Moldova national football team

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Moldova
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igor Dobrovolski
Captain Alexandru Epureanu
Most caps Alexandru Epureanu (75)
Top scorer Serghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadium Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA code MDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 162 Increase 11 (24 November 2016)
Highest 37 (April 2008)
Lowest 173 (October 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 122 (9 September 2015)
Highest 86 (February 2008)
Lowest 130 (October/November 2002)
First international
 Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldova; July 2, 1991)
Biggest win
 Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; August 18, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; June 6, 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 July 2, 1991.

Two of their three best results in the 1990s years, came during the qualifiers for the Euro 96, with wins over Georgia (1–0) in Tbilisi and Wales (3–2) in Chișinău. In 2007 Moldova obtained a very good result, beating Hungary 3–0 in Chișinău in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Their best recent result was a 5–2 win over Montenegro during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The team has never qualified for the final stages of the European Championship or the FIFA World Cup.

Following Moldova's 4–0 defeat to England in September 1997, the 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.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930–1938 Part of  Romania
1950–1990 Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Did Not Enter
France 1998 Did Not Qualify
Japan South Korea 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960–1992 Part of  Soviet Union
England 1996 Did Not Qualify
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016
Total 0/15

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Moldova national football team (2015)
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. ^ Montenegro home match against Russia was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia[1] 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[2]). 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.[3] Both teams were then charged by UEFA.[4]

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Republic of Ireland 4 3 1 0 7 3 +4 10 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 5 Sep '17 24 Mar '17 11 Jun '17 1–0 6 Oct '17
2  Serbia 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4 8 Possible second round[a] 2–2 11 Jun '17 3–2 9 Oct '17 2 Sep '17
3  Wales 4 1 3 0 8 4 +4 6 9 Oct '17 1–1 2 Sep '17 1–1 4–0
4  Austria 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1 4 0–1 6 Oct '17 2–2 5 Sep '17 24 Mar '17
5  Georgia 4 0 2 2 3 5 −2 2 2 Sep '17 24 Mar '17 6 Oct '17 1–2 1–1
6  Moldova 4 0 1 3 2 11 −9 1 1–3 0–3 5 Sep '17 9 Oct '17 11 Jun '17
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]


Friendly match

17 November 2015
18:00 UTC+3
Azerbaijan  2 – 1  Moldova
Carp Goal 32' (o.g.)
Ramazanov Goal 49'
Report Goal 44' Antoniuc
Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku
Referee: Lasha Silagava (Georgia)

Friendly match

24 March 2016
14:00 CET
Friendly
Malta  0 – 0  Moldova
Report
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)

Friendly match

28 March 2016 (2016-03-28)
17:00 CEST
Friendly
Andorra  0–1  Moldova
Report Armaș Goal 45+2'
Ta' Qali National Stadium
Referee: Johnny Casanova (San Marino)

Friendly match

27 May 2016 (2016-05-27)
20:30 CEST
Friendly
Croatia  1–0  Moldova
Kramarić Goal 9' Report

Friendly match

3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)
18:00 CEST
Friendly
Switzerland   2–1  Moldova
Namașco Goal 12' (o.g.)
Mehmedi Goal 75'
Report Gînsari Goal 69'
Cornaredo Stadium
Attendance: 5,700
Referee: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

5 September 2016
19:45 BST
Wales  4–0  Moldova
Vokes Goal 38'Allen Goal 44'
Bale Goal 51'90+5' (pen.)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 31,731
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel )

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

6 October 2016
21:45 EEST
2018 World Cup qualification
Moldova  0–3  Serbia
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Kostić Goal 19'
Ivanović Goal 37'
Tadić Goal 59'
Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 6,192
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus )

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

9 October 2016
21:45 EEST
2018 World Cup qualification
Moldova  1–3  Republic of Ireland
Bugaiov Goal 45+1' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Long Goal 2'
McClean Goal 69'76'
Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 6,089
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)

Upcoming fixtures[edit]


2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

12 November 2016
21:00 GET
Georgia   –  Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

24 March 2017
20:45 CET
Austria   –  Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 June 2017
19:00 EEST
Moldova   –  Georgia

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

2 September 2017
18:00 CEST
Serbia   –  Moldova
TBD

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

5 September 2017
21:45 EEST
Moldova   –  Wales

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

6 October 2017
19:45 BST
Republic of Ireland   –  Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

9 October 2017
21:45 EEST
Moldova   –  Austria

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Georgia on November 12, 2016.
Caps and goals are correct as of November 12, 2016 after the game against Georgia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 30) 43 0 Greece Levadiakos
1GK Ilie Cebanu (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 29) 24 0 Russia Mordovia Saransk

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (Captain) (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 30) 76 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
2DF Victor Golovatenco (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 32) 74 4 Moldova Zaria Bălți
2DF Vitalie Bordian (1984-08-11) 11 August 1984 (age 32) 42 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 29) 39 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 30) 18 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 26) 15 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 26) 14 1 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
2DF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 23) 11 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
2DF Andrian Cașcaval (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 29) 8 0 Russia Luch-Energiya Vladivostok

3MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 32) 53 4 Russia Rostov
3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 27) 24 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Gheorghe Andronic (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 25) 9 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Maxim Mihaliov (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 30) 7 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți
3MF Vladislav Ivanov (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Eugen Zasavițchi (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai

4FW Igor Bugaiov (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 32) 47 9 Moldova Zaria Bălți
4FW Eugen Sidorenco (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 27) 32 7 Moldova Milsami Orhei
4FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 24) 12 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol

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 Nicolae Calancea (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 30) 18 0 Romania CS U Craiova v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
GK Artiom Gaiduchevici (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 29) 8 0 Unattached v.  Andorra, 28 March 2016

DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 29) 51 4 Russia Kuban Krasnodar v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
DF Denis Ilescu (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 29) 4 0 Uzbekistan Andijan v.   Switzerland, 3 June 2016
DF Sergiu Cojocari (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 28) 0 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău v.  Andorra, 28 March 2016

MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 32) 49 1 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 27) 36 2 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 29) 26 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
MF Maxim Antoniuc (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 25) 7 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 26) 24 2 Italy Cagliari v.  Wales, 5 September 2016
MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău v.  Wales, 5 September 2016
MF Valeriu Andronic (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 33) 36 4 Moldova Academia Chișinău v.   Switzerland, 3 June 2016
MF Dan Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.   Switzerland, 3 June 2016
MF Andrei Bugneac (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Uzbekistan Andijan v.   Switzerland, 3 June 2016
MF Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.   Switzerland, 3 June 2016
MF Alexandru Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 29) 50 7 Moldova Zaria Bălți v.  Andorra, 28 March 2016

FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 17) 0 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016
FW Igor Picușceac (1983-03-27) 27 March 1983 (age 33) 24 3 Moldova Zaria Bălți v.  Wales, 5 September 2016
FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Belarus Granit Mikashevichi v.   Switzerland, 3 June 2016
FW Vadim Cemîrtan (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Uzbekistan Buxoro v.  Andorra, 28 March 2016

Player history[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Serbia on 7 October 2016.

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Appearances
1 Alexandru Epureanu 75
2 Radu Rebeja 74
3 Victor Golovatenco 73
4 Serghei Cleșcenco 69
5 Ion Testemițanu 56
6 Valeriu Catinsus 55
7 Serghei Rogaciov 52
8 Alexandru Gațcan 51
9 Alexandru Suvorov 50
Igor Armaș 50

Top goalscorers[edit]

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

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
6 Nicolae Calancea 4
Ilie Cebanu 4
8 Denis Romanenco 3
9 Alexei Jmurco 1
Alexandru Melenciuc 1

Moldova all-time record against all nations[edit]

Last match updated was against  Republic of Ireland on 9 October 2016.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Georgia 10 4 2 4 11 14 −3 40%
 Azerbaijan 9 3 4 2 8 6 +2 33.33%
 Lithuania 8 2 4 2 9 11 −2 25%
 Turkey 8 0 2 6 2 18 −16 0%
 Belarus 7 2 2 3 7 10 −3 28.57%
 Hungary 7 1 2 4 6 10 −4 14.29%
 Sweden 7 0 0 7 3 20 −17 0%
 Malta 7 3 3 1 7 6 +1 42.86%
 Poland 6 0 1 5 2 10 −8 0%
 Estonia 5 1 1 3 1 3 −2 20%
 Greece 5 0 1 4 2 9 −7 0%
 Israel 5 0 2 3 3 7 −4 0%
 San Marino 5 5 0 0 12 0 +12 100%
 Ukraine 5 0 2 3 3 6 −3 0%
 Romania 5 0 1 4 3 12 −9 0%
 Armenia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 25%
 England 4 0 0 4 0 16 −16 0%
 Finland 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 25%
 Germany 4 0 0 4 3 18 −15 0%
 Italy 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0%
 Luxembourg 4 1 3 0 2 1 +1 25%
 Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 0%
 Norway 4 0 1 4 1 6 −5 0%
 Kazakhstan 4 2 1 1 3 3 0 50%
 Austria 4 1 0 3 2 5 −3 25%
 Montenegro 4 1 0 3 5 7 −2 25%
 Andorra 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5 75%
 Albania 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 0%
 Latvia 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 33.33%
 Macedonia 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 0%
 Slovakia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 33.33%
 Russia 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 0%
  Switzerland 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0%
 Wales 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 33.33%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50%
 Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0%
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0%
 Jordan 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 50%
 Northern Ireland 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0%
 Scotland 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 0%
 Slovenia 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0%
 United States 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 0%
 Liechtenstein 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 0%
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0%
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0%
 Canada 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
 Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100%
 Cyprus 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0%
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 Indonesia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 50%
 Iraq 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0%
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Pakistan 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0%
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
 Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
 Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0%
Total 204 42 48 114 173 328 −155 20.69%

Managers[edit]

[5]

Period Coach Played Win Drawn Loss  % Won
1991–1992 Moldova Ion Caras 2 0 1 1 0%
1992 Russia Eugen Piunovschi 5 3 0 2 60%
1992–1997 Moldova Ion Caras 27 5 3 19 18.52%
1998–1999 Moldova Ivan Danilianț 14 2 7 5 14.29%
1999–2001 Moldova Alexandru Mațiura 17 4 4 9 23.53%
2001 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon 4 1 0 3 25%
2002–2006 Ukraine Viktor Pasulko 35 7 8 20 20%
2006–2007 Moldova Anatol Teslev 6 1 2 3 16.67%
2007–2009 Russia Igor Dobrovolski 30 7 9 14 23.33%
2010–2011 Romania Gavril Balint 18 5 2 11 27.78%
2012–2014 Moldova Ion Caras 27 6 7 14 22.22%
2014–2015 Moldova Alexandru Curtianu 10 0 4 6 0%
2015 Romania Ștefan Stoica 4 0 0 4 0%
2016 Russia Igor Dobrovolski 6 1 1 4 16.67%

Current sponsorship[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russia given 3-0 win over Montenegro after suspended game". 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Montenegro v Russia abandoned (Telegraph)". 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Montenegro v Russia abandoned (Daily Mail)". 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "MNE and RUS charged by UEFA". 30 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 

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