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Liechtenstein
Association Liechtenstein Football Association
(Liechtensteiner Fussballverband)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Hans-Peter Zaugg (2006-)
Most caps Mario Frick (92)
Top scorer Mario Frick (14)
Home stadium Rheinpark Stadion
FIFA code LIE
FIFA ranking 154
Highest FIFA ranking 118 (January 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (May 1998)
Elo ranking 169
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 0 - 1 Switzerland 
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 9 March 1982)
Biggest win
Luxembourg  0 - 4 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 13 October 2004)
Biggest defeat
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 1 - 11 Macedonia 
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)

The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team 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 World Cup qualifier on 13 October 2004, was both its first away win ever and its first win in any World Cup qualifier. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, with an 11-1 thrashing at the hands of the Republic of Macedonia.

The team's record in competitive games was so poor it prompted British writer Charlie Connelly to follow 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.

Four days before Liechtenstein scored its first win in World Cup qualifying, the team made even more headlines with a stunning 2-2 draw in Vaduz in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Portugal. Before this result, Liechtenstein had lost all of its previous 20 World Cup qualifiers. They also caused a shock in the return match at the end of the group phase when Benjamin Fischer scored, and Liechtenstein led at half time, before eventually losing 2-1.

Liechtenstein is the only country ever to lose to San Marino, with a 0-1 loss in a friendly match on 28 April 2004.

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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 by winning 2-1 against Azerbaijan in a UEFA 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 enormously. 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 for probably their greatest ever victory — indeed their first against a country that has qualified for a major finals — 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.

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.

World Cup record

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
United States 1994 Withdrew from qualifying - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify 6th,last (qualifying) 0 0 10 3 52
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify 5th,last (qualifying) 0 0 8 0 23
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 6th,second last (qualifying) 2 2 8 13 23
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 6th,last (qualifying) 0 2 8 2 23

European Championship record

Year Round Position W D L GS GA
England 1996 Did not qualify 6th,last (qualifying) 0 1 9 1 40
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify 6th,last (qualifying) 1 1 8 2 39
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 5th,last (qualifing) 0 1 7 2 22
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify 7th,last (qualifying) 2 1 9 9 32
PolandUkraine 2012 Qualifying begins in 2010 - - - - - -

Manager history

Current squad

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Matchday squad v. Croatia

The following 16-man squad was named for the Friendly match against Croatia at Stadion HNK Cibalia on November 14, 2009.[1] Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the 0–5 Friendly match loss against Croatia at Stadion HNK Cibalia on November 14, 2009.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Peter Jehle January 22, 1982 (1982-01-22) (age 27) 79 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
12 GK Cengiz Biçer December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11) (age 22) 0 0 Turkey Samsunspor
2 DF Marco Ritzberger December 27, 1986 (1986-12-27) (age 23) 29 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
4 DF Yves Oehri March 15, 1987 (1987-03-15) (age 22) 19 0 Switzerland St. Gallen
11 DF Lucas Eberle October 13, 1990 (1990-10-13) (age 19) 2 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
DF Martin Stocklasa May 29, 1979 (1979-05-29) (age 30) 85 5 Austria Ried
DF Martin Rechsteiner February 15, 1989 (1989-02-15) (age 20) 7 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
DF Franz-Josef Vogt October 30, 1985 (1985-10-30) (age 24) 22 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
3 MF Wolfgang Kieber July 22, 1984 (1984-07-22) (age 25) 8 0 Austria Blau-Weiß Feldkirch
8 MF Ronny Büchel March 19, 1982 (1982-03-19) (age 27) 68 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
13 MF Martin Büchel February 19, 1987 (1987-02-19) (age 22) 29 0 Switzerland Zürich
MF Franz Burgmeier April 7, 1982 (1982-04-07) (age 27) 58 7 Liechtenstein Vaduz
7 FW David Hasler May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04) (age 19) 9 0 Switzerland Basel
10 FW Mario Frick September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07) (age 35) 92 14 Switzerland St. Gallen
17 FW Mathias Christen August 18, 1987 (1987-08-18) (age 22) 12 0 Liechtenstein Vaduz
FW Philippe Erne December 14, 1986 (1986-12-14) (age 23) 1 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren

Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a matchday squad in the last year, but were not named to the 16-man squad for the Friendly match against Croatia at Stadion HNK Cibalia on November 14, 2009. Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the 0–5 Friendly match loss against Croatia at Stadion HNK Cibalia on November 14, 2009.

Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
Benjamin Büchel July 4, 1989 (1989-07-04) (age 20) 2 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Defenders
Michael Stocklasa December 2, 1980 (1980-12-02) (age 29) 60 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Fabio D'Elia January 19, 1983 (1983-01-19) (age 26) 48 2 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Midfielders
Christoph Biedermann January 30, 1987 (1987-01-30) (age 22) 3 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Andreas Gerster November 24, 1982 (1982-11-24) (age 27) 38 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Martin Wille May 29, 1986 (1986-05-29) (age 23) 1 0 Liechtenstein Balzers
Stefan Büchel June 30, 1986 (1986-06-30) (age 23) 9 0 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Roger Beck August 3, 1983 (1983-08-03) (age 26) 43 1 Liechtenstein Balzers
Raphael Rohrer May 3, 1985 (1985-05-03) (age 24) 44 1 Liechtenstein Eschen/Mauren
Michele Polverino September 26, 1984 (1984-09-26) (age 25) 15 1 Switzerland Aarau
Forwards
Benjamin Fischer October 19, 1980 (1980-10-19) (age 29) 22 2 Liechtenstein Vaduz
Thomas Beck February 21, 1981 (1981-02-21) (age 28) 72 5 Austria Hard

Appearance and Goalscoring Leaders

Appearances

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Mario Frick 92 14 1993–
2 Martin Stocklasa 85 5 1996–
3 Peter Jehle 79 0 1998–
4 Daniel Hasler 78 1 1993–2007
5 Martin Telser 73 1 1996–2007
6 Thomas Beck 72 5 1998–
7 Ronny Büchel 68 0 1998–
8 Michael Stocklasa 60 1 1998–
9 Franz Burgmeier 58 7 2001–
10 Fabio D'Elia 48 2 2001–

Goalscorers

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Mario Frick 92 14 1993–
2 Franz Burgmeier 58 7 2001–
3 Martin Stocklasa 85 5 1996–
Thomas Beck 72 5 1998–
5 Fabio D'Elia 48 2 2001–
Benjamin Fischer 22 2 2005–
7 Daniel Hasler 78 1 1993–2007
Martin Telser 73 1 1996–2007
Michael Stocklasa 60 1 1998–
Raphael Rohrer 44 1 2003–
Roger Beck 43 1 2003–
Harry Zech 40 1 1991–2003
Thomas Hanselmann 25 1 1996–2001
Michele Polverino 15 1 2007–
Franz Schädler 12 1 1995–1997
Donath Marxer 3 1 1982–1990
Marco Perez 1 1 1990

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Notes


Simple English

Liechtenstein
Association Liechtenstein Football Association
Confederation UEFA
Coach Hans-Peter Zaugg
Most caps Mario Frick (81)
Top scorer Mario Frick (13)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of Liechtenstein.


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