FC Avenir Beggen

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 nameFootball Club Avenir Beggen
Nickname(s)Wichtelcher (Pixies)
Founded1 July 1915
GroundStade rue Henri Dunant,
Beggen
Capacity4,830
ChairmanLuxembourg Damien Raths
ManagerLuxembourg Almir Civic
LeagueLuxembourg 2. Division
2017-1814th
WebsiteClub 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.

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. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   LUX Martin Eisenmenger
2 DF   LUX Geoffrey Monivas
3 MF   LUX Patrick Bei
4 DF   LUX Grégory Molitor
5 MF   LUX Daniele Bei
6 MF   POR Gabriel Vieira
7 MF   CPV Spencer Olavo
8 MF   CPV João Tavares
11 FW   POR Ricardo Ferreira
13 DF   LUX Hector Varela
14 MF   POR Patrick Fernandes-Minas
15 MF   LUX Ben Zeches
16 DF   PER Sebastian Nureña
17 FW   POR Thiago Almeida Ferreira
19 MF   FRA Cédric Ziebel
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   POR Bobby Mendes
21 FW   CGO Randy Nzita
22 GK   LUX Philippe Chrismousse
23 DF   POR Miguel Oliveira
24 GK   LUX Lou Consbruck
DF   LUX Christian Schmit
DF   USA Jamath Shoffner
DF   ITA Aldo Zampa
MF   BIH Asmir Alomerović
FW   FRA Ahmed Rani
MF   FRA Cédric Guillermic
MF   LUX Márcio Matias
MF   POR André Silva
FW   LUX Abdeljahil Maazouz
FW   FRA Kevin Nimsgern

Former coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FC Avenir Beggen". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ Eis Équipe fir d'Saison 2008/09 Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine - Wichtelweb

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