Moldova national football team

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Moldova
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ion Caras
Asst coach Ion Testemițanu
Captain Alexandru Epureanu
Most caps Radu Rebeja (74)
Top scorer Serghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadium Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA code MDA
FIFA ranking 1 Decrease 3 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 37 (April 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 149 (May 1994)
Elo ranking 104
Highest Elo ranking 1 (February 2008)
Lowest Elo ranking 2 (October/November 2002)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Moldova Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldova; July 2, 1991)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; August 18, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova Moldova
(Gothenburg, Sweden; June 6, 2001)

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei) represents Moldova in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Moldova, the governing body for football in Moldova. Moldova's home ground is Zimbru Stadium in Chișinău and their head coach is Ion Caras. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Georgia on July 2, 1991.

Two of their three best results in the 1990s years, came during the qualifiers for Euro 96, with wins over Georgia (1–0) in Tbilisi and Wales (3–2) in Chișinău. In 2007 Moldova obtained a very good resultat beating Hungary with 3−0, at Chișinău, in Euro 2008 qualifiers. Their best recent result was a 5-2 win over Montenegro during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The team has never qualified for the final stages of the European Championship or the FIFA World Cup.

Following Moldova's 4–0 defeat to England in September 1997 the British writer and comedian Tony Hawks travelled to Moldova to challenge and beat all 11 Moldovan international footballers at tennis. The feature film version of the book of the same name, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, was filmed in and around Chișinău in May and June 2010 and was released in the spring of 2012.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930–1938 Part of  Romania
1950–1990 Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Did Not Enter
France 1998 Did Not Qualify
Japan South Korea 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960–1992 Part of  Soviet Union
England 1996 Did Not Qualify
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016 To Be Determined
Total 0/14

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 10 9 0 1 37 8 +29 27
 Sweden 10 8 0 2 31 11 +20 24
 Hungary 10 6 1 3 22 14 +8 19
 Finland 10 3 1 6 16 16 0 10
 Moldova 10 3 0 7 12 16 −4 9
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 0 53 −53 0
  Finland Hungary Moldova Netherlands San Marino Sweden
Finland  1–2 4–1 0–2 8–0 1–2
Hungary  0–0 2–1 0–4 8–0 2–1
Moldova  2–0 0–2 0–1 4–0 1–4
Netherlands  2–1 5–3 1–0 11–0 4–1
San Marino  0–1 0–3 0–2 0–5 0–5
Sweden  5–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 6–0


2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 10 6 4 0 31 4 +27 22
 Ukraine 10 6 3 1 28 4 +24 21
 Montenegro 10 4 3 3 18 17 +1 15
 Poland 10 3 4 3 18 12 +6 13
 Moldova 10 3 2 5 12 17 −5 11
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 54 −53 0
  England Moldova Montenegro Poland San Marino Ukraine
England  4–0 4–1 2–0 5–0 1–1
Moldova  0–5 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–0
Montenegro  1–1 2–5 2–2 3–0 0–4
Poland  1–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 1–3
San Marino  0–8 0–2 0–6 1–5 0–8
Ukraine  0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 9–0


UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[edit]


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Liechtenstein 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Austria Liechtenstein Moldova Montenegro Russia Sweden
Austria  12 Oct '15 5 Sep '15 12 Oct '14 15 Nov '14 8 Sep '14
Liechtenstein  27 Mar '15 14 Jun '15 9 Oct '14 8 Sep '15 9 Oct '15
Moldova  9 Oct '14 15 Nov '14 8 Sep '15 9 Oct '15 27 Mar '15
Montenegro  9 Oct '15 5 Sep '15 8 Sep '14 27 Mar '15 15 Nov '14
Russia  14 Jun '15 8 Sep '14 12 Oct '14 12 Oct '15 5 Sep '15
Sweden  8 Sep '15 12 Oct '14 12 Oct '15 14 Jun '15 9 Oct '14



Matches[edit]

2014[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a friendly match against Cameroon on 7 June 2014.[1]
Caps and goals are correct as of 7 June 2014 after the game against Cameroon.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 27) 38 0 Azerbaijan AZAL
12 1GK Nicolae Calancea (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 27) 13 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
2 2DF Ștefan Burghiu (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
3 2DF Alexandru Leu (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău
4 2DF Andrian Caşcaval (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 26) 3 0 Moldova Veris Chișinău
5 2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 23) 8 1 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
6 2DF Iulian Erhan (1986-07-01) 1 July 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
7 3MF Serghei Gheorghiev (1991-10-20) 20 October 1991 (age 22) 14 0 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol
8 3MF Oleg Clonin (1988-02-04) 4 February 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău
9 3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 25) 15 2 Moldova Veris Chișinău
10 3MF Anatol Cheptine (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
11 3MF Maxim Antoniuc (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Moldova Veris Chișinău
14 3MF Alexandru Vremea (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
18 3MF Artur Pătraș (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 25) 17 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
13 4FW Mihai Țurcan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Moldova Veris Chișinău
16 4FW Andrei Bugneac (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Moldova Costuleni
17 4FW Vladislav Ivanov (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Moldova Costuleni
22 4FW Eugen Sidorenco (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 25) 20 7 Russia Khimik Dzerzhinsk

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Artiom Gaiduchevici (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 27) 7 0 Moldova Veris Chișinău v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
GK Ilie Cebanu (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 27) 6 0 Russia Mordovia Saransk v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
GK Andrian Negai (1985-01-28) 28 January 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 31) 16 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol UAE training camp, January 2014
GK Nicolae Calancea (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 27) 13 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău UAE training camp, January 2014
DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-07) 7 September 1986 (age 27) 58 7 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
DF Victor Golovatenco (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 30) 57 2 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 27) 33 2 Russia Kuban Krasnodar v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 27) 25 1 Moldova Veris Chișinău v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
DF Ştefan Burghiu (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Andorra, 5 March 2014
DF Sergiu Cojocari (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Moldova Veris Chișinău v.  Andorra, 5 March 2014
DF Denis Rassulov (1990-01-02) 2 January 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
DF Simeon Bulgaru (1985-05-26) 26 May 1985 (age 29) 24 1 Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod UAE training camp, January 2014
DF Anatolie Boeştean (1985-03-26) 26 March 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Moldova Tiraspol UAE training camp, January 2014
DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 27) 12 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2013
MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 30) 40 2 Russia Rostov v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 29) 38 0 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 25) 18 1 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 23) 13 2 Italy Verona v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
MF Daniel Pîslă (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Moldova Tiraspol v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
MF Alexandru Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 27) 49 5 Russia Mordovia Saransk v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
MF Alexandru Pașcenco (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Armenia Ararat Yerevan v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
MF Gheorghe Andronic (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 22) 3 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
MF Valentin Furdui (1987-09-01) 1 September 1987 (age 26) 0 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 27) 8 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent UAE training camp, January 2014
MF Alexandru Onica (1984-07-25) 25 July 1984 (age 30) 18 0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona v.  England, 6 September 2013
MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Ukraine Dynamo-2 Kyiv v.  Andorra, 14 August 2013
FW Igor Picușceac (1983-03-27) 27 March 1983 (age 31) 40 2 Russia Amkar Perm v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
FW Serghei Alexeev (1986-05-31) 31 May 1986 (age 28) 20 5 Moldova Veris Chișinău v.  Canada, 27 May 2014
FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 22) 4 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Andorra, 5 March 2014
FW Victor Gonţa (1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Moldova Veris Chișinău v.  Andorra, 5 March 2014
FW Viorel Frunză (1979-12-06) 6 December 1979 (age 34) 37 8 Moldova Veris Chișinău v.  Poland, 20 January 2014
FW Igor Bugaiov (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 30) 42 7 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay UAE training camp, January 2014
FW Gheorghe Boghiu (1981-02-26) 26 February 1981 (age 33) 1 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei UAE training camp, January 2014
FW Petru Leucă (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei UAE training camp, January 2014
FW Vadim Crîcimari (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Russia Tosno v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2013
FW Anatolie Doroș (1983-03-21) 21 March 1983 (age 31) 28 3 Moldova Rapid Ghidighici v.  San Marino, 11 October 2013

Player history[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Cameroon on 7 June 2014.

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Appearances
1 Radu Rebeja 74
2 Serghei Cleșcenco 69
3 Alexandru Epureanu 61
4 Victor Golovatenco 59
5 Ion Testemițanu 56
6 Valeriu Catinsus 55
7 Serghei Rogaciov 52
8 Alexandru Suvorov 49
9 Serghei Epureanu 47
10 Serghei Stroenco 46

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Serghei Cleșcenco 11
2 Serghei Rogaciov 9
3 Sergiu Dadu 8
Iurie Miterev 8
5 Igor Bugaiov 7
Alexandr Suvorov 7
Viorel Frunză 7
Alexandru Epureanu 7
Eugen Sidorenco 7
10 Serghei Alexandrov 5
Ion Testemițanu 5
Serghei Alexeev 5

Clean Sheets[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Evgheni Hmaruc 11
2 Stanislav Namașco 10
3 Vasile Coșelev 6
Serghei Dinov 6
5 Artiom Gaiduchevici 4
6 Denis Romanenco 3
Nicolae Calancea 3
8 Ilie Cebanu 2
9 Alexei Jmurco 1
Alexandru Melenciuc 1

Moldova all-time record against all nations[edit]

Last match updated was against  Cameroon on 7 June 2014.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Albania 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 0%
 Andorra 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 66.67%
 Armenia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 25%
 Austria 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 50%
 Azerbaijan 8 3 4 1 7 4 +3 37.5%
 Belarus 7 2 2 3 7 10 -3 28.57%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50%
 Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 0%
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0%
 Canada 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
 Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100%
 Croatia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
 Cyprus 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0%
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 0 7 -7 0%
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0%
 England 4 0 0 4 0 16 -16 0%
 Estonia 5 1 1 3 1 3 -2 20%
 Finland 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 25%
 Georgia 10 4 2 4 11 14 -3 40%
 Germany 4 0 0 4 3 18 -15 0%
 Greece 5 0 1 4 2 9 -7 0%
 Hungary 7 1 2 4 6 10 -4 14.29%
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Iraq 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
 Israel 5 0 2 3 3 7 -4 0%
 Italy 4 0 0 4 2 9 -7 0%
 Jordan 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 50%
 Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 66.67%
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Latvia 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 33.33%
 Lithuania 8 2 4 2 9 11 -2 25%
 Luxembourg 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 33.33%
 Macedonia 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 0%
 Malta 6 3 2 1 7 6 +1 50%
 Montenegro 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 50%
 Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 9 -8 0%
 Northern Ireland 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0%
 Norway 4 0 1 4 1 6 -5 0%
 Pakistan 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Poland 6 0 1 5 2 10 -8 0%
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0%
 Romania 4 0 1 3 2 10 -8 0%
 Russia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 San Marino 5 5 0 0 12 0 +12 100%
 Scotland 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 0%
 Slovakia 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 33.33%
 Slovenia 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0%
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Sweden 5 0 0 5 3 16 -13 0%
  Switzerland 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0%
 Turkey 8 0 2 6 2 18 -16 0%
 Ukraine 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 0%
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0%
 United States 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 0%
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0%
 Wales 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 50%
Total 183 41 43 99 164 296 -132 22.4%

Managers[edit]

[2]

Period Coach Played Win Drawn Loss  % Won
1991–1992 Moldova Ion Caras 2 0 1 1 0%
1992 Russia Eugen Piunovschi 5 3 0 2 60%
1992–1997 Moldova Ion Caras 27 5 3 19 18.52%
1998–1999 Moldova Ivan Danilianț 14 2 7 5 14.29%
1999–2001 Moldova Alexandru Mațiura 17 4 4 9 23.53%
2001 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon 4 1 0 3 25%
2002–2006 Ukraine Viktor Pasulko 35 7 8 20 20%
2006–2007 Moldova Anatol Teslev 6 1 2 3 16.67%
2007–2009 Russia Igor Dobrovolski 30 7 9 14 23.33%
2010–2011 Romania Gavril Balint 18 5 2 11 27.78%
2012–Present Moldova Ion Caras 25 6 7 12 24%

Sports kits and sponsorships[edit]

Team kit prior to Mar. 2006 – Diadora

On 5 April 2007, Moldova debuted a new Jako kit. This replaced the Jako home kit with a blue base and the traditional Jako styles which was used in 2007. Prior to March 2007 Moldova wore a Diadora kit.

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