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 (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest175 (June 2018 – August 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 128 Decrease 4 (6 December 2018)[2]
Highest86 (February 2008)
Lowest130 (October – November 2002)
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 record[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 record[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 To Be Determined
Total 0/6 58 11 9 38 51 114

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. ^ The Montenegro v Russia match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after being abandoned at 0–0 due to crowd violence and a scuffle between players.

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

Fixtures and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Friendly match

South Korea 1–0 Moldova
Kim Goal 67' Report
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)

Friendly match

Azerbaijan 0–0 Moldova
Report

Friendly match

Saudi Arabia 3–0 Moldova
Hawsawi Goal 10'
Al-Jassim Goal 57'
Assiri Goal 88'
Report

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'

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League matches against San Marino on 15 November and Luxembourg on 18 November 2018.[4]


No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 32) 46 0 Montenegro Zeta
1GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 35) 20 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 25) 11 0 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (Captain) (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 32) 91 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
2DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 31) 48 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 28) 31 2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 28) 24 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 20) 8 0 Portugal Porto B
2DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni
2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Valeriu Macrițchii (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni

3MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 34) 63 5 Russia Rostov
3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 34) 57 1 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
3MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 29) 54 3 Azerbaijan Zira
3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 29) 40 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 28) 36 3 Italy Cagliari
3MF Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 27) 30 7 Israel Hapoel Haifa
3MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 25) 22 1 Russia Ufa
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 25) 13 0 Azerbaijan Sabail
3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Constantin Sandu (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni

4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 19) 9 1 Italy Torino
4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
4FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk

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 32) 19 0 Romania U Craiova v.  Armenia, 4 June 2018
GK Ilie Cebanu (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 31) 31 0 Unattached v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
GK Denis Rusu (1990-08-02) 2 August 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
GK Radu Mîțu (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018

DF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 27) 10 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Belarus, 11 September 2018
DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 31) 52 4 Romania Voluntari v.  Armenia, 4 June 2018
DF Dan Ojog (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Spain Betis Deportivo v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
DF Radu Rogac (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Malta Tarxien Rainbows v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
DF Constantin Bogdan (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
DF Andrei Macrițchii (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018

MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 31) 38 2 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Belarus, 15 October 2018
MF Alexandru Pașcenco (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 29) 14 0 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.  Armenia, 4 June 2018
MF Vadim Paireli (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
MF Maxim Mihaliov (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 32) 12 0 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
MF Vladislav Ivanov (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 28) 10 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
MF Danu Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 24) 8 0 Russia Nizhny Novgorod v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
MF Alexandru Vremea (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
MF Vadim Rață (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
MF Dan Taras (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018

FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 24) 8 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Belarus, 15 October 2018

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  Belarus on 2018-10-15.

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. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago"World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  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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