Liechtenstein national football team

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Liechtenstein
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Blues-Reds
Association Liechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Rene Pauritsch
Most caps Mario Frick / Martin Stocklasa (113)
Top scorer Mario Frick (16)
Home stadium Rheinpark Stadion
FIFA code LIE
FIFA ranking 162 Decrease 12
Highest FIFA ranking 118 (January 2008, July 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (May 1998)
Elo ranking 165
Highest Elo ranking 150 (September 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 184 (September 2004)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 0–1 Switzerland "B"  
(Balzers, Liechtenstein; 9 March 1982)[1]
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 0–4 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
Biggest defeat
Liechtenstein 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.

History[edit]

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. 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 2010 World Cup qualifiers Liechtenstein secured a scoreless draw against Azerbaijan and a 1–1 draw against Finland, finishing bottom of Group 4 on two points.

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.[2] They produced a shock 2–0 win at home against Lithuania; their goals were scored by Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino.[2] In the following qualifying game they managed a scoreless draw away to Lithuania.[2]

Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
1930 to 1994 Did not enter - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 3 52
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify 5th, last (qualifying) 0 0 8 0 23
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 6th out of 7 (qualifying) 2 2 8 13 23
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 23
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 4 25
Total 0/20 2 6 42 22 146

European Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
1960 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
England 1996 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 1 9 1 40
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 1 1 8 2 39
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 5th, last (qualifying) 0 1 7 2 22
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify 7th, last (qualifying) 2 1 9 9 32
PolandUkraine 2012 Did not qualify 5th, last (qualifying) 1 1 6 3 17
France 2016 Qualifying begins in 2014 - - - - - -
Total 0/14 4 5 39 17 150

Manager history[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23-man squad was named for the friendly against Belarus at Rheinpark Stadion on May 21, 2014.[3]
Caps and goals are current as of 21 May 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Peter Jehle (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 32) 105 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
1GK Cengiz Biçer (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 26) 8 0 Turkey Mersin İdmanyurdu
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 25) 6 0 England Bournemouth
2DF Franz Burgmeier (1982-04-07) 7 April 1982 (age 32) 84 8 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Yves Oehri (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 27) 44 0 Switzerland Young Fellows Juventus
2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 23) 22 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Olcay Gür (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Turkey Gaziantep BB
3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 27) 44 2 Germany Unterföhring
3MF Michele Polverino (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 29) 39 5 Austria Wolfsberg
3MF Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 23) 28 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
3MF Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 27) 22 1 Germany Pfullendorf
3MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 21) 21 0 Switzerland Aarau
3MF Andreas Christen (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 24) 12 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
3MF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
3MF Vinzenz Flatz (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Switzerland Young Boys
3MF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 22) 3 0 Switzerland Chur 97
3MF Burak Eris (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Switzerland Chur 97
3MF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Switzerland Bern 1894
4FW Mario Frick (1974-09-07) 7 September 1974 (age 39) 113 16 Liechtenstein Balzers
4FW Mathias Christen (1987-08-18) 18 August 1987 (age 26) 35 2 Liechtenstein Triesenberg
4FW Niklas Kieber (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
4FW Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Switzerland St. Gallen

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Domenico Macri (1986-03-14) 14 March 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Georgia, 5 March 2014
DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 24) 15 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Greece, 15 October 2013
DF Franz-Josef Vogt (1985-10-30) 30 October 1985 (age 28) 29 0 Switzerland Buchs v.  Lithuania, 10 September 2013
MF Lucas Eberle (1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 23) 12 0 Liechtenstein Triesenberg v.  Georgia, 5 March 2014
FW Thomas Beck (1981-02-21) 21 February 1981 (age 33) 92 5 Austria Hard v.  Estonia, 19 November 2013
FW David Hasler (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 24) 28 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Estonia, 19 November 2013

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 8 1 1 30 6 +24 25
 Greece 10 8 1 1 12 4 +8 25
 Slovakia 10 3 4 3 11 10 +1 13
 Lithuania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Latvia 10 2 2 6 10 20 −10 8
 Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 4 25 −21 2
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Slovakia
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–1 4–1 4–1 3–0 0–1
Greece  0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
Latvia  0–5 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–2
Liechtenstein  1–8 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Lithuania  0–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1
Slovakia  1–2 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1
  Team has qualified
  Team is assured of at least a play-off spot

Player history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garin, Erik. "Liechtenstein - International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Liechtenstein missing goal hero Philippe Erne". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Liechtenstein squad for Belarus friendly". 

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