FC St. Gallen

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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 9 July, 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
2 Switzerland DF Philippe Koch
3 Tunisia DF Karim Haggui
4 Switzerland DF Martin Angha
6 Switzerland MF Alain Wiss
7 Croatia MF Stjepan Kukuruzovic
8 Albania MF Gjelbrim Taipi
9 Switzerland FW Roman Buess
10 Switzerland MF Tranquillo Barnetta
11 Algeria FW Yannis Tafer
16 Switzerland DF Andreas Wittwer
20 Switzerland MF Noah Blasucci
No. Position Player
21 Germany DF Kofi Schulz
22 Switzerland MF Marco Aratore
23 Serbia FW Danijel Aleksić
24 Switzerland DF Adonis Ajeti
25 Switzerland FW Nassim Ben Khalifa
27 Albania FW Albian Ajeti
28 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Nzuzi Toko
29 Switzerland MF Alessandro Kräuchi
30 Switzerland GK Nico Krucker
32 Republic of Macedonia GK Dejan Stojanovic
34 Switzerland FW Boris Babic
36 Switzerland DF Silvan Hefti

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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