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FC Sion
Founded 1909
Ground Stade Tourbillon, Sion
(Capacity: 16'500)
Chairman Switzerland Christian Constantin
Manager France Didier Tholot
League Swiss Super League
2007-08 Swiss Super League, 7th
Home colours
Away colours

FC Sion is a Swiss football team from the city of Sion. The club was founded in 1909. The club play their home games at the Stade Tourbillon. As of 2007 it has a limited capacity 16,263 seats, with 11,500 standing places. The Swiss Football Association limits the total capacity to 18,000 spectators, when the stadium could potentially hold 19,600. For this reason, chairman Christian Constantin has put plans in the work for construction of a new stadium in Riddes.

The club has won the Swiss Super League twice in 1992 and 1997 and the Swiss Cup 11 times, the most recent being in 2009.



In the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, the club won four Swiss Cups in 1974, 1980, 1982 and 1986. In 1991 the club won its fifth out of five Swiss Cups and the following year the club won its first Swiss Super League. FC Sion added to this success by winning the Swiss Cup back-to-back-to-back times from 1995-1997. The latter was half of the domestic double done by the club by winning the 1997 Swiss Super League. That season marked the highest number of points won by a team during a Swiss season.

Subsequently, the club experienced a slump following these successes and recurring financial problems. Although bankruptcy was averted by the club, after relegation the club was denied its professional license in 2003. After FC Sion attacked the National League and Justice, by order of the cantonal judge, FC Sion was reinstated into the second division in October 2003; while the league had already been going on for over three months. Three seasons later, in 2006, the club became the first second division team to win the Swiss Cup. FC Sion rejoined the elite at the end of this season. In 2009, FC Sion won its 11th Cup final in Switzerland, making them successful all 11 times in the final.

In 2008, the club signed Essam El-Hadary, leading to a ban in transfer windows and an international playing ban for El-Hadary for four months.[1] It was because El-Hadary was under contract with his former club Al-Ahly and the club did not release him to be subject of negotiations in transfer windows. This ban was temporarily suspended due to ongoing appeal processes.[2]



Their home ground is Stade Tourbillon, which has a capacity of 16'500. Chairman and architect Christian Constantin is planning construction of a new 20,000 all-seater stadium in nearby Riddes.

Current squad

As of 8 July 2009

No. Position Player
1 Latvia GK Andris Vaņins (Vice-captain)
2 Nigeria DF Yusuf Mohamed
3 Nigeria DF Obinna Nwaneri
4 Italy DF Stéphane Sarni
5 Morocco MF Tariq Chihab
6 Paraguay DF Robert Servín
7 France MF Nicolas Marin
8 Morocco DF Jamal Alioui
10 Switzerland MF Didier Crettenand
12 Mozambique DF Paíto
13 France FW Giovanni Sio
14 Côte d'Ivoire MF Serey Die
15 Switzerland DF Bigambo Rochat
16 Switzerland MF Enes Fermino
No. Position Player
17 Nigeria FW Saidu Adeshina
18 Switzerland GK Kevin Fickentscher
19 Switzerland MF Fabrizio Zambrella
20 Hungary DF Vilmos Vanczák
21 France MF Abdoul Karim Yoda
22 Serbia MF Goran Obradović (captain)
23 Colombia MF Álvaro Domínguez
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW M'Futi
25 Belgium FW Émile Mpenza
26 Republic of Macedonia DF Aleksandar Mitreski
27 Senegal FW Moustapha Dabo
29 Brazil MF António (on loan from Grasshopper)
30 Switzerland GK Nicolas Beney
31 Switzerland DF Arnaud Bühler

Out on loan

No. Position Player
11 Switzerland FW Guilherme Afonso (on loan to Grasshopper)
9 Costa Rica FW Álvaro Saborío (on loan to Bristol City)

Multiple nationalities




General Manager

  • Italy Domenicangelo Massimo


  • Switzerland Alexandre Zen-Ruffinen

Director of Sport


Head Coach

Assistant Coach

  • Switzerland Claude Mariétan


  • Switzerland Jean-Claude Richard

Technical Coach

  • Portugal José Sinval

Goalkeeper Coach


Physic Coach

  • Argentina Carlos Armua


  • Croatia Zoran Funjak


  • Morocco Omar Boumaraf
  • Switzerland Philippe Hofmann


  • Italy Roberto Campini

Notable former players

See also Cat:FC Sion players.

Former Personal

Former Coaches


External links

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