The State of Liechtenstein Club Football

May 27, 2019

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Liechtenstein Football Cup

Founded: 1945

Most Championships: FC Vaduz, 47

Last 5 Winners: FC Vaduz (18/19, 17/18, 16/17, 15/16, 14/15)

UEFA Ranking:

Highest Ranked Club: FC Vaduz, 257th


Interview with the press of officer of FC Vaduz, Pascal Foser

Liechtenstein is the only UEFA member nation that doesn’t have an affiliated football league. Why is that?

Liechtenstein has only seven football clubs. Each of these clubs have evolved differently which means that they nowadays play at a different level.

FC Vaduz for example has played the last 20 years at a professional level and trains four to six times a week. In contrast, FC Schaan plays five leagues lower and trains maybe two times a week.

To sum up, it would not make sense to merge all these seven clubs and form an independent football league.

Is there any plan to affiliate the league with UEFA in the future?

I could not imagine that there is a plan with such a vision.

Is it the case then that the whole country supports Vaduz?

No, this is not the case. Surprisingly for most those looking from the outside, it’s quite the opposite.

As I noted before, Liechtenstein has seven clubs and the inhabitants of each community in Liechtenstein support their own club. This leads to a high competitiveness. FC Vaduz for example has many supporters from people who are living in Switzerland, and not in Liechtenstein.

Does any team ever get close to beating Vaduz in the Liechtenstein Cup?

Indeed. In 2012 we lost the Liechtenstein cup against USV Eschen-Mauren after the penalty shootout.

After that defeat, we won every final including the game against FC Ruggell three weeks ago. There are some matches which are closer than others.

Do Vaduz’s Europa League games create a buzz within the country?

It really depends on the opponents. During the qualifying games most of the people in Liechtenstein are on holidays. If we play against another small team, for example from San Marino, there is little attention for that game.

How do you think the Europa League 2 will affect the Vaduz’s EL performances and what has been the reaction to the formation of the competition in the country?

We have not really considered the effects that coming around with the Europa League 2.

The same for our country. Additionally the media in our country has not discussed that topic in the past.

Maybe if the competition gets closer, there is more attention for the effects that come along.

What would you like to see UEFA do to level the playing field more for small European sides?

Difficult question. From my point of view we are confident with the playing field for small European sides.

The UEFA operates on a very professional level which makes it an exciting challenge to work during some weeks with people from them.

Interview with the press of officer of FC Vaduz, Pascal Foser

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Author: Tom Mortimer

Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.

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