FC Lausanne-Sport

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Full name Football Club Lausanne-Sport
Nickname(s) Les blancs
Founded 1896
Ground Olympique de la Pontaise
Ground Capacity 15,850
President Alain Joseph
Manager Fabio Celestini
League Swiss Super League
2015–16 Swiss Challenge League, 1st (promoted)
Website www.lausanne-sport.ch

FC Lausanne-Sport (also referred to as LS) is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne.


Chart of FC Lausanne-Sport table positions in the Swiss football league system

The club was founded in 1896 under the name of Montriond Lausanne. However, the Lausanne Football and Cricket Club was established in 1860, believed to be the oldest football club on the European continent by some historians. The club took the name Lausanne-Sports FC in 1920 after the football section merged with the Club Hygiénique de Lausanne, a physical education club. The club plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, a 15,850 all-seater stadium used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They played in Swiss First Division between 1906–1931 and 1932–2002.

After the 2001–02 season, Lausanne-Sports were relegated because the club did not obtain a first level license for the 2002–03 season. Following the 2002–03 season in the second division, Lausanne-Sports FC were again relegated due to bankruptcy. They were reformed as FC Lausanne-Sport for the 2003–04 season and had to begin play at the fourth tier. The team was promoted in consecutive seasons from the fourth division after the 2003–04 season and the third division after the 2004–05 season. After an additional six years in the second tier of Swiss football, the club was promoted to the Super League for the 2011–12 season.

Lausanne-Sport qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after they reached the 2010 Swiss Cup final against Champions League-qualified Basel. In the 2010–11 Europa League, while still playing in the second tier Challenge League, they performed a shock getting to the group stages beating favourites Lokomotiv Moscow on the way.

Lausanne-Sport were relegated to the Swiss Challenge League at the end of the 2013-14 Swiss Super League season.[1] Two years later, they finished first in the 2015-16 Swiss Challenge League, which promoted them back to the top tier of Swiss football for the 2016-17 season.[2]

Lausanne-Sport has won the Swiss First Division seven times and the Swiss Cup nine times.


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 Switzerland GK Thomas Castella
3 Spain DF Carlos Blanco (on loan from Juventus)
4 Switzerland DF Jérémy Manière
5 Switzerland MF Xavier Margairaz
6 Portugal DF Elton Monteiro
7 Kosovo MF Benjamin Kololli
8 Switzerland MF Musa Araz
9 North Korea FW Pak Kwang-ryong
10 Uruguay FW Kevin Méndez (on loan from Roma)
11 Switzerland MF Samuele Campo
12 Brazil DF Marcus Diniz
13 Italy DF Paolo Frascatore (on loan from Roma)
14 Switzerland MF Alexandre Pasche
15 Spain MF Juan Esnáider
No. Position Player
16 Switzerland DF Nicolas Gétaz
17 Switzerland MF Olivier Custodio
18 Italy MF Andrea Maccoppi
19 Italy FW Francesco Margiotta (on loan from Juventus)
20 Switzerland MF Maxime Dominguez
21 Switzerland MF Ming-yang Yang
22 Switzerland GK Kevin Martin
23 Switzerland MF Jordan Lotomba
24 France DF Xavier Tomas
25 Switzerland FW Nassim Ben Khalifa
28 Costa Rica MF Yeltsin Tejeda
33 Nigeria DF Taye Taiwo
35 Switzerland GK Dany da Silva
37 Panama FW Gabriel Torres

Famous former players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:[5][6]

Season Division Tier Position
2005–06 Challenge League II 3rd
2006–07 13th
2007–08 13th
2008–09 7th
2009–10 10th
2010–11 1st ↑
2011–12 Super League I 7th
2012–13 9th
2013–14 10th ↓
2014–15 Challenge League II 5th
2015–16 1st ↑
2016–17 Super League I
Promoted Relegated

Lausanne-Sports Rowing[edit]

Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the rowing club of Lausanne-Sport.


  1. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport relégué" (in French). 4 May 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lausanne accède à l'élite" (in French). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport limoge Simone et mise sur Celestini" (in French). 24 March 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Celestini prolonge trois ans au FC Lausanne-Sport" (in French). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Archives des saisons - Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Archives des saisons - Super League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016. 

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