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 166 Steady (15 February 2018)
Highest 37 (April 2008)
Lowest 173 (October 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 124 Steady (9 February 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

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

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup 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 Did not enter - - - - - -
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 0/21 58 5 12 41 35 115

UEFA European Championship record

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
Europe 2020 To be determined
Total 0/15

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

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

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

Recent results

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

24 March 2017
20:45 CET
Austria  2–0  Moldova
Arnautović Goal 75'
Harnik Goal 90'

Friendly match

27 March 2017
19:15 EEST
Turkey  3–1  Moldova
E. Mor Goal 14'
Çalık Goal 24'
Ünder Goal 52'
Ginsari Goal 90+2'
New Eskişehir Stadium
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)

Friendly match

6 June 2017
20:30 UTC+02:00
Israel  1–1  Moldova
Sahar Goal 90+5' (pen.) Ginsari Goal 51'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 June 2017
19:00 EEST
Moldova  2–2  Georgia
Gînsari Goal 15'
Dedov Goal 36'
Merebashvili Goal 66'
Qazaishvili Goal 70'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

2 September 2017
18:00 CEST
Serbia  3–0  Moldova

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

5 September 2017
21:45 EEST
Moldova  0–2  Wales

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

9 October 2017
21:45 EEST
Moldova  0–1  Austria

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against South Korea and Azerbaijan on 27 and 30 January 2018 respectively.
Caps and goals are correct as of January 30, 2018 after the game against Azerbaijan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ilie Cebanu (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 31) 31 0 Unattached
23 1GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 35) 19 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți
12 1GK Nicolae Calancea (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 31) 19 0 Romania CSU Craiova

4 2DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 30) 47 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
5 2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 27) 23 2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2 2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 28) 18 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
22 2DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
13 2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
14 2DF Radu Rogac (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Uzbekistan Dinamo Samarqand
15 2DF Andrei Macrițchii (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
3 2DF Valeriu Macrițchii (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești

10 3MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 28) 47 3 Azerbaijan Zira
7 3MF Andrei Cojocari (Captain) (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 31) 36 2 Moldova Milsami Orhei
9 3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 28) 30 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
19 3MF Maxim Mihaliov (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 31) 12 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți
20 3MF Alexandru Pașcenco (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 28) 12 0 Kazakhstan Kyzylzhar
8 3MF Vladislav Ivanov (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 27) 10 0 Belarus Krumkachy Minsk
17 3MF Danu Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 23) 7 0 Unattached
21 3MF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 26) 5 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni
16 3MF Vadim Paireli (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
6 3MF Dan Taras (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești

18 4FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 24) 7 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
11 4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol

Recent call-ups

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 Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Romania CSM Politehnica Iași v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
GK Radu Mîțu (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 31) 46 0 Unattached v.  Wales, 5 September 2017

DF Alexandru Epureanu (Captain) (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 31) 83 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
DF Vitalie Bordian (1984-08-11) 11 August 1984 (age 33) 47 1 Moldova Sheriff 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 Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
DF Petru Ojog (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Moldova Spicul Chișcăreni v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 30) 52 4 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala v.  Wales, 5 September 2017
DF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 24) 14 1 Russia Ufa v.  Wales, 5 September 2017
DF Maxim Antoniuc (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 27) 8 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017
DF Maxim Potîrniche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017
DF Victor Golovatenco (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 33) 82 4 Moldova Zaria Bălți v.  Turkey, 27 March 2017

MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 33) 56 5 Russia Rostov v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 33) 54 1 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 27) 29 2 Italy Cagliari v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
MF Igor Țîgîrlaș (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 33) 23 1 Moldova Zaria Bălți v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 24) 7 0 Azerbaijan Sabail 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
MF Gheorghe Andronic (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 26) 10 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017

FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 26) 22 4 Israel Hapoel Haifa v.  Austria, 11 October 2017
FW Igor Bugaiov (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 33) 55 9 Unattached v.  Wales, 5 September 2017
FW Eugen Sidorenco (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 28) 34 7 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017

Player history

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Serbia on 2 September 2017.

Most capped players

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

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

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

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

Managers

Statistics correct as of match played on 27 January 2018[1]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Caras, IonIon Caras Moldova 1991–1992 2 0 1 1 000.00
Piunovschi, EugenEugen Piunovschi Russia 1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Caras, IonIon Caras Moldova 1992–1997 27 5 3 19 018.52
Danilianț, IvanIvan Danilianț Moldova 1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Mațiura, AlexandruAlexandru Mațiura Moldova 1999–2001 17 4 4 9 023.53
Spiridon, AlexandruAlexandru Spiridon Moldova 2001 4 1 0 3 025.00
Pasulko, ViktorViktor Pasulko Ukraine 2002–2006 35 7 8 20 020.00
Teslev, AnatolAnatol Teslev Moldova 2006–2007 6 1 2 3 016.67
Dobrovolski, IgorIgor Dobrovolski Russia 2007–2009 30 7 9 14 023.33
Balint, GavrilGavril Balint Romania 2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Caras, IonIon Caras Moldova 2012–2014 27 6 7 14 022.22
Curtianu, AlexandruAlexandru Curtianu Moldova 2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Stoica, ȘtefanȘtefan Stoica Romania 2015 4 0 0 4 000.00
Dobrovolski, IgorIgor Dobrovolski Russia 2016–2017 18 2 5 11 011.11
Spiridon, AlexandruAlexandru Spiridon Moldova 2018– 1 0 0 1 000.00

Current sponsorship

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 

External links

  • Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (in Russian) (in Romanian)
  • RSSSF archive of results: 1991–present (in English)
  • Reports for all matches of Moldova national team (in English)
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