FC Wil

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FC Wil
FC Wil logo.svg
Full nameFussball Club Wil 1900
Founded1900; 119 years ago (1900)
GroundIGP Arena
Capacity6,000[1]
ChairmanMaurice Weber
ManagerCiriaco Sforza
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
2018–195th

FC Wil (Fussball Club Wil 1900) is a football club based in Wil, Switzerland. They play in the IGP Arena, which has a total capacity of 6,000. The club has consistently played in the Swiss second tier since regaining promotion in 1992, aside from two seasons in the Nationalliga A between 2002 and 2004, and won the Swiss Cup once in 2004.

The club considers its primary purpose to be a stepping stone for young players and work closely together with FC St. Gallen[2]. It has contributed to the development of several players that currently play in the Super League, some of whom appeared in the Swiss national team, most notably Fabian Schär.

Chart of FC Wil table positions in the Swiss football league system

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

FC Wil was formed in 1900 in the east of Switzerland by two workers from England. Initially, they were known as FC Stella. In 1902 the club was renamed as FC Fors, before taking their hometown's name in 1907.

After ceasing operations in World War I and a revival in 1920, the club achieved promotion to the second division in 1922 before being forced to withdraw from the competition due to losing most of their players. Thanks to a particularly talented youth team, which won the Swiss youth competition in 1937, the club was able to build a base for a new team. They soon achieved several promotions in 1943, 1945, 1949, and 1952 to reach the Nationalliga B, from where they were relegated in 1954 as their golden generation began to retire.

From there, the club spend several decades in the lower leagues until in 1988, where the club appointed Christian Gross as player manager. Gross managed the club between 1988 and 1993 and achieved two promotions to reach the NLB for the second time, before leaving for Grasshopper Club Zürich.[3]

Promotion to Nationalliga A[edit]

In 2002 Wil were promoted to the top flight for the first time in history. They achieved a 4th place in their first season, earning themselves a place in the Intertoto Cup. The following season, they reached the third round in their European debut, losing to FC Nantes.[4] A week after a record breaking 11–3 win against local rivals FC St. Gallen, club president Andreas Hafen was discovered to have embezzled 51 million Swiss francs (40 million USD) from the UBS Bank. He was given a jail term of five years. Approximately 10 million Swiss francs was discovered to have ended up at the club, whose repayment UBS waived as the other board members knew nothing of it.[5]

After the Andreas Hafen saga the club was taken over by Ukrainian footballer Igor Belanov and his time in charge of the club was marked by a frequent changes of coaches. FC Wil won the final of the Swiss Cup against Grasshopper Club Zürich while at the same time being relegated to the second division, under the management of Aleksandr Zavarov (who, lacking the necessary UEFA licence to be a coach, was officially given the position of director of football).

Recent history[edit]

In July 2015, FC Wil was taken over by Turkish investors MNG group.[6] After an 18-month involvement with the team they abruptly pulled out in January 2017, leaving the club to its own devices. A task-force has formed as a result to save the club from bankruptcy, with the mission of significantly reducing the exorbitant expenses introduced by the investors.[7]

Roger Bigger returned as president to stabilize the club, after having resigned with the arrival of the investors. However, he definitively stepped down in November 2017, having led the club since 2003.[8] As a result, the club has elected a new board consisting of members based in the region. Contrary to the former investors' ambitions to play in the Europa League, it pledged to return to its roots as a team that focuses on developing and furthering the careers of younger players, settling securely in the Challenge League.[9]

Honours[edit]

2004

Stadium[edit]

FC Wil play FC St. Gallen at the new IGP Arena

Wil play in the IGP Arena with a total capacity of 6,000. The stadium contains 700 seats and 5,400 standing places.

It is part of the larger facility Sportpark Bergholz, which also contains swimming pools and an ice hockey rink, and was renamed in 2013 to bear the name of its sponsor IGP Pulvertechnik.[10][11]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 September 2019 [12] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Živko Kostadinović
4 Switzerland DF Lars Traber
5 Switzerland DF Lindrit Kamberi (on loan from Zürich)
6 Switzerland MF Joël Schmied (on loan from Young Boys)
7 Serbia MF Radivoj Bosić
8 Kosovo MF Mergim Brahimi
9 Switzerland FW Filip Stojilkovic
10 Switzerland MF Kwadwo Duah
11 Brazil FW Sílvio
13 Switzerland GK Gianluca Tolino
14 Switzerland DF Silvano Schäppi
17 Switzerland MF Ajet Seijdja
No. Position Player
19 Switzerland DF Jan Wörnhard
20 Switzerland MF Kastrijot Ndau
21 Kosovo MF Eris Abedini
22 Kosovo MF Valon Fazliu
23 Switzerland MF Fabian Rohner (on loan from Zürich)
25 Switzerland DF Nick von Niederhäusern
27 Switzerland MF Philipp Muntwiler
31 Switzerland MF Dominik Schmid
32 Switzerland MF Bledian Krasniqi (on loan from Zürich)
42 Switzerland GK Yuri-Gino Klein
47 Switzerland DF Mattia Celant
98 Kosovo DF Fuad Rahimi

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Former players[edit]

European Cup History[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2004/05 UEFA Cup Q2 Slovakia Dukla Banská Bystrica 1–3 1–1 2–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fcwil.ch/igp-arena
  2. ^ "FCO – Mannschaften". futurechamps.ch. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  3. ^ "FC Wil – Die Vereinsgeschichte". WilNET.ch. Retrieved 5 Oct 2019.
  4. ^ "45-minütiges Feuerwerk | St.Galler Tagblatt". web.archive.org. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  5. ^ "Veruntreuung in Millionenhöhe? | Tb-th | St.Galler Tagblatt". web.archive.org. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  6. ^ "FC Wil: Türkische Investoren wollen mit Wil hoch hinaus". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  7. ^ fcwil (2017-02-08). ""Wir lassen den FC Wil 1900 nicht im Regen stehen"". www.fcwil.ch (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  8. ^ "Roger Bigger verlässt den FC Wil". SRF.ch. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Maurice Weber neuer Präsident". Retrieved 13 Dec 2017.
  10. ^ "IGP sichert sich Naming-Right am Wiler Bergholz". fcwil.ch. FC Wil 1900 AG. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.fcwil.ch/igp-arena
  12. ^ League, Swiss Football. "FC Wil 1900– Swiss Football League". sfl.ch. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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