Liechtenstein national football team
|Association||Liechtenstein Football Association |
|Head coach||Rene Pauritsch|
|Most caps||Peter Jehle (132)|
|Top scorer||Mario Frick (16)|
|Home stadium||Rheinpark Stadion|
|Current||182 4 (25 October 2018)|
|Highest||118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)|
|Lowest||191 (July 2017)|
|Current||173 2 (20 November 2018)|
|Highest||150 (September 2011)|
|Lowest||184 (September 2004)|
| Liechtenstein 1–1 Malta |
(Daejeon, South Korea; 14 June 1981)
| 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 ever away win and its first win in any FIFA World Cup qualifier. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, with an 11–1 thrashing by Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.
- 1 History
- 2 Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 5 Manager history
- 6 Players
- 7 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
- 8 2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
- 9 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
- 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 after winning 2–1 against Azerbaijan in a 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 8 points.
In the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Liechtenstein beat Latvia through a solitary goal from Mario Frick. The result caused the Latvian manager to resign after the match. They repeated their heroics against Iceland managing to beat them 3–0 on 17 October 2007 for their second qualifying group win. On the 26 March 2008 Liechtenstein had an embarrassing 7–1 loss to fellow small nation in Europe, Malta. This was recorded as Malta's largest win.
The Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund voted Rainer Hasler to be their "Golden Player" — their best player over the last 50 years — to mark UEFA's golden jubilee.
In the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Liechtenstein were narrowly beaten 2–1 by Scotland in Hampden Park thanks to a goal by Stephen McManus in the seventh minute of additional time. They produced a shock 2–0 win at home against Lithuania; their goals were scored by Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino. In the following qualifying game they managed a scoreless draw away to Lithuania.
In 2018, Liechtenstein entered the first ever UEFA Nations League, in group 4 of league D. Their first Nations League match saw Armenia beat them 2-0 away. Liechtenstein were able to claim their first Nations League victory, beating Gibraltar 2-0.
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||5th, last (qualifying)||0||0||8||0||23|
|2006||6th out of 7 (qualifying)||2||2||8||13||23|
|2010||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||2||23|
|2014||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||4||25|
|2018||6th, last (qualifying)||0||0||10||1||39|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined||–||–||–||–||–|
|2026||To be determined||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||6th, last (qualifying)||1||1||8||2||39|
|2004||5th, last (qualifying)||0||1||7||2||22|
|2008||7th, last (qualifying)||2||1||9||9||32|
|2012||5th, last (qualifying)||1||1||6||3||17|
|2016||5th out of 6 (qualifying)||1||2||7||2||26|
|2020||To be determined||To be determined||–||–||–||–||–|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|14 December Friendly||Qatar||1–2||Liechtenstein||Doha, Qatar|
|17:30 AST||Ali 6'||Report||Salanovic 29'
Polverino 90' (pen.)
|Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium|
Referee: Ali Mahmoud (Kuwait)
|21 March Friendly||Liechtenstein||0–1||Andorra||La Línea de la Concepción, Spain|
|18:00 (UTC+1)||Report||Rebés 6'||Stadium: Estadio Municipal de La Línea de la Concepción|
Referee: Rohit Saggi (Norway)
|25 March Friendly||Faroe Islands||3–0||Liechtenstein||Marbella, Spain|
|18:00 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella|
Referee: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)
|6 September UEFA Nations League||Armenia||2–1||Liechtenstein||Yerevan, Armenia|
||Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium|
|9 September UEFA Nations League||Liechtenstein||2–0||Gibraltar||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
|13 October UEFA Nations League||Macedonia||4–1||Liechtenstein||Skopje, Macedonia|
||Stadium: Philip II Arena|
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
|16 October UEFA Nations League||Gibraltar||2–1||Liechtenstein||Gibraltar|
||Stadium: Victoria Stadium|
Referee: Vasilis Dimitriou (Cyprus)
|16 November UEFA Nations League||Liechtenstein||0–2||Macedonia||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)
|19 November UEFA Nations League||Liechtenstein||2–2||Armenia||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
- 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 players were called up for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D matches against Macedonia and Armenia on 16 and 19 November 2018 respectively.
Caps and goals are current as of 19 November 2018 after the match against Armenia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Benjamin Büchel||4 July 1989||21||0||Vaduz|
|GK||Thomas Hobi||20 June 1993||0||0||VfB Hohenems|
|GK||Lorenzo Lo Russo||8 July 1993||0||0||Linth 04|
|GK||Armando Majer||12 May 1999||0||0||Eschen/Mauren|
|DF||Daniel Kaufmann||22 December 1990||50||1||Balzers|
|DF||Sandro Wieser||3 February 1993||48||2||Vaduz|
|DF||Martin Rechsteiner||15 February 1989||39||0||Balzers|
|DF||Ivan Quintans||15 October 1989||31||0||Eschen/Mauren|
|DF||Maximilian Göppel||31 August 1997||21||1||Vaduz|
|DF||Daniel Brändle||23 January 1992||21||0||Pullach|
|DF||Andreas Malin||31 January 1994||12||0||Dornbirn|
|DF||Fabian Eberle||27 July 1992||7||0||Konolfingen|
|DF||Jens Hofer||1 October 1997||1||0||Münsingen|
|MF||Martin Büchel||19 February 1987||74||2||Zurich II|
|MF||Michele Polverino (Captain)||26 September 1984||71||6||Balzers|
|MF||Nicolas Hasler||4 May 1991||57||3||Chicago Fire|
|MF||Seyhan Yildiz||30 April 1989||32||1||Balzers|
|MF||Aron Sele||2 September 1996||12||0||Vaduz|
|MF||Mathias Sele||28 May 1992||6||0||Balzers|
|MF||Livio Meier||10 January 1998||6||0||Eschen/Mauren|
|MF||Marco Wolfinger||18 April 1989||0||0||Balzers|
|FW||Philippe Erne||14 December 1986||35||1||Balzers|
|FW||Dennis Salanović||26 February 1996||31||3||Thun|
|FW||Marcel Büchel||18 March 1991||14||1||Empoli|
The following players were called up in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Justin Ospelt||7 September 1999||0||0||Vaduz II||v. Gibraltar, 16 October 2018|
|GK||Peter Jehle RET||22 January 1982||132||0||Vaduz||v. Faroe Islands, 25 March 2018|
|GK||Claudio Majer||23 March 1996||0||0||Balzers||v. Andorra, 21 March 2018 PRE|
|DF||Robin Gubser||17 April 1991||31||1||Eschen/Mauren||v. Gibraltar, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Sandro Wolfinger||24 August 1991||26||2||Eschen/Mauren||v. Gibraltar, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Vinzenz Flatz||5 July 1994||3||0||Konolfingen||v. Gibraltar, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Philipp Ospelt||7 October 1992||4||0||Vaduz||v. Faroe Islands, 25 March 2018|
|MF||Fabio Wolfinger||11 May 1996||1||0||Ostermundigen||v. Andorra, 21 March 2018 PRE|
|FW||Niklas Kieber||4 March 1993||11||0||Eschen/Mauren||v. Gibraltar, 16 October 2018|
|FW||Simon Kühne||April 30, 1994||19||0||Eschen/Mauren||v. Gibraltar, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Franz Burgmeier RET||7 April 1982||112||9||Vaduz||v. Faroe Islands, 25 March 2018|
|FW||Ridvan Kardesoglu||October 12, 1996||0||0||Eschen/Mauren||v. Andorra, 21 March 2018 PRE|
- PRE = Preliminary squad
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
|1||Spain||10||9||1||0||36||3||+33||28||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||3–0||3–0||4–1||4–0||8–0|
|2||Italy||10||7||2||1||21||8||+13||23||Advance to second round||1–1||—||2–0||1–0||1–1||5–0|
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|
- 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.
2018–19 UEFA Nations League
|1||Macedonia (P)||6||5||0||1||14||5||+9||15||Promotion to League C||—||2–0||4–0||4–1|
- As of 19 November 2018
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.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
- Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Malta beat Liechtenstein 7-1". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- "Liechtenstein and Finland football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 9 September 2009". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- "Liechtenstein missing goal hero Philippe Erne". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- UEFA.com. "UEFA Nations League - Standings". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- "UEFA league D4".
- "Liechtenstein squad for Macedonia and Armenia UEFA Nations League matches" (PDF).
- Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.
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