Football in Liechtenstein
|Football in Liechtenstein|
|Governing body||Liechtenstein Football Association|
|National team||men's national team|
One of the most popular sports in Liechtenstein is football.
National football team
In the qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006, they achieved two victories and two draws (2–2 against Portugal and 0–0 Slovakia). In the qualification for the EURO 2008 they gained seven points in a tough group with Spain, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Latvia and Iceland.
Due to lack of active football teams, Liechtenstein is the only UEFA member nation not to have their own league and hence does not have any spots in the UEFA Champions League. Club sides play in the Swiss leagues, with FC Vaduz currently playing in the highest Swiss division. Between 1934 and 1937, beside the Swiss Football Association, Liechtenstein's clubs were affiliates of St. Gallen Cantonal Football Association, where they had a tournament of Liechtenstein's clubs only, that determined the Liechtenstein's Champion. FC Triesen won the competition in 1934, 1935 and 1937. Since 1945, the tiny principality has had its own cup competition, the winners of which are guaranteed entry into the Europa League qualification.
Mario Frick holds the record for most appearances and goals scored for Liechtenstein, and also played in football leagues around Europe.
However, it's still possible for the teams in Liechtenstein to participate the UEFA Champions League, but there is only one way in the current system. For example:
- The Liechtenstein Football Cup champion wins the 2016–17[nb 1] UEFA Europa League.
- Then, the team enters the 2017–18[nb 1] UEFA Champions League.
- For the example.
There are seven football teams in Liechtenstein:
|FC Balzers||Sportplatz Rheinau||2,000|
|USV Eschen/Mauren||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren||2,000|
|FC Ruggell||Freizeitpark Widau||500|
|FC Schaan||Sportanlage Rheinwiese||1,500|
|FC Triesen||Sportanlage Blumenau||2,100|
|FC Triesenberg||Sportanlage Leitawies||800|
|FC Vaduz||Rheinpark Stadion||7,584|
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