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Neuchâtel Xamax FC

Neuchâtel Xamax FC is a football (soccer) club from Switzerland.

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About Neuchâtel Xamax FC

Neuchâtel Xamax Football Club is a Switzerland football (soccer) club, based in Neuchâtel. It was created in 1970 through a merger between FC Cantonal (1906) and FC Xamax (1912). The club plays in red shirts, black shorts and red socks and are currently in the Axpo Super League, the highest Swiss football league. They play their home matches at the Stade de la Maladière. The name Xamax comes from Switzerland national football team Max Abegglen, one of the founding members.

After many financial crises, the team was excluded from Swiss Super League in January 2012 and declared bankruptcy on 26 January 2012.


- Swiss Super League
- - Winners (2): 1987, 1988
- Schweizer Cup
- - Runners-up (5): 1974, 1985, 1990, 2003, 2011
- Swiss League Cup
- - Runners-up (1): 1977

Notable former players

- Ansi Agolli
- Claudio Borghi
- Joel Griffiths
- Trifon Ivanov
- Thimothée Atouba
- Joseph Ndo
- Hossam Hassan
- Hany Ramzy
- Niklas Tarvajärvi
- Gilbert Gress
- Horst Blankenburg
- Uli Stielike
- Auðun Helgason
- Don Givens

- René van der Gijp
- Viorel Moldovan
- Hussein Sulaimani
- Henri Camara
- Papa Bouba Diop
- Kader Mangane
- Kalu Uche
- Xavier Molist
- Alain Geiger
- Stéphane Henchoz
- Stephan Keller
- Xavier Margairaz
- Steve von Bergen

Transfer dispute

In January 2006 the club was involved in a dispute with Leeds United A.F.C. after the sale of Australian midfielder Joel Griffiths.

Leeds approached football's governing body via the the Football Association after Neuchatel Xamax refused to release international clearance for Griffiths despite having agreed to sell the midfielder to United for £28,000.

FIFA found in Leeds' favour and General Secretary Urs Linsi signed off the international transfer certificate that gave Joel the green light to begin his playing career at Elland Road.

Former coaches

- Nestor Clausen
- Roy Hodgson
- Gilbert Gress
- Miroslav Blažević
- Didier Ollé-Nicolle
- Joaquín Caparrós
- Víctor Muñoz

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