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Luxembourg
Nickname(s) D'Roud Léiwen (The Red Lions)
Association Luxembourg Football Federation
(Fédération Luxembourgeoise
de Football)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Guy Hellers
Captain Jeff Strasser
Most caps Jeff Strasser (90)
Top scorer Léon Mart (16)
Home stadium Stade Josy Barthel
FIFA code LUX
FIFA ranking 128
Highest FIFA ranking 93 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 195 (August 2006)
Elo ranking 184
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Luxembourg Luxembourg 1 - 4 France France
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; October 29, 1911)
Biggest win
Luxembourg Luxembourg 6 - 0 Afghanistan Afghanistan
(London, United Kingdom; July 26, 1948)
Biggest defeat
Luxembourg Luxembourg 0 - 9 England England
(Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; October 19, 1960)
England England 9 - 0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(London, England; December 15, 1982)

The Luxembourg national football team is the national football team of Luxembourg, and is controlled by the Luxembourg Football Federation. It plays most of its home matches at the Stade Josy Barthel, in Luxembourg City.

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History

Luxembourg has historically been one of the weakest members of UEFA. However, recent games have shown a steady improvement and younger players give grounds for hope for the future of Luxembourg's football. In 1963, Luxembourg narrowly failed to qualify for the 1964 European Football Championship semi-finals. Having defeated the Netherlands 1–1 and 2–1 in the Round of 16, they drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2 in the quarter finals, before losing 1–0 in the replay.

More recently, they had minor successes in the qualifying campaign for the 1996 European Football Championship as they managed three 1–0 victories, beating Malta twice and upset eventual runners-up Czech Republic at home. However, from 1995 until 2007, Luxembourg failed to win a game, falling down the FIFA World Rankings to a low of 195th in the process. The team scored its first victory in almost twelve years in February 2007, beating Gambia 2–1 in a friendly match. In October of the same year Luxembourg recorded its first competitive win in 12 years, beating Belarus 1–0 in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying game, following it up on 10 September 2008 with a win away to Switzerland, their first World Cup qualifying win since 1972.

World Cup record

European Championship record

  • 1960 - Did not enter
  • 1964 - Did not qualify (Quarter Final, Final Qualifying Round)
  • 1968 - 2008 - Did not qualify

Managers

Players

The most capped Luxembourg player until November 2008 was Carlo Weis, who made 87 appearances between 1978 and 1998. Two of these appearances were made against "B" teams of other nations, however, the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football regards both of these matches as official internationals.[1] Jeff Strasser took over his record, as of May 2008 he has made 90 appearances in full internationals.[2]

Luxembourg's all-time leading goalscorer is Léon Mart, who scored 16 goals between 1933 and 1945, though most of his goals were scored against international "B" teams.[3]

In 2004, a UEFA commissioned award named Louis Pilot as Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.[4]

Current squad

This is the squad called up for the match against Latvia on 28 March 2009 and 1 April 2009.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Jonathan Joubert September 12, 1979 (1979-09-12) (age 30) 26 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
GK Marc Oberweis November 6, 1982 (1982-11-06) (age 27) 5 0 Luxembourg Grevenmacher
GK Lex Menster October 13, 1991 (1991-10-13) (age 18) 0 0 Luxembourg 72 Erpeldange
DF Jeff Strasser October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) (age 35) 90 6 Switzerland Grasshopper Club Zürich
DF Massimo Martino September 18, 1990 (1990-09-18) (age 19) 2 0 Germany Wuppertaler SV
DF Jacques Plein February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17) (age 22) 0 0 Luxembourg Etzella Ettelbruck
MF René Peters June 15, 1981 (1981-06-15) (age 28) 66 4 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
MF Eric Hoffmann June 21, 1984 (1984-06-21) (age 25) 57 0 Luxembourg Etzella Ettelbruck
MF Fons Leweck December 16, 1981 (1981-12-16) (age 28) 50 4 Luxembourg Etzella Ettelbruck
MF Mario Mutsch September 3, 1984 (1984-09-03) (age 25) 33 1 France FC Metz
MF Gilles Bettmer March 31, 1989 (1989-03-31) (age 20) 23 0 Germany Freiburg II
MF Claudio Lombardelli October 4, 1987 (1987-10-04) (age 22) 20 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
MF Ben Payal September 8, 1988 (1988-09-08) (age 21) 21 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
MF Carlos Ferreira August 24, 1980 (1980-08-24) (age 29) 18 0 Luxembourg Etzella Ettelbruck
MF Lars Christian Krogh Gerson February 5, 1990 (1990-02-05) (age 19) 5 0 Norway Kongsvinger
MF Gérard Geisbusch May 4, 1988 (1988-05-04) (age 21) 2 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
MF Anton Božić February 15, 1986 (1986-02-15) (age 23) 0 0 Luxembourg Grevenmacher
MF Mathias Jänisch August 27, 1990 (1990-08-27) (age 19) 0 0 Luxembourg Grevenmacher
FW Stephano Bensi August 11, 1988 (1988-08-11) (age 21) 2 0 Belgium K.M.S.K. Deinze
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Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
DF Guy Blaise December 12, 1980 (1980-12-12) (age 29) 0 0 Belgium Virton
DF Jérôme Bigard February 16, 1985 (1985-02-16) (age 24) 8 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
DF Kim Kintziger February 4, 1987 (1987-02-04) (age 22) 26 0 Luxembourg Differdange 03
DF Claude Reiter July 2, 1981 (1981-07-02) (age 28) 37 1 Luxembourg Etzella Ettelbruck
DF Benoît Lang December 19, 1983 (1983-12-19) (age 26) 9 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
DF Dan Collette April 2, 1985 (1985-04-02) (age 24) 19 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
MF Jonathan Proietti July 17, 1982 (1982-07-17) (age 27) 1 0 Luxembourg Progrès Niedercorn
MF Clayton de Sousa Moreira February 24, 1988 (1988-02-24) (age 21) 6 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
MF Paul Bossi July 22, 1991 (1991-07-22) (age 18) 3 0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
FW Žarko Lukić May 22, 1983 (1983-05-22) (age 26) 2 0 Luxembourg UN Käerjeng 97
FW Aurélien Joachim August 18, 1986 (1986-08-18) (age 23) 21 1 Luxembourg Differdange 03

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Simple English

Luxembourg
Association Luxembourg Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Guy Hellers
Most caps Carlo Weis (87)
Top scorer Léon Mart (16)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Luxembourg national football team is the national football team of Luxembourg.


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