CS Fola Esch

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Fola Esch
Fola Esch.png
Full name Cercle sportif Fola Esch
Founded 1906; 111 years ago
Ground Stade Émile Mayrisch,
Esch-sur-Alzette
Capacity 4,900
Chairman Luxembourg Gérard Lopez
Manager Jeff Strasser
League Luxembourg National Division
2017–18 National Division, 3rd

Sporting Circle Fola Esch (French: Cercle sportif Fola Esch), usually abbreviated to Fola Esch or simply Fola, is a football club, based in Esch-sur-Alzette, in south-western Luxembourg. They play their home games at Stade Émile Mayrisch, in the south of the city, which they share with their sister athletics club CA Fola Esch.

History[edit]

Founded in 1906 by the English language teacher Jean Roeder, Fola was the first football club in Luxembourg. During its heyday, it was the best club in the country, winning four National Division championships and two Luxembourg Cups between 1918 and 1924. Fola won another championship in 1930 and the Luxembourg Cup in 1955, but has since this time lost its place in Luxembourg's top flight.

Fola stubbornly rejected a merger with its larger neighbours, Jeunesse Esch, during the wave of consolidation in the 1990s. In 2004–05, Fola was relegated to the third tier of Luxembourgian football, but were promoted the following season. In 2006–07, they finished third, qualifying for a promotion play-off, which they lost to Victoria Rosport. In August 2007, Fola pulled off a transfer coup by signing former Morocco midfielder Mustapha Hadji.

In 2008, the club managed to secure second place in the championship, granting them promotion to the Fortis League (National Division, the top league in the country, renamed BGL League in march 2009 due to the financial crisis).[1]

In May 2013, CS Fola Esch won the championship in the BGL Ligue with a historic 5–1 win against their rivals, Jeunesse Esch in the 25th match of the season. The club had a gap of 83 years since their last championship. Stefano Bensi scored 20 goals during this season.

Fola participated at the second qualifying round of the Champions League 2013–14 but lost to Dinamo Zagreb 0–5 in the first leg (at home) and 0–1 in the second leg (away). In 2015, Fola won the championship again, after finishing second in 2014. In 2016 they again finished second with an equal number of points with the champions, F91 Dudelange.

In 2016 CS Fola Esch, celebrated their 110th birthday, and also became a member of the exclusive Club of Pioneers, as the oldest football club of Luxembourg.

Name History[edit]

  • 1906: Club founded as Football and Lawn Tennis Club Esch
  • 1907: Adopts current colours of red and white stripes
  • 1910: Absorbs FC Nerva, becoming Cercle sportif Fola Esch
  • 1918: Wins first championship title
  • 1924: Wins the Double
  • 1930: Wins last championship title for the next 83 years
  • 1935: Moves to current stadium, Stade Émile Mayrisch
  • 1955: Wins Luxembourg Cup, last title before a long lean period
  • 1973: First participation in European competition (season 1973–74)
  • 2013: Wins first championship since 83 years, followed by another champion title in 2015
  • 2017: First qualification to the second round and to the third round in European competition

Honours[edit]

Winners (7): 1917–18, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1929–30, 2012–13, 2014–15
Runners-up (9): 1916–17, 1918–19, 1920–21, 1928–29, 1948–49, 1953–54, 1954–55, 2010–11, 2013–14
Winners (3): 1922–23, 1923–24, 1954–55
Runners-up (1): 1972–73

European competition[edit]

As of 11 July 2017[2]
Rank Country Team Points
317 Montenegro FK Mladost Podgorica 3.550
318 Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Široki Brijeg 3.550
319 Kazakhstan FC Irtysh Pavlodar 3.550
320 Luxembourg CS Fola Esch 3.475
321 Luxembourg FC Differdange 03 3.475
322 Bulgaria PFC Slavia Sofia 3.425
As of match played 3 August 2017
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 4 0 1 3 1 10
UEFA Europa League 12 3 3 6 11 17
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 0 0 2 1 11
Total 18 3 4 11 13 38

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora 0–7 1–4 1–11
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden Elfsborg 1–1 0–4 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–5 0–1 0–6
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden Göteborg 0–2 0–0 0–2
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–3 1–1 1–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Scotland Aberdeen 1–0 1–3 2–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Milsami Orhei 2–1 1–1 3–2
2Q Azerbaijan Inter Baku 4–1 0–1 4–2
3Q Sweden Östersund 1–2 0–1 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kosovo Prishtina 0–0 0–0 0-0 (5-4p)
2Q Belgium Genk 1–4 0–5 1–9

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 July, 2018.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Thomas Hym
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Rodrigue Dikaba
5 Luxembourg MF Tiago Semedo Monteiro
6 Luxembourg DF Billy Bernard
7 Luxembourg FW Ken Corral
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Veldin Muharemovic
9 Luxembourg FW Dritro Kelmendi
10 Luxembourg FW Stefano Bensi
11 Belgium MF Corentin Koçur
12 Luxembourg MF Bruno Frere
13 Luxembourg GK Chris Clement
14 Luxembourg DF Cédric Sacras
15 Morocco FW Samir Hadji
17 France FW Achraf Drif
No. Position Player
18 Luxembourg MF Dejvid Sinani
19 Luxembourg FW Gérard Mersch
20 Luxembourg MF Lucas Correia
21 France DF Roman Pierrard
22 Republic of Macedonia MF Enis Saiti
23 Luxembourg DF Tom Laterza
24 France DF Mehdi Kirch
25 Portugal MF Lucas Raposo
26 Luxembourg MF Ryan Klapp
28 France DF Julien Klein
29 Senegal FW Moussa Seydi
33 Portugal GK Emanuel Cabral
44 Slovakia DF Peter Chrappan
46 France DF Guillaume Mura

Former coaches[edit]

Manager Appointed Dimsissed
Luxembourg Henri Bossi 1 July 1988 30 June 1989
Luxembourg Henri Bossi 23 September 1993 30 June 1994
Luxembourg Pascal Welter 19 February 2000 5 November 2002
Belgium Philippe Guérard 10 November 2005 25 March 2006
Germany Michael Lofy 1 July 2008 23 March 2009
Luxembourg Pascal Welter 13 April 2009 16 October 2009
Belgium Philippe Guérard 26 October 2009 31 October 2010
Luxembourg Jeff Strasser 2 November 2010 22 December 2010
France Cyril Serredszum 22 December 2010 30 January 2012
Luxembourg Jeff Strasser 1 July 2012 26 September 2017
France Cyril Serredszum 27 September 2017 4 February 2018
Germany Thomas Klasen 5 February 2018 16 August 2018
Luxembourg Jeff Strasser 16 August 2018[4] present

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luxembourg 2007/08 – RSSSF
  2. ^ "UEFA coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA. 
  3. ^ "CS Fola Esch - Roster". CS Fola Esch. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Official Communication". CS Fola Esch. Retrieved 16 August 2018.