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FC Winterthur
FC Winterthur.png
Full name Fussballclub Winterthur
Nickname(s) FCW
Founded 1896
Ground Schützenwiese, Winterthur
(Capacity: 8,550)
Chairman Hannes W Keller
Manager Serbia Boro Kuzmanovic
League Challenge League
2007-08 Challenge League, 5th
Home colours
Away colours

FC Winterthur is a Swiss football club based in Winterthur, Canton of Zürich.

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History

The club plays in the Swiss Challenge League, the second highest tier of Swiss football, and was founded in 1896. They play at the Schützenwiese Stadium.

They famously lost to West Auckland F.C., an English amateur team in what is thought to be the first international football club competition, the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy.

History

The club was founded in 1896 and enjoyed their best success in the early part of the 20th century winning the Swiss Super League three times (in 1906, 1908 and 1917).

The club have also reached the final of the Swiss League Cup twice (in 1972 and 1973) but lost on both occasions. They also reached the final of the Swiss Cup in 1968 and 1975 but also lost on both occasions.

In 2005-06 season the club finished 14th place in the Challenge League but, whilst performing poorly in the league, they made it to the semi finals of the Swiss Cup by defeating Grasshoppers, Lucerne and Servette. The club lost to the eventual winners Sion at home.

Current Squad

As of 22 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 Montenegro GK Vaso Vasić
3 Switzerland DF Nick von Niederhäusern
4 Switzerland MF Luca Zuffi
5 Switzerland DF Stefan Iten
6 Switzerland DF Mattias Schnorf
7 Netherlands MF Kristian Kuzmanovic
8 Montenegro MF Amir Abrashi
9 Switzerland FW Rainer Bieli
10 Switzerland FW Goran Antić
11 Switzerland MF Michel Sprunger
13 Brazil MF Juninho Pinheiro
No.   Position Player
14 Switzerland MF Sven Lüscher
15 Nigeria FW Innocent Emeghara
17 Switzerland FW Julian Bühler
18 Switzerland GK Marko Vasilj
19 Serbia MF Ermir Lenjani
21 Turkey MF Matteus Senkal
22 Switzerland MF Luís Frangão
24 Italy DF Luca Radice
26 Croatia DF Josip Uzelac
28 Brazil FW Mychell
29 Switzerland MF Fabio Serafini
32 Switzerland GK Pascal Bretscher

Stadium

The club play at Stadion Schützenwiese which is a short walk from the centre of Winterthur. It has been their home since 1900. The first grandstand was built in 1922. This was replaced in 1957 using sponsorship money.

In the 1980's the ownership was transferred to Winterthur council as the club faced financial problems. The council are responsible for any maintenance and upkeep.

At one time the stadium capacity was as high as 14,987 but as of 2009 it is 8,550. The stadium consists of around 1,000 seats and the rest is standing area. For a while there has been dialogue between the club and Winterthur council to expand and upgrade the stadium in order for the club to realise their ambitions of playing in the top flight. Currently the stadium is not of high enough safety to stage Super League matches.

The more hardcore supporters of the club stand at one end, which is known as the Bierkurve. They also have a small stand for younger supporters known as the Syrupkurve. Away supporters are housed at the opposite end of the stadium to the Bierkurve.

Honours

Swiss Super League winners 1906, 1908 and 1917

Famous players

See also Cat:FC Winterthur players.

Former Coaches

  • Switzerland Mathias Walther

External links

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