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Servette FC Genéve

Servette FC Genéve is a football (soccer) club from Switzerland.

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About Servette FC Genéve

Servette FC is a Switzerland Association football club, based in Geneva currently playing in the Swiss Super League. They were playing in the Swiss Challenge League, the second highest tier of Swiss football having been relegated from the Swiss Super League at the end of 2004/05 season. However, they earned promotion to the Super League after defeating Bellinzona in a relegation/promotion playoff at May 31, 2011 and have since then settled themselves once more in the Swiss Elite.

History

Founded in 1890, Servette was the leading club in French speaking Switzerland, having won 17 Swiss league championships and seven Swiss cups. Servette were also winners of the Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva, one of the very first international football competitions in the world, in 1908. In 1930 Servette organized Coupe des Nations 1930, the predecessor of UEFA Champions League.

Led by Umberto Barberis and Claude Andrey, in 1978-1979 the club won all the competitions it had entered - with the exception of the European Cup Winners' Cup where it was eliminated in quarter finals without losing by Fortuna Düsseldorf, that year's finalist. Barberis then became French champion in 1982 with AS Monaco FC.

Until its bankruptcy, Servette was the only club to have remained in the top league since its creation in 1890.

Bankruptcy


In the 2005-06 season, a rejuvenated Servette secured promotion to the Swiss Challenge League, the second highest division in Switzerland.

In the 2010-11 season, Servette finished 2nd in the Challenge League, thereby qualifying for a relegation/promotion play-off against Super League team AC Bellinzona. Servette lost the initial match in Bellinzona 1-0, but won the return match 3-1 and winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate, securing promotion to the Swiss Super League.

Stadium

The home ground of Servette is the recently built Stade de Genève. It was inaugurated on March 16, 2003 after three years of construction. The opening match was played between Servette and BSC Young Boys. With an all-seater capacity of 30,084, the Stade de Genève is the third largest stadium in Switzerland, and hosted three group matches in the UEFA Euro 2008.

Servette moved to the Stade de Genève from their old ground, the Charmilles Stadium, in 2003. The Charmilles was inaugurated on June 28, 1930, with the first game drawing a crowd of 14,000 on the first match of the Coupe des Nations 1930. The official capacity peaked at 30,000, but a record 40,000 spectators managed to squeeze in for the international game between Switzerland national football team and France national football team on October 14, 1951. Flood lights were installed in 1977 and the stands were entirely covered in 1983. The capacity gradually diminished from the 1980s onward, first to 20,000 in 1985 and then to 9,250 in 1998 when the stadium became an all-seater.

Plans for a new stadium were first launched in 1984, in response to the Charmilles becoming increasingly outdated and run down. A project committee was established in 1992, which proposed to either rebuild the stadium over the course of four years or construct a new stadium elsewhere in Geneva. Meanwhile, with more substantial plans failing to materialize, the poor state of the old stadium became apparent when the main stand, the Tribune A, was declared unsafe in 1995 and closed off. A renovation project began the following year, which saw the main stand re-opened and seats eventually being installed throughout the stadium. Servette would secure another Swiss Championship and a Cup trophy while playing at the Charmilles, before construction on the new Stade de Genève finally commenced in 2000. The last match was played on December 8, 2002 in front of a capacity crowd.





Staff

Sports Director
- Costinha

Head Coach
- João Carlos Pereira

Assistant Coach
- Oscar Londono

Goalkeeper Coach
- Pascal Marguerat

Advisor
- Eugène Chappuis

Masseur
- Thierry Nykiel

Physio
- Denis Onkelinx

Doctor
- Finn Mahler

Notable players



- Harutyun Vardanyan
- Michel Renquin
- Sonny Anderson
- Martin Petrov
- Jean Beausejour
- Jorge Valdivia
- John Eriksen
- Martin Chivers
- Christian Karembeu
- Oliver Neuville
- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
- Hossein-Ali Khan Sardar
- Boško Gjurovski

- Fouzi El Brazi
- Viorel Moldovan
- Igor Dobrovolski
- Roberto Merino
- Jan Eriksson
- Mats Magnusson
- Håkan Mild
- Julián Estéban
- Alexander Frei
- Ivan Lavrinets
- Kubilay Türkyilmaz
- Mohamed Kader
- Matías Vitkieviez

Managers

(1919–29)
- Frido Barth (1929)
- Teddy Duckworth (1930)
- Karl Rappan (1932–35)
- Leo Weisz (1935–36)
- Robert Pache / Albert Guinchard (1936–37)
- Otto Hoëss (1937)
- André Abegglen (1937–42)
- Léo Wionsowski (1942–43)
- Fernand Jaccard (1943–48)
- Karl Rappan (1948–53)
- Albert Châtelain (1953–54)
- Karl Rappan / Albert Châtelain (1954–55)
- Karl Rappan / Theo Brinek (1955–56)
- Karl Rappan (1956–57)
- Jenő Vincze (1957–58)
- Frank Séchehaye (1958–59)
- Jean Snella (1959–63)
- Lucien Leduc (1963–66)
- Roger Vonlanthen (1966)
- Béla Guttmann (1966–67)
- Gilbert Dutoît (1967)
- Jean Snella (1967–71)
- Henri Gillet (1971–72)
- Jürgen Sundermann (1972–76)
- Peter Pazmandy (1976–82)
- Guy Mathez (1982–85)
- Jean-Marc Guillou (1985–86)
(1986–88)
- Jean-Claude Donzé (1988–89)
- Péter Pázmándy (1989–90)
- Ruud Krol (1990)
- Gilbert Gress (1990–91)
- Jean Thissen (1991)
- Bernard Mocellin / Jacky Barlie / Heinz Hermann (1991)
- Michel Renquin (1991–93)
- Ilija Petković (1993–95)
- Bernard Challandes (1995)
- Umberto Barberis (1995–96)
- Vujadin Boškov (1996–97)
- Guy Mathez (1997)
- Gérard Castella (1997–99)
- Boško Gjurovski (1999)
- René Exbrayat (1999-00)
- Lucien Favre (2000–02)
- Roberto Morinini (2002–03)
- Adrian Ursea (2003)
- Marco Schällibaum (2003–04)
- Adrian Ursea / Stefano Ceccaroni (2004)
- Diego Sessolo (2004–05)
- Jean-Michel Aeby (2005–08)
- Michel Sauthier (2008-08)
- Gérard Castella (2008–09)
- William Niderhauser (2009)
- João Resende Alves (2009–2011)
- João Carlos Pereira (2011-)
: 17
- - 1906/1907 football season in Switzerland, 1917/1918 football season in Switzerland, 1921/1922 football season in Switzerland, 1924/1925 football season in Switzerland, 1925/1926 football season in Switzerland, 1929/1930 football season in Switzerland, 1932/1933 football season in Switzerland, 1933/1934 football season in Switzerland, 1939/1940 football season in Switzerland, 1945/1946 football season in Switzerland, 1949/1950 football season in Switzerland, 1960/1961 football season in Switzerland, 1961/1962 football season in Switzerland, 1978/1979 football season in Switzerland, 1984/1985 football season in Switzerland, 1993/1994 football season in Switzerland, 1998/1999 football season in Switzerland

- Swiss Cup: 7
- - 1928, 1949, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1984, 2001

- Coppa delle Alpi: 4
- - 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979

- Swiss League Cup: 3
- - 1977, 1979, 1980

- Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva: 1
- - 1908




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