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France's midfielder Yoann Gourcuff (R) vies with Luxemburg's midfielder Joel Kitenge

*Qualification history
Given the size of the country and its population of under 600,000, Luxembourg face a tall task to make a mark in European football. Despite having been a fixture of FIFA World Cup™ qualifying since 1934, the idea of advancing to the finals remains something of a pipe dream. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the last couple of campaigns yielded some significant progress.

*The team
The Red Lions impressed by avoiding finishing bottom of their group in South Africa 2010 qualifying, with their highlight a win away to Switzerland, who went on to grace the showpiece event. Though the minnows were rooted to the foot of the table again in the battle for a place at Brazil 2014, this belies the fact that they garnered more points than four years earlier. Buoyed by such achievements, the current crop of Luxembourgers are not fazed by the prospect of heavy reverses by the bigger nations and will be hoping to claim some more scalps on the road to Russia 2018.

*The coach
A goalscoring midfielder during his playing days, Luc Holtz represented the country 55 times. He has overseen a few momentous results since his tenure in the hotseat began in 2010, including a 1-1 draw against Italy in a warm-up match ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The stat
17 *- Midfielder Paul Philipp appeared in 17 World Cup qualifying matches between 1970 and 1982, a national record.

*The former stars
Leon Mart, Francois Konter, Carlo Weis, Robby Langers, Paul Philipp