CS Fola Esch

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Fola Esch
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Full name Cercle sportif Fola Esch
Founded 1906
Ground Stade Émile Mayrisch,
Ground Capacity 3,900
Chairman Luxembourg Gérard Lopez
Manager Luxembourg Jeff Strasser
Coach Cyril Serredszum
League Luxembourg National Division
2014-15 Luxembourg National Division, 1st

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.


Founded in 1906 by a British professor, 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 (the top league in the country).[1]

In May 2013, CS Fola Esch wins the championship in the BGL Ligue at the 25th playday with a historical result of 5–1 against their rival Jeunesse Esch. The club had to wait 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).

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
  • 1935: Moves to current stadium, Stade Émile Mayrisch
  • 1973: First participation in European competition (season 1973–74)


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

European Competition[edit]

As of 29 April 2013[2]
Rank Country Team Points
431 Republic of Macedonia FK Pelister 1.050
432 Liechtenstein USV Eschen/Mauren 0.950
433 Estonia JK Sillamäe Kalev 0.941
434 Luxembourg CS Fola Esch 0.925
435 Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery FC 0.866
436 Armenia FC Shirak 0.850
437 Andorra UE Santa Coloma 0.850


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria Beroe 0–7 1–4 1–11
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden IF Elfsborg 1–1 0–4 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia GNK Dinamo 0–5 0–1 0–6
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–2 0–0 0–2
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia GNK Dinamo 0–3 1–1 1–4

Current squad[edit]

[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
2 Luxembourg DF Massimo Martino
3 Mali DF Losseni Keita
4 Montenegro DF Enes Mahmutović
5 France DF Erwan Martin
6 Luxembourg DF Billy Bernard
7 Luxembourg MF Ben Payal
8 Luxembourg DF Admir Shkreli
9 France FW Julien Hornuss
10 Germany MF Jakob Dallevedove
11 France FW Emmanuel Françoise
12 Luxembourg MF Jordy Peiffer
14 Luxembourg FW Žarko Lukić
No. Position Player
15 Morocco FW Samir Hadji
18 France FW Basile Camerling
19 Luxembourg MF Gérard Mersch
20 France MF Ahmed Rani
22 Luxembourg GK Steve Peiffer
23 Luxembourg DF Tom Laterza
24 France DF Mehdi Kirch
25 Cape Verde MF Ronny
26 Luxembourg MF Ryan Klapp
27 Luxembourg FW Stefano Bensi
28 France DF Julien Klein
33 Portugal GK Emanuel Cabral
Comoros MF Fouad Rachid

Former coaches[edit]

  • Luxembourg Michael Lofy (July 1, 2008–March 23, 2009)
  • Luxembourg Pascal Welter (caretaker) (April 13, 2009–Oct 26, 2009)
  • Benin Hippolyte Dangbeto (caretaker) (2009)
  • Belgium Philippe Guérard (Oct 26, 2009–Oct 31, 2010)
  • Luxembourg Jeff Strasser (Nov 2, 2010–1?)
  • France Cyril Serredszum (Dec 22, 2010–June 30, 2012)
  • Luxembourg Jeff Strasser (1 July 2012–present)

Former players[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Luxembourg 2007/08 – RSSSF
  2. ^ "UEFA coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA. 
  3. ^ Equipe – CS Folas