Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the FIFA World Cup™ qualifying section, and the national team is yet to qualify for the main event in four attempts since 1998. Andorra’s only qualifying victory to date came on 13 October 2004, when they beat FYR Macedonia 1-0.
The win was a rare high point, however, and they lost ten times on their way to finishing bottom of a tough qualifying group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Andorra suffered a number of heavy defeats over the course of the campaign, including 6-0 drubbings at the hands of England and Ukraine.
The current crop
With a very small talent pool at their disposal, Andorra have to make the most of their limited resources to survive at international level. Many of Andorra’s players gain experience by turning out for clubs in the second and third tiers of Spanish football.
The key players
Solid left-back Marc Bernaus began his career with Barcelona B and scored the only goal in Andorra’s first FIFA World Cup qualifying victory. Ildefons Lima, Andorra’s leading goalscorer, has played in Spain’s La Liga as well as leagues in Italy and Mexico.
Coach: Koldo Alvarez
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Koldo Alvarez, Txema, Justo Ruiz