Category Archives: Andorra

Latest FIFA Rankings November 2014 – San Marino’s Delight

c0174-san2bmarinoThey have had to wait years for this day to come along, but after the astonishing 0-0 draw with Estonia two weeks ago, San Marino are officially no longer the (joint) worst team in world football.

That single result, coming against a team ranked 120 places higher than them, and not only that but coming in a regional qualifier rather than a friendly and being part of a strong confederation in UEFA, has seen San Marino’s points tally rocket from a stone cold zero up to the startling total of 55. Continue reading

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A European Nations’ League?

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It emerged recently that a suggestion made at UEFA’s latest summit meeting was to replace international friendly dates with a European Nations’ League, perhaps made up of nine division of six, with promotion and relegation.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/10/uefa-internationals-nations-league-friendlies

This seems great for the top nations, with a regular supply of enticing fixtures, but seems rather less alluring to the middle ranked nations.  Playing the other mid ranked teams for the prospect of climbing from Division 4 to Division 4 isn’t the stuff of dreams. But if these compeitive fixtures are to replace many of the meaningless friendlies, then that is all to the good in my opinion. Continue reading

They nearly scored! But didn’t. Poland 5-0 San Marino

26th March 2013
World Cup Qualifier
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw

Poland 5-0 San Marino

A glance at the scoreline suggests the usual surrender to a stronger team, albeit with the goals account count not getting as high as might have been feared.

But beyond the scoreline there were a few incidents of real note for San Marino.  Firstly, Aldo Simoncini in goal made several decent stops, a couple of which were in the firsts 10 minutes alone.  And secondly, a last minute breakaway saw Danilo Rinaldi clean through on goal with only Artur Boruc to beat, and a chance to make a piece of Sammarinese footballing history. Continue reading

Farewell Andorra

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We say farewell to Andorra who climbed 6 places to 199thafter picking up 15 ranking points for their 0-0 draw with Azerbaijan at the end of May.  Andorra’s tenure as a basement dweller has lasted only a year, since dropping to the foot of the rankings in May 2011; a brief stay by Worst in the World standards. Continue reading

Poland 4-0 Andorra

2nd June 2012
Friendly
Pepsi Arena, Warsaw

Poland 4-0 Andorra

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A return to type for Andorra after their exploits against Azerbaijan the other day.  As expected, Andorra were simply providing target practice for Poland ahead of their home Euro 2012 campaign, a fact borne out as Poland lead 3-0 by half-time.  It could easily have been more, as Poland missed a few decent chances in addition to the ones they put away. Continue reading

Azerbaijan 0-0 Andorra – Defeat Avoided!

30th May 2012
Friendly
Kelsterbach, Germany

Azerbaijan 0-0 Andorra

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Not many countries can celebrate a 0-0 draw with Azerbaijan, but for Andorra a third goalless draw in four matches against this opponent was a huge positive.  The first time defeat had been avoided in a full international since another 0-0 draw against a former Soviet Republic, Armenia, back in February 2007. Continue reading