FC Differdange 03

Foussballclub Differdange 03 is a football club based in Differdange, Luxembourg.

FC Déifferdeng
Logo fcd grand.svg
Full nameFoussballclub Déifferdeng 03
Founded2003; 18 years ago (2003)
GroundMunicipal Stadium vun der Stad Déifferdeng,
Differdange
Capacity3,800
ChairmanFabrizio Bei
ManagerPaolo Amodio
LeagueLuxembourg National Division
2020–21National Division, 6th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Differdange 03 was formed in 2003 as an amalgam of two clubs from the city of Differdange: FA Red Boys Differdange and AS Differdange. When the clubs merged, in time for the 2003–04 season, Red Boys was languishing in the bottom half of the Division of Honour, while AS was in mid-table position in the third tier of Luxembourgian football. The new club took Red Boys league position, and was promoted back into the National Division in the 2005–06 season, when the top division was expanded from twelve clubs to fourteen.

Red Boys Differdange had previously been one of the largest and most successful teams in Luxembourgian football, having won the Luxembourg Cup more times than any other team (16). During the 1920s and 1930s, Red Boys competed with Spora Luxembourg for dominance of Luxembourgian football. Red Boys was the more successful of the two, and won thirteen trophies in as many years between 1923 and 1936. Despite the staunch competition (Spora won 8 trophies in the same period), this record has never been matched.

In the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Differdange 03 progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the competition after they eliminated Levadia Tallinn 1–0 on aggregate, one of the club's most famous European victories and one of the most historic victories for a club from Luxembourg has ever had in European Competitions. In the 3rd qualifying round they met Olympiakos Volou and lost 3–0 in both legs, 6–0 on aggregate. However, as Olympiakos Volou was presumably involved in a corruption case, UEFA decided on 11 August 2011 that Differdange would progress to the play-off round and meet Paris Saint-Germain, the furthest a club from Luxembourg has reached in European competitions.

In June 2012, after a poor season in BGL League in which they placed 4th, FCD03 changed coach and Paolo Amodio was exempted. Michel Leflochmoan was appointed as new coach as he is familiar in BGL League: with the F91 Dudelange and with Jeunesse Esch he won multiple championships in Luxembourg.

On 5 and 12 July 2012, FCD03 won against NSÍ Runavík for the first round of qualifying for Europe League with 3–0 and 0–3, with a total of 6 goals in two games. In the second round, FC Differdange 03 faced Belgian club Gent, but were eliminated with an aggregate of 2–4.

On 18 July 2013, they defeated the Dutch club Utrecht in the first leg of 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for 2–1. Omar Er Rafik scored both goals. And on 25 July 2013 the made a 3–3 draw against Utrecht in the return, eliminating the Dutch club, which is significantly larger than Differdange, in the UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

As Red Boys DifferdangeEdit

Winners (6): 1922–23, 1925–26, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1978–79
Runners-up (14): 1910–11*, 1926–27, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1957–58, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 2008–09**, 2014–15**, 2016–17
Winners (19, record): 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1957–58, 1971–72, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1984–85, 2009–10**, 2010–11**, 2013–14**, 2014–15**
Runners-up (11): 1923–24, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1989–90***, 2012–13**
*as Sporting Club Differdange
**as FC Differdange 03
***as AS Differdange

European CompetitionEdit

As Red Boys DifferdangeEdit

Red Boys Differdange qualified for UEFA European competition three times.

First round (1): 1979–80
First round (3): 1972–73, 1982–83, 1985–86
First round (6): 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85

Red Boys never progressed past the first tie in any European competition. They won one match in Europe, winning their 1979 UEFA European Cup first leg 2–1 against Omonia Nicosia before losing 6–1 in Cyprus. In the 1984 UEFA Cup, Red Boys managed a surprise goalless draw with Ajax, but were crushed 14–0 in the return, which remains a UEFA Cup record.

As FC Differdange 03Edit

In the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Differdange progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the competition after they eliminated Utrecht 5–4 on aggregate. Overall, Differdange's record in European competition reads: As of 26 July 2013

P W D L GF GA GD
Red Boys Differdange 20 1 1 18 8 103 −95
FC Differdange 03 31 10 4 17 30 49 −19
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 7
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 0 0 6 2 28
UEFA Cup/Europa League 28 6 4 18 23 94
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 0 2 0 5
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   SK Slovan Bratislava 0–2 0–3 0–5  
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q   HNK Rijeka 1–0 0–3 1–3  
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q   FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda 3–3 0–2 3–5  
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   FC Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–0 1–0  
3Q   Olympiakos Volou FC 0–3 0–3 0–6  
PO[1]   Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 0–4 0–2 0–6  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   NSÍ Runavík 3–0 3–0 6–0  
2Q   K.A.A. Gent 0–1 2–3 2–4  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   KF Laçi 2–1 1–0 3–1  
2Q   FC Utrecht 2–1 3–3 5–4  
3Q   Tromsø IL 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–4 p.)  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FK Atlantas 1–0 1–3 2–3  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Bala Town F.C. 3–1 1–2 4–3  
2Q   Trabzonspor 1–2 0–1 1–3  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Cliftonville F.C. 1–1 0–2 1–3  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Zira FK 1–2 0–2 1–4  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Zrinjski Mostar N/A 0–3 N/A  
Notes
  • ^ Note: Olympiakos Volou disqualified by involvement in match-fixing. UEFA replaced them with Differdange.

Current squadEdit

As of 11 August 2021.[1]

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 Andrea Amodio
2 MF   LUX Gianni Medina
3 DF   FRA Maxime De Taddeo
4 MF   LUX Kevin D'Anzico
5 DF   FRA Théo Brusco
6 MF   NED Wouter Marinus
7 MF   ARG Juan Bedouret
9 FW   LUX Aurélien Joachim
10 MF   LUX Gonçalo Almeida
11 MF   LUX Luca Alverdi
12 MF   POR Arlindo Barbosa
13 FW   POR Bertino Cabral
15 MF   LUX Daniel da Mota
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   LUX William Ferreira
21 DF   FRA Dylan Lempereur
22 FW   GER Andreas Buch
23 MF   FRA Kilian Gulluni
25 DF   FRA Geoffrey Franzoni
29 GK   FRA Guillaume Cappa
71 MF   LUX Joel Lopes
77 DF   LUX Gianluca Bei
80 DF   TUR Fatih Eren
88 MF   CMR Moïse Sakava
90 DF   LUX Edin Osmanovic
FW   LUX Leonel Gomes

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

StaffEdit

  • Head Coach:   Paolo Amodio
  • Assistant Coach:   Emilio Lobo
  • Goalkeeper Coach:   Patrick Worré

Former coachesEdit

  •   Dan Theis (Nov 20, 2003 – June 30, 2006)
  •   Roland Schaack (July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009)
  •   Dan Theis (July 1, 2009 – April 10, 2011)
  •   Maurice Spitoni (caretaker) (April 10, 2011 – June 30, 2011)
  •   Paolo Amodio (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012)
  •   Michel Le Flochmoan (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014)
  •   Marc Thomé (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016)
  •   Pascal Carzaniga (July 1, 2016 – )

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Equipe – FC Differdange 03

External linksEdit