Liechtenstein national football team

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.

Liechtenstein
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 180 1 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest118 (January 2008, July 2011, September 2011)
Lowest191 (July 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 174 1 (25 November 2019)[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)

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 20 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
1930 to 1994Did not enter
1998Did not qualify6th, last (qualifying)0010352
20025th, last (qualifying)008023
20066th out of 7 (qualifying)2281323
20106th, last (qualifying)028223
20146th, last (qualifying)028425
20186th, last (qualifying)0010139
2022To be determinedTo be determined
2026To be determinedTo be determined
Total 0/21 2 6 52 23 185

European Championship record

Year Round Position W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992Did not enter
1996Did not qualify6th, last (qualifying)019140
20006th, last (qualifying)118239
20045th, last (qualifying)017222
20087th, last (qualifying)219932
20125th, last (qualifying)116317
20165th out of 6 (qualifying)127226
20206th, last (qualifying)028231
Total 0/16 5 9 54 20 190

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2018

2019

Manager history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 and 18 November 2019 respectively.[8]
Caps and goals are current as of 18 November 2019 after the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Benjamin Büchel (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 29 0 Vaduz
1GK Lorenzo Lo Russo (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 0 0 Linth 04
1GK Justin Ospelt (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 0 0 Vaduz

2DF Martin Rechsteiner (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 47 0 Balzers
2DF Seyhan Yildiz (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 37 1 Balzers
2DF Sandro Wolfinger (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 33 2 Eschen/Mauren
2DF Maximilian Göppel (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 30 1 Vaduz
2DF Daniel Brändle (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 27 0 Pullach
2DF Andreas Malin (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 19 0 Dornbirn
2DF Jens Hofer (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 6 0 Vaduz

3MF Martin Büchel (Captain) (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 82 2 Red Star Zürich
3MF Michele PolverinoRET (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 79 6 Balzers
3MF Robin Gubser (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 38 1 Eschen/Mauren
3MF Aron Sele (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 19 0 Vaduz
3MF Livio Meier (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 12 0 Eschen/Mauren
3MF Philipp Ospelt (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 4 0 Eschen/Mauren
3MF Ridvan Kardesoglu (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 1 0 Chur 97
3MF Fabio Wolfinger (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 1 0 Eschen/Mauren
3MF Noah Frommelt (2000-12-18) 18 December 2000 1 0 Balzers
3MF Marco Wolfinger (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 0 0 Balzers

4FW Nicolas Hasler (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 67 3 Sporting Kansas City
4FW Dennis Salanović (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 41 4 Thun
4FW Yanik Frick (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 11 1 Rapperswil-Jona
4FW Noah Frick (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 2 0 Vaduz

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 Claudio Majer (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 0 0 Eschen/Mauren v.  Italy, 15 October 2019
GK Thomas Hobi (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 2 0 VfB Hohenems v.  Finland, 11 June 2019
GK Armando Majer (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 0 0 Eschen/Mauren v.  Finland, 11 June 2019

DF Daniel Kaufmann (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 57 1 Balzers v.  Italy, 15 October 2019
DF Fabian Eberle (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 7 0 Konolfingen v.  Italy, 15 October 2019
DF Alexander Marxer (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 0 0 Ruggell v.  Armenia, 8 June 2019

MF Sandro Wieser (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 53 2 Vaduz v.  Greece, 8 September 2019
MF Simon Kühne (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 22 0 Eschen/Mauren v.  Greece, 8 September 2019

FW Marcel Büchel (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 16 1 Juve Stabia v.  Finland, 11 June 2019
FW Philippe Erne (1986-12-14) 14 December 1986 35 1 Balzers v.  Greece, 23 March 2019 INJ

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • INJ = Injured
  • RET = Player retired from the national team.

2016 UEFA European Championship qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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[lower-alpha 1] 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

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2020 UEFA European Championship qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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 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

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[lower-alpha 1]
1  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
Notes:
  1. Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, the second-placed teams in each group and the best third-placed team among all groups were also promoted.

Player history

As of 18 November 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. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 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. "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_WOF-November.pdf
  9. Stamping Grounds : Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream. 2014-06-11. ISBN 9780349141121.
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