Moldova national football team


Moldova
AssociationFederația Moldovenească de Fotbal (FMF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRoberto Bordin
CaptainAlexandru Epureanu
Most capsAlexandru Epureanu (100)
Top scorerSerghei Cleșcenco (11)
Home stadiumZimbru Stadium, Chișinău
FIFA codeMDA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 177 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest37 (April 2008)
Lowest177 (November 2020 –)
First international
Unofficial
 Moldova 2–4 Georgia 
(Chişinău, Moldavian SSR, USSR; 2 July 1991)
Official
 United States 1–1 Moldova 
(Jacksonville, United States; 16 April 1994)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–5 Moldova 
(Amman, Jordan; 18 August 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 8–0 Moldova 
(Herning, Denmark; 28 March 2021)

The Moldova national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională 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 Chișinău and their head coach is Roberto Bordin. 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 came during the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 1996, with wins over Georgia (1–0) in Tbilisi and Wales (3–2) in Chișinău. In 2007, Moldova obtained a very good result, defeating Hungary 3–0 in Chișinău 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 Chișinău 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
1994 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member[2]
1998 Did not qualify8008221
2002 10136620
2006 10127516
2010 10037618
2014 103251217
2018 10028423
2022 Qualification in progress 3012213
Total 0/6 61 5 13 43 37 128

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
1996 Did not qualify103071127
2000 8044717
2004 8206519
2008 123361219
2012 103071216
2016 10028416
2020 10109426
2024 Future event
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
2022–23 Future event
Total 12 2 4 6 5 16

By competition

Competition P W D L GF GA GD Win % Loss %
FIFA World Cup qualification 615134337128–918.2070.49
UEFA European qualification 681294755140–8517.6569.12
UEFA Nations League 12246516–1116.6750.00
Total14119269697284–18713.4868.09

Current competitions


2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 1 Sep 7 Sep 12 Oct 12 Nov 8–0
2  Scotland 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5 Advance to second round 15 Nov 9 Oct 2–2 4–0 4 Sep
3  Israel 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4 0–2 1–1 4 Sep 15 Nov 12 Oct
4  Austria 3 1 1 1 5 7 2 4 0–4 7 Sep 12 Nov 3–1 15 Nov
5  Faroe Islands 3 0 1 2 2 8 6 1 4 Sep 12 Oct 1 Sep 9 Oct 7 Sep
6  Moldova 3 0 1 2 2 13 11 1 9 Oct 12 Nov 1–4 1 Sep 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 31 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA

Fixtures and results


2020

3 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Moldova  1–1  Kosovo Parma, Italy
21:45 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
6 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Slovenia  1–0  Moldova Ljubljana, Slovenia
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (France)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Greece  2–0  Moldova Athens, Greece
21:45 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Olympic Stadium,
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Moldova  0–4  Slovenia Chișinău, Moldova
21:45 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
12 November 2020 Friendly match Moldova  0–0  Russia Chișinău, Moldova
20:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Moldova  0–2  Greece Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Kosovo  1–0  Moldova Pristina, Kosovo
20:45 UTC+1 Kastrati  31' Report Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium,
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)

2021

25 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Moldova  1–1  Faroe Islands Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 Report
Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
Attendance: 0[3]
Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales)
28 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmark  8–0  Moldova Herning, Denmark
18:00
Report Stadium: MCH Arena
Attendance: 0[4]
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
31 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Moldova  1–4  Israel Chișinău, Moldova
20:45
Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 0[5]
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)
3 June 2021 Friendly Turkey  2–0  Moldova Paderborn, Germany
19:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Benteler-Arena
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
6 June 2021 Friendly Moldova  1–0  Azerbaijan Chișinău, Moldova
19:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Marian Barbu (Romania)

Players


Current squad

  • The following players were called up for the Friendlies.[6]
  • Match dates: 3 and 6 June 2021
  • Opposition:  Turkey and  Azerbaijan
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 6 June 2021, after the match against  Azerbaijan.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dumitru Celeadnic (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 29) 2 0 Sheriff Tiraspol
12 1GK Nicolai Cebotari (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Petrolul Ploiești
23 1GK Cristian Avram (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Buzău

2 2DF Igor Arhirii (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Milsami Orhei
3 2DF Vadim Bolohan (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 34) 27 0 Milsami Orhei
4 2DF Igor Armaș (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 34) 70 5 Voluntari
5 2DF Veaceslav Posmac (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 30) 44 2 Tuzlaspor
6 2DF Daniel Dumbravanu (2001-07-22) 22 July 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Genoa
13 2DF Maxim Potîrniche (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 32) 9 0 Petrocub Hîncești
15 2DF Ion Jardan (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 31) 38 0 Petrocub Hîncești
17 2DF Alexandr Belousov (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Sheriff Tiraspol
20 2DF Sergiu Plătică (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 30) 25 0 Petrocub Hîncești

7 3MF Andrei Cojocari (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 34) 43 2 Zimbru Chișinău
8 3MF Gheorghe Anton (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 28) 10 0 Buzău
11 3MF Evgheni Oancea (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 25) 0 0 SKA-Khabarovsk
14 3MF Igor Costrov (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 33) 2 0 Gomel
18 3MF Cristian Dros (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 23) 5 0 Slavia Mozyr
22 3MF Vadim Rață (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 28) 20 1 Voluntari
3MF Victor Bogaciuc (1999-10-17) 17 October 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Petrocub Hîncești

9 4FW Vitalie Damașcan (1999-01-24) 24 January 1999 (age 22) 20 2 Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
10 4FW Danu Spătaru (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 27) 15 0 Ararat-Armenia
16 4FW Alexandru Antoniuc (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 32) 46 3 Milsami Orhei
19 4FW Ion Nicolaescu (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22) 18 2 Dunajská Streda
21 4FW Nicky Cleșcenco (2001-07-23) 23 July 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Sion

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.[7]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alexei Koșelev (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 27) 25 0 Júbilo Iwata v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
GK Stanislav Namașco (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 34) 53 0 Keşla v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
GK Nicolai Calancea (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 34) 19 0 Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
GK Emil Tîmbur (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Milsami Orhei v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
GK Denis Rusu (1990-08-02) 2 August 1990 (age 30) 1 0 CS U Craiova v.  Slovenia, 6 September 2020

DF Oleg Reabciuk (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 23) 27 0 Olympiacos v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
DF Alexandru Epureanu (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 34) 100 7 İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
DF Artur Crăciun (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Denis Marandici (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Celje v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Maxim Focșa (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Ștefan Efros (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 31) 4 0 Petrocub Hîncești v.  Kosovo, 18 November 2020
DF Constantin Bogdan (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Milsami Orhei v.  Kosovo, 18 November 2020
DF Petru Racu (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 34) 50 0 Milsami Orhei v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Dinu Graur (1994-12-27) 27 December 1994 (age 26) 16 0 AEL v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
DF Victor Mudrac (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 27) 8 0 Saburtalo Tbilisi v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020

MF Artur Ioniță (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 30) 55 3 Benevento v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Cătălin Carp (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 27) 36 2 Tambov v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Corneliu Cotogoi (2001-06-23) 23 June 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Petrocub Hîncești v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Ion Dragan (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Milsami Orhei v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Mihail Caimacov (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 23) 8 0 Osijek v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
MF Radu Gînsari (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 29) 39 7 Milsami Orhei v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Iaser Țurcan (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Petrocub Hîncești v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Teodor Lungu (1995-06-12) 12 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Victor Stînă (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Eugeniu Cebotaru (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 36) 68 1 Petrolul Ploiești v.  Kosovo, 18 November 2020
MF Dan Taras (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 27) 5 0 Ripensia Timișoara v.  Kosovo, 18 November 2020
MF Eugeniu Cociuc (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 28) 25 0 Keşla v.  Greece, 15 November 2020
MF Alexandru Osipov (2000-07-30) 30 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Greece, 15 November 2020
MF Alexandru Suvorov (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 34) 59 5 Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020

FW Marius Iosipoi (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Petrocub Hîncești v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
FW Alexandru Bejan (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Petrocub Hîncești v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
FW Virgiliu Postolachi (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Mouscron v.  Israel, 31 March 2021
FW Alexandru Boiciuc (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23) 10 0 Turris v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
FW Artiom Puntus (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Milsami Orhei v.  Faroe Islands, 25 March 2021 PRE
FW Nicolae Milinceanu (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 28) 14 1 PAS Giannina v.  Slovenia, 14 October 2020
FW Vladimir Ambros (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 27) 12 1 Petrocub Hîncești v.  Slovenia, 6 September 2020

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player records


As of 1 April 2021
Players in bold are still active with Moldova.

Coaching staff


Current coaching staff

Roberto Bordin is the current head coach of the Moldova national team.
Position Staff
Head coach Roberto Bordin
Assistant coach Serghei Cleșcenco
Goalkeeping coach Denis Romanenco
Doctors Niccolò Accetti
Luigi Rossi
Giulio Varrella
Masseurs Pierluigi Pessini
Vito Mancini

Last updated: 30 March 2021
Source: FMF

Manager history

Statistics correct as of match played on 31 March 2021[10]
Coach Nat. Period Played Win Drawn Loss % Won
Ion Caras 1991–1992 2 0 1 1 000.00
Eugen Piunovschi 1992 5 3 0 2 060.00
Ion Caras 1992–1997 27 5 3 19 018.52
Alexandru Mațiura (interim) 1998 1 0 0 1 000.00
Ivan Daniliants 1998–1999 14 2 7 5 014.29
Alexandru Mațiura 1999–2001 16 4 4 8 025.00
Alexandru Spiridon 2001 4 1 0 3 025.00
Viktor Pasulko 2002–2005 35 7 8 20 020.00
Anatol Teslev 2006 6 1 2 3 016.67
Igor Dobrovolski 2007–2009 30 7 9 14 023.33
Gavril Balint 2010–2011 18 5 2 11 027.78
Ion Caras 2012–2014 27 6 7 14 022.22
Alexandru Curtianu 2014–2015 10 0 4 6 000.00
Ștefan Stoica (interim) 2015 3 0 0 3 000.00
Igor Dobrovolski 2016–2017 18 2 5 11 011.11
Alexandru Spiridon 2018–2019 16 3 5 8 018.75
Semen Altman 2019 4 0 0 4 000.00
Engin Fırat 2019–2020 11 0 2 9 000.00
Roberto Bordin 2021– 3 0 1 2 000.00

Head-to-head record


Last match updated was against  Israel on 31 March 2021.[11]

Current sponsorship


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

References


  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. FIFA member since 16 June 1994.
  3. The match was played behind closed doors due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. The match was played behind closed doors due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. The match was played behind closed doors due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. "Lotul Naționalei Pentru Meciul Cu Turcia" (in Romanian). Federația Moldovenească de Fotbal. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  7. Grecu, Sandu (9 March 2021). "Lotul lărgit al Naționalei pentru startul campaniei de calificare la World Cup 2022" (in Romanian). FMF. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  8. "Most Moldova caps". eu-football.info. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  9. "Top Moldova goal scorers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  10. "Moldova national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  11. Courtney, Barrie. "Moldova - International results". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 March 2021.