The Luxembourg national football team (nicknamed the Red Lions; Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuergesch Foussballnationalequipe, French: Équipe du Luxembourg de football, German: Luxemburgische Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the national football team of Luxembourg, and is controlled by the Luxembourg Football Federation. The team plays most of its home matches at the Stade de Luxembourg in Luxembourg City.
Les Lions Rouges
Die Roten Löwen
(The Red Lions)
|Association||Luxembourg Football Federation|
|Head coach||Luc Holtz|
|Most caps||Mario Mutsch (102)|
|Top scorer||Léon Mart (16)|
|Home stadium||Stade de Luxembourg|
|Current||93 1 (19 November 2021)|
|Highest||82 (September 2018)|
|Lowest||195 (August 2006)|
| Luxembourg 1–4 France |
(Luxembourg City; 29 October 1911)
| Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan |
(Brighton, United Kingdom; 26 July 1948)
| Germany 9–0 Luxembourg |
(Berlin, Germany; 4 August 1936)
Luxembourg 0–9 England
(Luxembourg City; 19 October 1960)
England 9–0 Luxembourg
(London, United Kingdom; 15 December 1982)
Luxembourg has participated in every FIFA World Cup qualifiers since those for the 1934 World Cup and in UEFA European Championship qualifiers since those for Euro 1964. As of 2020, they have never qualified for any of these major tournaments. Luxembourg is the nation with the most qualifying campaigns in both of these competitions without ever making it to the finals. However, they did compete in six Olympic football events between 1920 and 1952.
Luxembourg played their first ever international match on 29 October 1911, in a friendly match against France; it resulted in a 1–4 defeat. Their first victory came on 8 February 1914, also in a match against France, which they won 5–4.
The national side of Luxembourg competed in six Olympic football events between 1920 and 1952, and survived the preliminary round twice (in 1948 and 1952). In between, Luxembourg started participating at qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, but as of 2018 they still never qualified.
Starting in 1921, the Luxembourg national A-selection would play 239 unofficial international matches until 1981, mostly against other countries' B-teams like those of Belgium, France, Switzerland and West Germany, as well as a team representing South-Netherlands.
After their last Olympic tournament in 1952, the national team also started playing in qualifying groups for UEFA European Championships, but could not reach the major European tournament end stages. The only time that the team was close to qualify was for a European or World Championship was for the Euro 1964. In the first qualification round they defeated the Netherlands with a score of 3–2 on aggregate after two matches. A Dutch newspaper commented this stunt after the second match with "David Luxembourg won with 2–1 [against Goliath Netherlands]". In the round of eight, Luxembourg and Denmark fought for a spot in the final tournament. The winner was decided after three matches; Denmark was the winner with a total aggregate score of 6–5.
On 3 September 2017, Luxembourg held France to a 0–0 draw at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France. It was the first time France had failed to win against Luxembourg since 1914, when Luxembourg won, 5–4. On 10 November 2017, Luxembourg pulled off an upset by defeating Hungary 2–1 in a friendly. On 28 March 2021, Luxembourg beat the Republic of Ireland in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match with a goal from Gerson Rodrigues in the 85th minute.
Traditionally, the badge on Luxembourg's team outfit displays a shield very similar to Luxembourg's lesser coat of arms, a red lion on a white-blue striped background – hence the team's nickname Red Lions. In modern times, the team played home games in entirely red strips, in accordance with their nickname, and wore white as away colour.
As of 1 September 2021, the Luxembourg national team adopted Luxembourg City's, Stade de Luxembourg the country's national stadium, as its home venue. Formerly, the team played at the Stade Josy Barthel, where, at counting in August 2015, it had played 235 games, including unofficial matches. It is also used for rugby union and athletics.
Results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
Recent results and fixtures are as follows:
|24 March 2021 Friendly||Qatar||1–0||Luxembourg||Debrecen, Hungary|
||Report||Stadium: Nagyerdei Stadion|
Referee: Miloš Đorđić (Serbia)
|27 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Republic of Ireland||0–1||Luxembourg||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||
||Stadium: Aviva Stadium|
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
|30 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Luxembourg||1–3||Portugal||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||
||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Russia)
|2 June 2021 Friendly||Norway||1–0||Luxembourg||Málaga, Spain|
|19:00 CEST||Haaland 90+2'||Report||Stadium: Estadio La Rosaleda|
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
|6 June 2021 Friendly||Luxembourg||0–1||Scotland||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (Albania)
|1 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Luxembourg||2–1||Azerbaijan||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||
||Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg|
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
|4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Serbia||4–1||Luxembourg||Belgrade, Serbia|
|18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)||Report||
||Stadium: Rajko Mitić Stadium|
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
|7 September 2021 Friendly||Luxembourg||1–1||Qatar||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
||Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg|
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
|9 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Luxembourg||0–1||Serbia||Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||
||Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg|
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
|12 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Portugal||5–0||Luxembourg||Faro/Loulé|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||Stadium: Estádio Algarve|
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
|11 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Azerbaijan||1–3||Luxembourg||Baku|
|18:00 CET (UTC+01:00)||
||Report||Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu|
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members:
|Goalkeeping coach||Frank Thieltges|
|Physical coach||Claude Origer|
|Technical director||Reinhold Breu|
|Team doctors||Marc Reuter|
The following managers have been in charge of Luxembourg's national squad:
|Robert Heinz||West Germany||1960–1969|
The following players have also been called up to the Luxembourg squad during last 12 months and are still eligible for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Anthony Moris||29 April 1990||44||0||Union Saint-Gilloise||v. Azerbaijan, 11 November 2021PRE|
|GK||Lucas Fox||2 October 2000||0||0||Jeunesse Esch||v. Scotland, 6 June 2021|
|DF||Enes Mahmutovic||22 May 1997||20||0||Lviv||v. Portugal, 12 October 2021|
|DF||Eldin Dzogovic||8 June 2003||1||0||1. FC Magdeburg||v. Portugal, 12 October 2021|
|DF||Marvin da Graça||17 February 1995||17||1||FK Austria Wien||v. Qatar, 7 September 2021|
|DF||Lars Krogh Gerson||5 February 1990||85||4||SK Brann||v. Portugal, 30 March 2021|
|MF||Timothé Rupil||12 June 2003||2||0||1. FSV Mainz 05||v. Portugal, 12 October 2021|
|MF||Chris Philipps||8 March 1994||55||0||Wiltz 71||v. Qatar, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Vincent Thill||4 February 2000||38||3||Vorskla Poltava||v. Portugal, 30 March 2021|
|FW||Edvin Muratović||15 February 1997||10||1||F91 Dudelange||v. Portugal, 12 October 2021|
|FW||Alessio Curci||16 February 2002||0||0||Mainz 05 II||v. Portugal, 12 October 2021|
|FW||Daniel da Mota||11 September 1985||101||7||Differdange 03||v. Scotland, 6 June 2021|
|FW||Stefano Bensi||11 August 1988||55||5||Fola Esch||v. Portugal, 30 March 2021|
RET Player retired from the national team.
- As of 14 November 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Luxembourg.
Most capped playersEdit
N.B: François Konter earned 77 caps for Luxembourg however 48 of these caps were either against 'B' sides, amateur teams or during Olympic Games qualification and are therefore not included in this list.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1934||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||15|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1964||Did not qualify||5||1||3||1||8||8|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||C||TBA||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record of the Luxembourg national football team|
Head to head recordsEdit
As of 14 November 2021 after the match against Ireland.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||6||0||0||6|
|Republic of Ireland||7||1||0||6|
|Serbia and Montenegro||2||0||0||2|
- Mario Mutsch also played in Luxembourg's match against Belgium in 2014 however Belgium used 7 substitutions rendering the match unofficial according to FIFA regulations
- Daniel da Mota also played in Luxembourg's match against Belgium in 2014 however Belgium used 7 substitutions rendering the match unofficial according to FIFA regulations
- René Peters also played and scored against Faroe Islands in 2004 however this was not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
- Eric Hoffmann also played and scored against Faroe Islands in 2004 however this was not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
- Carlo Weis also played in three matches against France Amateur, West Germany B and France B however these are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA
- Lars Gerson also played in Luxembourg's match against Belgium in 2014 however Belgium used 7 substitutions rendering the match unofficial according to FIFA regulations
- Laurent Jans also played in Luxembourg's match against Belgium in 2014 however Belgium used 7 substitutions rendering the match unofficial according to FIFA regulations
- Aurélien Joachim also played and scored in Luxembourg's match against Belgium in 2014 however Belgium used 7 substitutions rendering the match unofficial according to FIFA regulations
- Gustave Kemp also played a match at the 1936 Summer Olympics however this is not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
- Nicolas Kettel also played and scored at the 1948 Summer Olympics however these matches are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA
- François Müller also played at the 1952 Summer Olympics however these matches are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA
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