England Football Online
Page Last Updated 13 April 2015
799 vs. Australia Squad
801 vs.Turkey Squad

Saturday, 29 March 2003
European Championship 2004 Group 7 qualification match

Liechtenstein 0 England 2 [0-1]

Match Summary
Liechtenstein Squad
England Squad

Team Records
The Liechtenstein Squad for the matches against England and Slovakia  March & April 2003
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G

Beck, Matthias

5 October 1981 21 M USV Eschen-Mauren 15 0

Beck, Thomas

21 February 1981 22 F FC Vaduz 23 0
Büchel, Ronny 19 March 1982 20 M FC Vaduz 18 0
Burgmeier, Franz 7 April 1982 20 M FC Vaduz 6 0
D'Elia, Fabio 19 January 1983 20 D Chur 97, Switzerland 7 0
Frick, Mario 7 September 1974
born in Switzerland
28 F Ternano Calcio, Italy 38 4
Gerster, Andreas 24 November 1982 20 M FC Vaduz 9 0
Gigon, Frédéric 13 February 1973 30 D Stade Lausanne, Switzerland 18 0
Hasler, Daniel 18 May 1974 28 D FC Wil 1900, Switzerland 44 1
Heeb, Martin 5 November 1969 33 G USV Eschen-Mauren 20 0
Jehle, Peter K. 22 January 1982 21 G Grasshopper Club Zürich, Switzerland 25 0
Nigg, Thomas 28 June 1983 19 M USV Eschen-Mauren 9 0
Ospelt, Jürgen 16 January 1974 29 D Chur 97, Switzerland 10 0
Ritter, Christof 18 January 1981 22 D FC Vaduz - -
Stocklasa, Martin 29 May 1979 23 M FC Vaduz 33 4
Stocklasa, Michael 2 December 1980 22 D FC Vaduz 27 1
Telser, Martin 16 October 1978 24 M FC Vaduz 35 1
Zech, Harry 25 February 1969 34 D USV Eschen-Mauren 39 1

Squad details correct up to and including Liechtenstein's match against Turkey on 16 October 2002.


Sunday, 20 October 2002 - Tickets go on sale at a post office in a small town near Zurich tomorrow morning for England's next Euro 2004 qualifier. The match is in Liechtenstein in March, and the authorities and football associations in both countries are bracing themselves for trouble. UEFA are insisting the match take place in Vaduz despite security fears that increased after the trouble in Bratislava last week, where more than 5,000 England fans watched the team's victory over Slovakia. The capacity at the Rheinpark stadium is 3,500. Markus Schaper, general secretary of the Liechtenstein Football Association, stated that UEFA had turned down repeated requests from them to stage the game in nearby Zurich, at Grasshoppers' Hardturm stadium, which holds 18,500. Schaper confirmed that the FA have been allocated 942 of the 3,548 seats- far too few to satisfy demand from the England supporters' club, which has more than 20,000 members. Schaper says ticketless England fans will not find others available on the black market as almost everyone in the principality - population: 31,500 - wanted to see the match and would not sell their tickets.

Tuesday, 18 March 2003 - Ralf Loose has named an eighteen-player squad for the European Championship 2004 qualifying matches against England and against Slovakia.  Loose has made few changes from the squad which suffered a 5-0 defeat in the qualifier against Turkey in October.  FC Vaduz defender Christof Ritter is expected by local media to return to the starting line-up at left-back after a lack of match fitness forced him on to the bench against Turkey.  Young defender Remo Eberle, an unused substitute against Turkey, and Mario Wolfinger and Marco Nigg, both left out of the Istanbul match, were not selected.

All Liechtenstein clubs play in the various Swiss Football League divisions.  Mario Frick of Tirnana Calcio in Italy's Serie B is the only Liechtenstein player from a club side outside the Swiss League.   Only two squad members, Daniel Hasler and Peter Jehle, play for Swiss first division clubs; the rest are with clubs in the second, third and fourth divisions.

Only six squad members are full professionals:  Ronny Büchel, Mario Frick, Daniel Hasler, Peter Jehle, Martin Stocklasa and Michael Stocklasa.  Another five are semi-professional:  Thomas Beck,  bank clerk, Franz Burgmeier,  bank clerk, Andreas Gerster,  commercial employee, Christof Ritter, sales employee, and Martin Telser, sanitary worker.  The remaining seven are amateurs:  Matthias Beck, electronic engineer, Fabio D'Elia, student, Frédéric Gigon, teacher, Martin Heeb, groundskeeper, Thomas Nigg, groundskeeper, Jürgen Ospelt, surveyor, and Harry Zech, winegrower.

The world's fourth smallest nation, Liechtenstein has a population of 32,000.

Liechtenstein Form: last six games
L D D L D L   f 5:a 13 success: 25%
56 13 February 2002 -
Faroe Islands 1 Liechtenstein
Peyia Municipality Stadium, Paphos, Cyprus
  Fr NL
57 27 March 2002 -
Liechtenstein 0 Northern Ireland 0
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
58 17 April 2002 - Luxembourg 3 Liechtenstein 3 [0-0]
Stadion Holleschbierg, Hesperange
59 21 August 2002 -
Faroe Islands 3 Liechtenstein 1
Gundadalur Stadium, Torshavn
60 8 September 2002 -
Liechtenstein 1 FYR Macedonia 1
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
61 16 October 2002 - Turkey 5 Liechtenstein 0 [0-0]
Ali Sami Yen Stadyumu, İstanbul


Liechtenstein's Rheinpark Stadion, capacity 3,548, located in the outskirts of the tiny nation's capital, Vaduz, against a picturesque mountain backdrop, hosted the biggest match in its history when England visited for the first match between the two countries, the European Championship 2004 qualifier on 29 March 2003.  The ground had only two small stands, and the Lichtensteiner Fussballverband asked UEFA for permission to erect temporary stands for the game.  Citing safety concerns, UEFA rejected the request, and only 900 tickets were allocated to the Football Association for England supporters.  That ensured that many English fans would try to journey to Vaduz without tickets, and security forces were bolstered with help from neighbouring Switzerland and Austria to cope with potential troublemakers.  The invasion of Iraq  by armed forces from  the U.S. and the U.K. some 10 days before the match prompted concerns the event would become the focus of anti-war protests and that even the increased security forces would prove inadequate.  Eventually local authorities satisfied UEFA that proper security would be provided and the match went ahead without a hitch.