Liechtenstein national football team
|Association||Liechtenstein Football Association|
|Head coach||Martin Stocklasa|
|Most caps||Peter Jehle (132)|
|Top scorer||Mario Frick (16)|
|Home stadium||Rheinpark Stadion|
|Current||186 5 (7 April 2021)|
|Highest||118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)|
|Lowest||191 (July 2017)|
| 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. Conversely, Liechtenstein is the only country that lost an official match against San Marino. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, losing 1–11 to Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.
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 slightly. 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||8||0||1||7||2||31||−29|
|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||6th, last (qualifying)||0||2||8||2||31|
Nations League record
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||D||TBA||To be determined|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||San Marino||0–2||Liechtenstein||Rimini, Italy|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||Hasler 3' (pen.)
Y. Frick 14'
|Stadium: Stadio Romeo Neri|
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Luxembourg||1–2||Liechtenstein||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:15||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium)
|10 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Liechtenstein||0–1||Gibraltar||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|18:00 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||De Barr 10'||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (Russia)
|13 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Liechtenstein||0–0||San Marino||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjberg Burchardt (Denmark)
|11 November 2020 Friendly||Malta||3–0||Liechtenstein||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|19:45||Report||Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali|
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (Lithuania)
|17 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Gibraltar||1–1||Liechtenstein||Gibraltar|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Frommelt 17' (o.g.)||Report||N. Frick 44'||Stadium: Victoria Stadium|
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
|25 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||0–1||Armenia||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
|28 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||North Macedonia||5–0||Liechtenstein||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
|31 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||1–4||Iceland||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||
||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
|2 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||v||Germany||St. Gallen, Switzerland|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Kybunpark|
|5 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Romania||v||Liechtenstein||TBD|
|20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)||Report (FIFA)
|8 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||v||North Macedonia||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
|11 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Iceland||v||Liechtenstein||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur|
|11 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Germany||v||Liechtenstein||TBD|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report|
|14 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liechtenstein||v||Romania||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Stadium: Rheinpark 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 (2013–2018)
- Helgi Kolviðsson (2018–2020)
- Martin Stocklasa (2020–)
The following players were called up in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Lorenzo Lo Russo||8 July 1993||0||0||Linth 04||v. Gibraltar, 17 November 2020|
|GK||Gabriel Foser||September 2, 2002||0||0||Vaduz||v. Gibraltar, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Marcel Büchel||18 March 1991||17||1||Ascoli||v. Malta, 11 November 2020|
|MF||Nicola Kollmann||23 November 1994||1||0||Ruggell||v. Malta, 11 November 2020|
|MF||Noah Graber||May 3, 2001||1||0||Eschen/Mauren||v. Malta, 11 November 2020|
|MF||Andrin Netzer||January 11, 2002||1||0||Vaduz||v. Malta, 11 November 2020|
|MF||Fabian Eberle||27 July 1992||7||0||Konolfingen||v. San Marino, 8 September 2020|
|MF||Dario Kaiser||15 March 1995||0||0||Konolfingen||v. San Marino, 8 September 2020|
|FW||Ridvan Kardesoglu||12 October 1996||3||0||Balzers||v. Armenia, 25 March 2021|
|FW||Dennis Salanović (INJ)||26 February 1996||45||4||Thun||v. Malta, 11 November 2020|
|FW||Philippe Erne||14 December 1986||35||1||Balzers||v. San Marino, 13 October 2020|
- PRE = Preliminary squad
- INJ = Injured
- As of 31 March 2021
- Players in bold are still active and available for selection.
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.
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