France Ranked As Favourites to Win Group H

Dec
22

France are seen as a strong favourite to reach the Twenty20 after being put in a group that contains Iceland, Turkey, Moldova, Albania, and Andorra. The first set of matches will take place in March 22. The Euro 2020 is a special event with 12 different cities hosting the tournament across 12 different countries. The qualification format for the competition will be slightly different due to the UEFA Nations League. The presence of 10 groups means that the top two teams will be able to qualify for the finals. The final four spots will be provided by the play-offs, which will be contested by 16 outfits.

France and Albania find themselves in the same group as the Euro 2016. Albania, though, will find it harder to reach the finals this time around. France, as the world champions, are the favourites to win the group quite comfortably. Despite having an inexperienced squad at the World Cup in Russia, France were able to come away with the first World Cup title since 1998. Manager Didier Deschamps showed a lot of tactical skills to get the best out of the team. Now, the team will be more mature with the likes of Kylian Mbappe gaining more experience by the time the qualification campaign gets into the business end.

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Alexandru Spiridon Happy with Draw and Clean Sheet against Belarus

Oct
24

Moldova national team manager Alexandru Spiridon claims that Belarus may not be entirely happy with his team’s tactics in the recent match between the two nations. Belarus coach Igor Kriushenko was critical of the defensive tactics put forward by Moldova in the recent UEFA Nations League meeting between the two nations. After losing 4-0 against Luxembourg in the first Nations League game, Moldova were in serious need of an improvement at the back. It has come in the form of a defensive tactic that has led to three consecutive clean sheets – including two against Belarus.

As a result, Moldova are in a comfortable position with regard to aiming for promotion into the next round. They trail Luxembourg by four points but it is quite possible that the results could change quite dramatically considering that Moldova have already picked up five points from the group’s four games.Spiridon says that he had little option but to go with the defensive tactic considering the quality of the opposition. Since Belarus have a lot of great players, they would have been able to open up Moldova with greater precision if the opponent had also been quite open at the back. The next match for Moldova will be against San Marino in November. This game provides Moldova with a great hope of catching Luxembourg.

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Sheriff FC Knocked out after 3-1 Aggregate Defeat in Europa League

Sep
10

Moldavian team Sheriff FC were unable to build on the first leg success over Qarabag FC as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at theTofiqBəhramovadınaRespublikastadionu.Sheriff FC were coming into the game with a real possibility of reaching the group stages of the Europa League after having been able to secure a 1-0 lead from the first leg. In a difficult match at theBolshayaSportivnaya Arena, an eighth minute goal from RifetKapic was able to provide the Moldavian team with the much needed break. Just when it seemed that they would be able to rely on the solo effort in order to reach the European group football stages for the first time, there was a significant setback when Maksim Medvedev scored just after nine minutes.

The early goal knocked the stuffing out of Sheriff FC, who went on to concede just before the break toWildedonald Guerrier. These goals were decisive going into the half-time break since it changed the half-time team talk quite substantially.Qarabag were now in the lead and were also able to bask on home advantage. It was becoming increasingly difficult for Sheriff to think about a route back into the game and it was completely ended when Filip Ozobic scored just before the hour.

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Republic of Ireland Earn Criticism Due to Moldova’s Strong Play

Aug
13

Eamon Dunphy being the latest to criticise the manager. The former Aston Villa boss took over as the national team manager a couple of years ago and he installed Roy Keane as his assistant. However, Ireland were unable to make much of an impact in the World Cup qualification group and ended up failing to reach the finals in Russia. Ireland were knocked out by Denmark in a 5-1 aggregate score in the World Cup qualification play-offs, as the team could only finish second in a group that contain the Serbia, veils, Austria, Georgia, and Moldova.

The victory over Moldova was one of the five victories achieved by Ireland in the 10 World Cup games. Even then, Moldova put up a strong fight and were able to lose only 2-0, which is a commendable result for the team that ended up conceding 23 goals in the 10 World Cup qualification matches. Moldova are still considered as one of the minnows in European football but they can take a lot of heart from the recent performance against teams like Ireland. In the last four matches across all competitions, Moldova have lost only twice.

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PSG Award Professional Contract for Moldovan YoungsterPostolachi

Jul
26

Moldovan football has received a major boost with the news that youngster Virgiliu Postolachi has been able to agree a professional contract with Paris St Germain. The French club are regarded as one of the biggest in the world and they are home to players like Neymar and Edinson Cavani. However, they have been ready to hand out a three-year contract forPostolachi after the youngster sufficiently impressed the club officials during training. Speaking in delight about the news,Postolachi claimed that he has been looking forward to this opportunity throughout his career.

After coming from Edinet,Postolachi started his career with PSG back in 2013. The major shift for the youngster began in the current year when he was called up by Moldova national team bossAlexandru Spiridon. Even though he may not be currently part of the national team, it is down to a family reason.Postolachi is expected to be one of the key members of the national team for the next decade. The contract with PSG is likely to providePostolachi a huge amount of knowledge – even if it is unlikely to provide any first-team appearances. The player is likely to be sent out on loan for the next few years before he becomes ready for contention in the PSG first team.

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Petrocub Manager Draw againstOsijek in First Leg Europa League Qualifier

Jul
20

Moldovan football received a major boost in European competition to winPetrocubwere able to get a 1-1 draw withOsijek in the first leg of the Europa League qualifiers. As a result of finishing in the top three places,Petrocub were awarded a place in the Europa League qualifying and the team are fighting to reach the group stages of the competition. Even though the Moldovan outfit will have to go through several phases before they can think about a group stage finish, they have received a positive result in the form of a draw withOsijek in the first leg. The team still leads to complete the job in the second leg at Stadion Gradskivrt but there is confidence that Moldovan football will be able to receive a major boost.

Lilian Popescu, who is in charge of the Moldovan team, claimed that it was certainly an extremely difficult match for his team. Even with lower competitive experience,Petrocub were able to get a positive result and he is extremely happy with the performance from his team. In the second leg, however,Popescu is hoping for an even better performance. A number of players do not have experience of top-level European football but it is expected that such measures will only help the team going forward. Opposition manager Zoran Zekic was complimentary of the performances fromPetrocub.

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WALES STRUGGLE TO DEFEAT MOLDOVA

Jul
02

Wales left it late to beat lowly Moldova as goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey gave them a second win in four days to keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive.

Wales had revived their prospects of qualifying with a dramatic win over Austria in Cardiff three days earlier, as Woodburn came on to score a fabulous long-range goal just four minutes into his international debut.

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Moldova Invited To World Cup By Vladimir Putin

Jun
09

Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent an invite to Moldova president Igor Dodon to make a visit to Russia in order to witness the 2018 World Cup. Moldova were not expected to reach the World Cup finals as one of the minnows in the game. It proved to be the case as the national team ended up finishing at the bottom of their qualification group, which also contained the likes of Georgia. Moldova ended up taking only two points from the World Cup group and failed to win a single game out of the 10.

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Moldova Lose First Game Under Alexandru Spiridon

May
16

The winless run for Moldova extended after the team fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast in the latest international friendly match. The African team certainly had the better start in the game and they were able to open the scoring in the 20th minute through Roger Assale. But the crucial goal in the game came just before half-time when Nicholas Pepe scored the second for Ivory Coast. Even though Moldova were able to pull one back in the second half through Artur Ionita, it was not sufficient for the team to get anything out of the game.

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Moldova Lucky To Have A Coach Like Alexandru Spiridon, Say Players

May
08

Moldova players are extremely delighted that a coach of a very high calibre is in charge of the national team. Alexandru Spiridon is from Moldova and he has been instilled as the new coach of the national team. He comes in to replace Igor Dobrovolski, who spent only 18 matches at the helm of the national team.

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