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Luxembourg national football team

Luxembourg
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) de Roude Léiw /
d'Roud Léiwen /
Les Lions Rouges

(The Red Lions)
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
Current 142 1 (1 October 2015)
Highest 93 (April 1996)
Lowest 195 (August 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 154 (9 September 2015)
Highest 76 (28 July 1946)
Lowest 190 (October 2004 to January 2006, September 2007)
First international
 Luxembourg 1–4 France 
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; October 29, 1911)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan 
(London, United Kingdom; July 26, 1948)
Biggest defeat
 Luxembourg 0–9 England 
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; 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]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Uniform 2
  • Home stadium 3
  • Management 4
    • Current staff 4.1
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
      • Recent call-ups 5.1.1
    • Previous squads 5.2
    • Most capped players 5.3
    • Top goalscorers 5.4
  • Competitive record 6
    • FIFA World Cup 6.1
    • UEFA European Championship 6.2
    • Summer Olympics 6.3
    • Minor tournaments 6.4
  • Results and forthcoming fixtures 7
    • 2014 7.1
    • 2015 7.2
    • Current Euro 2016 campaign 7.3
  • Footnotes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

The Luxembourg national football team in 1920

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]

Uniform

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

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.[5] 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.[6] The stadium is also home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000;[7] some seats are under cover, some in the open air.

Management

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

Luxembourg's 'Golden Player' Louis Pilot training in 1963. Later he coached the national team.
Name[8] 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

Current staff

Current Luxembourg manager Luc Holtz

The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members:[9]

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

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

The following squad was named for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Macedonia on 5 September and Belarus on 8 September 2015.[13]

Caps and goals as of 12 October 2015 after the match against Slovakia.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jonathan Joubert (1979-09-12) 12 September 1979 80 0 F91 Dudelange
12 1GK Andrea Amodio (1997-07-13) 13 July 1997 0 0 Pétange
23 1GK Valentin Roulez (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 0 0 Mondercange
5 2DF Tom Schnell (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 46 0 F91 Dudelange
6 2DF Chris Philipps (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 27 0 Preußen Münster
15 2DF Massimo Martino (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 17 0 Fola Esch
2 2DF Maxime Chanot (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 16 1 Kortrijk
14 2DF Kevin Malget (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 8 0 F91 Dudelange
4 2DF Ricardo Delgado (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 3 0 Jeunesse Esch
19 3MF Mario Mutsch (1984-09-03) 3 September 1984 83 4 St. Gallen
10 3MF Ben Payal (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 69 0 Fola Esch
7 3MF Lars Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 49 4 GIF Sundsvall
3 3MF Mathias Jänisch (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 42 1 Differdange 03
18 3MF Laurent Jans (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 26 0 Waasland-Beveren
8 3MF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 8 0 Lyon Reserves
16 3MF Sébastien Thill (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 2 1 Progrès Niederkorn
17 3MF Luca Duriatti (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 1 0 Hesperange
9 4FW Daniel da Mota (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 66 4 F91 Dudelange
13 4FW Aurélien Joachim (Captain) (1986-08-10) 10 August 1986 57 6 Burton Albion
11 4FW Stefano Bensi (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 32 4 Fola Esch
21 4FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 25 3 Kaiserslautern II
20 4FW David Turpel (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 18 1 F91 Dudelange
22 4FW Antonio Luisi (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 6 0 Differdange 03

Recent call-ups

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 0 0 Rodange 91 v.  Ukraine, 14 June 2015
GK Anthony Moris (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 2 0 Mechelen v.  Turkey, 31 March 2015
DF Cédric Sacras (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 0 0 Metz v.  Ukraine, 14 June 2015
DF Ben Vogel (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 0 0 Victoria Rosport v.  Ukraine, 14 June 2015
DF Tom Laterza (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 32 0 Fola Esch v.  Turkey, 31 March 2015
DF Eric Hoffmann (1984-06-21) 21 June 1984 88 0 Jeunesse Esch v.  Ukraine, 15 November 2014
DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 1 0 Jeunesse Esch v.  Ukraine, 15 November 2014
MF Dwayn Holter (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 9 0 Greuther Fürth v.  Ukraine, 14 June 2015
MF Ricardo Couto Pinto (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 0 0 Salmrohr v.  Ukraine, 14 June 2015
FW Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 0 0 Saarbrücken II v.  Ukraine, 14 June 2015

PRE Preliminary squad.

Previous squads

Most capped players

As of 5 September 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 83 2005–
6 Jonathan Joubert 80 2006–
7 François Konter 77 1955–1969
8 Roby Langers 73 1980–1998
9 Manuel Cardoni 69 1993–2004
10 Ernest Brenner 67 1955–1965

Top goalscorers

# 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

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

The Luxembourg team in 1969, before a World Cup qualifier
Luxembourg FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter
1934 To 2014 Did not qualify
2018 To be determined
2022
Total 0/20

UEFA European Championship

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 0/14

Summer Olympics

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 tournaments

Luxembourg minor tournaments record[15]
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 fixtures

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][upper-alpha 1]

Recent results and fixtures are as follows:

2014

2015

Current Euro 2016 campaign

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 10 9 0 1 23 3 +20 27 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 5–1
2  Slovakia 10 7 1 2 17 8 +9 22 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1
3  Ukraine 10 6 1 3 14 4 +10 19 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–0
4  Belarus 10 3 2 5 8 14 −6 11 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–0
5  Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 6 27 −21 4 0–4 2–4 0–3 1–1 1–0
6  Macedonia 10 1 1 8 6 18 −12 4 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Footnotes

  1. ^ Note that the friendly against Belgium on 26 May 2014 is not FIFA-recognised due to an excessive number of Belgian substitutions.[16]

References

  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".  
  3. ^ "Schwartz' droombeeld werd nachtmerrie voor publiek". Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (in Nederlands). 31 Oct 1963. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  4. ^ "RTL Lëtzebuerg". De Journal. 7 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/FirstDiv/uefaorg/Publications/01/67/03/93/1670393_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  8. ^ "Les entraîneurs nationaux du Luxembourg" (in French). profootball.lu. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cadre". Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football. Retrieved 12 Sep 2015. 
  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. 
  15. ^ "Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Indonesia)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rules & Governance - Law 3: The number of players".  

External links

  • RSSSF archive of results 1911–
  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
  • Luxembourg's football federation website
  • Luxembourg at FIFA.com
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