Neuchâtel Xamax FCS

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Neuchâtel Xamax
Neuchatel Xamax FCS.svg
Full nameNeuchâtel Xamax FCS
Nickname(s)Xamax
Founded1912, 1970, 2012, 2013
GroundStade de la Maladière,
Neuchâtel
Capacity12,000
ChairmanChristian Binggeli
ManagerStéphane Henchoz
LeagueSwiss Super League
2018–199th
WebsiteClub 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 [nøʃɑtɛl 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.[2]

History[edit]

Students at the Collège latin in Neuchâtel began playing organized football in 1910 soon after, in 1912, Neuchâtel Xamax was officially founded.[3]

They have been champions of Switzerland on two occasions, in successive years in 1987 and 1988.[4] The club has also made it to 5 Swiss Cup finals, the most recent in 2011, but have failed to win any of them.[4]

After many financial crises, the club declared bankruptcy on 26 January 2012 and was consequently excluded from Swiss Super League.[5] 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.[6] 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.[4]

The club finally won promotion back to the Swiss Super League in 2018 after bankruptcy and six years in the lower leagues.[7]

Stadium[edit]

The club plays its home matches at the Stade de la Maladière, which began construction in 2004 and was opened in 2007. It has a capacity of 12,500 spectators.[8]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 January 2019[9]

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
10 Switzerland MF Charles-André Doudin
11 Switzerland FW Gaëtan Karlen
14 Switzerland MF Raphaël Nuzzolo
No. Position Player
21 Kosovo MF Dilan Qela
23 Switzerland DF Mike Gomes
27 Kosovo DF Arbenit Xhemajli
30 Switzerland GK Laurent Walthert
32 Switzerland GK Matthias Minder
55 Switzerland DF Igor Djuric

Honours[edit]

Leagues
Cups

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 QR Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade 0–0 1–0 1–0
1R 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. ^ "Le Neuchâtel Xamax FCS est né" (in French). RTS Sport. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ "La Genèse" (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Un palmarès plus que respectable" (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Swiss club Xamax bankrupt, Chechen owner arrested - - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  6. ^ Meisterschaft 2. Liga interregional accessed: 21 July 2012
  7. ^ "Switzerland side Neuchatel Xamax return to top division six years after bankruptcy, collapse". ESPN. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  8. ^ "LA MALADIÈRE - HISTORIQUE" (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  9. ^ 1ère Equipe – Neuchâtel Xamax 1912

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