Luxembourg are undoubtedly one of the biggest minnows on the European scene, despite having contested every FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign since 1934. A place in the final tournament remains a distant dream for the Grand Duchy, although their South Africa 2010 bid offered real signs of improvement.
The current crop
The clearest evidence of progress came in their 2-1 victory away against Switzerland in September 2008, a result that suggested Luxembourg can compete with some of the continent’s leading lights in a one-off encounter. Add in the encouraging performances of their U-21 side and Luxembourg will be desperate to build on the promise of that South Africa 2010 campaign, when they avoided last place in their group for the first time since 1934.
The key players
Part of the team which contested the 2006 UEFA European U-17 Championship on home soil, young midfielder Lars Gerson represents Luxembourg’s future, while Rene Peters and Eric Hoffmann remain crucial figures in the present.