FC Lausanne-Sport

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.

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
LeagueSwiss Super League
2020–21Swiss Super League, 6th of 10
WebsiteClub website


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 10 June 2021[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   SUI Thomas Castella
2 MF  CIV Trazié Thomas (on loan from Nice)
4 DF  GER Moritz Jenz
5 DF   SUI Noah Loosli
6 DF  POR Elton Monteiro
7 MF   SUI Stjepan Kukuruzović (captain)
8 MF   SUI Joël Geissmann
9 FW  FRA Evann Guessand (on loan from Nice)
10 FW  FRA Lucas Da Cunha (on loan from Nice)
11 MF  CIV Brahima Ouattara (on loan from Nice)
12 FW  COD Jonathan Bolingi (on loan from Antwerp)
13 DF  NOR Per-Egil Flo
17 FW  NOR Rafik Zekhnini (on loan from Fiorentina)
18 GK   SUI Noah Falk
20 MF  FRA Hicham Mahou (on loan from Nice)
21 MF   SUI Cameron Puertas
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   SUI Marc Tsoungui
24 DF  CIV Armel Zohouri (on loan from Nice)
25 DF  SRB Nikola Boranijašević
28 DF  JPN Toichi Suzuki
33 FW   SUI Isaac Schmidt
37 DF  FRA Ange Nanizayamo
38 MF  POR Pedro Brazão (on loan from Nice)
39 FW   SUI Josias Lukembila
40 GK  FRA Mory Diaw
45 MF   SUI Stéphane Cueni
48 MF   SUI Théo Rochat
66 MF   SUI Gabriel Barès
80 MF  POR Alvyn Sanches
99 FW  BIH Aldin Turkeš
FW   SUI Zeki Amdouni

Former players

Former coaches

Recent seasons

Recent season-by-season performance of the club:[11][12]

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
Promoted Relegated

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 28 November 2016.
  2. "Lausanne accède à l'élite" (in French). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. Wilson, Bill (13 November 2017). "Chemicals giant Ineos buys Swiss football team". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. "Enzo Zidane leaves Alaves for Lausanne revolution". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. "After buying Team Sky, Ineos makes change at Lausanne-Sport". The Seattle Times. The Associated Pres. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 30 January 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 25 September 2020.
  7. "1ère équipe" [1st team] (in French). FC Lausanne-Sport. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  8. "Le FC Lausanne-Sport limoge Simone et mise sur Celestini" (in French). 24 March 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. "Celestini prolonge trois ans au FC Lausanne-Sport" (in French). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  10. "GIORGIO CONTINI NEUER CHEFTRAINER BEI GC". Grasshopper Club Zürich. 9 June 2021.
  11. "Archives des saisons – Challenge League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  12. "Archives des saisons – Super League" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2016.