FC Avenir Beggen

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Avenir Beggen
FC Avenir Beggen
Full name Football Club Avenir Beggen
Nickname(s) Wichtelcher (Pixies)
Founded 1 July 1915
Ground Stade rue Henri Dunant,
Beggen
Ground Capacity 4,830
Chairman Luxembourg Jean Hansen
Manager Luxembourg Wilhelm Lex
League Luxembourg Division of Honour
2011-12 7th
Website Club home page

Football Club Avenir Beggen is a football club, based in Beggen, a quarter of Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg.

The club were founded in 1915 as FC Daring Beggen but changed their name to FC Avenir Beggen a year later. In 1940, they were renamed SV 1915 Beggen, but in 1944, it was changed again to FC Avenir Beggen.

Avenir Beggen had played in the National Division in consecutive seasons since 1965–66, but were relegated in the 2005–06 season. Finishing second in their first season in the second-tier Division of Honour, Avenir returned to the National Division at the first time of asking. In 2008/09 the club finished 14th and were relegated back to the Luxembourg Division of Honour.

Honours[edit]

Winners (6): 1968–69, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1992–93, 1993–94
Runners-up (5): 1974–75, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1991–92
Winners (7): 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2001–02
Runners-up (4): 1973–74, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1997–98

European Competition[edit]

Avenir have qualified for UEFA European competition sixteen times.

Qualifying round (2): 1993–94, 1994–95
First round (4): 1969–70, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1986–87
Qualifying round (1): 2002–03
First round (4): 1975–76, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1995–96
First round (4): 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93
Second round (1): 1974–75

They have won three ties in European competition (although two were only on technicalities):

  • In 1974–75, their Cup Winners' Cup first round opponents, Enosis Paralimni of Cyprus, withdrew due to ongoing crisis in that country.
  • In the same competition in 1992–93, Avenir beat the Faroe Islands' B36 Tórshavn 2–1 on aggregate in the qualifying round, before losing 5–1 on aggregate to Spartak Moscow in the first round proper.
  • In the 1995–96 UEFA Cup, Avenir lost on away goals to Örebro SK, but Avenir were awarded a 3–0 victory when it transpired that the Swedes had fielded an ineligible player.

Throughout its history the team has won three rounds in Europe, including Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup (but only on the field). In 1969, Avenir Beggen wins his first league title in Luxembourg, with a historic victory followed by 10,000 spectators, of 3-1 against Jeunesse d'Esch. Moreover, thanks to this victory, the club has qualified for the first time for the Champions League where he played against the Italians of AC Milan (0-5 to Miland and 0-3 in Luxembourg city). Apart from the success, the club advances to the semi finals of the Cup.

Another success of Avenir Beggen comes right to the 60th anniversary of the club, 1 September 1975, the Avenir Beggen plays his first UEFA Cup (now Champions League) against FC Porto (0-7 in Porto and 0-3 in Luxembourg city).

In addition to those three ties, Avenir have won one game in a tie that they eventually lost (2–1 at home against Inter Bratislava in the 1990–91 UEFA Cup, before losing 5–0 in Bratislava).

Overall, Avenir's record in European competition reads:

P W D L GF GA GD
Avenir Beggen 36 3 3 30 12 142 -130

Current squad[edit]

2008–09 season[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Luxembourg GK Martin Eisenmenger
2 Luxembourg DF Geoffrey Monivas
3 Luxembourg MF Patrick Bei
4 Luxembourg DF Grégory Molitor
5 Luxembourg MF Daniele Bei
6 Portugal MF Gabriel Vieira
7 Cape Verde MF Spencer Olavo
8 Cape Verde MF João Tavares
11 Portugal FW Ricardo Ferreira
13 Luxembourg DF Hector Varela
14 Portugal MF Patrick Fernandes-Minas
15 Luxembourg MF Ben Zeches
16 Luxembourg DF Olivier Berscheid
17 Portugal FW Thiago Almeida Ferreira
19 France MF Cédric Ziebel
No. Position Player
20 Portugal MF Bobby Mendes
21 Republic of the Congo FW Randy Nzita
22 Luxembourg GK Philippe Chrismousse
23 Portugal DF Miguel Oliveira
24 Luxembourg GK Lou Consbruck
Luxembourg DF Christian Schmit
United States DF Jamath Shoffner
Italy DF Aldo Zampa
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Asmir Alomerović
France FW Ahmed Rani
France MF Cédric Guillermic
Luxembourg MF Márcio Matias
Portugal MF André Silva
Luxembourg FW Abdeljahil Maazouz
France FW Kevin Nimsgern

Former coaches[edit]

  • Spain Fernando Gutiérrez (2005–08)
  • France Manuel Peixoto (2008–09)

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