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St. Gallen
Full name Football Club St. Gallen 1879
Nickname(s) Espen
Founded 1879
Ground AFG Arena, St. Gallen
(Capacity: 20,300)
Chairman Michael Hüppi
Manager Switzerland Uli Forte
League Swiss Super League
2008-09 Swiss Challenge League, 1st (promoted)
Home colours
Away colours

Football Club St. Gallen 1879 is a Swiss football club based in the city of St. Gallen in the canton of the same name. It was founded in 1879, making it the oldest football club in Switzerland.[citation needed] In 2008, the AFG Arena, located on the west side of town, replaced the Espenmoos ground in the east end.


Brief History

FC St Gallen, are the oldest club in Swiss Football history, dating back from 1879. However they have a far less illustrious history then the likes of counterparts BSC Young Boys, FC Zurich and FC Basel. They have won 2 Super League titles in their 131 years and those trophies came in the years of 1903-1904 and the successful 1999-2000 campaign. The 'biggest' years in the history of St. Gallen were from 1999-2001, when the team was sensational Swiss champions in front of other clubs like Grasshoppers and Basel. Marcel Koller (now coach of German outfit Vfl Bochum) formed a new team with fairly unknown players and focussed them on things like team spirit etc. The final standings were much of a shock to those who hadn't give St. Gallen a chance at the beginning of the season. The campaign after that, a 3rd placed finish was all they could muster, and the very brief glory days were all but over.

2007–08 season

St. Gallen turned to 41-year-old former Bulgaria midfielder Krassimir Balakov to take over from Rolf Fringer following his sacking in October 2007. He joined the bottom-placed team and signed a contract until the end of the season, after having parted company with their Swiss rivals Grasshopper at the end of the 2006–07 season.

2008–09 season

After a disappointing relegation to the Swiss Challenge League, St. Gallen bounced straight back with an impressive promotion campaign in 2008–09, where they beat rivals Lugano to the title by eight points, earning a promotion back to the top flight.

2009-10 season

St.Gallen bounced back strongly from the Swiss Challenge League with strong wins over FC Basel, FC Aarau, Neuchâtel Xamax and Grasshoppers Zurich.


St. Gallen squad in 1881

Current squad

As of 9 July 2009

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

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Daniel Lopar
2 Liechtenstein DF Yves Oehri
3 Brazil DF Fernando
4 Switzerland DF Bernt Haas
5 Switzerland DF Lukas Schenkel
6 Switzerland DF Michael Lang
7 Kosovo MF Kristian Nushi
8 Portugal MF Zé Vitor
9 The Gambia MF Pa Modou Jagne
10 Liechtenstein FW Mario Frick
11 Chile FW Mario Cáceres
13 Cameroon FW Brice Owana
14 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei
15 Switzerland MF Philipp Muntwiler
No. Position Player
16 Switzerland MF Thomas Knöpfel
17 Switzerland DF Marc Zellweger
18 Switzerland GK Reto Bolli
19 Czech Republic DF Jiří Koubský
20 Switzerland FW Moreno Costanzo
21 Italy MF Diego Ciccone
22 Switzerland FW Moreno Merenda
24 Switzerland DF Marco Hämmerli
25 Switzerland MF Adrian Winter
26 Switzerland FW Nico Abegglen
27 Switzerland MF Yvan Martić
30 Switzerland GK Germano Vailati
31 Canada MF Daniel Imhof

Famous players

See also Cat:FC St. Gallen players.

Former managers

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