FC Lausanne-Sport

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FC Lausanne-Sport logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Lausanne-Sport
Nickname(s)Les bleu et blanc (The Blue and White)
Founded1896; 124 years ago (1896)
GroundOlympique de la Pontaise
PresidentDavid Thompson
ManagerGiorgio Contini
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
WebsiteClub website

FC Lausanne–Sport (also referred to as LS) is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud. Founded in 1896, it plays in the Swiss Super League, the second highest league in the country, and hosts games at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise. The team has won seven league titles and the Swiss Cup nine times.


Chart of FC Lausanne-Sport table positions in the Swiss football league system

The club was founded in 1896 under the name of Montriond Lausanne. However, the Lausanne Football and Cricket Club was established in 1860, believed to be the oldest football club on the European continent by some historians. The club took the name Lausanne-Sports FC in 1920 after the football section merged with the Club Hygiénique de Lausanne, a physical education club. The club plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, a 15,850 all-seater stadium used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They played in Swiss First Division between 1906 and 1931 and 1932–2002.

After the 2001–02 season, Lausanne-Sports were relegated because the club did not obtain a first level license for the 2002–03 season. Following the 2002–03 season in the second division, Lausanne-Sports FC were again relegated due to bankruptcy. They were reformed as FC Lausanne-Sport for the 2003–04 season and had to begin play at the fourth tier. The team was promoted in consecutive seasons from the fourth division after the 2003–04 season and the third division after the 2004–05 season. After an additional six years in the second tier of Swiss football, the club was promoted to the Super League for the 2011–12 season.

Lausanne-Sport qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after they reached the 2010 Swiss Cup final against Champions League-qualified Basel. In the 2010–11 Europa League, while still playing in the second tier Challenge League, they performed a shock getting to the group stages beating favourites Lokomotiv Moscow on the way.

Lausanne-Sport were relegated to the Swiss Challenge League at the end of the 2013–14 Swiss Super League season.[1] Two years later, they finished first in the 2015–16 Swiss Challenge League, which promoted them back to the top tier of Swiss football for the 2016–17 season.[2]

On 13 November 2017, the club was acquired by Ineos, a Swiss-based British petrochemicals company owned by Jim Ratcliffe, the nation's wealthiest person.[3] The first transfer under the new ownership was that of Enzo Fernández, son of Zinedine Zidane.[4] However, the season ended with relegation. Ratcliffe's brother Bob became club president in March 2019.[5]




Current squad[edit]

As of 17 February 2020 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 Thomas Castella
6 Portugal DF Elton Monteiro
7 Croatia MF Stjepan Kukuruzović
8 Switzerland MF Joël Geissmann
9 Kosovo FW Andi Zeqiri
11 Burkina Faso FW Anthony Koura
13 Norway DF Per-Egil Flo
14 Switzerland MF Alexandre Pasche
17 Switzerland MF João Oliveira
18 Portugal GK Dany Da Silva
19 Switzerland MF Christian Schneuwly
20 Switzerland MF Maxime Dominguez
21 Switzerland MF Cameron Puertas
No. Position Player
23 Republic of the Congo DF Igor Nganga
24 Switzerland DF Noah Loosli
25 Serbia DF Nikola Boranijašević
27 Switzerland FW Dan Ndoye
30 Switzerland DF Nicolas Gétaz
33 Switzerland FW Isaac Schmidt
37 France DF Ange Nanizayamo
39 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Josias Lukembila
40 Senegal GK Mory Diaw
42 France MF Gabriel Bares
50 Switzerland GK Noah Falk
88 Switzerland MF Adilson Cabral
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Aldin Turkes

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
21 France MF Enzo Fernández (at Rayo Majadahonda until 30 June 2019)
31 Switzerland MF Dominik Schmid (at FC Wil until 30 June 2019)

Former coaches[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:[8][9]

Season Division Tier Position
2005–06 Challenge League II 3rd
2006–07 13th
2007–08 13th
2008–09 7th
2009–10 10th
2010–11 1st ↑
2011–12 Super League I 7th
2012–13 9th
2013–14 10th ↓
2014–15 Challenge League II 5th
2015–16 1st ↑
2016–17 Super League I 9th
2017–18 10th ↓
2018–19 Challenge League II 3rd
Promoted Relegated

Lausanne-Sports Rowing[edit]

Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the rowing club of Lausanne-Sport.


  1. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport relégué" (in French). 4 May 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Lausanne accède à l'élite" (in French). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ Wilson, Bill (13 November 2017). "Chemicals giant Ineos buys Swiss football team". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Enzo Zidane leaves Alaves for Lausanne revolution". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. ^ "After buying Team Sky, Ineos makes change at Lausanne-Sport". The Seattle Times. The Associated Pres. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport limoge Simone et mise sur Celestini" (in French). 24 March 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Celestini prolonge trois ans au FC Lausanne-Sport" (in French). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Archives des saisons – Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Archives des saisons – Super League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.

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