Football in Luxembourg

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Football in Luxembourg
Country Luxembourg
Governing body Luxembourg Football Federation
National team(s) Men, U21, U19, U17
Women
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

Football in Luxembourg is governed by the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF), which is a member of FIFA and UEFA. [1] The FLF organises the men's, women's and futsal national teams, in addition to the main domestic competitions, the National Division and the Luxembourg Cup.

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Despite football being so popular, Luxembourg has rarely had a club pass the second round of qualifying for the Champions League. However, in the 2018-19 Europa League, F91 Dudelange became the first team from Luxembourg to qualify to the group stage of a major European Competition when they beat CFR Cluj of Romania in the Play-Offs 5-2 on aggregate.

The first match of the national team was played on 29 October 1911 (defeat 1–4 against France [2] ), while the first women's game was a 0–4 defeat to Slovakia on 18 November 2006. [3]

History

The oldest football club in Luxembourg is Fola Esch, founded as the "Football and Lawntennis Club" on 9 December 1906 by English language teacher Jean Roeder. [4] Being the oldest club in the country, they are also part of the Club of Pioneers, a group set up by Sheffield FC to join together the oldest clubs in each country.

It wasn't until 1908 that enough clubs had been created to form the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF). [5] The following year, in 1909, the FLF organised the first National Division league, which would be won by Racing Club Luxembourg. [6] Racing were also the first team to win the inaugural Luxembourg Cup 12 years later. [7] The women's league started in the 1971–73 season and was won by the Atert Bissen women's team. [8] A women's cup competition started in 2001–02, where the Progrès Niederkorn women's team won the trophy. [9]

Luxembourg, as a nation, was affiliated with FIFA in 1910, and then with UEFA in 1954. The first match of the national team was a 1–4 defeat at home to France on 29 October 1910. [10] It was only in 2006 that the national women's team played their first game, a 0–4 defeat to Slovakia at home in the 2009 UEFA Euro Qualifying stage. [11] The country hosted their first, and so far only, national tournament in 2006 when they hosted the Euro Under-17 Euro tournament, [12] where they failed to progress beyond the group stage. Until 2017, Luxembourg were consistently ranked outside the top 100 teams by FIFA, [13] but after some good results, namely in the UEFA Nations League, they are now ranked 84th.

The national stadium, Stade Josy Barthel, was inaugurated in 1931 and has hosted the majority of the nation team's home matches. In addition to national games, the stadium has also been used to host various European Competition games, especially in the latter stages of qualification and the Europa League Group Stage games of F91 Dudelange, were the stadium of teams did not meet UEFA criteria. In 2017, construction of a new national stadium was started in Kockelsheier, set to be opened in 2019. [14]

Since the turn of the century, the domestic league has been dominated by F91 Dudelange, having won 14 league titles as well as 7 Luxembourg Cup titles. This is still some way behind the most successful team in the country, Jeunesse Esch, with 28 league titles, however Dudelange was only founded as recently as 1991. They added to this success by becoming the first Luxembourgish team to qualify for the Group Stage of the Europa League in 2018–19, after dropping out of the Champions League Qualification Stage. [15]

Rankings

FIFA Ranking

FIFA World Rankings as of 7 April 2021. [16]
RankChangeTeamPoints
94Decrease2.svg 4Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 1255.88
95Steady2.svgFlag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1251.63
96Increase2.svg 2Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1244.86
97Increase2.svg 3Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1240.78
98Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1240.08

UEFA Coefficient

UEFA Coefficient Rankings as of 23 October 2018. [17]
RankChangeTeamPoints
41Increase2.svg 2Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 6.75
42Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 5.625
43Increase2.svg 5Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 5.25
44Increase2.svg 2Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 5.25
45Increase2.svg 2Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 5.125

League system

LevelLeaguePromotion/Relegation
1 National Division
14 clubs
Decrease2.svg 2–3 clubs
2 Division of Honour
14 clubs
Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg 2–4 clubs
3 1. Division Serie 1
14 clubs
1. Division Serie 2
14 clubs
Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg 4–6 clubs
4 2. Division Serie 1
14 clubs
2. Division Serie 2
14 clubs
Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg 3–6 clubs
5 3. Division Serie 1
10 clubs
3. Division Serie 2
10 clubs
Increase2.svg 3–6 clubs

Source: [18] [19]

Seasons in Luxembourg Football

The National Division started with the 1909–10 season, which was won by Racing Club Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Cup was started twelve seasons later, with the 1921–22 edition being won by Racing Club Luxembourg. During the 1912–13 and 1940–41 to 1943–44 there were no competitive competitions held in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Clubs in European Competitions

Luxembourg football clubs have participated in European football competitions since Spora Luxembourg first took part in the 1956–57 European Cup. In total, 23 different clubs have since represented Luxembourg in European competition. Of these, 14 are still in existence while the remaining 9 were merged into a new or existing team.

In the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, F91 Dudelange became the first Luxembourgish club to compete in the Group Stage of a modern European competition.

National team

The national team has had limited international success and has never qualified for a European Championship or World Cup. [20] [21] According to the FIFA World Ranking, the national team is currently ranked 98th (June 2020). [22]

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F91 Dudelange, or F91 Diddeleng, is a Luxembourger professional football club based in Dudelange which plays in the Luxembourg National Division.

Jeunesse Esch Luxembourgish football club

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Jeff Strasser

Jeff Strasser is a retired Luxembourg footballer and manager of CS Fola Esch.

The National Division is the highest football league in Luxembourg. Until 2011, it was known as the BGL Ligue, after the Luxembourg Football Federation managed to seal a sponsorship deal with Fortis. Before 2006, it contained twelve teams, but it expanded to fourteen for the 2006–07 season, and it has maintained this number since. The current champions are F91 Dudelange.

The 2005–06 Luxembourg National Division was the 92nd season of top level association football in Luxembourg. The competition ran from 7 August 2005 to 28 May 2006. The league title was won by F91 Dudelange, who also won the Luxembourg Cup to complete the Double.

CS Fola Esch Luxembourgish football club

Sporting Circle Fola Esch, usually abbreviated to Fola Esch or simply Fola, is a football club, based in Esch-sur-Alzette, in south-western Luxembourg. They play their home games at Stade Émile Mayrisch, in the south of the city, which they share with their sister athletics club CA Fola Esch.

The 2008–09 Luxembourg National Division was the 95th season of top-tier football in Luxembourg. It started on 2 August 2008 and ended on 24 May 2009.

The 2011–12 Luxembourg National Division was the 98th season of top-tier football in Luxembourg. It began on 5 August 2011 and ended on 13 May 2012. F91 Dudelange were the defending champions having won their ninth league championship in the previous season.

The 2015–16 Luxembourg National Division was the 102nd season of top-tier football in Luxembourg. The league season started on 2 August 2015 and ended on 22 May 2016, with a promotion/relegation playoff following on 27 May.

The 2016–17 Luxembourg National Division was the 103rd season of football in Luxembourg. The season started on 6 August 2016 and ended on 21 May 2017.

The 2017–18 Luxembourg National Division was the 104th season of top-flight football in Luxembourg. The season began on 4 August 2017 and concluded on 19 May 2018. F91 Dudelange were the defending champions from the previous season.

The 2017–18 Luxembourg Cup is the 93rd version of the football knockout tournament. This competition began on 9 September 2017. The winners of the cup will earn a spot in the 2018–19 Europa League and would begin play in the first qualifying round.

The 2018–19 Luxembourg National Division was the 105th season of top-flight association football in Luxembourg. The season began on 5 August 2018 and ended on 19 May 2019.

The 2018–19 Luxembourg Cup was the 94th edition of the football knockout tournament in the country. The winners of the cup this season earned a place in the 2019–20 Europa League. The competition began on 5 September 2018 and ended on 26 May 2019.

Luxembourg football clubs have participated in European football competitions since Spora Luxembourg took part in the 1956–57 European Cup. In total, 23 different clubs have represented Luxembourg in European competition. Of these, 14 are still in existence while the remaining 9 were merged into a new or existing team.

2021 UEFA Europa League Final The final match of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League

The 2021 UEFA Europa League Final will be the final match of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, the 50th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 12th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It will be played on 26 May 2021 at the Stadion Miejski in Gdańsk, Poland, between Spanish club Villarreal and English club Manchester United.

The 2019–20 Luxembourg National Division was the 106th season of top-tier association football in Luxembourg. The season began on 3 August 2019 and the last matches were played on 8 March 2020.

The 2019–20 Luxembourg Cup was the 95th year of the football knockout tournament in Luxembourg. A place in the 2020–21 Europa League is available to the winners of this season's competition. The cup began on 4 September 2019 and was scheduled to end in May 2020.

The 2020–21 Luxembourg National Division season is the 106th of top-tier association football in Luxembourg. The season began on 22 August 2020 and is scheduled to end on 22 May 2021. The league winners will qualify to participate in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League.

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