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FC Sion

FC Sion is a football (soccer) club from Switzerland.

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About FC Sion

FC Sion is a Switzerland Association football team from the city of Sion, Switzerland. The club was founded in 1909, and play their home games at the Stade Tourbillon. They have won the Swiss Super League twice, and the Swiss Cup in each of their twelve appearances in the final, the most recent being in 2010-11 Swiss Cup.

The first team also known as Olympique des Alpes SA, as Swiss Football League (the top two levels) requires football clubs to be run as a company.

History

FC Sion were founded in 1909 by Robert Gilliard, who became club captain, and played their first game, a 3-2 win against FC Aigle, the same year. The club grew thanks to contributions from local people, and played their first competitive league fixture in 1914, again a 3-2 victory, this time against FC Monthey. In 1919 Sion formally organised its managerial structure, with Gilliard becoming Vice President, and Charles Aymon taking Presidency. He was rewarded in 2006 with promotion back to the Super League, as well as a victory in the Swiss Cup, becoming the first second tier team to achieve this, with a 5-3 Penalty shoot-out (association football) victory over Young Boys after a 1-1 draw.

Transfer ban saga

In 2008, controversy came to Sion when they signed Essam El-Hadary, leading to a two-year "registration period" ban for Sion from June 2009, and an international playing ban for El-Hadary for four months, due to El-Hadary still being under contract at his former club Al-Ahly S.C.. FC Sion appealed this action, but the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland confirmed the FIFA, DRC and CAS decisions in 2009 and 2010 respectively. However the lengthy legal battle (including the temporary reprieve), meant that the ban was only practically instituted first in the winter window of 2010–11 season.

Although gaining a place in the qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League by winning the previous season's 2010-11 Swiss Cup, Sion were excluded from the Europa League by UEFA after fielding ineligible players in their play-off victory over Celtic F.C. On 2 September, the Swiss Football League rejected the registration of one more player, Brian Amofa.

On 30 September 2011, the SFL decided to provisionally qualify the six new signings, namely Stefan Glarner, Billy Ketkeophomphone, Mario Mutsch, Pascal Feindouno, José Gonçalves and Gabri García, to comply with the ongoing legal process. FC Sion also sued SFL and UEFA respectively in the Tribunal Cantonal de Valais and the Tribunal in Vaud, however both actions were dismissed. The club's earlier appeal was dismissed by UEFA Appeals Body on 13 September. FC Sion also sued SFL and UEFA in CAS, but withdrew the former claim. The hearing of the latter claim was set on 24 November.

On 25 October, the Discipline Commission (French language: Commission de discipline) of SFL suspended all six players for five games. It was reported that each player filed their legal claim in civil court instead of using the Swiss FA and CAS "sports court" system, which the ban was requested by FIFA. On 27 October, as a "provisional and super-provisional measures", UEFA invited FC Sion to a match schedule consultation once UEFA lost the legal battle.

On 31 October 2011, Sion sent a complaint to the European Commission. FIFA also won the legal battle in civil court in November. Previously the civil court of Martigny and Saint-Maurice, Switzerland (both city of Valais) ordered FIFA to confirm the signing of those six players on 3 August, a consequence of law suit brought out by the players. On 16 November, the FIFA and SFL appeal was upheld in the Valais canton court.

On 15 December, CAS upheld the complaints by UEFA, affirming its right to discipline Sion according to previous agreements. CAS also lifted the provisional measures ordered by the Tribunal Cantonal of Vaud (Cour civile) on 5 October 2011. After the ruling, FIFA threatened to suspend Swiss national and club teams from international competition if FC Sion were not appropriately penalized for its ostensible rules violations. In late December 2011, the Swiss Football Association complied with FIFA's demands and penalized Sion 36 standings points (based on how many matches ineligible players were involved), moving the club to last place in the league standings and putting the club at risk of relegation if the ruling stands.

Honours

FC Sion holds the distinction of having never lost a domestic Cup final, with 12 wins in 12 appearances in the Swiss Cup.

- Swiss Super League: 2 - 1991/1992 football season in Switzerland, 1996/1997 football season in Switzerland
- Swiss Cup: 12 - 1965, 1974, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2006, Swiss Cup 2008–09, 2010-11 Swiss Cup It was originally constructed in 1968, and was renovated in 1989. The club also has a training centre in nearby Riddes.

As of 14 January, 2012

Captain (association football) (Vice-captain)



Out on loan



Staff

Management

President
- Christian Constantin

General Manager
- Domenicangelo Massimo

Manager
- Alexandre Zen-Ruffinen

Director of Sport
- Frédéric Chassot

Sports

Head Coach
- Laurent Roussey

Assistant Coach
- Blaise Piffaretti

Teamchef
- Jean-Claude Richard (manager)

Technical Coach
- José Sinval

Goalkeeper Coach
- Marco Pascolo

Medical

Physic Coach
- Philippe Troillet

Advisor
- Zoran Funjak

Masseur
- Omar Boumaraf
- Philippe Hofmann

Doctor
- Roberto Campini

Notable players

Former Personal

- (Head Coach U-17) Umberto Barberis
- (Head Coach U-18) Christian Zermatten

Former coaches

- Miroslav Blažević (1971–76)
- Uli Stielike (2008)
- Alberto Bigon (1996–97), (2007–08)
- Néstor Clausen (2006–07)




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