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Neuchâtel Xamax FCS (pronounced [nøʃɑtɛl ksamaks]) is a Swiss football club, based in Neuchâtel. It was created in 1970 through a merger between FC Cantonal, founded in 1906 and Swiss champions of 1916, and FC Xamax founded in 1912. The name Xamax comes from legendary Swiss international 'Xam' Max Abegglen, one of the founding members.[1] Xamax Neuchâtel FCS obtained its current name after a merger with FC Serrières, another side from Neuchâtel, in May 2013.[2]

Neuchâtel Xamax
Neuchatel Xamax FCS.svg
Full nameNeuchâtel Xamax FCS
Nickname(s)Xamax
Founded1912, 1970, 2012, 2013
GroundStade de la Maladière,
Neuchâtel
Capacity12,000
ChairmanChristian Binggeli
ManagerJoël Magnin
LeagueSwiss Super League
2018–199th
WebsiteClub website
Chart of the table positions of Neuchâtel Xamax FCS and its previous incarnations in the Swiss football league system
Stade de la Maladiere
Gilbert Gress, championship winning coach of the 1980s

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HistoryEdit

Students at the Collège latin in Neuchâtel began playing organized football in 1910 soon after, in 1912, Neuchâtel Xamax was officially founded.[3]

They have been champions of Switzerland on two occasions, in successive years in 1987 and 1988.[4] The club has also made it to 5 Swiss Cup finals, the most recent in 2011, but have failed to win any of them.[4]

After many financial crises, the club declared bankruptcy on 26 January 2012 and was consequently excluded from Swiss Super League.[5] The club was reformed, but had to restart in the Swiss amateur leagues, entering the 2. Liga Interregional, the fifth tier of the Swiss football league system, for the 2012–13 season.[6] The club finished first in 2013 and was promoted to the 1. Liga Classic for 2013–14. Once again, Xamax finished first, winning the play-off to secure a second successive promotion. Xamax won 1. Liga Promotion, the third tier of Swiss league system and promoted to Challenge League after making third successive promotion in 2014–15 season.[4]

The club finally won promotion back to the Swiss Super League in 2018 after bankruptcy and six years in the lower leagues.[7]

StadiumEdit

The club plays its home matches at the Stade de la Maladière, which began construction in 2004 and was opened in 2007. It has a capacity of 12,500 spectators.[8]

Current squadEdit

As of 3 July, 2019[9]

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Janick Kamber
4   DF André Neitzke
5   DF Léo Farine
6   MF Pietro Di Nardo
7   MF Thibault Corbaz
8   MF Samir Ramizi
9   FW Dylan Dugourd
10   MF Charles-André Doudin
11   FW Gaëtan Karlen
14   FW Raphaël Nuzzolo
16   DF Léo Seydoux
17   FW Taulant Seferi
No. Position Player
19   MF Maren Haile-Selassie
21   MF Dilan Qela
23   DF Mike Gomes
25   DF Mārcis Ošs
27   DF Arbenit Xhemajli
28   MF Liridon Mulaj
29   MF Noha Sylvestre
30   GK Laurent Walthert
32   GK Matthias Minder
39   GK Basil Sinzig
55   DF Igor Djuric

HonoursEdit

Leagues
Cups

Former coachesEdit

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R   Sparta Prague 4–0 2–3 6–3
2R   Malmö 1–0 1–0 2–0
3R   Sporting CP 1–0 0–0 1–0
QF   Hamburg 0–0 2–3 2–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R   Olympiacos 2–2 0–1 2–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R   Sportul Studențesc 3–0 4–4 7–4
2R   Lokomotiv Sofia 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
3R   Dundee United 3–1 1–2 4–3
QF   Real Madrid 2–0 0–3 2–3
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R   Lyngby 2–0 3–1 5–1
2R   Groningen 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1987–88 European Cup 1R   Kuusysi 5–0 1–2 6–2
2R   Bayern Munich 2–1 0–2 2–3
1988–89 European Cup 1R   Larissa 2–1 1–2 3–3 (3–0 PSO)
2R   Galatasaray 3–0 0–5 3–5
1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Estrela de Amadora 1–1 1–1 2–2 (3–4 PSO)
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R   Floriana 2–0 0–0 2–0
2R   Celtic 5–1 0–1 5–2
3R   Real Madrid 1–0 0–4 1–4
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R   BK Frem 2–2 1–4 3–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup QR   Red Star Belgrade 0–0 1–0 1–0
1R   Roma 1–1 0–4 1–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup QR   Anorthosis Famagusta 4–0 2–1 6–1
1R   Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 0–0 2–1
2R   Helsingborg 1–1 0–2 1–3
1997–98 UEFA Cup Q1   Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol 7–0 3–1 10–1
Q2   Viking 3–0 1–2 4–2
1R   Inter Milan 0–2 0–2 0–4
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR   Valletta 2–0 2–0 4–0
1R   Auxerre 0–1 0–1 0–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Historique : La Genèse | NEUCHÂTEL XAMAX" (in French). Xamax.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  2. ^ "Le Neuchâtel Xamax FCS est né" (in French). RTS Sport. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ "La Genèse" (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Un palmarès plus que respectable" (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Swiss club Xamax bankrupt, Chechen owner arrested - - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  6. ^ Meisterschaft 2. Liga interregional accessed: 21 July 2012
  7. ^ "Switzerland side Neuchatel Xamax return to top division six years after bankruptcy, collapse". ESPN. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  8. ^ "LA MALADIÈRE - HISTORIQUE" (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  9. ^ 1ère Equipe – Neuchâtel Xamax 1912

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