Luxembourg national football team

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Luxembourg
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) de Roude Léiw /
d'Roud Léiwen /
Le(s) Lion(s) Rouge(s)

(The Red Lion(s))
Association Luxembourg Football Federation
(Fédération Luxembourgeoise
de Football)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Luc Holtz
Captain Mario Mutsch
Most caps Jeff Strasser (98)
Top scorer Léon Mart (16)
Home stadium Stade Josy Barthel
FIFA code LUX
FIFA ranking 146 Decrease 15 (9 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 93 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 195 (August 2006)
Elo ranking 161
Highest Elo ranking 76 (28 July 1946)
Lowest Elo ranking 190 (October 2004 to January 2006, September 2007)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Luxembourg 1–4 France 
(Luxembourg City, Lux.; October 29, 1911)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan 
(London, United Kingdom; July 26, 1948)
Biggest defeat
 Luxembourg 0–9 England 
(Luxembourg City, Lux.; October 19, 1960)
 England 9–0 Luxembourg 
(London, United Kingdom; December 15, 1982)
World Cup
Appearances none
European Championship
Appearances none

The Luxembourg national football team (nicknamed the Red Lions) 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 FIFA World Cup qualifiers since those for the 1934 World Cup and in UEFA European Championship qualifiers since those for Euro 1964. As of 2015, they never qualified for any of these major tournaments. The national side of Luxembourg did compete in six Olympic football events between 1920 and 1952.[1]

History[edit]

The Luxembourg national football team in 1969

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.

After their last Olympic tournament, 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]".[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] The stadium is also home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000,[6] some under cover, some in the open air.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Luxembourg FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Kingdom of Italy 1934
to Brazil 2014
Did not qualify
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

UEFA European Championship[edit]

Luxembourg UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter
Spain 1964 to Poland Ukraine 2012 Did not qualify
France 2016 To be determined
European Union 2020 To be determined
Total 0/14

Summer Olympics[edit]

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
Belgium Antwerp 1920 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
France Paris 1924 Round 2 1 0 0 1 0 2
Netherlands Amsterdam 1928 Round 1 1 0 0 1 3 5
Nazi Germany Berlin 1936 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 9
United Kingdom London 1948 Round 1 2 1 0 1 7 6
Finland Helsinki 1952 Round 1 2 1 0 1 6 5
Total 8 2 0 6 16 30

Minor tournaments[edit]

Luxembourg minor tournaments record[7]
Year Round Pos Pld* W D L GF GA
Indonesia 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 fixtures[edit]

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:

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Current Euro 2016 campaign[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Slovakia Spain Ukraine Belarus Republic of Macedonia Luxembourg
1  Slovakia (X) 6 6 0 0 13 3 +10 18 Advance to final tournament 2–1 8 Sep 9 Oct 2–1 3–0
2  Spain 6 5 0 1 15 3 +12 15 5 Sep 1–0 3–0 5–1 9 Oct
3  Ukraine 6 4 0 2 9 2 +7 12 Final tournament or play-offs 0–1 12 Oct 5 Sep 1–0 3–0
4  Belarus 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4 1–3 0–1 0–2 12 Oct 8 Sep
5  Macedonia 6 1 0 5 6 14 −8 3 0–2 8 Sep 9 Oct 1–2 3–2
6  Luxembourg (Y) 6 0 1 5 3 17 −14 1 12 Oct 0–4 0–3 1–1 5 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 14 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least third place (and play-offs), but may still qualify directly as one of the top two teams or as the best third-placed team; (Y) Cannot qualify directly as one of the top two teams, but may still qualify as third-placed team.

Managers[edit]

Luxembourg's 'Golden Player' Louis Pilot training in 1963. Later he coached the national team.
Name[9] 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
Nandor 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

Players[edit]

Jeff Strasser holds the record for number of international appearances for Luxembourg; he earned 98 caps between 1993 and 2010.[10]

Léon Mart holds the record for number of international goals for Luxembourg; he scored 16 goals in 24 matches between 1933 and 1946.[11]

In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[12]

Current squad[edit]

The following 25-man squad was named for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Macedonia on 5 September 2015.[13]
Caps and goals as of 14 June 2015 after the match against Ukraine.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jonathan Joubert (1979-09-12) 12 September 1979 (age 35) 77 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
1GK Andrea Amodio (1997-07-13) 13 July 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Luxembourg The Belval Belvaux
1GK Valentin Roulez (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Luxembourg Mondercange
2DF Tom Schnell (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 29) 45 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
2DF Chris Philipps (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 21) 24 0 Germany Preußen Münster
2DF Massimo Martino (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 24) 17 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
2DF Maxime Chanot (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 (age 25) 12 1 Belgium Kortrijk
2DF Kevin Malget (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 24) 6 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
2DF Ricardo Delgado (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
3MF Mario Mutsch (Captain) (1984-09-03) 3 September 1984 (age 30) 80 3 Switzerland St. Gallen
3MF Ben Payal (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 26) 65 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
3MF Lars Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 25) 45 3 Sweden GIF Sundsvall
3MF Mathias Jänisch (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 25) 41 1 Luxembourg Differdange 03
3MF Laurent Jans (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 23) 22 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
3MF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 18) 5 0 France Lyon Reserves
3MF Luca Duriatti (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 17) 1 0 Luxembourg Hesperange
3MF Sebastien Thill (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn
4FW Daniel da Mota (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 26) 63 4 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
4FW Aurélien Joachim (1986-08-10) 10 August 1986 (age 29) 53 6 England Burton Albion
4FW Stefano Bensi (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 27) 28 4 Luxembourg Fola Esch
4FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 23) 22 3 Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
4FW David Turpel (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 22) 15 1 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
4FW Antonio Luisi (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Luxembourg Differdange 03

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Joé Frising (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Luxembourg Rodange 91 v.  Ukraine, June 14, 2014
GK Anthony Moris (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Turkey, March 31, 2015
GK Charly Schinker (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Luxembourg Rumelange v.  Macedonia, October 9, 2014
DF Cédric Sacras (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 18) 0 0 France Metz v.  Ukraine, June 14, 2014
DF Ben Vogel (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Luxembourg Victoria Rosport v.  Ukraine, June 14, 2014
DF Tom Laterza (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 23) 32 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch v.  Turkey, March 31, 2015
DF Eric Hoffmann (1984-06-21) 21 June 1984 (age 31) 88 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch v.  Ukraine, November 15, 2014
DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch v.  Ukraine, November 15, 2014
MF Dwayn Holter (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 20) 9 0 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Ukraine, June 14, 2014
MF Ricardo Couto Pinto (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Germany FSV Salmrohr v.  Ukraine, June 14, 2014
FW Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 17) 0 0 Germany 1. FC Saarbrücken II v.  Ukraine, June 14, 2014

PRE Preliminary squad.

Most capped players[edit]

As of 14 June 2015.

# Player[14] Caps Period
1 Jeff Strasser 98 1993–2010
2 René Peters 91 2000–
3 Eric Hoffmann 88 2002–
4 Carlo Weis 87 1978–1998
5 Mario Mutsch 80 2005–
6 François Konter 77 1955–1969
7 Jonathan Joubert 77 2006–
8 Roby Langers 73 1980–1998
9 Manuel Cardoni 69 1993–2004
10 Ernest Brenner 67 1955–1965

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player[14] Goals Period
1 Léon Mart 16 1939–1945
2 Gustave Kemp 15 1938–1945
3 Camille Libar 14 1938–1947
4 Nicolas Kettel 13 1946–1959
5 François Müller 12 1949–1954
6 Léon Letsch 11 1947–1963

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Note that the friendly against Belgium on 26 May 2014 is not FIFA-recognised due to an excessive number of Belgian substitutions.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Barrie Courney (4 Dec 2014). "Luxembourg - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Schwartz' droombeeld werd nachtmerrie voor publiek". Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). 31 Oct 1963. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  3. ^ "RTL Lëtzebuerg". De Journal. 7 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/FirstDiv/uefaorg/Publications/01/67/03/93/1670393_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  7. ^ "Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Indonesia)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rules & Governance - Law 3: The number of players". The FA. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014. 
  9. ^ "Les entraîneurs nationaux du Luxembourg" (in French). profootball.lu. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jeff Strasser - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Léon Mart - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  13. ^ "Matchs internationaux Luxembourg – Moldavie et Ukraine – Luxembourg". 
  14. ^ a b "Luxembourg - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

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