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FC Vaduz
Full name Fußball Club Vaduz
Nickname(s) Residenzler
Founded 1932
Ground Rheinpark Stadion
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
(Capacity: 7,838 (6,127 seats))
Chairman Liechtenstein Hanspeter Negele
Manager Germany Pierre Littbarski
League Swiss Challenge League
2008-09 Swiss Super League, 10th (Relegated)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

FC Vaduz is a Liechtenstein football club from Vaduz, but playing in the Swiss football system. The club plays at the national Rheinpark Stadion, which has a capacity of 6,127 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 only one season in the top flight.

Vaduz have historically had many players from Liechtenstein, many of whom 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 FC Tours and Franz Burgmeier from Darlington boosted the Liechtenstein contingent to six by the start of the 09/10 season.[2]

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History

Fußball Club Vaduz was founded on February 14 1932 in Vaduz, and the club's first chairman was Johann Walser. In its first training match, which Vaduz played in Balzers on April 24 of that year, the newly-born team emerged as 2-1 winners. The club played in Vorarlberger Football Association in Austria for the 1932-1933 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 pay a fee to the Swiss Football Association in order to participate as a foreign club. 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 Challenge League (formerly called Nationalliga B), the second tier of the Swiss league system. In recent years Vaduz were 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.

In 1992, Vaduz qualified for European football for the first time, entering the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as Liechtenstein Cup winners but lost 1-12 on aggregate to FC Chornomorets Odessa of Ukraine. In 1996, Vaduz qualified for the next round with their first European victory, winning 5-3 on aggregate over FC Universitate Riga of Latvia, although Vaduz lost to Paris St-Germain of France 0-7 on aggregate in the first round proper.

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 37 times, by virtue of being the only full-time professional football team in the country. 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 scores tied level at 0-0 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 blew the whistle for full-time before the ball crossed over the line, and Livingston progressed through in controversial circumstances.

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 to Czech side Slovan Liberec in the third qualifying round.

Achievements

1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2008

Vaduz in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Score
1992-93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Ukraine Chernomorets Odessa 0-5, 1-7
1995-96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Czechoslovakia SK Hradec Králové 0-5, 1-9
1996-97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Latvia FC Universitate Riga 1-1, 1-1 (5-3 pens)
First Round France Paris Saint-Germain 0-4, 0-3
1998-99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Sweden Helsingborgs IF 0-2, 0-3
1999-00 UEFA Cup Q Norway F.K. Bodø/Glimt 0-1, 1-2
2000-01 UEFA Cup Q Poland Amica Wronki 0-3, 3-3
2001-02 UEFA Cup Q Croatia Varteks Varazdin 3-3, 1-6
2002-03 UEFA Cup Q Scotland Livingston FC 1-1, 0-0
2003-04 UEFA Cup Q Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0-1, 0-1
2004-05 UEFA Cup Q1 Republic of Ireland Longford Town FC 1-0, 3-2
Q2 Belgium KSK Beveren 1-3, 1-2
2005-06 UEFA Cup Q1 Moldova FC Dacia Chişinău 2-0, 0-1
Q2 Turkey Beşiktaş JK 0-1, 1-5
2006-07 UEFA Cup Q1 Hungary Újpest FC 4-0, 0-1
Q2 Switzerland FC Basel 1-0, 1-2
2007-08 UEFA Cup Q1 Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2, 0-0
2008-09 UEFA Cup Q1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1-2, 0-3
2009-10 UEFA Europa League Q2 Scotland Falkirk 0-1, 2-0 (AET)
Q3 Czech Republic FC Slovan Liberec 0-1, 0-2

Current squad

As of 17 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 Liechtenstein GK Peter Jehle
2 Liechtenstein DF Martin Rechsteiner
3 Switzerland DF Pascal Bader
4 Germany DF Quirin Löppert
5 Germany DF Marco Steil
6 Germany MF Michael Stuckmann
7 Switzerland MF Damian Bellón
8 Italy FW Marco Colocci
9 Germany FW Nick Proschwitz
10 Germany MF Kai Koitka
11 Liechtenstein MF Franz Burgmeier
13 Turkey FW Safet Etemi
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Anto Franjić
No. Position Player
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adnan Rebronja
18 Switzerland GK Steven Deana
19 Turkey DF Diren Akdemir
20 Turkey MF Yusuf Akyer
21 Liechtenstein DF Marco Ritzberger
22 Switzerland DF Pascal Cerrone
23 Germany DF Michael Stegmayer
24 Germany MF Dennis Kempe
25 Switzerland GK Fabio Rosamina
26 Liechtenstein DF Martin Büchel
27 Germany DF Emil Noll
29 Liechtenstein FW Mathias Christen
30 Switzerland MF Bruno Sutter

Staff

Head Coach

Assistant Coach & Condition Coach

  • Germany Robert Jaspert

Goalkeeper Coach

  • Germany Sebastian Selke

Sports Physiotherapist

  • Switzerland Christa Biçer-Beck

Team Doctor

  • Italy Dr. Claudio Canova
  • Germany Dr. Thomas Lindenfeld
  • Croatia Dr. Vilijam Zdravković

Physiotherapist

  • Switzerland Manuel Nef
  • Switzerland Simon Storm

Medicine Adviser

  • Netherlands Dr. Edward van Frank

Scout

  • Germany Dietmar Schacht

Former players

Former coaches

Former personnel

  • Switzerland Werner Gerber (Director of Sport)
  • Switzerland Stephan Lehmann (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Hungary Tamás Szabó (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Switzerland Ignaz Good (Team Chef)
  • Italy Vittorio Franco Caruso (Co-Trainer)
  • Switzerland Rigobert Wolf (Kit Manager)
  • Germany Hanjo Weller (Scout)

References

External links

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