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FC St. Gallen 1879
FC St. Gallen logo
Full name Fussballclub St. Gallen 1879
Nickname(s) Espen
Founded 19 April 1879; 138 years ago (1879-04-19)
Ground Kybunpark, St. Gallen
Ground Capacity 19,694
Chairman Dölf Früh
Manager Giorgio Contini
League Swiss Super League
2016–17 Swiss Super League, 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

FC St. Gallen 1879 (Fussballclub St. Gallen 1879) is a Swiss football club based in St. Gallen. The club is currently playing in the 2016–17 Swiss Super League.


Chart of FC St. Gallen table positions in the Swiss football league system

Founded on 19 April 1879, FC St. Gallen is the oldest club still in existence in Swiss football and mainland Europe.[1] However, the team has had relatively little success in comparison to other clubs. Despite the fact that St. Gallen won the Swiss championship twice in the 1903–04 and 1999–2000 seasons, the team has mostly been a mid-table side. During the last decade, the strength of the club continually declined and this eventually resulted in the transformation to a yo-yo club. St. Gallen were relegated to the second-tier Challenge League twice at the end of the 2007–08 and the 2010–11 seasons. St. Gallen has recently seen a remarkable surge in performance over the last 2 years and now has solidified itself as one of Switzerland's better clubs.


FC St. Gallen play their home games at the kybunpark. The stadium has a capacity of 19,694 and it is on the west side of town. The stadium replaced the former Espenmoos stadium in the east.


European record[edit]

St. Gallen 2013
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2000–2001 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round Turkey Galatasaray 1–2 2–2 3–4
UEFA Cup First round England Chelsea 2–0 0–1 2–1
UEFA Cup Second round Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 1–2 2–3
2001–2002 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Republic of Macedonia Pelister 2–3 2–0 4–3
First round Romania Steaua București 2–1 1–1 3–2
Second round Germany Freiburg 1–4 1–0 2–4
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Faroe Islands B68 Toftir 5–1 6–0 11–1
Second round Netherlands Willem II 1–1(aet) 0–1 1–2
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round Moldova Dacia Chişinău 0–1(aet) 1–0 1–1(0–3p)
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Play-off Russia Spartak Moscow 1–1 4–2 5–3
Group A Spain Valencia 2–3 1–5 4th place
England Swansea City 1–0 0–1
Russia Kuban Krasnodar 2–0 0–4


Current squad[edit]

St. Gallen squad in 1881
As of 2 February, 2017 [2]

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 Daniel Lopar
3 Germany DF Kofi Schulz
4 Switzerland DF Martin Angha
6 Switzerland MF Alain Wiss
9 Algeria FW Yannis Tafer
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Sejad Salihović
11 Switzerland FW Roman Buess
14 Switzerland DF Roy Gelmi
16 Switzerland DF Andreas Wittwer
19 Switzerland DF Adonis Ajeti
21 Tunisia DF Karim Haggui
No. Position Player
22 Switzerland MF Marco Aratore
23 Serbia FW Danijel Aleksić
25 Republic of Macedonia GK Dejan Stojanovic
27 Albania FW Albian Ajeti
28 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Nzuzi Toko
36 Switzerland DF Silvan Hefti
41 Switzerland GK Pascal Albrecht
51 Switzerland FW Boris Babic
85 Switzerland MF Tranquillo Barnetta
Switzerland MF Gjelbrim Taipi
Croatia MF Stjepan Kukuruzovic

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

Retired numbers[edit]

17 – Switzerland Marc Zellweger, defender (1994–01, 2003–10)



  1. ^ "Geschichte des FC St.Gallen" [History of FC St. Gallen]. FC St. Gallen (in German). fcsg.ch. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kader" [Squad]. FC St. Gallen (in German). fcsg.ch. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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