Luxembourg national football team

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.

Luxembourg
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)d'Roud Léiwen
Les Lions Rouges
Die Roten Löwen

(The Red Lions)
AssociationLuxembourg Football Federation
(Lëtzebuerger Foussballfederatioun)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLuc Holtz
CaptainLaurent Jans
Most capsMario Mutsch (102)
Top scorerLéon Mart (16)
Home stadiumStade de Luxembourg
FIFA codeLUX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 93 Increase 1 (19 November 2021)[1]
Highest82 (September 2018)
Lowest195 (August 2006)
First international
 Luxembourg 1–4 France 
(Luxembourg City; 29 October 1911)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan 
(Brighton, United Kingdom; 26 July 1948)
Biggest defeat
 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.[3]

HistoryEdit

The Luxembourg national football team in 1920 (above), and in 2015

Luxembourg played their first ever international match on 29 October 1911, in a friendly match against France; it resulted in a 1–4 defeat.[3] Their first victory came on 8 February 1914, also in a match against France, which they won 5–4.[3]

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).[3] 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.[4]

 
The Luxembourg team in 1969, before a World Cup qualifier

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]".[5] 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.

When the national team does win a competitive match, they are often celebrated by national media and fans, as was the case after a 2–1 win against Switzerland in 2008.[6]

On 3 September 2017, Luxembourg held France to a 0–0 draw at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France.[7] It was the first time France had failed to win against Luxembourg since 1914, when Luxembourg won, 5–4.[8][9] On 10 November 2017, Luxembourg pulled off an upset by defeating Hungary 2–1 in a friendly.[10] 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.[11]

KitEdit

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.

Home stadiumEdit

 
Stade de Luxembourg

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.[12] It is also used for rugby union and athletics.

Results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

As of 14 November 2021 after the match against Ireland, the Luxembourg national team playing record is as follows:[3]

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
423 42 51 330 267 1137

Recent results and fixtures are as follows:

2021Edit

24 March 2021 Friendly Qatar   1–0   Luxembourg Debrecen, Hungary
12:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Nagyerdei Stadion
Referee: Miloš Đorđić (Serbia)
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
Attendance: 0
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
18:00 Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (Albania)
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
20:45 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
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)

Current staffEdit

 
Current Luxembourg manager Luc Holtz

The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members:[13]

Position Name
Manager Luc Holtz
Goalkeeping coach Frank Thieltges
Physical coach Claude Origer
Technical director Reinhold Breu
Team doctors Marc Reuter
Robert Huberty
Physiotherapists Yannick Zenner
Ben Moes

Coaching historyEdit

The following managers have been in charge of Luxembourg's national squad:

PlayersEdit

In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[15]

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan on 11 November 2021 and Ireland on 14 November 2021.[16]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ralph Schon (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 31) 15 0   Wiltz 71
12 1GK Tim Kips (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Erzgebirge Aue
23 1GK Timothy Martin (2001-03-27) 27 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Virton

18 2DF Laurent Jans (Captain) (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 29) 84 1   Sparta Rotterdam
2 2DF Maxime Chanot (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 32) 48 3   New York City
13 2DF Dirk Carlson (1998-04-01) 1 April 1998 (age 23) 38 0   Erzgebirge Aue
4 2DF Kevin Malget (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 30) 36 2   Swift Hesperange
17 2DF Mica Pinto (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 28) 16 1   Sparta Rotterdam
5 2DF Vahid Selimović (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 24) 10 1   OFI
7 2DF Eric Veiga (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 24) 6 0   Vilafranquense

8 3MF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 24) 49 1   Young Boys
9 3MF Danel Sinani (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 24) 41 6   Huddersfield Town
15 3MF Olivier Thill (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 24) 39 3   Vorskla Poltava
16 3MF Leandro Barreiro (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 21) 33 1   Mainz 05
19 3MF Aldin Skenderovic (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 24) 26 0   Progrès Niederkorn
3 3MF Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 24) 25 1   Progrès Niederkorn
21 3MF Sébastien Thill (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 27) 20 2   Sheriff Tiraspol
20 3MF Mathias Olesen (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 20) 1 0   1. FC Köln
6 3MF Diogo Pimentel (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Fola Esch

14 4FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 29) 59 3   1. FC Saarbrücken
10 4FW Gerson Rodrigues (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 26) 41 10   Troyes
11 4FW Yvandro Borges Sanches (2004-05-24) 24 May 2004 (age 17) 6 1   Borussia Mönchengladbach II
22 4FW Michael Omosanya (1999-12-15) 15 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Fola Esch

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 31) 44 0   Union Saint-Gilloise v.   Azerbaijan, 11 November 2021PRE
GK Lucas Fox (2000-10-02) 2 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Jeunesse Esch v.   Scotland, 6 June 2021

DF Enes Mahmutovic (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 24) 20 0   Lviv v.   Portugal, 12 October 2021
DF Eldin Dzogovic (2003-06-08) 8 June 2003 (age 18) 1 0   1. FC Magdeburg v.   Portugal, 12 October 2021
DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 26) 17 1   FK Austria Wien v.   Qatar, 7 September 2021
DF Lars Krogh Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 31) 85 4   SK Brann v.   Portugal, 30 March 2021

MF Timothé Rupil (2003-06-12) 12 June 2003 (age 18) 2 0   1. FSV Mainz 05 v.   Portugal, 12 October 2021
MF Chris Philipps (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 27) 55 0   Wiltz 71 v.   Qatar, 7 September 2021
MF Vincent Thill (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 21) 38 3   Vorskla Poltava v.   Portugal, 30 March 2021

FW Edvin Muratović (1997-02-15) 15 February 1997 (age 24) 10 1   F91 Dudelange v.   Portugal, 12 October 2021
FW Alessio Curci (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Mainz 05 II v.   Portugal, 12 October 2021
FW Daniel da Mota (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 36) 101 7   Differdange 03 v.   Scotland, 6 June 2021
FW Stefano Bensi (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 33) 55 5   Fola Esch v.   Portugal, 30 March 2021

RET Player retired from the national team.

Player recordsEdit

As of 14 November 2021[17]
Players in bold are still active with Luxembourg.

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.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 15
  1938 2 0 0 2 2 7
  1950 2 0 0 2 4 8
  1954 4 0 0 4 1 19
  1958 4 0 0 4 3 19
  1962 4 1 0 3 5 21
  1966 6 0 0 6 6 20
  1970 6 0 0 6 4 24
  1974 6 1 0 5 2 14
  1978 6 0 0 6 2 22
  1982 8 0 0 8 1 23
  1986 8 0 0 8 2 27
  1990 8 0 1 7 3 22
  1994 8 0 1 7 2 17
  1998 8 0 0 8 2 22
    2002 10 0 0 10 4 28
  2006 12 0 0 12 5 48
  2010 10 1 2 7 4 25
  2014 10 1 3 6 7 26
  2018 10 1 3 6 8 26
  2022 8 3 0 5 8 18
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 142 8 10 124 78 451

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter Declined participation
  1964 Did not qualify 5 1 3 1 8 8
  1968 6 0 1 5 1 18
  1972 6 0 1 5 1 23
  1976 6 0 0 6 7 28
  1980 6 0 1 5 2 17
  1984 8 0 0 8 5 36
  1988 8 0 1 7 2 23
  1992 6 0 0 6 2 14
  1996 10 3 1 6 3 21
    2000 8 0 0 8 2 23
  2004 8 0 0 8 0 21
    2008 12 1 0 11 2 23
    2012 10 1 1 8 3 21
  2016 10 1 1 8 6 27
  2020 8 1 1 6 7 16
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/16 111 8 11 98 51 319

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 D 2 2nd 6 3 1 2 11 4   44th
  2020–21 C 1 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 5   39th
  2022–23 C TBA To be determined
Total 2/2 12 6 2 4 18 9 39th

Olympic GamesEdit

 
Hectic phase during the goal-rich Olympic defeat against Belgium in 1928 (5–3)
Olympic Games record of the Luxembourg national football team[3]
Edition Round Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1920 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 Squad
  1924 Round 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 Squad
  1928 Round 1 1 0 0 1 3 5 Squad
  1936 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 Squad
  1948 Round 1 2 1 0 1 7 6 Squad
  1952 Round 1 2 1 0 1 6 5 Squad
Total 8 2 0 6 16 30

Head to head recordsEdit

As of 14 November 2021 after the match against Ireland.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ René Peters also played and scored against Faroe Islands in 2004 however this was not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
  4. ^ Eric Hoffmann also played and scored against Faroe Islands in 2004 however this was not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ a b 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
  9. ^ Gustave Kemp also played a match at the 1936 Summer Olympics however this is not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
  10. ^ Nicolas Kettel also played and scored at the 1948 Summer Olympics however these matches are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA
  11. ^ François Müller also played at the 1952 Summer Olympics however these matches are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ "France coach Didier Deschamps was left "infuriated" by his side's failures in front of goal in their goalless draw with Luxembourg, a result labelled "historic" by his opposite number". BBC Sport. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
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  14. ^ "Les entraîneurs nationaux du Luxembourg" (in French). profootball.lu. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
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