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
Most caps Mario Frick (125)
Top scorer Mario Frick (16)
Home stadium Rheinpark Stadion
FIFA code LIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 182 Steady (15 September 2016)
Highest 118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest 182 (July–September 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 165 (9 September 2015)
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 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[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 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 0/20 2 6 42 22 146

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]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23-man squad was named for the friendly match against Denmark on 31 August 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Spain.[2]
Caps and goals are current as of 5 September 2016 after the match against Spain.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Peter Jehle (Captain) (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 34) 121 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 27) 11 0 England Oxford United
1GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers

2DF Yves Oehri (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 29) 50 0 Switzerland Young Fellows Juventus
2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 25) 38 1 Switzerland Chiasso
2DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 27) 28 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 27) 23 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 19) 3 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Mathias Sele (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
2DF Pascal Foser (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Liechtenstein Balzers

3MF Franz Burgmeier (1982-04-07) 7 April 1982 (age 34) 101 9 Liechtenstein Vaduz
3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 29) 62 2 Germany FC Unterföhring
3MF Michele Polverino (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 32) 56 5 Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona
3MF Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 25) 41 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
3MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 23) 35 1 England Reading
3MF Andreas Christen (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 27) 25 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 25) 13 1 Germany Wolfratshausen
3MF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 24) 12 0 Malta St. Andrews

4FW Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 25) 22 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 20) 15 0 Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona
4FW Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 22) 14 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
4FW Niklas Kieber (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 23) 9 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
4FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Italy Empoli

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 Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
GK Cengiz Biçer (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 28) 11 0 Turkey Göztepe II v.  Iceland, 6 June 2016 PRE

DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 26) 21 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Austria Dornbirn v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
DF Roman Spirig (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Austria Dornbirn v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
DF Olcay Gür (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Turkey Ankara Demirspor v.  Sweden, 9 October 2015 PRE

MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
MF Luca Ritter (1997-10-29) 29 October 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-05-11) 11 May 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Liechtenstein FC Balzers v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE

FW Armando Heeb (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Austria Altach v.  Denmark, 31 August 2016 PRE
FW Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 23) 3 0 Austria Wattens v.  Iceland, 6 June 2016
FW Mario Frick (1974-09-07) 7 September 1974 (age 42) 125 16 Retired v.  Austria, 12 October 2015

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. ^ Montenegro home match against Russia was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia[3] 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[4]). 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.[5] Both teams were then charged by UEFA.[6]

Player history[edit]

As of 5 September 2016

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garin, Erik. "Liechtenstein – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Liechtenstein squad for Denmark friendly and Spain qualifier" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Russia given 3-0 win over Montenegro after suspended game". 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Montenegro v Russia abandoned (Telegraph)". 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Montenegro v Russia abandoned (Daily Mail)". 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "MNE and RUS charged by UEFA". 30 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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