Liechtenstein national football team

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Liechtenstein
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Blues-Reds
AssociationLiechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachHelgi Kolviðsson
CaptainMartin Büchel
Most capsPeter Jehle (132)
Top scorerMario Frick (16)
Home stadiumRheinpark Stadion
FIFA codeLIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 181 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 177 Decrease 7 (22 October 2020)[2]
Highest145 (June 1984)
Lowest183 (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. Conversely, Liechtenstein is the only country that lost an official match against San Marino. 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[edit]

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[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

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[edit]

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 6th, last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 31
Total 0/16 5 9 54 20 190

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2019[edit]

15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingFinland 3–0 LiechtensteinHelsinki, Finland
18:00
Report Stadium: Telia 5G Areena
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)

2020[edit]

8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueSan Marino 0–2 LiechtensteinRimini, Italy
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Hasler Goal 3' (pen.)
Y. Frick Goal 14'
Stadium: Stadio Romeo Neri
Attendance: 0
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) FriendlyLuxembourg 1–2 LiechtensteinLuxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:15
Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium)
13 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueLiechtenstein 0–0 San MarinoVaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjberg Burchardt (Denmark)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) FriendlyMalta v LiechtensteinTa' Qali, Malta
TBD Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali

2020 UEFA European Championship qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy Finland Greece Bosnia and Herzegovina Armenia Liechtenstein
1  Italy 10 10 0 0 37 4 +33 30 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 2–0 2–1 9–1 6–0
2  Finland 10 6 0 4 16 10 +6 18 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–0
3  Greece 10 4 2 4 12 14 −2 14 0–3 2–1 2–1 2–3 1–1
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 4 1 5 20 17 +3 13 Advance to play-offs via Nations League 0–3 4–1 2–2 2–1 5–0
5  Armenia 10 3 1 6 14 25 −11 10 1–3 0–2 0–1 4–2 3–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 2 31 −29 2 0–5 0–2 0–2 0–3 1–1
Source: UEFA

Manager history[edit]

Helgi Kolviðsson, the team manager since 2018.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Luxembourg on 7 October 2020 and the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League matches against Gibraltar and San Marino on 10 and 13 October 2020 respectively.[8]

Caps and goals are current as of 13 October 2020 after the match against San Marino.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 31) 32 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
1GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
1GK Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
1GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Switzerland Linth 04

2DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 29) 59 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 31) 41 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
2DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 29) 37 2 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 23) 34 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz
2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 28) 30 0 Germany Pullach
2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 26) 23 0 Austria Dornbirn
2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 23) 9 0 Switzerland Biel-Bienne
2DF Alexander Marxer (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Liechtenstein Ruggell

3MF Martin Büchel (Captain) (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 33) 85 2 Switzerland Red Star Zürich
3MF Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 29) 71 5 Switzerland Thun
3MF Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 26) 24 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 24) 23 0 Switzerland Chur 97
3MF Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 29) 17 1 Italy Ascoli
3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 22) 13 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Noah Frommelt (2000-12-18) 18 December 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 4 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
3MF Nicola Kollmann (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Liechtenstein Ruggell

4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 24) 45 4 Switzerland Thun
4FW Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 (age 33) 35 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
4FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 22) 13 2 Germany Energie Cottbus
4FW Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 28) 8 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
4FW Noah Frick (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 19) 3 0 Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


MF Dario Kaiser (1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Switzerland Konolfingen v.  San Marino, 8 September 2020
MF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 29) 38 1 Switzerland Mels v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 November 2019
MF Ridvan Kardesoglu (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 November 2019
MF Marco Wolfinger (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 31) 0 0 Liechtenstein Balzers v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 November 2019

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • INJ = Injured

Player history[edit]

Peter Jehle (left) is Liechtenstein's most capped player, while Mario Frick (right) is the all-time record goalscorer (and 2nd most capped).

Most capped players[edit]

As of 13 October 2020
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Peter Jehle 132 0 1998–2018
2 Mario Frick 125 16 1993–2015
3 Martin Stocklasa 113 5 1996–2014
4 Franz Burgmeier 112 9 2001–2018
5 Thomas Beck 92 5 1998–2013
6 Martin Büchel 85 2 2004–
7 Daniel Hasler 81 1 1993–2007
8 Michele Polverino 79 6 2007–2019
9 Martin Telser 73 1 1996–2007
10 Ronny Büchel 72 0 1998–2010

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 13 October 2020
Rank Player Goals Caps Years
1 Mario Frick 16 125 1993–2015
2 Franz Burgmeier 9 112 2001–2018
3 Michele Polverino 6 79 2007–2019
4 Martin Stocklasa 5 113 1996–2014
Thomas Beck 5 92 1998–2013
Nicolas Hasler 5 71 2010–
7 Dennis Salanović 4 45 2014–
8 Martin Büchel 2 85 2004–
Michael Stocklasa 2 71 1998–2012
Sandro Wieser 2 53 2008–
Fabio D'Elia 2 50 2001–2010
Sandro Wolfinger 2 37 2013–
Mathias Christen 2 36 2008–2014
Benjamin Fischer 2 23 2005–2011
Yanik Frick 2 13 2016–

In literature[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  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/2020/Aufgebot_WOF_Oktober_2020.pdf
  9. ^ Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.

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