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San Marino

San Marino
Andy Selva (left) is San Marino's all-time leading scorer ©Filippo Pruccoli

San Marino

Best result: never qualified
Coach: Vacant
Leading scorer: all-time – Andy Selva (8); current – Andy Selva (8)
Most appearances: all-time – Damiano Vannucci (68); current – Damiano Vannucci (68)
Association formed: 1931
Nickname: La Serenissima (The Serene)
Where they play: Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle

Damage limitation is usually the name of the game for San Marino. By the end of 2013 they had only won one match – a friendly against Liechtenstein in 2004 – and lost 57 in a row. The tiny land-locked nation has participated in six UEFA European Championship qualifying campaigns and never registered a point. Their FIFA World Cup qualifying record is marginally better, with two draws – against Turkey in 1993 and Latvia in 2001 – the highlights among a lengthy run of defeats. Despite this Giampaolo Mazza remained the team's head coach for 15 years, retiring in October 2013.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P56 W0 D0 L56 F6 A253
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P56 W0 D0 L56 F6 A253

San Marino made their UEFA European Championship debut in qualifying for EURO '92, ending the campaign with eight defeats in eight outings, conceding 33 and scoring once. It has become a familiar outcome, with San Marino still awaiting their first point in EURO qualifying having registered six goals in 56 matches, shipping 253.

Mazza's side leaked 19 goals in their first three Group E outings ahead of the 2012 edition, against the Netherlands, Sweden and Hungary. San Marino did, however, go close to earning their first point when they lost 1-0 at home to Finland, their best result in a campaign which also included an 11-0 reverse in the Netherlands.

Memorable EURO matches
07/02/2007: San Marino 1-2 Republic of Ireland, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Stephen Ireland's 94th-minute strike denied San Marino their maiden EURO qualifying point.

06/09/2006: San Marino 0-13 Germany, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Lukas Podolski scored four as the visitors recorded the biggest ever win in the competition.

27/03/1991: San Marino 1-3 Romania, EURO '92 qualifying
Valdes Pasolini equalised with a first-half penalty – San Marino's first goal in EURO qualifying.

Did you know?
San Marino have yet to take the lead in a UEFA European Championship match. 

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 28/01/14 19.12CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest defeat:
    06/09/2006, San Marino 0-13 Germany, Serravalle
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 7
  • Player with most appearances: 32
    Damiano Vannucci (SMR)
  • Top scorers: 2
    Andy Selva (SMR)
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