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FC Vaduz

Vaduz
Full name Fußball Club Vaduz
Nickname(s) Residenzler (Resident)
Fürstenverein (Princely club)
Short name FCV
Founded 14 February 1932; 83 years ago
Ground Rheinpark Stadion
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Ground Capacity 7,838
Ground Coordinates
Owner Princely Family of Liechtenstein
Chairman Ruth Ospelt
Manager Giorgio Contini
League Swiss Super League
2014–15 9th
Website Club home page

Fußball Club Vaduz (English: Football Club Vaduz) is a Liechtenstein football club from Vaduz that plays in the Swiss Football League. The club plays at the national Rheinpark Stadion, which has a capacity of 6,127 when all seated but has additional standing places in the North and South ends of the ground, giving a total stadium capacity of 7,838.[1] They currently play in the Swiss Super League following promotion from the Swiss Challenge League after winning its 2013–14 championship.

Vaduz have historically had many players from Liechtenstein, many of whom have played for the Liechtenstein national team, but nearly all these players have moved abroad, and now the majority of the first team squad are foreign players from different areas of the world. The signing of experienced goalkeeper Peter Jehle from Tours and Franz Burgmeier from Darlington boosted the Liechtensteiner contingent to six by the start of the 2009-10 season.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Rheinpark Stadion 2
  • Affiliated Clubs 3
  • Honours 4
    • League 4.1
    • Cups 4.2
    • Europe 4.3
  • European record 5
  • Rankings 6
    • UEFA ranking 6.1
    • UEFA ranking (Liechtenstein) 6.2
    • Club world ranking 6.3
  • Swiss Super League History 7
  • Current squad 8
    • Technical staff 8.1
  • FC Vaduz II (U23) 9
    • Current squad 9.1
    • Technical staff 9.2
  • FCV-TV 10
  • Former players 11
  • Former managers 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

History

Fußball Club Vaduz was founded on 14 February 1932 in Vaduz, and the club's first chairman was Johann Walser. FC Vaduz is the only professional football club in Liechtenstein. In its first training match, which Vaduz played in Balzers on 24 April of that year, the newly-born team emerged as 2–1 winners. The club played in Vorarlberger Football Association in Austria for the 1932–33 season. In 1933, Vaduz began playing in Switzerland. Over the years Vaduz struggled through various tiers of Swiss football and won its first Liechtensteiner Cup in 1949. Vaduz enjoyed a lengthy stay in the Swiss 1. Liga from 1960 to 1973, which is the third tier of the Swiss football league system.

Vaduz has been required to pay a fee to the Swiss Football Association in order to participate as a foreign club. There have been calls for this agreement to be revoked, but discussions have meant that a permanent arrangement has now taken place for a Liechtenstein representative to be allowed to participate in the Challenge League or Super League in future.[3]

From the 2001–02 season, Vaduz played in the Swiss Challenge League (formerly called Nationalliga B), the second tier of the Swiss league system. Since then, Vaduz have been one of the best teams in the Challenge League and gave serious challenges towards promotion to the Super League, especially in 2004 and 2005, playing two-leg play-offs in both cases. In the 2007–08 season, Vaduz secured promotion to the Swiss Super League on 12 May 2008 by winning the Challenge League on the final day of the season, giving Liechtenstein a representative at the highest level of Swiss football for the first time. Vaduz, however, were relegated back to the Challenge League after one season in the top flight. Vaduz finally returned to top level after five years in the Challenge League.

In 1992, Vaduz qualified for European football for the first time, entering the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as Liechtenstein Cup winners, but lost 12–1 on aggregate to Chornomorets Odesa of Ukraine in the qualifying round. In 1996, Vaduz qualified for the first round proper with their first European victory, winning 5–3 on penalties against Universitate Riga of Latvia, after a 2–2 aggregate scoreline, although Vaduz lost their first round tie to Paris Saint-Germain of France 7–0 on aggregate.

After the Cup Winners' Cup was abolished, Vaduz have annually entered the UEFA Cup (now the UEFA Europa League) as a result of winning the Liechtenstein Cup every year since 1998. However, they have never got past the qualifying rounds to date.

However, Vaduz did come within one second of reaching the first round proper of the UEFA Cup in 2002. With the aggregate scores level, and with opponents Livingston scheduled to go through on away goals, Vaduz won a late corner. The ball was sent into the box, and Marius Zarn hit a goal-bound shot. However, the referee blew the whistle for full-time just before the ball crossed over the line, and Livingston progressed through in controversial circumstances.

FC Vaduz started their European campaign in 2009–10 by beating Scottish side Falkirk in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. However, they lost 3–0 on aggregate[4][5] to Czech side Slovan Liberec in the third qualifying round.

In the 2014–15 Swiss Super League season, Vaduz survived for the first time in their history in the Swiss Super League. They finished in 9th place with 31 points won. They also won their 43rd Liechtenstein cup, becoming world record holders of a domestic cup in the process.

FC Vaduz started their European campaign in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League by beating S.P. La Fiorita from San Marino in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. In the second round, Vaduz easily progressed against Nõmme Kalju FC to progress into the third qualifying of the Europa League where they were drawn against fellow Swiss Super League club FC Thun. The European campaign is over. FC Thun after the away goals passed away. FC Vaduz is so once again ended the European campaign but this time unbeaten with four wins and two draws.

Rheinpark Stadion

The Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz is the national stadium of Liechtenstein. It plays host to the home matches of the Liechtenstein national football team, and is also the home of Liechtenstein's top football club, FC Vaduz.

The stadium was officially opened on 31 July 1998 with a match between FC Vaduz, the Liechtenstein Cup holders at the time, and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the then Bundesliga champions. 1. FC Kaiserslautern won the match 8-0. It lies on the banks of the River Rhine, just metres from the border with Switzerland. The stadium has a fully seated capacity of 5,873. The stadium has additional standing places giving it a total capacity of 7,584. The building of the stadium cost roughly 19 million CHF.

9. October 2004, on the Rheinpark Stadion, Liechtenstein has welcomed Portugal for which played Cristiano Ronaldo, the best scorer of the team and one of the best players of all time. The match finished 2:2.

English football club Liverpool played Olympiacos of Greece here in a pre-season friendly in 2005.

All football stars who have achieved the goal of the Rheinpark Stadion: David Beckham, Michael Owen, Luís Figo, Raúl, Fernando Torres, David Silva, David Villa, Fredrik Ljungberg, David Alaba, Edin Džeko, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Affiliated Clubs

  • FC Basel - FC Vaduz are the parent-club of FC Basel. Many of Basel's youth players, such as Yann Sommer first goalkeeper of Swiss national football team, Pak Kwang-Ryong one of the best strikers in North Korea, Naser Aliji who plays for the national team of Albania, Pascal Schürpf have had loan spells here.
  • BSC Young Boys - In 2015 Vaduz started cooperation with another Swiss champion. They sent a duo of players on loan, the former Swiss national team Moreno Costanzo and super-talented left-back young Swiss national team Thomas Fekete.

Honours

League

  • Liechtenstein Football Championship
Winners (1): 1936
Best ranking: 9th place (2015)
Winners (3): 2003, 2008, 2014
Runners-up (2): 2004, 2005
Winners (2): 2000, 2001
Runners-up (2): 1984, 1999

Cups

(43) (World Record[6]) : 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
(13): 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1997, 2012

Europe

European record

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Chornomorets Odesa 0–5 1–7 1–12
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Hradec Králové 0–5 1–9 1–14
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Universitate Riga 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–2 p)
First round Paris Saint-Germain 0–4 0–3 0–7
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Helsingborg 0–2 0–3 0–5
1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Bodø/Glimt 0–1 1–2 1–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Amica Wronki 0–3 3–3 3–6
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Varteks Varaždin 3–3 1–6 4–9
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Livingston 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1 0–1 0–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Longford Town 1–0 3–2 4–2
Second qualifying round Beveren 1–3 1–2 2–5
2005–06 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Dacia Chișinău 2–0 0–1 2–1
Second qualifying round Beşiktaş 0–1 1–5 1–6
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Újpest 0–1 4–0 4–1
Second qualifying round Basel 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2007–08 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Dinamo Tbilisi 0–0 0–2 0–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Zrinjski Mostar 1–2 0–3 1–5
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Falkirk 0–1 2–0 (aet) 2–1
Third qualifying round Slovan Liberec 0–1 0–2 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Brøndby 0–0 0–3 0–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Vojvodina 0–2 3–1 3–3 (a)
Third qualifying round Hapoel Tel Aviv 2−1 0−4 2−5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Chikhura Sachkhere 1−1 0−0 1−1 (a)
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round College Europa 3–0 1–0 4–0
Second qualifying round Ruch Chorzów 0–0 2–3 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round S.P. La Fiorita 5–1 5–0 10–1
Second qualifying round Nõmme Kalju 3–1 2–0 5–1
Third qualifying round Thun 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a)
Competition Matches W D L GF GA +/-
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 0 2 8 4 40 -36
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 48 14 11 23 56 68 -12
Total 58 14 13 31 60 108 -48

Biggest win in UEFA competition:

Rankings

UEFA ranking

As of 25 October 2015[7]
Rank Team Points
267 Gefle IF 4.875
268 Kalmar FF 4.875
269 FC Vaduz 4.850
270 FC Differdange 03 4.800
271 Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. 4.725

UEFA ranking (Liechtenstein)

Rank Team Points
269 FC Vaduz 4.850
367 USV Eschen/Mauren 2.350

Club world ranking

As of 26 October 2015

Rank Team Points
425 River Plate 1604
426 SønderjyskE 1600
427 FC Vaduz 1586
428 Vålerenga 1585
429 Vancouver Whitecaps 1585

Swiss Super League History

Season Pos. Pld W D L GF GA P
2008–09 10↓ 36 5 7 24 28 85 22
2014–15 9 36 7 10 19 28 59 31
2015–16 9 14 2 6 6 13 21 12
Total 86 14 23 49 69 165 65

Current squad

As of 5 October 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Peter Jehle (3rd captain)
3 DF Simone Grippo
4 DF Daniel Kaufmann
5 DF Pavel Pergl
7 FW Albion Avdijaj
8 MF Diego Ciccone
9 FW Manuel Sutter
10 MF Ali Messaoud
11 MF Franz Burgmeier Captain
12 MF Ramon Cecchini
13 MF Pascal Schürpf (on loan from Basel)
14 DF Thomas Fekete (on loan from Young Boys)
15 GK Christian Baldinger
16 FW Moreno Costanzo (on loan from Young Boys)
No. Position Player
17 DF Joel Untersee (on loan from Juventus)
18 GK Pascal Albrecht (on loan from St. Gallen)
19 DF Nick von Niederhäusern
20 MF Nicolas Hasler
21 DF Axel Borgmann
22 DF Florian Stahel
23 MF Markus Neumayr (vice-captain)
25 MF Stjepan Kukuruzović
27 MF Philipp Muntwiler
29 DF Mario Bühler
33 FW Mauro Caballero (on loan from Porto)
35 GK Oliver Klaus
36 MF Robin Kamber

Technical staff

FC Vaduz II (U23)

FC Vaduz U23 is the second most successful football club team from Liechtenstein. Competing in 2. Liga (Swiss 6th tier), also competing in the Liechtenstein Football Cup.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
18 GK Niklas Pfelger
3 DF Dario Kaiser
4 DF Hamza Sljivar
6 DF Manuel Kalberer
13 DF Eric Weixlbaumer
15 DF Tolgahan Ünlü
19 DF Gerardo Casale
8 MF Philipp Ospelt
9 MF Selim Kum
No. Position Player
11 MF Dennis Demirci
16 MF Ramon Solinger
17 MF Jonas Baydar
20 MF Jordhy Themo
21 MF Mentor Memeti
7 FW Maurice Wunderli
22 FW Adnan Mutapcija
29 FW Amadou Mbaye

Technical staff

FCV-TV

FC Vaduz has an official YouTube channel (FC Vaduz). On it you can see all the interesting events with home matches. You can also follow developments in the club and on the official Facebook page (FC Vaduz) and Twitter (FC Vaduz).

Former players

Former managers

References

  1. ^ Facts & Figures FC Vaduz
  2. ^ Squad FC Vaduz
  3. ^ "FCV is still playing in Swiss League (German)". Volksblatt. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  4. ^ FC Vaduz – FC Slovan Liberec : 0–1 Match report from Scorespro.com
  5. ^ FC Slovan Liberec – FC Vaduz : 2–0 Match report from Scorespro.com
  6. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/cuprec.html
  7. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2015 (http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert)

External links

  • FC Vaduz Official website (German)
  • Erster offizieller Fanclub 04 (German)
  • FC Vaduz Ostschweizer Fussballverband (Swiss Football League) (German)
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