Liechtenstein, the lower league part-timers that shocked the Ethniki
AGONAsport takes a closer look at the roster of Liechtenstein’s national team, the latest minnows to shock the Ethniki.
Another dark chapter in the Ethniki’s history was written last Sunday, as unfancied Liechtenstein became the latest minnows to shock a horrible Ethniki outfit.
While the Ethniki is comprised of players plying their trade in some of the world’s elite leagues, the Liechtenstein side is largely made up of players from the fourth tier of Swiss football and the fifth tier of German football…
Liechtenstein is only a small country with a population of 38,000 in between Switzerland and Austria. Prior to Sunday’s clash at a near-empty OAKA Stadium, they had lost their last 13 away games in a row with an aggregate score of 4-48. Their last away win in an official match came in Moldova in 2014. They also lost to the likes of Gibraltar (2-1), Faroe Islands (3-0), and Andorra (1-0) in recent years.
Out of the 23 man squad, 11 play in the local league (four were starters) for FC Balzers and USV Eschen/Mauren, who play in the Swiss fourth division. Another five players play for FC Vaduz, a Swiss team in the second division.
Twenty-one out of the 23 man squad ply their trades in lower leagues, meaning only two play in the top flight in their respective leagues. They are Nicolas Hasler, who plays for Sporting Kansas City in the MLS, and Dennis Salanovic, who plays for FC Thun. Ironically, it was the latter that scored the equaliser in the 85th minute at OAKA last Sunday.