Andorra national football team

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Andorra
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Andorran Football Federation
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Koldo Álvarez
Captain Óscar Sonejee
Most caps Óscar Sonejee (97)
Top scorer Ildefons Lima (7)
Home stadium Comunal d'Andorra la Vella
FIFA code AND
FIFA ranking 199 Decrease 1 (August 14 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 125 (September 2005)
Lowest FIFA ranking 206 (December 2011)
Elo ranking 190
Highest Elo ranking 171 (February 2005, September 2005)
Lowest Elo ranking 190 (July 2014)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Estonia 6-1 Andorra 
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 13 November 1996)
Biggest win
 Andorra 2–0 Belarus 
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 26 April 2000)
 Andorra 2–0 Albania 
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 17 April 2002)
Biggest defeat

 Croatia 7–0 Andorra 
(Zagreb, Croatia; 7 October 2006)

 Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra 
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)

The Andorra national football team (Catalan: Selecció de futbol d'Andorra) represents Andorra in association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra. The team has enjoyed very little success due to the Principality's tiny population, the fifth smallest of any UEFA country (only Liechtenstein, San Marino, Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands are smaller).

Andorra's first official game was a 6–1 defeat in a friendly match to Estonia in 1996. Since the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, Andorra have competed in qualifying for every European Championship and World Cup but have had very little success. They have only ever won three matches, all at home. They have one win in competitive matches, a 1–0 win against Macedonia in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition.

History[edit]

Though the Andorran Football Federation formed in 1994,[1] and the Andorra domestic league started in 1995, the national team could not participate in major championships until it gained affiliation with governing bodies FIFA and UEFA in 1996.[1][2] The national team played its first match against Estonia in Andorra La Vella and lost 6–1.[3]

Andorra's first match in a FIFA-sanctioned competition was a 3–1 loss to Armenia on 5 September 1998 in a qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000. Andorra lost all ten qualifiers for the tournament.[4] The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals.[4] Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties,[4] and two of which were in the away matches.[4] Andorra conceded 28 goals,[4] and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.[4]

For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, Andorra were drawn in a group with Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal.[5] They lost their opening match 1–0 loss to Estonia. In the next game, they lost 3–2 to Cyprus but scored their first World Cup qualifying goals.[5] They were again defeated by Estonia, this time 2–1.[5] They lost all their matches and their only away goal was in a 3–1 loss against Ireland.[5] Their worst defeat was 7–1 to Portugal on a neutral ground in Lleida, Spain.[5] Andorra finished the campaign with no points and conceded 36 goals in ten matches.[5]

In the team's qualification campaign for Euro 2004 they again lost every game. They scored their only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Bulgaria.[6] In this competition the scores were closer than before as they lost 3–0 to Bulgaria, Croatia and Belgium, 2–0 twice to Estonia, 2–0 to Croatia and 1–0 to Belgium.[6]

By Andorran standards, qualification for the 2006 World Cup was successful. They won their first competitive game 1–0 at home against Macedonia. Andorra midfielder Marc Bernaus, who played in the Spanish second division, received a long throw in off his chest and volleyed in a goal early in the second half. Only 200 people were in Andorra la Vella to watch the game.[7] After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game "a shameful outcome, a humiliation."[8] Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland.[9] This tournament has been the only one in which Andorra has scored points. In Euro 2008 qualifying, Andorra again lost every game.[10] The closest game was against Russia, a 1–0 defeat on 21 November 2007, which helped Russia qualify at the expense of England.[10] Their biggest defeat was a 7–0 loss to Croatia in Andorra La Vella, which is their worst defeat in UEFA competitions[11] and matched their loss to the Czech Republic as their largest losing deficit. Andorra scored only two goals and conceded 42 in a total of 12 games.[10]

In 2010 World Cup qualifying they lost all ten matches.[12] For the tournament, they scored three goals, in defeats to Belarus and Kazakhstan, and conceded 39 goals, including six in a defeat to England, the largest margin in the group.[12] Qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012 ended in a similar way; they lost all ten matches, scoring only one goal and conceding 25; their best results were two one-goal losses to Slovakia and a 3–1 loss in Ireland.[13]

Andorra all-time record against all nations[edit]

As of 26 March 2014
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 Albania 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 33.33%
 Armenia 8 0 1 7 2 21 −19 0%
 Azerbaijan 4 0 3 1 1 2 −1 0%
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0%
 Belarus 4 1 0 3 4 11 −7 25%
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
 Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0%
 China PR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Croatia 6 0 0 6 0 24 −24 0%
 Cyprus 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0%
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 1 12 −11 0%
 England 4 0 0 4 0 16 −16 0%
 Estonia 11 0 0 11 5 26 −21 0%
 Faroe Islands 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Finland 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 0%
 France 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0%
 Gabon 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0%
 Iceland 5 0 0 5 0 14 −14 0%
 Indonesia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0%
 Israel 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0%
 Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0%
 Latvia 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0%
 Lithuania 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0%
 Macedonia 6 1 1 4 1 9 −8 17%
 Malta 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0%
 Moldova 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 0%
 Netherlands 6 0 0 6 0 21 −21 0%
 Poland 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0%
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 2 11 −9 0%
 Romania 4 0 0 4 1 15 −14 0%
 Russia 5 0 0 5 1 15 −14 0%
 Slovakia 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0%
 Spain 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
 Turkey 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0%
 Ukraine 4 0 0 4 0 17 −17 0%
Total 118 3 11 104 32 326 −294 2.56%

Stadium[edit]

Andorra's home stadium, Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella

Andorra play home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, Aixovall, in the parish Sant Julià de Lòria, near the capital Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 and also hosts the matches of club sides FC Andorra, UE Sant Julia, FC Rànger's, FC Santa Coloma and FC Lusitanos.[14] Andorra have occasionally played "home" matches outside their borders. For example, Andorra hosted France and England in the 2000 European Championship, 2008 European Championship and 2010 World Cup qualifiers in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, which was the home of RCD Espanyol between 1997 and 2009.[15][16]

Reputation[edit]

Andorra's dismal record gives them a lowly reputation in world football. The nation has only won one competitive fixture, a 1–0 World Cup qualifying win against Macedonia. With the fourth smallest population of any UEFA country,[17] the talent pool is small. Players are predominantly amateurs because the Andorra domestic league is only part-time. In September 2011, Andorra were last in the FIFA World Rankings, tied for 203.[18][19] Since Andorra began playing in 1996 their average FIFA ranking is 163.[19]

Opponents anticipate easy wins in matches against Andorra and failure to win comfortably can reflect poorly on a team. In March 2007, coach Steve McClaren and his England team received abuse from supporters during a 3–0 win against the Andorrans. McClaren walked out of the post-match press conference after only two minutes of questions, saying, "Gentlemen, if you want to write whatever you want to write, you can write it because that is all I am going to say. Thank you."[20]

When interviewed at half time by ITV Sport after collecting his belated 1966 World Cup winners medal for England, Jimmy Greaves reckoned Andorra were poor to a level that he and his World Cup colleagues would have beaten them. Greaves was quoted asking "Have you ever seen a team this bad at Wembley?".[21]

Players and managers[edit]

In January 2006, the Andorran Football Association named Koldo, their goalkeeper from 1998 to 2009, as their greatest ever player.[22] During Andorra's 6–0 loss to England at Wembley Stadium, in a World Cup Qualifier in June 2009, Koldo received a standing ovation from England's fans after he was substituted in injury time.[23] They applauded him for his many saves to prevent a worse loss, and he also retired from international football after the match.[23]

Ildefons Lima is the only Andorran player to have scored more than three career goals for the team; he has seven goals. Óscar Sonejee's 97 appearances are the most for the Andorra national team. Koldo has the second-most with 78 caps between 1998 and 2009.[24]

Manuel Miluir was the first coach of the team and managed their first three matches of European Championship qualifying. He departed in 1999 to make way for David Rodrigo, whose first competitive match was a 2–0 European Championship qualifying defeat at home to Iceland on 27 March of that year. Rodrigo had been in charge of the team until February 2010, when it was announced that Koldo took over this role.[25] In September 2006 Rodrigo drew the ire of many when he reportedly told Israel captain Yossi Benayoun that Israel was a "nation of killers" and threatened to have Benayoun's legs broken.[26]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter - - - - - -
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Russia 2018 To be determined - - - - - -
Qatar 2022 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 0/20

European Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
1960 to 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 2016 TBD - - - - - -
Total 0/14

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called for the friendly match against Indonesia on 26 March 2014.[27]
Caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2014, after the match against Indonesia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Josep Gómes (1985-12-03) 3 December 1985 (age 28) 32 0 Spain Fortuna
1GK Ferran Pol (1983-02-28) 28 February 1983 (age 31) 10 0 Andorra Lusitanos
2DF Óscar Sonejee (Captain) (1976-03-26) 26 March 1976 (age 38) 97 4 Andorra Andorra
2DF Ildefons Lima (1979-12-10) 10 December 1979 (age 34) 86 7 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
2DF Marc Vales (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 24) 32 0 Spain Zaragoza B
2DF Emili García (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 25) 24 1 Spain Racing Lermeño
2DF Marc García (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 26) 19 0 Spain Cerdanyola
2DF Jordi Rubio (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 (age 26) 17 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma
2DF David Maneiro (1989-02-17) 17 February 1989 (age 25) 8 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma
3MF Marc Pujol (1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 32) 63 2 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
3MF Cristian Martínez (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 25) 25 1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
3MF Iván Lorenzo (1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 28) 18 0 Spain Alpicat
3MF Carlos Peppe (1983-01-28) 28 January 1983 (age 31) 15 0 Andorra Sant Julià
3MF Ludovic Clemente (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 28) 10 0 Andorra Andorra
3MF Xavier Vieira (1992-01-14) 14 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Spain Atlético Monzón
3MF Leonel Alves (1993-09-28) 28 September 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma
4FW Gabi Riera (1985-06-05) 5 June 1985 (age 29) 25 1 Andorra UE Santa Coloma
4FW Joan Toscano (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 30) 22 0 Andorra FC Santa Coloma

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the Andorra squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Iván Periánez (1978-01-05) 5 January 1978 (age 36) 0 0 Andorra Sant Julià v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013
DF Adrián Rodrigues (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 26) 9 0 Spain Salmantino v.  Moldova, 5 March 2014
DF Alexandre Martínez (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 27) 7 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013
MF Josep Ayala (1980-04-08) 8 April 1980 (age 34) 74 0 Andorra Andorra v.  Moldova, 5 March 2014
MF Márcio Vieira (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 29) 54 0 Spain Atlético Monzón v.  Moldova, 5 March 2014
MF Xavi Andorrà (1985-06-07) 7 June 1985 (age 29) 26 0 Andorra Andorra v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013
MF Víctor Moreira (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 31) 12 0 Andorra Lusitanos v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013
MF Luís Filipe Pinto (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Andorra Lusitanos v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013
FW Sergi Moreno (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 26) 49 0 Spain Almansa v.  Moldova, 5 March 2014
FW Sebastián Gómez (1983-11-01) 1 November 1983 (age 30) 23 0 Andorra Andorra v.  Moldova, 5 March 2014
FW Juli Sánchez (1978-06-20) 20 June 1978 (age 36) 64 2 Andorra FC Santa Coloma v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013
FW Fernando Silva (1977-05-16) 16 May 1977 (age 37) 52 2 Spain Monte Louro v.  Hungary, 15 October 2013

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 10 9 1 0 34 5 +29 28
 Romania 10 6 1 3 19 12 +7 19
 Hungary 10 5 2 3 21 20 +1 17
 Turkey 10 5 1 4 16 9 +7 16
 Estonia 10 2 1 7 6 20 −14 7
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 0 30 −30 0
  Andorra Estonia Hungary Netherlands Romania Turkey
Andorra  0–1 0–5 0–2 0–4 0–2
Estonia  2–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–2
Hungary  2–0 5–1 1–4 2–2 3–1
Netherlands  3–0 3–0 8–1 4–0 2–0
Romania  4–0 2–0 3–0 1–4 0–2
Turkey  5–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 0–1
  Team has qualified
  Team is assured of at least a play-off spot
  Team is assured of at least second place
  Team cannot qualify directly
  Team has no chance of qualifying

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Andorra 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Andorra Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Cyprus Israel Wales
Andorra  10 Oct '15 28 Mar '15 12 Jun '15 13 Oct '14 9 Sep '14
Belgium  10 Oct '14 3 Sep '15 28 Mar '15 13 Oct '15 16 Nov '14
Bosnia-Herzegovina  6 Sep '15 13 Oct '14 9 Sep '14 12 Jun '15 10 Oct '15
Cyprus  16 Nov '14 6 Sep '15 13 Oct '15 10 Oct '14 3 Sep '15
Israel  3 Sep '15 31 Mar '15 16 Nov '14 10 Oct '15 28 Mar '15
Wales  13 Oct '15 12 Jun '15 10 Oct '14 13 Oct '14 6 Sep '15


Legend
Group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team among all groups directly qualify for the finals
Remaining eight third-placed teams advance to the play-offs

International goals[edit]

Andorra has scored very few goals in competitive internationals (UEFA European Football Championship or FIFA World Cup matches), the list below is comprehensive.

No. Comp.[a] Date Opponent Scorer(s) Final Score[b]
1 ECQ 5 September 1998  Armenia Jesús Lucendo 1–3
2 ECQ 31 March 1999  Russia Emiliano González 1–6
3 ECQ 8 September 1999  Russia Justo Ruiz 1–2
4 WCQ 2 September 2000  Cyprus Emiliano González 2–3[c]
5 Ildefons Lima
6 WCQ 7 October 2000  Estonia Justo Ruiz 1–2
7 WCQ 25 April 2001  Republic of Ireland Ildefons Lima 1–3
8 WCQ 1 September 2001  Portugal Roberto Jonas 1–7
9 ECQ 16 October 2002  Bulgaria Antoni Lima 1–2
10 WCQ 8 September 2004  Romania Marc Pujol 1–5
11 WCQ 13 October 2004  Macedonia Marc Bernaus 1–0[d]
12 WCQ 26 March 2005  Armenia Fernando Silva 1–2
13 WCQ 4 June 2005  Czech Republic Gabriel Riera 1–8
14 ECQ 6 September 2006  Israel Juli Fernández 1–4
15 ECQ 22 August 2007  Estonia Fernando Silva 1–2
16 WCQ 10 September 2008  Belarus Marc Pujol 1–3
17 WCQ 6 June 2009  Belarus Ildefons Lima 1–5
18 WCQ 9 September 2009  Kazakhstan Óscar Sonejee 1–3
19 ECQ 7 September 2010  Republic of Ireland Cristian Martínez 1–3

a ECQ = UEFA European Football Championship qualification match, WCQ = FIFA World Cup qualification match
b The Andorra score is always listed first.
c The Andorra-Cyprus match in 2000 is the only game Andorra has scored two goals in any competitive match.
d The Andorra-Macedonia match in 2004 is the only competitive match Andorra has won.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Association information – Andorra". FIFA. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ "The Association – Andorra". UEFA. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Andorra – List of International Matches 1996–2002". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "European Championship 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "World Cup 2002 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  6. ^ a b "European Championship 2004". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Soccer: Andorra scores its first World Cup victory". The New York Times. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Macedonia's coach offers resignation". Associated Press (Sports Illustrated). 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "World Cup 2006 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  10. ^ a b c "European Championship 2008". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  11. ^ "General info – Andorra". UEFA. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  12. ^ a b "World Cup 2010 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  13. ^ "Euro 2012 qualifying tables". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  14. ^ "Estadi Comunal d Aixovall". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  15. ^ "European Championship 2008 detailed information". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  16. ^ "World Cup 2010 qualifications detailed information". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  17. ^ James Appell (8 September 2010). "It´s raining… apples?". The Football Ramble. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "FIFA current ranking". FIFA.com. 
  19. ^ a b "FIFA Rankings – Andorra". FIFA. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  20. ^ "McClaren appeals to England fans". BBC Sport. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  21. ^ Jim White (12 June 2009). "England v Andorra: Jimmy Greaves has a point, which is more than Andorra usually do". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "The UEFA Jubilee 52 Golden Players". rsssf. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  23. ^ a b Griffiths, Frank (2009-06-10). "Andorra loses 6–0 to England but prevents ridicule". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  24. ^ "Andorra – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  25. ^ "Álvarez assumes Andorra mantle". UEFA.com. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  26. ^ Ynetnews (English)
  27. ^ "Andorra vs. Indonesia 0 - 1". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

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