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

(The Red Lions)
AssociationLuxembourg Football Federation
(Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLuc Holtz
CaptainLaurent Jans
Most capsMario Mutsch (102)
Top scorerLéon Mart (16)
Home stadiumStade de Luxembourg
FIFA codeLUX
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 92 Steady (22 December 2022)[1]
Highest82 (September 2018)
Lowest195 (August 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 92 Increase 8 (18 December 2022)[2]
Highest69 (13 May 1945)
Lowest190 (12 October 2005)
First international
 Luxembourg 1–4 France 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 29 October 1911)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 6–0 Afghanistan 
(Brighton, England; 26 July 1948)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 9–0 Luxembourg 
(Berlin, Germany; 4 August 1936)
 Luxembourg 0–9 England 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 19 October 1960)
 England 9–0 Luxembourg 
(London, England; 15 December 1982)
Websiteflf.lu

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 de Luxembourg 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

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
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

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 de Luxembourg
Stade de Luxembourg

As of 1 September 2021, the Luxembourg national team adopted Luxembourg City's, Stade de Luxembourg the country's national stadium, as its home venue. Formerly, the team played at the Stade Josy Barthel, where, at counting in August 2015, it had played 235 games, including unofficial matches.[12] It is also used for rugby union and athletics.

Results and forthcoming fixtures

Main article: Luxembourg national football team results

As of 20 November 2022 after the match against Bulgaria, the Luxembourg national team playing record is as follows:[3]

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
433 45 55 333 279 1150

Recent results and fixtures are as follows:

2022

25 March 2022 Friendly Luxembourg  1–3  Northern Ireland Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:15
  • Da Graça 58'
Report
Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Daniel Schlager (Germany)
29 March 2022 Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–0  Luxembourg Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45
Report Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: David Šmajc (Slovenia)
4 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Lithuania  0–2  Luxembourg Vilnius, Lithuania
18:00 (19:00 UTC+3) Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 3,009
Referee: David Fuxman (Israel)
7 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Faroe Islands  0–1  Luxembourg Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1) Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 2,313
Referee: Rob Hennessy (Republic of Ireland)
11 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Luxembourg  0–2  Turkey Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 9,374
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
14 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Luxembourg  2–2  Faroe Islands Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45
Report
Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 5,325
Referee: Michael Fabbri (Italy)
22 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Turkey  3–3  Luxembourg Istanbul, Turkey
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium
Attendance: 12,708
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
25 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Luxembourg  1–0  Lithuania Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 5,340
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
17 November 2022 Friendly Luxembourg  2–2  Hungary Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 3,571
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
20 November 2022 (2022-11-20) Friendly Luxembourg  0–0  Bulgaria Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
15:00 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 4,718
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (Lithuania)

2023

23 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Slovakia  v  Luxembourg Trnava, Slovakia
20:45 Report Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
26 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Luxembourg  v  Portugal Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Luxembourg  v  Liechtenstein Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
15:00 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Luxembourg Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 Report Stadium: Bilino Polje
8 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Luxembourg  v  Iceland Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
11 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Portugal  v  Luxembourg TBD, Portugal
19:45 Report Stadium: TBD
13 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Iceland  v  Luxembourg Reykjavík, Iceland
18:45 Report Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
16 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Luxembourg  v  Slovakia Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Luxembourg  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
19 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Liechtenstein  v  Luxembourg Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion

Current staff

Current Luxembourg manager Luc Holtz
Current Luxembourg manager Luc Holtz

The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members:[13]

Position Name
Technical Director Luxembourg Manuel Cardoni
Head coach Luxembourg Luc Holtz
Assistant coach Luxembourg Mario Mutsch
Goalkeeping coach Luxembourg Rui Forte
Fitness coach Luxembourg Claude Origer
Doctor Luxembourg Dr. Patrick Dang
Luxembourg Dr. Lara Heinz
Physiotherapists Luxembourg Erwan Deshoux
Luxembourg Gilles Hoffmann
Germany Alexander Kähler
Video analyst France Clément Gonin
Equipment manager Luxembourg Léon Huss
Luxembourg Jos Koecher
Luxembourg Romain Sailer

Coaching history

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

Players

Main article: List of Luxembourg international footballers

In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[15]

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Hungary on 17 November and Bulgaria on 20 November 2022.[16]

Caps and goals as of 20 November 2022 after the match against Bulgaria.[17][18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anthony Moris (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 32) 53 0 Belgium Union SG
12 1GK Ralph Schon (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 32) 17 0 Luxembourg Wiltz 71
1GK Tiago Pereira Cardoso (2006-04-07) 7 April 2006 (age 16) 0 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach

7 2DF Lars Krogh Gerson (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 32) 90 4 Norway Kongsvinger
18 2DF Laurent Jans (Captain) (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 30) 90 1 Germany Waldhof Mannheim
2 2DF Maxime Chanot (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 33) 57 3 United States New York City FC
13 2DF Dirk Carlson (1998-04-01) 1 April 1998 (age 24) 45 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
17 2DF Mica Pinto (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 29) 26 1 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
3 2DF Enes Mahmutovic (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 25) 23 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
2DF Sofiane Ikene (2005-02-27) 27 February 2005 (age 17) 1 0 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn
2DF Fabio Lohei (2005-04-12) 12 April 2005 (age 17) 1 0 France Metz

9 3MF Danel Sinani (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 25) 51 9 England Norwich City
11 3MF Vincent Thill (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 22) 45 3 Sweden AIK
16 3MF Leandro Barreiro (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 22) 43 2 Germany Mainz 05
4 3MF Florian Bohnert (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 25) 34 1 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn
21 3MF Sébastien Thill (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 29) 30 2 Germany Hansa Rostock
8 3MF Mathias Olesen (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 21) 8 0 Germany 1. FC Köln
20 3MF Timothé Rupil (2003-06-12) 12 June 2003 (age 19) 6 0 Germany Mainz 05
15 3MF Diogo Pimentel (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
14 3MF Dejvid Sinani (1993-04-02) 2 April 1993 (age 29) 1 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange

10 4FW Gerson Rodrigues (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 27) 51 15 Saudi Arabia Al Wehda
6 4FW Yvandro Borges Sanches (2004-05-24) 24 May 2004 (age 18) 16 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
5 4FW Alessio Curci (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 20) 2 1 Germany Mainz 05
4FW James Alves Rodrigues (2004-05-06) 6 May 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Italy Venezia
4FW Selim Turping (2004-11-12) 12 November 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach

Recent call-ups

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 Eldin Latik (2002-12-22) 22 December 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn v.  Lithuania, 25 September 2022

DF Marvin da Graça (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 27) 25 3 Austria Austria Wien v.  Lithuania, 25 September 2022
DF Eric Veiga (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 25) 6 0 Portugal Vilafranquense v.  Lithuania, 25 September 2022
DF Vahid Selimović (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 25) 11 1 Free agent v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022

MF Aldin Skenderovic (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 25) 27 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange v.  Lithuania, 25 September 2022
MF Christopher Martins (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 25) 55 1 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Faroe Islands, 14 June 2022
MF Olivier Thill (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 26) 40 3 Turkey Eyüpspor v.  Faroe Islands, 14 June 2022

FW Maurice Deville (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 30) 61 3 Luxembourg Swift Hesperange v.  Lithuania, 25 September 2022
FW Michael Omosanya (1999-12-15) 15 December 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch v.  Lithuania, 25 September 2022
FW Edvin Muratović (1997-02-15) 15 February 1997 (age 25) 11 1 Luxembourg RFCU v.  Faroe Islands, 14 June 2022

RET Player retired from the national team.

Player records

As of 20 November 2022[19]
Players in bold are still active with Luxembourg.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record 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 8 3 0 5 8 18
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 142 8 10 124 78 451

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record 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

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 D 2 2nd 6 3 1 2 11 4 Rise 44th
2020–21 C 1 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 5 Same position 39th
2022–23 C 1 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 7 Same position 37th
2024–25 C To be determined
Total 18 9 4 5 27 16 37th

Olympic Games

Hectic phase during the goal-rich Olympic defeat against Belgium in 1928 (5–3)
Hectic phase during the goal-rich Olympic defeat against Belgium in 1928 (5–3)
Olympic Games record[3]
Year 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 1 0 0 1 0 9 Squad
United Kingdom 1948 2 1 0 1 7 6 Squad
Finland 1952 2 1 0 1 6 5 Squad
Total 8 2 0 6 16 30

Head to head record

As of 20 November 2022 after the match against Bulgaria.

Footnotes

  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. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Eric Hoffmann also played and scored against Faroe Islands in 2004 however this was not recognised as a full A-international by FIFA
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  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

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