Liechtenstein national football team
|Association||Liechtenstein Football Association
|Head coach||Rene Pauritsch|
|Most caps||Mario Frick (117)|
|Top scorer||Mario Frick (16)|
|Home stadium||Rheinpark Stadion|
|FIFA ranking||172 5 (18 September 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||118 (January 2008, July 2011, 21 September 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||167 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||150 (September 2011)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||184 (September 2004)|
| Liechtenstein 0–1 Switzerland "B"
(Balzers, Liechtenstein; 9 March 1982)
| Luxembourg 0–4 Liechtenstein
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
| Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia
(Eschen, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)
The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of the Principality of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a 1–1 draw in 1981. Their first official match came two years later, a 0–1 defeat from Switzerland. Liechtenstein's largest win, a 4–0 win over Luxembourg in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 13 October 2004, was both its first away win ever and its first win in any World Cup qualifier. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, with an 11–1 thrashing at the hands of Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.
The team's record in competitive games was so poor it prompted British writer Charlie Connelly to follow the entire qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As recorded in the subsequent book Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup, Liechtenstein lost all eight games without scoring a goal.
Liechtenstein is the only country ever to lose to UEFA's bottom-ranked national side San Marino, with a 1–0 loss in a friendly match on 28 April 2004.
- 1 History
- 2 Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations
- 3 World Cup record
- 4 European Championship record
- 5 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 6 Manager history
- 7 Current squad
- 8 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 9 2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
- 10 Player history
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Liechtenstein are only a relatively recent affiliate to FIFA, and did not participate in any qualifying series until the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers. There they managed to surprise the Republic of Ireland by holding them to a 0–0 draw on 3 June 1995. On 14 October 1998, they managed their first victory in a qualifying campaign by winning 2–1 against Azerbaijan in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying match.
Since then, the presence of Liechtenstein clubs in the Swiss league system and of a handful of professional players (most notably Mario Frick) has seen the side's competitiveness improve enormously, although his wife has divorced him since due to his extended time in the office with the national team captain. The Euro 2004 qualifiers saw Liechtenstein improve to the extent they restricted England to 2–0 wins. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers, however, brought even better results as two wins over Luxembourg and draws against both Slovakia and Portugal meant that Liechtenstein finished with 8 points.
In the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Liechtenstein beat Latvia through a solitary goal from Mario Frick. The result caused the Latvian manager to resign after the match. They repeated their heroics against Iceland managing to beat them 3–0 on 17 October 2007 for their second qualifying group win. On the 26 March 2008 Liechtenstein had an embarrassing 7–1 loss to fellow small nation in Europe, Malta. This was recorded as Malta's largest win.
The Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund voted Rainer Hasler to be their "Golden Player" — their best player over the last 50 years — to mark UEFA's golden jubilee.
In the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Liechtenstein were narrowly beaten 2–1 by Scotland in Hampden Park thanks to a goal by Stephen McManus in the seventh minute of additional time. They produced a shock 2–0 win at home against Lithuania; their goals were scored by Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino. In the following qualifying game they managed a scoreless draw away to Lithuania.
Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||1||3||0||14||-14|
World Cup record
|1930 to 1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||0||10||3||52|
|2002||Did not qualify||5th, last (qualifying)||0||0||8||0||23|
|2006||Did not qualify||6th out of 7 (qualifying)||2||2||8||13||23|
|2010||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||2||23|
|2014||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||4||25|
|2018||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-|
European Championship record
|1960 to 1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||1||9||1||40|
|2000||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||1||1||8||2||39|
|2004||Did not qualify||5th, last (qualifying)||0||1||7||2||22|
|2008||Did not qualify||7th, last (qualifying)||2||1||9||9||32|
|2012||Did not qualify||5th, last (qualifying)||1||1||6||3||17|
|2016||Qualifying begins in 2014||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|Friendly 5 March 2014||Georgia||2–0||Liechtenstein||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|18:00 UTC+04:00||Chanturia 25'
|Stadium: Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
Referee: Andris Treimanis, Latvia
|Friendly 21 May 2014||Liechtenstein||1–5||Belarus||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|19:00 UTC+2||Burgmeier 78' (pen.)||Gordeichuk 13'
Savitskiy 58', 67'
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (Luxembourg)
|Friendly 4 September 2014||Bosnia-Herzegovina||3–0||Liechtenstein||Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|17:00 UTC+1||Ibišević 2', 14'
|Stadium: Stadion Tušanj
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q 8 September 2014||Russia||4–0||Liechtenstein||Khimki, Russia|
|21:00 UTC+04:00||M. Büchel 4' (o.g.)
Burgmeier 50' (o.g.)
Kombarov 54' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Arena Khimki
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (Belgium)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q 9 October 2014||Liechtenstein||0–0||Montenegro||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 UTC+01:00||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q 12 October 2014||Sweden||2–0||Liechtenstein||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+01:00||Zengin 34'
|Report||Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q 15 November 2014||Moldova||–||Liechtenstein|
- Dietrich Weise (1994–1996)
- Alfred Riedl (1997–1998)
- Ralf Loose (1998–2003)
- Walter Hörmann (2003–2004)
- Martin Andermatt (2004–2006)
- Hans-Peter Zaugg (2006–2012)
- Rene Pauritsch (2012–)
The following 18-man squad was named for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro on 9 October and Sweden on 12 October 2014.
Caps and goals are current as of 12 October 2014 after the match against Sweden.
The following players were called up in the last 12 months.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
Most capped players
- Garin, Erik. "Liechtenstein - International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Liechtenstein missing goal hero Philippe Erne". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "Liechtenstein squad for Montenegro and Sweden qualifiers".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Liechtenstein national football team.|
- RSSSF archive of international results 1981-
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund
- Die Elf, documentary film about Liechtenstein national team