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. Shortly before 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 (97)
Top scorerSerghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA codeMDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 177 Steady (10 December 2020)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest177 (November 2020 –)
First international
Unofficial
Moldova Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldovian SSR, USSR; 2 July 1991)
Official
 United States 1–1 Moldova 
(Jacksonville, United States; 16 April 1994)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; 18 August 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 6 June 2001)
 Italy 6–0 Moldova 
(Florence, Italy; 7 October 2020)

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, 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.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup 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 Qualification in progress 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/6 58 5 12 41 35 115

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship 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 Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D 6 2 3 1 4 5
2020–21 C 6 0 1 5 1 11
Total 12 2 4 6 5 16

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 Advance to play-offs via Nations League 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

2019Edit

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'

2020Edit

Friendly

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

Friendly match

Moldova  Cancelled  Russia

2020–21 UEFA Nations League

Moldova  1–1  Kosovo
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)

2020–21 UEFA Nations League

Slovenia  1–0  Moldova
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (France)

2020–21 UEFA Nations League

Greece  2–0  Moldova
Report
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)

2020–21 UEFA Nations League

Moldova  0–4  Slovenia
Report

Friendly match

Moldova  0–0  Russia
Report
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)

2020–21 UEFA Nations League

Moldova  0–2  Greece
Report
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

2020–21 UEFA Nations League

Kosovo  1–0  Moldova
Kastrati   31' Report
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly against Russia on 12 November, and the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League fixtures against Greece and Kosovo on 15 and 18 November 2020, respectively.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 34) 51 0   Keşla
23 1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 27) 24 0   Fortuna Sittard
12 1GK Nicolai Calancea (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 34) 19 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 34) 97 7   İstanbul Başakşehir
4 2DF Igor Armaș (Captain) (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 33) 65 5   Voluntari
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 30) 42 2   Sheriff Tiraspol
15 2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 31) 32 0   Petrocub Hîncești
3 2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 34) 23 0   Milsami Orhei
2 2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 23) 24 0   Olympiacos
20 2DF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 29) 21 0   Petrocub Hîncești
5 2DF Ștefan Efros (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 30) 4 0   Petrocub Hîncești
14 2DF Constantin Bogdan (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 27) 2 0   Milsami Orhei
17 2DF Daniel Dumbravanu (2001-07-22) 22 July 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Genoa

9 3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 36) 68 1   Academica Clinceni
7 3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 30) 54 3   Benevento
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 27) 25 0   Sabah
21 3MF Vadim Rață (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 27) 15 1   Chindia Târgoviște
16 3MF Danu Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 26) 13 0   Ararat-Armenia
13 3MF Mihail Caimacov (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22) 7 0   Olimpija Ljubljana
10 3MF Iaser Țurcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Petrocub Hîncești
6 3MF Dan Taras (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 26) 4 0   Petrocub Hîncești
18 3MF Cristian Dros (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 22) 3 0   Spartaks Jūrmala
8 3MF Alexandr Belousov (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol
3MF Alexandru Osipov (2000-07-30) 30 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Florești

11 4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 21) 13 1   RKC Waalwijk
19 4FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22) 13 1   Dunajská Streda
22 4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23) 10 0   Academica Clinceni

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 Nicolai Cebotari (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Petrolul Ploiești v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
GK Denis Rusu (1990-08-02) 2 August 1990 (age 30) 1 0   Viitorul Târgu Jiu v.   Slovenia, 6 September 2020

DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 33) 50 0   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 26) 16 0   Astra Giurgiu v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Victor Mudrac (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 26) 8 0   Saburtalo Tbilisi v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Artur Crăciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Budapest Honvéd v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Denis Marandici (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 24) 3 0   Celje v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Anatolie Prepeliță (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Spartaks Jūrmala v.   Sweden, 9 January 2020
DF Maxim Focșa (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 28) 1 0   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.   Sweden, 9 January 2020

MF Alexandr Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 33) 59 5   Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 27) 33 1   Ufa v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
MF Ion Dragan (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Milsami Orhei v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 33) 39 2   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Slovenia, 6 September 2020
MF Artur Pătraș (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 32) 29 0   Zimbru Chișinău v.   Sweden, 9 January 2020
MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 27) 8 0   Gloria Buzău v.   Sweden, 9 January 2020

FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 28) 14 1   Vaduz v.   Slovenia, 14 October 2020
FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 27) 12 1   Petrocub Hîncești v.   Slovenia, 6 September 2020
Notes
  • WD = The player withdrew for private reasons.

Player historyEdit

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against   Greece on 15 November 2020.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Alexandru Epureanu is Moldova's most capped player.
Rank Player Appearances Goals
1 Alexandru Epureanu 97 7
2 Victor Golovatenco 82 4
3 Radu Rebeja 74 2
4 Serghei Cleșcenco 69 11
5 Eugeniu Cebotaru 66 1
6 Igor Armaș 64 5
7 Alexandru Gațcan 63 5
8 Alexandru Suvorov 58 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 CS
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   Greece on 2020-10-15.

ManagersEdit

Statistics correct as of match played on 9 January 2020[6]
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– 3 0 0 3 000.00

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. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  3. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  4. ^ Buga, Ion (28 September 2020). "Moldova - Rusia 0-0" [Moldova - Russia 0-0]. Moldovan Football Federation (in Romanian). Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Sweden (1–0) Moldova". eu-football.info. 9 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 9 January 2020.

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