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Football in Moldova
CountryMoldova
Governing bodyMoldovan Football Federation
National team(s)Men's national team
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

After gaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1992, Moldova became a member of FIFA in 1994.[1] Football is the most popular sport in Moldova.[2][3]

National team

Main article: Moldova national football team

The national team has limited international success and have never qualified for a European Championship or World Cup.[4][5]

In UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers, Moldova beat Austria 1–0 and Belarus 2–1, but lost to the Netherlands 2–1.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, their best results were winning against Belarus 2–0, and two home draws against Scotland and Norway. They also drew 2–2 against Bosnia and Herzegovina at home, and beat them 1–0 in the away game during the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers. In the same qualifications, they beat Hungary 3–0 and also drew 1–1 against Turkey.

Domestic football

FC Sheriff Tiraspol is the most successful Moldovan football team and has won the most championships.[6][7]

League system

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Moldovan National Division
8 clubs

↓↑ 1–2 clubs

2

Moldovan "A" Division
12 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs

3

Moldovan "B" Division
24 clubs divided in 2 series of 12 clubs each

References

  1. ^ "Fledgling Moldovan game flourishing | Inside UEFA". UEFA.com. July 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Enjoying a title-deciding match in Moldova for free". Wsc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  3. ^ Sheehan, Patricia (13 March 2019). Moldova. Marshall Cavendish. ISBN 9780761409977. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Hawks, Tony (6 September 2013). "England v Moldova: Roy Hodgson's side should have an easy task but spare a thought for the visitors". Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  5. ^ Wilson, Jonathan; Kimber, Jarrod; Rabiner, Igor; Miller, Nick; Macintosh, Iain (1 March 2016). "The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue Twenty". Blizzard Media Ltd. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Montague, James (19 August 2012). "Post-Soviet Transnistria's Soccer Team Dominates Moldovan League". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ Walk, Liam (22 November 2016). "Across the Dniester: how football is bridging Moldova's cultural divide". Retrieved 13 March 2019.