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FC Aarau
Full nameFussball-Club Aarau
Founded1902; 119 years ago (1902)
GroundStadion Brügglifeld,
Aarau
Capacity9,249
ChairmanAlfred Schmid
ManagerStephan Keller
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
2019–208th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Aarau is a Swiss football club, based in Aarau. They play in the Swiss Challenge League, the second tier of Swiss football after being relegated from Swiss Super League.

History

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

FC Aarau was formed on 26 May 1902 by workers from a local brewery. The early days of the club were a success and they won the Swiss championship in 1911–12 and then again in 1913–14. The club spent 25 years, from 1907 to 1933, in the top league but were relegated to the lower league and were unable to return to the top flight for a number of decades. In the 1980–81 season the club were able to return to the top league in the Swiss football pyramid after a 3–1 victory over Vevey-Sports. They have stayed there ever since and in the 1992–93 season they won the Swiss National League A managed by Austrian Rolf Fringer.

The club have also had success in the Swiss Cup finishing as runners up in 1930, 1989. In 1985 Aarau tasted their only victory in the Swiss Cup, coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld.

At the end of 2002 the club was almost in financial ruin. They were saved when the then Club President Michael Hunziker made 4,500 shares available to purchase. This succeeded in staving off the threat of liquidation.

FC Aarau is also known as a lucky team as they have been in the top flight since 1981 and barely escaped relegation on numerous occasions earning the club the nickname 'Die Unabsteigbaren' which translates into 'those that cannot be relegated.'

Club Structure

On 7 January 2003, with the club on the brink of financial ruin, a total of 4,500 shares were issued for a total of 1,510,000 Swiss francs. A new holding company, FC Aarau Ltd, was set up to administer the club. FC Aarau Ltd are responsible for the implementation, organization and management of professional football games of the 1st XI and the performance of teams in the junior area. Since 2006 the old club FC Aarau 1902 has only been in charge of children's and women's teams.

The current President of FC Aarau Ltd is local entrepreneur Alfred Schmid, who has been in charge since 13 June 2007. FC Aarau 1902 is looked after by Peter Villiger.

Former manager Urs Schönenberger stood down in 2006 and the role was assumed by his assistant manager Ruedi Zahner. Ruedi was born in Aarau and spent nine years at the club as a player in two separate spells. However his appointment only lasted a few months. During the winter break in the 2006/07 season Zahner was replaced by FC Baden coach Ryszard Komornicki on a temporary basis. However, with relegation looming Gilbert Gress was brought in with three games to go. The move was a success and the club gained 5 points from the remaining games and so escaped relegation by one point. Gilbert Gress decided not to renew his contract with the club and so former Polish international Ryszard Komornicki returned. He has signed a contract until Summer 2010 but was replaced in June 2009 by Jeff Saibene who didn't last long as he was sacked on 12 October after Aarau achieved only 5 points in 12 games.

Honours

Leagues

National League A/Top League

Swiss Challenge League

Cups

Swiss Cup

Swiss League Cup

Players

Current squad

As of 1 February 2021[1]

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 Simon Enzler (on loan from Luzern)
2 DF Switzerland  SUI Marco Thaler
3 DF Switzerland  SUI Jérôme Thiesson
4 DF Switzerland  SUI Binjamin Hasani
5 DF Netherlands NED Léon Bergsma
7 MF Switzerland  SUI Kevin Spadanuda
8 MF Switzerland  SUI Olivier Jäckle (vice-captain)
9 MF Kosovo KVX Liridon Balaj
10 MF Albania ALB Shkëlzen Gashi
11 MF Kosovo KVX Donat Rrudhani
12 GK Switzerland  SUI Nicholas Ammeter
13 MF Montenegro MNE Elsad Zverotić (captain)
14 DF Switzerland  SUI Nicolas Schindelholz
19 MF Switzerland  SUI Silvan Schwegler
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Kosovo KVX Milot Avdyli
21 MF Switzerland  SUI Mats Hammerich
22 DF Albania ALB Arijan Qollaku
24 DF Switzerland  SUI Bastien Conus
25 MF Switzerland  SUI Marco Aratore
26 FW Portugal POR Mickael Almeida (on loan from Chiasso)
27 FW North Macedonia MKD Ersan Hajdari
29 FW Switzerland  SUI Noah Boakye
33 MF Switzerland  SUI Flavio Caserta
34 DF Switzerland  SUI Raoul Giger
40 MF Switzerland  SUI Randy Schneider (on loan from Grasshoppers U21)
44 DF Belgium BEL Bryan Verboom
70 MF Venezuela VEN Miguel Peralta
99 FW Switzerland  SUI Filip Stojilković (on loan from Sion)

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF Switzerland  SUI Stevan Lujić (at FC Chiasso until 30 June 2021)
23 GK Switzerland  SUI Anthony von Arx (at SC Cham until 30 June 2021)
52 GK Switzerland  SUI Marvin Hübel (at FC Baden until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Switzerland  SUI Joël Bonorand (at Young Fellows Juventus until 30 June 2021)
MF Switzerland  SUI Gentrim Uka (at FC Baden until 30 June 2021)

Stadium

Aarau play their home games in Stadion Brügglifeld. The current capacity is 9'249 seats, divided into 1'499 covered seats (of which 1'187 seats are in the main stand and 312 additional seats on the smaller grandstand). The remainder is an uncovered terracing area which has space for 7,750. The away supporters are housed behind one goal, to the right of where the players run out. This has space for 1,500.

The stadium was opened on 12 October 1924 with a friendly game against local side FC Zürich. A new main stand was added in 1982 and in the 1990s the addition of a smaller grandstand and a complete renovation of the standing areas. The stadium is on the municipality of Suhr.

In 2008 the latest proposals were put forward for a new urban development to include a new home for FC Aarau. The Mittelland Arena, in the heart of Central Park in Aarau, should be used to cover 12,500 seats. On 25 September 2005 the proposal for the new development, including the football stadium and a shopping centre, were rejected by the people of Aarau in a referendum. FC Aarau Ltd and the city council are currently working on a new solution for the club as the current stadium is considered to be not good enough for top-flight football. The Swiss Football Association is unhappy at its use in the top flight.

Supporters

FC Aarau supporters are known as a very passionate group, despite their relatively small numbers in comparison to many other teams in Switzerland. There are many fan groups but the most popular is known as Szene Aarau.

Rivalries

Despite their close proximity to Zürich, Aarau fans have no dislike of either FC Zürich or Grasshopper Club Zürich. Their rivalries are with FC St. Gallen, FC Schaffhausen and FC Luzern. These are due to a number of historical reasons.[citation needed]

FC Aarau in Europe

First Leg Date Second Leg Date Competition Opposition First Leg Second Leg Overall Result
18. September 1985 2 October 1985 Cup Winners Cup (1st round) FK Crvena Zvezda Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 0:2 (A) 2:2 (H) 2:4
7 September 1988 5 October 1988 UEFA Cup (1st round) 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig East Germany 0:3 (H) 0:4 (A) 0:7
18 August 1993 1 September 1993 Champions League(Qualification) Omonia Nicosia Cyprus 1:2 (A) 2:0 (H) 3:2
15 September 1993 29 September 1993 UEFA Champions League (1st round) AC Milan Italy 0:1 (H) 0:0 (A) 0:1
9 August 1994 23 August 1994 UEFA Cup (Qualification) NK Mura Slovenia 1:0 (H) 1:0 (A) 2:0
13 September 1994 27 September 1994 UEFA Cup (1st round) CS Marítimo Funchal Portugal 0:0 (H) 0:1 (A) 0:1
6 August 1996 20 August 1996 UEFA Cup (Qualification) FC Lantana Tallinn Estonia 4:0 (H) 0:2 (A) 4:2
10. September 1996 24. September 1996 UEFA Cup (1st round) Brøndby IF Denmark 0:5 (A) 0:2 (H) 0:7

Former players

See also: Category:FC Aarau players

Former coaches

See also: Category:FC Aarau managers

  • 1933–1934: Fritz Kerr
  • 1934–1935: Hammerlindl
  • 1934–1935: Josef Stocker
  • 1934–1935: Rudolf Kiss
  • 1935–1936: Karl Schrenk
  • 1936–1938: Bela Volentik
  • 1938–1939: A. Sutter
  • 1939: Fritz Heine
  • 1939–1940: Fritz Kerr
  • 1940–1941: Fritz Heine
  • 1941–1942: Walter Suter
  • 1942–1943: Fritz Heine
  • 1943–1946: Franz Sobotka
  • 1946–1948: Emil Ludwig
  • 1948–1950: Richard Longrin
  • 1950–1951: H. Schneeberger
  • 1950–1951: Urs Weber
  • 1950–1951: Werner Schaer
  • 1951–1953: Walter Presch
  • 1953: Otto Imhof
  • 1953–1954: Hermann Czischek
  • 1954–1955: Fritz Kerr
  • 1955–1956: Max Isler
  • 1956–1958: Armin Scheurer

FC Aarau U21

The youth team, known as Team Aargau U21, is playing in the fourth tier (2. Liga Interregional).

References

  1. ^ "1. Mannschaft" [1st team] (in German). FC Aarau.