Moldova national football team

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei) represents Moldova in international 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 Roberto Bordin. Shortly before the break-up of the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Georgia on 2 July 1991.

Moldova
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFederația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachSerghei Cleșcenco
CaptainAlexandru Epureanu
Most capsAlexandru Epureanu (100)
Top scorerSerghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA codeMDA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 180 Increase 1 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest181 (October 2021)
First international
Unofficial
 Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldavian SSR; 2 July 1991)
Official
 United States 1–1 Moldova 
(Jacksonville, United States; 16 April 1994)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–5 Moldova 
(Amman, Jordan; 18 August 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 8–0 Moldova 
(Herning, Denmark; 28 March 2021)

Two of their three best results in the 1990s 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, the national football team of 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 for the tournament. 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.

Current sponsorshipEdit

German sports company Jako has been Moldova's official kit manufacturer since 2000.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

3 June 2021 Friendly Turkey   2–0   Moldova Paderborn, Germany
19:00 UTC+2
  • Yılmaz   58'
  • Ünder   77'
Report Stadium: Benteler-Arena
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
6 June 2021 Friendly Moldova   1–0   Azerbaijan Chișinău, Moldova
19:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Marian Barbu (Romania)
1 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Moldova   0–2   Austria Chișinău, Moldova
21:45 Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Paul Tierney (England)
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Scotland   1–0   Moldova Glasgow, Scotland
20:45 (19:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands   2–1   Moldova Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
20:45 (19:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos (Spain)
9 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Moldova   0–4   Denmark Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
12 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Israel   2–1   Moldova Be'er Sheva, Israel
21:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Turner Stadium
Attendance: 9,000[3]
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
12 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Moldova   0–2   Scotland Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
15 November 2021 (2021-11-15) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Austria   4–1   Moldova Klagenfurt, Austria
20:45 (21:45 UTC+2)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Wörthersee Stadion
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)

2022Edit

18 January 2022 Friendly Moldova   2–3   Uganda Belek, Turkey
17:00 UTC+3 Mandrîcenco   10'
M. Plătică   13'
Report Kaddu   34' (pen.), 74' (pen.)
Karisa   64'
Stadium: Titanic Deluxe Belek Football Center
Referee: Melis Özçiğdem (Turkey)
21 January 2022 Friendly Moldova   0–4   South Korea Antalya, Turkey
14:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
Referee: Abdulkadir Bitigen (Turkey)
24 March 2022 (2022-03-24) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Moldova   1–2   Kazakhstan Chișinău, Moldova
18:00 (19:00 UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Kazakhstan   0–1 (a.e.t.)
(2–2 agg.)
(5–4 p)
  Moldova Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
16:00 (20:00 UTC+6) Report
Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Penalties
Note: 2–2 on aggregate. Kazakhstan won 5–4 on penalties
3 June 2022 (2022-06-03) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Liechtenstein   v   Moldova Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
6 June 2022 (2022-06-06) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Andorra   v   Moldova Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report Stadium: Estadi Nacional
10 June 2022 (2022-06-10) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Moldova   v   Latvia
20:45
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Moldova   v   Andorra
20:45
22 September 2022 (2022-09-22) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Latvia   v   Moldova
20:45
25 September 2022 (2022-09-25) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Moldova   v   Liechtenstein
20:45

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League play-outs matches against Kazakhstan on 24 and 29 March 2022.[4]

Caps and goals are correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Kazakhstan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 35) 56 0   Keşla
1GK Nicolai Cebotari (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Petrocub Hîncești
1GK Dorian Răilean (1993-10-13) 13 October 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Unirea Dej

2DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 34) 74 6   Voluntari
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 31) 52 2   Tuzlaspor
2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 32) 46 0   Petrocub Hîncești
2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 35) 34 0   Milsami Orhei
2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 24) 33 0   Olympiacos
2DF Artur Crăciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Tsarsko Selo Sofia
2DF Denis Marandici (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 25) 6 0   Celje
2DF Ioan-Călin Revenco (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 21) 6 0   Petrocub Hîncești
2DF Daniel Dumbravanu (2001-07-22) 22 July 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Siena
2DF Denis Furtună (1999-10-13) 13 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Bălți

3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 31) 63 3   Benevento
3MF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 30) 30 0   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Vadim Rață (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 29) 27 1   Voluntari
3MF Cristian Dros (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 24) 12 0   Slavia Mozyr
3MF Mihail Caimacov (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 23) 12 0   Slaven Belupo
3MF Iaser Țurcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 24) 7 0   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Corneliu Cotogoi (2001-06-23) 23 June 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Marius Iosipoi (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 22) 5 0   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Dmitri Mandrîcenco (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 25) 3 1   Motor Lublin
3MF Mihai Plătică (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 32) 4 1   Petrocub Hîncești
3MF Nichita Moțpan (2001-07-17) 17 July 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Bălți

4FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 30) 47 7   Xanthi
4FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 23) 25 5   Maccabi Petah Tikva
4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 23) 17 2   Sepsi OSK
4FW Virgiliu Postolachi (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Mouscron

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.[5]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cristian Avram (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Buzău v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
GK Emil Tîmbur (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Milsami Orhei v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
GK Dumitru Celeadnic (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 30) 2 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Austria, 15 November 2021
GK Sebastian Agachi (2000-09-25) 25 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0   FC Bălți v.   Faroe Islands, 7 September 2021
GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 28) 25 0   Júbilo Iwata v.   Israel, 31 March 2021
GK Nicolai Calancea (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 35) 19 0   Sfîntul Gheorghe v.   Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE

DF Artiom Litveacov (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Sfîntul Gheorghe v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
DF Maxim Potîrniche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 32) 14 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Uganda, 18 January 2022
DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 26) 13 0   Maktaaral v.   Austria, 15 November 2021
DF Iurie Iovu (2002-07-06) 6 July 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Cagliari v.   Austria, 15 November 2021
DF Igor Arhirii (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 25) 2 0   1599 Șelimbăr v.   Turkey, 3 June 2021
DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 35) 100 7   İstanbul Başakşehir v.   Israel, 31 March 2021
DF Maxim Focșa (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 30) 1 0   Dordoi Bishkek v.   Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE

MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 32) 48 3   Milsami Orhei v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
MF Alexandr Belousov (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 24) 4 0   Sfîntul Gheorghe v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
MF Victor Bogaciuc (1999-10-17) 17 October 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 29) 27 0   Pyunik Yerevan v.   Austria, 15 November 2021
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 35) 43 2   Zimbru Chișinău v.   Azerbaijan, 6 June 2021
MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 29) 10 0   Zimbru Chișinău v.   Azerbaijan, 6 June 2021
MF Evgheni Oancea (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Sfîntul Gheorghe v.   Azerbaijan, 6 June 2021
MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 28) 36 2   Dinamo București v.   Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Ion Dragan (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Nea Artaki v.   Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Teodor Lungu (1995-06-12) 12 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Sfîntul Gheorghe v.   Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Victor Stînă (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Panserraikos v.   Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE

FW Maxim Cojocaru (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   South Korea, 21 January 2022
FW Danu Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 27) 22 0   Ararat-Armenia v.   Uganda, 18 January 2022
FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 28) 12 1   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Uganda, 18 January 2022 PRE
FW Artiom Puntus (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26) 4 0   Kukësi v.   Uganda, 18 January 2022 PRE
FW Mihail Ghecev (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Sfîntul Gheorghe v.   Scotland, 12 October 2021
FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 29) 15 2   AEL Limassol v.   Faroe Islands, 7 September 2021
FW Nicky Cleșcenco (2001-07-23) 23 July 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Sion v.   Faroe Islands, 7 September 2021
FW Alexandru Bejan (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Zimbru Chișinău v.   Israel, 31 March 2021
FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 24) 10 0   Universitatea Cluj v.   Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

As of match played 29 March 2022[6][7]
Players in bold are still active with Moldova.

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Serghei Cleșcenco
Assistant coachs   Vitalie Culibaba
  Sergiu Secu
Goalkeeping coach   Denis Romanenco
Fitness coach   Alexei Scorpan

Last updated: 30 March 2021
Source: FMF

Manager historyEdit

Former forward and all-time top goalscorer of Moldova is the current head coach of Moldova national team since December 2021.[8]

Statistics correct as of match played on 21 January 2022[9]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Ion Caras   1991–1992 2 0 1 1 000.00
Eugen Piunovschi   1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Ion Caras   1992–1997 27 5 3 19 018.52
Alexandru Mațiura (interim)   1998 1 0 0 1 000.00
Ivan Daniliants   1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Alexandru Mațiura   1999–2001 16 4 4 8 025.00
Alexandru Spiridon   2001 4 1 0 3 025.00
Viktor Pasulko   2002–2005 35 7 8 20 020.00
Anatol Teslev   2006 6 1 2 3 016.67
Igor Dobrovolski   2007–2009 30 7 9 14 023.33
Gavril Balint   2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Ion Caras   2012–2014 27 6 7 14 022.22
Alexandru Curtianu   2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Ștefan Stoica (interim)   2015 3 0 0 3 000.00
Igor Dobrovolski   2016–2017 18 2 5 11 011.11
Alexandru Spiridon   2018–2019 16 3 5 8 018.75
Semen Altman   2019 4 0 0 4 000.00
Engin Fırat   2019–2020 11 0 2 9 000.00
Roberto Bordin   2021 12 1 1 10 008.33
Serghei Cleșcenco   2022– 2 0 0 2 000.00

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1938 Part of   Romania Part of   Romania
1950 to 1990 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member[10]
  1998 Did not qualify 5th 8 0 0 8 2 21
    2002 5th 10 1 3 6 6 20
  2006 6th 10 1 2 7 5 16
  2010 6th 10 0 3 7 6 18
  2014 5th 10 3 2 5 12 17
  2018 6th 10 0 2 8 4 23
  2022 6th 10 0 1 9 5 30
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 68 5 13 50 40 145

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

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

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 D 6 2 3 1 4 5   48th
  2020–21 C 8 0 2 6 3 13   48th
  2022–23 D To be determined
Total 14 2 5 7 7 18 48th

By competitionEdit

Competition P W D L GF GA GD Win % Loss %
FIFA World Cup qualification 68 5 13 50 40 145 –105 7.35 73.53
UEFA European qualification 68 12 9 47 55 140 –85 17.65 69.12
UEFA Nations League 14 3 4 7 7 18 –11 21.43 50.00
Total 150 20 26 104 102 303 –201 13.33 69.33

Head-to-head recordEdit

Last match updated was against   Austria on 15 November 2021.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Israel vs. Moldova". Union of European Football Associations. 12 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  4. ^ Daghi, Victor (11 March 2022). "Lotul lărgit al Naționalei pentru meciurile din Liga Națiunilor" [National team's extended group for Nations League matches]. fmf.md (in Romanian). Moldovan Football Federation.
  5. ^ Grecu, Sandu (9 March 2021). "Lotul lărgit al Naționalei pentru startul campaniei de calificare la World Cup 2022" (in Romanian). FMF. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Most Moldova caps". EU Football. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Top Moldova Goal Scorers". EU Football. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  8. ^ Daghi, Victor (3 December 2021). "Serghei Cleșcenco, noul selecționer al Moldovei" [Serghei Cleșcenco, the new manager of Moldova]. fmf.md (in Romanian). Moldovan Football Federation.
  9. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  10. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  11. ^ a b Courtney, Barrie. "Moldova - International results". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 November 2021.

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