FC Winterthur

FC Winterthur is a Swiss football club based in Winterthur, Canton of Zurich. They play in the Swiss Challenge League, the second tier of Swiss football, and appeared regularly in the Nationalliga A during the 20th century. Their home is the Stadion Schutzenwiese.

History

The club was founded in 1896 by students of the local school of engineering and following a fusion with two local teams, it was called Vereinigte Fussballclubs Winterthur between 1929 and 1946. They enjoyed their best success in the early part of the 20th century winning the Swiss Championship three times (in 1906, 1908 and 1917), before consecutive relegations in 1931 and 1934. They played in the lower leagues until regaining promotion to the Nationalliga B in 1950. They have since stayed in the second division for most of their history, except for several appearances in the Nationalliga A, from where they were most recently relegated in 1978 following a promotion ten years prior. Notable managers from this period include Gabet Chapuisat, Wolfgang Frank, Rene Hussy, Timo Konietzka, and Willy Sommer

They famously lost to West Auckland F.C., an English amateur team in what is thought to be the first international football club competition, the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. The club have also reached the final of the Swiss League Cup in 1972 and 1973 and Swiss Cup in 1968 and 1975, however lost on every occasion.

In 2005–06 season the club finished 14th place in the Challenge League. Despite performing poorly in the league, they made it to the semi finals of the Swiss Cup by defeating Grasshoppers, Lucerne and Servette, before losing to eventual winners Sion at home.

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FC Winterthur

team squad

goalkeepers
Raphael Spiegel
1
Raphael Spiegel
GT
18
Gianluca Tolino
JP
36
Jozef Pukaj
defenders
TS
3
Tobias Schattin
GI
4
Gabriel Isik
RG
5
Roy Gelmi
MC
6
Marin Cavar
MG
15
Michael Goncalves
AG
19
Adrian Gantenbein
FB
20
Florian Baak
YP
22
Yannick Pauli
GL
23
Granit Lekaj
JR
25
Julian Roth
SD
28
Souleymane Diaby
NL
33
Noah Lovisa
PH
34
Pascal Hammer
midfielders
GP
7
Gezim Pepsi
SR
8
Samir Ramizi
RA
10
Roberto Alves
TC
14
Thibault Corbaz
RA
16
Remo Arnold
KC
21
Kevin Costinha
SL
24
Sayfallah Ltaief
SK
26
Silvan Kriz
AD
35
Arlind Dakaj