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Sporting Circle Fola Esch (French: Cercle sportif Fola Esch), usually abbreviated to Fola Esch or simply Fola, is a football club, based in Esch-sur-Alzette, in south-western Luxembourg. They play their home games at Stade Émile Mayrisch, in the south of the city, which they share with their sister athletics club CA Fola Esch.

Fola Esch
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Full nameCercle sportif Fola Esch
Founded1906; 113 years ago
GroundStade Émile Mayrisch,
Esch-sur-Alzette
Capacity4,900
ChairmanGérard Lopez
ManagerJeff Strasser
LeagueLuxembourg National Division
2018–192nd
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1906 by the English language teacher Jean Roeder, Fola was the first football club in Luxembourg. During its heyday, it was the best club in the country, winning four National Division championships and two Luxembourg Cups between 1918 and 1924. Fola won another championship in 1930 and the Luxembourg Cup in 1955, but had since this time lost its place in Luxembourg's top flight.

Fola stubbornly rejected a merger with its larger neighbours, Jeunesse Esch, during the wave of consolidation in the 1990s. In 2004–05, Fola were relegated to the third tier of Luxembourgish football, but were promoted the following season. In 2006–07 they finished third, qualifying for a promotion play-off, which they lost to Victoria Rosport. In August 2007, Fola pulled off a transfer coup by signing former Morocco midfielder Mustapha Hadji.

In 2008, the club managed to secure second place in the championship, granting them promotion to the Fortis League (National Division, the top league in the country, renamed BGL League in march 2009 due to the financial crisis).[1]

In May 2013, CS Fola Esch won the championship in the BGL Ligue with a historic 5–1 win against their rivals, Jeunesse Esch in the 25th match of the season. The club had a gap of 83 years since their last championship. Stefano Bensi scored 20 goals during this season.

Fola participated in the second qualifying round of the Champions League 2013–14, but lost to Dinamo Zagreb 0–5 in the first leg (at home) and 0–1 in the second leg (away). In 2015, Fola won the championship again, after finishing second in 2014. In 2016 they again finished second with an equal number of points with the champions, F91 Dudelange.

In 2016 CS Fola Esch, celebrated their 110th birthday, and also became a member of the exclusive Club of Pioneers, as the oldest football club of Luxembourg.

Name historyEdit

  • 1906: Club founded as Football and Lawn Tennis Club Esch
  • 1907: Adopts current colours of red and white stripes
  • 1910: Absorbs FC Nerva, becoming Cercle sportif Fola Esch
  • 1918: Wins first championship title
  • 1924: Wins the Double
  • 1930: Wins last championship title for the next 83 years
  • 1935: Moves to current stadium, Stade Émile Mayrisch
  • 1955: Wins Luxembourg Cup, last title before a long lean period
  • 1973: First participation in European competition (season 1973–74)
  • 2013: Wins first championship since 83 years, followed by another champion title in 2015
  • 2017: First qualification to the second round and to the third round in European competition

HonoursEdit

Winners (7): 1917–18, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1929–30, 2012–13, 2014–15
Runners-up (9): 1916–17, 1918–19, 1920–21, 1928–29, 1948–49, 1953–54, 1954–55, 2010–11, 2013–14
Winners (3): 1922–23, 1923–24, 1954–55
Runners-up (1): 1972–73

European competitionEdit

As of 11 July 2017[2]
Rank Country Team Points
317   FK Mladost Podgorica 3.550
318   NK Široki Brijeg 3.550
319   FC Irtysh Pavlodar 3.550
320   CS Fola Esch 3.475
321   FC Differdange 03 3.475
322   PFC Slavia Sofia 3.425
As of match played 3 August 2017
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 4 0 1 3 1 10
UEFA Europa League 12 3 3 6 11 17
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 0 0 2 1 11
Total 18 3 4 11 13 38

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Beroe Stara Zagora 0–7 1–4 1–11
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Elfsborg 1–1 0–4 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Dinamo Zagreb 0–5 0–1 0–6
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Göteborg 0–2 0–0 0–2
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Dinamo Zagreb 0–3 1–1 1–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Aberdeen 1–0 1–3 2–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Milsami Orhei 2–1 1–1 3–2
2Q   Inter Baku 4–1 0–1 4–2
3Q   Östersund 1–2 0–1 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Prishtina 0–0 0–0 0–0 (5–4p)
2Q   Genk 1–4 0–5 1–9
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Chikhura Sachkhere 1–2 1–2 2–4

Current squadEdit

As of 1 August 2019.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Thomas Hym
2   DF Hugo Domingos
3   DF Christian Ntemo Tachenang
4   MF Rodrigue Dikaba
5   MF Tiago Semedo Monteiro
6   DF Billy Bernard
7   FW Ken Corral
8   MF Veldin Muharemović
9   FW Gautier Caron
10   FW Stefano Bensi
11   MF Corentin Koçur
12   MF Bruno Frere
14   DF Cédric Sacras
15   MF Emir Ramcilovic
No. Position Player
17   FW Achraf Drif
18   MF Dejvid Sinani
19   FW Gérard Mersch
20   MF Lucas Correia
21   MF Jean Sylvio Ouassiero
22   GK Evan Da Costa
23   DF Brice Bernard
27   FW Zachary Hadji
28   DF Julien Klein
29   FW Moussa Seydi
33   GK Emanuel Cabral
46   DF Guillaume Mura
99   GK Dylan Perreira

Former coachesEdit

Manager Appointed Dimsissed
  Henri Bossi 1 July 1988 30 June 1989
  Henri Bossi 23 September 1993 30 June 1994
  Pascal Welter 19 February 2000 5 November 2002
  Philippe Guérard 10 November 2005 25 March 2006
  Michael Lofy 1 July 2008 23 March 2009
  Pascal Welter 13 April 2009 16 October 2009
  Philippe Guérard 26 October 2009 31 October 2010
  Jeff Strasser 2 November 2010 22 December 2010
  Cyril Serredszum 22 December 2010 30 January 2012
  Jeff Strasser 1 July 2012 26 September 2017
  Cyril Serredszum 27 September 2017 4 February 2018
  Thomas Klasen 5 February 2018 16 August 2018
  Jeff Strasser 16 August 2018[4] present

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Luxembourg 2007/08 – RSSSF
  2. ^ "UEFA coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA.
  3. ^ "CS Fola Esch – Roster". CS Fola Esch. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Official Communication". CS Fola Esch. Retrieved 16 August 2018.