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Fussball Club Vaduz (Football Club Vaduz) is a Liechtenstein football club from Vaduz that plays in the Swiss Football League. The club plays at the national Rheinpark Stadion, which has a capacity of 5,873 when all seated but has additional standing places in the North and South ends of the ground, giving a total stadium capacity of 7,838.[1] They currently play in the Swiss Challenge League following relegation from the Swiss Super League after a poor 2016–17 season. Vaduz is unique in that it represents its own national association in the UEFA Europa League when winning the domestic cup, whilst playing in another country's league. This is due to Liechtenstein not organising its own league.

Vaduz
FC Vaduz logo.png
Full nameFussball Club Vaduz
Nickname(s)Residenzler (Resident)
Fürstenverein (Princely club)
Stolz von Liechtenstein (Pride of Liechtenstein)
Short nameFCV
Founded14 February 1932; 87 years ago (14 February 1932)
GroundRheinpark Stadion
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Capacity7,584 (5,873 seated)
Coordinates47°08′25″N 9°30′37″E / 47.1403°N 9.5103°E / 47.1403; 9.5103Coordinates: 47°08′25″N 9°30′37″E / 47.1403°N 9.5103°E / 47.1403; 9.5103
ChairmanPatrick Burgmeier
ManagerMario Frick
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
2018–19Swiss Challenge League, 6th
WebsiteClub website

Vaduz have historically had many players from Liechtenstein, many of whom have played for the Liechtenstein national team, but nearly all these players have moved abroad, and now the majority of the first team squad are foreign players from different areas of the world. The signing of experienced goalkeeper Peter Jehle from Tours and Franz Burgmeier from Darlington boosted the Liechtensteiner contingent to six by the start of the 2009–10 season.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Chart of FC Vaduz table positions in the Swiss football league system

Fussball Club Vaduz was founded on 14 February 1932 in Vaduz, and the club's first chairman was Johann Walser. FC Vaduz is the only professional football club in Liechtenstein. In its first training match, which Vaduz played in Balzers on 24 April of that year, the newly-born team emerged as 2–1 winners. The club played in Vorarlberger Football Association in Austria for the 1932–33 season. In 1933, Vaduz began playing in Switzerland. Over the years Vaduz struggled through various tiers of Swiss football and won its first Liechtensteiner Cup in 1949. Vaduz enjoyed a lengthy stay in the Swiss 1. Liga from 1960 to 1973, which is the third tier of the Swiss football league system.

Vaduz has been required to pay a fee to the Swiss Football Association in order to participate as a foreign club, around £150,000 a year. There have been calls for this agreement to be revoked, but discussions have meant that a permanent arrangement has now taken place for a Liechtenstein representative to be allowed to participate in the Challenge League or Super League in future.[3]

From the 2001–02 season, Vaduz played in the Swiss Challenge League (formerly called Nationalliga B), the second tier of the Swiss league system. Since then, Vaduz have been one of the best teams in the Challenge League and gave serious challenges towards promotion to the Super League, especially in 2004 and 2005, playing two-leg play-offs in both cases. In the 2007–08 season, Vaduz secured promotion to the Swiss Super League on 12 May 2008 by winning the Challenge League on the final day of the season, giving Liechtenstein a representative at the highest level of Swiss football for the first time. Vaduz, however, were relegated back to the Challenge League after one season in the top flight. Vaduz finally returned to top level after five years in the Challenge League.

In May 2010, the two Liechtenstein teams FC Vaduz and USV Eschen/Mauren decided on a better cooperation, especially on the exchange and the development possibilities of the players of both teams. In principle, the agreement should replace the missing substructure at FC Vaduz and promote cooperation in the sense of Liechtenstein football. FC Vaduz is the first address for professional footballers.

In 1992, Vaduz qualified for European football for the first time, entering the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as Liechtenstein Cup winners, but lost 12–1 on aggregate to Chornomorets Odesa of Ukraine in the qualifying round. In 1996, Vaduz qualified for the first round proper with their first European victory, winning 5–3 on penalties against Universitate Riga of Latvia, after a 2–2 aggregate scoreline, although Vaduz lost their first round tie to Paris Saint-Germain of France 7–0 on aggregate.

After the Cup Winners' Cup was abolished, Vaduz have annually entered the UEFA Cup (now the UEFA Europa League) as a result of winning the Liechtenstein Cup every year since 1998 due to being the top team, and only team, in Liechtenstein. However, they have never got past the qualifying rounds to date.

However, Vaduz did come within one second of reaching the first round proper of the UEFA Cup in 2002. With the aggregate scores level, and with opponents Livingston scheduled to go through on away goals, Vaduz won a late corner. The ball was sent into the box, and Marius Zarn hit a goal-bound shot. However, the referee (Luke Harrington) blew the whistle for full-time just before the ball crossed over the line, and Livingston progressed through in controversial circumstances.

For the 2005–06 season, Mats Gren was a coach. In the first round of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup qualifying, FC Vaduz defeated Moldovan opponent FC Dacia Chişinău. In the second round they met the Istanbul club Beşiktaş J.K., against which they have been eliminated.

FC Vaduz started their European campaign in 2009–10 by beating Scottish side Falkirk in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. However, they lost 3–0 on aggregate[4][5] to Czech side Slovan Liberec in the third qualifying round.

In the 2014–15 Swiss Super League season, Vaduz survived for the first time in their history in the Swiss Super League. They finished in 9th place with 31 points won. They also won their 43rd Liechtenstein cup, becoming world record holders of a domestic cup in the process.

In season 2015–16 FC Vaduz started their European campaign in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League by beating S.P. La Fiorita from San Marino in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. In the second round, Vaduz progressed against Nõmme Kalju FC to progress into the third qualifying round of the Europa League where they were drawn against fellow Swiss Super League club FC Thun. FC Thun won 2–2 on the away goals rule.

Vaduz won their domestic cup for the forty-fourth time and were eighth in the Swiss Super League. They won a team record thirty-six points. Vaduz player Armando Sadiku represented Albania at Euro 2016.

The team appeared for the first time appear in a popular sports video game FIFA 17. This is the first time in history that a team from Liechtenstein appeared in the sports video game series.

After three years in the elite Swiss competition, the only and most awarded Liechtenstein team relegated. It was not a good season 2016–17, where they even changed the coach Giorgio Contini after almost 5 years at the helm, and in his place came the German coach Roland Vrabec, but Vaduz has not succeeded to survive in Swiss Super League.

On 5 September 2018, they terminated the agreement with Roland Vrabec. On September 17, they presented a new coach Mario Frick. He is a first coach from Liechtenstein in history.

In season 2019–20 FC Vaduz started their European campaign in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League by beating Breiðablik from Iceland in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. In the second round, Vaduz made a big surprise by throwing out Hungarian MOL Fehérvár. In the third qualifying round of the Europa League they play against Eintracht Frankfurt. Member of the Bundesliga won easily in both matches. However, those matches were historic for the club. In first match in Vaduz were 5,908 spectators and the entire city has a population of 5,521.

Legal statusEdit

Vaduz is one of several expatriate European football clubs, including Swansea City and Cardiff City playing in the English Football League, AS Monaco playing in France, San Marino Calcio playing in Italy and some other minor clubs doing likewise in different leagues. The difference between Vaduz and the aforementioned clubs is that its status in Switzerland is a "guest club", and as such it does not participate in the Swiss Cup and cannot represent Switzerland internationally, which makes Champions League qualification from league football impossible under current rules other than by winning the Europa League or the Champions League itself. Since Vaduz has never won the Swiss league and therefore could not be argued to have qualified, such a situation has not occurred.

Rheinpark StadionEdit

 
Main stand of the Rheinpark Stadion with Vaduz Castle in the background.

The Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz is the national stadium of Liechtenstein. It plays host to the home matches of the Liechtenstein national football team, and is also the home of Liechtenstein's top football club, FC Vaduz. It lies on the banks of the River Rhine, just metres from the border with Switzerland. The stadium has a fully seated capacity of 5,873, plus additional standing places, giving it a total capacity of 7,584. The building of the stadium cost roughly 19 million CHF.

The stadium was officially opened on 31 July 1998 with a match between FC Vaduz, the Liechtenstein Cup holders at the time, and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the then Bundesliga champions. Kaiserslautern won the match 8–0. Liverpool F.C. played here against Olympiacos F.C. in a friendly in 2005. Rheinpark Stadion hosted the likes of FC Chornomorets Odesa and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in this tournament but failed to progress past the qualification rounds.

The construction of the stadium became necessary because the FIFA World governing body FIFA and the European association UEFA threatened not to allow more European and international matches in Liechtenstein if the country did not provide a modern venue in accordance with international standards. In Liechtenstein, no own championship is played, but a cup competition is organized. Its series winner FC Vaduz is therefore represented in the Europa League almost every year. The national team has not been represented in any major competition such as the World or European Championship, but in the qualifications to do so.

Rheinpark Stadion sits less than 1 km west of Vaduz city centre on the eastern bank of the Rhein River. Vaduz holds the distinction of being one of the few capitals in the world to lack its own airport and railway station.

Rheinpark Stadion consists of four stands: North, East, South and West.

There are a limited number of free parking spaces located at Rheinpark Stadion on matchdays which are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Current sponsorshipEdit

Companies that FC Vaduz currently has sponsorship deals with include:

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

  Winners (2): 1932,[6] 1936
  Winners (47) (World Record[7]): 1948–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1986, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
  Runners-up (13): 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1971–72, 1976–77, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1990–91, 1996–97, 2011–12

Switzerland competitionsEdit

  Winners (3): 2003, 2007–08, 2013–14
  Runners-up (2): 2003–04, 2004–05

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round   Chornomorets Odesa 0–5 1–7 1–12  
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round   Hradec Králové 0–5 1–9 1–14  
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round   Universitāte Rīga 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–2 p)  
First round   Paris Saint-Germain 0–4 0–3 0–7  
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round   Helsingborg 0–2 0–3 0–5  
1999–00 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Bodø/Glimt 0–1 1–2 1–3  
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Amica Wronki 0–3 3–3 3–6  
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Varteks Varaždin 3–3 1–6 4–9  
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Livingston 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)  
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2004–05 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Longford Town 1–0 3–2 4–2  
Second qualifying round   Beveren 1–3 1–2 2–5  
2005–06 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Dacia Chișinău 2–0 0–1 2–1  
Second qualifying round   Beşiktaş 0–1 1–5 1–6  
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Újpest 0–1 4–0 4–1  
Second qualifying round   Basel 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)  
2007–08 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Dinamo Tbilisi 0–0 0–2 0–2  
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Zrinjski Mostar 1–2 0–3 1–5  
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Falkirk 0–1 2–0 (aet) 2–1  
Third qualifying round   Slovan Liberec 0–1 0–2 0–3  
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Brøndby 0–0 0–3 0–3  
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Vojvodina 0–2 3–1 3–3 (a)  
Third qualifying round   Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–1 0–4 2–5  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Chikhura Sachkhere 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   College Europa 3–0 1–0 4–0  
Second qualifying round   Ruch Chorzów 0–0 2–3 2–3  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   La Fiorita 5–1 5–0 10–1  
Second qualifying round   Nõmme Kalju 3–1 2–0 5–1  
Third qualifying round   Thun 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a)  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Sileks 3–1 2–1 5–2  
Second qualifying round   Midtjylland 2–2 0–3 2–5  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Bala Town 3–0 2–1 5–1  
Second qualifying round   Odds BK 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2018–19 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Levski Sofia 1–0 2–3 3–3 (a)  
Second qualifying round   Žalgiris 1–1 0–1 1–2  
2019–20 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Breiðablik 2–1 0–0 2–1  
Second qualifying round   MOL Fehérvár 2–0 (aet) 0–1 2–1  
Third qualifying round   Eintracht Frankfurt 0–5 0–1 0–6  
Competition Matches W D L GF GA +/-
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 0 2 8 4 40 −36
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 66 21 14 31 76 91 −15
Total 76 21 16 39 80 131 −51

Biggest win in UEFA competition:

Season Match Score
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
2006–07   Újpest FC –   FC Vaduz 0–4
2014–15   FC Vaduz –   College Europa 3–0
2015–16   S.P. La Fiorita –   FC Vaduz 0–5
2015–16   FC Vaduz –   S.P. La Fiorita 5–1
2017–18   FC Vaduz –   Bala Town F.C. 3–0

Club recordsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

DomesticEdit

The player of the year in Liechtenstein has been announced as the season 1980/81 to 2007/08 as of the end of the season. The open for all election was organized by media house Vaduz. Since 2009, the Liechtenstein Football Association draws the title holder of its own. To this end, the LFV-Award has been launched, annually awarded a title in which professional bodies and public in three categories. The categories are Footballer of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

SwitzerlandEdit

Swiss Challenge League top scorers

Season Name Goals
2008   Gaspar Odirlei 31
2010   Nick Proschwitz 23

Swiss Challenge League dream team

Season Name
2013   Markus Neumayr
2013   Nick von Niederhäusern
2013   Peter Jehle
2018   Philipp Muntwiler

InternationalEdit

To celebrate the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)'s 50th anniversary in 2004, each of its member associations was asked by UEFA to choose one of its own players as the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years (1954–2003).

Golden Player

Year Name
2004   Rainer Hasler

Team awardsEdit

Fairplay Trophy

Season League Points
2013–14   Swiss Challenge League 65

RankingsEdit

Swiss Super League historyEdit

In the 2007–08 season, for the first time in their history, FC Vaduz earned promotion to Swiss Super League. Two times before was relegated in Barrage in the season 2003–04 against Neuchâtel Xamax and 2004–05 against FC Schaffhausen. In the 2015–16 season they finished on the 8th place in front of FC Lugano and FC Zürich who is that season relegated in Swiss Challenge League. After two seasons FC Vaduz was relegated in Swiss Challenge League.

Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Att.[10]
2008–09 10  36 5 7 24 28 85 22 2,177
2014–15 9 36 7 10 19 28 59 31 4,152
2015–16 8 36 7 15 14 44 60 36 4,006
2016–17 10  36 7 9 20 45 78 30 4,086
Total 144 26 41 77 145 282 119 3,606

Current squadEdit

As of 24 August 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 Benjamin Büchel (Captain)
3   DF Manuel Mikus
4   DF Denis Simani
5   DF Berkay Sülüngöz
7   MF Christopher Drazan
8   FW Nicolae Milinceanu
9   FW Manuel Sutter
10   FW Mohamed Coulibaly
11   FW Tunahan Çiçek
12   DF Gianni Antoniazzi
14   MF Milan Gajić
15   DF Yannick Schmid
No. Position Player
16   MF Aron Sele
17   MF Dominik Schwizer (on loan from FC Thun)
18   GK Justin Ospelt
21   DF Pius Dorn
22   DF Jens Hofer
23   MF Sandro Wieser
24   DF Cédric Gasser
25   MF Noah Frick
28   MF Boris Prokopič
30   MF Gabriel Lüchinger
33   DF Maximilian Göppel
42   GK Gion Chande

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
  FW Ferhat Saglam (at   Balzers until 31 December 2019)

Technical staffEdit

 
Mario Frick is the current manager of the club.
Current technical staff


Management
  • President:   Patrick Burgmeier
  • Board member:   Matthias Biedermann
  • Board member:   Florian Meier
  • Board member:   Lorenz Gassner
  • Board member:   Christopher Holder
  • Finance director:   Brigitte Löscher
  • Chief marketing officer:   Mathias Hagmann
  • Secretary:   Carmen Alabor
  • Announcer:   Maximilian Vogt

FC Vaduz U23Edit

FC Vaduz U23 is the reserve team of FC Vaduz. They currently play in the 2. Liga (sixth tier of the Swiss football league system). In the season 2014–15 they played semi-finals in Liechtenstein Cup against FC Triesenberg and they lost 1–0 after extra time.

Current squadEdit

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 David Weber
2   DF Roman Spirig
3   DF Giovanny Popescu
4   DF Suad Gerzić
5   DF Jonas Hilti
6   MF Emir Muratoski
7   FW Pascal Koller
8   MF Yago Gomes do Nascimento
9   FW Luka Tiganj
10   MF Besart Bajrami
11   MF Menderes Caglar
12   GK Fabian Lüchinger
No. Position Player
13   FW Barna Fenyvesi
14   MF Brian Allen
15   MF Benjamin Vogt
16   DF Luca Giorlando
17   MF Dejan Đokić
18   MF Agon Topalli
19   DF Lukas Graber
20   DF Noah Graber
22   MF Elton Aliji
24   DF Noah Birchmeier
25   GK Justin Ospelt

Technical staffEdit

Current technical staff

Recent seasonsEdit

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:

Season Division Tier Position
2003–04 Challenge League II 2nd
2004–05 2nd
2005–06 8th
2006–07 9th
2007–08 1st ↑
2008–09 Super League I 10th ↓
2009–10 Challenge League II 8th
2010–11 4th
2011–12 8th
2012–13 9th
2013–14 1st ↑
2014–15 Super League I 9th
2015–16 8th
2016–17 10th ↓
2017–18 Challenge League II 4th
2018–19 6th
2019–20 7th
Key
Promoted Relegated

Former playersEdit

A few former players are considered by the fans to be especially memorable because of their long and outstanding contributions towards the club, to some degree even decades after the end of their careers. Therefore, they have a very special status with the fans. The following are a few examples:


 
Yann Sommer in the Switzerland national football team

Yann SommerEdit

During the summer of 2007, Sommer signed a new contract, and was loaned out to Liechtensteiner club FC Vaduz to gain first-team experience in an environment somewhat more competitive than the reserves in the Swiss 1. Liga. He was made the first-choice goalkeeper and played 33 matches over the course of the 2007–08 Swiss Challenge League season, playing a major part in Vaduz's promotion to the Swiss Super League. His loan deal was then extended to last until January 2009. He made his Super League debut for Vaduz on 20 July 2008 in the 2–1 away win against Luzern.


Players of Vaduz at major international tournaments

Tournament
  AFC Asian Cup 2015   Pak Kwang-Ryong
  UEFA Euro 2016   Armando Sadiku
  Naser Aliji
  Africa Cup of Nations 2019   Jodel Dossou

Former managersEdit

GalleryEdit

Former presidentsEdit

FC Vaduz Red Pride RugbyEdit

On 12 March 2012 the new club FC Vaduz Rugby was founded. The rugby union club is involved in the grassroots of the FC Vaduz. Rugby union in Liechtenstein is a minor but growing sport. Liechtenstein has no national governing body of its own, but comes under the Swiss Rugby Federation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Facts & Figures Archived 2010-06-30 at the Wayback Machine FC Vaduz
  2. ^ Squad Archived 2009-08-02 at the Wayback Machine FC Vaduz
  3. ^ "FCV is still playing in Swiss League (German)". Volksblatt. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  4. ^ FC Vaduz – FC Slovan Liberec : 0–1 Match report from Scorespro.com
  5. ^ FC Slovan Liberec – FC Vaduz : 2–0 Match report from Scorespro.com
  6. ^ "Fußballturnier in Mühleholz (near Vaduz, Liechtenstein) 1932". rsssf.com. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Domestic Cups Trivia". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  8. ^ Kassies, Bert. "UEFA Team Ranking 2015". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "CLUB WORLD RANKING 2015 – IFFHS". 7 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Super League 2008/2009 – Attendance". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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