FC Vaduz

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Vaduz
FC Vaduz.png
Full name Fußball Club Vaduz
Nickname(s) Residenzler, Fürstenverein (Princely club)
Short name FCV
Founded 14 February 1932; 83 years ago
Ground Rheinpark Stadion
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Ground Capacity 7,838
Owner Princely Family of Liechtenstein
Chairman Ruth Ospelt
Manager Giorgio Contini
League Swiss Super League
2014–15 9th
Website Club home page

Fußball Club Vaduz (English: Football Club Vaduz) is a Liechtenstein football club from Vaduz that plays in the Swiss Football League. The club plays at the national Rheinpark Stadion, which has a capacity of 6,127 when all seated but has additional standing places in the North and South ends of the ground, giving a total stadium capacity of 7,838.[1] They currently play in the Swiss Super League following promotion from the Swiss Challenge League after winning its 2013–14 championship.

Vaduz have historically had many players from Liechtenstein, many of whom have played for the Liechtenstein national team, but nearly all these players have moved abroad, and now the majority of the first team squad are foreign players from different areas of the world. The signing of experienced goalkeeper Peter Jehle from Tours and Franz Burgmeier from Darlington boosted the Liechtensteiner contingent to six by the start of the 2009-10 season.[2]

History[edit]

Fußball Club Vaduz was founded on 14 February 1932 in Vaduz, and the club's first chairman was Johann Walser. FC Vaduz is the only professional football club in Liechtenstein. In its first training match, which Vaduz played in Balzers on 24 April of that year, the newly-born team emerged as 2–1 winners. The club played in Vorarlberger Football Association in Austria for the 1932–33 season. In 1933, Vaduz began playing in Switzerland. Over the years Vaduz struggled through various tiers of Swiss football and won its first Liechtensteiner Cup in 1949. Vaduz enjoyed a lengthy stay in the Swiss 1. Liga from 1960 to 1973, which is the third tier of the Swiss football league system.

Vaduz has been required to pay a fee to the Swiss Football Association in order to participate as a foreign club. There have been calls for this agreement to be revoked, but discussions have meant that a permanent arrangement has now taken place for a Liechtenstein representative to be allowed to participate in the Challenge League or Super League in future.[3]

From the 2001–02 season, Vaduz played in the Swiss Challenge League (formerly called Nationalliga B), the second tier of the Swiss league system. Since then, Vaduz have been one of the best teams in the Challenge League and gave serious challenges towards promotion to the Super League, especially in 2004 and 2005, playing two-leg play-offs in both cases. In the 2007–08 season, Vaduz secured promotion to the Swiss Super League on 12 May 2008 by winning the Challenge League on the final day of the season, giving Liechtenstein a representative at the highest level of Swiss football for the first time. Vaduz, however, were relegated back to the Challenge League after one season in the top flight. Vaduz finally returned to top level after five years in the Challenge League.

In 1992, Vaduz qualified for European football for the first time, entering the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as Liechtenstein Cup winners, but lost 12–1 on aggregate to Chornomorets Odesa of Ukraine in the qualifying round. In 1996, Vaduz qualified for the first round proper with their first European victory, winning 5–3 on penalties against Universitate Riga of Latvia, after a 2–2 aggregate scoreline, although Vaduz lost their first round tie to Paris Saint-Germain of France 7–0 on aggregate.

After the Cup Winners' Cup was abolished, Vaduz have annually entered the UEFA Cup (now the UEFA Europa League) as a result of winning the Liechtenstein Cup every year since 1998. However, they have never got past the qualifying rounds to date.

However, Vaduz did come within one second of reaching the first round proper of the UEFA Cup in 2002. With the aggregate scores level, and with opponents Livingston scheduled to go through on away goals, Vaduz won a late corner. The ball was sent into the box, and Marius Zarn hit a goal-bound shot. However, the referee blew the whistle for full-time just before the ball crossed over the line, and Livingston progressed through in controversial circumstances.

FC Vaduz started their European campaign in 2009–10 by beating Scottish side Falkirk in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. However, they lost 3–0 on aggregate[4][5] to Czech side Slovan Liberec in the third qualifying round.

In the 2014–15 Swiss Super League season, Vaduz survived for the first time in their history in the Swiss Super League. They finished in 9th place with 31 points won. They also won their 43rd Liechtenstein cup, becoming world record holders of a domestic cup in the process.

FC Vaduz started their European campaign in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League by beating S.P. La Fiorita from San Marino in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. In the second round, Vaduz easily progressed against Nõmme Kalju FC to progress into the third qualifying of the Europa League where they were drawn against fellow Swiss Super League club FC Thun. The European campaign is over. FC Thun after the away goals passed away. FC Vaduz is so once again ended the European campaign but this time unbeaten with four wins and two draws.

Rheinpark Stadion[edit]

The Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz is the national stadium of Liechtenstein. It plays host to the home matches of the Liechtenstein national football team, and is also the home of Liechtenstein's top football club, FC Vaduz.

The stadium was officially opened on 31 July 1998 with a match between FC Vaduz, the Liechtenstein Cup holders at the time, and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the then Bundesliga champions. 1. FC Kaiserslautern won the match 8-0. It lies on the banks of the River Rhine, just metres from the border with Switzerland. The stadium has a fully seated capacity of 5,873. The stadium has additional standing places giving it a total capacity of 7,584. The building of the stadium cost roughly 19 million CHF.

English football club Liverpool played Olympiacos of Greece here in a pre-season friendly in 2005.

Affiliated Clubs[edit]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Football Championship
Winners (1): 1936
Participate (3): 2008-09, 2014-15, 2015-16,
Best ranking: 9th place (2014-15)
Winners (3): 2003, 2008, 2014
Runners-up (2): 2004, 2005
Winners (2): 2000, 2001
Runners-up (2): 1984, 1999

Cups[edit]

Cup Winner.png (43) (World record): 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Cup Finalist.png (13): 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1997, 2012

Europe Europe[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 0–5 1–7 1–12 Symbol delete vote.svg
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Czechoslovakia Hradec Králové 0–5 1–9 1–14 Symbol delete vote.svg
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Latvia Universitate Riga 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–2 p) Symbol keep vote.svg
First round France Paris Saint-Germain 0–4 0–3 0–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Sweden Helsingborg 0–2 0–3 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Norway Bodø/Glimt 0–1 1–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Poland Amica Wronki 0–3 3–3 3–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Croatia Varteks Varaždin 3–3 1–6 4–9 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Scotland Livingston 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1 0–1 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2004–05 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Republic of Ireland Longford Town 1–0 3–2 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Belgium Beveren 1–3 1–2 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Moldova Dacia Chișinău 2–0 0–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Turkey Beşiktaş 0–1 1–5 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Hungary Újpest 0–1 4–0 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Switzerland Basel 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 0–0 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1–2 0–3 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Scotland Falkirk 0–1 2–0 (aet) 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Third qualifying round Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Denmark Brøndby 0–0 0–3 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Serbia Vojvodina 0–2 3–1 3–3 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
Third qualifying round Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 2−1 0−4 2−5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 1−1 0−0 1−1 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Gibraltar College Europa 3–0 1–0 4–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Poland Ruch Chorzów 0–0 2–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round San Marino S.P. La Fiorita 5–1 5–0 10–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Estonia Nõmme Kalju 3–1 2–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Third qualifying round Switzerland Thun 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
Competition Matches W D L GF GA +/-
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 0 2 8 4 40 -36
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 48 14 11 23 56 68 -12
Total 58 14 13 31 60 108 -48

Biggest win in UEFA competition:

Season Match Score
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
2005–06 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz – Moldova FC Dacia Chișinău 2–0
2006–07 Hungary Újpest FC - Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0–4
2011–12 Serbia FK Vojvodina - Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 1–3
2014–15 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz – Gibraltar College Europa 3–0
2015–16 San Marino S.P. La Fiorita - Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0–5
2015–16 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz - San Marino S.P. La Fiorita 5–1
2015–16 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz - Estonia Nõmme Kalju FC 3–1
2015–16 Estonia Nõmme Kalju FC - Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0–2

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 11 August 2015[6]

Rank Team Points
249 Slovenia ND Mura 05 5.125
250 Azerbaijan Inter Baku PIK 5.075
251 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 5.050
252 Lithuania FK Žalgiris Vilnius 4.925
253 Bulgaria PFC Litex Lovech 4.875
254 Croatia NK Osijek 4.875
255 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 4.850
256 Slovakia MŠK Žilina 4.850
257 Luxembourg FC Differdange 03 4.800
258 Denmark Randers FC 4.770
259 Denmark AC Horsens 4.770
260 Scotland Dundee United FC 4.760
261 Scotland Rangers FC 4.760

UEFA ranking (Liechtenstein)[edit]

Rank Team Points
255 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 4.850
367 Liechtenstein USV Eschen/Mauren 2.350

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2015.

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

No. Position Player
1 Liechtenstein GK Peter Jehle (3rd captain)
15 Switzerland GK Christian Baldinger
35 Switzerland GK Oliver Klaus
3 Switzerland DF Simone Grippo
4 Liechtenstein DF Daniel Kaufmann
5 Czech Republic DF Pavel Pergl
17 Switzerland DF Joel Untersee (on loan from Juventus)
19 Switzerland DF Nick von Niederhäusern
22 Switzerland DF Florian Stahel
29 Switzerland DF Mario Bühler
30 Albania DF Naser Aliji (on loan from Basel)
8 Switzerland MF Diego Ciccone
10 Morocco MF Ali Messaoud
No. Position Player
11 Liechtenstein MF Franz Burgmeier Captain
12 Switzerland MF Ramon Cecchini
13 Switzerland MF Pascal Schürpf (on loan from Basel)
20 Liechtenstein MF Nicolas Hasler
23 Germany MF Markus Neumayr (vice-captain)
25 Croatia MF Stjepan Kukuruzović
27 Switzerland MF Philipp Muntwiler
28 Netherlands MF Kristian Kuzmanović
36 Switzerland MF Robin Kamber
9 Austria FW Manuel Sutter
16 Switzerland FW Moreno Costanzo (on loan from Young Boys)
33 Paraguay FW Mauro Caballero (on loan from Porto)
Current technical staff

FC Vaduz II (U23)[edit]

FC Vaduz U23 is the second most successful football club team from Liechtenstein. Competing in 2. Liga (Swiss 6th tier), also competing in the Liechtenstein Football Cup.

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Elvir Saphic
3 Liechtenstein DF Dario Kaiser
4 Liechtenstein DF Pascal Foser
5 Switzerland DF Manuel Kalberer
7 Liechtenstein FW Sascha Bless
8 Liechtenstein FW Philipp Ospelt
7 Turkey FW Selim Kum
11 Turkey MF Dennis Demirci
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Hamza Sljivar
13 Liechtenstein DF Manuel Kalberer
15 Turkey DF Togahan Uenlue
No. Position Player
16 Slovenia DF Ramon Solinger
17 Liechtenstein MF Lavdrim Bajralija
18 Liechtenstein GK Loris Brasser
19 Italy MF Gerardo Casale
20 Liechtenstein FW Adnan Mutapcija
21 Republic of Macedonia MF Mentor Memeti
22 Turkey MF Ogün Hot
23 Liechtenstein DF Luca Ventura
24 Liechtenstein MF Maro Bucciol
27 Liechtenstein MF Vinzenz Flatz
29 Switzerland MF Jonas Baydar
Current technical staff

FCV-TV[edit]

FC Vaduz has an official YouTube channel (FC Vaduz). On it you can see all the interesting events with home matches. You can also follow developments in the club and on the official Facebook page (FC Vaduz) and Twitter (FC Vaduz).

Former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

Vaduz have employed thirteen managers, none of which have been from Liechtenstein.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Facts & Figures FC Vaduz
  2. ^ Squad FC Vaduz
  3. ^ "FCV is still playing in Swiss League (German)". Volksblatt. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  4. ^ FC Vaduz – FC Slovan Liberec : 0–1 Match report from Scorespro.com
  5. ^ FC Slovan Liberec – FC Vaduz : 2–0 Match report from Scorespro.com
  6. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2015 (http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert)

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