CS Fola Esch


Sporting Circle Fola Esch (French: Cercle sportif Fola Esch), usually abbreviated to Fola Esch or simply Fola, is a football club, based in Esch-sur-Alzette, in south-western Luxembourg. They play their home games at Stade Émile Mayrisch, in the south of the city, which they share with their sister athletics club CA Fola Esch.

Fola Esch
Full nameCercle sportif Fola Esch
Founded1906 (115 years ago)
GroundStade Émile Mayrisch
Capacity7,826
ChairmanGérard Lopez
ManagerSébastien Grandjean
LeagueLuxembourg National Division
2020–211st (champions)
WebsiteClub website

History


Founded in 1906 by the English language teacher Jean Roeder, Fola was the first football club in Luxembourg. During its heyday, it was the best club in the country, winning four National Division championships and two Luxembourg Cups between 1918 and 1924. Fola won another championship in 1930 and the Luxembourg Cup in 1955, but had since this time lost its place in Luxembourg's top flight.

Fola stubbornly rejected a merger with its larger neighbours, Jeunesse Esch, during the wave of consolidation in the 1990s. In 2004–05, Fola were relegated to the third tier of Luxembourgish football, but were promoted the following season. In 2006–07 they finished third, qualifying for a promotion play-off, which they lost to Victoria Rosport. In August 2007, Fola pulled off a transfer coup by signing former Morocco midfielder Mustapha Hadji.

In 2008, the club managed to secure second place in the championship, granting them promotion to the Fortis League (National Division, the top league in the country, renamed BGL League in March 2009 due to the financial crisis).[1]

In May 2013, CS Fola Esch won the championship in the BGL Ligue with a historic 5–1 win against their rivals, Jeunesse Esch in the 25th match of the season. The club had a gap of 83 years since their last championship. Stefano Bensi scored 20 goals during this season.

Fola participated in the second qualifying round of the Champions League 2013–14, but lost to Dinamo Zagreb 0–5 in the first leg (at home) and 0–1 in the second leg (away). In 2015, Fola won the championship again, after finishing second in 2014. In 2016 they again finished second with an equal number of points with the champions, F91 Dudelange.

In 2016 CS Fola Esch, celebrated their 110th birthday, and also became a member of the exclusive Club of Pioneers, as the oldest football club of Luxembourg.

History

  • 1906: Club founded as Football and Lawn Tennis Club Esch
  • 1907: Adopts current colours of red and white stripes
  • 1910: Absorbs FC Nerva, becoming Cercle sportif Fola Esch
  • 1918: Wins first championship title
  • 1924: Wins the Double
  • 1930: Wins last championship title for the next 83 years
  • 1935: Moves to current stadium, Stade Émile Mayrisch
  • 1955: Wins Luxembourg Cup, last title before a long lean period
  • 1973: First participation in European competition (season 1973–74)
  • 2013: Wins first championship since 83 years, followed by another champion title in 2015
  • 2017: First qualification to the second round and to the third round in European competition

Honours


National Division

Luxembourg Cup

  • Winners: 1922–23, 1923–24, 1954–55
  • Runners-up: 1972–73

European competition


As of 11 July 2017[2]
Rank Country Team Points
317 FK Mladost Podgorica 3.550
318 NK Široki Brijeg 3.550
319 FC Irtysh Pavlodar 3.550
320 CS Fola Esch 3.475
321 FC Differdange 03 3.475
322 PFC Slavia Sofia 3.425
As of match played 3 August 2017
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 4 0 1 3 1 10
UEFA Europa League 12 3 3 6 11 17
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 0 0 2 1 11
Total 18 3 4 11 13 38

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Beroe Stara Zagora 0–7 1–4 1–11
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Elfsborg 1–1 0–4 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Dinamo Zagreb 0–5 0–1 0–6
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Göteborg 0–2 0–0 0–2
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Dinamo Zagreb 0–3 1–1 1–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Aberdeen 1–0 1–3 2–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Milsami Orhei 2–1 1–1 3–2
2Q Inter Baku 4–1 0–1 4–2
3Q Östersund 1–2 0–1 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Prishtina 0–0 0–0 0–0 (5–4p)
2Q Genk 1–4 0–5 1–9
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Chikhura Sachkhere 1–2 1–2 2–4
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 1Q Sheriff Tiraspol N/A 0–2 N/A
UEFA Europa League 2Q Ararat-Armenia N/A 3–4 (aet) N/A
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q

Current squad


As of 9 March 2021.[3]

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  FRA Thomas Hym
2 DF  LUX Hugo Domingos
3 MF  POR Diogo Pimentel
4 MF  COD Rodrigue Dikaba
5 MF  LUX Tiago Semedo
6 DF  LUX Billy Bernard
7 MF  CPV Gilson Delgado
8 MF  BIH Veldin Muharemović
9 FW  FRA Gautier Caron
10 FW  LUX Stefano Bensi
11 FW  FRA Jules Diallo
12 MF  LUX Bruno Frere
13 DF  BIH Amar Omerović
14 DF  LUX Cédric Sacras
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW  ALG Idir Boutrif
17 FW  FRA Achraf Drif
18 MF  LUX Dejvid Sinani
19 MF  ENG Alexander Cvetkovic
20 MF  LUX Lucas Correia
21 DF  MAD Sylvio Ouassiero
22 GK  LUX Evan Da Costa
24 MF  LUX Bob Simon
27 FW  FRA Zachary Hadji
28 DF  FRA Julien Klein
29 FW  LUX Issam El Alami
33 GK  LUX Emanuel Cabral
46 DF  FRA Guillaume Mura
99 GK  LUX Dylan Perreira

Former coaches


ManagerAppointedDimsissed
Henri Bossi1 July 198830 June 1989
Henri Bossi23 September 199330 June 1994
Pascal Welter19 February 20005 November 2002
Philippe Guérard10 November 200525 March 2006
Michael Lofy1 July 200823 March 2009
Pascal Welter13 April 200916 October 2009
Philippe Guérard26 October 200931 October 2010
Jeff Strasser2 November 201022 December 2010
Cyril Serredszum22 December 201030 January 2012
Jeff Strasser1 July 201226 September 2017
Cyril Serredszum27 September 20174 February 2018
Thomas Klasen5 February 201816 August 2018
Jeff Strasser16 August 2018[4]18 May 2020[5]
Sébastien Grandjean18 May 2020[6]present

References


  1. Luxembourg 2007/08 – RSSSF
  2. "UEFA coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA.
  3. "CS Fola Esch – Roster". CS Fola Esch. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. "Official Communication". CS Fola Esch. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. "Offiziell: Strasser wird Hesperinger Trainer" [Official: Strasser becomes Hesperinger trainer]. Luxembourger Wort (in German). Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  6. "OSébastien Grandjean prend les commandes du Fola" [Sébastien Grandjean takes control of Fola]. Luxembourger Wort (in French). Retrieved 20 May 2020.