FC Lausanne-Sport

FC Lausanne–Sport (also referred to as LS) is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud. Founded in 1896, Lausanne Sport currently plays in the Swiss Super League, the highest tier of football in the country, and hosts games at the Stade de la Tuilière. The team has won seven league titles and the Swiss Cup nine times.

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Full nameFootball Club Lausanne-Sport
Nickname(s)Les bleu et blanc (The Blue and White)
Founded1896; 126 years ago (1896)
GroundStade de la Tuilière
PresidentDavid Thompson
ManagerAlain Casanova
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
2021–22Swiss Super League, 10th of 10 (relegated)
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 newly built Stade de la Tuilière. Previously Lausanne Sport had played 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 and 1931, 1932–2002, 2011-2014, 2016-2018 and currently from 2020.

The end of the 1950s and the whole of the 1960s were among the club's finest times. LS won the Swiss Cup twice (1962 and 1964), lost an additional Swiss Cup final to Basel by forfeit, won the Swiss championship (1965) and was runner-up four times (1961, 1962, 1963), as well as in 1969. The year 1965 was the year of the 7th and last Swiss championship title. It was probably the most successful, earning its protagonists the nickname of "Lords of the Night", a reference to some enchanting evenings. Since the advent of the floodlights in the new stadium, the matches have mainly taken place in the evenings which was at the time a unique feature.

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 for a three season stay before being relegated in 2014. After two seasons in the second tier the team was promoted for a two season stay in the top division in 2016 and survived relegation in their first season before being relegated back to the second tier again in 2018. Now somewhat of a yo-yo club the team were promoted to the top tier again in 2020.

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] However, the season ended with relegation. Ratcliffe's brother Bob became club president in March 2019.[5] The club won promotion back to the top flight as champions of the 2019–20 Swiss Challenge League.[6]





Current squadEdit

As of 15 February 2022[7]

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    SUI Thomas Castella
3 DF   ENG Archie Brown
5 DF    SUI Simone Grippo
6 DF   POR Elton Monteiro
7 MF   CRO Stjepan Kukuruzović (captain)
8 MF    SUI Joël Geissmann
9 FW    SUI Zeki Amdouni
11 FW   CIV Brahima Ouattara
12 FW   CRC Mayron George
13 MF   MAR Nassim Zoukit
17 MF   FRA Goduine Koyalipou
19 MF   FRA Maxen Kapo
20 MF   FRA Hicham Mahou
21 MF   CIV Jean N'Guessan (on loan from Nice)
23 DF   MAR Sofiane Alakouch (on loan from Metz)
24 DF   CIV Armel Zohouri
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF   CIV Lamine Koné
26 DF   MAR Fouad Chafik
28 DF   JPN Toichi Suzuki
29 DF   FRA Maxime Poundjé
30 MF   FRA Adrien Trebel (on loan from Anderlecht)
33 MF    SUI Marvin Spielmann
38 MF   CIV Trazié Thomas
40 GK   SEN Mory Diaw
51 DF    SUI Anel Husic
71 DF    SUI Karim Sow
80 MF   FRA Alvyn Sanches
90 FW   URU Rodrigo Pollero (on loan from Schaffhausen)
91 GK   FRA Melvin Mastil
98 FW   ENG Trae Coyle
99 FW   BIH Aldin Turkeš

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
DF   FRA Ange Nanizayamo (on loan to SCR Altach)
DF    SUI Marc Tsoungui (on loan to Stade Lausanne Ouchy)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF    SUI Stéphane Cueni (on loan to Stade Lausanne Ouchy)
FW   KVX Florian Hysenaj (on loan to Stade Lausanne Ouchy)

Former playersEdit

Former coachesEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:[12][13]

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 ↓
2018–19 Challenge League II 3rd
2019–20 Challenge League II 1st
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. ^ "After buying Team Sky, Ineos makes change at Lausanne-Sport". The Seattle Times. The Associated Pres. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Bob Ratcliffe: "Tout le monde doit voir le LS comme une équipe de Super League"" [Bob Ratcliffe: "Everyone must see LS as a Super League team"] (in French). RTS. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  7. ^ "1ère équipe" [1st team] (in French). FC Lausanne-Sport. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport limoge Simone et mise sur Celestini" (in French). 24 March 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Celestini prolonge trois ans au FC Lausanne-Sport" (in French). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  10. ^ "GIORGIO CONTINI NEUER CHEFTRAINER BEI GC". Grasshopper Club Zürich. 9 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Borenovic nicht mehr Trainer in Lausanne". Swiss Football League. 4 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Archives des saisons – Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Archives des saisons – Super League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.

External linksEdit

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