Neuchâtel Xamax

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Neuchâtel Xamax
Neuchatel Xamax FCS.svg
Full name Neuchâtel Xamax FCS
Nickname(s) Xamax
Founded 1912, 1970, 2012, 2013
Ground Stade de la Maladière,
Neuchâtel
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Christian Binggeli
Manager Michel Decastel
League Challenge League
2017–18 1st (Promoted)
Website Club website
Chart of the table positions of Neuchâtel Xamax FCS and its previous incarnations in the Swiss football league system
Stade de la Maladiere
Gilbert Gress, championship winning coach of the 1980s

Neuchâtel Xamax FCS (pronounced [nøʃatɛl ksamaks]) is a Swiss football club, based in Neuchâtel. It was created in 1970 through a merger between FC Cantonal, founded in 1906 and Swiss champions of 1916, and FC Xamax founded in 1912. The name Xamax comes from legendary Swiss international 'Xam' Max Abegglen, one of the founding members.[1] Xamax Neuchâtel FCS obtained its current name after a merger with FC Serrières, another side from Neuchâtel, in May 2013. The club plays its home matches at the Stade de la Maladière, which was opened in 2007 and has a capacity of 12,500 spectators.

After many financial crises, the club declared bankruptcy on 26 January 2012 and was consequently excluded from Swiss Super League.[2] The club was reformed, but had to restart in the Swiss amateur leagues, entering the 2. Liga Interregional, the fifth tier of the Swiss football league system, for the 2012–13 season.[3] The club finished first in 2013 and was promoted to the 1. Liga Classic for 2013–14. Once again, Xamax finished first, winning the play-off to secure a second successive promotion. Xamax won 1. Liga Promotion, the third tier of Swiss league system and promoted to Challenge League after making third successive promotion in 2014–15 season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 February 2018[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Federico Nicastro
3 Switzerland DF Janick Kamber
4 Switzerland MF Pietro Di Nardo
7 Switzerland MF Thibault Corbaz
8 Kosovo MF Samir Ramizi
9 Ivory Coast MF Hamed Koné
10 Switzerland MF Charles-André Doudin
11 Switzerland FW Gaëtan Karlen
12 Switzerland MF Max Veloso
14 Switzerland FW Raphaël Nuzzolo
16 France DF William Le Pogam
17 France MF Geoffrey Tréand
No. Position Player
18 Switzerland FW Tunahan Cicek
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mustafa Sejmenović
21 Switzerland MF Dilan Qela
23 Switzerland DF Mike Gomes
27 Kosovo DF Arbenit Xhemajli
28 Switzerland MF Liridon Mulaj
30 Switzerland GK Laurent Walthert
31 Albania DF Arbnor Fejzullahu
32 Switzerland GK Matthias Minder
46 Spain DF Maikel Santana
55 Switzerland DF Igor Djuric
88 Central African Republic FW Frédéric Nimani
99 Switzerland FW Kemal Ademi

Honours[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 4–0 2–3 6–3
2R Sweden Malmö 1–0 1–0 2–0
3R Portugal Sporting CP 1–0 0–0 1–0
QF West Germany Hamburg 0–0 2–3 2–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R Greece Olympiacos 2–2 0–1 2–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Sportul Studențesc 3–0 4–4 7–4
2R Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
3R Scotland Dundee United 3–1 1–2 4–3
QF Spain Real Madrid 2–0 0–3 2–3
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Denmark Lyngby 2–0 3–1 5–1
2R Netherlands Groningen 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1987–88 European Cup 1R Finland Kuusysi 5–0 1–2 6–2
2R Germany Bayern Munich 2–1 0–2 2–3
1988–89 European Cup 1R Greece Larissa 2–1 1–2 3–3 (3–0 PSO)
2R Turkey Galatasaray 3–0 0–5 3–5
1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Portugal Estrela de Amadora 1–1 1–1 2–2 (3–4 PSO)
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R Malta Floriana 2–0 0–0 2–0
2R Scotland Celtic 5–1 0–1 5–2
3R Spain Real Madrid 1–0 0–4 1–4
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Denmark BK Frem 2–2 1–4 3–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1R Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade 0–0 1–0 1–0
2R Italy Roma 1–1 0–4 1–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup QR Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 4–0 2–1 6–1
1R Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 0–0 2–1
2R Sweden Helsingborg 1–1 0–2 1–3
1997–98 UEFA Cup Q1 Moldova Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol 7–0 3–1 10–1
Q2 Norway Viking 3–0 1–2 4–2
1R Italy Inter Milan 0–2 0–2 0–4
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Malta Valletta 2–0 2–0 4–0
1R France Auxerre 0–1 0–1 0–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historique : La Genèse | NEUCHÂTEL XAMAX" (in French). Xamax.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Swiss club Xamax bankrupt, Chechen owner arrested - - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  3. ^ Meisterschaft 2. Liga interregional accessed: 21 July 2012
  4. ^ 1ère Equipe – Neuchâtel Xamax 1912

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