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San Marino national football team

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San Marino
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Serenissima
Association Federazione Sammarinese Giuoco Calcio
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Pierangelo Manzaroli [1]
Captain Andy Selva
Most caps Andy Selva (74)
Top scorer Andy Selva (8)
Home stadium San Marino Stadium
FIFA code SMR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 204 Steady (16 October 2017)
Highest 118 (September 1993)
Lowest 208 (July–October 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 203 Steady (30 April 2017)
Highest 191 (2001)
Lowest 205 (2014)
First international
 San Marino 0–4 Switzerland  
(Serravalle, San Marino; 14 November 1990)
Biggest win
 San Marino 1–0 Liechtenstein 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 28 April 2004)
Biggest defeat
 San Marino 0–13 Germany 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 6 September 2006)

The San Marino national football team (Italian: Nazionale di calcio di San Marino) is the national football team of San Marino, controlled by the San Marino Football Federation (FSGC). The team represents the second smallest population of any UEFA member.

The first official game played by a San Marino team was a 4–0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier by Switzerland in 1990. Previously, a San Marino side had lost 1–0 to a Canadian Olympic team in 1986, but this was not an official match. Since making their competitive bow, San Marino have competed in qualifying for every European Championships and World Cup, but have never won a match in either competition. They have only ever won one game, beating Liechtenstein 1–0 in a friendly match on 28 April 2004.

Until November 2014 San Marino were tied in last place in the FIFA World Rankings, a run that lasted since the rankings were given a new calculation methodology. They were tied for last with Bhutan, (208th) in the October 2014 rankings,[2] a 0–0 draw with Estonia during the Euro 2016 qualifying rounds ended their tenure at the foot of the rankings. The national side scored their first away goal in fourteen years against another Baltic side, Lithuania, during the same qualifying rounds.

San Marino's national team is often considered the worst national side in the history of the sport, having only ever won a single match of the 145 they've played, conceded 634 goals and scored only 23, conceding an average of 4 goals per game.[3]

History

Though the San Marino Football Federation formed in 1931, the federation did not establish a national team until 1986, when a team representing the Federation played Canada's Olympic team in an unofficial international. San Marino gained affiliation to governing bodies FIFA and UEFA in 1988,[4] allowing the team to participate in major championships. Prior to this, Sammarinese players had been considered Italian in international football contexts.[5]

San Marino's first match in a FIFA sanctioned competition was against Switzerland on 14 November 1990 in a qualifier for the 1992 European Championships. San Marino lost 4–0, and went to lose all eight qualifiers. The team particularly struggled in away matches, losing every one by at least four goals. San Marino scored only one goal, a penalty in a 3–1 defeat at home by Romania,[6] and conceded 33 goals in total.[7]

For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, San Marino were drawn in a group with England, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Turkey. The opening match resulted in a 10–0 hammering at the hands of Norway. The return match was less one-sided, finishing 2–0 to the Norwegians. A 4–1 defeat in Turkey saw San Marino score their first World Cup goal, and a 0–0 draw against the same opposition on 10 March 1993 gave them their first ever point. In their final qualifier, against England, Davide Gualtieri scored the then-fastest goal in World Cup Qualifying history—after 8.3 seconds—though the team went on to lose 7–1.[8] San Marino finished the campaign with one point, and conceded 46 goals in 10 matches.[9]

The team's qualification campaign for Euro 1996 followed a similar pattern to that of the previous European championships, as they lost every game. A match away to Finland gave San Marino their first goal away from home in the European championships, but the team lost 4–1.[10] Their only other goal came in a 3–1 home defeat by the Faroe Islands; the two wins over San Marino were the only points gained by the Faroe Islands in the group. In the return match, a 3–0 scoreline in Toftir, is the Faroe Islands record competitive win.[11]

Even by Sammarinese standards, qualification for the 1998 World Cup was disappointing. Losing every game by three goals or more, San Marino failed to score a single goal.[12] This is the only World Cup qualifying tournament in which they have failed to score. Qualification for Euro 2000 again resulted in defeats in every game. The closest game was against Cyprus, a 1–0 defeat on 18 November 1998.[13]

In April 2001, San Marino gained their first ever away point, drawing 1–1 with Latvia in Riga.[14] The team ended the 2002 World Cup qualifying group with a new best of three goals, though one of these came in a 10–1 defeat by Belgium. In Euro 2004 qualifying San Marino lost all eight matches, failing to score. The closest result was a 1–0 home defeat by Latvia, with the winner scored in the last minute.[15]

In April 2004, San Marino gained their first, and as of September 2016 only, win in their 65th attempt, a 1–0 victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly on 28 April 2004 courtesy of a fifth-minute goal by Andy Selva. The match was Martin Andermatt's debut as Liechtenstein manager.[16] Results during qualification for the 2006 World Cup followed a similar vein to previous qualifying groups. Matches were generally one-sided defeats, with the exception of single goal defeats at home by Lithuania and Belgium.[17]

San Marino's opening Euro 2008 qualifying match resulted in a record 13–0 defeat at home by Germany on 6 September 2006.[18] They scored only twice and conceded fifty-seven goals in losing all twelve matches, although the home matches against Ireland, Cyprus and Wales were each lost by a single goal.[19]

In the qualification tournament for the 2010 World Cup, they lost all ten matches played and failed to qualify. They conceded 47 goals in those fixtures, including 10 in a defeat by Poland, which became Poland's highest scoring victory of all time,[20] and scored just once, in a 3–1 defeat by Slovakia.[21] Qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012 started in a similar way, the first nine matches all being defeats with an aggregate of 49 goals conceded and none scored, their best result being a one-goal loss to Finland at home, with the worst being a heavy 11–0 loss to the Netherlands, which became the Netherlands' highest scoring victory of all time and San Marino's worst-ever away defeat.[22] This was then followed up by two lighter defeats, a 5–0 home loss against Sweden, before completing the campaign with a 4–0 away loss to Moldova.

On 10 September 2013, Alessandro Della Valle scored San Marino's first competitive goal for 5 years. With the score 0–1 to Poland in the Serravalle stadium, he headed in a free-kick in the 22nd minute, beating A.F.C. Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc at his front post. Poland then regained the lead a minute later, eventually winning 5–1. It was the first international goal of any kind scored by San Marino since the national team lost 3–2 at home to Malta, the second time (after a 2–2 friendly draw against Liechtenstein away in 2003) the national team has scored more than once in any given international at senior level.

On 15 November 2014, San Marino drew 0–0 at home against Estonia.[23] It was the first time in 10 years that the team had not lost a game, ending a 61–match losing streak,[23] and securing the country's first ever point in a European Championship qualifier.[23]

Stadium

San Marino play home matches at the San Marino Stadium, a municipally owned stadium in Serravalle which also hosts the matches of club side San Marino Calcio. It has a capacity of 7,000.[24] Crowds are low, and on occasion travelling supporters outnumber the Sammarinese support. For example, in the fixture against the Republic of Ireland in February 2007, 2,500 of the 3,294 crowd were Irish supporters.[25][26]

San Marino have played two "home" matches outside their borders. For World Cup qualifiers against England and the Netherlands in 1993 the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna was used.

Reputation

San Marino once had the smallest population of any UEFA country,[24] until the May 2013 election of Gibraltar.[27] The republic has never won a competitive fixture and its poor record has led the country to gain a very low reputation in world football. A 2004 1–0 friendly win against Liechtenstein remains their sole victory to date.

The national side is mainly composed of amateur players. Only a small number of players are professionals, with many holding second jobs outside of the sport. Their 13–0 defeat at home by Germany is a European Championship record,[18] and they have conceded ten goals on four other separate occasions.

In the FIFA World Rankings, San Marino traditionally have the lowest rank of any UEFA country. Since the creation of FIFA rankings in 1992, San Marino's average position has been 176th.[28]

In 2001, Latvia manager Gary Johnson resigned after failing to beat San Marino in a World Cup qualifier.[29] The Republic of Ireland's 2–1 win in February 2007 (due to a last-second goal) resulted in scathing press criticism.[30]

San Marino set a European record when they went over 20 games without scoring between October 2008 and August 2012.[31] On 8 September 2015, San Marino scored its first away goal in 14 years when Matteo Vitaioli scored against Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualification.[32]

Results and fixtures

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

4 September 2016
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
San Marino  0–1  Azerbaijan
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
R. Qurbanov Goal 45'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

8 October 2016
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Northern Ireland  4–0  San Marino
S. Davis Goal 26'
K. Lafferty Goal 79'90+4'
J. Ward Goal 85'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 18,234
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 October 2016
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Norway  4–1  San Marino
D. Simoncini Goal 12' (o.g.)
Diomandé Goal 77'
Samuelsen Goal 82'
King Goal 83'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stefanelli Goal 54'
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Attendance: 8,214
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 November 2016
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
San Marino  0–8  Germany
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Khedira Goal 7'
Gnabry Goal 9'58'76'
Hector Goal 32'65'
Stefanelli Goal 82' (o.g.)
Volland Goal 85'
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
Attendance: 3,851
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (Kazakhstan)

Friendly match

22 February 2017
TBD
(TBD UTC+2)
San Marino  0–2  Andorra
Report Lima Goal 28' (pen.)
Martínez Goal 66'

Friendly match

19 March 2017
19:00
(TBD UTC+2)
San Marino  0–2  Moldova
Report Posmac Goal 26'
Gațcan Goal 72'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

26 March 2017
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
San Marino  0–6  Czech Republic
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Barák Goal 17'24'
Darida Goal 19'77' (pen.)
Gebre Selassie Goal 26'
Krmenčík Goal 43'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

10 June 2017
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Germany  7–0  San Marino
Draxler Goal 11'
Wagner Goal 16'29'85'
Younes Goal 38'
Mustafi Goal 47'
Brandt Goal 72'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadion Nürnberg, Nuremberg
Attendance: 32,467
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

1 September 2017
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
San Marino  0–3  Northern Ireland
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Magennis Goal 70'75'
Davis Goal 78' (pen.)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

4 September 2017
18:00
(21:00 UTC+5)
Azerbaijan  5–1  San Marino
A. Ismayilov Goal 20'57'
A. Abdullayev Goal 25'
Cevoli Goal 71' (o.g.)
R. Sadygov Goal 81'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Palazzi Goal 73'

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

5 October 2017
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
San Marino  0–8  Norway
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Henriksen Goal 8'
King Goal 14'17'
Elyounoussi Goal 39'48'68'
Selnæs Goal 58'
Linnes Goal 86'
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
Attendance: 1,922
Referee: Andrew Dallas (Scotland)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

8 October 2017
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Czech Republic  5–0  San Marino
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

San Marino all-time record against all nations

Official matches

As of 10 September 2017
Opponent P W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Albania 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 000.00
 Andorra 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
 Austria 2 0 0 2 1 11 −10 000.00
 Azerbaijan 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 000.00
 Belgium 6 0 0 6 3 33 −30 000.00
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 000.00
 Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 000.00
 Croatia 3 0 0 3 0 18 −18 000.00
 Cyprus 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9 000.00
 Czech Republic 5 0 0 5 0 26 −26 000.00
 England 6 0 0 6 1 37 −36 000.00
 Estonia 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 000.00
 Faroe Islands 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 000.00
 Finland 4 0 0 4 1 18 −17 000.00
 Germany 4 0 0 4 0 34 −34 000.00
 Greece 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 000.00
 Hungary 4 0 0 4 0 19 −19 000.00
 Israel 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 000.00
 Italy 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16 000.00
 Latvia 4 0 1 3 1 6 −5 000.00
 Liechtenstein 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 025.00
 Lithuania 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 000.00
 Malta 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00
 Moldova 6 0 0 6 0 14 −14 000.00
 Montenegro 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 000.00
 Netherlands 6 0 0 6 0 39 −39 000.00
 Northern Ireland 4 0 0 4 0 14 −14 000.00
 Norway 4 0 0 4 1 24 −23 000.00
 Poland 8 0 0 8 1 33 −32 000.00
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 000.00
 Romania 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 000.00
 Russia 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 000.00
 Scotland 6 0 0 6 0 19 −19 000.00
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 000.00
 Slovakia 4 0 0 4 1 22 −21 000.00
 Slovenia 4 0 0 4 0 16 −16 000.00
 Spain 4 0 0 4 0 26 −26 000.00
 Sweden 4 0 0 4 0 22 −22 000.00
  Switzerland 4 0 0 4 0 22 −22 000.00
 Turkey 4 0 1 3 1 16 −15 000.00
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 17 −17 000.00
 Wales 4 0 0 4 1 16 −15 000.00
Total 146 1 4 141 23 642 −619 000.68

Unofficial matches

As of 15 October 2013
Opponent P W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Lebanon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Syria 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
 Turkey 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
  Vatican City [33] 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Total 4 0 2 2 0 7 −7 0%

List of matches not lost by San Marino

San Marino  0–0  Turkey
Report
Stadio Olimpico, San Marino
Attendance: 957
Referee: Michel Piraux (Belgium)

Latvia  1–1  San Marino
Pahars Goal 1' Report Albani Goal 59'
Skonto Stadium, Latvia
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Karen Nalbandyan (Armenia)

20 August 2003
Friendly
Liechtenstein  2–2  San Marino
Frick Goal 16'
Burgmeier Goal 23'
Report B. Gasperoni Goal 39'
Ciacci Goal 45'
Rheinpark Stadion, Liechtenstein
Attendance: 850
Referee: Guido Wildhaber (Switzerland)

28 April 2004
Friendly
San Marino  1–0  Liechtenstein
Selva Goal 5' Report
Stadio Olimpico, San Marino
Attendance: 700
Referee: Ruaidhri Laird (Scotland)

15 November 2014
Euro 2016 qualification
San Marino  0–0  Estonia
Report
Stadio Olimpico, San Marino
Attendance: 759
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930–1990 Did Not Enter
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify 10 0 1 9 2 46
France 1998 8 0 0 8 0 42
South KoreaJapan 2002 8 0 1 7 3 30
Germany 2006 10 0 0 10 2 40
South Africa 2010 10 0 0 10 1 47
Brazil 2014 10 0 0 10 1 54
Russia 2018 10 0 0 10 2 51
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20 66 0 2 64 11 310

European Championship record

Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1960 Did Not Enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016

Managers

From 1986 to present days:

Dates Name
1986–1990 San Marino Giulio Casali
1990–1996 San Marino Giorgio Leoni
1996–1998 San Marino Massimo Bonini
1998–2013 San Marino Giampaolo Mazza
2014– San Marino Pierangelo Manzaroli

Players

Current squad

The following is the list of players selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Norway on 5 October 2017 and Czech Republic on 8 October 2017.[34] [35] Caps and goals as of 8 October 2017 after the game against Czech Republic.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aldo Simoncini (Captain) (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 31) 60 0 San Marino Libertas
12 1GK Giacomo Muraccini (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 27) 0 0 San Marino Domagnano
23 1GK Mattia Manzaroli (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 26) 0 0 San Marino Juvenes/Dogana

2 2DF Andrea Grandoni (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Italy Ravenna
3 2DF Marco Berardi (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 24) 8 0 San Marino Folgore
5 2DF Fabio Vitaioli (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 33) 47 0 San Marino Libertas
6 2DF Davide Simoncini (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 31) 50 0 San Marino Libertas
8 2DF Giovanni Bonini (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 31) 28 0 San Marino Tre Penne
13 2DF Alessandro Della Valle (1982-06-08) 8 June 1982 (age 35) 66 1 San Marino Juvenes/Dogana
15 2DF Cristian Brolli (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 25) 22 0 San Marino Folgore
17 2DF Juri Biordi (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 22) 5 0 San Marino Fiorentino
21 2DF Mirko Palazzi (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 30) 37 1 San Marino Tre Penne
22 2DF Michele Cevoli (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 19) 3 0 San Marino Libertas

4 3MF Maicol Berretti (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 28) 26 0 San Marino Murata
7 3MF Alex Gasperoni (1984-06-30) 30 June 1984 (age 33) 39 0 San Marino Tre Penne
10 3MF Michael Battistini (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 21) 5 0 San Marino Juvenes/Dogana
14 3MF Michele Cervellini (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 29) 35 0 San Marino Libertas
19 3MF Luca Tosi (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 27) 18 0 San Marino Virtus
20 3MF Alessandro Golinucci (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Italy Tropical Coriano

9 4FW Marco Bernardi (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 23) 5 0 San Marino Fiorentino
11 4FW Fabio Tomassini (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Italy Romagna Centro
16 4FW Danilo Rinaldi (1986-04-18) 18 April 1986 (age 31) 35 1 San Marino La Fiorita
18 4FW Filippo Berardi (1997-05-18) 18 May 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Italy Juve Stabia

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Elia Benedettini (1995-06-22) 22 June 1995 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Novara v.  Norway, 5 October 2017 PRE

DF Davide Cesarini (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 22) 11 0 San Marino Tre Penne v.  Norway, 5 October 2017 PRE
DF Alessandro D'Addario (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Pianese v.  Norway, 5 October 2017 PRE
DF Carlo Valentini (1982-03-15) 15 March 1982 (age 35) 46 0 San Marino Murata v.  Germany, 10 June 2017 INJ

MF Enrico Golinucci (1991-07-16) 16 July 1991 (age 26) 7 0 San Marino Libertas v.  Germany, 10 June 2017
MF Pier Filippo Mazza (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 29) 17 0 Italy Sant'Ermete Calcio v.  Germany, 10 June 2017
MF Tommaso Zafferani (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 21) 8 0 San Marino La Fiorita v.  Germany, 10 June 2017
MF Marco Domeniconi (1984-01-29) 29 January 1984 (age 33) 19 0 San Marino Folgore v.  Czech Republic, 26 March 2017
MF Luca Nanni (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 22) 8 0 San Marino Virtus v.  Moldova, 18 March 2017
MF Lorenzo Lunadei (1997-07-12) 12 July 1997 (age 20) 1 0 San Marino La Fiorita v.  Andorra, 22 February 2017

FW Mattia Stefanelli (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 24) 15 1 Italy Vis Novafeltria v.  Norway, 5 October 2017 PRE
FW Adolfo Hirsch (1986-01-31) 31 January 1986 (age 31) 22 0 San Marino Folgore v.  Azerbaijan, 4 September 2017
FW Matteo Vitaioli (1989-10-27) 27 October 1989 (age 28) 48 1 Italy Tropical Coriano v.  Italy, 31 May 2017
FW Andy Selva (1976-05-25) 25 May 1976 (age 41) 74 8 San Marino La Fiorita v.  Andorra, 22 February 2017

Coaching staff

[36]

Head coach Pierangelo Manzaroli [1]
Technical assistant Stefano Ceci
Fitness coach Tomaso Mazzoli
Goalkeeping coach Marcello Teodorani
Team doctor Pietro Bugli
Physiotherapist Loris Balzani
Masseur Tiziano Giacobbi
Official accompanying Cesare Vitaioli
Match analyst Lorenzo Vagnini
Warehouseman Benito Ballato
Marco Crescentini
Mauro Montanari

Kit manufacturers

Period Kit provider
1990–2010 Italy Virma
2011–present Germany Adidas

Records

In January 2006, the Sammarinese Football Association named Massimo Bonini as their greatest ever player.[5] Three-times Italian Serie A champion, he is the only Sammarinese player to have won an official international competition including the European Champions' Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. Bonini represented Italy at under-21 level in the early 1980s, and he played for Juventus from 1981 to 1988, but was prevented from gaining full honours due to a rule change.[5] By the time San Marino became a full UEFA member, Bonini was in his thirties, but gained 19 caps between 1990 and 1995.[37]

After retiring from playing, Bonini became San Marino's manager,[5] succeeding Giorgio Leoni. He held the position until 1998, when he was replaced by Giampaolo Mazza. As of 2012, Mazza is the longest-serving manager of any European national team. Though he gave up his position after their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign, giving way to former u-21s boss Pierangelo Manzaroli.[38]

The appearance record for San Marino is held by Andy Selva, who has 74 caps. He is also the record goalscorer with eight goals.[39]

San Marino's player Davide Gualtieri scored the second fastest goal ever in a Fifa match against England. In the match, which took place in Bologna, Italy, San Marino had the kick-off and the ball was quickly played through the inside-right channel. England defender Stuart Pearce attempted a back-pass to goalkeeper David Seaman. Pearce's pass was under-hit and Gualtieri ran on to touch the ball past Seaman. The goal was timed at 8.3 seconds, which remains the fastest World Cup goal scored in either qualifying or the finals. England took 20 minutes to equalise and eventually finished winning the match 7–1.

Most appearances

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Andy Selva 1998–present 74 8
2 Damiano Vannucci 1996–2012 68 0
3 Alessandro Della Valle 2002–present 66 1
4 Aldo Simoncini 2006–present 60 0
4 Simone Bacciocchi 1998–2013 60 0
6 Davide Simoncini 2006–present 50 0
7 Mirko Gennari 1990–2002 48 0
7 Matteo Vitaioli 2006–present 48 1
9 Fabio Vitaioli 2005–present 47 0
9 Paolo Montagna 1991–2007 47 0
10 Carlo Valentini 2002–present 46 0

All goalscorers

# Name Career Goals (caps) Goals for caps Opponents and dates
1 Selva, AndyAndy Selva 1998–present 8 (74) 0.108  Austria, 14 October 1998
 Belgium, 28 February 2001, 6 June 2001 and 30 March 2005
 Liechtenstein, 28 April 2004
 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 June 2005
 Wales, 17 October 2007
 Slovakia, 11 October 2008
2 Marani, ManuelManuel Marani 2003–2012 2 (32) 0.063  Republic of Ireland, 7 February 2007
 Malta, 14 August 2012
3 Della Valle, AlessandroAlessandro Della Valle 2002–present 1 (66) 0.015  Poland, 10 September 2013
Vitaioli, MatteoMatteo Vitaioli 2007–present 1 (48) 0.021  Lithuania, 8 September 2015
Albani, NicolaNicola Albani 2001–2011 1 (40) 0.025  Latvia, 25 April 2001
Palazzi, MirkoMirko Palazzi 2005–present 1 (37) 0.027  Azerbaijan, 4 September 2017
Rinaldi, Danilo EzequielDanilo Ezequiel Rinaldi 2008–present 1 (35) 0.029  Malta, 14 August 2012
Bacciocchi, NicolaNicola Bacciocchi 1991–2000 1 (33) 0.03  Turkey, 9 September 1992
Gasperoni, BryanBryan Gasperoni 1994–2005 1 (28) 0.036  Liechtenstein, 20 August 2003
Valentini, MauroMauro Valentini 1991–1999 1 (23) 0.043  Faroe Islands, 11 October 1995
Della Valle, Pier DomenicoPier Domenico Della Valle 1991–2000 1 (21) 0.048  Finland, 14 December 1994
Pasolini, ValdesValdes Pasolini 1990–1996 1 (18) 0.056  Romania, 27 March 1991
Ciacci, NicolaNicola Ciacci 2003–2011 1 (16) 0.063  Liechtenstein, 20 August 2003
Stefanelli, MattiaMattia Stefanelli 2014–present 1 (15) 0.071  Norway, 11 October 2016
Gualtieri, DavideDavide Gualtieri 1993–1999 1 (9) 0.111  England, 17 November 1993

See also

Notes

References

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External links

  • RSSSF Archive of international results 1986–present (list of results)
  • RSSSF Archive of international Goals and Caps
  • Archive of friendlies 1992–present (in Italian)
  • National Governing Body
  • Reports of all official matches
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