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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 Josy Barthel 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 Josy Barthel
FIFA codeLUX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 93 Decrease 2 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest82 (September 2018)
Lowest195 (August 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 123 Decrease 6 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest69 (13 May 1945)
Lowest190 (12 October 2005)
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
Nazi Germany 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)
European Championship
Appearances0

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 2018, they 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. The national side of Luxembourg 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 country's B-teams like those of Belgium, France, Switzerland and West Germany, as well as a team representing South-Netherlands.[4]

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]

UniformEdit

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 Josy Barthel

The Luxembourg national team normally plays its home matches at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City, the national stadium of Luxembourg. At this location, the national team played 235 games by August 2015, including unofficial games.[11] It is also used for rugby union and athletics.

Originally called Stade Municipal after its construction in 1928–1931, it was entirely rebuilt in 1990. Since July 1993, it has carried the name of Josy Barthel, the 1500m gold medalist at the 1952 Olympics and Luxembourg's only Olympic gold medal winner.[12] The stadium is also home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000;[13] some seats are under cover, some in the open air.

ManagementEdit

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

Current staffEdit

 
Current Luxembourg manager Luc Holtz

The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members:[15]

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

PlayersEdit

In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[16]

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Euro 2020 qualifying match against Portugal on 11 October and the friendly against Denmark on 15 October 2019.[17]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Anthony Moris (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 29) 26 0   Virton
1GK Ralph Schon (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 29) 11 0   Strassen
1GK Emanuel Cabral (1996-08-02) 2 August 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Fola Esch

2DF Lars Krogh Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 29) 73 4   IFK Norrköping
2DF Laurent Jans (Captain) (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 27) 62 1   Paderborn 07
2DF Chris Philipps (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 25) 54 0   Legia Warsaw
2DF Maxime Chanot (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 29) 37 3   New York City
2DF Kevin Malget (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 28) 34 2   Virton
2DF Dirk Carlson (1998-04-01) 1 April 1998 (age 21) 21 0   Karlsruher SC
2DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 24) 7 1   Karpaty Lviv
2DF Vahid Selimović (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 22) 2 1   Apollon Limassol
2DF Tim Hall (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Karpaty Lviv

3MF Vincent Thill (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 19) 27 3   Orléans
3MF Gerson Rodrigues (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 24) 22 2   Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Olivier Thill (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 22) 20 2   Ufa
3MF Danel Sinani (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 22) 19 3   F91 Dudelange
3MF Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 21) 16 1   Mainz 05
3MF Leandro Barreiro (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 19) 15 1   Mainz 05
3MF Aldin Skenderovic (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 22) 11 0   Progrès Niederkorn

4FW Daniel da Mota (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 34) 99 7   Racing FC
4FW Stefano Bensi (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 31) 50 5   Fola Esch
4FW David Turpel (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 27) 50 5   Virton
4FW Alessio Curci (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 17) 0 0   Mainz 05

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Luxembourg squad during last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tim Kips (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 18) 0 0   F91 Dudelange v.   Serbia, 10 September 2019

DF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 22) 38 1   Young Boys v.   Serbia, 10 September 2019
DF Mathias Jänisch (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 29) 59 1   Differdange 03 v.   Ukraine, 10 June 2019
DF Enes Mahmutovic (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 22) 11 0   MVV v.   Ukraine, 10 June 2019
DF Seid Korac (2001-10-20) 20 October 2001 (age 18) 0 0   FC Nürnberg v.   Ukraine, 10 June 2019

MF Mathias Olesen (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Köln v.   Serbia, 10 September 2019
MF Kevin Holtz (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 26) 1 0   FC Etzella Ettelbruck v.   Ukraine, 10 June 2019
MF Clayton Duarte (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Metz II v.   Ukraine, 10 June 2019
MF Mario MutschRET (1984-09-03) 3 September 1984 (age 35) 102 4 Retired v.   Madagascar, 2 June 2019

FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 27) 39 3   SV Waldhof Mannheim v.   Portugal, 11 October 2019 INJ
FW Aurélien Joachim (1986-08-10) 10 August 1986 (age 33) 79 15   Virton v.   Serbia, 10 September 2019

RET Player retired from the national team.

Previous squadsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 15 October 2019 after the match against Denmark.[18]

# Player Caps Period
1 Mario Mutsch 102 2005–2019
2 Daniel da Mota 99 2007–
3 Jeff Strasser 98 1993–2010
4 René Peters 93 2000–2013
5 Jonathan Joubert 90 2006–2017
6 Eric Hoffmann 89 2002–2014
7 Carlo Weis 87 1978–1998
8 Aurélien Joachim 79 2005–
9 François Konter 77 1955–1969
10 Robby Langers 73 1980–1998
10 Ben Payal 73 2006–2016

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 15 October 2019 after the match against Denmark.[18]

# Player Goals Period
1 Léon Mart 16 1933–1945
2 Gustave Kemp 15 1938–1945
2 Aurélien Joachim 15 2005–
4 Camille Libar 14 1938–1947
5 Nicolas Kettel 13 1946–1959
6 François Müller 12 1949–1954
7 Léon Letsch 11 1947–1963
8 Gilbert Dussier 9 1971–1978

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

 
The Luxembourg team in 1969, before a World Cup qualifier
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 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 134 5 10 119 69 433

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 To be determined 2 1 0 1 3 3
  2024
Total 0/15 111 8 10 93 47 306

Summer OlympicsEdit

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

Minor tournamentsEdit

Luxembourg minor tournaments record[19]
Year Round Pos Pld* W D L GF GA
  1980 Marah Halim Cup Semi-finals 4th 7 3 1 3 8 11
*Two of these seven matches, played against the Indonesian clubs Pardedetex and NIAC Mitra (that ended in 1–0 and 2–1 wins for Luxembourg, respectively) are not regarded as full internationals by the Luxembourg Football Federation.

Results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

As of 15 October 2019 after the match against Denmark, the Luxembourg national team playing record is as follows:[3]

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
401 36 49 316 248 1100

Recent results and fixtures are as follows:

2018Edit


2019Edit


Head to head recordsEdit

As of 15 October 2019 after the match against Denmark.

FootnotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Barrie Courney (4 Dec 2014). "Luxembourg – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  4. ^ Barrie Courtney (8 Mar 2005). "Luxembourg – List of Unofficial International matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Schwartz' droombeeld werd nachtmerrie voor publiek". Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). 31 Oct 1963. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015.
  6. ^ "RTL Lëtzebuerg". De Journal. 7 September 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "World Cup qualifying recap as France are held by Luxembourg and Belgium qualify for Russia 2018". Mirror. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  8. ^ Luxembourg vs. France 5–4, date 08/02/1914
  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.
  10. ^ https://www.chicago-fire.com/post/2017/11/09/nikolic-scores-hungary-falls-2-1-luxembourg-international-friendly
  11. ^ "Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015.
  12. ^ "Unique person for a unique place" (PDF). GSSE News – The Official Newspaper of the Games of the Small States of Europe in Luxembourg 2013. Luxembourg. 27 May 2013. p. 3. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  13. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/FirstDiv/uefaorg/Publications/01/67/03/93/1670393_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  14. ^ "Les entraîneurs nationaux du Luxembourg" (in French). profootball.lu. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Cadre". Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football. Retrieved 12 Sep 2015.
  16. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  17. ^ "Joueurs sélectionnés" [Selected players]. FLF.lu (in French). Luxembourg Football Federation. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  18. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto. "Luxembourg - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Indonesia)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 October 2013.

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