Liechtenstein national football team

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Liechtenstein
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Blues-Reds
AssociationLiechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRene Pauritsch
CaptainMichele Polverino
Most capsPeter Jehle (132)
Top scorerMario Frick (16)
Home stadiumRheinpark Stadion
FIFA codeLIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current182 Decrease 4 (25 October 2018)[1]
Highest118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current174 Decrease 3 (18 November 2018)[2]
Highest150 (September 2011)
Lowest184 (September 2004)
First international
 Liechtenstein 1–1 Malta 
(Daejeon, South Korea; 14 June 1981)
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 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.

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 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.[3]

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 2010 World Cup qualifiers Liechtenstein secured a scoreless draw against Azerbaijan and a 1–1 draw against Finland, finishing bottom of Group 4 on two points.[4]

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.[5] They produced a shock 2–0 win at home against Lithuania; their goals were scored by Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino.[5] In the following qualifying game they managed a scoreless draw away to Lithuania.[5]

In 2018, Liechtenstein entered the first ever UEFA Nations League, in group 4 of league D.[6] Their first Nations League match saw Armenia beat them 2-0 away. Liechtenstein were able to claim their first Nations League victory, beatingGibraltar 2-0.[7]

Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 3 52
South Korea Japan 2002 5th, last (qualifying) 0 0 8 0 23
Germany 2006 6th out of 7 (qualifying) 2 2 8 13 23
South Africa 2010 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 23
Brazil 2014 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 4 25
Russia 2018 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 1 39
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 2 6 52 23 184

European Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Did not enter
England 1996 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 1 9 1 40
Belgium Netherlands 2000 6th, last (qualifying) 1 1 8 2 39
Portugal 2004 5th, last (qualifying) 0 1 7 2 22
Austria Switzerland 2008 7th, last (qualifying) 2 1 9 9 32
Poland Ukraine 2012 5th, last (qualifying) 1 1 6 3 17
France 2016 5th out of 6 (qualifying) 1 2 7 2 26
Europe 2020 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/15 5 7 46 19 176

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Manager history[edit]

Rene Pauritsch, the team manager since 2013.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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.[8]
Caps and goals are current as of 16 November 2018 after the match against Macedonia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 29) 20 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
1GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Austria VfB Hohenems
1GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Switzerland Linth 04

2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 27) 50 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 25) 48 2 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 29) 38 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 29) 30 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 21) 20 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 26) 20 0 Germany Pullach
2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 24) 12 0 Austria Dornbirn
2DF Fabian Eberle (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 26) 6 0 Switzerland Konolfingen
2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Switzerland Düdingen

3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 31) 73 2 Switzerland Zurich II
3MF Michele Polverino (Captain) (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 34) 70 6 Liechtenstein Balzers
3MF Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 27) 56 2 United States Chicago Fire
3MF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 29) 32 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 22) 11 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
3MF Mathias Sele (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 26) 6 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Marco Wolfinger (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers

4FW Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 31) 35 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 22) 30 3 Switzerland Thun
4FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 27) 13 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 Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz II v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018
GK Peter Jehle RET (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 36) 132 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2018
GK Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Andorra, 21 March 2018 PRE

DF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 27) 31 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018
DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 26 2 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018
DF Vinzenz Flatz (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Switzerland Konolfingen v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

MF Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2018
MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-05-11) 11 May 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Switzerland Ostermundigen v.  Andorra, 21 March 2018 PRE

FW Niklas Kieber (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 25) 11 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018
FW Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 24) 19 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Gibraltar, 9 September 2018
FW Franz Burgmeier RET (1982-04-07) 7 April 1982 (age 36) 112 9 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2018
FW Ridvan Kardesoglu (1996-10-12) October 12, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Andorra, 21 March 2018 PRE

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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
3  Albania 10 4 1 5 10 13 −3 13 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
4  Israel 10 4 0 6 10 15 −5 12 0–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–1
5  Macedonia 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 39 −38 0 0–8 0–4 0–2 0–1 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

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.

2018–19 UEFA Nations League[edit]

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Republic of Macedonia Armenia Gibraltar Liechtenstein
1  Macedonia 5 4 0 1 10 5 +5 12 Promotion to League C 2–0 19 Nov 4–1
2  Armenia 5 3 0 2 12 6 +6 9 4–0 0–1 2–1
3  Gibraltar (Y) 5 2 0 3 5 11 −6 6 0–2 2–6 2–1
4  Liechtenstein (Y) 5 1 0 4 5 10 −5 3 0–2 19 Nov 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(Y) Cannot be promoted.

Player history[edit]

As of 18 November 2018

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.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Malta beat Liechtenstein 7-1". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  4. ^ "Liechtenstein and Finland football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 9 September 2009". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  5. ^ a b c "Liechtenstein missing goal hero Philippe Erne". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. ^ UEFA.com. "UEFA Nations League - Standings". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ "UEFA league D4".
  8. ^ "Liechtenstein squad for Macedonia and Armenia UEFA Nations League matches" (PDF).
  9. ^ Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.

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