San Marino San Marino has typically had the lowest ranking of any UEFA country in the FIFA World Rankings. Since the inception of the FIFA rankings in 1992, San Marino has averaged 176th place. Their highest-ranked game was in 2007 when they ranked 33rd after a 1–1 draw with Russia.
Their best performance at a major tournament was when they made it to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Olympics before being defeated by England. The match drew 78,000 spectators to the San Marino Stadium in San Marino.
The country's only victory at a major international tournament came in 1978 when they defeated Iran 4–0 in the qualification rounds for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. However, they were disqualified after it was discovered that two of their players were born outside San Marino.
They have never been ranked higher than 17th.
Their national sport is sammarinese football (or soccer as we call it around here) and they have four teams that play in the top division of the Sammarinese league. The average salary of a player is about $20,000 per year.
There are only three countries in Europe that don't have a team in the top two divisions of their domestic league: Armenia, San Marino, and Vatican City.
The San Marino national football team (Italian: Nazionale di calcio di San Marino) represents the country of San Marino in men's international football tournaments. It is managed by the San Marino Football Federation (FSGC). The squad has the smallest population of any UEFA member. At 48,000 people, it is also the least populated country in Europe.
San Marino participated in its first World Cup in 1954 but was eliminated after one round when they lost to Israel 4-1. In 1958, they entered again and this time they reached the quarter-finals where they were defeated by Sweden 2-0. They have not competed since then. The Sammarines play their games on FIFA dates and use Swedish referees for their matches.
Their only official football league is the Serie A Cumana, which has three teams and plays according to the rules of association football with two minutes of extra time instead of five as in the Italian league. The top division is called Campionato di Calcio. Games are played from September to June.
The team is known for its colorful strip, which usually features dark blue and white stripes and sometimes includes other colors. However, they have never won a match!
They did manage to take part in some European Championships but always ended up last or next to last in their groups.
San Marino. They have a population of only just over 10,000 people and they play in the world's smallest stadium, which holds just 12,000 people. It is located on an island about 50 miles from Italy.
The country was founded in 1473 by Marino Sanmarino, who sold tickets to his guests (including Eva Peron when she visited) and charged them a penny per head. He also married women without divorcing their previous husbands!
Soccer is popular in San Marino, but the national team is not as successful as you might expect given the size of the country. They have never made it past the group stage of a major tournament.
Their last victory came in 2001 when they beat Liechtenstein 2-1 at home. Before that they had lost every match they had played since 1976.
They did qualify for one event during this time, the 1998 UEFA Intertnational Cup. They were drawn against England, France, Germany and Romania in their group. San Marino finished last in its group with zero points after losing all three matches. England won all three games.
According to FIFA global rankings, the following are the eight weakest national teams in the world.
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