Moldovian football suffered a big setback when the senior national team players were on the receiving end of an 8-0 mauling at the hands of top seed Denmark in Group F of the European qualifiers as far as the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar is concerned.

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Moldovan football has not enjoyed a lift off as far as qualification for the European Championships is concerned despite the increase in the number of participating teams from 16 to 24 ahead of the last edition in France. The 2016 edition of the European Championships was won by Portugal at the expense of hosts France in the final. Ex-Swansea City striker Eder scored the only goal of that final in extra time to hand Portugal their first major tournament via a 1-0 win over the French Les Blues.

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Lowly Benevento continue to punch above their weight in the Italian Serie A this season and that's mainly thanks to manager FilipoInzaghi. Benevento showed why they won't be going back to the second tier of Italian football, Serie B, at the end of this season after the goalless draw with AS Roma at the weekend. A lot of Italian football fans expected AS Roma to secure an away win but Benevento had other ideas as they battled to a point despite playing the final 33 minutes with ten men.

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Peter Banda, a midfielder of Nyasa Big Bullets has commenced his trials at Moldovan top club in the Moldovan top tier division FC Sheriff Tiraspol, it has been confirmed. The midfield sensation who was the winner of the TNM Super League Player of The Year gong in 2019 departed the country in January (last month) after his initial contract had expired with his former club.

He has now been invited by the Moldovan team to come and have trials with them and will commenced immediately till on the 15th of this month. He was first contacted to come and start the trials last month but due to some paperwork issues, he was unable to make the trip and was eventually left stranded. However, with all the stumbling blocks now removed, he has now been given the green light and passed fit to join up with the team.
He has now started trials at the club and the move has seen him reunite with the club's right back Charles Petro, who is a former teammate of Banda. C
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Moldovan football will definitely get a facelift if the country can qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar next year. The World Cup tournament in Qatar starts on November 21 and will run through to December 18. Moldova face a big hurdle toqualify for the World Cup tournament in Qatar as one of the least ranked teams in the European section.Ahead of the draw for the UEFA section, Moldova were in Pot 6 as one of the bottom five teams according to the FIFA Rankings for last year November.

Moldova were in the last pot (pot 6) alongside other countries like San Marino, Liechtenstein,Malta and Gibraltar. Moldova were the least ranked team in their group at the end of the draw. Moldovan football fans would be hoping that their teamcan stun the other countries in the group to secure a place in Qatar and give Moldovan football the much needed shot in the arm.
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Malawi wonder boy Peter Banda has been turning heads in his country with his impressive performances for his club and he's set to storm Moldovan football for trials. Peter Banda plays his club football for Malawi top division outfit Nyasa Big Bullets. The scheduled visit to Moldovan football for Peter Banda for trials was confirmed by Nyasa Big Bullets earlier this month.

If his trials proved to be successful, Peter Banda will join former teammate Charles Petro in Moldovan football. Peter Banda and Charles Petro were teammates at Nyasa Big Bullets before the latter left Malawi for Moldovan football giants FC Sheriff Tiraspol. FC Sheriff Tiraspol are the biggest club in Moldovan football and they are the reigning champions in the top flight. FC Sheriff Tiraspol won the last edition of the league in 2019 to make it league title no. 18 ahead of Zimbru Chisinau. Zimbru Chisinau have won the league title eight times and they are the second most successful club in the history of Moldovan football behind FC Sheriff. Dacia Chisinau, FC Tiraspol and MilsamiOrhei are the other teams to win the league title in the top division of Moldovan football.
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Sheriff Tiraspol has dominated Moldovan foootball for a long time and their hold on club football is set to continue as they are the pacesetters in the current league season. Sheriff Tiraspol are the kings of Moldovanfootball after winning 18 league titles from the 29 league titles on offer ahead of the next best team, Zimbru Chisinau.

Zimbru Chisinau have won eight league titles in their history. Apart from Sheriff Tiraspol and Zimbru Chisinau, only three other clubs have tasted the title in the top flight of Moldovan football. The other teams to win the league title in the Moldovan National League also known as Divizan Nationala are FC Tiraspol, Dacia Chisinau and Milsami Orhei. Sheriff Tiraspol have ruled Moldovan football for the last five seasons dating back to the 2014/15 season when Milsami Orhei won their first and only league title. Since then, Sheriff Tiraspol have won all the league titles on offer and they are set to add another league title to their trophy cabinet at the end of the current season with the club setting the pace as far as the 2020/21 Moldovan National Division is concerned.
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Firat label’s loss against Italy as the ‘career worst’


Moldova suffered a major setback in their efforts to build a solid foundation for the national team under coach Engin Firat. The recent friendly match with Italy, who are one of the top teams in the world, ended in a 6-0 thumping that has made the coach quite furious.Firat claimed after the game that this was the worst loss of his career and that he would like to apologise to spectators. Moldova have been one of the minnows in Europe for quite a while. However, recent performances from the national team have improved to the extent where they have gone close to matching the performances of the opponents.

The match against Italy, though, was a return to old days when Moldova were not competitive. It did not take long for Italy to have a crushing score, as they were 5-0 up in the game after just 45 minutes. Stephan El Shaarawy came up with a brace while Brian Cristante and Francesco Caputo were able to add further goals. And the matters were made extremely complicated when an own goal from Domenico Berardi came upon the scoreline.This was the heaviest defeat for Moldova since 2012 when the team was beaten at home by England with a 5-0 score.
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Francesco Caputo makes debut for Italy and scores against Moldova


Francesco Caputo has revealed that he does not have any regrets about spending most of his time in the lower levels of Italian football. The 33-year-old recently made his debut for the national team at a time when many players are thinking about wrapping up their careers. The debut for Francesco Caputo came in the match against Moldova.

Italy were able to get a comprehensive 6-0 win over Moldova in this friendly encounter. The result extended the unbeaten run for the Italians, whose last defeat was in 2018 against Portugal. As a result, manager Roberto Mancini has been able to successfully experiment with his line-up and squad.

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Zenga praises character of Cagliari after Bologna draw


Cagliari manager Walter Zenga is of the opinion that the point against Bologna came in good circumstances. The Italian Serie A is back in the fixture schedule and Cagliari were able to pick up crucial wins over SPAL and Torino to move away from the relegation zone. The club were aiming for a third consecutive victory that would have put them within touching distance of the top six places, but Bologna were able to claim a 1-1 draw in the match. Cagliari performed reasonably well even without a number of key players like Fabrizio Cacciatore and Robin Olsen missing due to action.

Zenga pointed out that the squad had players struggling with injuries and some players were unavailable due to expired contracts. In such a scenario, he was relatively happy to see his team get a 1-1 draw.
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