Tellia national football team
|FMF member||2007–13, 2013–|
WMFA (2007–08, 2008–13, 2013–)|
|Most caps||Pasquale di Montezemolo|
|Top scorer||Andrea Luca Peruzzi|
|Home stadium||Stadio di Romero|
|First FMF intermicronational|
|Gaia 0–0 Tokidoki|
|Tellia 62–0 Franklin Islands|
|Greenuk 9–1 Tellia|
|FMF World Cup|
|Appearances||11 (first in 2006)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 2012)|
The Tellia national football team is the football team which represents the micronation of Tellia, and previously represented the Ashkenatzi autonomous region of the same name. The team is the official successor of Gaia, which was a founding member of the FMF, and as such retains its records. It is a member of the WMFA, after previously being affiliated to the AEFA, and is run by the FGGC.
The team is seen as one of the strongest national sides on Micras, having appeared in eleven FMF World Cups, winning both the 2012 and 2017 editions, reaching the final in the inaugural tournament as Gaia and again in 2015, and also winning the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Benacia Cups. It has existed twice in the FMF's history; firstly between late 2007 and 2013 as an independent nation and autonomous region of Ashkenatza, and secondly since late 2013, again independently.
The Tellian national team was created upon the foundation of Tellia in late 2007 as the successor state to the CIS constituent nation of Gaia. Under the name of Gaia, the team was one of the founding members of the FMF when the organisation was created in October 2006 prior to the first FMF World Cup. The national team competed in the tournament, reaching the final before being beaten by Beaugium 1–0 to finish second.
Due to Beaugium's revocation of its Micrasian land claims, Gaia were granted the automatic holders' place in the 2007 FMF World Cup as 2006 runners-up. After advancing from their group, and beating Riponia on penalties in the quarter-finals, the team was well-beaten by co-hosts Tokidoki in the semi-finals and then lost the third-place play-off to Passas.
Prior to the 2008 FMF World Cup qualification tournaments, Gaia was succeeded by Tellia. After resigning their WMFA membership in favour of that of the AEFA, forfeiting their games 5–0 in the process, Tellia were beaten 9–1 by Greenuk in their first AEFA match. Due to the controversial nature of this match, the Tellians withdrew from qualifying and the result was downgraded to a friendly.
The following year, Tellia returned to the WMFA, and competed in a qualifying group alongside their now-ruling nation, Ashkenatza. The team topped the qualifying group with relative ease, advanced from their finals group in second place, but were beaten 3–2 by Beaugium in the quarter-finals.
The team yet again qualified comfortably from the WMFA confederation in 2011. In the finals, Tellia topped their group, beating holders Craitland in the process, but crashed-out to hosts, and underdogs, Shireroth in the quarter-finals.
The Tellians once again won their qualification group in 2012, ahead of Batavia by a point, to reach the 2012 FMF World Cup and also the first Benacia Cup. In the World Cup, the team dominated their group, winning all three matches 2–0, before beating Shireroth in the quarter-finals and Hamland in the semi-finals. After drawing the final 0–0 against Alexandria, Tellia eventually won 5–4 on penalties to seal their first ever title. The Tellians' success continued later in the year as the team topped their Benacia Cup group before beating Batavia 1–0 in the final.
Following their tournament triumphs in 2012, the Tellians received automatic berths in both the 2013 World Cup and Benacia Cup. In the Benacia Cup, the team topped the five-team group unbeaten with eight points, advancing them to the final, where they beat Sanilla 2–1 after extra time for their second title. Following their Benacia Cup victory, the team were less successful in the year's World Cup, where, after advancing from their group with four points, by virtue of goal difference, they were beaten by Alexandria in the quarter-finals. Tellia left Micras later in the year as part of Ashkenatza's death, but returned once again as an independent nation in late 2013.
In 2014's qualifiers, their first since regaining independence, the team topped their four-team group unbeaten with 16 points to reach the 2014 FMF World Cup. Tellia also successfully bid to host the 2014 Benacia Cup, where they topped the group with three wins before beating Elwynn 2–1 in the final for a third successive title. In the World Cup, the team topped their group with six points, ahead of holders Hamland, but were knocked-out in the quarter-finals on penalties by Senya.
In the following year's qualifiers, the team topped their four-team group with 13 points to seal a seventh straight World Cup appearance. After beating hosts Craitland in the tournament's opening game, the team advanced from their five-team group with six points to reach the play-off round, where they beat Lakkvia. Following an extra-time victory over holders Mercury in the quarter-finals and a 2–0 semi-final win over Gerenia, Tellia lost the final to Hamland and finished as runners-up for a second time.
In 2016, as holders of the Benacia Cup, Tellia qualified automatically for the year's tournament and instead competed in the inaugural FMF Confederations Cup, where they finished third in their four-team group with seven points. In the Benacia Cup, the team topped their group by winning their two games and comfortably beat Karalakh 4–1 in the semi-finals, but failed to secure a fourth confederational title after being beaten on penalties by hosts Elwynn in the final.
The 2017 FMF World Cup qualification rounds saw the team finish top of their four-team group unbeaten with 16 points to qualify for a tenth World Cup finals appearance. In the World Cup, the team finished second in their group with nine points, behind hosts Senya by virtue of goals scored, to advance to the play-off round, where they beat holders Hamland 3–2 after extra time before defeating Craitland 3–1 in their quarter-final. After comfortably beating Alexandria 4–0 in the semi-finals, the team narrowly overcame fellow group members Senya 2–1 in the final to become only the third team to win multiple FMF World Cup titles.
The team competed in the 2018 Benacia Cup qualification rounds, where they finished second in their five-team group with 19 points, and secured a place in the finals. In the Benacia Cup, the team topped their three-team group with four points before losing to Craitland on penalties in the semi-finals, but comfortably beat Merenolitovina 4–1 to place third.
Having received an automatic berth in the 2019 FMF World Cup as reigning champions, the team competed in the inaugural Vulture Cup prior to the finals, where they finished second in their group with five points before losing 2–1 to Elwynn and on penalties to the Unified Governorates to place fourth. In the World Cup finals, the team under-performed as holders, being eliminated in the group stage after finishing fourth in their five-team group with five points.
In the following year's Benacia Cup qualifiers, the team topped their four-team group with 15 points, including a world record win, and qualified for the finals. In the finals, the team performed poorly and finished bottom of their group with a sole point to their name.
Chronological competitive participation
- 2006 FMF World Cup (as Gaia)
- 2007 FMF World Cup (as Gaia)
- 2009 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2009 FMF World Cup
- 2010 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2010 FMF World Cup
- 2011 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2011 FMF World Cup
- 2012 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2012 FMF World Cup
- 2012 Benacia Cup
- 2013 Benacia Cup
- 2013 FMF World Cup
- 2014 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2014 Benacia Cup (hosts)
- 2014 FMF World Cup
- 2015 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2015 FMF World Cup
- 2016 FMF Confederations Cup
- 2016 Benacia Cup
- 2017 FMF World Cup qualification
- 2017 FMF World Cup
- 2018 Benacia Cup qualification
- 2018 Benacia Cup
- 2019 Vulture Cup
- 2019 FMF World Cup
- 2020 Benacia Cup qualification
- 2020 Benacia Cup
- 2021 FMF World Cup qualification
The Tellian national side has an unusual situation in that two distinct combinations of colours are used for its primary kit. The Tellian national colours—as seen in its current and former flags—of green and blue are regularly combined, with green shirts and blue shorts most common. The team's other usual colour combination harks back to the colours used by its predecessor of Gaia. Though Gaia's national flag shared its design with Tellia's first flag, albeit with lighter shades of green and blue, the national colour was pink. Pink Gaian and subsequent Tellian kits have traditionally combined a light shade of the colour for the shirts with black shorts. Both kit varieties have been used as Tellia's "home" colours in alternating tournaments, though some designs have been used for consecutive years, and it is common practice for the other dominant colour combination to act as the team's "away" kit, so that both are used regularly.
Tellia has used the following flags during both of its FMF affiliation: