With a population of approximately 36,000, Liechtenstein are one of the smallest nations participating in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying. Their best-ever campaign was prior to the 2006 finals when they recorded two victories and two draws, with the 4-0 triumph away to Luxembourg the biggest win in the country’s history. However, Liechtenstein failed to win at all during qualifying for South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, picking up just two points each time.
Liechtenstein have participated in official international matches since 1982. While victories have been few and far between there have still been a number of highlights, including a 1-0 win over Moldova in November 2014 that ended a 27-month winless run. As record goalscorer and the country’s most-capped player, captain Mario Frick is the undisputed star of the side, forming the backbone of the team alongside Franz Burgmeier and goalkeeper Peter Jehle.
Rene Pauritsch has been in charge of the senior team since November 2012. Prior to that the native Austrian was responsible for Liechtenstein’s U-18 and U-21 sides for four years.
21 – The number of games played during Liechtenstein’s winless streak between August 2012 and November 2014.
The former stars
Martin Stocklasa, Thomas Beck