Liechtenstein national football team

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Liechtenstein
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Blues-Reds
Association Liechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Rene Pauritsch
Captain Peter Jehle
Most caps Peter Jehle (128)
Top scorer Mario Frick (16)
Home stadium Rheinpark Stadion
FIFA code LIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 187 Increase 3 (14 September 2017)
Highest 118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest 191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 172 (28 May 2017)
Highest 150 (September 2011)
Lowest 184 (September 2004)
First international
 Liechtenstein 0–1 Switzerland "B"  
(Balzers, Liechtenstein; 9 March 1982)[1]
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 0–4 Liechtenstein 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia 
(Eschen, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)

The Liechtenstein national football team (German: Liechtensteinische Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the national football team of the Principality of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a 1–1 draw in 1981. Their first official match came two years later, a 0–1 defeat from Switzerland. Liechtenstein's largest win, a 4–0 win over Luxembourg in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 13 October 2004, was both its first away win ever and its first win in any World Cup qualifier. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, with an 11–1 thrashing at the hands of Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.

History[edit]

Liechtenstein are only a relatively recent affiliate to FIFA, and did not participate in any qualifying series until the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers. There they managed to surprise the Republic of Ireland by holding them to a 0–0 draw on 3 June 1995. On 14 October 1998, they managed their first victory in a qualifying campaign by winning 2–1 against Azerbaijan in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying match.

Since then, the presence of Liechtenstein clubs in the Swiss league system and of a handful of professional players (most notably Mario Frick) has seen the side's competitiveness improve enormously. The Euro 2004 qualifiers saw Liechtenstein improve to the extent they restricted England to 2–0 wins. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers, however, brought even better results as two wins over Luxembourg and draws against both Slovakia and Portugal meant that Liechtenstein finished with eight points.

From their qualifying campaigns, the one that they received the most points was their 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. Only their 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns are ones, during which Liechtenstein failed to obtain at least a point.

Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
1930 to 1994 Did not enter - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 3 52
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 5th, last (qualifying) 0 0 8 0 23
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 6th out of 7 (qualifying) 2 2 8 13 23
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 23
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 4 25
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 6 1 24
Total 0/21 2 6 48 23 170

European Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
1960 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
England 1996 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 1 9 1 40
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 1 1 8 2 39
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 5th, last (qualifying) 0 1 7 2 22
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify 7th, last (qualifying) 2 1 9 9 32
PolandUkraine 2012 Did not qualify 5th, last (qualifying) 1 1 6 3 17
France 2016 Did not qualify 5th out of 6 (qualifying) 1 2 7 2 26
Total 0/15 5 7 46 19 176

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Manager history[edit]

Rene Pauritsch, the team manager since 2013.

Current squad[edit]

The following 25-man squad was named for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches against Albania on September 2, 2017 and Spain on September 5, 2017.[2]
Caps and goals are current as of 5 September 2017 after the match against Spain.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Peter Jehle (Captain) (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 35) 128 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
12 1GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
21 1GK Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers

4 2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 26) 43 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
15 2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 28) 25 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
8 2DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 27) 24 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3 2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 20) 10 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
6 2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Austria Dornbirn
17 2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Switzerland Düdingen

11 3MF Franz Burgmeier (1982-04-07) 7 April 1982 (age 35) 109 9 Liechtenstein Vaduz
13 3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 30) 69 2 Germany FC Unterföhring
23 3MF Michele Polverino (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 32) 61 5 Liechtenstein Balzers
18 3MF Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 26) 48 2 Canada Toronto FC
10 3MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 24) 40 1 Belgium Roeselare
20 3MF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 26) 17 1 Germany Wolfratshausen
2 3MF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 25) 16 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
16 3MF Mathias Sele (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 25) 4 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
22 3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
8 3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
23 3MF Luca Ritter (1997-10-29) 29 October 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
7 3MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-05-11) 11 May 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Switzerland Langenthal

14 4FW Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 30) 26 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
19 4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 21) 23 0 Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona
4FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 26) 10 0 Italy Verona
22 4FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 19) 6 0 Italy Perugia

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 28) 12 0 Unattached v.  Italy, 11 June 2017
GK Cengiz Biçer (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 29) 11 0 Turkey Kastamonuspor v.  Italy, 12 November 2016

DF Yves Oehri (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 30) 53 0 Switzerland Young Fellows Juventus v.  Italy, 11 June 2017
DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 28) 34 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Italy, 11 June 2017
DF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 26) 27 1 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Italy, 11 June 2017
DF Pascal Foser (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Liechtenstein Triesenberg v.  Italy, 11 June 2017

MF Andreas Christen (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 28) 27 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Italy, 12 November 2016

FW Niklas Kieber (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 24) 9 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Macedonia, 24 March 2017
FW Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 23) 16 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Italy, 12 November 2016

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 8 1 1 30 6 +24 25
 Greece 10 8 1 1 12 4 +8 25
 Slovakia 10 3 4 3 11 10 +1 13
 Lithuania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Latvia 10 2 2 6 10 20 −10 8
 Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 4 25 −21 2
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Slovakia
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–1 4–1 4–1 3–0 0–1
Greece  0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
Latvia  0–5 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–2
Liechtenstein  1–8 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Lithuania  0–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1
Slovakia  1–2 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1
  Team has qualified
  Team is assured of at least a play-off spot

2016 UEFA European Championship qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Austria Russia Sweden Montenegro Liechtenstein Moldova
1  Austria 10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
2  Russia 10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1
3  Sweden 10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18 Advance to play-offs 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0
4  Montenegro 10 3 2 5 10 13 −3 11 2–3 0–3[a] 1–1 2–0 2–0
5  Liechtenstein 10 1 2 7 2 26 −24 5 0–5 0–7 0–2 0–0 1–1
6  Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 16 −12 2 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Montenegro v Russia match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after being abandoned at 0–0 due to crowd violence and a scuffle between players.

Player history[edit]

As of 5 September 2017

In literature[edit]

Prompted by the team's poor record in competitive games, British writer Charlie Connelly followed the entire qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As recorded in the subsequent book Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup, Liechtenstein lost all eight games without scoring a goal.

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