Liechtenstein's essential football background
Nestled in the Alps, Liechtenstein is an unlikely footballing superpower, and it's true that the national side rarely troubles the greatest European nations. However, with a beautiful setting, great dishes and a passionate support base, Liechtenstein tickets are great fun for globe-trotting football fans. If you fancy mixing up international football with skiing, hiking and fine food and drink, Liechtenstein is ideal.
Popularly known at the "Blues-Reds" owing to their strip, Liechtenstein compete in the qualification stages for both the World Cup and the European Championships, and also play plenty of friendly matches on the side. Since kicking off their first international in 1981, the side hasn't made it to a major tournament final, but they continue to try their hardest and - who knows - they could make it in the future.
Liechtenstein's home matches are always played in the capital, Vaduz, at the modern Rheinpark Stadium (which is also home to matches featuring the country's leading team, FC Vaduz). The venue officially has 5,700 seats, but features standing space for a few thousand more, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the terraces as you watch the Blues-Reds in action.
Because Liechtenstein play in European qualifying competitions, you can expect some of the finest players in the global game to hit the turf in Vaduz, with Spanish, French, Russian and German legends all making it part of their campaigns to qualify. So even if the Blues-Reds get thumped, there's plenty for fans to enjoy.
Great matches in Liechtenstein's footballing past
Even though they are seen as minnows on the footballing scene, Liechtenstein play with a sense of pride and passion that would put some bigger countries to shame, and this commitment has led them to some notable performances.
A great example came in 1995, when the Republic of Ireland arrived in Vaduz. At the time, Ireland were ranked in the world's top 10, and were confident of making it to Euro 96, but a 0-0 draw in the Alps made their task much, much harder.
In 1998, they notched up an even more impressive feat, beating Azerbaijan 2-1, then followed this up with creditable efforts against England in the qualification for Euro 2004, losing just 2-0 on two occasions.
More recently, Liechtenstein enjoyed their best ever campaign, registering eight points during the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup (including draws against Portugal and Slovakia). As results like that demonstrate, when you buy Liechtenstein tickets, anything is possible, and they aren't to be underestimated. Just ask Ireland.