NA­TIONAL DIVI­SION: 2018-19

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DIF­FER­DANGE 03

Formed from a merger of Red Boys and AS in 2003 and reg­u­lar com­peti­tors in Europe. Signed ex-France winger Florent Malouda in Jan­uary be­fore the 38-year-old re­tired this sum­mer.

et­zella et­tel­bruck

Won the sec­ond-tier Divi­sion of Hon­neur last sea­son to re­turn to the top flight, where they were run­ner­sup in 2007.

f91 Dude­lange

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons and the Duchy’s rich­est club, they have won 11 league ti­tles in the last 14 sea­sons.

fola esch

Won their first ti­tle for 83 years in 2013 and re­peated the feat in 2015. Mauro Mar­i­ani re­placed Ger­ard Lopez as pres­i­dent last year af­ter the lat­ter bought French side Lille, and Jeff Strasser re­turned as coach this Au­gust.

hostert

Pro­moted to the Na­tional Divi­sion in 2011 and known as “the team from the for­est”. The club has a strong youth set-up.

Je­unesse esch

The coun­try’s best sup­ported side and win­ner of a record 28 ti­tles.

Mon­dorf-les-bains

South-eastern club run by the fa­ther and brother of Jeff Strasser.

Pro­gres Niederkorn

Run­ners-up last sea­son, they knocked Scot­tish side Rangers out of last term’s Europa League qual­i­fiers.

Rac­ing

Lux­em­bourg City’s main club were formed in 2005 from a merger of Spora, Union and CS Al­liance. The club has a big youth academy but few fans.

RM Hamm Ben­fica

Formed in 2004, when FC Hamm 37 and RM 86 Lux­em­bourg merged then amal­ga­mated with Lux­em­bourg Ben­fica.

ruMe­laNge

Twice do­mes­tic cup win­ners, they re­turned to the top flight this sea­son as sec­ond divi­sion run­ners-up.

Una Strassen

Based in cen­tral Lux­em­bourg and date back to 1922 but have had lit­tle suc­cess.

Union ti­tus Pe­tange

Formed from a merger in 2015 be­tween CS and Ti­tus Lamalde­laine. Their coach is for­mer Jose Mour­inho as­sis­tant, Bal­temar Brito.

vic­to­ria rosPort

Founded in 1928, they are based in a small vil­lage and rely heav­ily on play­ers from neigh­bour­ing Ger­many.

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