Moldova national football team

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Moldova
AssociationFederația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAlexandru Spiridon
CaptainAlexandru Epureanu
Most capsAlexandru Epureanu (89)
Top scorerSerghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA codeMDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest175 (June 2018 – August 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 135 Decrease 10 (10 July 2019)[2]
Highest86 (February 2008)
Lowest137 (June 2019)
First international
Moldova Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldova; 2 July 1991)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; 18 August 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova Moldova
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 6 June 2001)

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei) represents Moldova in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Moldova, the governing body for football in Moldova. Moldova's home ground is Zimbru Stadium in Chișinău and their head coach is Igor Dobrovolski. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Georgia on 2 July 1991.

Two of their three best results in the 1990s years, came during the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 96, with wins over Georgia (1–0) in Tbilisi and Wales (3–2) in Chișinău. In 2007, Moldova obtained a very good result, defeating Hungary 3–0 in Chișinău in Euro 2008 qualifying. Their best recent result was a 5–2 win over Montenegro during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The team has never qualified for the final stages of the UEFA European Championship nor the FIFA World Cup as of present time.

Following Moldova's 4–0 defeat to England in September 1997, British writer and comedian Tony Hawks travelled to Moldova to challenge and beat all 11 Moldovan international footballers at tennis. The feature film version of the book of the same name, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, was filmed in and around Chișinău in May and June 2010 and was released in the spring of 2012.

History[edit]

The Moldovan Football Federation was founded in 1990. However, Moldova did not play an official international match until 1991, when Moldova lost to Georgia.

Moldova's first attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup was in 1998, but they failed to qualify. Moldova has finished either last or second last in all tournament qualifying campaigns entered to date, except UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, in which they finished fifth in the seven-team Group C with 12 points.


Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1938 Part of  Romania
1950 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member[3]
France 1998 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 2 21
South Korea Japan 2002 10 1 3 6 6 20
Germany 2006 10 1 2 7 5 16
South Africa 2010 10 0 3 7 6 18
Brazil 2014 10 3 2 5 12 17
Russia 2018 10 0 2 8 4 23
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total 0/6 58 5 12 41 35 115

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Part of  Soviet Union and CIS-euro92-flag.png CIS
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 3 0 7 11 27
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 0 4 4 7 17
Portugal 2004 8 2 0 6 5 19
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 3 3 6 12 19
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 3 0 7 12 16
France 2016 10 0 2 8 4 16
Europe 2020 Qualification in progress 4 1 0 3 2 10
Total 0/6 62 12 9 41 53 124

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Position Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D 48th 6 2 3 1 4 5
2020–21 D To be determined
Total 6 2 3 1 4 5

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Serbia 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–0
2  Republic of Ireland 10 5 4 1 12 6 +6 19 Advance to second round 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
3  Wales 10 4 5 1 13 6 +7 17 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–0
4  Austria 10 4 3 3 14 12 +2 15 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0
5  Georgia 10 0 5 5 8 14 −6 5 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1
6  Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 23 −19 2 0–3 1–3 0–2 0–1 2–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2020 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France Turkey Iceland Albania Moldova Andorra
1  France 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 9[a] Qualify for final tournament 14 Oct 4–0 7 Sep 14 Nov 10 Sep
2  Turkey 4 3 0 1 9 2 +7 9[a] 2–0 14 Nov 11 Oct 4–0 7 Sep
3  Iceland 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9[a] 11 Oct 2–1 1–0 7 Sep 14 Oct
4  Albania 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2 6 17 Nov 0–2 10 Sep 2–0 14 Nov
5  Moldova 4 1 0 3 2 10 −8 3 1–4 10 Sep 17 Nov 14 Oct 1–0
6  Andorra 4 0 0 4 0 10 −10 0 0–4 17 Nov 0–2 0–3 11 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head goal difference: France +2, Turkey +1, Iceland –3.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Friendly match

Ivory Coast 2–1 Moldova
Assalé Goal 20'
Pépé Goal 44'
Report Ioniţă Goal 59'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)

Friendly match

Armenia 0–0 Moldova
Report
Sportplatz Kematen Stadium, Kematen in Tirol
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League


2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Moldova 0–0 Belarus
Report
Referee: Mario Zebec (Croatia)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Moldova 2–0 San Marino
Gînsari Goal 31'67' Report
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (Wales)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Belarus 0–0 Moldova
Report

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

San Marino 0–1 Moldova
Report Damașcan Goal 78'
Referee: Georgios Kominis (Greece)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Moldova 1–1 Luxembourg
Gînsari Goal 58' (pen.) Report Bensi Goal 70'

Friendly match

Kazakhstan 1–0 Moldova
Omirtayev Goal 61'
Titanic Resort Stadium, Antalya
Referee: Vladimir Gerasimov (Lithuania)

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova 1–4 France
Ambros Goal 89' Report Griezmann Goal 24'
Varane Goal 27'
Giroud Goal 36'
Mbappé Goal 87'

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Turkey 4–0 Moldova
Kaldırım Goal 24'
Tosun Goal 26'54'
Ayhan Goal 70'
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Albania 2–0 Moldova
Cikalleshi Goal 66'
Ramadani Goal 90+3'
Report
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova v Turkey
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Moldova v Iceland
Report

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Andorra on 8 June and Albania on 11 June 2019.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 32) 46 0 Azerbaijan Keşla
12 1GK Dumitru Celeadnic (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
23 1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 25) 15 0 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard

2 2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 21) 12 0 Portugal Porto B
3 2DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 23) 8 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
4 2DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 31) 54 4 Romania Voluntari
5 2DF Ștefan Efros (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 29) 2 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni
15 2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 29) 28 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
22 2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 24) 8 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu

6 3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 26) 5 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
7 3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 28) 39 3 Italy Cagliari
8 3MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 25) 26 1 Russia Ufa
9 3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 34) 61 1 Romania Academica Clinceni
10 3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26) 16 0 Azerbaijan Sabail
11 3MF Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 27) 34 7 Russia Krylia Sovetov
16 3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 30) 44 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
18 3MF Alexandru Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 32) 52 7 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
20 3MF Evgheni Oancea (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
21 3MF Iaser Țurcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești

17 4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
19 4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 20) 12 1 Italy Torino

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 36) 18 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Luxembourg, 18 November 2018

DF Veaceslav Posmac INJ (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 28) 33 2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Andorra, 8 June 2019
DF Sergiu Plătică INJ (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 28) 10 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Andorra, 8 June 2019
DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 32) 91 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Turkey, 25 March 2019
DF Artur Crăciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Turkey, 25 March 2019
DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 31) 48 1 Romania Petrolul Ploiești v.  Luxembourg, 18 November 2018
DF Valeriu Macrițchii (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.  Luxembourg, 18 November 2018

MF Constantin Sandu (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni v.  Turkey, 25 March 2019
MF Alexandru Gațcan RET (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 35) 62 5 Russia Rostov v.  Luxembourg, 18 November 2018
MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 29) 54 3 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Luxembourg, 18 November 2018
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 32) 38 2 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Belarus, 15 October 2018

FW Vladimir Ambros INJ (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 25) 10 1 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Andorra, 8 June 2019
FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Switzerland Chiasso v.  Turkey, 25 March 2019
FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.  Turkey, 25 March 2019

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to injury
RET Player retired from the national team

Player history[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Belarus on 2018-10-15.

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Appearances
1 Alexandru Epureanu 91
2 Victor Golovatenco 79
3 Radu Rebeja 74
4 Serghei Cleșcenco 69
5 Alexandru Gațcan 61
6 Ion Testemițanu 56
Eugeniu Cebotaru 56
8 Valeriu Catinsus 55
9 Igor Bugaiov 54
10 Serghei Rogaciov 52
Igor Armaș 52
Alexandru Dedov 52

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Serghei Cleșcenco 11
2 Serghei Rogaciov 9
3 Igor Bugaiov 8
Sergiu Dadu 8
Iurie Miterev 8
6 Alexandru Epureanu 7
Eugen Sidorenco 7
Viorel Frunză 7
9 Radu Gînsari 7
10 Alexandr Suvorov 5
Serghei Alexeev 5
Serghei Alexandrov 5
Alexandru Gațcan 5
Ion Testemiţanu 5

Clean Sheets[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Evgheni Hmaruc 11
2 Stanislav Namașco 10
3 Vasile Coșelev 6
Serghei Dinov 6
5 Artiom Gaiduchevici 5
Ilie Cebanu 5
Alexei Koșelev 5
8 Nicolae Calancea 4
9 Denis Romanenco 3
10 Alexei Jmurco 1
Alexandru Melenciuc 1

Moldova all-time record against all nations[edit]

Last match updated was against  Turkey on 2019-03-25.

Managers[edit]

Statistics correct as of match played on 27 January 2018[5]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Ion Caras Moldova 1991–1992, 1992–1997 & 2012–2014 56 11 11 34 019.64
Evghenii Piunovschii [ru] Russia 1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Ivan Daniliants Moldova Austria 1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Alexandru Mațiura Moldova 1999–2001 17 4 4 9 023.53
Alexandru Spiridon Moldova 2001 & 2018– 13 2 4 7 015.38
Viktor Pasulko Ukraine 2002–2006 35 7 8 20 020.00
Anatol Teslev Moldova 2006–2007 6 1 2 3 016.67
Igor Dobrovolski Russia 2007–2009 & 2016–2017 48 9 14 25 018.75
Gavril Balint Romania 2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Alexandru Curtianu Moldova 2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Ștefan Stoica Romania 2015 4 0 0 4 000.00

Current sponsorship[edit]

The Official kit provider is currently manufactured by German sports company Jako since 2000.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  4. ^ "LOTUL NAȚIONALEI MOLDOVEI" [The national team of Moldova]. FMF.md (in Romanian). Moldovan Football Federation. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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