Liechtenstein national football team
|Association||Liechtenstein Football Association
|Head coach||Rene Pauritsch|
|Most caps||Mario Frick (121)|
|Top scorer||Mario Frick (16)|
|Home stadium||Rheinpark Stadion|
|FIFA ranking||147 18 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||172 (September 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||150 (September 2011)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||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 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 8 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 only two that 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||Qualifying begins in 2014||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|21 May 2014 Friendly||Liechtenstein||1–5||Belarus||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|19:00 UTC+2||Burgmeier 78' (pen.)||Gordeichuk 13'
Savitskiy 58', 67'
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (Luxembourg)
|4 September 2014 Friendly||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3–0||Liechtenstein||Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|17:00 UTC+1||Ibišević 1', 14'
|Stadium: Stadion Tušanj
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)
|8 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Russia||4–0||Liechtenstein||Khimki, Russia|
|21:00 UTC+04:00||M. Büchel 4' (o.g.)
Burgmeier 50' (o.g.)
Kombarov 54' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Arena Khimki
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (Belgium)
|9 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Liechtenstein||0–0||Montenegro||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 UTC+01:00||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
|12 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Sweden||2–0||Liechtenstein||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+01:00||Zengin 34'
|Report||Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
|15 November 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Moldova||0–1||Liechtenstein||Chișinău, Moldova|
|19:00 UTC+02:00||Report||Burgmeier 74'||Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|27 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Liechtenstein||0–5||Austria||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 UTC+01:00||Report||Harnik 14'
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
|31 March 2015 Friendly||Liechtenstein||1–0||San Marino||Eschen, Liechtenstein|
|15:00 UTC+2||Kaufmann 29'||Stadium: Sportpark Eschen-Mauren
Referee: Nikolaj Hänni (Switzerland)
|10 June 2015 Friendly||Switzerland||3–0||Liechtenstein||Thun, Switzerland|
|20:15 UTC+2||Džemaili 29'
|Stadium: Stockhorn Arena
|14 June 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Liechtenstein||1-1||Moldova||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|18:00 UTC+02:00||Wieser 21'||Report||Boghiu 44'||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Libor Kovařík (Czech Republic
|5 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Montenegro||v||Liechtenstein||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45 UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
|8 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Liechtenstein||v||Russia||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
|9 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Liechtenstein||v||Sweden||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
|12 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Austria||v||Liechtenstein||Vienna, Austria|
|18:00 UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
- 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 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Montenegro on September 5, and Russia on September 8, 2015.
Caps and goals are current as of 14 June 2015 after the match against Moldova.
The following players were called up in the last 12 months.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
|1||Austria||6||5||1||0||11||2||+9||16||Advance to final tournament||—||1–1||1–0||1–0||12 Oct||5 Sep|
|2||Sweden||6||3||3||0||10||4||+6||12||8 Sep||—||1–1||3–1||2–0||12 Oct|
|3||Russia||6||2||2||2||9||4||+5||8||Final tournament or play-offs||0–1||5 Sep||—||12 Oct||4–0||1–1|
|4||Montenegro||6||1||2||3||4||8||−4||5||9 Oct||1–1||0–3[a]||—||5 Sep||2–0|
|5||Liechtenstein||6||1||2||3||2||12||−10||5||0–5||9 Oct||8 Sep||0–0||—||1–1|
|6||Moldova||6||0||2||4||3||9||−6||2||1–2||0–2||9 Oct||8 Sep||0–1||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- 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 19 June 2015
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 Switzerland friendly and Moldova qualifier" (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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Liechtenstein national football team.|
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund
- Die Elf, documentary film about Liechtenstein national team