Luxembourg national football team

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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 96 Steady (27 May 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)

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 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]

History[edit]

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]

Kit[edit]

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 stadium[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13] The stadium is also home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000;[14] some seats are under cover, some in the open air.

Management[edit]

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

Current staff[edit]

Current Luxembourg manager Luc Holtz

The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members:[16]

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

Players[edit]

In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[17]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendlies against Norway on 2 June 2021, and Scotland on 6 June 2021.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anthony Moris (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 31) 39 0 Belgium Union Saint-Gilloise
12 1GK Ralph Schon (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 31) 13 0 Luxembourg Wiltz 71
23 1GK Lucas Fox (2000-10-02) 2 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch

18 2DF Laurent Jans (Captain) (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 28) 77 1 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
2 2DF Maxime Chanot (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 31) 42 3 United States New York City
13 2DF Dirk Carlson (1998-04-01) 1 April 1998 (age 23) 32 0 Germany Karlsruher SC
3 2DF Enes Mahmutovic (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 24) 17 0 Ukraine Lviv
22 2DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 26) 17 1 Portugal Casa Pia
2DF Vahid Selimović (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 24) 9 1 Greece OFI
17 2DF Mica Pinto (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 28) 9 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
20 2DF Eldin Dzogovic (2003-06-08) 8 June 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Germany 1. FC Magdeburg

3MF Chris Philipps (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 27) 55 0 Luxembourg Wiltz 71
8 3MF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 24) 44 1 Switzerland Young Boys
9 3MF Danel Sinani (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 24) 34 6 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
15 3MF Olivier Thill (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 24) 32 2 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava
16 3MF Leandro Barreiro (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 21) 26 1 Germany Mainz 05
19 3MF Aldin Skenderovic (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 24) 23 0 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn
5 3MF Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 23) 22 1 Germany Mainz 05
21 3MF Sébastien Thill (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 27) 14 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
7 3MF Eric Veiga (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Portugal Vilafranquense

11 4FW Daniel da Mota (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 35) 101 7 Italy Calvina
14 4FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 29) 52 3 Germany 1. FC Saarbrücken
10 4FW Gerson Rodrigues (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 26) 36 7 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
19 4FW Alessio Curci (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Germany Mainz 05 II

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Tim Kips (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange v.  Azerbaijan, 17 November 2020

DF Lars Krogh Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 31) 85 4 Norway SK Brann v.  Portugal, 30 March 2021
DF Kevin Malget (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 30) 35 2 Luxembourg Swift Hesperange v.  Portugal, 30 March 2021
DF Seid Korac (2001-10-20) 20 October 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg v.  Azerbaijan, 17 November 2020
DF Tim Hall (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Unattached v.  Montenegro, 13 October 2020

MF Vincent Thill (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 21) 38 3 Portugal Nacional v.  Portugal, 30 March 2021
MF Mathias Olesen (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Germany 1. FC Köln v.  Azerbaijan, 17 November 2020

FW Stefano Bensi (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 32) 55 5 Luxembourg Fola Esch v.  Portugal, 30 March 2021
FW Edvin Muratović (1997-02-15) 15 February 1997 (age 24) 7 1 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange v.  Portugal, 30 March 2021
FW Timothé Rupil (2003-06-12) 12 June 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Germany 1. FSV Mainz 05 v.  Portugal, 30 March 2021

RET Player retired from the national team.

Player records[edit]

As of 6 June 2021[19]
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 record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 15
France 1938 2 0 0 2 2 7
Brazil 1950 2 0 0 2 4 8
Switzerland 1954 4 0 0 4 1 19
Sweden 1958 4 0 0 4 3 19
Chile 1962 4 1 0 3 5 21
England 1966 6 0 0 6 6 20
Mexico 1970 6 0 0 6 4 24
West Germany 1974 6 1 0 5 2 14
Argentina 1978 6 0 0 6 2 22
Spain 1982 8 0 0 8 1 23
Mexico 1986 8 0 0 8 2 27
Italy 1990 8 0 1 7 3 22
United States 1994 8 0 1 7 2 17
France 1998 8 0 0 8 2 22
South Korea Japan 2002 10 0 0 10 4 28
Germany 2006 12 0 0 12 5 48
South Africa 2010 10 1 2 7 4 25
Brazil 2014 10 1 3 6 7 26
Russia 2018 10 1 3 6 8 26
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total 0/21 135 6 10 119 70 433

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Declined participation
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 5 1 3 1 8 8
Italy 1968 6 0 1 5 1 18
Belgium 1972 6 0 1 5 1 23
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 0 0 6 7 28
Italy 1980 6 0 1 5 2 17
France 1984 8 0 0 8 5 36
West Germany 1988 8 0 1 7 2 23
Sweden 1992 6 0 0 6 2 14
England 1996 10 3 1 6 3 21
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 0 0 8 2 23
Portugal 2004 8 0 0 8 0 21
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 1 0 11 2 23
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 1 1 8 3 21
France 2016 10 1 1 8 6 27
European Union 2020 8 1 1 6 7 16
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/16 111 8 11 98 51 319

UEFA Nations League[edit]

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

Olympic Games[edit]

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
Belgium 1920 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 Squad
France 1924 Round 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 Squad
Netherlands 1928 Round 1 1 0 0 1 3 5 Squad
Nazi Germany 1936 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 Squad
United Kingdom 1948 Round 1 2 1 0 1 7 6 Squad
Finland 1952 Round 1 2 1 0 1 6 5 Squad
Total 8 2 0 6 16 30

Results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

As of 6 June 2021 after the match against Scotland, the Luxembourg national team playing record is as follows:[3]

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
416 40 50 326 260 1121

Recent results and fixtures are as follows:

2020[edit]

5 September 2020 (2020-09-05) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Azerbaijan  1–2  Luxembourg Baku, Azerbaijan
20:00 AZT
Report
Stadium: Bakcell Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (England)
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Luxembourg  0–1  Montenegro Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 CEST Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) Friendly Luxembourg  1–2  Liechtenstein Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:15
Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium)
10 October 2020 (2020-10-10) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Luxembourg  2–0  Cyprus Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
15:00 CEST
Report Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Montenegro  1–2  Luxembourg Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 CEST
Report
Stadium: City Stadium
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Friendly Luxembourg  0–3  Austria Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:30 Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Amaury Delerue (France)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Cyprus  2–1  Luxembourg Nicosia, Cyprus
21:45 EET
Report
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)

2021[edit]

24 March 2021 Friendly Qatar  1–0  Luxembourg Debrecen, Hungary
12:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Nagyerdei Stadion
Referee: Miloš Đorđić (Serbia)
6 June 2021 Friendly Luxembourg  0–1  Scotland Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
18:00 Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (Albania)
7 September 2021 Friendly Luxembourg  v  Qatar TBD

Head to head records[edit]

As of 6 June 2021 after the match against Scotland.

Footnotes[edit]

  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. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  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.
  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. ^ "Awful Ireland embarrassed in defeat at home to Luxembourg". The 42. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/FirstDiv/uefaorg/Publications/01/67/03/93/1670393_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  15. ^ "Les entraîneurs nationaux du Luxembourg" (in French). profootball.lu. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Cadre". Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football. Retrieved 12 Sep 2015.
  17. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  18. ^ "Joueurs sélectionnés" [Selected players]. FLF.lu (in French). Luxembourg Football Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  19. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Luxembourg - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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