Liechtenstein national football team
|Association||Liechtenstein Football Association
|Head coach||Rene Pauritsch|
|Most caps||Mario Frick (125)|
|Top scorer||Mario Frick (16)|
|Home stadium||Rheinpark Stadion|
|Current||183 1 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)|
|Lowest||183 (October 2016)|
|Current||165 (9 September 2015)|
|Highest||150 (September 2011)|
|Lowest||184 (September 2004)|
| Liechtenstein 0–1 Switzerland "B"
(Balzers, Liechtenstein; 9 March 1982)
| Luxembourg 0–4 Liechtenstein
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
| 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations
- 3 World Cup record
- 4 European Championship record
- 5 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 6 Manager history
- 7 Current squad
- 8 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 9 2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
- 10 Player history
- 11 In literature
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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 on their 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. Only their 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campgains are the ones, when Liechtenstein failed to obtain at least a point.
Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||6||0||1||5||2||23||−21|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||1||3||0||14||−14|
World Cup record
|1930 to 1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||0||10||3||52|
|2002||Did not qualify||5th, last (qualifying)||0||0||8||0||23|
|2006||Did not qualify||6th out of 7 (qualifying)||2||2||8||13||23|
|2010||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||2||23|
|2014||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||4||25|
|2018||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-|
European Championship record
|1960 to 1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||0||1||9||1||40|
|2000||Did not qualify||6th, last (qualifying)||1||1||8||2||39|
|2004||Did not qualify||5th, last (qualifying)||0||1||7||2||22|
|2008||Did not qualify||7th, last (qualifying)||2||1||9||9||32|
|2012||Did not qualify||5th, last (qualifying)||1||1||6||3||17|
|2016||Did not qualify||5th out of 6 (qualifying)||1||2||7||2||26|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|23 March 2016 Friendly||Gibraltar||0–0||Liechtenstein||Gibraltar|
|Report||Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Referee: Ryan Stewart (Wales)
|28 March 2016 Friendly||Liechtenstein||2–3||Faroe Islands||Marbella, Spain|
|Stadium: Centro Deportivo Municipal de Marbella
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|6 June 2016 Friendly||Iceland||4–0||Liechtenstein||Reykjavik, Iceland|
|Kolbeinn Sigþórsson 10'
Birkir Már Sævarsson 20'
Alfreð Finnbogason 42'
Eiður Guðjohnsen 82'
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
|31 August 2016 Friendly||Denmark||5–0||Liechtenstein||Horsens, Denmark|
|N. Jørgensen 30', 33'
|Report||Stadium: CASA Arena
Referee: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (Iceland)
|5 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Spain||8–0||Liechtenstein||León, Spain|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Costa 10', 66'
Silva 59', 90+1'
Morata 82', 83'
|Report||Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
|6 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||0–2||Albania||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Jehle 12' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Tamás Bognar (Hungary)
|9 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Israel||2–1||Liechtenstein||Jerusalem, Israel|
|Hemed 4', 16'||Report (FIFA)
|Göppel 49'||Stadium: Teddy Stadium
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)
|12 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||v||Italy||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
|24 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Liechtenstein||v||Macedonia||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|19:45 GMT||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
|11 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Italy||v||Liechtenstein||TBD, Italy|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|2 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Albania||v||Liechtenstein|
|5 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||v||Spain||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
|6 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||v||Israel||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
|9 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Macedonia||v||Liechtenstein||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Report||Stadium: Philip II Arena
- Erich Bürzle (1990)
- Dietrich Weise (1990–1996)
- Alfred Riedl (1997–1998)
- Erich Bürzle (1998)
- Ralf Loose (1998–2003)
- Walter Hörmann (2003–2004)
- Martin Andermatt (2004–2006)
- Urs Meier (2006)
- Hans-Peter Zaugg (2006–2012)
- Rene Pauritsch (2013–)
The following 23-man squad was named for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Albania on October 6 and Israel on October 9, 2016.
Caps and goals are current as of 9 October 2016 after the match against Israel.
The following players were called up in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Claudio Majer||23 March 1996||0||0||Balzers||v. Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|DF||Pascal Foser||16 October 1992||1||0||Balzers||v. Spain, 5 September 2016|
|DF||Roman Spirig||22 June 1998||0||0||Dornbirn||v. Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|MF||Sandro Wolfinger||24 August 1991||13||1||Wolfratshausen||v. Spain, 5 September 2016|
|MF||Luca Ritter||29 October 1997||0||0||Eschen/Mauren||v. Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|MF||Livio Meier||10 January 1998||0||0||Balzers||v. Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|MF||Fabio Wolfinger||11 May 1996||0||0||FC Balzers||v. Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|FW||Niklas Kieber||4 March 1993||9||0||Eschen/Mauren||v. Spain, 5 September 2016|
|FW||Armando Heeb||25 September 1990||1||0||Balzers||v. Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|FW||Philipp Ospelt||7 October 1992||3||0||Vaduz II||v. Iceland, 6 June 2016|
- PRE = Preliminary squad
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
|1||Austria||10||9||1||0||22||5||+17||28||Qualify for final tournament||—||1–0||1–1||1–0||3–0||1–0|
|3||Sweden||10||5||3||2||15||9||+6||18||Advance to play-offs||1–4||1–1||—||3–1||2–0||2–0|
- Montenegro home match against Russia was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after match was abandoned after 67 minutes due to crowd violence and scuffle between players (caused by Dmitri Kombarov being hit by an object thrown from the Montenegrin sector). The original score was 0–0 and Russia missed a penalty moments before the match was abandoned. This was the second delay of the match as in the first minute, Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare, causing a 33-minute delay. Both teams were then charged by UEFA.
- As of 9 October 2016
Most capped players
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.
- Garin, Erik. "Liechtenstein – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Liechtenstein squad for Albania and Israel qualifiers" (PDF).
- "Russia given 3-0 win over Montenegro after suspended game". 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- "Montenegro v Russia abandoned (Telegraph)". 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "Montenegro v Russia abandoned (Daily Mail)". 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
- "MNE and RUS charged by UEFA". 30 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
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