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Football Club Avenir Beggen is a football club, based in Beggen, a quarter of Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg.

Avenir Beggen
FC Avenir Beggen
Full name Football Club Avenir Beggen
Nickname(s) Wichtelcher (Pixies)
Founded 1 July 1915
Ground Stade rue Henri Dunant,
Beggen
Capacity 4,830
Chairman Luxembourg Damien Raths
Manager Luxembourg Almir Civic
League Luxembourg Division of Honour
2011-12 7th
Website Club website

The club were founded in 1915[1] as FC Daring Beggen but changed their name to FC Avenir Beggen a year later. In 1940, they were renamed SV 1915 Beggen, but in 1944, it was changed again to FC Avenir Beggen.

Avenir Beggen had played in the National Division in consecutive seasons since 1965–66, but were relegated in the 2005–06 season. Finishing second in their first season in the second-tier Division of Honour, Avenir returned to the National Division at the first time of asking. In 2008/09 the club finished 14th and were relegated back to the Luxembourg Division of Honour.

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HonoursEdit

Winners (6): 1968–69, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1992–93, 1993–94
Runners-up (5): 1974–75, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1991–92
Winners (7): 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2001–02
Runners-up (4): 1973–74, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1997–98

European CompetitionEdit

Avenir have qualified for UEFA European competition sixteen times.

Qualifying round (2): 1993–94, 1994–95
First round (4): 1969–70, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1986–87
Qualifying round (1): 2002–03
First round (4): 1975–76, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1995–96
First round (4): 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93
Second round (1): 1974–75

They have won three ties in European competition (although two were only on technicalities):

  • In 1974–75, their Cup Winners' Cup first round opponents, Enosis Paralimni of Cyprus, withdrew due to ongoing crisis in that country.
  • In the same competition in 1992–93, Avenir beat the Faroe Islands' B36 Tórshavn 2–1 on aggregate in the qualifying round, before losing 5–1 on aggregate to Spartak Moscow in the first round proper.
  • In the 1995–96 UEFA Cup, Avenir lost on away goals to Örebro SK, but Avenir were awarded a 3–0 victory when it transpired that the Swedes had fielded an ineligible player.

Throughout its history the team has won three rounds in Europe, including Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup. In 1969, Avenir Beggen won their first league title in Luxembourg, with a historic victory followed by 10,000 spectators, of 3-1 against Jeunesse d'Esch. Moreover, thanks to this victory, the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time where they played against AC Milan (0-5 to Milan and 0-3 in Luxembourg city).

Another success for Avenir Beggen came on the 60th anniversary of the club, 1 September 1975, when Avenir Beggen played their first UEFA Cup tie (now Europa League) against FC Porto (0-7 in Porto and 0-3 in Luxembourg city).

In addition to those three ties, Avenir has won one game in a tie that they eventually lost (2–1 at home against Inter Bratislava in the 1990–91 UEFA Cup, before losing 5–0 in Bratislava).

Overall, Avenir's record in European competition reads:

P W D L GF GA GD
Avenir Beggen 36 3 3 30 12 142 -130

Current squadEdit

2008–09 season[2]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 Martin Eisenmenger
2   DF Geoffrey Monivas
3   MF Patrick Bei
4   DF Grégory Molitor
5   MF Daniele Bei
6   MF Gabriel Vieira
7   MF Spencer Olavo
8   MF João Tavares
11   FW Ricardo Ferreira
13   DF Hector Varela
14   MF Patrick Fernandes-Minas
15   MF Ben Zeches
16   DF Olivier Berscheid
17   FW Thiago Almeida Ferreira
19   MF Cédric Ziebel
No. Position Player
20   MF Bobby Mendes
21   FW Randy Nzita
22   GK Philippe Chrismousse
23   DF Miguel Oliveira
24   GK Lou Consbruck
  DF Christian Schmit
  DF Jamath Shoffner
  DF Aldo Zampa
  MF Asmir Alomerović
  FW Ahmed Rani
  MF Cédric Guillermic
  MF Márcio Matias
  MF André Silva
  FW Abdeljahil Maazouz
  FW Kevin Nimsgern

Former coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FC Avenir Beggen". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Eis Équipe fir d'Saison 2008/09 - Wichtelweb

External linksEdit