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)
|Association||Luxembourg Football Federation|
|Head coach||Luc Holtz|
|Most caps||Mario Mutsch (102)|
|Top scorer||Léon Mart (16)|
|Home stadium||Stade Josy Barthel|
|Current||98 (16 July 2020)|
|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 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. 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.
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|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Anthony Moris||29 April 1990||28||0||Union Saint-Gilloise|
|12||GK||Ralph Schon||20 January 1990||11||0||Wiltz 71|
|23||GK||Emanuel Cabral||2 August 1996||0||0||Fola Esch|
|7||DF||Lars Krogh Gerson||5 February 1990||75||4||IFK Norrköping|
|18||DF||Laurent Jans (Captain)||5 August 1992||64||1||Metz|
|6||DF||Chris Philipps||8 March 1994||55||0||Lommel S.K.|
|2||DF||Maxime Chanot||21 November 1989||39||3||New York City|
|4||DF||Kevin Malget||15 January 1991||34||2||Virton|
|13||DF||Dirk Carlson||1 April 1998||23||0||Karlsruher SC|
|8||DF||Marvin da Graça||17 February 1995||7||1||Unattached|
|3||DF||Tim Hall||15 May 1997||3||0||Unattached|
|5||DF||Vahid Selimović||3 April 1997||2||1||Apollon Limassol|
|10||MF||Vincent Thill||4 February 2000||29||3||Metz|
|17||MF||Gerson Rodrigues||20 June 1995||24||3||Dynamo Kyiv|
|15||MF||Olivier Thill||17 December 1996||22||2||Ufa|
|14||MF||Danel Sinani||5 April 1997||21||3||Norwich City|
|23||MF||Florian Bohnert||9 November 1997||16||1||Mainz 05|
|16||MF||Leandro Barreiro||3 January 2000||16||1||Mainz 05|
|19||MF||Aldin Skenderovic||28 June 1997||13||0||Progrès Niederkorn|
|9||FW||Daniel da Mota||11 September 1985||99||7||Racing FC|
|22||FW||Aurélien Joachim||10 August 1986||80||15||Differdange 03|
|20||FW||David Turpel||19 October 1992||52||6||Virton|
|11||FW||Stefano Bensi||11 August 1988||50||5||Fola Esch|
|21||FW||Maurice Deville||31 July 1992||41||3||Saarbrücken|
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||1 November 2000||0||0||F91 Dudelange||v. Serbia, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Christopher Martins||19 February 1997||38||1||Young Boys||v. Serbia, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Mathias Olesen||21 March 2001||0||0||Köln||v. Serbia, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Alessio Curci||16 February 2002||0||0||Mainz 05||v. Denmark, 15 October 2019|
RET Player retired from the national team.
Most capped playersEdit
|2||Daniel da Mota||99||2007–|
|10||Lars Krogh Gerson||75||2008–|
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||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|
|Olympic Games 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:
|5 September 2019 Friendly||Northern Ireland||1–0||Luxembourg||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|19:45 CEST||Report||Stadium: Windsor Park|
|10 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Luxembourg||1–3||Serbia||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
|11 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Portugal||3–0||Luxembourg||Lisbon, Portugal|
|20:45 CEST||Report||Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade|
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
|15 October 2019 Friendly||Denmark||4–0||Luxembourg||Aalborg, Denmark|
|20:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Aalborg Portland Park|
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)
|14 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Serbia||3–2||Luxembourg||Belgrade, Serbia|
|20:45 CET||Report||Stadium: Red Star Stadium|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|17 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Luxembourg||0–2||Portugal||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|15:00 CET||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|5 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Azerbaijan||v||Luxembourg||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|20:00 AZT||Stadium: Bakcell Arena|
|8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Luxembourg||v||Montenegro||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Luxembourg||v||Liechtenstein||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|TBD||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
|10 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Luxembourg||v||Cyprus||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:45 CEST||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
|13 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Montenegro||v||Luxembourg||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45 CEST||Stadium: City Stadium|
|11 November 2020 Friendly||Luxembourg||v||Austria||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|TBD||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
|14 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Cyprus||v||Luxembourg||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|21:45 EET||Stadium: GSP Stadium|
Head to head recordsEdit
As of 17 November 2019 after the match against Portugal.
|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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