Liechtenstein national football team

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Liechtenstein
Nickname(s) The Blues-Reds
Association Liechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Helgi Kolviðsson
Captain Michele Polverino
Most caps Peter Jehle (132)
Top scorer Mario Frick (16)
Home stadium Rheinpark Stadion
FIFA code LIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 182 Increase 1 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest 118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest 191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 177 Decrease 5 (20 August 2019)[2]
Highest 145 (June 1984)
Lowest 183 (June 2005)
First international
 Liechtenstein 1–1 Malta 
(Daejeon, South Korea; 14 June 1981)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 0–4 Liechtenstein 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia 
(Eschen, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)

The Liechtenstein national football team (German: Liechtensteinische Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the national football team of the Principality of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a 1–1 draw in 1981. Their first official match came two years later, a 0–1 defeat from Switzerland. Liechtenstein's largest win, a 4–0 win over Luxembourg in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 13 October 2004, was both its first ever away win and its first win in any FIFA World Cup qualifier. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, losing 1–11 to Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.

History

Liechtenstein are only a relatively recent affiliate to FIFA, and did not participate in any qualifying series until the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers. There they managed to surprise the Republic of Ireland by holding them to a 0–0 draw on 3 June 1995. On 14 October 1998, they managed their first victory in a qualifying campaign after winning 2–1 against Azerbaijan in a Euro 2000 qualifying match.

Since then, the presence of Liechtenstein clubs in the Swiss league system and of a handful of professional players (most notably Mario Frick) has seen the side's competitiveness improve slightly. The Euro 2004 qualifiers saw Liechtenstein improve to the extent they restricted England to 2–0 wins. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers, however, brought even better results as two wins over Luxembourg and draws against both Slovakia and Portugal meant that Liechtenstein finished with 8 points.

In the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Liechtenstein beat Latvia through a solitary goal from Mario Frick. The result caused the Latvian manager to resign after the match. They repeated their heroics against Iceland managing to beat them 3–0 on 17 October 2007 for their second qualifying group win. On the 26 March 2008 Liechtenstein had an embarrassing 7–1 loss to fellow small nation in Europe, Malta. This was recorded as Malta's largest win.[3]

The Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund voted Rainer Hasler to be their "Golden Player" — their best player over the last 50 years — to mark UEFA's golden jubilee.

In the 2010 World Cup qualifiers Liechtenstein secured a scoreless draw against Azerbaijan and a 1–1 draw against Finland, finishing bottom of Group 4 on two points.[4]

In the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Liechtenstein were narrowly beaten 2–1 by Scotland in Hampden Park thanks to a goal by Stephen McManus in the seventh minute of additional time.[5] They produced a shock 2–0 win at home against Lithuania; their goals were scored by Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino.[5] In the following qualifying game they managed a scoreless draw away to Lithuania.[5]

In 2018, Liechtenstein entered the first ever UEFA Nations League, in group 4 of league D.[6] Their first Nations League match saw Armenia beat them 2–0 away. Liechtenstein were able to claim their first Nations League victory, beating Gibraltar 2–0.[7]

Liechtenstein all-time record against all nations

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 3 52
South Korea Japan 2002 5th, last (qualifying) 0 0 8 0 23
Germany 2006 6th out of 7 (qualifying) 2 2 8 13 23
South Africa 2010 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 23
Brazil 2014 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 4 25
Russia 2018 6th, last (qualifying) 0 0 10 1 39
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 2 6 52 23 185

European Championship record

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Did not enter
England 1996 Did not qualify 6th, last (qualifying) 0 1 9 1 40
Belgium Netherlands 2000 6th, last (qualifying) 1 1 8 2 39
Portugal 2004 5th, last (qualifying) 0 1 7 2 22
Austria Switzerland 2008 7th, last (qualifying) 2 1 9 9 32
Poland Ukraine 2012 5th, last (qualifying) 1 1 6 3 17
France 2016 5th out of 6 (qualifying) 1 2 7 2 26
Europe 2020 To be determined To be determined 0 0 1 0 2
Total 0/15 5 7 47 19 178

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2018

2019

Manager history

Helgi Kolviðsson, the team manager since 2018.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Armenia and Finland on 8 and 11 June 2019 respectively.[8]
Caps and goals are current as of 11 June 2019 after the match against Finland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 26) 2 0 Austria VfB Hohenems
1GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Switzerland Linth 04
1GK Armando Majer (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
1GK Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren

2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 28) 53 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 30) 41 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 30) 33 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 28) 30 2 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 21) 24 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 27) 23 0 Germany Pullach
2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 25) 14 0 Austria Dornbirn
2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Switzerland Münsingen
2DF Alexander Marxer (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Liechtenstein Ruggell

3MF Martin Büchel (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 32) 77 2 Switzerland Zurich II
3MF Michele Polverino (Captain) (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 34) 75 6 Liechtenstein Balzers
3MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 26) 51 2 Liechtenstein Vaduz
3MF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 28) 32 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 25) 22 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 22) 16 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 21) 8 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren

4FW Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 28) 61 3 United States Sporting Kansas City
4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 35 3 Switzerland Thun
4FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28) 16 1 Italy Empoli
4FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 21) 7 0 Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona

Recent call-ups

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Benjamin BüchelINJ (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 30) 23 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Italy, 26 March 2019
GK Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

DF Fabian Eberle (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 27) 7 0 Switzerland Konolfingen v.  Italy, 26 March 2019
DF Ivan Quintans (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 29) 31 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren v.  Armenia, 19 November 2018
DF Vinzenz Flatz (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Switzerland Konolfingen v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

MF Mathias Sele (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 27) 6 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Armenia, 19 November 2018
MF Marco Wolfinger (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 30) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Armenia, 19 November 2018

FW Noah Frick (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 17) 1 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Italy, 26 March 2019
FW Philippe ErneINJ (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 32) 35 1 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Greece, 23 March 2019 PRE
FW Niklas Kieber (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 26) 11 0 Liechtenstein Triesenberg v.  Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • INJ = Injured

2016 UEFA European Championship qualification

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 qualifiers

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 10 9 1 0 36 3 +33 28 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 3–0 3–0 4–1 4–0 8–0
2  Italy 10 7 2 1 21 8 +13 23 Advance to second round 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
3  Albania 10 4 1 5 10 13 −3 13 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
4  Israel 10 4 0 6 10 15 −5 12 0–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–1
5  Macedonia 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 39 −38 0 0–8 0–4 0–2 0–1 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

2020 UEFA European Championship qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy Finland Armenia Greece Bosnia and Herzegovina Liechtenstein
1  Italy 4 4 0 0 13 1 +12 12 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 18 Nov 12 Oct 2–1 6–0
2  Finland (X) 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 9 8 Sep 15 Oct 5 Sep 2–0 15 Nov
3  Armenia 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1 6 5 Sep 0–2 15 Nov 8 Sep 3–0
4  Greece 4 1 1 2 6 8 −2 4[a] 0–3 18 Nov 2–3 15 Oct 8 Sep
5  Bosnia and Herzegovina (X) 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4[a] 15 Nov 12 Oct 2–1 2–2 5 Sep
6  Liechtenstein 4 0 0 4 0 13 −13 0 15 Oct 0–2 12 Oct 0–2 18 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA
(X) Assured of at least play-offs.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals: Greece 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion North Macedonia Armenia Gibraltar Liechtenstein
1 North Macedonia North Macedonia 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15 Promotion to League C 2–0 4–0 4–1
2  Armenia 6 3 1 2 14 8 +6 10 4–0 0–1 2–1
3  Gibraltar 6 2 0 4 5 15 −10 6 0–2 2–6 2–1
4  Liechtenstein 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 0–2 2–2 2–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Player history

As of 11 June 2019

In literature

Prompted by the team's poor record in competitive games, British writer Charlie Connelly followed the entire qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As recorded in the subsequent book Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup, Liechtenstein lost all eight games without scoring a goal.[9]

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Malta beat Liechtenstein 7-1". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  4. ^ "Liechtenstein and Finland football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 9 September 2009". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  5. ^ a b c "Liechtenstein missing goal hero Philippe Erne". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. ^ UEFA.com. "UEFA Nations League - Standings". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ "UEFA league D4".
  8. ^ https://www.lfv.li/fileadmin/user_upload/Dateien/Nationalmannschaften/A-Nationalmannschaft/Aufgebote-Nationalmannschaft/2019/Aufgebot-A-Team_Juni2019.pdf
  9. ^ Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.

External links

  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
  • Liechtensteiner Fussballverbund
  • Die Elf, documentary film about Liechtenstein national team
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