FC Wil 1900

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FC Wil
FC Wil logo.svg
Full name FC Wil 1900
Founded 1900
Ground IGP Arena, Wil, Switzerland
Ground Capacity 6,900
Chairman Roger Bigger
Manager Germany Axel Thoma
League Swiss Challenge League
2013–14 Swiss Challenge League, 3rd

FC Wil, also known as FC Wil 1900, is a Swiss football club, playing in the town of Wil, Canton St. Gallen in the east of Switzerland. The club was founded in 1900, hence the name.

Although the city of Wil has only 17,000 inhabitants, in 2004 FC Wil won the final of the Swiss Cup against Grasshopper Club Zürich.

Honours[edit]

2004

History[edit]

FC Wil was formed in 1900 in the east of Switzerland by two workers from England. For the first two years of their life they were known as "FC Stella". In 1902 the club was renamed as "FC Fors" before finally settling in 1907 on FC Wil.

The early years of the club were very unremarkable, playing in the lower echelons of the Swiss football pyramid. Up until 1990 they had spent just three seasons in the second tier, the Challenge League, in 1922/23, 1952/53 and 1953/54.

In 1988 the club appointed Christian Gross as player manager. Gross managed the club between 1988 and 1993 and during this time guided the club to two promotions. Firstly to the third tier and then to the second tier. Christian Gross left in 1993 to manage Grasshopper Club Zürich and has since managed Tottenham Hotspur and FC Basel.

In 2002 the club were promoted to the top flight for the first time in history. They finished in 4th place. In 2003 the club took part in European competition for the first time by playing in the Intertoto Cup. The club got to the third round before losing to FC Nantes.

In 2004 the club were relegated from the Super League but the club managed to win the Swiss Cup, beating Grasshoppers Zurich in the final.

In 2003 club president, banker Andreas Hafen, was discovered to have embezzled 51 million Swiss francs (US$40 million) from the UBS Bank. He was given a jail term of five years. Approximately 10 million Swiss francs was discovered to have ended up at FC Wil. UBS waived any money outstanding as the other board members knew nothing of it.

After the Andreas Hafen saga the club was taken over by Ukrainian footballer Igor Belanov and his time in charge of the club was a success notwithstanding the frequent changes of coaches. FC Wil was promoted to Swiss Super League and won the final of the Swiss Cup against Grasshopper Club Zürich under the first de-facto coach hired by Belanov, Ukrainian Aleksandr Zavarov (because he lacked the necessary UEFA licence, Aleksandr Zavarov was given the position of director of football with the club).

Currently, FC Wil is coached by Axel Thoma, who has been at the club since 2007, being in charge of the first team since 2010.[1]

In November 2013, the club's stadium was renamed from Stadion Bergholz to IGP Arena until 2023, for sponsorship reasons.[2]

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 June 2014

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 Yanick Brecher
2 North Korea DF Cha Jong-Hyok
3 Brazil DF Dutra
4 Albania DF Granit Lekaj
5 Uruguay DF Federico Platero
6 Turkey MF Ergün Berisha
8 Switzerland DF Pascal Cerrone
9 Switzerland FW Ivan Audino
10 France MF Marko Muslin
11 Switzerland FW Haris Tabakovic (on loan from Young Boys)
No. Position Player
12 Switzerland MF Sandro Lombardi
13 Switzerland MF Basil Stillhart
14 Switzerland MF Silvano Schäppi
16 Romania FW Andrei Blejdea
19 Switzerland DF Nikola Božić
20 Albania MF Gjelbrim Taipi
21 Czech Republic DF Jiri Koubsky (on loan from Aarau)
23 Germany MF Jordan Brown
24 Switzerland MF Dario Koller
30 Italy GK Carlo Zotti

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Cameroon DF Otele Mouangue (at Aarau)
Haiti MF Kim Jaggy (at Aarau)

Former players[edit]

See also Category:FC Wil players.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FC Wil - Kader. List of current players. http://www.fcwil.ch/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-23
  2. ^ "IGP sichert sich Naming-Right am Wiler Bergholz". fcwil.ch. FC Wil 1900 AG. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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