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FC Lausanne-Sport (also referred to as LS) is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud. Founded in 1896, it plays in the Swiss Challenge League, the second highest league in the country, and hosts games at the Stade olympique de la Pontaise. The team has won seven league titles and the Swiss Cup nine times.
|Full name||Football Club Lausanne-Sport|
|Nickname(s)||Les bleu et blanc (The Blue and White)|
|Ground||Olympique de la Pontaise|
|League||Swiss Challenge League|
The club was founded in 1896 under the name of Montriond Lausanne. However, the Lausanne Football and Cricket Club was established in 1860, believed to be the oldest football club on the European continent by some historians. The club took the name Lausanne-Sports FC in 1920 after the football section merged with the Club Hygiénique de Lausanne, a physical education club. The club plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, a 15,850 all-seater stadium used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They played in Swiss First Division between 1906–1931 and 1932–2002.
After the 2001–02 season, Lausanne-Sports were relegated because the club did not obtain a first level license for the 2002–03 season. Following the 2002–03 season in the second division, Lausanne-Sports FC were again relegated due to bankruptcy. They were reformed as FC Lausanne-Sport for the 2003–04 season and had to begin play at the fourth tier. The team was promoted in consecutive seasons from the fourth division after the 2003–04 season and the third division after the 2004–05 season. After an additional six years in the second tier of Swiss football, the club was promoted to the Super League for the 2011–12 season.
Lausanne-Sport qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after they reached the 2010 Swiss Cup final against Champions League-qualified Basel. In the 2010–11 Europa League, while still playing in the second tier Challenge League, they performed a shock getting to the group stages beating favourites Lokomotiv Moscow on the way.
Lausanne-Sport were relegated to the Swiss Challenge League at the end of the 2013–14 Swiss Super League season. Two years later, they finished first in the 2015–16 Swiss Challenge League, which promoted them back to the top tier of Swiss football for the 2016–17 season.
On 13 November 2017, the club was acquired by Ineos, a Swiss-based British petrochemicals company owned by Jim Ratcliffe, the nation's wealthiest person. The first transfer under the new ownership was that of Enzo Fernández, son of Zinedine Zidane.
- Ligue Nationale A/Super League
- Ligue Nationale B/Challenge League
- 1. Liga Promotion
- Winners: 2004–05
- 1. Liga Classic
- Winners: 2003–04
- Swiss Cup
- Winners (9): 1935, 1939, 1944, 1950, 1962, 1964, 1981, 1998, 1999
- Runners-up (8): 1937, 1946, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1984, 2000, 2010
- Swiss League Cup
- Runners-up: 1981
As of 9 July, 2019 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the rowing club of Lausanne-Sport.
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- "Enzo Zidane leaves Alaves for Lausanne revolution". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
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- "Archives des saisons - Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- "Archives des saisons - Super League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.