Moldova national football team

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Moldova
Association Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igor Dobrovolski
Captain Alexandru Epureanu
Most caps Radu Rebeja (74)
Top scorer Serghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadium Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA code MDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 154 Increase 1 (7 January 2016)
Highest 37 (April 2008)
Lowest 155 (December 2015)
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 Ion Caras. 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.

Although it is part of the former Soviet Union, Moldova is considered one of Europe's weakest teams.

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

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 10 6 4 0 31 4 +27 22
 Ukraine 10 6 3 1 28 4 +24 21
 Montenegro 10 4 3 3 18 17 +1 15
 Poland 10 3 4 3 18 12 +6 13
 Moldova 10 3 2 5 12 17 −5 11
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 54 −53 0
  England Moldova Montenegro Poland San Marino Ukraine
England  4–0 4–1 2–0 5–0 1–1
Moldova  0–5 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–0
Montenegro  1–1 2–5 2–2 3–0 0–4
Poland  1–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 1–3
San Marino  0–8 0–2 0–6 1–5 0–8
Ukraine  0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 9–0


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]

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the Friendly matches against Azerbaijan on November 17, 2015.
Caps and goals are correct as of 12 October 2015 after the game against Sweden.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ilie Cebanu (Captain) (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 29) 18 0 Russia Mordovia Saransk
1GK Artiom Gaiduchevici (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 28) 7 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
1GK Alexei Coșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Victor Golovatenco (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 31) 62 3 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
2DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 28) 46 2 Russia Kuban Krasnodar
2DF Vitalie Bordian (1984-08-11) 11 August 1984 (age 31) 38 1 Ukraine Helios Kharkiv
2DF Simeon Bulgaru (1985-05-26) 26 May 1985 (age 30) 24 1 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 29) 13 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 26) 10 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
2DF Ștefan Burghiu (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
2DF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 22) 5 1 Romania Steaua București
2DF Maxim Potîrniche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 26) 5 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 26) 29 2 Romania Târgu Mureș
3MF Alexandru Onică (1984-07-25) 25 July 1984 (age 31) 21 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți
3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 26) 21 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 29) 19 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Alexandru Vremea (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 24) 4 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
3MF Vadim Rață (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
4FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Romania Petrolul Ploiești
4FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
4FW Gheorghe Boghiu (1981-02-26) 26 February 1981 (age 34) 6 1 Moldova Zaria Bălți
4FW Sergiu Istrati (1988-08-07) 7 August 1988 (age 27) 2 0 Moldova FC Saxan
4FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești

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 29) 17 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
GK Radu Mîțu (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Austria, 5 September 2015 PRE
GK Cristian Avram (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău v.  Luxembourg, 9 June 2015 PRE
GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 33) 16 0 Iran Malavan v.  Luxembourg, 9 June 2015
DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 25) 12 1 Moldova Dacia Chișinău v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
DF Iulian Erhan (1986-07-01) 1 July 1986 (age 29) 10 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
DF Constantin Bogdan (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Russia Yenisey Krasnoyarsk v.  Montenegro, 8 September 2015
DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 28) 36 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Montenegro, 8 September 2015
DF Denis Rassulov (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Austria, 5 September 2015 PRE
DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-07) 7 September 1986 (age 29) 68 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Liechtenstein, 14 June 2015
DF Vasile Jardan (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău v.  Luxembourg, 9 June 2015 PRE
DF Sergiu Cojocari (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău v.  Sweden, 27 March 2015
MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 31) 46 3 Russia Rostov v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 31) 44 1 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
MF Artur Pătraș (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 27) 27 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
MF Dan Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
MF Eugen Celeadnic (1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Moldova Academia Chișinău v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
MF Gheorghe Andronic (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 24) 6 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Montenegro, 8 September 2015
MF Eugen Zasavițchi (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Montenegro, 8 September 2015
MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 25) 19 2 Italy Verona v.  Austria, 5 September 2015 PRE
MF Anatol Cheptine (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 25) 12 0 Slovakia Ružomberok v.  Austria, 5 September 2015 PRE
MF Maxim Antoniuc (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 25) 8 0 Uzbekistan Buxoro v.  Liechtenstein, 14 June 2015
MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Luxembourg, 9 June 2015 PRE
MF Serghei Gheorghiev (1991-10-20) 20 October 1991 (age 24) 18 0 Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan v.  Sweden, 27 March 2015
FW Roman Șumchin (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Sweden, 12 October 2015
FW Alexandru Grosu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni v.  Austria, 5 September 2015 PRE
FW Viorel Frunză (1979-12-06) 6 December 1979 (age 36) 36 7 Retired v.  Luxembourg, 9 June 2015 PRE
FW Igor Dima (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni v.  Sweden, 27 March 2015

Player history[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Sweden on 12 October 2015.

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Appearances
1 Radu Rebeja 74
2 Serghei Cleșcenco 69
Alexandru Epureanu 69
Victor Golovatenco 69
5 Ion Testemițanu 56
6 Valeriu Catinsus 55
7 Serghei Rogaciov 52
8 Alexandru Suvorov 50
9 Serghei Epureanu 47
Alexandru Gațcan 47

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 Alexandrov 5
Ion Testemițanu 5
Serghei Alexeev 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 4
Nicolae Calancea 4
7 Denis Romanenco 3
Ilie Cebanu 3
9 Alexei Jmurco 1
Alexandru Melenciuc 1

Moldova all-time record against all nations[edit]

Last match updated was against  Sweden on 12 October 2015.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Georgia 10 4 2 4 11 14 -3 40%
 Azerbaijan 8 3 4 1 7 4 +3 37.5%
 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 6 3 2 1 7 6 +1 50%
 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%
 Albania 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 0%
 Andorra 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 66.67%
 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%
 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%
  Switzerland 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0%
 United States 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 0%
 Wales 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 50%
 Liechtenstein 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 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%
 Croatia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
 Cyprus 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0%
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0%
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 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%
Total 197 41 47 109 170 316 -146 20.81%

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 3 0 0 3 0%

Sports kits and sponsorships[edit]

Team kit prior to Mar. 2006 – Diadora

On 5 April 2007, Moldova debuted a new Jako kit. This replaced the Jako home kit with a blue base and the traditional Jako styles which was used in 2007. Prior to March 2007 Moldova wore a Diadora kit.

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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