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The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of Liechtensteinmarker 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 Seoulmarker, 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 Vaduzmarker 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.

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 GP W D L GS GA
1994 Withdrew from qualifying - - - - - - -
1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -


European Championship record

Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2012 Qualifying begins in 2010 - - - - - -


Manager history



Current squad

Matchday squad v. Croatia

The following 16-man squad was named for the Friendly match against Croatia at Stadion HNK Cibaliamarker 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 Cibaliamarker on November 14, 2009.







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 Cibaliamarker 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 Cibaliamarker on November 14, 2009.


Appearance and Goalscoring Leaders

Appearances



Goalscorers



External links



Notes

Player
DoB (Age)
Caps
Goals
Club
Goalkeepers
Benjamin Büchel
2
0
Eschen/Mauren
Defenders
Michael Stocklasa
60
1
Eschen/Mauren
Fabio D'Elia
48
2
Eschen/Mauren
Midfielders
Christoph Biedermann
3
0
Eschen/Mauren
Andreas Gerster
38
0
Eschen/Mauren
Martin Wille
1
0
Balzers
Stefan Büchel
9
0
Eschen/Mauren
Roger Beck
43
1
Balzers
Raphael Rohrer
44
1
Eschen/Mauren
Michele Polverino
15
1
Aarau
Forwards
Benjamin Fischer
22
2
Vaduz
Thomas Beck
72
5
Hard
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–
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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