Football in Moldova

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Football in Moldova
Sheriff Shadium.jpg
Home stadium of club Sheriff Tiraspol
CountryMoldova
Governing bodyMoldovan Football Federation
National team(s)men's national team
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

After gaining its independence from the USSR in 1992, Moldova became a member of FIFA in 1994. Football is the most popular sport in Moldova.[1][2]

In qualification for Euro 2004, Moldova beat Austria 1-0 and Belarus 2-1, but lost to the Netherlands 1-2.

In qualification for the World Cup in 2006, the best results were winning against Belarus 2-0 and two home draws against Scotland and Norway. They drew 2-2 against Bosnia and Herzegovina at home but surprisingly won 1-0 in the away game in the qualification for Euro 2008. In the same qualification, they beat Hungary 3-0 and also made a 1-1 draw against Turkey. In World Cup qualification for 2014, Moldova beat Montenegro on the latter's home ground by 5-2; a game that is regarded by many Moldovan supporters as the greatest football game played by the Moldovan national team.

History[edit]


Domestic Football[edit]

FC Sheriff Tiraspol is most successful Moldovan football team and has won the most championships.[3][4]

League system[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Moldovan National Division
8 clubs

↓↑ 1 club

2

Moldovan "A" Division
14 clubs

↓↑ 3 clubs

3

Moldovan "B" Division
23 clubs divided in 3 series, two of 8 clubs and one of 7 clubs

National team[edit]

The national team has limited international success and have never qualified for a European Championship or World Cup.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Enjoying a title-deciding match in Moldova for free". Wsc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ Sheehan, Patricia (13 March 2019). "Moldova". Marshall Cavendish. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Montague, James (19 August 2012). "Post-Soviet Transnistria's Soccer Team Dominates Moldovan League". Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ Walk, Liam (22 November 2016). "Across the Dniester: how football is bridging Moldova's cultural divide". Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ Hawks, Tony (6 September 2013). "England v Moldova: Roy Hodgson's side should have an easy task but spare a thought for the visitors". Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  6. ^ Wilson, Jonathan; Kimber, Jarrod; Rabiner, Igor; Miller, Nick; Macintosh, Iain (1 March 2016). "The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue Twenty". Blizzard Media Ltd. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via Google Books.

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