FC Vaduz

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Vaduz
FC Vaduz.png
Full name Fussball Club Vaduz
Nickname(s) Residenzler (Resident)
Fürstenverein (Princely club)
Stolz von Liechtenstein (Pride of Liechtenstein)
Short name FCV
Founded 14 February 1932; 85 years ago
Ground Rheinpark Stadion
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Ground Capacity 7,584 (5,873 seated)
Ground Coordinates 47°08′25″N 9°30′37″E / 47.1403°N 9.5103°E / 47.1403; 9.5103Coordinates: 47°08′25″N 9°30′37″E / 47.1403°N 9.5103°E / 47.1403; 9.5103
Owner Princely Family of Liechtenstein
Chairman Ruth Ospelt
Manager Roland Vrabec
League Swiss Challenge League
2016–17 Swiss Super League, 10th (relegated)
Website Club website

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 5,873 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 Challenge League following relegation from the Swiss Super League after poor season 2016–17. Vaduz is unique in that it represents its own national association in the UEFA Europa League when winning the domestic cup, whilst playing in another country's league. This is due to Liechtenstein not organising its own league.

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]

Chart of FC Vaduz table positions in the Swiss football league system

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, around £150,000 a year. 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 May 2010, the two Liechtenstein teams FC Vaduz and USV Eschen/Mauren decided on a better cooperation, especially on the exchange and the development possibilities of the players of both teams. In principle, the agreement should replace the missing substructure at FC Vaduz and promote cooperation in the sense of Liechtenstein football. FC Vaduz is the first address for professional footballers.

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 due to being the top team, and only team, in Liechtenstein. 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 (Luke Harrington) blew the whistle for full-time just before the ball crossed over the line, and Livingston progressed through in controversial circumstances.

For the 2005-06 season, Mats Gren was a coach. In the first round of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup qualifying, FC Vaduz defeated Moldovan opponent FC Dacia Chişinău. In the second round they met the Istanbul club Beşiktaş J.K., against which they have been eliminated.

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.

In season 2015-16 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 progressed against Nõmme Kalju FC to progress into the third qualifying round of the Europa League where they were drawn against fellow Swiss Super League club FC Thun. FC Thun won 2–2 on the away goals rule.

Vaduz won their domestic cup for the forty-fourth time and were eighth in the Swiss Super League. They won a team record thirty-six points. Vaduz player Armando Sadiku represented Albania at Euro 2016.

The team appeared for the first time appear in a popular sports video game FIFA 17. This is the first time in history that a team from Liechtenstein appeared in the sports video game series.

After three years in the elite Swiss competition, the only and most awarded Liechtenstein team relegated. It was not a good season 2016–17, where they even changed the coach Giorgio Contini after almost 5 years at the helm, and in his place came the German coach Roland Vrabec, but Vaduz has not succeeded to survive in Swiss Super League.

Legal status[edit]

Vaduz is one of several expatriate European football clubs, including Swansea City and Cardiff City playing in the English Football League, AS Monaco playing in France, San Marino Calcio playing in Italy and some other minor clubs doing likewise in different leagues. The difference between Vaduz and the aforementioned clubs is that its status in Switzerland is a "guest club", and as such it does not participate in the Swiss Cup and cannot represent Switzerland internationally, which makes Champions League qualification from league football impossible under current rules other than by winning the Europa League or the Champions League itself. Since Vaduz has never won the Swiss league and therefore could not be argued to have qualified, such a situation has not occurred.

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. 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, plus additional standing places, giving it a total capacity of 7,584. The building of the stadium cost roughly 19 million CHF.

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. Kaiserslautern won the match 8–0.

Current Sponsorship[edit]

Companies that FC Vaduz currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Liechtensteinische Landesbank – Main Sponsor
  • MBPI AG – Main Sponsor
  • Adidas – Kit Manufacturer
  • Accurata Treuhand und Revisions AG – Official Sponsor
  • Brauerei Schützengarten AG – Official Sponsor
  • Heim Bohrtechnik AG – Official Sponsor
  • Kibernetik AG – Official Sponsor
  • Hirslanden Private Hospital Group – Medical Partner
  • Orthopädie St. Gallen – Medical Partner

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cup Winner.png (1): 1936
Winners (3): 2003, 2008, 2014
Runners-up (2): 2004, 2005
Winners (2): 2000, 2001
Runners-up (2): 1984, 1999

Cups[edit]

Cup Winner.png (45) (World Record[6]) Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg: 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, 2016, 2017
Cup Finalist.png (13): 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1972, 1977, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1997, 2012

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
1999–00 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 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 Republic of Macedonia Sileks 3–1 2–1 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Denmark Midtjylland 2–2 0–3 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Wales Bala Town 3–0 2–1 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Norway Odds BK 0–1 0–1 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
Competition Matches W D L GF GA +/-
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 0 2 8 4 40 −36
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 56 18 12 26 68 78 −10
Total 66 18 14 34 72 118 −46

Biggest win in UEFA competition:

Season Match Score
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
2006–07 Hungary Újpest FC – Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0–4
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
2017–18 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz – Wales Bala Town F.C. 3–0

Club records[edit]


Individual awards[edit]

Domestic[edit]

The player of the year in Liechtenstein has been announced as the season 1980/81 to 2007/08 as of the end of the season. The open for all election was organized by media house Vaduz. Since 2009, the Liechtenstein Football Association draws the title holder of its own. To this end, the LFV-Award has been launched, annually awarded a title in which professional bodies and public in three categories. The categories are Footballer of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Switzerland[edit]

Swiss Challenge League top scorers

Season Name Goals
2008 Brazil Gaspar Odirlei 31
2010 Germany Nick Proschwitz 23

International[edit]

To celebrate the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)'s 50th anniversary in 2004, each of its member associations was asked by UEFA to choose one of its own players as the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years (1954–2003).

Golden Player

Year Name
2004 Liechtenstein Rainer Hasler

Rankings[edit]

Swiss Super League history[edit]

Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Att.[8]
2008–09 10Arrow-down.gif 36 5 7 24 28 85 22 2,177
2014–15 9 36 7 10 19 28 59 31 4,152
2015–16 8 36 7 15 14 44 60 36 4,006
2016–17 10Arrow-down.gif 36 7 9 20 45 78 30 4,086
Total 144 26 41 77 145 282 119 3,606

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 December 2017.

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
2 Switzerland DF Marvin Pfründer
4 Germany DF Thomas Konrad
7 Germany MF Nicolas Jüllich
8 Switzerland MF Diego Ciccone
9 Switzerland FW Aldin Turkes
10 Senegal FW Mohamed Coulibaly
11 Liechtenstein FW Franz Burgmeier
12 Liechtenstein GK Armando Majer
13 Croatia DF Tomislav Puljić
14 Serbia MF Milan Gajić
15 Liechtenstein GK Justin Ospelt
16 Liechtenstein MF Moritz Eidenbenz
17 Switzerland MF Marco Mathys
No. Position Player
18 Denmark FW Yones Felfel
19 Switzerland DF Nils von Niederhäusern
21 Germany DF Axel Borgmann
22 Switzerland GK Benjamin Siegrist
23 Switzerland MF Robin Kamber
24 Switzerland MF Maurice Brunner
25 Liechtenstein FW Philipp Ospelt
27 Switzerland MF Philipp Muntwiler Captain
29 Switzerland DF Mario Bühler
30 Italy MF Enrico Schirinzi
31 Iraq FW Gubari Sherko (on loan from Grasshoppers)
32 Ukraine FW Marko Dević
33 Liechtenstein DF Maximilian Göppel

Technical staff[edit]

Current technical staff

FC Vaduz U23[edit]

FC Vaduz U23 is the reserve team of FC Vaduz. They currently play in the 2. Liga (sixth tier of the Swiss football league system).

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 Liechtenstein GK Armando Majer
Liechtenstein GK Justin Ospelt
29 Liechtenstein DF Ramon Gartmann
Romania DF Giovanny Popescu
20 Liechtenstein DF Martin Marxer
36 Liechtenstein DF Tolga Ünlü
37 Liechtenstein DF Dario Kaiser
16 Croatia DF Luka Sabljo
Liechtenstein DF Roman Spirig
3 Liechtenstein DF Manuel Mikus
Liechtenstein MF Noah Frommelt
10 Serbia MF Shkelquim Mamuti
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Brian Allen
Serbia MF Besart Bajrami
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dejan Đokić
Switzerland MF Luca Giorlando
8 Liechtenstein MF Menderes Caglar
13 Switzerland MF Cedric Chevalley
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Suad Gerzić
27 Liechtenstein FW Moritz Eidenbenz
11 Switzerland FW Barna Fenyvesi
Montenegro FW Luka Tiganj
7 Liechtenstein FW Philipp Ospelt Captain
Liechtenstein FW Pascal Koller

Technical staff[edit]

Current technical staff

FC Vaduz U18[edit]

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
Liechtenstein GK Raffael Loosli
Liechtenstein GK Luca Vanoni
Liechtenstein GK Gabriel Foser
Liechtenstein GK Mattia Panza
Switzerland GK Alessio Demarchi
Liechtenstein DF Jonas Hilti
Liechtenstein DF Aaron Salanović
Liechtenstein DF Lukas Büchel
Liechtenstein DF Lenard Elsensohn
Liechtenstein DF Fabian Unterrainer
Kosovo DF Endrit Leka
Liechtenstein DF Andrin Netzer
Liechtenstein DF Nicolas Kaiser
Liechtenstein DF Mike Nguyen
Liechtenstein DF Marius Hasler
Liechtenstein DF Moritz Höfler
Liechtenstein MF Marius Hilti
No. Position Player
Liechtenstein MF Arnel Veladzić
Liechtenstein MF Ricardo Brancaleone
Liechtenstein MF Elias Jäger
Liechtenstein MF Simon Lüchinger
Liechtenstein MF Fabrizio Bühler
Liechtenstein MF Niels Ritter
10 Liechtenstein MF Noah Frick
Liechtenstein FW Ferhat Saglam
Liechtenstein FW Saban Tahiri
Liechtenstein FW Tim Schreiber
Serbia FW Enes Ismaili
Switzerland FW Philipp Oberer
Switzerland FW Matti Forrer
Liechtenstein FW Alessio Biedermann
Croatia FW Samuel Sokoli
Serbia FW Albin Behluli
23 Liechtenstein FW Joshua Eggenberger

Technical staff[edit]

Current technical staff

Former players[edit]

Players with FIFA World Cup appearances for their national teams

Players with UEFA European Championship appearances for their national teams

Players with Africa Cup of Nations appearances for their national teams

Players with AFC Asian Cup appearances for their national teams

Players with Copa América appearances for their national teams

Former managers[edit]

Former presidents[edit]

FC Vaduz Red Pride Rugby[edit]

On 12 March 2012 the new club FC Vaduz Rugby was founded. The rugby union club is involved in the grassroots of the FC Vaduz. Rugby union in Liechtenstein is a minor but growing sport. Liechtenstein has no national governing body of its own, but comes under the Swiss Rugby Federation.

References[edit]

External links[edit]