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Stade de Luxembourg remains on the sidelines

Not ready for the arrival of the Portugal team, the new equipment will not be ready for the arrival of Scotland in a friendly match on June 6. The finishes are decidedly slow.

Not ready for the arrival of the Portugal team, the new equipment will not be ready for the arrival of Scotland in a friendly match on June 6. The finishes are decidedly slow.

The old Josy-Barthel stadium is not about to retire. Indeed, failing to have completed all the work essential for its approval, the new Stade de Luxembourg still does not appear on the match sheets. Thus, the old equipment opened in 1931 should resume service on June 6 to see the Red lions against the Scottish team in a friendly meeting.


National team: Bottom, left to right: Vincent Thill, Timothé Rupil, Ralph Schon, Anthony Moris, Tim Kips, Leandro Barreiro, Olivier Thill and Aldin Skenderovic. Middle, left to right: Gilson Delgado, Marvin Martins, Danel Sinani, Dirk Carlson, Florian Bohnert, Stefano Bensi and Kevin Malget. Top, left to right: Mica Pinto, Gerson Rodrigues, Vahid Selimovic, Lars Gerson, Edvin Muratovic, Laurent Jans, Maurice Deville and Tim Hall. / Foto: Stéphane Guillaume

No question for the Ministry of Sports to deprive the Luxembourg football team of a (possible) participation in the World Cup in Qatar. Sport is one thing, politics another.


Officially, on the side of the Luxembourg Football Federation, the message remains the same: “The playing field as well as the kick-off remain to be determined”. But Luc Holtz’s players and those coming from Edinburgh will certainly have to find themselves on the lawn of the road to Arlon. The same disappointment as for the arrival, on March 30, of the Portuguese formation led by Cristiano Ronaldo who did not have the honors of the new enclosure which will have cost of the order of 77 million euros.

In question, obviously delays in finishes. AT The essential, the alderman of the capital in charge of sports infrastructure, Simone Beissel (DP), did not hide the fact that many things still had to be finalized at the Stade de Luxembourg. Work that had listed in February, the UEFA officials came to check the facilities. Reservations had been made in particular regarding the proper functioning of the computer network, an essential element for the video surveillance system as computerized access control, the Internet network necessary for the media (TV broadcasting, press room) or again the fire detection.

First a test match

Today, the elected does not hide either that before seeing the brand new structure host its first official meeting, a test match would not be too much. If only to see, in situ, that everything is working fine.

For Simone Beissel, this meeting should not take place before June-July … A delayed date certainly but which, depending on the health situation, would allow spectators to occupy all or part of the seats in the stadium. A “ trial run ” which will then allow the holding of the first official international meeting on September 1, date of the match against Azerbaijan in the framework of the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


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