Moldova national football team

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei) represents Moldova in association football and is controlled by the Moldovan Football Federation, 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
AssociationFederația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEngin Fırat
CaptainAlexandru Epureanu
Most capsAlexandru Epureanu (91)
Top scorerSerghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA codeMDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 175 Steady (19 December 2019)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest175 (June 2018 – August 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 148 Decrease 19 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest86 (February 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2019)
First international
Moldova Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldova; 2 July 1991)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; 18 August 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova Moldova
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 6 June 2001)

Two of their three best results in the 1990s years, came during the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 1996, 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.

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.

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. Moldova has finished either last or second last in all tournament qualifying campaigns entered to date, except UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, in which they finished fifth in the seven-team Group C with 12 points.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1938 Part of   Romania
1950 to 1990 Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member[3]
  1998 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 2 21
    2002 10 1 3 6 6 20
  2006 10 1 2 7 5 16
  2010 10 0 3 7 6 18
  2014 10 3 2 5 12 17
  2018 10 0 2 8 4 23
  2022 To be determined
Total 0/6 58 5 12 41 35 115

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Part of   Soviet Union and   CIS
  1996 Did not qualify 10 3 0 7 11 27
    2000 8 0 4 4 7 17
  2004 8 2 0 6 5 19
    2008 12 3 3 6 12 19
    2012 10 3 0 7 12 16
  2016 10 0 2 8 4 16
  2020 10 1 0 9 4 26
  2024 To be determined
Total 0/7 68 12 9 47 55 140

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Position Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D 48th 6 2 3 1 4 5
2020–21 C To be determined
Total 6 2 3 1 4 5

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

UEFA Euro 2020 qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   France 10 8 1 1 25 6 +19 25 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–0 2–1
2   Turkey 10 7 2 1 18 3 +15 23 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–0
3   Iceland 10 6 1 3 14 11 +3 19 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0
4   Albania 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13 0–2 0–2 4–2 2–2 2–0
5   Andorra 10 1 1 8 3 20 −17 4 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–3 1–0
6   Moldova 10 1 0 9 4 26 −22 3 1–4 0–4 1–2 0–4 1–0
Source: UEFA

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Recent resultsEdit

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Moldova  2–0  San Marino
Gînsari   31'67' Report
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (Wales)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Belarus  0–0  Moldova
Report

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

San Marino  0–1  Moldova
Report Damașcan   78'
Referee: Georgios Kominis (Greece)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Moldova  1–1  Luxembourg
Gînsari   58' (pen.) Report Bensi   70'

Friendly match

Kazakhstan  1–0  Moldova
Omirtayev   61'
Titanic Resort Stadium, Antalya
Referee: Vladimir Gerasimov (Lithuania)

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  1–4  France
Ambros   89' Report Griezmann   24'
Varane   27'
Giroud   36'
Mbappé   87'

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Turkey  4–0  Moldova
Kaldırım   24'
Tosun   26'54'
Ayhan   70'
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  1–0  Andorra
Armaș   8' Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Albania  2–0  Moldova
Cikalleshi   66'
Ramadani   90+3'
Report
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Iceland  3–0  Moldova
Sigþórsson   31'
Bjarnason   55'
Mudrac   77' (o.g.)
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  0–4  Turkey
Report Tosun   37'79'
Türüç   57'
Yazıcı   88'

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Andorra  1–0  Moldova
Vales   63' Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  0–4  Albania
Report Cikalleshi   22'
Bare   34'
Trashi   40'
Manaj   90'



UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

France  2–1  Moldova
Varane   35'
Giroud   79' (pen.)
Report Rață   9'

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  1–2  Iceland
Milinceanu   56' Report Bjarnason   17'
G. Sigurðsson   65'

Friendly

Sweden  1–0  Moldova
Larsson   32'
Referee: Saoud Al-Athba (Qatar)

Friendly match

Moldova  v  Russia

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Friendly Match against Sweden on January 9, 2020.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Nicolai Calancea (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 33) 19 0   Dunărea Călărași
1GK Denis Rusu (1990-08-02) 2 August 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Politehnica Iași
1GK Nicolai Cebotari (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni

2DF Igor Armaș (Captain) (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 32) 58 5   Voluntari
2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 25) 16 0   Astra Giurgiu
2DF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 28) 14 0   Milsami Orhei
2DF Anatolie Prepeliță (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Spartaks Jūrmala
2DF Constantin Bogdan (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Milsami Orhei
2DF Maxim Focșa (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
2DF Denis Marandici (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 23) 0 0   União de Leiria

3MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 33) 39 2   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Artur Pătraș (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 31) 29 0   Zimbru Chișinău
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26) 19 0   Sabail
3MF Dan Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 25) 9 0   FK Liepāja
3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 26) 8 0   Zira
3MF Vadim Rață (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 26) 7 1   Chindia Târgoviște
3MF Dan Taras (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Cristian Dros (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Politehnica Timișoara

4FW Alexandru Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 32) 57 7   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
4FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 26) 12 1   Petrocub Hîncești
4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 22) 9 0   Karpaty Lviv

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 Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 26) 21 0   Fortuna Sittard v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
GK Dumitru Celeadnic (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 33) 46 0   Keşla v.   Albania, 11 June 2019

DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 29) 37 2   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 30) 29 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 22) 16 0   Paços de Ferreira v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
DF Artur Crăciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Universitatea Cluj v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 24) 10 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
DF Ștefan Efros (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Speranța Nisporeni v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
DF Victor Mudrac (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
DF Alexandru Epureanu RET (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 33) 91 8   İstanbul Başakşehir v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019

MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 29) 45 3   Cagliari v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 30) 44 3   Milsami Orhei v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 28) 39 7   Krylia Sovetov Samara v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 26) 29 1   Ufa v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Eugen Zasavițchi (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Dnyapro Mogilev v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Alexandr Belousov (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Evgheni Oancea (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 24) 0 0   SKA-Khabarovsk v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 35) 65 1   Academica Clinceni v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 30) 55 3   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
MF Maxim Mihaliov (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 33) 13 0   Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
MF Constantin Sandu (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Speranța Nisporeni v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
MF Iaser Țurcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
MF Valeriu Macrițchii (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
MF Mihail Ghecev (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Turkey, 10 September 2019

FW Eugen Sidorenco (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 30) 35 7   Zimbru Chișinău v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 21) 14 1   Fortuna Sittard v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 27) 10 1   Vaduz v.   Iceland, 17 November 2019
FW Virgiliu Postolachi WIT (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Lille v.   France, 14 November 2019
FW Maxim Cojocaru (1998-01-13) 13 January 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Albania, 14 October 2019
FW Vadim Cemîrtan (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 32) 4 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.   Turkey, 10 September 2019
FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019
Notes
  • WIT Withdrew from squad.
  • INJ Injured, ill or recovering from surgery.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Player historyEdit

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against   Sweden on 9 January 2020.

Most capped playersEdit

Rank Player Appearances Goals
1 Alexandru Epureanu 91 7
2 Victor Golovatenco 82 4
3 Radu Rebeja 74 2
4 Serghei Cleșcenco 69 11
5 Eugeniu Cebotaru 65 1
6 Alexandru Gațcan 63 5
7 Igor Armaș 58 5
8 Alexandru Suvorov 57 5
9 Ion Testemițanu 56 5
10 Alexandru Dedov 55 3
Valeriu Catînsus 55 0

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Goals
1 Serghei Cleșcenco 11
2 Serghei Rogaciov 9
3 Igor Bugaiov 8
Sergiu Dadu 8
Iurie Miterev 8
6 Alexandru Epureanu 7
Eugen Sidorenco 7
Viorel Frunză 7
Radu Gînsari 7
10 Alexandru Suvorov 5
Serghei Alexeev 5
Serghei Alexandrov 5
Alexandru Gațcan 5
Ion Testemițanu 5
Igor Armaș 5

Clean SheetsEdit

Rank Player Goals
1 Stanislav Namașco 12
2 Evgheni Hmaruc 10
3 Alexei Koșelev 6
Vasile Koșelev 6
Serghei Dinov 6
Ilie Cebanu 6
Nicolae Calancea 6
Denis Romanenco 6
9 Artiom Gaiduchevici 5
10 Alexei Jmurco 1
Alexandru Melenciuc 1

Moldova all-time record against all nationsEdit

Last match updated was against   Albania on 2019-10-14.

ManagersEdit

Statistics correct as of match played on 14 October 2019[5]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Ion Caras   1991–1992, 1992–1997 & 2012–2014 56 11 11 34 019.64
Evghenii Piunovschii [ru]   1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Ivan Daniliants   1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Alexandru Mațiura   1999–2001 17 4 4 9 023.53
Alexandru Spiridon   2001 & 2018–2019 20 4 5 11 020.00
Viktor Pasulko   2002–2006 35 7 8 20 020.00
Anatol Teslev   2006–2007 6 1 2 3 016.67
Igor Dobrovolski   2007–2009 & 2016–2017 48 9 14 25 018.75
Gavril Balint   2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Alexandru Curtianu   2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Ștefan Stoica   2015 3 0 0 3 000.00
Semen Altman   2019 4 0 0 4 000.00
Engin Fırat   2019– 0 0 0 0 !

Current sponsorshipEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  4. ^ "LOTUL FINAL AL NAȚIONALEI PENTRU PARTIDA CU SUEDIA" [Enlarged national team for the matches with Sweden]. fmf.md (in Romanian). Moldovan Football Federation. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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