San Marino

San Marino

Confederation: Europe

Fifa Ranking: 202

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Colours: Blue and White

Head Coach: Giampaolo Mazza

Most Capped Player: Damiano Vannucci (64)

Fun Fact: Englishman Gary Johnson resigned as Lativa’s manager in 2001, after failing to beat San Marino. He believed there was no hope in continuing if his side couldn’t even overcome the lowly European minnows.

Whenever sides come up against San Marino in qualifiers for major tournaments, it represents a good chance for players to fill their boots in order to win the Top Scorer award. The republic have never won a competitive fixture, their only victory came in a friendly against Liechtensteinin 2004 at the 64th attempt. They are usually the main feature of any argument suggesting there should be a pre-qualifying tournament for the European section. The national team became affiliated to FIFA in 1988, despite their creation in 1931, but a total of 109 games have yielded just that one win and three draws. They also hold the European Championship record of worst defeat, losing 13-0 to Germany back in 2006.

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