FC Differdange 03

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FC Differdange
FC Differdange.png
Full name Football Club Differdange 03
Founded 2003
Ground Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange,
Differdange
Ground Capacity 2,400
Chairman Fabrizio Bei
Manager Pascal Carzaniga
League Luxembourg National Division
2016–17 Luxembourg National Division, 2nd

Football Club Differdange 03 is a football club, based in Differdange, in south-western Luxembourg.

History[edit]

Differdange 03 was formed in 2003 as an amalgam of two clubs from the city of Differdange: FA Red Boys Differdange and AS Differdange. When the clubs merged, in time for the 2003–04 season, Red Boys was languishing in the bottom half of the Division of Honour, while AS was in mid-table position in the third tier of Luxembourgian football. The new club took Red Boys league position, and was promoted back into the National Division in the 2005–06 season, when the top division was expanded from twelve clubs to fourteen.

Red Boys Differdange had previously been one of the largest and most successful teams in Luxembourgian football, having won the Luxembourg Cup more times than any other team (16). During the 1920s and 1930s, Red Boys competed with Spora Luxembourg for dominance of Luxembourgian football. Red Boys was the more successful of the two, and won thirteen trophies in as many years between 1923 and 1936. Despite the staunch competition (Spora won 8 trophies in the same period), this record has never been matched.

In the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Differdange 03 progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the competition after they eliminated Levadia Tallinn 1–0 on aggregate, one of the club's most famous European victories and one of the most historic victories for a club from Luxembourg has ever had in European Competitions. In the 3rd qualifying round they met Olympiakos Volou and lost 3–0 in both legs, 6–0 on aggregate. However, as Olympiakos Volou was presumably involved in a corruption case, UEFA decided on 11 August 2011 that Differdange would progress to the Play-off Round and meet Paris Saint-Germain, the furthest a club from Luxembourg has reached in European competitions.

In June 2012, after a pretty bad season in BGL League (4th), FCD03 changed coach and Paolo Amodio was exempted. Michel Leflochmoan was appointed as new coach as he is familiar in BGL League: with the F91 Dudelange and with Jeunesse Esch he won multiple championships in Luxembourg.

On the 5 and 12 July 2012, FCD03 won against NSÍ Runavík for the first round of qualifying for Europe League with 3–0 and 0–3, with a total of 6 goals in two games. In the second round, FC Differdange 03 faced Belgian club Gent, but were eliminated with an aggregate of 2–4.

On 18 July 2013, they defeated the Dutch club Utrecht in the first leg of 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for 2–1. Omar Er Rafik scored both goals. And on 25 July 2013 the made a 3–3 draw against Utrecht in the return, eliminating the Dutch club, which is significantly larger than Differdange, in the UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

As Red Boys Differdange[edit]

Winners (6): 1922–23, 1925–26, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1978–79
Runners-up (14): 1910–11*, 1926–27, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1957–58, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 2008–09**, 2014–15**, 2016-17
Winners (19, record): 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1957–58, 1971–72, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1984–85, 2009–10**, 2010–11**, 2013–14**, 2014–15**
Runners-up (11): 1923–24, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1989–90***, 2012–13**
*as Sporting Club Differdange
**as FC Differdange 03
***as AS Differdange

European Competition[edit]

As Red Boys Differdange[edit]

Red Boys Differdange qualified for UEFA European competition three times.

First round (1): 1979–80
First round (3): 1972–73, 1982–83, 1985–86
First round (6): 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85

Red Boys never progressed past the first tie in any European competition. They won one match in Europe, winning their 1979 UEFA European Cup first leg 2–1 against Omonia Nicosia before losing 6–1 in Cyprus. In the 1984 UEFA Cup, Red Boys managed a surprise goalless draw with Ajax, but were crushed 14–0 in the return, which remains a UEFA Cup record.

As FC Differdange 03[edit]

In the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Differdange progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the competition after they eliminated Utrecht 5–4 on aggregate. Overall, Differdange's record in European competition reads: As of 26 July 2013

P W D L GF GA GD
Red Boys Differdange 20 1 1 18 8 103 −95
FC Differdange 03 31 10 4 17 30 49 −19
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 7
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 0 0 6 2 28
UEFA Cup/Europa League 28 6 4 18 23 94
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 0 2 0 5
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Slovakia SK Slovan Bratislava 0–2 0–3 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009-10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Croatia HNK Rijeka 1–0 0–3 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010-11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Serbia FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda 3–3 0–2 3–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011-12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia FC Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–0 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Greece Olympiakos Volou FC 0–3 0–3 0–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
PO[1] France Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 0–4 0–2 0–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012-13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 3–0 3–0 6–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Belgium K.A.A. Gent 0–1 2–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013-14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania KF Laçi 2–1 1–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Netherlands FC Utrecht 2–1 3–3 5–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Norway Tromsø IL 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–4 p.) Symbol delete vote.svg
2014-15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Lithuania FK Atlantas 1–0 1–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015-16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Wales Bala Town F.C. 3–1 1–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Turkey Trabzonspor 1–2 0–1 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016-17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Cliftonville F.C. 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017-18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Azerbaijan Zira FK 1–2 0–2 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes
  • ^ Note: Olympiakos Volou disqualified by involvement in match-fixing. UEFA replaced them with Differdange.

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 July, 2017.[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Luxembourg GK Patrick Worré
4 Luxembourg DF André Rodrigues
5 Luxembourg DF Tom Siebenaler
6 Luxembourg MF Farid Ikene
7 Luxembourg MF Yannick Bastos
8 Luxembourg MF Pedro Ribeiro
9 France FW Nicolas Perez
11 France FW Gauthier Caron
12 Guadeloupe MF David Fleurival
13 Luxembourg MF Dwayn Holter
15 Luxembourg DF Giuliano Jackson
17 France MF Jordan Yéyé
No. Position Player
19 Belgium DF David Vandenbroeck
20 Luxembourg MF Gilles Bettmer
21 Luxembourg DF Mathias Jänisch
23 Luxembourg DF Gianluca Bei
24 France MF Jérémy Mélinger
25 France DF Geoffrey Franzoni
28 Tunisia MF Mounir Hamzaoui
30 France GK Julien Weber
31 Luxembourg MF Gonçalo Almeida
33 Luxembourg DF Selmin Skenderovic
34 Algeria MF Chadli Amri

Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach/Team Manager: France Pascal Carzaniga
  • Assistant Coach: France David Zitelli
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Luxembourg Arny Kirsch

Former coaches[edit]

  • Luxembourg Dan Theis (Nov 20, 2003 – June 30, 2006)
  • Luxembourg Roland Schaack (July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009)
  • Luxembourg Dan Theis (July 1, 2009 – April 10, 2011)
  • Luxembourg Maurice Spitoni (caretaker) (April 10, 2011 – June 30, 2011)
  • Luxembourg Paolo Amodio (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012)
  • France Michel Leflochmoan (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014)
  • Luxembourg Marc Thomé (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016)
  • France Pascal Carzaniga (July 1, 2016 - )

References[edit]

  1. ^ Equipe – FC Differdange 03

External links[edit]