FC Winterthur

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FC Winterthur
Club crest
Full nameFussballclub Winterthur
Nickname(s)FCW
Founded1896; 123 years ago (1896)
GroundSchützenwiese, Winterthur
Capacity8,550 (1,900 seated)
ChairmanHannes W Keller
ManagerRalf Loose
LeagueChallenge League
2017–189th
WebsiteClub website

FC Winterthur is a Swiss football club based in Winterthur, Canton of Zürich. They play in the Swiss Challenge League, the second highest tier of Swiss football. They play at the Schützenwiese Stadium.

History[edit]

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

The club was founded in 1896 and enjoyed their best success in the early part of the 20th century winning the Swiss Super League three times (in 1906, 1908 and 1917).

They famously lost to West Auckland F.C., an English amateur team in what is thought to be the first international football club competition, the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy.

The club have also reached the final of the Swiss League Cup twice (in 1972 and 1973) but lost on both occasions. They also reached the final of the Swiss Cup in 1968 and 1975 but also lost on both occasions.

In 2005–06 season the club finished 14th place in the Challenge League but, whilst performing poorly in the league, they made it to the semi finals of the Swiss Cup by defeating Grasshoppers, Lucerne and Servette. The club lost to the eventual winners Sion at home.

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 January, 2019[1]

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 Raphael Spiegel
2 Switzerland DF Nicolas Stettler
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Sead Hajrovic
5 Switzerland DF Julian Roth
6 Ivory Coast MF Ousmane Doumbia
7 Switzerland FW Luka Sliskovic
8 Switzerland MF Eris Abedini (on loan from Lugano)
10 Switzerland MF Roberto Alves
11 Italy MF Luca Radice
17 Republic of Macedonia FW Taulant Seferi
19 Switzerland DF Enrique Wild
20 Croatia DF Marin Cavar
No. Position Player
21 Switzerland MF Remo Arnold
22 Switzerland MF Karim Gazzetta
23 Kosovo DF Granit Lekaj
26 France FW Jordan Gele
27 Switzerland DF Tobias Schättin
28 Switzerland DF Marc Schmid
29 Germany DF Gabriel Isik
30 Switzerland MF Rijad Saliji
31 Kosovo DF Denis Markaj
32 Switzerland MF Liridon Mulaj
33 Switzerland MF Davide Callà
36 Serbia GK Bojan Milosavljevic

Stadium[edit]

The club play at Stadion Schützenwiese which is a short walk from the centre of Winterthur. It has been their home since 1900. The first grandstand was built in 1922. This was replaced in 1957 using sponsorship money.

In the 1980s the ownership was transferred to Winterthur council as the club faced financial problems. The council are responsible for any maintenance and upkeep.

At one time the stadium capacity was as high as 14,987 but as of 2009 it is 8,550. The stadium consists of around 1,000 seats and the rest is standing area. For a while there has been dialogue between the club and Winterthur council to expand and upgrade the stadium in order for the club to realise their ambitions of playing in the top flight. Currently the stadium is not of high enough safety to stage Super League matches.

The more hardcore supporters of the club stand at one end, which is known as the Bierkurve. They also have a small stand for younger supporters known as the Syrupkurve. Away supporters are housed at the opposite end of the stadium to the Bierkurve.

Honours[edit]

Swiss Super League

Former coaches[edit]

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