FC Luzern

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FC Luzern
Logo
Full name Fussball-Club Luzern
Nickname(s) Die Leuchten (The Shiners)
Founded 12 August 1901; 112 years ago
Ground Swissporarena, Lucerne
Ground Capacity 17,000
Chairman Rudolf Stäger
Manager Markus Babbel
League Swiss Super League
2013–14 Swiss Super League, 4th
Website Club home page

Fussball-Club Luzern, commonly known as FC Luzern or simply abbreviated to FCL, is a professional Swiss football club based in Lucerne. The club colours are blue and white, derived from the City of Lucerne and Canton of Lucerne coats of arms. The club plays its home games at Swissporarena which was newly built in 2011 at the place of the old Stadion Allmend.

The club was founded in 1901 and has won the Swiss Super League once and the Swiss Cup twice.

History[edit]

FC Luzern was officially founded on 12 August 1901 in Lucerne. After two years, FCL joined the Swiss Football League and started its first championship season in the third division. In the following years, FC Luzern was playing in various leagues. After the introduction of a new league system in 1944 (consisting of Nationalliga A and Nationalliga B as the two top tiers) FCL was allotted into Nationalliga B. The club remained in the second division until it was promoted in 1953. In the following years, FCL mainly played in the Nationalliga A. In 2003, after several seasons with financial and sporting troubles, the club got relegated to the renamed Challenge League, the former Nationalliga B. In 2006, after three seasons in the second division, FC Luzern celebrated its return into the top division (Super League) of Swiss football. In 2012 the club finished second in the Super League, securing its best league finish in 23 years.

FC Luzern's greatest success was winning the Swiss Championship in 1989. FCL have also won the Swiss Cup twice (1960 and 1992) and finished runners-up four times (1997, 2005, 2007, 2012).

Fans and rivalries[edit]

Although the club has only won three important national trophies, FC Luzern is one of the traditional football clubs in the country with a strong local supporter base. The club draws its support predominantly from Central Switzerland, leading the number of sold season tickets in the cantons of Lucerne, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Uri, Zug as well as in some parts of Aargau and Schwyz.[1] In the 2013/14 season, FCL boasted the fourth highest average attendance in the Swiss Super League with an average crowd of 11.291.[2]

The local derby is played with SC Kriens, whose stadium is located less than one kilometer from FC Luzern's facilities at Allmend. Due to the restructuring of the Swiss football league system in the past years, the two clubs are currently separated by two leagues and have not played each other in an official contest since 2006.

Although there are no traditional and deep rooted rivalries, periods of intensified sporting competition have sparked rivalries between FC Luzern and FC Basel in the mid-90s and with FC Sion in the mid-2000s. A majority of the fans, particularly Ultra groups, view FC St. Gallen as a major rival. Matches with FC Aarau are also by many considered as a local derby.

Stadium[edit]

Between 1934 and 2009, the club played its home games at the Stadion Allmend,[3] which had a theoretical capacity of 25,000. For security reasons however, the Swiss Football Association did not allow more than 13,000 to attend in the final years of its existence. Until a new stadium was completed, FC Luzern temporarily played its home games in the Gersag Stadion located in Emmenbrücke.

In August 2011, the club moved into the newly built Swissporarena which is located at the place of the old ground. The opening game ended with a 0-0 draw against FC Thun.[4]

Honours[edit]

  • Swiss Cup
    • Winners: 1960, 1992
    • Runners Up: 1997, 2005, 2007, 2012

European appearances[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup QF Italy ACF Fiorentina 0–3 2–6 2–9
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Soviet Union FC Spartak Moscow 0–0 0–1 0–1
1989–90 European Cup 1R Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–3 0–2 0–5
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Hungary MTK Budapest 1–1 2–1 3–2
1990–91 UEFA Cup 2R Austria VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 0–1 1–1 1–2
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria PFC Levski Sofia 1–2 1–0 2–2
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup 2R Netherlands Feyenoord[5] 1–0 1–4 2–4
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Czech Republic Slavia Prague 2–4 0–2 2–6
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 3Q Netherlands FC Utrecht 0–1 1–3 1–4
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO Belgium KRC Genk 2–1 0–2 2–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Scotland St. Johnstone 1–1 1–1(aet) 2–2(4–5 p.)

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League League Position Remarks
2001/02 Nationalliga A 7th (Relegation Pool) Luzern theoretically would have been relegated. Due to financial problems, three teams in the top league were not given the playing licence by the Swiss FA. Thus, Luzern was not relegated.
2002/03 Nationalliga A 3rd (Relegation Pool) Due to a league reform, only the top 2 teams stayed in the Super League. Luzern was relegated to the Challenge League.
2003/04 Challenge League 10th
2004/05 Challenge League 5th Swiss Cup: Lost final 3-1 to FC Zürich.
2005/06 Challenge League 1st Promoted to Swiss Super League.
2006/07 Super League 8th Swiss Cup: Lost final 1–0 to FC Basel.
2007/08 Super League 6th
2008/09 Super League 9th Avoided relegation by beating FC Lugano 5 – 1 on aggregate in the relegation play offs.
2009/10 Super League 4th
2010/11 Super League 6th
2011/12 Super League 2nd Swiss Cup: Lost final 4–2 on penalties to FC Basel.
2012/13 Super League 8th
2013/14 Super League 4th

Current squad[edit]

As of 05 February 2015.[6]
No. Name Age Joined Previous club

Goalkeepers[edit]

1 David Zibung Switzerland 1984 1999 Youth squad
18 Lorenzo Bucchi Italy 1983 2013 FC Fribourg
30 Jonas Omlin Switzerland 1994 2014 SC Kriens

Defenders[edit]

5 Kaja Rogulj Croatia 1986 2014 FK Austria Wien
7 Claudio Lustenberger Switzerland 1987 2006 SC Kriens
13 Tomislav Puljic Croatia 1983 2015 Unaffiliated
14 Jérôme Thiesson Switzerland France 1987 2011 AC Bellinzona
16 François Affolter Switzerland 1991 2014 BSC Young Boys
23 Sally Sarr France 1986 2011 FC Wil
33 Fidan Aliti Albania 1993 2013 BSC Old Boys

Midfielders[edit]

4 Oliver Bozanic Australia Croatia 1989 2013 Central Coast Mariners FC
6 Thierry Doubai Ivory Coast 1988 2014 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
8 Jahmir Hyka Albania 1988 2011 KF Tirana
10 Jakob Jantscher Austria 1989 2014 NEC
11 Ridge Mobulu Democratic Republic of the Congo 1991 2014 FC Le Mont
19 Adrian Winter Switzerland 1986 2011 FC St. Gallen
24 Alain Wiss Switzerland 1990 2002 Youth squad
26 Remo Freuler Switzerland 1992 2014 FC Winterthur
28 Sava Bento Portugal Serbia 1991 2008 Youth squad
32 Nicolas Haas Switzerland 1996 2015 Youth squad

Attackers[edit]

15 Marco Schneuwly Switzerland 1985 2014 FC Thun
20 Cristian Ianu Romania 1983 2015 FC Lausanne-Sport
21 Dario Lezcano Paraguay 1990 2012 FC Thun
36 Omar Thali Switzerland Egypt 1995 2015 Youth squad

Players out on loan[edit]

Name Age Joined Previous club Current club
Claudio Holenstein Switzerland 1990 2014 FC Wil FC Wohlen
Hekuran Kryeziu Switzerland 1993 2004 Youth squad FC Vaduz
Ferid Matri Switzerland Albania 1994 2013 AJ Auxerre FC Wil
Haxhi Neziraj Switzerland Albania 1993 2005 Youth squad FC Wohlen
Nedim Sacirovic Switzerland Bosnia and Herzegovina 1994 2004 Youth squad FC Wohlen

Transfers 2014/15[edit]

In
Name Previous club Transfer window
Thierry Doubai Ivory Coast FC Sochaux-Montbéliard Summer 2014
Claudio Holenstein Switzerland FC Wil
Jakob Jantscher Austria NEC
Andrés Lamas Uruguay Independiente del Valle
Ridge Mobulu Democratic Republic of the Congo FC Le Mont
Jonas Omlin Switzerland SC Kriens
Bryan Rabello Chile Sevilla FC
Kaja Rogulj Croatia FK Austria Wien
Marco Schneuwly Switzerland FC Thun
Cristian Ianu Romania FC Lausanne-Sport Winter 2015
Tomislav Puljic Croatia Unaffiliated
Out
Name New club Transfer window
Yassin Mikari Tunisia Switzerland Club Africain Summer 2014
Tomislav Puljic Croatia Unknown
Dimitar Rangelov Bulgaria Torku Konyaspor
Michel Renggli Switzerland End of career
Florian Stahel Switzerland FC Vaduz
Gabriel Wüthrich Switzerland End of career
Xavier Hochstrasser Switzerland FC Lausanne-Sport
Andrés Lamas Uruguay Barcelona SC Winter 2015
Bryan Rabello Chile Sevilla FC

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Function
Markus Babbel Manager
Roland Vrabec Assistant manager
Daniel Böbner Goalkeeper coach
Christian Schmidt Fitness coach

Former notable players[edit]

See also Category:FC Luzern players.

Head coaches[edit]

See also Category:FC Luzern managers.

References[edit]

External links[edit]