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
Ground Capacity 17,000
Chairman Rudolf Stäger
Manager Carlos Bernegger
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 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. They play their 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 alloted 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. In the 2011/12 season, FCL had the third highest average attendance in the Swiss Super League.[1]

There are a number of rivalries between FCL and other teams, especially between their Ultras groups. The local derby is played with SC Kriens, whose stadium is located less than one kilometer from FCL's facilities at Allmend. Due to the reduction of the Swiss football league in the past years, the two clubs are now separated by two leagues. Because of this fact, the rivalry is not as big anymore as during the periods in the 1990s or after the year 2003, when both clubs were playing in the same league.

A majority of the fans view FC St. Gallen, FC Sion and Grasshopper Club Zürich as big rivals. Numerous incidents and fan fights occurred around games between FC Luzern and these teams in the last decade.[2][3][4]

Stadium[edit]

Between 1934 and 2009, FCL played their home games at the Stadion Allmend,[5] 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 their 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.[6]

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[7] 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

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

Players[edit]

As of 23 July, 2014.[8]

First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK David Zibung
3 Albania DF Ferid Matri
4 Australia MF Oliver Bozanić
5 Croatia DF Kaja Rogulj
6 Ivory Coast MF Thierry Dobaï
7 Switzerland DF Claudio Lustenberger
8 Albania MF Jahmir Hyka
10 Austria MF Jakob Jantscher
11 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Ridge Mobulu
14 Switzerland DF Jérôme Thiesson
15 Switzerland FW Marco Schneuwly
16 Switzerland DF François Affolter
17 Switzerland MF Claudio Holenstein
18 Italy GK Lorenzo Bucchi
No. Position Player
19 Switzerland FW Adrian Winter
20 Switzerland MF Xavier Hochstrasser
21 Paraguay FW Dario Lezcano
22 Albania FW Haxhi Neziraj
23 France DF Sally Sarr
24 Switzerland MF Alain Wiss
26 Switzerland MF Remo Freuler
28 Portugal MF Sava Bento
29 Tunisia DF Yassin Mikari
30 Switzerland GK Jonas Omlin
31 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Nedim Sacirović
33 Albania DF Fidan Aliti
34 Austria MF Luka Sliskovic

Former notable players[edit]

See also Category:FC Luzern players.

Head coaches[edit]

See also Category:FC Luzern managers.

References[edit]

External links[edit]