CS Fola Esch
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.
|Full name||Cercle sportif Fola Esch|
|Founded||1906; 113 years ago|
|Ground||Stade Émile Mayrisch,|
|League||Luxembourg National Division|
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).
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.
- 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
- 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
- As of 11 July 2017
|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
|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|
|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|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Prishtina||0–0||0–0||0–0 (5–4p)|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Chikhura Sachkhere||1–2||1–2||2–4|
- As of 1 August 2019.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|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||present|