FC Differdange 03

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FC Differdange
FC Differdange.png
Full name Football Club Differdange 03
Founded 2003
Ground Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange,
Ground Capacity 2,400
Chairman Luxembourg Fabrizio Bei
Manager Luxembourg Marc Thomé
League Luxembourg National Division
2012–13 4th

Football Club Differdange 03 is a football club, based in Differdange, in south-western Luxembourg.


Differdange 03 was formed in 2003 as an amalgam of two clubs from the city of Differdange: FA Red Boys Differdange and AS Differdange. When the clubs merged, in time for the 2003–04 season, Red Boys was languishing in the bottom half of the Division of Honour, while AS was in mid-table position in the third tier of Luxembourgian football. The new club took Red Boys league position, and was promoted back into the National Division in the 2005–06 season, when the top division was expanded from twelve clubs to fourteen.

Red Boys Differdange had previously been one of the largest and most successful teams in Luxembourgian football, having won the Luxembourg Cup more times than any other team (16). During the 1920s and 1930s, Red Boys competed with Spora Luxembourg for dominance of Luxembourgian football. Red Boys was the more successful of the two, and won thirteen trophies in as many years between 1923 and 1936. Despite the staunch competition (Spora won 8 trophies in the same period), this record has never been matched.

In the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League Differdange 03 progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the competition after they eliminated Levadia Tallinn 1–0 on aggregate, one of the club's most famous European victories and one of the most historic victories for a club from Luxembourg has ever had in European Competitions. In the 3rd qualifying round they met Olympiakos Volou and lost 3–0 in both legs, 6–0 on aggregate. However, as Olympiakos Volou was presumably involved in a corruption case, UEFA decided on 11 August 2011 that Differdange would progress to the Play Off Round and meet Paris Saint-Germain, the furthest a club from Luxembourg has reached in European competitions.

In June 2012, after a pretty bad season in BGL League (4th), FCD03 change coach, the exemption of Paolo Amodio reported the experience of Michel Floch'moan who is familiar in BGL League, because with the F91 Dudelange and with Jeunesse Esch he win multiple championships in Luxembourg.

The 5 and 12 July 2012, FCD03 won against NSI for the first round of qualifying for Europe League with 3–0 and 0–3, with a total of 6 goals in two games. In the second round, FC Differdange 03 faced Belgian club KAA Gent, but were eliminated with an aggregate of 2–4.

In 18 July 2013, they defeated the Dutch club FC Utrecht in the first leg of 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for 2–1. Omar Er Rafik scored both goals. And on July 25, 2013 the made a 3-3 draw against FC Utrecht in the return, eliminating the Dutch club, which is significantly larger than Differdange, in the UEFA Europa League


As Red Boys Differdange[edit]

Winners (6): 1922–23, 1925–26, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1978–79
Runners-up (11): 1910–11, 1926–27, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1957–58, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85
Winners (17): 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1957-58, 1971–72, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1984–85, *2009–10, *2010–2011
Runners-up (11): 1923–24, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1957–58, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1989–90
* as FC Differdange 03

European Competition[edit]

As Red Boys Differdange[edit]

Red Boys Differdange qualified for UEFA European competition three times.

First round (1): 1979–80
First round (3): 1972–73, 1982–83, 1985–86
First round (6): 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85

Red Boys never progressed past the first tie in any European competition. They won one match in Europe, winning their 1979 UEFA European Cup first leg 2–1 against Omonia Nicosia before losing 6–1 in Cyprus. In the 1984 UEFA Cup, Red Boys managed a surprise goalless draw with AFC Ajax, but were crushed 14–0 in the return, which remains a UEFA Cup record.

As FC Differdange 03[edit]

In the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League Differdange progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the competition after they eliminated FC Utrecht 5–4 on aggregate. In the 3rd qualifying round they will meet Tromsø IL. Overall, Differdange's record in European competition reads: As of 26 July 2013

Red Boys Differdange 20 1 1 18 8 103 −95
FC Differdange 03 8 1 1 6 1 17 −16
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 7
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 0 0 6 2 28
UEFA Cup/Europa League 28 6 4 18 23 94
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 0 2 0 5

Home results in bold.

Season Competition Round Opponent Country Results
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 0−2, 0−3
2009−10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Rijeka Croatia 1−0, 0−3
2010−11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Spartak Zlatibor Voda Serbia 3−3, 0−2
2011−12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Levadia Tallinn Estonia 0−0, 1−0
3Q Olympiakos Volou Greece 0−3, 0−3
Play-off1 Paris Saint-Germain France 0−4, 0−2
2012−13 UEFA Europa League 1Q NSÍ Faroe Islands 3−0, 3−0
2Q Gent Belgium 0−1, 2−3
2013−14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Laçi Albania 1−0, 2−1
2Q FC Utrecht Netherlands 2−1, 3−3
3Q Tromsø Norway 0−1, 1−0 (3−4 p.)
2014−15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Atlantas Lithuania 1−0, 1−3
  • Note: Olympiakos Volou disqualified by involvement in match-fixing. UEFA replaced them with Differdange.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 October, 2014.[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 Yann Heil
3 France DF Mehdi Martin
4 Luxembourg DF André Rodrigues
5 Luxembourg DF Tom Siebenaler
6 Luxembourg MF Andy May
7 Luxembourg MF Stéphane Gomes
8 Portugal MF Pedro Ribeiro
9 Morocco FW Omar Er Rafik
10 Luxembourg MF Dejvid Sinani
11 France FW Gauthier Caron
12 Luxembourg GK Lars Engel
15 Luxembourg DF Ante Bukvić
No. Position Player
17 Luxembourg DF Michel Kettenmeyer
20 Luxembourg MF Gilles Bettmer
21 Luxembourg MF Mathias Jänisch
22 France MF Philippe Lebresne
23 Portugal FW Artur Abreu
24 France MF Jérémy Mélinger
25 Luxembourg FW Geoffrey Franzoni
26 France MF Jérémy Vilmain
29 Luxembourg FW Antonio Luisi
30 France GK Julien Weber
32 France DF Jean-Philippe Caillet


Former coaches[edit]


  1. ^ Equipe – FC Differdange 03

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