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 Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City.
Les Lions Rouges
Die Roten Löwen
(The Red Lions)
Luxembourg Football Federation|
|Head coach||Luc Holtz|
|Most caps||Mario Mutsch (100)|
|Top scorer||Léon Mart (16)|
|Home stadium||Stade Josy Barthel|
|Current||82 3 (20 September 2018)|
|Highest||82 (September 2018)|
|Lowest||195 (August 2006)|
|Current||112 (11 September 2018)|
|Highest||69 (13 May 1945)|
|Lowest||190 (12 October 2005)|
Luxembourg 1–4 France |
(Luxembourg City; October 29, 1911)
Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan |
(Brighton, United Kingdom; July 26, 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 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.
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 country's 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.
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.
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. 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. The stadium is also home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000; some seats are under cover, some in the open air.
The following managers have been in charge of Luxembourg's national squad:
|Robert Heinz||West Germany||1960–1969|
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 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||Youn Czekanowicz||8 August 2000||0||0||Gent II||v. Georgia, 5 June 2018|
|DF||Aldin Skenderovic||28 June 1997||9||0||SV Elversberg||v. Georgia, 5 June 2018|
|DF||Marvin da Graça||17 February 1995||4||1||Jeunesse Esch||v. Georgia, 5 June 2018|
|DF||Tim Hall||15 April 1997||1||0||Progrès Niederkorn||v. Austria, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Ricardo Delgado||22 February 1994||10||0||Jeunesse Esch||v. Hungary, 10 November 2017|
|MF||Jan Ostrowski||14 April 1999||2||0||Eintracht Frankfurt II||v. Georgia, 5 June 2018|
|MF||Dwayn Holter||15 June 1995||15||0||Differdange 03||v. Hungary, 10 November 2017|
|MF||Eric Veiga||18 February 1997||2||0||Eintracht Braunschweig II||v. Hungary, 10 November 2017|
Most capped playersEdit
As of 15 October 2018 after the match against Belarus.
|4||Daniel Da Mota||90||2007–|
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|
|2022||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|
|2020||To be determined||To be determined|
|Summer Olympics record of the Luxembourg national football team|
|Luxembourg minor tournaments record|
|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
Recent results and fixtures are as follows:
|25 March 2017 2018 WCQ||Luxembourg||1–3||France||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CET||Joachim 34' (pen.)||Report||Giroud 28', 77'
Griezmann 37' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|28 March 2017 Friendly||Luxembourg||0–2||Cape Verde||Hesperange, Luxembourg|
|Stadium: Stade Alphonse Theis|
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Ireland)
|4 June 2017 Friendly||Luxembourg||2–1||Albania||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|18:00 CEST||Turpel 63'
|Roshi 53'||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Tim Marshall (Northern Ireland)
|9 June 2017 2018 WCQ||Netherlands||5–0||Luxembourg||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST||Robben 21'
Janssen 84' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: De Kuip|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|31 August 2017 2018 WCQ||Luxembourg||1–0||Belarus||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST||Da Mota 60'||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)
|3 September 2017 2018 WCQ||France||0–0||Luxembourg||Toulouse, France|
|20:45 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stadium Municipal|
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Macedonia)
|7 October 2017 2018 WCQ||Sweden||8−0||Luxembourg||Solna, Sweden|
|18:00 CEST||Granqvist 10' (pen.), 67' (pen.)
Berg 18', 37', 53', 71'
|Report||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|10 October 2017 2018 WCQ||Luxembourg||1−1||Bulgaria||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST||O. Thill 3'||Report||Chochev 68'||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
|10 November 2017 Friendly||Luxembourg||2–1||Hungary||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|19:30 CET||Joachim 15'
Da Graça 84'
|Report||Nikolić 18'||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Sébastien Delferière (Belgium)
|22 March 2018 Friendly||Malta||0–1||Luxembourg||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|18:00 CET||Report||Da Mota 90+3'||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium|
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Luxembourg||0–4||Austria||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:30 CEST||Report||Arnautović 4'
|Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|31 May 2018 Friendly||Luxembourg||0–0||Senegal||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Xavier Estrada (Spain)
|5 June 2018 Friendly||Luxembourg||1–0||Georgia||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:00 CEST||Joachim 70'||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Iwan Griffith (Wales)
|8 September 2018 2018–19 Nations League D2||Luxembourg||4–0||Moldova||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Rob Harvey (Republic of Ireland)
|11 September 2018 2018–19 Nations League D2||San Marino||0–3||Luxembourg||Serravalle, San Marino|
|20:45 CEST||Report||Stadium: San Marino Stadium|
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
|12 October 2018 2018–19 Nations League D2||Belarus||1–0||Luxembourg||Minsk, Belarus|
||Report||Stadium: Dinamo Stadium|
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
|15 October 2018 2018–19 Nations League D2||Luxembourg||3–0||San Marino||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (Latvia)
|15 November 2018 2018–19 Nations League D2||Luxembourg||v||Belarus||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CET||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
|18 November 2018 2018–19 Nations League D2||Moldova||v||Luxembourg||Chișinău, Moldova|
|18:00 CET||Stadium: Zimbru Stadium|
Head to head recordsEdit
As of 15 October 2018 after the match against San Marino.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||6||0||0||6|
|Republic of Ireland||5||0||0||5|
|Serbia and Montenegro||2||0||0||2|
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