Football in San Marino

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Football in San Marino
CountrySan Marino
Governing body San Marino Football Federation
National team(s) San Marino
Club competitions
International competitions

Football is the most popular sport in San Marino, as well as in Italy, the country within which it is an enclave. [1]

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Domestic football

The San Marino Championship, founded under the auspices of the FSGC (San Marino Football Federation), is the premier footballing competition in San Marino. Fifteen teams take part in the competition, which are split into two groups of eight and seven teams. The top three teams from each section progress to a semi-knockout style Championship Playoff. The playoff champion earns a spot in the preliminary rounds of the UEFA Cup, and in 2007, UEFA granted San Marino a spot in the 1st Qualifying Round of the Champions League, an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations. In 2007 league champion S.S. Murata was the first team to represent San Marino in the Champions League when they participated in the 2007–08 competition, losing to Finland's Tampere United. In 2019, San Marino was a representative in the Italian system with San Marino Calcio playing in Italian football's Serie D. San Marino Calcio played their home matches at the Stadio Olimpico of Serravalle.

San Marino had played in two major cup competitions in the country: Coppa Titano, founded in 1937, in which all the teams in the league compete, and the Super Coppa Sammarinese which is between the winner of the cup and the winner of the league.

League system 2020–21

LevelLeagues/Divisions
1 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio
15 clubs

International football

The San Marino national team played its first unofficial international match in 1986, achieving a result of 0–1 against the Canadian Olympic team. San Marino's first competitive game was on 14 November 1990, scoring 0–4 against Switzerland in the European Championship qualifier. San Marino have participated in the qualifiers of every European Championship and World Cup, but have not won a match in either. [2]

San Marino faced England in a World Cup qualifier on 17 November 1993. San Marino took the lead through Davide Gualtieri after 8.3 seconds - the fastest goal in World Cup qualifier competition against a side who had previously qualified. [3] San Marino was placed third at international level where they achieved 7–1.[ citation needed ]

The team drew against Turkey and Latvia, after an international career that had seen them experience 70 defeats. On 29 April 2004, San Marino recorded their first win, 1–0 against Liechtenstein in an international friendly. Andy Selva scored the only goal. [4]

On 6 September 2006, San Marino lost 13–0 to Germany at the Stadio Olimpico, one of the largest goal margin defeats in the European Championship. During this same competition, on 7 February 2007, San Marino were close to drawing with the Republic of Ireland, Stephen Ireland had scored in the 94th minute, within 8 seconds of the final whistle which resulted in them staining a 1-1. The goal scored by San Marino was their first in a European Championship qualifier since scoring 4–1 to Austria in 1998. [5]

San Marino are currently[ when? ] placed joint bottom in the FIFA World Rankings at 208th. They hold this title with the Bhutan national football team. [6] On 10 September 2013, Alessandro Della Valle scored the first goal in competitive matches in five years, resulting in a 5–1 loss to Poland.[ citation needed ]

Key San Marino players included Massimo Bonini, a midfielder played for the national team and Italy's Juventus F.C. from 1981 to 1988, [7] Andy Selva, was a top scorer of the national team with enable him to have eight goals.

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The 2009-10 Coppa Titano was the fiftieth season of San Marino's oldest football competition. It began on 12 September 2009 with the first games of the Group Stage and ended in 2010 with the Final held at Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle. Juvenes/Dogana were the defending champions, having won their eighth cup final last season.

S.P. Tre Fiori

Società Polisportiva Tre Fiori, also known simply as SP Tre Fiori, is a semi-professional football club based in Fiorentino, San Marino. The club, formed in 1949, has been awarded 7 national championship titles and 6 national cup titles, making them one of the most successful clubs in the history of San Marino football. Although the club have not been successful in European competition, Tre Fiori currently hold the record for most goals scored in European competition by a Sammarinese team: four goals, all scored in the UEFA Champions League. They currently play in Girone B of the Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are yellow and blue.

The 2010–11 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio season was the twenty-sixth since its establishment. The season began with the first regular season games on 17 September 2010 and ended with the play-off final in May 2011. Tre Fiori are the league champions, having won their seventh Sammarinese championship and third-in-a-row last season.

The 2010-11 Coppa Titano was the fifty-third season of San Marino's oldest football competition. It began on 11 September 2010 with the first games of the Group Stage and ended in 2011 with the Final held at Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle. Tre Fiori were the defending champions, having won their sixth cup final last season.

The 2011–12 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio season was the twenty-seventh since its establishment. The season began with the first regular season games on 17 September 2011 and is scheduled to end with the play-off final in May 2012. Tre Fiori are the defending league champions, having won their seventh Sammarinese championship and third-in-a-row last season. The title was won by S.P. Tre Penne.

The 2011-12 Coppa Titano was the 54th season of San Marino's oldest football competition. It began on 10 September 2011 with the first games of the Group Stage and ended on 2 May 2012 with the final held at Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle. Juvenes/Dogana were the defending champions, having won their second cup final last season.

The 2013–14 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio season was the twenty-ninth since its establishment. The league is the uppermost in San Marino, in which the country's top 15 amateur football clubs play. The season began on 13 September 2013 and ended with the play-off final on 27 May 2014.

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