Neuchâtel Xamax

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Neuchâtel Xamax FCS
Neuchatel Xamax FCS.svg
Full name Neuchâtel Xamax FCS
Nickname(s) Xamax
Founded 1912, 1970, 2012, 2013
Ground Stade de la Maladière,
Neuchâtel
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Christian Binggeli
Manager Roberto Cattilaz
League 1. Liga Promotion
Stade de la Maladiere
Gilbert Gress, championship winning coach of the 1980s

Neuchâtel Xamax FCS (pronounced: [nøʃatɛl ksamaks]) is a Swiss football club, based in Neuchâtel. It was created in 1970 through a merger between FC Cantonal, founded in 1906 and Swiss champions of 1916, and FC Xamax founded in 1912. The name Xamax comes from legendary Swiss international 'Xam' Max Abegglen, one of the founding members.[1] Xamax Neuchâtel FCS obtained its current name after a merger with FC Serrières, another side from Neuchâtel, in May 2013. The club plays its home matches at the Stade de la Maladière, which was opened in 2007 and has a capacity of 12,500 spectators.

After many financial crises, the club declared bankruptcy on 26 January 2012 and was consequently excluded from Swiss Super League.[2] The club was reformed, but had to restart in the Swiss amateur leagues, entering the 2. Liga Interregional, the fifth tier of the Swiss football league system, for the 2012–13 season.[3] The club finished first in 2013 and was promoted to the 1. Liga Classic for 2013-14. Once again, Xamax finished first, winning the play-off to secure a second successive promotion. For the 2014-15 season, Xamax is playing in the 1. Liga Promotion, the third tier.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 July 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 Albania GK Valmir Sallaj
2 Switzerland DF Hervé Epitaux
3 Spain DF Jonathan Lara
4 Switzerland MF Pietro Di Nardo
5 Switzerland DF Kiliann Witschi
6 Switzerland MF Valérian Boillat
7 Switzerland DF Maël Erard
8 Italy MF Fabio Lovacco
9 France FW Mickaël Rodriguez
10 Switzerland MF Charles-André Doudin
11 Switzerland FW Loic Chatton
14 Switzerland DF Julien Bize
No. Position Player
15 Cameroon MF Freddy Mveng
16 Albania DF Agonit Sallaj
17 France FW Yassine El Allaoui
19 Switzerland MF Marco Delley
20 Switzerland FW Luther-King Adjei
21 Switzerland MF Thibaut de Coulon
22 Switzerland FW Astor Kilezi
23 Switzerland DF Mike Gomes
24 Switzerland MF Bastien Oberli
25 Switzerland DF Jérôme Schneider
27 Switzerland MF Mehdi Challandes
28 France DF David Sauget
30 Switzerland GK Laurent Walthert

As of 1 August 2012[4]

Honours[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

See also Category:Neuchâtel Xamax managers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historique : La Genèse | NEUCHÂTEL XAMAX" (in French). Xamax.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Swiss club Xamax bankrupt, Chechen owner arrested - - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  3. ^ Meisterschaft 2. Liga interregional accessed: 21 July 2012
  4. ^ 1ère Equipe - Neuchâtel Xamax 1912

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