San Marino national football team

The San Marino national football team (Italian: Nazionale di calcio di San Marino) represents San Marino in men's international association football competitions. The team is controlled by the San Marino Football Federation and represents the smallest population of any UEFA member. They are currently the lowest-ranked FIFA-affiliated national football team and are considered the worst national football team worldwide.

San Marino
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Serenissima
AssociationFederazione Sammarinese Giuoco Calcio (FSGC)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRoberto Cevoli
CaptainMatteo Vitaioli
Most capsMatteo Vitaioli (95)
Top scorerAndy Selva (8)
Home stadiumSan Marino Stadium
FIFA codeSMR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 210 Steady (4 April 2024)[1]
Highest118 (September 1993)
Lowest211 (November 2018 – July 2019, March 2022 – July 2023)
First international
Unofficial
 San Marino 0–1 Canada U23 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 28 March 1986)
Pre-FIFA recognized
 San Marino 0–0 Lebanon 
(Aleppo, Syria; 16 September 1987)
FIFA recognized
 San Marino 0–4 Switzerland 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 14 November 1990)
Biggest win
 San Marino 1–0 Liechtenstein 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 28 April 2004)
Biggest defeat
 San Marino 0–13 Germany 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 6 September 2006)

The first official match played by a San Marino team was a 4–0 defeat in a European Championship qualifier to Switzerland in 1990. Previously, a San Marino side played an unofficial match against the Canadian U-23 team in 1986, losing 1–0. Since making their competitive debut, San Marino has competed in the qualifiers of every European Championship and World Cup but has never won a match. They have only ever won once, defeating Liechtenstein 1–0 in a friendly match on 28 April 2004.

Until November 2014, San Marino was tied for last place in the FIFA World Rankings. This run lasted since the rankings were given a new calculation methodology. They were tied for last with Bhutan (208th) in the October 2014 rankings,[3] but a 0–0 draw with Estonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers ended their tenure at the bottom of the rankings. In the same qualifying phase, San Marino scored their first away goal in fourteen years against another Baltic side, Lithuania. When the ranking methodology was revised again, the team fell back to the bottom following a 1–0 loss to Moldova in the Nations League.

San Marino's national team is considered the worst national team in the sport's history, as they have only ever won once and conceded an average of 4.02 goals per match. However, as a member of UEFA, they face stronger competition than many other low-ranked sides.[4]

History

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Though the San Marino Football Federation was formed in 1931, the Federation did not establish a national team until 1986, when a team representing the Federation played the Canadian U-23 team in an unofficial international, which ended in a 1–0 defeat. San Marino gained affiliation to FIFA and UEFA in 1988,[5] allowing the team to participate in major championships. Before this, Sammarinese players had been considered Italian in international football contexts.[6]

San Marino's first match in a FIFA-sanctioned competition was against Switzerland on 14 November 1990 in a qualifier for the 1992 European Championships. San Marino lost 4–0 and would lose all eight of their other qualifiers. The team struggled in away matches, losing all by at least four goals. San Marino scored only one goal, which was a penalty in a 3–1 defeat at home by Romania,[7] and conceded 33 goals in total.[8]

For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, San Marino were drawn in a group with England, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Turkey. The opening match resulted in a 10–0 defeat to Norway. The return match was less one-sided, finishing 2–0 to the Norwegians. A 4–1 defeat in Turkey saw San Marino score their first goal in a World Cup qualifier (also their first from open play), and a goalless draw against the same opposition on 10 March 1993 gave them their first-ever point. In their final qualifier against England, Davide Gualtieri scored the then-fastest goal in World Cup qualifying history after 8.3 seconds. However, San Marino went on to lose 7–1.[9] San Marino finished the campaign with one point and conceded 46 goals in 10 matches.[10]

The team's qualification campaign for Euro 1996 followed a similar pattern to the previous European championships as they lost every match. A match away to Finland gave San Marino their first goal away from home in the European Championship qualifiers. Still, the team lost 4–1.[11] Their only other goal came in a 3–1 home defeat by the Faroe Islands; the two wins over San Marino were the only points gained by the Faroe Islands in the group. In the first match, a 3–0 score in Toftir is the Faroe Islands' record competitive win.[12]

Even by Sammarinese standards, qualification for the 1998 World Cup was disappointing. Losing every match by three goals or more, San Marino failed to score a single goal.[13] This is the only World Cup qualifying tournament in which they have failed to score. Qualification for Euro 2000 again resulted in defeats in every match. The closest San Marino got to gaining a point was against Cyprus, a 1–0 defeat on 18 November 1998.[14]

In April 2001, San Marino gained their first ever away point, drawing 1–1 with Latvia in Riga.[15] The team ended the 2002 World Cup qualifying group with a new best of three goals, though one of these came in a 10–1 defeat by Belgium. In Euro 2004 qualifying, San Marino lost all eight matches, failing to score. The closest result was a 1–0 home defeat by Latvia, with the winner scored in the last minute. Latvia went on to qualify for the final tournament.[16] A 2–2 draw against Liechtenstein in a friendly in August 2003 saw the team set a new national record for most goals scored in a match; only once since, in a 2–3 loss to Malta in another friendly nine years later, have the team scored multiple goals in a game.

In April 2004, San Marino gained their first win after more than 70 attempts, a 1–0 victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly on 28 April 2004 courtesy of a fifth-minute goal by Andy Selva. The match was Martin Andermatt's debut as Liechtenstein manager.[17] Results during qualification for the 2006 World Cup followed a similar vein to previous qualifying groups. Matches were generally one-sided defeats, except for single-goal defeats at home by Lithuania and Belgium.[18]

San Marino's opening Euro 2008 qualifying match resulted in a record 13–0 defeat at home by Germany on 6 September 2006.[19] They scored only twice and conceded fifty-seven goals in losing all twelve matches. However, the home matches against Ireland, Cyprus and Wales were each lost by a single goal.[20]

In the qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup, they lost all ten matches and failed to qualify. They conceded 47 goals in those fixtures, including 10 in a defeat by Poland, which became Poland's highest scoring victory of all time,[21] and scored just once, in a 3–1 defeat by Slovakia.[22] The Euro 2012 qualifiers started in a similar way, the first nine matches all being defeats with an aggregate of 49 goals conceded and none scored, their best result being a one-goal loss to Finland at home, with the worst being a heavy 11–0 loss to the Netherlands, which became the Netherlands' highest scoring victory of all time and San Marino's worst-ever away defeat.[23] This was then followed up by two lighter defeats, a 5–0 home loss against Sweden,[24] before completing the campaign with a 4–0 away loss to Moldova.[25]

On 10 September 2013, Alessandro Della Valle scored San Marino's first competitive goal in five years. With the score 1–0 to Poland in the Stadio Olimpico, Della Valle headed in a free-kick in the 22nd minute, beating goalkeeper Artur Boruc at his front post. Poland then regained the lead a minute later and eventually won 5–1.[26] It was the first international goal of any kind scored by San Marino since the national team lost 3–2 at home to Malta in 2012.[27]

On 15 November 2014, San Marino drew 0–0 at home against Estonia.[28] It was the first time in ten years that the team had not lost a match, ending a 61–match losing streak,[28] and securing the country's first-ever point in a European Championship qualifier.[28]

In October 2016, Mattia Stefanelli scored for San Marino in their 4–1 loss to Norway.[29]

On 16 November 2019, Filippo Berardi scored a goal in a 3–1 loss to Kazakhstan in a Euro 2020 qualifying match—the first goal for San Marino in two years (5–1 vs. Azerbaijan on 4 September 2017) and their first home goal in six years (5–1 vs. Poland on 10 September 2013).[30]

On 13 October 2020, San Marino recorded their fourth competitive draw and their first since 2014, after their Nations League match with Liechtenstein ended 0–0.[31] A month later they made history by holding Gibraltar to a goalless draw, surviving with ten men after Davide Simoncini was sent off. This heralded several firsts for them: the first major tournament in which they had gained more than one point, the first time they had gained more than one point in a calendar year, and the first time that they had gone unbeaten without conceding a single goal in two consecutive competitive matches.[32]

On 7 December 2020, San Marino was drawn into Group I for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The team failed to get a single point and lost all their matches, including a 0–10 home defeat against England, and with a record of one goal scored, at home against Poland in a 1–7 loss, against 46 conceded.

On 28 March 2022, San Marino played the first official match in its history against a non-European team in a friendly game against Cape Verde played on a neutral venue in Spain, the result being a 2–0 loss.[33] San Marino then took on a second African side with a much lower standard than the previous one, the 198th ranked Seychelles, whom they hosted in a friendly at Stadio Olimpico on 21 September 2022. San Marino ended an 18-game losing streak with a goalless draw but disappointed overall, failing to capitalize on their chances and win at home against an opponent within its reach, who played defensively in a 4–5–1 formation.[34][35][36] The 2022–2023 edition of the UEFA Nations League saw the selection again in Group B of League D composed of three teams, but they lost their four games without scoring a goal. As a result, San Marino is the only European team that has not yet scored a goal in three participations.

On 17 October 2023, San Marino scored their first competitive goal in two years against Denmark in a 1–2 loss during Euro 2024 qualifying. They would score again against Kazakhstan on 17 November 2023, losing 3–1, and just three days later they scored again in a 2–1 loss to Finland. This marked the first time San Marino scored in three consecutive games. They were also their first-ever European Qualifiers in which they were not the worst overall team (Liechtenstein only scored one goal in the tournament, while Gibraltar scored none).

 
Team picture of the San Marino national football team before their match against Slovakia (2024)

On 20 March 2024, San Marino scored in four straight games for the first time in their history after taking a 1–0 lead against Saint Kitts and Nevis, eventually losing 3–1. On 24 March 2024, San Marino ended a 12-game losing run with a 0–0 draw against Saint Kitts.

Team image

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Kit suppliers

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Kit suppliers for the San Marino national football team
Period Kit manufacturer
1990–1994   Admiral
1994–2010   Virma
2011–2017   Adidas
2018–2022   Macron
2022–present   Erreà

Home stadium

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San Marino plays home matches at the San Marino Stadium, a municipally owned stadium in Serravalle, which also hosts the matches of club side San Marino Calcio.[37] It has a capacity of 7,000.[38] Crowds are low but there is always a fan group called "Brigata Mai 1 Gioia", mainly composed of Italians from Emilia-Romagna. On occasion, traveling supporters outnumber the Sammarinese support. For example, in the fixture against the Republic of Ireland in February 2007, 2,500 of the 3,294 crowd were Irish supporters.[39][40]

San Marino has played four "home" matches outside their borders. For World Cup qualifiers against England and the Netherlands in 1993, the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna was used, and for UEFA Nations League match against Liechtenstein in 2020 at the Stadio Romeo Neri in Rimini. A fourth match took place in the Nations League against Kazakhstan in June 2023, being played at Ennio Tardini as a new pitch was being laid at San Marino's usual stadium.[41]

Reputation

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San Marino has the smallest population of any UEFA country.[38] As of 20 November 2023, the team has never won a competitive fixture. A 1–0 friendly win against Liechtenstein in 2004 remains their sole victory.[42]

The national side is mainly composed of amateur players. Only a small number of players are at least semi-professionals, as many hold second jobs outside of the sport. Their 13–0 defeat at home against Germany was a European Championship record[19] until France eclipsed this in 2023 with a 14–0 victory over Gibraltar.[43] And they have conceded ten goals on seven other separate occasions.[44]

In the FIFA World Rankings, San Marino traditionally has the lowest rank of any UEFA country. Since the creation of FIFA rankings in 1992, San Marino's average position has been 176th.[45]

In 2001, Latvia manager Gary Johnson resigned after failing to beat San Marino in a World Cup qualifier.[46] The Republic of Ireland's 2–1 win over San Marino in February 2007 (from a last-second goal) resulted in scathing press criticism for the Irish team.[47]

San Marino held the record for the fastest goal in FIFA World Cup qualifying history for 22 years when they stunned England with a goal after only 8.3 seconds in 1993.[9] England went on to win the match 7–1.

San Marino set a European record when they went over 20 matches without scoring between October 2008 and August 2012.[48] On 8 September 2015, San Marino scored its first away goal in 14 years when Matteo Vitaioli scored against Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualification.[49][50]

An interesting result of San Marino's weaknesses is that many people see them as football's biggest underdogs; as a result, they have gained a substantial following online from across the world, including a Twitter account dedicated to covering their games.[51]

Results and fixtures

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The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

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7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Denmark   4–0   San Marino Copenhagen, Denmark
20:45
Report Stadium: Parken
Attendance: 36,262
Referee: Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (Latvia)
10 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying San Marino   0–4   Slovenia Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Attendance: 844
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
14 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Northern Ireland   3–0   San Marino Belfast, Northern Ireland
14:00 BST Smyth   5'
Magennis   11'
McMenamin   81'
Report Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 17,886
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (Belgium)
17 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying San Marino   1–2   Denmark Serravalle, San Marino
20:45
Report
Stadium: Olympic Stadium of Serravalle
Attendance: 2,984
Referee: Viktor Kopiievskyi (Ukraine)
16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Kazakhstan   3–1   San Marino Astana, Kazakhstan
21:00
Report
Stadium: Astana Arena
Attendance: 30,100
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
20 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying San Marino   1–2   Finland Serravalle, San Marino
20:45
Report
Stadium: Olympic Stadium of Serravalle
Attendance: 1,427
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (Lithuania)

2024

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20 March 2024 Friendly San Marino   1–3   Saint Kitts and Nevis Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 CET
Report
Stadium: Olympic Stadium of Serravalle
Referee: Deborah Bianchi (Italy)
5 June 2024 Friendly Slovakia   4–0   San Marino Wiener Neustadt, Austria
--:-- CEST
Report Stadium: Wiener Neustadt Arena
11 June 2024 Friendly San Marino   1–4   Cyprus Serravalle, San Marino
18:00 CEST Giocondi   81' Report Satsaias   45+2'
Kastanos   53', 54'
Kakoullis   83'
Stadium: Olympic Stadium of Serravalle
5 September 2024 (2024-09-05) 2024–25 Nations League San Marino   v   Liechtenstein Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 Stadium: Serravalle, San Marino
10 September 2024 Friendly Moldova   v   San Marino Chisinau, Moldova
18:00 CET Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
10 October 2024 (2024-10-10) 2024–25 Nations League Gibraltar   v   San Marino Faro/Loulé, Portugal
20:45 Stadium: Estádio Algarve
15 November 2024 (2024-11-15) 2024–25 Nations League San Marino   v   Gibraltar Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 Stadium: Serravalle, San Marino
18 November 2024 (2024-11-18) 2024–25 Nations League Liechtenstein   v   San Marino Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion

Coaching staff

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Current technical staff:[52]

Head coach Roberto Cevoli
Technical assistant Leandro Vessella
Fitness coach Ivan Celli
Goalkeeping coach Carlo Magnani
Team doctor Roberto Venturini
Physiotherapist Marco Pelaccia
Physiotherapist Federico Proli
Masseur Tiziano Giacobbi
Official accompanying Michele Raschi
Match analyst Mattia Rizzo
Warehouseman Benito Ballato
Marco Crescentini
Mauro Montanari

Manager history

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As of 11 June 2024[53]
Manager Nat. Start End Matches Won Draw Lost
Giulio Casali   28 March 1986 20 September 1987 6 0 2 4
Giorgio Leoni   14 November 1990 15 November 1995 29 0 1 28
Massimo Bonini   2 June 1996 10 September 1997 8 0 0 8
Giampaolo Mazza   10 October 1998 15 October 2013 85 1 2 82
Pierangelo Manzaroli   8 June 2014 8 October 2017 28 0 1 27
Franco Varrella   8 September 2018 28 November 2021 34 0 2 32
Fabrizio Costantini   28 November 2021 12 December 2023 20 0 2 18
Roberto Cevoli   15 December 2023 present 4 0 1 3

Players

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Current squad

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The following players were called up for two friendlies against Slovakia and Cyprus on 5 and 11 June 2024 respectively.[54]

Caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2024 after the match against Cyprus.[55]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Edoardo Colombo (2001-01-24) 24 January 2001 (age 23) 4 0   Rimini
1GK Matteo Zavoli (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 27) 0 0   La Fiorita
1GK Pietro Amici (2004-01-27) 27 January 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Fossombrone

2DF Mirko Palazzi (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 37) 75 1   Cosmos
2DF Alessandro D'Addario (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 26) 33 0   Cosmos
2DF Dante Rossi (1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 36) 33 0   Tropical Coriano
2DF Michele Cevoli (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 25) 24 0   Juvenes/Dogana
2DF Alessandro Tosi (2001-04-08) 8 April 2001 (age 23) 17 0   Victor San Marino
2DF Simone Franciosi (2001-09-03) 3 September 2001 (age 22) 9 1   Pietracuta
2DF Andrea Contadini (2002-08-18) 18 August 2002 (age 21) 4 0   Pietracuta
2DF Simone Giocondi (2002-04-28) 28 April 2002 (age 22) 1 1   San Marino Academy U22
2DF Marco Pasolini (2003-04-26) 26 April 2003 (age 21) 1 0   Pietracuta

3MF Alessandro Golinucci (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 29) 54 1   Virtus
3MF Enrico Golinucci (1991-07-16) 16 July 1991 (age 32) 42 0   Folgore
3MF Marcello Mularoni (1998-09-08) 8 September 1998 (age 25) 42 0   Cosmos
3MF Michael Battistini (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 27) 27 0   Tre Penne
3MF Giacomo Valentini (2001-06-26) 26 June 2001 (age 22) 1 0   Juvenes/Dogana
3MF Matteo Valli Casadei (2005-06-01) 1 June 2005 (age 19) 1 0   San Marino Academy U22

4FW Matteo Vitaioli (captain) (1989-10-27) 27 October 1989 (age 34) 95 1   La Fiorita
4FW Nicola Nanni (2000-05-02) 2 May 2000 (age 24) 38 1   Olbia
4FW Filippo Berardi (1997-05-18) 18 May 1997 (age 27) 30 3   Cosmos
4FW Samuel Pancotti (2000-10-31) 31 October 2000 (age 23) 7 0   La Fiorita
4FW Nicko Sensoli (2005-06-14) 14 June 2005 (age 19) 3 0   Sangiuliano City

Recent call-ups

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The following players have been called up within the last 12 months and are still eligible to represent.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Simone Benedettini (1997-01-21) 21 January 1997 (age 27) 8 0   Fiorentino v.   Finland, 20 November 2023

DF Filippo Fabbri (2002-01-07) 7 January 2002 (age 22) 26 1   Olbia v.   Slovakia, 5 June 2024
DF Manuel Battistini (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 29) 53 0   Virtus v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 24 March 2024
DF Andrea Grandoni (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997 (age 27) 37 0   La Fiorita v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 24 March 2024
DF Giacomo Matteoni (2002-04-11) 11 April 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Pietracuta Training Stage, January 2024
DF Cristian Brolli (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 32) 24 0   Folgore v.   Finland, 20 November 2023
DF Andrea Magi (2001-02-03) 3 February 2001 (age 23) 3 0   Diegaro v.   Finland, 20 November 2023

MF Lorenzo Capicchioni (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 22) 12 0   Sammaurese v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 24 March 2024
MF Lorenzo Lazzari (2003-06-06) 6 June 2003 (age 21) 12 1   Victor San Marino v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 24 March 2024
MF Andrea Dolcini (2003-04-14) 14 April 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Fiorentino Training Stage, January 2024
MF Lorenzo Lunadei (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 26) 35 0   La Fiorita v.   Finland, 20 November 2023
MF Tommaso Zafferani (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 28) 20 0   La Fiorita v.   Finland, 20 November 2023
MF Luca Ceccaroli (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 28) 19 0   Tre Penne v.   Denmark, 17 October 2023

FW Marco Gasperoni (2004-05-16) 16 May 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Vis Novafeltria v.   Slovakia, 5 June 2024
FW Fabio Tomassini (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 28) 33 0   Pietracuta v.   Finland, 20 November 2023
FW Mattia Stefanelli (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 31) 19 1   Fiorentino v.   Slovenia, 10 September 2023

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 a non-injury issue.

Records

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As of 11 June 2024[56]
Players in bold are still active with San Marino.

Most capped players

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Matteo Vitaioli is San Marino's most capped player with 95 caps.
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Matteo Vitaioli 95 1 2007–present
2 Mirko Palazzi 75 1 2005–present
3 Andy Selva 73 8 1998–2016
4 Davide Simoncini 69 0 2006–2021
Damiano Vannucci 69 0 1996–2012
6 Alessandro Della Valle 65 1 2002–2017
Aldo Junior Simoncini 65 0 2006–2023
8 Simone Bacciocchi 60 0 1998–2013
Adolfo Hirsch 60 0 2011–2023
10 Fabio Vitaioli 55 0 2007–2019

Top goalscorers

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Andy Selva is San Marino's all-time top scorer with 8 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Years
1 Andy Selva 8 73 0.11 1998–2016
2 Filippo Berardi 3 30 0.1 2016–present
3 Manuel Marani 2 32 0.06 2003–2012

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

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FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1986 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 10 0 1 9 2 46
  1998 8 0 0 8 0 42
    2002 8 0 1 7 3 30
  2006 10 0 0 10 2 40
  2010 10 0 0 10 1 47
  2014 10 0 0 10 1 54
  2018 10 0 0 10 2 51
  2022 10 0 0 10 1 46
      2026 To be determined To be determined
      2030[a]
  2034
Total 0/9 76 0 2 74 12 356

UEFA European Championship

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UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter Declined participation
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 1 33
  1996 10 0 0 10 2 36
    2000 8 0 0 8 1 44
  2004 8 0 0 8 0 30
    2008 12 0 0 12 2 57
    2012 10 0 0 10 0 53
  2016 10 0 1 9 1 36
  2020 10 0 0 10 1 51
  2024 10 0 0 10 3 31
    2028 To be determined To be determined
    2032
Total 0/17 86 0 1 85 11 371

UEFA Nations League

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UEFA Nations League record
League phase** Finals
Season LG Grp Pos. Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos. Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
2018–19 D 2 4th 6 0 0 6 0 16   55th   2019 Did not qualify
2020–21 D 2 3rd 4 0 2 2 0 3   54th   2021
2022–23 D 2 3rd 4 0 0 4 0 9   54th   2023
2024–25 D 1 To be determined   2025
Total 14 0 2 12 0 28 54th Total

Mediterranean Games

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Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
19511983 did not enter
  1987 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 7
1991–present See San Marino national under-23 team
Total 1/1 3 0 1 2 0 7

List of matches not lost by San Marino

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Latvia  1–1  San Marino
Pahars   1' Report
(FIFA)
Albani   59'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Karen Nalbandyan (Armenia)

Liechtenstein  2–2  San Marino
Frick   16'
Burgmeier   23'
Report
(Footballdatabase)
A. Gasperoni   39'
Ciacci   45'
Attendance: 850
Referee: Guido Wildhaber (Switzerland)

San Marino  1–0  Liechtenstein
Selva   5' Report
(Footballdatabase)
Attendance: 700
Referee: Ruaidhri Laird (Scotland)




San Marino  0–0  Seychelles
Report
Attendance: 367
Referee: David Šmajc (Slovenia)

Saint Lucia  1–1  San Marino
Report
Attendance: 750
Referee: Moeth Gaymes (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)

San Marino  0–0  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Report
Referee: Désirée Grundbacher (Switzerland)

All-time record

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[date missing]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
  Albania 4 0 0 4 0 13 −13 0.00
  Andorra 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0.00
  Austria 2 0 0 2 1 11 −10 0.00
  Azerbaijan 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
  Belarus 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0.00
  Belgium 8 0 0 8 3 46 −43 0.00
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
  Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0.00
  Cape Verde 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0.00
  Croatia 3 0 0 3 0 18 −18 0.00
  Cyprus 7 0 0 7 1 22 −21 0.00
  Czech Republic 6 0 0 6 0 31 −31 0.00
  Denmark 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
  England 8 0 0 8 1 52 −51 0.00
  Estonia 5 0 1 4 0 9 −9 0.00
  Faroe Islands 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
  Finland 6 0 0 6 2 23 −21 0.00
  Germany 4 0 0 4 0 34 −34 0.00
  Gibraltar 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 0.00
  Greece 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0.00
  Hungary 6 0 0 6 0 26 −26 0.00
  Iceland 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0.00
  Israel 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 0.00
  Italy 3 0 0 3 0 15 −15 0.00
  Kazakhstan 4 0 0 4 2 13 −11 0.00
  Kosovo 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0.00
  Latvia 5 0 1 4 1 9 −8 0.00
  Liechtenstein 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 16.67
  Lithuania 5 0 0 5 2 11 −9 0.00
  Luxembourg 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0.00
  Malta 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0.00
  Moldova 8 0 0 8 0 17 −17 0.00
  Montenegro 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 0.00
  Netherlands 6 0 0 6 0 39 −39 0.00
  Northern Ireland 6 0 0 6 0 19 −19 0.00
  Norway 4 0 0 4 1 24 −23 0.00
  Poland 10 0 0 10 2 45 −43 0.00
  Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0.00
  Romania 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0.00
  Russia 4 0 0 4 0 25 −25 0.00
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 0.00
  Saint Lucia 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 0.00
  Scotland 8 0 0 8 0 27 −27 0.00
  Serbia and Montenegro 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0.00
  Seychelles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
  Slovakia 5 0 0 5 1 26 −25 0.00
  Slovenia 7 0 0 7 0 26 −26 0.00
  Spain 4 0 0 4 0 26 −26 0.00
  Sweden 4 0 0 4 0 22 −22 0.00
   Switzerland 4 0 0 4 0 22 −22 0.00
  Turkey 4 0 1 3 1 16 −15 0.00
  Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 17 −17 0.00
  Wales 4 0 0 4 1 16 −15 0.00
Total 205 1 9 195 33 824 −791 0.49
Source: Results

Notes

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  1. ^ Additional matches are scheduled to be played in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first world cup, however they are not considered to be official hosts of the tournament.[57]

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