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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.

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

(The Red Lions)
Association Luxembourg Football Federation
(Lëtzebuerger Foussballfederatioun)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Luc Holtz
Captain Ralph Schon
Most caps Jeff Strasser (98)
Top scorer Léon Mart (16)
Home stadium Stade Josy Barthel
FIFA code LUX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 84 Increase 9 (23 November 2017)
Highest 84 (November 2017)
Lowest 195 (August 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 129 (15 November 2017)
Highest 76 (28 July 1946)
Lowest 190 (October 2004 to January 2006, September 2007)
First international
Luxembourg Luxembourg 1–4 France 
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; October 29, 1911)
Biggest win
Luxembourg Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan 
(London, United Kingdom; July 26, 1948)
Biggest defeat
Luxembourg Luxembourg 0–9 England 
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; October 19, 1960)
 England 9–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(London, United Kingdom; December 15, 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. However, despite not being the member of CoNIFA, they never qualified for any of these major tournaments as of now. The national side of Luxembourg did compete in six Olympic football events between 1920 and 1952.[1]

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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.[1] Their first victory came on 8 February 1914, also in a match against France, which they won 5–4.[1]

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).[1] In between, Luxembourg started participating at qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, but as of 2014 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.[2]

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]".[3] 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 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.[4]

On September 3, 2017, Luxembourg held France to a 0–0 draw at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France.[5] It was the first time France have failed to win against Luxembourg since 1914, when Luxembourg won 5–4.[6][7]. On 10 November 2017, Luxembourg pulled off an upset with an impressive win by defeating Hungary 2-1 in a friendly. [8]

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.[9] 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.[10] The stadium is also home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000;[11] some seats are under cover, some in the open air.

ManagementEdit

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

Name[12] Nationality Luxembourg
career
Paul Feierstein   Luxembourg 1933–1948
Jean-Pierre Hoscheit
Jules Müller
Albert Reuter
  Luxembourg 1948–1949
Adolf Patek   Austria 1949–1953
Béla Volentik   Hungary 1953–1955
Eduard Havlicek   Austria 1955
Nándor Lengyel   Hungary 1955–1959
Pierre Sinibaldi   France 1959–1960
Robert Heinz   West Germany 1960–1969
Ernst Melchior   Austria 1969–1972
Gilbert Legrand   France 1972–1977
Arthur Schoos   Luxembourg 1978
Louis Pilot   Luxembourg 1978–1984
Jozef Vliers   Belgium 1984
Josy Kirchens   Luxembourg 1985
Paul Philipp   Luxembourg 1985–2001
Allan Simonsen   Denmark 2001–2004
Guy Hellers   Luxembourg 2004–2010
Luc Holtz   Luxembourg 2010–present

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

PlayersEdit

In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[14]

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the friendly against Hungary on 10 November 2017.[15]
Caps and goals as of 10 November 2017 after the match against Hungary.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Anthony Moris (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 27) 8 0   Mechelen
23 1GK Ralph Schon (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 27) 5 0   Strassen
1GK Youn Czekanowicz (2000-08-08) 8 August 2000 (age 17) 0 0   Gent II

2 2DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 22) 4 1   Jeunesse Esch
4 2DF Kevin Malget (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 26) 24 1   F91 Dudelange
6 2DF Chris Philipps (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 23) 45 0   Metz
13 2DF Tim Hall (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0   Lierse
15 2DF Didier Schanen (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 20) 5 0   Esch
17 2DF Mario Mutsch (Captain) (1984-09-03) 3 September 1984 (age 33) 96 4   Progrès Niederkorn
2DF Ricardo Delgado (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 23) 10 0   Jeunesse Esch
2DF Dirk Carlson (1998-04-01) 1 April 1998 (age 19) 5 0   Union Titus Pétange

5 3MF Dwayn Holter (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 22) 15 0   Differdange 03
7 3MF Gerson Rodrigues (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 22) 9 0   Telstar
8 3MF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 20) 25 0   Lyon
10 3MF Vincent Thill (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 17) 13 1   Metz
11 3MF Olivier Thill (1997-12-17) 17 December 1997 (age 19) 5 1   Progrès Niederkorn
14 3MF Danel Sinani (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 20) 3 0   F91 Dudelange
16 3MF Eric Veiga (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 20) 2 0   Eintracht Braunschweig II
18 3MF Laurent Jans (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 25) 43 0   Waasland-Beveren
19 3MF Mathias Jänisch (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 27) 52 1   Differdange 03

9 4FW Daniel da Mota (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 32) 82 6   Racing FC
20 4FW David Turpel (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 25) 33 2   F91 Dudelange
22 4FW Aurélien Joachim (1986-08-10) 10 August 1986 (age 31) 71 13   Lierse

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 Jonathan Joubert (1979-09-12) 12 September 1979 (age 38) 90 0   F91 Dudelange v.   Bulgaria, 10 October 2017
GK Emanuel Cabral (1996-08-02) 2 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Fola Esch v.   France, 3 September 2017
GK Valentin Roulez (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Mondercange v.   Netherlands, 9 June 2017

DF Enes Mahmutovic (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 20) 4 0   Middlesbrough v.   Bulgaria, 10 October 2017
DF Maxime Chanot (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 (age 27) 25 2   New York City FC v.   Netherlands, 9 June 2017
DF Yann Matias (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Union Titus Pétange v.   Cape Verde, 28 March 2017

MF Jan Ostrowski (1999-04-14) 14 April 1999 (age 18) 2 0   Eintracht Frankfurt II v.   Bulgaria, 10 October 2017
MF Lars Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 27) 60 4   GIF Sundsvall v.   Netherlands, 9 June 2017
MF Sébastien Thill (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 23) 9 1   Progrès Niederkorn v.   Netherlands, 9 June 2017

FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 25) 34 3   SV Waldhof Mannheim v.   France, 3 September 2017
FW Stefano Bensi (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 29) 42 4   Fola Esch v.   Netherlands, 9 June 2017
FW Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 20) 10 1   Schalke 04 II v.   Netherlands, 9 June 2017

Previous squadsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 9 November 2017.

# Player[16] Caps Period
1 Jeff Strasser 98 1993–2010
2 Mario Mutsch 96 2005–
3 René Peters 93 2000–2013
4 Jonathan Joubert 90 2006–
5 Eric Hoffmann 89 2002–2014
6 Carlo Weis 87 1978–1998
7 Daniel Da Mota 82 2007–
8 François Konter 77 1955–1969
9 Roby Langers 73 1980–1998
10 Ben Payal 73 2006–

Top goalscorersEdit

# Player[16] Goals Period
1 Léon Mart 16 1933–1945
2 Gustave Kemp 15 1938–1945
3 Camille Libar 14 1938–1947
4 Aurélien Joachim 13 2005–
4 Nicolas Kettel 13 1946–1959
6 François Müller 12 1949–1954
7 Léon Letsch 11 1947–1963

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
Total 0/21 134 5 10 119 69 433

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

Luxembourg UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter
  1964 To   2016 Did not qualify
  2020 To be determined
Total 0/15

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[1]
Edition Round Pld W D L GF GA
  Antwerp 1920 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
  Paris 1924 Round 2 1 0 0 1 0 2
  Amsterdam 1928 Round 1 1 0 0 1 3 5
  Berlin 1936 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 9
  London 1948 Round 1 2 1 0 1 7 6
  Helsinki 1952 Round 1 2 1 0 1 6 5
Total 8 2 0 6 16 30

Minor tournamentsEdit

Luxembourg minor tournaments record[17]
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 August 2015, the Luxembourg national team played 353 official games which resulted in 25 wins, 41 draws and 287 losses, with 205 goals for and 1004 against.[1][A]

Recent results and fixtures are as follows:

2016Edit

2017Edit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Note that the friendly against Belgium on 26 May 2014 is not FIFA-recognised due to an excessive number of Belgian substitutions.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Barrie Courney (4 Dec 2014). "Luxembourg – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Barrie Courtney (8 Mar 2005). "Luxembourg – List of Unofficial International matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Schwartz' droombeeld werd nachtmerrie voor publiek". Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). 31 Oct 1963. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  4. ^ "RTL Lëtzebuerg". De Journal. 7 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "World Cup qualifying recap as France are held by Luxembourg and Belgium qualify for Russia 2018". Mirror. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Luxembourg vs. France 5–4, date 08/02/1914
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ https://www.chicago-fire.com/post/2017/11/09/nikolic-scores-hungary-falls-2-1-luxembourg-international-friendly
  9. ^ "Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/FirstDiv/uefaorg/Publications/01/67/03/93/1670393_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  12. ^ "Les entraîneurs nationaux du Luxembourg" (in French). profootball.lu. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Cadre". Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football. Retrieved 12 Sep 2015. 
  14. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  15. ^ "Match amical international Luxembourg A – Hongrie A, 9.11.2017, vente à l'avance et cadre". 
  16. ^ a b "Luxembourg – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 April 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Indonesia)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Rules & Governance – Law 3: The number of players". The FA. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014. 

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