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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.

FC Lausanne-Sport
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Full nameFootball Club Lausanne-Sport
Nickname(s)Les bleu et blanc (The Blue and White)
Founded1896; 123 years ago (1896)
GroundOlympique de la Pontaise
PresidentDavid Thompson
ManagerGiorgio Contini
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
WebsiteClub website


Chart of FC Lausanne-Sport table positions in the Swiss football league system

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] The first transfer under the new ownership was that of Enzo Fernández, son of Zinedine Zidane.[4]


Current squadEdit

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.

No. Position Player
1   GK Thomas Castella
6   DF Elton Monteiro
7   MF Stjepan Kukuruzović
8   MF Joël Geissmann
9   FW Andi Zeqiri
10   FW Sancidino Silva
11   FW Anthony Koura
13   DF Per-Egil Flo
14   MF Alexandre Pasche
17   MF João Oliveira
18   GK Dany Da Silva
19   MF Christian Schneuwly
20   MF Maxime Dominguez
21   MF Cameron Puertas
No. Position Player
22   MF Sinclair Baddy Dega
23   DF Igor Nganga
24   DF Noah Loosli
25   DF Nikola Boranijašević
27   FW Dan Ndoye
30   DF Nicolas Gétaz
33   FW Isaac Schmidt
37   DF Ange Nanizayamo
39   FW Josias Lukembila
40   GK Mory Diaw
42   MF Gabriel Bares
50   GK Noah Falk
88   MF Adilson Cabral
99   FW Aldin Turkes

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
21   MF Enzo Fernández (at Rayo Majadahonda until 30 June 2019)
31   MF Dominik Schmid (at FC Wil until 30 June 2019)

Former coachesEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:[7][8]

Season Division Tier Position
2005–06 Challenge League II 3rd
2006–07 13th
2007–08 13th
2008–09 7th
2009–10 10th
2010–11 1st ↑
2011–12 Super League I 7th
2012–13 9th
2013–14 10th ↓
2014–15 Challenge League II 5th
2015–16 1st ↑
2016–17 Super League I 9th
2017–18 10th ↓
Promoted Relegated

Lausanne-Sports RowingEdit

Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the rowing club of Lausanne-Sport.


  1. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport relégué" (in French). 4 May 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Lausanne accède à l'élite" (in French). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ Wilson, Bill (13 November 2017). "Chemicals giant Ineos buys Swiss football team". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Enzo Zidane leaves Alaves for Lausanne revolution". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport limoge Simone et mise sur Celestini" (in French). 24 March 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Celestini prolonge trois ans au FC Lausanne-Sport" (in French). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Archives des saisons - Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Archives des saisons - Super League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.

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