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Andorra national football team

Andorra
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Tricolors (The Tricolours)
AssociationAndorran Football Federation
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachKoldo Álvarez
CaptainIldefons Lima
Most capsIldefons Lima (127)
Top scorerIldefons Lima (11)
Home stadiumEstadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella
FIFA codeAND
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 136 Increase 3 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest125 (September 2005)
Lowest206 (December 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 181 Increase 4 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest171 (February 2005, September 2005)
Lowest193 (September 2015)
First international
 Andorra 1–6 Estonia 
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 13 November 1996)
Biggest win
 Andorra 2–0 Belarus 
(Aixovall, Andorra; 26 April 2000)
 Andorra 2–0 Albania 
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 17 April 2002)
 San Marino 0–2 Andorra 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 22 February 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra 
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
 Croatia 7–0 Andorra 
(Zagreb, Croatia; 7 October 2006)

The Andorra national football team (Catalan: Selecció de futbol d'Andorra) represents Andorra in association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra. The team has enjoyed very little success due to the Principality's tiny population, the fifth smallest of any UEFA country (only Liechtenstein, San Marino, Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands are smaller).

Andorra's first official game was a 6–1 defeat in a friendly match to Estonia in 1996. Since the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, Andorra have competed in qualifying for every European Championship and World Cup but have had very little success. They have only ever won six matches, four of them at home. They have three wins in competitive matches, 1–0 wins against Macedonia in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition; Hungary in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition; and Moldova in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying competition.

History

Though the Andorran Football Federation formed in 1994,[3] and the domestic league started in 1995, the national team could not participate in major championships until it gained affiliation with governing bodies FIFA and UEFA in 1996.[3][4] The national team played its first match against Estonia in Andorra La Vella and lost 6–1.[5]

Andorra's first match in a FIFA-sanctioned competition was a 3–1 loss to Armenia on 5 September 1998 in a qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000. Andorra lost all ten qualifiers for the tournament.[6] The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals.[6] Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties,[6] and two of which were in the away matches.[6] Andorra conceded 28 goals,[6] and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.[6]

For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, Andorra were drawn in a group with Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal.[7] They lost their opening match 1–0 to Estonia. In the next game, they lost 3–2 to Cyprus but scored their first World Cup qualifying goals.[7] They were again defeated by Estonia, this time 2–1.[7] They lost all their matches and their only away goal was in a 3–1 loss against Ireland.[7] Their worst defeat was 7–1 to Portugal on a neutral ground in Lleida, Spain.[7] Andorra finished the campaign with no points and conceded 36 goals in ten matches.[7]

In the team's qualification campaign for Euro 2004 they again lost every game. They scored their only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Bulgaria.[8] In this competition the scores were closer than before as they lost 3–0 to Bulgaria, Croatia and Belgium, 2–0 twice to Estonia, 2–0 to Croatia and 1–0 to Belgium.[8]

Match against Ukraine in 2009.

By Andorran standards, qualification for the 2006 World Cup was successful. They won their first competitive game 1–0 at home against Macedonia. Andorra midfielder Marc Bernaus, who played in the Spanish second division, received a long throw in off his chest and volleyed in a goal early in the second half.[9] After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game "a shameful outcome, a humiliation."[10] Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland.[11]

In Euro 2008 qualifying, Andorra again lost every game.[12] The closest game was against Russia, a 1–0 defeat on 21 November 2007. Their biggest defeat was a 7–0 loss to Croatia in Andorra La Vella, which is their worst defeat in UEFA competitions[13] and matched their loss to the Czech Republic as their largest losing deficit. Andorra scored only two goals and conceded 42 in a total of 12 games.[12] In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Andorra lost all ten matches.[14] For the tournament, they scored three goals, in defeats to Belarus and Kazakhstan, and conceded 39 goals, including six in a defeat to England, the largest margin in the group.[14]

Qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012 ended in familiar fashion; they lost all ten matches, scoring only one goal and conceding 25; their best results were two one-goal losses to Slovakia and a 3–1 loss in Ireland.[15] The 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament was even more disastrous. Andorra lost all their matches while conceding 30 goals and not scoring.

Against Israel in 2015.

During 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying, Andorra again lost all of its ten games but scored four goals, setting a national team record for goals scored in a European Championship qualifying group. On 22 February 2017, Andorra beat San Marino away 2–0 in a friendly match, ending with 12 years and 132 days without winning any match.[16] On 9 June 2017, Andorra beat Hungary 1–0 in a World Cup home qualifier with a goal by Marc Rebés, their first victory in a competitive match since 2004.[17] Thanks to these two wins and a draw against the Faroe Islands on 6 July 2017, Andorra progressed 57 positions in the FIFA rankings to 129th, its second best position ever.[18] On 21 March 2018, Rebés scored the only goal of a friendly win over Liechtenstein in Spain, giving Andorra their third victory of the last 13 months and sixth of all time.[19]

In 2018, Andorra made its debut in the newly-created UEFA Nations League. They played in Group 1 of League D, where they finished at the bottom of the group with four ties and two losses, finishing unbeaten at home.

On 11 October 2019, Andorra won 1–0 against Moldova in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying competition, thus ending a 56-match winless run in Euro qualifiers.[20]

Stadium

Andorra's former home stadium, Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella.

From 1996 until 2014 Andorra played their home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 and also hosts the matches of club sides FC Andorra and the Andorran Premier League.[21] On 9 September 2014, the national team began playing at the new Estadi Nacional with a capacity of 3,306.

Andorra have occasionally played home matches outside their borders. For example, Andorra hosted France and England in the 2000 European Championship, 2008 European Championship and 2010 World Cup qualifiers in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, which was the home of RCD Espanyol between 1997 and 2009.[22][23]

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
Germany Reusch 1996–2000
United States Reebok 2000–2004
Italy Diadora 2004–2006
Spain Joma 2006–2008
Germany Adidas 2008–2018
Italy Macron 2018–2026

Reputation

Andorra's lopsided win-loss record gives them a lowly reputation in world football. The nation has only won three competitive fixtures, World Cup qualifying matches against Macedonia in 2004 and Hungary in 2017, both by 1–0; a European Championship qualifying match against Moldova in 2019, by the same score; and three friendly games against Belarus and Albania at home and San Marino away, all of them by 2–0.

With the fourth smallest population of any UEFA country,[24] until the admission of Gibraltar, the talent pool is small. Players are predominantly amateurs because the Andorra domestic league is only part-time. Since Andorra began playing in 1996, their average FIFA ranking is 163.[25]

Manager history

Koldo.

Manuel Miluir was the first coach of the team and managed their first three matches of European Championship qualifying. He departed in 1999 to make way for David Rodrigo, whose first competitive match was a 2–0 European Championship qualifying defeat at home to Iceland on 27 March of that year. Rodrigo had been in charge of the team until February 2010, when it was announced that Koldo would take over this role.[26]

Competition records

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 5 36
Germany 2006 12 1 2 9 4 34
South Africa 2010 10 0 0 10 3 39
Brazil 2014 10 0 0 10 0 30
Russia 2018 10 1 1 8 2 23
Total 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 2 3 47 14 162

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1996 Did not enter
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 3 28
Portugal 2004 8 0 0 8 1 18
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 12 0 0 12 2 42
PolandUkraine 2012 10 0 0 10 1 25
France 2016 10 0 0 10 4 36
Europe 2020 8 1 0 7 1 16
Germany 2024 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/16 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 1 0 57 12 165

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D 4th (53rd) 6 0 4 2 2 9
Total 6 0 4 2 2 9

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Turkey France Iceland Albania Andorra Moldova
1  Turkey 8 6 1 1 16 3 +13 19[a] Qualify for final tournament 2–0 14 Nov 1–0 1–0 4–0
2  France 8 6 1 1 21 5 +16 19[a] 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–0 14 Nov
3  Iceland 8 5 0 3 12 10 +2 15 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–0
4  Albania (E) 8 4 0 4 14 10 +4 12 0–2 17 Nov 4–2 14 Nov 2–0
5  Andorra (E) 8 1 0 7 1 16 −15 3 17 Nov 0–4 0–2 0–3 1–0
6  Moldova (E) 8 1 0 7 2 22 −20 3 0–4 1–4 17 Nov 0–4 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Turkey 4, France 1.

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a] Georgia (country) Kazakhstan Latvia Andorra
1  Georgia 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16 Promotion to League C 2–1 1–0 3–0
2  Kazakhstan 6 1 3 2 8 7 +1 6 0–2 1–1 4–0
3  Latvia 6 0 4 2 2 6 −4 4 0–3 1–1 0–0
4  Andorra 6 0 4 2 2 9 −7 4 1–1 1–1 0–0
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.

Recent results and fixtures

2018

2019

Andorra all-time record against all nations

As of 14 October 2019

° FIFA-unofficial match on 19 February 1998 between Andorra – Czech Republic (0–1) is not included.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Albania on 14 November and Turkey on November 17, 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Josep Gómes (1985-12-03) 3 December 1985 (age 33) 61 0 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes
1GK Ferran Pol (1983-02-28) 28 February 1983 (age 36) 26 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma

2DF Moisés San Nicolás (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 26) 46 0 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
2DF Emili García (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 30) 45 1 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes
2DF Marc García (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 31) 44 0 Spain Granollers
2DF Max Llovera (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 22) 34 0 Spain Granollers
2DF Txus Rubio (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 25) 24 0 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
2DF Albert Alavedra (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Spain Algeciras

3MF Sergi Moreno (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 65 0 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes
3MF Marc Vales (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 29) 64 1 Norway Sandefjord
3MF Cristian Martínez (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 30) 57 3 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes
3MF Jordi Rubio (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 (age 32) 45 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma
3MF Ludovic Clemente (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 33) 34 0 Andorra Andorra
3MF Sebas Gómez (1983-11-01) 1 November 1983 (age 36) 32 0 Andorra Engordany
3MF Víctor Rodríguez (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 32) 28 0 Andorra Engordany
2DF Joan Cervós (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 15 0 Andorra Andorra
3MF Marc Ferré (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Andorra Engordany

4FW Jordi Aláez (1998-01-23) 23 January 1998 (age 21) 25 1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma
4FW Àlex Martínez (1998-10-10) 10 October 1998 (age 21) 20 1 Andorra Andorra
4FW Ricard Fernández (1999-03-19) 19 March 1999 (age 20) 6 0 Andorra Andorra

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the Andorra squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Francisco Pires (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma v. Template:Country data ICE, 14 October 2019

DF Ildefons Lima (Captain) (1979-12-10) 10 December 1979 (age 39) 127 11 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes v. Template:Country data ICE, 14 October 2019
DF Adri Rodrígues (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 31) 16 0 Andorra Atlètic d'Escaldes v. Template:Country data ICE, 14 October 2019

MF Márcio Vieira (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 35) 92 0 Spain Atlético Monzón v. Template:Country data ICE, 14 October 2019
MF Marc Rebés (1994-07-03) 3 July 1994 (age 25) 29 2 Andorra FC Santa Coloma v. Template:Country data ICE, 14 October 2019
MF Marc Pujol (1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 37) 84 2 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes v.  Moldova, 11 October 2019}

FW Aarón Sánchez (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23) 12 0 Andorra Engordany v.  France, 10 September 2019
FW Juli SánchezRET (1978-06-20) 20 June 1978 (age 41) 73 2 Andorra Inter d'Escaldes v.  France, 11 June 2019

RET: player retired from international football
INJ: player withdrewed due to injury

Player history

Ildefons Lima is Andorra's most capped player and the all-time top goalscorer.
Óscar Sonejee is the second most capped player and the second all-time top goalscorer.

Ildefons Lima and Óscar Sonejee are the only Andorran players to have scored more than three career goals for the team; Lima has 11 goals and Sonejee 4. Lima is also the most capped player with 111 appearances. Óscar Sonejee's 106 appearances are the second most for the Andorra national team.

In January 2006, the Andorran Football Association named Koldo, their goalkeeper from 1998 to 2009, as their greatest ever player.[27]

Records

Most capped players

As of 14 October 2019
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Ildefons Lima 127 11 1997–
2 Óscar Sonejee 106 4 1997–2015
3 Márcio Vieira 92 0 2005–
4 Josep Ayala 84 0 2002–2017
Marc Pujol 84 2 2000–
6 Manolo Jiménez 79 1 1998–2012
7 Koldo Álvarez de Eulate 78 0 1998–2009
8 Juli Sánchez 73 2 1996–2019
9 Txema Garcia 71 0 1997–2009
10 Justo Ruiz 67 2 1998–2008

Top goalscorers

As of 14 October 2019
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Years
1 Ildefons Lima 11 127 0.087 1997–
2 Óscar Sonejee 4 106 0.038 1997–2015
3 Jesús Lucendo 3 29 0.103 1996–2003
Emiliano González 3 37 0.081 1998–2003
Cristian Martínez 3 57 0.053 2009–
6 Marc Rebés 2 29 0.069 2015–
Fernando Silva 2 51 0.039 2002–2013
Justo Ruiz 2 67 0.03 1998–2008
Juli Sánchez 2 73 0.027 1996–2019
Marc Pujol 2 84 0.024 2000–

International goals

Andorra has scored very few goals in competitive internationals; the list below is comprehensive.

a ECQ = UEFA European Football Championship qualification match, WCQ = FIFA World Cup qualification match, UNL = UEFA Nations League.
b The Andorra score is always listed first.
c The Andorra-Cyprus match in 2000 is the only game Andorra has scored two goals in any competitive match.
d The Andorra-Macedonia match in 2004, the Andorra-Hungary match in 2017 and the Andorra-Moldova match in 2019 are the only competitive matches Andorra has won.

Notes and references

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Association information – Andorra". FIFA. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  4. ^ "The Association – Andorra". UEFA. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Andorra – List of International Matches 1996–2002". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "European Championship 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "World Cup 2002 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  8. ^ a b "European Championship 2004". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Soccer: Andorra scores its first World Cup victory". The New York Times. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Macedonia's coach offers resignation". Associated Press. Sports Illustrated. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  11. ^ "World Cup 2006 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  12. ^ a b "European Championship 2008". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  13. ^ "General info – Andorra". UEFA. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  14. ^ a b "World Cup 2010 qualifications". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  15. ^ "Euro 2012 qualifying tables". BBC. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  16. ^ "La selecció d'Andorra dona per acabada una ratxa de 12 anys i 132 dies sense guanyar" (in Catalan). Bon Dia. 22 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Andorra players shed tears of joy after first competitive win since 2004". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Lima: 2017 almost too good to be true for Andorra". FIFA. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Tercera victòria d'Andorra en un any" [Andorra's third victory in a year] (in Catalan). Cadena SER. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Andorra 1–0 Moldova". UEFA. October 2019.
  21. ^ "Estadi Comunal d Aixovall". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  22. ^ "European Championship 2008 detailed information". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  23. ^ "World Cup 2010 qualifications detailed information". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  24. ^ James Appell (8 September 2010). "It's raining... apples?". The Football Ramble. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  25. ^ "FIFA Rankings – Andorra". FIFA. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  26. ^ "Álvarez assumes Andorra mantle". UEFA.com. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  27. ^ "The UEFA Jubilee 52 Golden Players". rsssf. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2011.

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