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Luxembourg

Luxembourg
Aurélien Joachim celebrates after scoring against Albania in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying ©Getty Images

Luxembourg

Best result: never qualified
Coach: Luc Holtz
Leading scorers: all-time – Léon Mart (16); current – Aurélien Joachim (6)
Most appearances: all-time – Jeff Strasser (98); current – Eric Hoffman (87)
Association formed: 1908
Nickname: De Roude Léiw (The Red Lions)
Where they play: Josy Barthel Stadium, Luxembourg City

Luxembourg ended their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a creditable haul of six points, four of them coming at the expense of Northern Ireland. They have claimed at least one win in each of their last four qualifying campaigns, the most spectacular at the expense of Switzerland (2-1) in Zurich in a 2010 FIFA World Cup tie. Their most memorable UEFA European Championship performance dates back 50 years to a remarkable 2-1 victory against the Netherlands in Rotterdam that put them into the quarter-finals, where they lost to Denmark – although only after a replay.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P99 W6 D9 L84 F38 A276
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P99 W6 D9 L84 F38 A276

Luxembourg made an audacious start to the UEFA European Championship when, having sat out 1960 qualifying, they stunned the Dutch in their first ever tie in the competition in 1963. A side spearheaded by perhaps the country's finest ever player, Louis Pilot, came close to reaching the following year's final tournament, drawing home and away against Denmark before being edged out 1-0 in a replay.

That is, by a distance, as close as Luxembourg have come. It was another 50 games before they next managed a qualifying victory, winning 1-0 in Malta in the EURO '96 preliminaries. They triumphed in the reverse fixture too, also securing a famous victory against eventual group winners the Czech Republic; Luxembourg finished with ten points, still only enough for fifth in the six-team section. They have ended bottom ever since. They performed creditably in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, though, restricting France to a pair of 2-0 wins, drawing with Belarus, and defeating Albania 2-1.

Memorable EURO matches
13/10/2007: Belarus 0-1 Luxembourg, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying

Fons Leweck's 95th-minute strike gave Luxembourg a first competitive win in 12 years.

07/06/1995: Luxembourg 1-0 Czech Republic, EURO '96 qualifying
A late Guy Hellers goal earned victory over a side that would finish runners-up at EURO '96.

30/10/1963: Luxembourg 2-1 Netherlands, 1964 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Tied at 1-1 after the first leg, two Camille Dimmer goals took Luxembourg through to the last eight.

Did you know?
Luxembourg's first ever international was a 4-1 friendly defeat by France in October 1911.

*Last updated 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.55CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    06/09/2011, Luxembourg 2-1 Albania, Luxembourg
    30/10/1963, Luxembourg 2-1 Netherlands, Rotterdam
  • Biggest defeat:
    15/12/1982, England 9-0 Luxembourg, London
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Jeff Strasser (LUX)
  • Top scorers: 4
    Gilbert Dussier (LUX)
 
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