Football in Liechtenstein
One of the most popular sports in Liechtenstein is football.
National football team
- Main Article: Liechtenstein national football team
In the qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006, they achieved two victories and two draws (2–2 against Portugal and 0–0 Slovakia). In the qualification for the EURO 2008 they gained seven points in a tough group with Spain, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Latvia and Iceland.
Due to lack of active football teams, Liechtenstein is the only UEFA member nation not to have their own league and hence does not have any spots in the UEFA Champions League. Club sides play in the Swiss leagues, with FC Vaduz currently playing in the highest Swiss division. Between 1934 and 1937, beside the Swiss Football Association, the Liechtenstein's clubs were affiliates of St. Gallen Cantonal Football Association where they had a tournament of Liechtenstein's clubs only, that determinated the Liechtenstein's Champion. FC Triesen won the competition in 1934, 1935 and 1937. Since 1945, the tiny principality does have its own cup competition, the winners of which are guaranteed entry into the Europa League qualification.
Given their placement within the Swiss league system, it is perhaps unsurprising that FC Vaduz have become the dominant force within the Liechtenstein Football Cup, winning the last 15 of the last 16 competitions.
Liechtenstein's most well-known player of all time could arguably be Mario Frick; he holds the record for most appearances and goals scored for Liechtenstein, and also played in respectable football leagues around Europe.
There are seven football teams in Liechtenstein:
|FC Balzers||Sportplatz Rheinau||2,000|
|USV Eschen/Mauren||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren||2,000|
|FC Ruggell||Freizeitpark Widau||500|
|FC Schaan||Sportanlage Rheinwiese||1,500|
|FC Triesen||Sportanlage Blumenau||2,100|
|FC Triesenberg||Sportanlage Leitawies||800|
|FC Vaduz||Rheinpark Stadion||7,584|
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