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FC Lausanne-Sport

FC Lausanne-Sport logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Lausanne-Sport
Nickname(s)Les bleu et blanc (The Blue and White)
Founded1896; 125 years ago (1896)
GroundStade de la Tuilière
PresidentDavid Thompson
ManagerGiorgio Contini
LeagueSwiss Super League
2019-20Swiss Challenge League, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

FC Lausanne-Sport (also referred to as LS) is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud. Founded in 1896, Lausanne Sport currently plays in the Swiss Super League, the highest tier of football in the country, and hosts games at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise. The team has won seven league titles and the Swiss Cup nine times.


Chart of FC Lausanne-Sport table positions in the Swiss football league system

The club was founded in 1896 under the name of Montriond Lausanne. However, the Lausanne Football and Cricket Club was established in 1860, believed to be the oldest football club on the European continent by some historians. The club took the name Lausanne-Sports FC in 1920 after the football section merged with the Club Hygiénique de Lausanne, a physical education club. The club plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, a 15,850 all-seater stadium used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They played in Swiss First Division between 1906 and 1931 and 1932-2002.

After the 2001-02 season, Lausanne-Sports were relegated because the club did not obtain a first level license for the 2002-03 season. Following the 2002-03 season in the second division, Lausanne-Sports FC were again relegated due to bankruptcy. They were reformed as FC Lausanne-Sport for the 2003-04 season and had to begin play at the fourth tier. The team was promoted in consecutive seasons from the fourth division after the 2003-04 season and the third division after the 2004-05 season. After an additional six years in the second tier of Swiss football, the club was promoted to the Super League for the 2011-12 season.

Lausanne-Sport qualified for the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League after they reached the 2010 Swiss Cup final against Champions League-qualified Basel. In the 2010-11 Europa League, while still playing in the second tier Challenge League, they performed a shock getting to the group stages beating favourites Lokomotiv Moscow on the way.

Lausanne-Sport were relegated to the Swiss Challenge League at the end of the 2013-14 Swiss Super League season.[1] Two years later, they finished first in the 2015-16 Swiss Challenge League, which promoted them back to the top tier of Swiss football for the 2016-17 season.[2]

On 13 November 2017, the club was acquired by Ineos, a Swiss-based British petrochemicals company owned by Jim Ratcliffe, the nation's wealthiest person.[3] The first transfer under the new ownership was that of Enzo Fernández, son of Zinedine Zidane.[4] However, the season ended with relegation. Ratcliffe's brother Bob became club president in March 2019.[5] The club won promotion back to the top flight as champions of the 2019-20 Swiss Challenge League.[6]





Current squad

As of 11 December 2020[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Switzerland  SUI Thomas Castella
2 MF Ivory Coast CIV Trazié Thomas (on loan from Nice)
4 DF Germany GER Moritz Jenz
5 DF Switzerland  SUI Noah Loosli
6 DF Portugal POR Elton Monteiro
7 MF Croatia CRO Stjepan Kukuruzovi? (captain)
8 MF Switzerland  SUI Joël Geissmann
9 FW France FRA Evann Guessand (on loan from Nice)
10 FW France FRA Lucas Da Cunha (on loan from Nice)
11 FW Burkina Faso BFA Anthony Koura
13 DF Norway NOR Per-Egil Flo
17 FW Norway NOR Rafik Zekhnini (on loan from Fiorentina)
18 GK Switzerland  SUI Noah Falk
19 MF Switzerland  SUI Christian Schneuwly
21 MF Switzerland  SUI Cameron Puertas
22 DF Switzerland  SUI Marc Tsoungui
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 DF Ivory Coast CIV Armel Zohouri (on loan from Nice)
25 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Boranija?evi?
30 DF Switzerland  SUI Nicolas Gétaz
33 FW Switzerland  SUI Isaac Schmidt
37 DF France FRA Ange Nanizayamo
38 MF Portugal POR Pedro Brazão (on loan from Nice)
39 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Josias Lukembila
40 GK Senegal SEN Mory Diaw
44 FW Portugal POR Joël Monteiro
45 MF Switzerland  SUI Stéphane Cueni
46 MF Portugal POR Alvyn Sanches
47 FW Kosovo KVX Florian Hysenaj
48 MF Switzerland  SUI Théo Rochat
66 MF Switzerland  SUI Gabriel Bares
99 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Aldin Turke?
FW Switzerland  SUI Simone Rapp

Former players

Former coaches

Recent seasons

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:[10][11]

Season Division Tier Position
2005-06 Challenge League II 3rd
2006-07 13th
2007-08 13th
2008-09 7th
2009-10 10th
2010-11 1st ?
2011-12 Super League I 7th
2012-13 9th
2013-14 10th ?
2014-15 Challenge League II 5th
2015-16 1st ?
2016-17 Super League I 9th
2017-18 10th ?
2018-19 Challenge League II 3rd

Lausanne-Sports Rowing

Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the rowing club of Lausanne-Sport.


  1. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport relégué" (in French). 4 May 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Lausanne accède à l'élite" (in French). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Wilson, Bill (13 November 2017). "Chemicals giant Ineos buys Swiss football team". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Enzo Zidane leaves Alaves for Lausanne revolution". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "After buying Team Sky, Ineos makes change at Lausanne-Sport". The Seattle Times. The Associated Pres. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Bob Ratcliffe: "Tout le monde doit voir le LS comme une équipe de Super League"" [Bob Ratcliffe: "Everyone must see LS as a Super League team"] (in French). RTS. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "1ère équipe" [1st team] (in French). FC Lausanne-Sport. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Le FC Lausanne-Sport limoge Simone et mise sur Celestini" (in French). 24 March 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Celestini prolonge trois ans au FC Lausanne-Sport" (in French). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Archives des saisons - Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Archives des saisons - Super League" (in French). Retrieved 2016.

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