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Lausanne Sports

Full name Football Club Lausanne-Sport
Founded 1896 (1860)
Ground Olympique de la Pontaise
Ground Capacity 15,850
President Alain Joseph
Manager Laurent Roussey
League Swiss Super League
2012–13 Swiss Super League, 9th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

FC Lausanne-Sport (also referred to as LS) is a Swiss sports club based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is most famous for its football department (FC Lausanne-Sport), but the club also had athletics, sport rowing, and rink hockey departments until they split in 2009 over a row about the construction of a new stadium that will be built by 2015.


The football-section was founded in 1896 under the name of Montriond Lausanne. However, the Lausanne Football and Cricket Club was established in 1860, believed to be the oldest football club on the European continent by some historians. The club took the name Lausanne-Sports FC in 1920 after the football section merged with the Club Hygiénique de Lausanne, a physical education club. The club plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, a 15,850 all-seater stadium used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They played in Swiss First Division between 1906-1931 and 1932-2002.

After the 2001–02 season, Lausanne-Sports were relegated because the club did not obtain a first level license for the 2002–03 season. Following the 2002–03 season in the second division, Lausanne-Sports FC were again relegated due to bankruptcy. They were reformed as FC Lausanne-Sport for the 2003–04 season and had to begin play at the fourth tier. The team was promoted in consecutive seasons from the fourth division after the 2003–04 season and the third division after the 2004–05 season. After an additional six years in the second tier of Swiss football, the club was promoted to the Super League for the 2011–12 season.

Lausanne-Sport qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after they lost the 2010 Swiss Cup final against Champions League-qualified Basel. They progressed through the second and third qualifying rounds as well as the play-off round to book their place in the group stage, though they would not move on from there.

Lausanne-Sport has won the Swiss First Division seven times and the Swiss Cup nine times.


  • Ligue Nationale A/Super League
    • Winners (7): 1912–13, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1943–44, 1950–51, 1964–65
    • Runners-up (8): 1946–47, 1954–55, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1989–90, 1999–2000
  • 1. Liga Promotion
    • Winners: 2004–05
  • Swiss Cup
    • Winners (9): 1935, 1939, 1944, 1950, 1962, 1964, 1981, 1998, 1999
    • Runners-up (8): 1937, 1946, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1984, 2000, 2010

Current squad

As of 31 August 2013 [1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Kevin Fickentscher (on loan from Sion)
2 Guinea MF Pascal Feindouno
3 Switzerland DF Mickaël Facchinetti
4 Slovenia MF Miha Mevlja
5 Spain MF Gabri (captain)
6 Switzerland DF Guillaume Katz
7 Switzerland MF Salim Khelifi
8 Switzerland MF Fabrizio Zambrella
9 Portugal FW Luís Pimenta
10 Israel FW Ohad Kadousi
11 France FW Yannis Tafer
12 France FW Yoric Ravet
13 Switzerland MF Michel Avanzini
14 Switzerland DF Sébastien Meoli
15 Switzerland MF Numa Lavanchy
No. Position Player
16 Cameroon DF Yaya Banana (on loan from Sochaux)
18 Switzerland GK Thomas Castella
19 Spain DF Jessua Cruyff
20 Cameroon MF Patrick Ekeng
21 Switzerland MF Ming Yang
22 Switzerland GK Signori Antonio
23 Morocco DF Abdelouahed Chakhsi
24 France DF Jérôme Sonnerat
25 Senegal FW Matar Coly
26 Switzerland DF Adriano De Pierro
27 Venezuela DF Rolf Feltscher
28 Switzerland MF Romain Dessarzin
30 Switzerland MF Olivier Custódio
31 Switzerland DF Ahmet Özcan
–– Switzerland FW Bashkim Sukaj

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Mehmed Begzadić (at Locarno until 30 June 2014)

Famous former players

See also Category:FC Lausanne-Sport players.

Former coaches

  • France Victor Zvunka (July 1, 2000–June 30, 2001)
  • Romania Radu Nunweiller (July 1, 2001–Dec 5, 2001)
  • Switzerland Umberto Barberis (Feb 20, 2002–May 8, 2002)
  • Spain Pablo Iglesias (2002–03)
  • Argentina Gabriel Calderón (Jan 1, 2003–June 30, 2003)
  • Germany Jochen Dries (2003–04)
  • Switzerland Gérard Castella (July 1, 2005–May 24, 2006)
  • Switzerland Alain Geiger (June 1, 2006–Nov 21, 2006)
  • Switzerland Paul Garbani and Switzerland P. Isabella (interim) (Nov 24, 2006–Dec 11, 2006)
  • Switzerland Stéphane Hunziker and Switzerland Patrick Isabella (Feb 17, 2007–May 30, 2007)
  • Switzerland Umberto Barberis (July 1, 2007–Dec 17, 2007)
  • Switzerland Thierry Cotting (Dec 15, 2007–June 30, 2009)
  • Switzerland John Dragani (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2010)
  • Switzerland Árpád Soós (March 19, 2010–June 30, 2010)
  • Switzerland Martin Rueda (July 1, 2010–June 30, 2012)
  • France Laurent Roussey (July 1, 2012–)

Lausanne-Sports Rowing

Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the rowing club of Lausanne-Sport.


External links

  • Football department
  • Athletics department
  • Roller hockey department
  • Rowing department
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