Andorra national football team
|Nickname(s)||Tricolors (The Tricolours)|
|Association||Andorran Football Federation
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
|Head coach||Koldo Álvarez|
|Most caps||Óscar Sonejee (106)|
|Top scorer||Ildefonso Lima (10)|
|Home stadium||Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella|
|Current||203 (24 November 2016)|
|Highest||125 (September 2005)|
|Lowest||206 (December 2011)|
|Current||193 (12 October 2016)|
|Highest||171 (February 2005, September 2005)|
|Lowest||193 (September 2015 – present)|
| Andorra 1–6 Estonia
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 13 November 1996)
| Andorra 2–0 Belarus
(Aixovall, Andorra; 26 April 2000)
Andorra 2–0 Albania
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 17 April 2002)
| Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Croatia 7–0 Andorra
(Zagreb, Croatia; 7 October 2006)
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Kit suppliers
- 4 Reputation
- 5 Players and managers
- 6 Manager history
- 7 Player history
- 8 World Cup record
- 9 European Championship record
- 10 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 11 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
- 12 Recent results and fixtures
- 13 Andorra all-time record against all nations
- 14 Current squad
- 15 International goals
- 16 Notes
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Though the Andorran Football Federation formed in 1994, 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. The national team played its first match against Estonia in Andorra La Vella and lost 6–1.
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. The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals. Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties, and two of which were in the away matches. Andorra conceded 28 goals, and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.
For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, Andorra were drawn in a group with Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal. 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. They were again defeated by Estonia, this time 2–1. They lost all their matches and their only away goal was in a 3–1 loss against Ireland. Their worst defeat was 7–1 to Portugal on a neutral ground in Lleida, Spain. Andorra finished the campaign with no points and conceded 36 goals in ten matches.
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. 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.
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. After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game "a shameful outcome, a humiliation." Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland. This tournament has been the only one in which Andorra has scored points. In Euro 2008 qualifying, Andorra again lost every game. The closest game was against Russia, a 1–0 defeat on 21 November 2007, which helped Russia qualify at the expense of England. Their biggest defeat was a 7–0 loss to Croatia in Andorra La Vella, which is their worst defeat in UEFA competitions 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.
In 2010 World Cup qualifying they lost all ten matches. 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. 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. The 2014 World Cup qualifying was even more disastrous, Andorra losing all the matches, conceding 30 goals and not scoring.
At 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying, Andorra lost again all its ten games but scored four goals, its record in a qualifying group for a European Championship.
From 1996 until 2014 Andorra played their home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 and also hosts the matches of club sides FC Andorra and the Andorran Premier League. On 9 September 2014, the national team began playing at the new Estadi Nacional with a capacity of 3,306.
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.
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, and two exhibition games against Belarus (2–0) and Albania (2–0). All matches were played at home.
With the fourth smallest population of any UEFA country, until the admission of Gibraltar, the talent pool is small. Also Andorra is one of the youngest UEFA member association along with Kazakhastan, both founded in 1994. Players are predominantly amateurs because the Andorra domestic league is only part-time. Although, since Andorra began playing in 1996 their average FIFA ranking is 163.
Players and managers
Ildefons Lima and Óscar Sonejee are the only Andorran players to have scored more than three career goals for the team; Lima has ten goals and Sonejee 4. Lima is also the second-most capped player with 101 appearances. Óscar Sonejee's 106 appearances are the most for the Andorra national team.
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.
- Isidre Codina (1996)
- Manuel Miluir (1997–1999)
- David Rodrigo (1999–2009)
- Koldo Álvarez de Eulate (2010–)
Most capped players
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||0||0||10||5||36|
|2006||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||12||1||2||9||4||34|
|2010||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||0||0||10||3||39|
|2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||0||0||10||0||30|
|2018||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||0||0||3||1||9|
|2022||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
European Championship record
|European Championship record||Qualification record|
|1960 to 1996||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2000||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||0||0||10||3||28|
|2004||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||8||0||0||8||1||18|
|2008||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||12||0||0||12||2||42|
|2012||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||0||0||10||1||25|
|2016||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||0||0||10||4||36|
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
|1||Switzerland||4||4||0||0||9||3||+6||12||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2||Portugal||4||3||0||1||16||3||+13||9||Possible second round[a]|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
|1||Belgium||10||7||2||1||24||5||+19||23||Qualify for final tournament||—||0–0||3–1||3–1||5–0||6–0|
|3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||10||5||2||3||17||12||+5||17||Advance to play-offs||1–1||2–0||—||3–1||1–2||3–0|
Recent results and fixtures
|12 November 2015 Friendly||Andorra||0–1||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|Elliott 9'||Stadium: Estadi Nacional
|28 March 2016 Friendly||Andorra||0–1||Moldova||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|17:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
|26 May 2016 Friendly||Azerbaijan||0–0||Andorra||Bad Erlach, Austria|
|18:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Sportverein
|1 June 2016 Friendly||Estonia||2–0||Andorra||Tallinn, Estonia|
|19:00 (UTC+3)||Kruglov 24'
|Report||Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Referee: Sergejus Slyva (Lithuania)
|6 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Andorra||0–1||Latvia||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)
|Šabala 48'||Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)
|7 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Portugal||6–0||Andorra||Aveiro, Portugal|
|19:45 UTC+1||Ronaldo 2', 4', 47', 68'
A. Silva 86'
|Stadium: Estádio Municipal
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
|10 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Andorra||1–2||Switzerland||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45 UTC+2||A. Martínez 90+1'||Report (FIFA)
|Schär 19' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland)
|13 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Hungary||4–0||Andorra||Budapest, Hungary|
|18:00 UTC+1||Gera 34'
|Stadium: Groupama Arena
Referee: Christos Nicolaides (Cyprus)
|25 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Andorra||v||Faroe Islands||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|18:00 UTC+1||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadi Nacional
|9 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Andorra||v||Hungary||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadi Nacional
|31 August 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Switzerland||v||Andorra|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)
|3 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Faroe Islands||v||Andorra||Tórshavn, Faroe Islands|
|17:00 UTC+1||Report (FIFA)
|7 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Andorra||v||Portugal||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadi Nacional
|10 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B||Latvia||v||Andorra||Riga, Latvia|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Skonto Stadium
Andorra all-time record against all nations
- As of 8 October 2016
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0||6||−6||.000|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||0||4||2||11||−9||.000|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||.000|
° FIFA-unofficial match on February 19, 1998 between Andorra – Czech Republic (0–1) is not included.
Andorra manager Koldo Álvarez named a 24-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Hungary on November 13, 2016.
Caps and goals correct as of November 13, 2016, after the match against Hungary.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Josep Gómes||3 December 1985||38||0||Illescas|
|13||GK||Ferran Pol||28 February 1983||24||0||Andorra|
|5||DF||Emili García||11 January 1989||35||0||Andorra|
|23||DF||Jordi Rubio||1 November 1987||34||0||UE Santa Coloma|
|21||DF||Marc García||21 March 1988||33||0||Manlleu|
|15||DF||Moisés San Nicolás||17 September 1993||23||0||Lusitans|
|4||DF||Adri Rodrigues||14 August 1988||15||0||Quintanar del Rey|
|20||DF||Max Llovera||8 January 1997||9||0||Lleida Esportiu|
|19||DF||Jesús Rubio||9 September 1994||3||0||UE Santa Coloma|
|7||MF||Marc Pujol||21 August 1982||72||2||Andorra|
|8||MF||Márcio Vieira||10 October 1984||71||0||Atlético Monzón|
|3||MF||Marc Vales||4 April 1990||45||0||SJK|
|2||MF||Cristian Martínez||23 August 1989||42||1||Andorra|
|17||MF||Víctor Moreira||5 October 1982||18||0||Andorra|
|22||MF||Víctor Rodríguez||7 September 1987||15||0||FC Santa Coloma|
|11||MF||Jordi Aláez||23 January 1998||5||0||Andorra|
|9||FW||Juli Sánchez||20 June 1978||67||2||UE Santa Coloma|
|16||FW||Alexandre Martínez||10 October 1998||4||1||Andorra|
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|
|DF||Ildefons Lima||10 December 1979||103||10||FC Santa Coloma||v. Switzerland, 10 October 2016|
|DF||Marc Rebés||3 July 1994||8||0||FC Santa Coloma||v. Portugal, 7 October 2016|
|MF||Sergi Moreno||25 November 1987||55||0||Ontinyent||v. Latvia, 6 September 2016|
|MF||Josep Ayala||8 April 1980||83||1||UE Santa Coloma||v. Estonia, 1 June 2016|
|MF||Iván Lorenzo||15 April 1986||28||0||Benabarre||v. Estonia, 1 June 2016|
|MF||Carlos Peppe||28 January 1983||23||0||Andorra||v. Moldova, 28 March 2016|
|FW||Gabi Riera||5 June 1985||28||1||FC Santa Coloma||v. Switzerland, 10 October 2016|
|FW||Ludovic Clemente||9 May 1986||16||0||Andorra||v. Portugal, 7 October 2016|
|FW||Aarón Sánchez||5 June 1996||8||0||Andorra||v. Estonia, 1 June 2016|
|FW||Andreu Matos||1 December 1995||2||0||FC Santa Coloma||v. Estonia, 1 June 2016|
|FW||Carlos Gomes||18 October 1993||1||0||Sant Julià||v. Moldova, 28 March 2016|
RET: player retired from international football
INJ: player withdrewed due to injury
|1||ECQ||5 September 1998||Armenia||Jesús Lucendo (pen)||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]|
|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 (pen)||1–3|
|17||WCQ||6 June 2009||Belarus||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–5|
|18||WCQ||9 September 2009||Kazakhstan||Óscar Sonejee||1–3|
|19||ECQ||7 September 2010||Republic of Ireland||Cristian Martínez||1–3|
|20||ECQ||9 September 2014||Wales||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–2|
|21||ECQ||13 October 2014||Israel||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–4|
|22||ECQ||12 June 2015||Cyprus||Dossa Júnior (o.g.)||1–3|
|23||ECQ||10 October 2015||Belgium||Ildefons Lima (pen)||1–2|
|24||WCQ||10 October 2016||Switzerland||Àlex Martínez||1–2|
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.
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