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Vaduz

Vaduz is a football (soccer) club from Switzerland.

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About Vaduz

FC Vaduz is a Liechtenstein association football club from Vaduz, that play in the Swiss Football League. 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. 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 football 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 FC boosted the Liechtenstein contingent to six by the start of the 2009/10 season.

History

Fußball Club Vaduz was founded on 14 February 1932 in Vaduz, and the club's first chairman was Johann Walser. In its first training match, which Vaduz played in Balzers on 24 April of that year, the newly-born team emerged as 2–1 winners. The club played in Vorarlberger Football Association in Austria for the 1932–33 season. In 1933, Vaduz began playing in Switzerland. Over the years Vaduz struggled through various tiers of Switzerland football (soccer) and won its first Liechtenstein football Cup in 1949. Vaduz enjoyed a lengthy stay in the Switzerland Swiss 1. Liga (football) 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.

From the 2001–02 season, Vaduz played in the Swiss Challenge League (formerly called Nationalliga B), the second tier of the Switzerland league system. Since then, Vaduz have been 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 (soccer) for the first time, entering the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as Liechtenstein football Cup winners, but lost 12–1 on aggregate to FC Chornomorets Odesa of Ukraine in the qualifying round. In 1996, Vaduz qualified for the first round proper with their first European victory, winning 5–3 on penalties against FK Jelgava of Latvia, after a 2–2 aggregate scoreline, although Vaduz lost their first round tie to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. of France 7–0 on aggregate.

After the Cup Winners' Cup was abolished, Vaduz have annually entered the UEFA Europa League (now the UEFA Europa League) as a result of winning the Liechtenstein Football Cup every year since 1998. 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 aggregate scores level, and with opponents Livingston F.C. 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 just before the ball crossed over the line, and Livingston F.C. progressed through in controversial circumstances.

FC Vaduz started their European campaign in 2009–10 UEFA Europa League by beating Scotland side Falkirk F.C. in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. However, they lost 3–0 on aggregate to Czech side FC Slovan Liberec in the third qualifying round.

Honours

- Liechtenstein Football Cup: 40

- Swiss Challenge League: 1

European record






Staff

Head Coach
- Eric Orie

Assistant Coach & Condition Coach
- Roger Prinzen

Goalkeeper Coach
- Sebastian Selke

Sports Physiotherapist
- Christa Biçer-Beck

Team Doctor
- Dr. Claudio Canova
- Dr. Thomas Lindenfeld
- Dr. Vilijam Zdravković

Physiotherapist
- Manuel Nef
- Simon Storm

Medicine Adviser
- Dr. Edward van Frank

Former players


Former managers

- Otto Pfister (1961–1963)
- Walter Hörmann (2001–2003)
- Martin Andermatt (2003–2005)
- Ignaz Good (2005–2006)
- Mats Gren (2006)
- Maurizio Jacobacci (2006–2007)
- Hans Joachim Weller (2007)
- Heinz Hermann (2007–2008)
- Pierre Littbarski (2008–2010)

Former personnel

- Werner Gerber (Director of Sport)
- Stephan Lehmann (Goalkeeper Coach)
- Tamás Szabó (Goalkeeper Coach)
- Ignaz Good (Team Chef)
- Vittorio Franco Caruso (Co-Trainer)
- Robert Jaspert (Assistant Coach)
- Rigobert Wolf (Kit Manager)
- Hanjo Weller (Scout)
- Dietmar Schacht (Scout)




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