Mercury national football team

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Mercury Mercury
Association MeFA
FMF member 2011–
Confederation EMUFA
Head coach Vacant
Captain Joe Foxon
Home stadium Freddie Mercury Memorial Arena
FMF code MER
First FMF intermicronational
Barrington Barrington 0–1 Cyberia Cyberia
Biggest win
Mercury Mercury 13–0 Lucerne Lucerne
Biggest defeat
Valencia Valencia 4–1 Barrington Barrington
FMF World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 2012)
Best result Winners
EMU Championships
Appearances 5 (First in 2011)
Best result Winners
Website MeFA

The Mercury national football team is the football team which represents the micronation of Mercury. The team is the official successor of Barrington and Wyke, the latter of which played in no FMF-affiliated matches, and as such retains their records. It is a member of the EMUFA and is run by the MeFA.

Having qualified for their first FMF World Cup in 2012, the team is seen as a major force in Micrasian football, with many of its players being aged under 23 years-old, and having won the 2014 FMF World Cup and 2014 EMU Championships.

History

The Mercury national team was founded with the successful transition of Wyke's lands to Mercurian rule in early 2011. Wyke's national side was the successor of Barrington's but played no matches. Barrington first competed in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, where the team finished their group in second-last place, failing to win a single game.

In preparation for the 2011 qualifiers, the renamed Mercury team took on Craitland in a two-legged friendly match. In the away leg, Mercury showed an impressive amount of promise, but were defeated 3–2. They lost the return leg two weeks later 1–0, but this result was a kick start for a vastly improved qualifying campaign, in which Mercury finished third in their group, qualifying for the 2011 EMU Championships. Mercury drew their opening game against Passas, before an unfortunate 1–0 defeat to Hamland. They then held out for three consecutive 0–0 draws, to finish fourth in the six-team group.

Prior to the following year's qualifiers, the team took part in the inaugural friendly Four Nations Internationals tournament, beating North Antarctica in the two-legged final. The team continued their run of form into the qualifiers, where they won their five-team group without losing a match to qualify for their first World Cup, in which they finished third in their group, losing out to Craitland on goal difference. In the fourth EMU Championships, which Mercury hosted, the team won their group and beat Interland in the semi-final, before losing to Hamland on penalties in the final. Later in the year, Mercury organised and competed in the first Territories Cup, where the team won the football tournament by beating Nova England in the final.

The team topped their 2013 qualifying group unbeaten with ease to reach the World Cup and EMU 2013 with 14 points. In EMU 2013, the team topped their group with six points, before losing their semi-final to hosts and eventual champions Interland, but beat Nova English Korea in the third-place play-off. The team's success continued into the World Cup, where they advanced from their group on goal difference, with six points, before beating Interland 5–0 in the quarter-finals. Following a victory over Craitland on penalties in the semi-finals, the team finished as runners-up after a 1–0 loss to Hamland in the final.

In the 2014 qualifiers, the team topped their four-team group with 15 points to reach their third World Cup finals. The team also qualified for EMU 2014, where they advanced from their group unbeaten before beating Hamland on penalties and Passas 2–0 in the semi-final and final, respectively, to win their first ever title. The team's success continued into the World Cup, where they topped their group thanks to three 2–0 victories before beating Elwynn 3–2 and Senya 1–0 to reach the final for the second consecutive year. After drawing 1–1 with Hamland after extra time, the team won on penalties to secure their first ever FMF World Cup title.

As reigning champions, Mercury were not required to enter qualification for the 2015 FMF World Cup after being awarded an automatic berth. In the finals, the team topped a tricky group unbeaten with ten points and progressed directly to the quarter-finals, where they were beaten 3–2 in extra time by Tellia.

In 2016, as holders of the EMU Championships, Mercury qualified automatically for the year's tournament and instead competed in the inaugural FMF Confederations Cup, where they topped their group with twelve points before beating Calbion and losing to Gerenia in the final to place second. In the EMU Championships, the team advanced from their group with four points, ahead of Valencia on goal difference, but lost on penalties to Nova England in the semi-finals before beating Talenore 3–2 to finish third.

Chronological competitive participation

Record against other nations

P W D L GF GA Win %
Alexandria Alexandria 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
Amokolia Amokolia 1 1 0 0 4 1 100%
Aran Aran 1 0 0 1 1 2 0%
Austbard Austbard 3 2 1 0 5 2 83.3%
Craitland Craitland 8 1 4 3 8 8 37.5%
Cyberia Cyberia 2 0 1 1 1 2 25%
Flandria Secunda Flandria Secunda 2 1 1 0 3 2 75%
Hamland Hamland 4 0 2 2 2 4 25%
Hammish Monovia Hammish Monovia 2 2 0 0 6 0 100%
Høgmårk Høgmårk 1 1 0 0 3 1 100%
Incontinentia Incontinentia 1 1 0 0 6 1 100%
Indokistan Indokistan 2 2 0 0 5 2 100%
Interland Interland 6 2 0 4 8 7 33.3%
Lakkvia Lakkvia 1 1 0 0 2 1 100%
Landashir Landashir 2 2 0 0 2 0 100%
Lostisland Lostisland 4 4 0 0 11 1 100%
Los Bay Petros Los Bay Petros 2 2 0 0 5 0 100%
Lucerne Lucerne 1 1 0 0 13 0 100%
Mahoz HaSephardim Mahoz HaSephardim 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
New Vaduz New Vaduz 2 2 0 0 7 2 100%
Normark Normark 1 0 1 0 0 0 50%
North Antarctica North Antarctica 3 2 1 0 8 5 83.3%
Nova England Nova England 7 3 4 0 9 4 71.4%
Nova English Korea Nova English Korea 3 3 0 0 5 0 100%
Passas Passas 4 2 1 1 6 4 62.5%
Safiria Safiria 1 1 0 0 2 1 100%
Senya Senya 1 0 1 0 0 0 50%
Sirocco Sirocco 3 2 1 0 4 0 83.3%
Stormark Stormark 1 0 0 0 3 2 100%
Taeland Taeland 1 1 0 0 2 1 100%
Tellia Tellia 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
Tiana Tiana 3 3 0 0 7 1 100%
Uantir Uantir 2 0 2 0 3 3 50%
Valencia Valencia 8 2 4 2 9 10 50%
Zandarijn Zandarijn 1 1 0 0 2 1 100%
Zealandia Zealandia 2 2 0 0 5 0 100%
Total 87 47 24 16 154 70 67.8%
  • Drawn games are counted as half a win in the percentage calculation.
  • Teams marked in red are no longer active.
  • Correct as of 31 May, 2014.

Kit

Kit

Honours

Flag

Mercury has used the following flag during the entirety of its FMF affiliation:

2011–
Mercury

See also