Andy Selva

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Andy Selva
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Personal information
Full name Andrea Selva
Date of birth (1976-05-25) 25 May 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
SP La Fiorita
Number 32
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Latina 26 (5)
1995–1996 Civita Castellana 31 (10)
1996–1998 Fano 32 (1)
1998–1999 Catanzaro 38 (7)
1999–2000 Tivoli 21 (15)
2000–2001 San Marino 29 (4)
2001–2002 Maceratese 5 (1)
2002 Grosseto (loan) 15 (2)
2002–2003 Bellaria 30 (22)
2003–2005 SPAL 51 (20)
2005–2006 Padova 20 (2)
2006–2009 Sassuolo 59 (23)
2009–2011 Verona 29 (8)
2011–2013 Fidene 32 (7)
2013 La Fiorita 3 (2)
2013–2014 Anziolavinio 6 (1)
2014– La Fiorita 39 (26)
National team
1997 San Marino U-21 1 (1)
1998– San Marino 74 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 February 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2015

Andrea "Andy" Selva (born 25 May 1976) is a San Marino international footballer who plays as a forward and captains both San Marino and Sammarinese club SP La Fiorita. He is San Marino's all-time top scorer with eight goals.

Club career[edit]

He began his career in 1994–95, playing in the Eccellenza with A.S. Latina, in which he scored five goals in 26 appearances. The following season, he produced 10 goals in 31 appearances in Civita Castellana in Serie D, before moving to Fano (Serie C2), where he remained until March 1998, he played 32 games with only one goal. In 1999, Selva played with another Serie C2 club, Catanzaro, making 40 appearances, scoring six goals.

Selva went back to the Eccellenza with Tivoli in 1999, which he scored 15 goals in 21 matches, while for the following season, he moved to San Marino, where he scored four goals in 26 appearances.[1] In the 2001–02 season playing in three different teams, he collected three appearances with San Marino, then five with Maceratese in Serie D, scoring a goal, and thus finishing the season in Serie D, with Grosseto (15 appearances and two goals). He scored 22 goals in 30 games for Bellaria in the following season.

In the summer of 2003, he transferred to SPAL where, in two seasons in Serie C1 he plays 51 games scoring 22 goals. In 2005–06, he moved to Padova (Serie C1), who sold him to Sassuolo after only scoring two goals in 20 games. With Sassuolo, he played two years in Serie C1 and played an important part in the historic breakthrough with a Serie B promotion, contributing decisively with 15 goals in and became the top scorer in Group A.[2]

In mid-2009, he left for Hellas Verona but was released after Verona were promoted to Serie B.

In July 2011, he trained with Santarcangelo.[3]

International career[edit]

Selva was born in Rome, Italy to an Italian father from Lazio and a Sammarinese mother,[4] which made him eligible to represent Italy or San Marino and chose for the latter.

He made his international debut on 9 September 1997 against Turkey U-21, and scored one goal for his team in 1–4 loss.

He is hailed as the greatest player in the current San Marino national side and one of the greatest in its history. He has appeared more than 60 times for the national team and scored eight goals, making him the leading goalscorer in the history of the team.[5] Until 2012, he was the only player to score more than one goal for San Marino.

On 28 April 2004, Selva became the first player ever to score a winning goal for San Marino when he netted the only goal in a 1–0 friendly win over Liechtenstein, which is the only win that San Marino have recorded to date, as well as one of three official matches where San Marino have kept a clean sheet.

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists San Marino's goals first[6]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 October 1998 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Austria 1–4 1–4 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2. 28 February 2001 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–10 1–10 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying
3. 6 June 2001 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Belgium 1–1 1–4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying
4. 28 April 2004 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Liechtenstein 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5. 30 March 2005 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Belgium 1–1 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
6. 4 June 2005 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–2 1–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
7. 17 October 2007 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Wales 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
8. 11 October 2008 Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle, San Marino  Slovakia 1–2 1–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ziarno wśród plew – Andy Selva". czasfutbolu.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Najlepszy pośród najgorszych – historia Andy'ego Selvy". piotrborkowski.worldpress.com (in Polish). Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Andy Selva si allenerà con il Santarcangelo". tuttolegapro.com (in Italian). Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Le schede di HellaStory – Andy Selva". hellastory.net (in Italian). Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "San Marino – Record International Players". rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "NFT Profile". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 

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