −2 020.00
  Finland 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 025.00
  Georgia 12 4 4 4 14 17 −3 033.33
  Germany 4 0 0 4 3 18 −15 000.00
  Greece 5 0 1 4 2 9 −7 000.00
  Hungary 7 1 2 4 6 10 −4 014.29
  Indonesia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Iraq 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
  Israel 6 0 3 3 4 8 −4 000.00
  Italy 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 000.00
  Jordan 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 050.00
  Kazakhstan 4 2 1 1 4 4 +0 050.00
  Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Latvia 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 033.33
  Liechtenstein 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Lithuania 8 2 4 2 9 11 −2 025.00
  Luxembourg 4 1 3 0 2 1 +1 025.00
  Macedonia 3 0 3 0 3 3 +0 000.00
  Malta 7 3 3 1 7 6 +1 042.86
  Montenegro 4 1 0 3 5 7 −2 025.00
  Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 000.00
  Northern Ireland 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 000.00
  Norway 5 0 1 4 1 6 −5 000.00
  Pakistan 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100.00
  Poland 6 0 1 5 2 10 −8 000.00
  Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 000.00
  Qatar 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
  Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00
  Romania 5 0 1 4 3 12 −9 000.00
  Russia 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 000.00
  San Marino 6 6 0 0 14 0 +14 100.00
  Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
  Scotland 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Serbia 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 000.00
  Slovakia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 033.33
  Slovenia 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00
  Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Sweden 7 0 0 7 3 20 −17 000.00
   Switzerland 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 000.00
  Turkey 9 0 2 7 3 21 −18 000.00
  Ukraine 5 0 2 3 3 6 −3 000.00
  United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00
  United States 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 000.00
  Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 000.00
  Wales 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6 025.00
Total 216 43 52 121 182 349 −167 019.91

ManagersEdit

Statistics correct as of match played on 9 October 2017[1]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Caras, IonIon Caras   1991–1992 2 0 1 1 000.00
Piunovschi, EugenEugen Piunovschi   1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Caras, IonIon Caras   1992–1997 27 5 3 19 018.52
Danilianț, IvanIvan Danilianț   1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Mațiura, AlexandruAlexandru Mațiura   1999–2001 17 4 4 9 023.53
Spiridon, AlexandruAlexandru Spiridon   2001 4 1 0 3 025.00
Pasulko, ViktorViktor Pasulko   2002–2006 35 7 8 20 020.00
Teslev, AnatolAnatol Teslev   2006–2007 6 1 2 3 016.67
Dobrovolski, IgorIgor Dobrovolski   2007–2009 30 7 9 14 023.33
Balint, GavrilGavril Balint   2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Caras, IonIon Caras   2012–2014 27 6 7 14 022.22
Curtianu, AlexandruAlexandru Curtianu   2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Stoica, ȘtefanȘtefan Stoica   2015 4 0 0 4 000.00
Dobrovolski, IgorIgor Dobrovolski   2016– 18 2 5 11 011.11

Current sponsorshipEdit

The Official kit provider is currently manufactured by German sports company Jako since 2000.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 

External linksEdit