The Five Billion Person Party

Notes of a wandering American soccer fan

The Mouse that Roared

Posted by steigs on September 12, 2008

Here in the US, the midweek World Cup qualifier was a fairly routine affair, a clear 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Chicago.  For Luxembourg, it was anything but routine — their first victory in qualilfying in 36 years!

Luxembourg not only won for the first time in qualifying in nearly four decades, they managed it on the road, a 2-1 victory over the Swiss in Zurich.  They didn’t just beat another minnow, they beat a team that qualilfied in 2006.  And they did it with a late goal, after having lost a lead, a perfect time for such a major underdog to get disheartened.

Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld put it simply: “We embarrassed ourselves.”

The coach of Luxembourg, who is surely a national hero now, was optimistic:  “With similarly focused and disciplined performances, we could cause another upset or two.”

Hear that, Israel and Moldova?  Be ready, the Luxembourgers are coming for ya!


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