FC Winterthur

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FC Winterthur
FC Winterthur logo.svg
Full nameFussballclub Winterthur
Nickname(s)FCW
Founded1896;124 years ago (1896)
Ground Schützenwiese, Winterthur
Capacity8,550 (1,900 seated)
ChairmanMike Keller
Manager Ralf Loose
League Challenge League
2018–19 4th
Website Club website

FC Winterthur is a Swiss football club based in Winterthur, Canton of Zürich. They play in the Swiss Challenge League, the second tier of Swiss football, and appeared regularly in the Nationalliga A during the 20th century. Their home is the Stadion Schützenwiese.

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History

Chart of FC Winterthur table positions in the Swiss football league system Winterthur Performance Graph.png
Chart of FC Winterthur table positions in the Swiss football league system

The club was founded in 1896 by students of the local school of engineering and following a fusion with two local teams, it was called Vereinigte Fussballclubs Winterthur between 1929 and 1946. [1] They enjoyed their best success in the early part of the 20th century winning the Swiss Championship three times (in 1906, 1908 and 1917), before consecutive relegations in 1931 and 1934. They played in the lower leagues until regaining promotion to the Nationalliga B in 1950. They have since stayed in the second division for most of their history, except for several appearances in the Nationalliga A, from where they were most recently relegated in 1978 following a promotion ten years prior. [1] Notable managers from this period include Gabet Chapuisat, Wolfgang Frank, René Hüssy, Timo Konietzka, and Willy Sommer

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 in 1972 and 1973 and Swiss Cup in 1968 and 1975, however lost on every occasion.

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


Players

Current Squad

As of 24 January, 2020 [2]

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

No.PositionPlayer
1 Flag of Switzerland.svg GK Raphael Spiegel
5 Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Julian Roth
6 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg MF Ousmane Doumbia
7 Flag of Austria.svg FW Luka Slišković
8 Flag of Portugal.svg MF Nuno da Silva
9 Flag of Switzerland.svg FW Roman Buess
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg MF Martin Liechti
11 Flag of Italy.svg MF Luca Radice
14 Flag of Israel.svg FW Anas Mahamid
15 Flag of Kosovo.svg DF Valon Hamdiu
16 Flag of Switzerland.svg MF Remo Arnold
17 Flag of Israel.svg FW Mido Bdarney
No.PositionPlayer
19 Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Enrique Wild
20 Flag of Switzerland.svg MF Roberto Alves
21 Flag of Switzerland.svg MF Kevin Costinha
22 Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Mario Bühler
23 Flag of Kosovo.svg DF Granit Lekaj
25 Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Nils von Niederhäusern
27 Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Tobias Schättin
29 Flag of Germany.svg DF Gabriel Isik
30 Flag of Kosovo.svg MF Gjelbrim Taipi
33 Flag of Switzerland.svg MF Davide Callà
34 Flag of Switzerland.svg MF Rijad Saliji
36 Flag of Serbia.svg GK Bojan Milosavljević

Former players

Stadium

The club play at Stadion Schützenwiese, a short walk from the centre of Winterthur, having done so since their inception in 1896. The first grandstand was built in 1922, and then 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.

While once boasting a capacity of 14,987 before 2009, the stadium now holds 8,550 seats, 1,900 of which are seated. 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

Swiss Super League

Former coaches

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 "FC Winterthur - Winterthur Glossar". www.winterthur-glossar.ch. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  2. http://www.sfl.ch/challengeleague/klubs/fc-winterthur/