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Moldova National Football Team

Moldova
AssociationFedera?ia Moldoveneasc? de Fotbal (FMF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEngin F?rat
CaptainAlexandru Epureanu
Most capsAlexandru Epureanu (97)
Top scorerSerghei Cle?cenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chi?in?u
FIFA codeMDA
FIFA ranking
Current 177 Steady(10 December 2020)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest177 (November 2020 -)
First international
Unofficial
Moldova Moldova 2-4 Georgia 
(Chi?in?u, Moldovian SSR, USSR; 2 July 1991)
Official
 United States 1-1 Moldova 
(Jacksonville, United States; 16 April 1994)
Biggest win
Moldova Moldova 5-0 Pakistan 
(Amman, Jordan; 18 August 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 6-0 Moldova 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 6 June 2001)
 Italy 6-0 Moldova 
(Florence, Italy; 7 October 2020)

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa na?ional? de fotbal a Moldovei) represents Moldova in association football and is controlled by the Moldovan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Moldova. Moldova's home ground is Zimbru Stadium in Chi?in?u and their head coach is Igor Dobrovolski. Shortly before the break-up of the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Georgia on 2 July 1991.

Two of their three best results in the 1990s years, came during the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 1996, with wins over Georgia (1-0) in Tbilisi and Wales (3-2) in Chi?in?u. In 2007, Moldova obtained a very good result, defeating Hungary 3-0 in Chi?in?u in Euro 2008 qualifying. Their best recent result was a 5-2 win over Montenegro during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The team has never qualified for the final stages of the UEFA European Championship nor the FIFA World Cup as of present time.

Following Moldova's 4-0 defeat to England in September 1997, British writer and comedian Tony Hawks travelled to Moldova to challenge and beat all 11 Moldovan international footballers at tennis. The feature film version of the book of the same name, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, was filmed in and around Chi?in?u in May and June 2010 and was released in the spring of 2012.

History

The Moldovan Football Federation was founded in 1990. However, the national football team of Moldova did not play an official international match until 1991, when Moldova lost to Georgia.

Moldova's first attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup was in 1998, but they failed to qualify for the tournament. Moldova has finished either last or second last in all tournament qualifying campaigns entered to date, except UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, in which they finished fifth in the seven-team Group C with 12 points.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1938 Part of  Romania
1950 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member[3]
France 1998 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 2 21
South Korea Japan 2002 10 1 3 6 6 20
Germany 2006 10 1 2 7 5 16
South Africa 2010 10 0 3 7 6 18
Brazil 2014 10 3 2 5 12 17
Russia 2018 10 0 2 8 4 23
Qatar 2022 Qualification in progress 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/6 58 5 12 41 35 115

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Part of  Soviet Union and CIS-euro92-flag.png CIS
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 3 0 7 11 27
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 0 4 4 7 17
Portugal 2004 8 2 0 6 5 19
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 3 3 6 12 19
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 3 0 7 12 16
France 2016 10 0 2 8 4 16
Europe 2020 10 1 0 9 4 26
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total 0/7 68 12 9 47 55 140

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Pld W D L GF GA
2018-19 D 6 2 3 1 4 5
2020-21 C 6 0 1 5 1 11
Total 12 2 4 6 5 16

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Serbia 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 21 Qualification to 2-2 1-1 3-2 1-0 3-0
2  Republic of Ireland 10 5 4 1 12 6 +6 19 Advance to 0-1 0-0 1-1 1-0 2-0
3  Wales 10 4 5 1 13 6 +7 17 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 4-0
4  Austria 10 4 3 3 14 12 +2 15 3-2 0-1 2-2 1-1 2-0
5  Georgia 10 0 5 5 8 14 −6 5 1-3 1-1 0-1 1-2 1-1
6  Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 23 −19 2 0-3 1-3 0-2 0-1 2-2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France Turkey Iceland Albania Andorra Moldova
1  France 10 8 1 1 25 6 +19 25 Qualify for final tournament 1-1 4-0 4-1 3-0 2-1
2  Turkey 10 7 2 1 18 3 +15 23 2-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 4-0
3  Iceland 10 6 1 3 14 11 +3 19 Advance to play-offs via Nations League 0-1 2-1 1-0 2-0 3-0
4  Albania 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13 0-2 0-2 4-2 2-2 2-0
5  Andorra 10 1 1 8 3 20 −17 4 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-3 1-0
6  Moldova 10 1 0 9 4 26 −22 3 1-4 0-4 1-2 0-4 1-0
Source: UEFA

Fixtures and results

Recent results

2019

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

France 2-1 Moldova
Varane Goal 35
Giroud Goal 79 (pen.)
Report Ra Goal 9

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying


2020

Friendly

Referee: Saoud Al-Athba (Qatar)

Friendly match

Moldova Cancelled Russia

2020-21 UEFA Nations League

Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)

2020-21 UEFA Nations League

Attendance: 0
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (France)

2020-21 UEFA Nations League

Greece 2-0 Moldova
Report
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)

2020-21 UEFA Nations League

Moldova 0-4 Slovenia
Report

Friendly match

Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)

2020-21 UEFA Nations League

Referee: Fran Jovi? (Croatia)

2020-21 UEFA Nations League

Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly against Russia on 12 November, and the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League fixtures against Greece and Kosovo on 15 and 18 November 2020, respectively.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stanislav Nama?co (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 34) 51 0 Azerbaijan Ke?la
23 1GK Alexei Ko?elev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 27) 24 0 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard
12 1GK Nicolai Calancea (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 34) 19 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni

2DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 34) 97 7 Turkey ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir
4 2DF Igor Arma? (Captain) (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 33) 65 5 Romania Voluntari
2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 30) 42 2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
15 2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 31) 32 0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti
3 2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 34) 23 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
2 2DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 23) 24 0 Greece Olympiacos
20 2DF Sergiu Pl?tic? (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 29) 21 0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti
5 2DF ?tefan Efros (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 30) 4 0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti
14 2DF Constantin Bogdan (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei
17 2DF Daniel Dumbravanu (2001-07-22) 22 July 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Genoa

9 3MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 36) 68 1 Romania Academica Clinceni
7 3MF Artur Ioni (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 30) 54 3 Italy Benevento
3MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 27) 25 0 Azerbaijan Sabah
21 3MF Vadim Ra (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 27) 15 1 Romania Chindia Târgovi?te
16 3MF Danu Sp?taru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 26) 13 0 Armenia Ararat-Armenia
13 3MF Mihail Caimacov (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22) 7 0 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
10 3MF Iaser ?urcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 5 0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti
6 3MF Dan Taras (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti
18 3MF Cristian Dros (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Latvia Spartaks J?rmala
8 3MF Alexandr Belousov (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Moldova Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol
3MF Alexandru Osipov (2000-07-30) 30 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Moldova Flore?ti

11 4FW Vitalie Dama?can (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 21) 13 1 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk
19 4FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22) 13 1 Slovakia Dunajská Streda
22 4FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23) 10 0 Romania Academica Clinceni

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nicolai Cebotari (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Romania Petrolul Ploie?ti v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
GK Denis Rusu (1990-08-02) 2 August 1990 (age 30) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Târgu Jiu v.  Slovenia, 6 September 2020

DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 33) 50 0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 26) 16 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Victor Mudrac (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Artur Cr?ciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Hungary Budapest Honvéd v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Denis Marandici (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Slovenia Celje v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Anatolie Prepeli (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Latvia Spartaks J?rmala v.  Sweden, 9 January 2020
DF Maxim Foc?a (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 28) 1 0 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Sweden, 9 January 2020

MF Alexandr Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 33) 59 5 Moldova Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
MF C?t?lin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 27) 33 1 Russia Ufa v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
MF Ion Dragan (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Moldova Milsami Orhei v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 34) 39 2 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti v.  Slovenia, 6 September 2020
MF Artur P?tra? (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 32) 29 0 Moldova Zimbru Chi?in?u v.  Sweden, 9 January 2020
MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 27) 8 0 Romania Gloria Buz?u v.  Sweden, 9 January 2020

FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 28) 14 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 27) 12 1 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti v.  Slovenia, 6 September 2020
Notes
  • WD = The player withdrew for private reasons.

Player history

Players in bold are still active.

Last match updated was against  Greece on 15 November 2020.

Most capped players

Alexandru Epureanu is Moldova's most capped player.
Rank Player Appearances Goals
1 Alexandru Epureanu 97 7
2 Victor Golovatenco 82 4
3 Radu Rebeja 74 2
4 Serghei Cle?cenco 69 11
5 Eugeniu Cebotaru 66 1
6 Igor Arma? 64 5
7 Alexandru Ga?can 63 5
8 Alexandru Suvorov 58 5
9 Ion Testemi?anu 56 5
10 Alexandru Dedov 55 3
Valeriu Catînsus 55 0

Top goalscorers

Clean Sheets

Moldova all-time record against all nations

Last match updated was against  Greece on 2020-10-15.

Managers

Statistics correct as of match played on 9 January 2020[6]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Ion Caras Moldova 1991-1992, 1992-1997 & 2012-2014 56 11 11 34 019.64
Evghenii Piunovschii [ru] Russia 1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Ivan Daniliants Moldova 1998-1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Alexandru Ma?iura Moldova 1999-2001 17 4 4 9 023.53
Alexandru Spiridon Moldova 2001 & 2018-2019 20 4 5 11 020.00
Viktor Pasulko Ukraine 2002-2006 35 7 8 20 020.00
Anatol Teslev Moldova 2006-2007 6 1 2 3 016.67
Igor Dobrovolski Russia 2007-2009 & 2016-2017 48 9 14 25 018.75
Gavril Balint Romania 2010-2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Alexandru Curtianu Moldova 2014-2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
?tefan Stoica Romania 2015 3 0 0 3 000.00
Semen Altman Ukraine 2019 4 0 0 4 000.00
Engin F?rat Turkey 2019- 3 0 0 3 000.00

Current sponsorship

The Official kit provider is currently manufactured by German sports company Jako since 2000.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  4. ^ Buga, Ion (28 September 2020). "Moldova - Rusia 0-0" [Moldova - Russia 0-0]. Moldovan Football Federation (in Romanian). Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Sweden (1-0) Moldova". eu-football.info. 9 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2020.

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