Moldova national football team

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Moldova
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igor Dobrovolski
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 156 Increase 3 (14 September 2017)
Highest 37 (April 2008)
Lowest 173 (October 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 126 (7 May 2017)
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 (Moldovan: 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.

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.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1918–1940 Part of  Romania
1940–1990 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
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total 0/21

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
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

12 November 2016
21:00 GET
Georgia  1–1  Moldova
Qazaishvili Goal 16' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Gațcan Goal 78'

Friendly match

17 January 2017
16:00
Qatar  1–1  Moldova
Soria Goal 3' Cojocari Goal 25'
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Omar Mubarak Mazaroua Al Yaqoubi (Oman)

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   –  Austria

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Republic of Ireland and Austria on 6 and 9 October 2017 respectively.
Caps and goals are correct as of October 11, 2017 after the game against Austria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ilie Cebanu (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 30) 29 0 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
1GK Serghei Pașcenco (1982-12-18) 18 December 1982 (age 34) 19 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți
1GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Romania CSM Politehnica Iași
1GK Radu Mîțu (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (Captain) (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 31) 83 8 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
2DF Vitalie Bordian (1984-08-11) 11 August 1984 (age 33) 47 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 30) 45 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 31) 24 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 26) 21 2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2DF Artiom Rozgoniuc (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
2DF Petru Ojog (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Moldova Spicul Chișcăreni

3MF Alexandru Gațcan (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 33) 56 5 Russia Rostov
3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 33) 54 1 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
3MF Alexandru Dedov (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 28) 45 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 30) 34 2 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 28) 29 3 Moldova Milsami Orhei
3MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 27) 29 2 Italy Cagliari
3MF Igor Țîgîrlaș (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 33) 23 1 Moldova Zaria Bălți
3MF Alexandru Pașcenco (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 28) 10 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
3MF Vladislav Ivanov (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 27) 8 0 Belarus Krumkachy Minsk
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 24) 7 0 Slovakia Žilina
3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Vadim Paireli (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești

4FW Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 25) 22 4 Israel Hapoel Haifa
4FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești
4FW Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Moldova Speranța Nisporeni

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 Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 30) 46 0 Greece Levadiakos v.  Wales, 5 September 2017
GK Nicolae Calancea (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 31) 18 0 Romania CSU Craiova v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016

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 23) 14 1 Russia Ufa v.  Wales, 5 September 2017
DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 27) 16 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017
DF Maxim Antoniuc (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 26) 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
DF Andrian Cașcaval (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 30) 8 0 Malta Naxxar Lions v.  Georgia, 12 November 2016

MF Maxim Mihaliov INJ (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 31) 11 0 Moldova Zaria Bălți v.  Serbia, 2 September 2017
MF Gheorghe Andronic (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 26) 10 1 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017
MF Dan Taras (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Moldova Petrocub Hîncești v.  Georgia, 11 June 2017
MF Eugen Zasavitchi (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău v.  Georgia, 12 November 2016

FW Igor Bugaiov (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 33) 55 9 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar 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
FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2016

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 80
2 Victor Golovatenco 79
3 Radu Rebeja 74
4 Serghei Cleșcenco 69
5 Ion Testemițanu 56
6 Valeriu Catinsus 55
Alexandru Gațcan 55
8 Eugeniu Cebotaru 54
9 Igor Bugaiov 53
10 Serghei Rogaciov 52

Top goalscorers

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 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  Austria on 9 October 2017.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Albania 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 000.00
 Andorra 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5 075.00
 Armenia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 025.00
 Austria 6 1 0 5 2 8 −6 016.67
 Azerbaijan 9 3 4 2 8 6 +2 033.33
 Belarus 7 2 2 3 7 10 −3 028.57
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 050.00
 Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 000.00
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
 Canada 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
 Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 000.00
 Cyprus 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 000.00
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
 England 4 0 0 4 0 16 −16 000.00
 Estonia 5 1 1 3 1 3 −2 020.00
 Finland 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 025.00
 Georgia 12 4 4 4 14 17 −3 033.33
 Germany 4 0 0 4 3 18 −15 000.00
 Greece 5 0 1 4 2 9 −7 000.00
 Hungary 7 1 2 4 6 10 −4 014.29
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Iraq 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
 Israel 6 0 3 3 4 8 −4 000.00
 Italy 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 000.00
 Jordan 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 050.00
 Kazakhstan 4 2 1 1 4 4 +0 050.00
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Latvia 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 033.33
 Liechtenstein 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00
 Lithuania 8 2 4 2 9 11 −2 025.00
 Luxembourg 4 1 3 0 2 1 +1 025.00
 Macedonia 3 0 3 0 3 3 +0 000.00
 Malta 7 3 3 1 7 6 +1 042.86
 Montenegro 4 1 0 3 5 7 −2 025.00
 Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 000.00
 Northern Ireland 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 000.00
 Norway 5 0 1 4 1 6 −5 000.00
 Pakistan 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100.00
 Poland 6 0 1 5 2 10 −8 000.00
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 000.00
 Qatar 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00
 Romania 5 0 1 4 3 12 −9 000.00
 Russia 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 000.00
 San Marino 6 6 0 0 14 0 +14 100.00
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
 Scotland 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 000.00
 Serbia 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 000.00
 Slovakia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 033.33
 Slovenia 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Sweden 7 0 0 7 3 20 −17 000.00
  Switzerland 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 000.00
 Turkey 9 0 2 7 3 21 −18 000.00
 Ukraine 5 0 2 3 3 6 −3 000.00
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00
 United States 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 000.00
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 000.00
 Wales 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6 025.00
Total 216 43 52 121 182 349 −167 019.91

Managers

Statistics correct as of match played on 9 October 2017[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– 18 2 5 11 011.11

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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