Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Tiny Liechtenstein is on a roll
by Paul Kennedy, June 5th, 2007 7:01AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  european championship, spain

MOST COMMENTED

It's time to break up Liechtenstein.

The principality with a population of 33,000 does not even have its own pro league -- its top club, FC Vaduz, was tied for eighth in the Swiss Second Division -- and has never finished anywhere other than last in its group of a major qualifying tournament, but it finds itself on a roll going into Wednesday's Euro '08 qualifier against Spain in Vaduz.

A win would put Spain in first place in Group F, but the minnows of Liechtenstein could present a stern test.

Liechtenstein has earned four points in its last two games: a 1-0 win over Latvia -- only its second win in European Championship qualifying -- followed up by a 1-1 draw away to Iceland on Saturday that left Latvia last in the group.

Liechtenstein's most famous player is 32-year-old Mario Frick, who has scored 120 goals in a 13-year career in Switzerland and Italy. Frick, who now plays for Siena, scored the winning goal against Latvia.

Liechtenstein coach Hans-Peter Zaugg has several other foreign-based players to call upon: goalie Peter Jehle (Boavista), defender Martin Stocklasa (Dynamo Dresden) and midfielder Franz Burgmeier (Basel).

Liechtenstein's best result was a 2-2 tie with Portugal three years ago in World Cup 2006 qualifying.

Spanish midfielder David Albelda acknowledged the difficulty of playing away to a small team with nothing to lose.

"It is impossible to play attractive soccer against these types of teams," he said. "They will have 10 people behind the ball. I suppose it will be the same as against Latvia [2-0 win on Saturday] with us dominating possession until we can score and open them up a bit. The danger is that they score in an isolated moment from a set piece or a counterattack."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USA-Japan takeaways: Americans peak at right time    
The adage of growing stronger as a tournament unfolds was borne out Sunday when the USA ...
NASL Weekend: Ottawa's record shutout streak reaches 616 minutes    
The Ottawa Fury opened the NASL fall season with a 2-0 win over Jacksonville Armada FC ...
USL Weekend: Switchbacks make it six in a row    
Miguel Gonzalez scored two second-half goals to lead the Colorado Springs Switchbacks to a 2-0 win ...
What They're Saying: Norio Sasaki    
"My players have given their all in every match, and overall they've had a great tournament ...
NWSL Weekend: Reign pulls even with Red Stars    
The Seattle Reign's 1-1 tie at the Western New York Flash was enough to earn it ...
Video Pick: Gonzalo Higuain strike another awful PK    
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain had a pretty good season for his club Napoli with 18 goals for ...
Video Pick: Fred still can't find much luck    
Everyone remembers Fred as one of the scapegoats for Brazil's World Cup debacle last summer. As ...
USA-Japan Women's World Cup Player Ratings     
The USA beat Japan, 5-2, in the 2015 Women's World Cup final, which featured the most ...
USA's 15ers, World Champions!    
The USA won its third Women's World Cup title with a 5-2 win over Japan before ...
ICYMI | MLS: Galaxy romps, Ishizaki then says good-bye    
Robbie Keane hit a hat trick as the LA Galaxy clobbered Toronto FC, 4-0, on Fourth ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives