Although close geographically, and staunchly amateur,
Luxembourg were no favourite friendly opponents of the
Dutch team in the long period before the introduction
of professionalism. Instead, the regional selection
from the southern Netherlands played a considerable
amount (28) of friendlies against the team from the
Grand Duchy between 1921 and 1956 (with Zuid-Nederland
enjoying a winning record, but not by much as Luxembourg
won nearly a third (9) of those matches).
If the Netherlands have played Luxembourg quite often nevertheless, that is because the two were drawn together in qualifying tournaments rather a lot. Apart from Belgium, no country played more competitive matches against the Netherlands than Luxembourg, 16 in all, and in European Championship qualifying the Grand Duchy are Oranje's unchallenged most frequent opponents with 8 matches. The first two of these constitute the greatest humiliation of Dutch football, already professional for nearly a decade by the time, and the greatest ever success for Luxembourg.
The two met at the round of 16 stage of the 1964 European
Nations Cup, after the Netherlands had eliminated
and Luxembourg had received a bye in the first round. In
between eliminating Switzerland and playing Luxembourg, the
Netherlands played two friendlies, both won 1-0 – against
France and reigning
world champions Brazil.
As was usance at the time (also in UEFA club tournaments), Luxembourg waived home advantage and agreed to play both matches in the Netherlands, where crowds would be guaranteed to be much bigger (if only because of the size of the stadiums), and so would be the financial gain. The first match was played in Amsterdam and resulted in a 1-1 draw. The second match was in Rotterdam (Luxembourg's nominal home match), where the supposed minnows had won before (5-4 in the first ever friendly between the two sides in 1940), and they did it again, defeating the Brazil Beaters 2-1 thanks to two goals by Camille Dimmer to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament. Once there, they proved they actually had a good side at the time, forcing Denmark to two draws (3-3 in Luxembourg and 2-2 in Denmark), after having led in both matches. The deciding play-off was staged in Amsterdam, but Dutch soil didn't bring Luxembourg any more luck as they lost 0-1 – one goal away from the semi-finals of the prime European tournament! (Denmark instead earned a semi-final appearance by playing Malta, Albania and Luxembourg – surely the luckiest draw ever for semi-finalists of any major tournament, albeit run close by the Olympic semi-final appearances of Finland in 1912, thanks to wins over Italy and Russia, neither then the powers they later became, and Egypt in 1928, after defeating Turkey and Portugal, who both still needed several decades before first emerging as first class opponents.)
Since that win in 1963, Luxembourg went eight matches without scoring against the Netherlands, in spite of actually staging a couple at home, before converting a penalty in 2016. However, three of the four most recent encounters were close affairs, resulting in two meagre 1-0 wins and one 3-1 victory by Oranje.
All matches listed are friendlies unless otherwise stated.
Game Date Venue Result Remark 1. 28- 8-1920 Brussel Netherlands 3-0 Luxembourg [Olympic Games] 2. 28-11-1937 Rotterdam Netherlands 4-0 Luxembourg [World Cup Qualifier] 3. 31- 3-1940 Rotterdam Netherlands 4-5 Luxembourg 4. 10- 3-1946 Luxembourg Luxembourg 2-6 Netherlands 5. 20- 3-1957 Rotterdam Netherlands 4-1 Luxembourg [World Cup Qualifier] 6. 11- 9-1957 Rotterdam Netherlands 5-2 Luxembourg [World Cup Qualifier] 7. 11- 9-1963 Amsterdam Netherlands 1-1 Luxembourg [European Champ. Qual.] 8. 30-10-1963 Rotterdam Netherlands 1-2 Luxembourg [European Champ. Qual.] 9. 4- 9-1968 Rotterdam Netherlands 2-0 Luxembourg [World Cup Qualifier] 10. 26- 3-1969 Rotterdam Netherlands 4-0 Luxembourg [World Cup Qualifier] 11. 24- 2-1971 Rotterdam Netherlands 6-0 Luxembourg [European Champ. Qual.] 12. 17-11-1971 Eindhoven Netherlands 8-0 Luxembourg [European Champ. Qual.] 13. 7- 9-1994 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-4 Netherlands [European Champ. Qual.] 14. 14-12-1994 Rotterdam Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg [European Champ. Qual.] 15. 2- 9-2006 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-1 Netherlands [European Champ. Qual.] 16. 17-11-2007 Rotterdam Netherlands 1-0 Luxembourg [European Champ. Qual.] 17. 13-11-2016 Luxembourg Luxembourg 1-3 Netherlands [World Cup Qualifier] 18. 9- 6-2017 Rotterdam Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg [World Cup Qualifier]
Total record: Luxembourg 18 2 1 15 14- 67 5 Netherlands 18 15 1 2 67- 14 31 Some more stats: Pd L D N LG- NG In Luxembourg: 4 0 0 4 3- 14 In the Netherlands: 13 2 1 10 11- 50 Elsewhere: 1 0 0 1 0- 3
Luxembourg - List of International Matches
Netherlands - List of International Matches
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