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The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei) 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
AssociationFederația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAlexandru Spiridon
CaptainAlexandru Epureanu
Most capsAlexandru Epureanu (89)
Top scorerSerghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA codeMDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest175 (June 2018 – August 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 135 Decrease 10 (20 July 2019)[2]
Highest86 (February 2008)
Lowest137 (June 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 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.

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.

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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 Qualification in progress 4 1 0 3 2 10
Total 0/6 62 12 9 41 53 124

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 D 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 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 9[a] Qualify for final tournament 14 Oct 4–0 7 Sep 14 Nov 10 Sep
2   Turkey 4 3 0 1 9 2 +7 9[a] 2–0 14 Nov 11 Oct 4–0 7 Sep
3   Iceland 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9[a] 11 Oct 2–1 1–0 7 Sep 14 Oct
4   Albania 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2 6 17 Nov 0–2 10 Sep 2–0 14 Nov
5   Moldova 4 1 0 3 2 10 −8 3 1–4 10 Sep 17 Nov 14 Oct 1–0
6   Andorra 4 0 0 4 0 10 −10 0 0–4 17 Nov 0–2 0–3 11 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head goal difference: France +2, Turkey +1, Iceland –3.

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Recent resultsEdit

Friendly match

Ivory Coast  2–1  Moldova
Assalé   20'
Pépé   44'
Report Ioniţă   59'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)

Friendly match

Armenia  0–0  Moldova
Report
Sportplatz Kematen Stadium, Kematen in Tirol
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Luxembourg  4–0  Moldova
Malget   34'
Thill   60'
Sinani   75'
Martins   83'
Report

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Moldova  0–0  Belarus
Report
Referee: Mario Zebec (Croatia)

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  v  Moldova
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  v  Turkey
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  v  Albania
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

France  v  Moldova
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova  v  Iceland
Report

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Andorra on 8 June and Albania on 11 June 2019.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 32) 46 0   Keşla
12 1GK Dumitru Celeadnic (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Sheriff Tiraspol
23 1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 25) 15 0   Fortuna Sittard

2 2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 21) 12 0   Paços de Ferreira
3 2DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 23) 8 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
4 2DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 32) 54 4   Voluntari
5 2DF Ștefan Efros (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Speranța Nisporeni
15 2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 29) 28 0   Petrocub Hîncești
22 2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 24) 8 0   Astra Giurgiu

6 3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Sheriff Tiraspol
7 3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 28) 39 3   Cagliari
8 3MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 25) 26 1   Ufa
9 3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 34) 61 1   Academica Clinceni
10 3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26) 16 0   Sabail
11 3MF Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 27) 34 7   Krylia Sovetov
16 3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 30) 44 3   Milsami Orhei
18 3MF Alexandru Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 32) 52 7   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
20 3MF Evgheni Oancea (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0
21 3MF Iaser Țurcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Petrocub Hîncești

17 4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 21) 6 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
19 4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 20) 12 1   Fortuna Sittard

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 Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 36) 18 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Luxembourg, 18 November 2018

DF Veaceslav Posmac INJ (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 28) 33 2   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Andorra, 8 June 2019
DF Sergiu Plătică INJ (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 28) 10 0   Milsami Orhei v.   Andorra, 8 June 2019
DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 32) 91 8   İstanbul Başakşehir v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019
DF Artur Crăciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Milsami Orhei v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019
DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 32) 48 1   Petrolul Ploiești v.   Luxembourg, 18 November 2018
DF Valeriu Macrițchii (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.   Luxembourg, 18 November 2018

MF Constantin Sandu (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 3 0   Speranța Nisporeni v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019
MF Alexandru Gațcan RET (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 35) 62 5 v.   Luxembourg, 18 November 2018
MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 29) 54 3   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Luxembourg, 18 November 2018
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 32) 38 2   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Belarus, 15 October 2018

FW Vladimir Ambros INJ (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 25) 10 1   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Andorra, 8 June 2019
FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 26) 8 0   Vaduz v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019
FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 20) 5 0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.   Turkey, 25 March 2019

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to injury
RET Player retired from the national team

Player historyEdit

Moldova all-time record against all nationsEdit

Last match updated was against   Turkey on 2019-03-25.

ManagersEdit

Statistics correct as of match played on 27 January 2018[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– 13 2 4 7 015.38
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 4 0 0 4 000.00

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. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  4. ^ "LOTUL NAȚIONALEI MOLDOVEI" [The national team of Moldova]. FMF.md (in Romanian). Moldovan Football Federation. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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