Moldova national football team

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 Moldova
Association Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Alexandru Spiridon
Captain Alexandru Epureanu
Most caps Alexandru Epureanu (83)
Top scorer Serghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadium Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA code MDA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 175 Decrease 2 (7 June 2018)
Highest 37 (April 2008)
Lowest 175 (June 2018 – present)
Elo ranking
Current 125 Decrease 1 (6 May 2018)
Highest 86 (February 2008)
Lowest 130 (October/November 2002)
First international
Moldova Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldova; July 2, 1991)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5–0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; August 18, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6–0 Moldova Moldova
(Gothenburg, Sweden; June 6, 2001)

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a Moldovei (Latin), Екипа националэ де фотбал а Молдовеи (Cyrillic)) 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, despite has never become a member of Confederation of Independent Football Associations.

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[1]
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]

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Austria  2–0  Moldova
Arnautović Goal 75'
Harnik Goal 90'

Friendly match

Turkey  3–1  Moldova
E. Mor Goal 14'
Çalık Goal 24'
Ünder Goal 52'
Ginsari Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)

Friendly match

Israel  1–1  Moldova
Sahar Goal 90+5' (pen.) Ginsari Goal 51'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Moldova  2–2  Georgia
Gînsari Goal 15'
Dedov Goal 36'
Merebashvili Goal 66'
Qazaishvili Goal 70'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Serbia  3–0  Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Moldova  0–2  Wales

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Republic of Ireland  2–0  Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Moldova  0–1  Austria

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
Attendance: 6,914
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

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)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Armenia on 4 June 2018.
Caps and goals are correct as of June 4, 2018 after the game against Armenia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 31) 46 0 Unattached
1GK Nicolae Calancea (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 31) 19 0 Romania CSU Craiova
1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (Captain) (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 31) 85 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
2DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 31) 52 4 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
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 27) 25 2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 28) 22 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 23) 4 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Portugal Porto

3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 33) 56 1 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
3MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 28) 49 3 Azerbaijan Zira
3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 29) 33 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 27) 31 3 Italy Cagliari
3MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 24) 16 1 Russia Ufa
3MF Alexandru Pașcenco (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 29) 14 0 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 25) 9 0 Slovakia Žilina
3MF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 27) 8 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei

4FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 26) 24 4 Israel Hapoel Haifa
4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Italy Torino
4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 20) 2 0 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 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 27) 3 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 35) 20 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
GK Radu Mîțu (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018

DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 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 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești 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 (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
DF Valeriu Macrițchii (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Azerbaijan, 30 January 2018
DF Vitalie Bordian (1984-08-11) 11 August 1984 (age 33) 47 1 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 31) 24 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
DF Petru Ojog (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Austria, 11 October 2017

MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 34) 57 5 Russia Rostov v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 31) 37 2 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
MF Vadim Paireli (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
MF Maxim Mihaliov (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 31) 12 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți 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 Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod v.  Saudi Arabia, 26 February 2018
MF Alexandru Vremea (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 26) 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
MF Igor Țîgîrlaș (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 34) 23 1 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Austria, 11 October 2017

FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 24) 8 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2018
FW Igor Bugaiov (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 34) 55 9 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Wales, 5 September 2017

Player history[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Serbia on 2 September 2017.

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Appearances
1 Alexandru Epureanu 83
2 Victor Golovatenco 72
3 Radu Rebeja 74
4 Serghei Cleșcenco 69
5 Ion Testemițanu 56
6 Alexandru Gațcan 56
7 Valeriu Catinsus 55
8 Igor Bugaiov 55
9 Eugeniu Cebotaru 54
10 Serghei Rogaciov 52

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Serghei Cleșcenco 11
2 Serghei Rogaciov 9
Igor Bugaiov 9
4 Sergiu Dadu 8
Iurie Miterev 8
Alexandru Epureanu 8
7 Eugen Sidorenco 7
Viorel Frunză 7
9 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
6 Nicolae Calancea 4
Ilie Cebanu 4
8 Denis Romanenco 3
9 Alexei Jmurco 1
Alexandru Melenciuc 1
Alexei Koșelev 1

Moldova all-time record against all nations[edit]

Last match updated was against  South Korea on 27 January 2018.

Managers[edit]

Statistics correct as of match played on 27 January 2018[2]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Ion Caras Moldova 1991–1992 2 0 1 1 000.00
Eugen Piunovschi Russia 1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Ion Caras Moldova 1992–1997 27 5 3 19 018.52
Ivan Danilianț Moldova 1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Alexandru Mațiura Moldova 1999–2001 17 4 4 9 023.53
Alexandru Spiridon Moldova 2001 4 1 0 3 025.00
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 30 7 9 14 023.33
Gavril Balint Romania 2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Ion Caras Moldova 2012–2014 27 6 7 14 022.22
Alexandru Curtianu Moldova 2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Ștefan Stoica Romania 2015 4 0 0 4 000.00
Igor Dobrovolski Russia 2016–2017 18 2 5 11 011.11
Alexandru Spiridon Moldova 2018– 1 0 0 1 000.00

Current sponsorship[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  2. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 

External links[edit]