FC Winterthur

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FC Winterthur
Logo fc winterthur.svg
Basic data
Surname Winterthur football club
Seat Winterthur , Canton of Zurich
founding May 10, 1896
Colours Red White
president Mike Keller
Board Roland Gnägi (Vice President)
Heinz Boksberger (Chief Financial Officer)
Website fcwinterthur.ch
First soccer team
Head coach Ralf Loose
Venue Schützenwiese stadium
Places 9'450
league Challenge League
2019/20 4th rank

The FC Winterthur ( FCW ) is a traditional Swiss football club from Winterthur , who is currently in the Challenge League , the second highest league play. In the 2018/19 season , the club plays at the top of the league and has the highest average attendance in the league.

In its history, the club, founded in 1896, was three times Swiss champion ( 1906 , 1908 and 1916/17 ). After winning the championship in 1908, Winterthur took part in the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy , one of the very first international football club tournaments, and was beaten 2-0 by West Auckland FC in the final after defeating Torino XI in the semifinals . In its last heyday, he played two League Cup finals (1972, 1973) and two Cup finals (1968: defeat by FC Lugano 1: 2, 1975: defeat by FC Basel 1: 2 afterwards). In addition, the FCW took part in the UEFA Intertoto Cup five times from 1970 to 1975 . FC Winterthur is the leader of the eternal table of the National League B, which has not been continued since it was renamed the Challenge League in 2003.


Founding phase (1896–1905)

FC Winterthur was founded on May 10, 1896 by technical college students as Excelsior FC Winterthur . In July of the same year the club was renamed FC Winterthur . A few months later the merger with the Cercle Romand took place . The club joined the Swiss Football Association three years after it was founded, and the team has been participating in regular league play in the second category since the start of the season in 1898. In 1901 the club merged with FC Vereinigung Winterthur , the club for high school students. At the same meeting, a so-called “de-welfare” of the FCW, made up of members from 11 nations (in a commemorative publication of FC Winterthur at the time, there was talk of a “club heavily riddled with novels”) was carried out, as a result of which, according to the club chronicles of FC Winterthur, the francophone players left FC Winterthur independently to found FC Latin Winterthur, which competed with FCW . The competition with FC Latin Winterthur was apparently won quickly by the FCW, at least the Latin soon disappeared from the chronicles of Swiss football. In September of the same year, the Football Association of Eastern Switzerland was founded on the initiative of the club. After this solid season, the club played its first international friendly against FC Alemannia Karlsruhe on May 19, 1902 , which they won 6-1. Apparently motivated by the sporting and financial success of the game, the club signed up for the coming season in Serie A, the highest league in Switzerland at the time. In the second half of the first Serie A season 1902/03, however, you were disqualified after the first game against FC Zurich for playing an unqualified player. After that, the FCW played again for two seasons in the second division after a few players left and registered again for the top division, Serie A, for the 1905/06 season.

The first two championship titles (1905–1915)

The master team from 1906
The master team from 1908

The 1905/06 season began with defeats in all preparatory games (then called "Cup Games"), which meant that the first season in the top division was under bad omen. However, the championship was completely mutually exclusive, with only one point loss due to a draw in the qualifying round, the FCW made the surprise complete and won its first championship title in 1906 as a climber. The double did not succeed in the next season, the team failed as first place in the play-off game of the Eastern Group against the Young Fellows Zurich with equal points . In international games up to the next season, a draw against DFC Prague and the South German champions Karlsruher FV were defeated 2-1 away. In the following season, the team won the second championship title as the superior winner of the eastern group in the final against Young Boys Bern . In the 1908/09 season they almost managed to defend the championship title, but this time they failed against the same opponent that they had defeated in the final game the previous season, with 0: 1. In April 1908, the club was able to take part as the reigning Swiss champions in one of the first international tournaments, the Thomas Lipton Trophy , and made it to the there after a 2-1 victory over Torino XI (made up of players from Juventus Turin and Torino FC ) Final, where they lost 2-0 to West Auckland Town . After the merger with FC Fortuna Winterthur in 1909, FCW was also the football club in Switzerland with the largest number of members. In 1910 the team came second in the eastern group and was unable to take part in the finals. A year later, the club failed after the team in the eastern group was tied with FC Zurich in first place, despite the better goal difference in the play-off game with 0: 1 against the Zurich team. In the seasons 1911/12, 1912/13 and 1913/14, the club no longer played an important role in the championship.

Time as United FC Winterthur-Veltheim (1915–1928)

In August 1914 the First World War broke out, as a result of which the Winterthur football players were drafted into the army as a result of the mobilization and there was only a small number of players available for the championship, which started late. As a countermeasure, they joined forces with the Winterthur neighborhood club FC Veltheim , which had only recently been promoted to the NLA, and put together teams in all series. As a result of this cooperation, a merger took place on August 30, 1915 (there were already merger negotiations in 1912, but these failed twice at the general meeting of FC Veltheim) and the club was renamed United FC Winterthur-Veltheim . After you had no success in the unification season, you made it back into the final round for the first time in the 1915/16 season, but where you had to give preference in the fight for the championship title Cantonal Neuchâtel . In 1916 the team was able to prevail in the final round against FC La Chaux-de-Fonds and YB and thus won the third championship title in 1917. In 1918, the eastern group ended in midfield and was therefore unable to fight for the championship title. In 1919 they made it into a final round for the last time and had to admit defeat there together with Servette Geneva again against the Cantonal Neuchâtel. 1921 succeeded again a 2nd place in the Eastern group of the series A. This was the last participation in the final round. In 1923, when SC Veltheim , which was newly founded after the merger, again made it to the top division, FCW took part in the championship again as FC Winterthur . During these years Winterthur became more and more a big club, so in 1920 an athletics section was founded (but taken over by the athletics section of the city ​​gymnastics club in 1927 ) and in 1923/24 the tennis department of FC Winterthur was brought into being. In 1928 the change of name to FC Winterthur was also reflected in the statutes.

Less successful interim period (1928–1967)

One year after the official renaming to FC Winterthur, as a result of the merger with the Winterthurer Sportverein (a club that was created two years earlier from the merger of the old FC Oberwinterthur and the old FC Tössfeld) in 1927, the name was again renamed United Football Club Winterthur , the was officially valid until the 50th anniversary in 1946. However, FCW took part in the championship all the time under the name FC Winterthur. Also for the first time a junior team of the FCW took part in the official junior championships of the SFAV in 1928/29. In 1931 the first team rose in the wake of the Swiss league reform and the associated downsizing in 1931 in the second division (then the second highest division), which was renamed the first division one season later. 1934/35 followed a relegation to the third division, whereupon the club succeeded in the immediate return to the second division. In 1939, the club rose again to Serie A, at the time the name of the third highest league. They stayed there for a while, although the name changed in 1943 when the national league was introduced into the first division. It was not until 11 years after relegation to the third highest division that the club, under player- coach Sepp Zürcher, managed to return to the National League B in 1950. Six years later, in 1956, the team was again represented in the top division. In 1956, the club made it back to the NLA for the first time in a quarter of a century. In the following year, the club was restructured and the tennis department was separated, which was henceforth called Tennis Club FC Winterthur. The relationship with the parent club was contractually regulated until the end of 1973, after which the FCW dissolved the contract and the tennis club was renamed TC Schützenwiese a year later . The team was able to stay in the NLA until 1958, only to be promoted again after one season in the second highest division. 1959 resulted in a good 6th place in the top tier 14 league, but rose again in the following season. In 1966/67 the club was able to participate in the NLA again for one season, but rose again immediately.

The last glorious time of the FCW (1967–1977)

The promotion team of the 1967/68 season

In the 1967/68 season, the team under coach René Hüssy and star player Timo Konietzka not only managed to get back up straight away, but also to reach the Swiss Cup final for the first time , which the team lost 2-1 to FC Lugano . This was the beginning of the club's last glory days. The 1968/69 season ended in 11th place, in 1969/70 8th place and the club was allowed to take part in the Intertoto Cup , also known as the "Summer Championship" , for the first time . 1971 resulted in a 6th place. In the 1971/72 season it was enough again for 6th place and the club made the advance into the League Cup final , where they lost to FC Basel with 1: 4. In the years 1972-1975 the club took part in the IFC, but it was never enough for a UEFA Cup qualification. In the 1972/73 season, the FCW advanced again to the League Cup final and lost the game on penalties with 2: 2 (4: 5 afterwards) against Grasshopper Club Zurich . In the 1973/74 season, the FCW achieved its best result in this phase with 4th place, level on points with the third-placed and one point away from the second-placed. After this season, the performances in the championship decreased again, in 1975 an 8th place resulted, in 1976 a place in eleventh place succeeded. However, in 1976 the team made it into the cup final for the second time in the club's history. The team lost 2-1 to FC Basel after extra time. In the 1976/77 season, the league was finally reduced to 12 teams and the FCW was the last to be relegated to the NLB - which meant that the last glorious decade of the FCW was over.

Permanent guest in the NLB (1977 - today)

After relegation to the NLB, the FCW was represented in the second highest league with a few exceptions. In 1982/83 and 1984/85 the team played two more times for one season in the NLA, both times could not hold up there. He then spent over a decade in the second-highest league in Switzerland, before relegating to the third tier (1st division) for one season in the 1998/99 season, but the team managed to get promoted back to the second-highest division. In the winter break of 2001 it finally came to a financial scandal in a phase in which the FCW established itself in the second highest division in the top places in the table. Debts of 2.5 million francs became known, the start of training for the promotion / relegation round was postponed by a week, player salaries were halved and a restructuring program was initiated. During this phase the club threatened to go bankrupt and a forced relegation, possibly up to the 5th division. In April 2002, the debt restructuring judge found 1.2 million debts. In May 2002, President Hannes W. Keller, newly elected in September 2001, provided a bank guarantee for 1.5 million Swiss francs. He later increased this bank guarantee to 1.8 million francs, with which FC Winterthur was granted the NLB license for the coming season. In contrast to other traditional clubs such as FC Lugano , which went completely bankrupt, or Lausanne-Sports and Servette Geneva , both of which were downgraded to the amateur league, FCW was able to save itself at the last moment. In the following 2002/03 season, the FCW remained because of the continued precarious situation in the NLB, because there were no relegations this season because of a league expansion. In the 2005/06 season, FC Winterthur made it to the Cup semi-finals. With a 0-1 defeat against FC Sion, they were eliminated from the competition. For the quarter-finals in Geneva, there was a special train for the first time in 31 years. In 2008, the professional operations were transferred to a newly founded stock corporation in accordance with the regulations of the football association . In the 2011/2012 season, the club reached the semi-finals of the Swiss Cup again and were eliminated 2-1 by FC Basel, after previously defeating Brühl St. Gallen, FC St. Gallen (both ChL) and BSC Young Boys ( ASL) had eliminated. In the summer of 2015, the long-standing president Hannes W. Keller surprisingly resigned, which means that from summer 2017 the association will have to forego a deficit guarantee from its patron.

1st team


Squad, based on information from the Swiss Football League (SFL) website , accessed on March 4, 2020.

number player birthday nationality In the team since Last club


1 Raphael mirror December 19, 1992 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 Boavista Porto
32 Alexis Rüegg May 14, 1999 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 own youth
36 Bojan Milosavljevic July 31, 1998 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 FC Zurich U21


5 Julian Roth March 14, 1998 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2016 own youth
15th Valon Hamdiu June 10, 1998 KosovoKosovo Kosovo 2018 FC St. Gallen U21
19th Enrique Wild September 27, 1999 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 own youth
22nd Mario Bühler 5th January 1992 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2019 FC Vaduz
23 Granite Lekaj February 23, 1990 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 FC Wil
25th Nils von Niederhäuser January 10, 1996 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2019 FC Vaduz
27 Tobias Schättin June 5, 1997 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2014 own youth
29 Gabriel Isik June 6, 1999 GermanyGermany Germany 2017 own youth


6th Ousmane Doumbia May 21, 1992 Ivory CoastIvory Coast Ivory Coast 2018 Yverdon Sports
8th Nuno da Silva March 14, 1993 PortugalPortugal Portugal 2019 FC Thun
10 Martin Liechti May 21, 1998 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 FC Aarau
11 Luca Radice April 9, 1987 ItalyItaly Italy 2016 FC Aarau
16 Remo Arnold January 17, 1997 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 FC Luzern
17th Mido Bdarney November 15, 1995 IsraelIsrael Israel 2019 Hapoel Iksal
20th Roberto Alves June 8, 1997 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2020 Grasshopper Club
21st Kevin Costinha January 5, 2001 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2016 own youth
28 Luca Tranquilli August 6, 1993 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2020 FC Schaffhausen
30th Gezim Pepsi July 12, 1998 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2020 FC Aarau
33 Davide Callà (C)Captain of the crew October 6, 1984 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2018 FC Basel
34 Rijad Saliji April 5, 1999 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2017 own youth


7th Luka Sliskovic April 4, 1995 AustriaAustria Austria 2016 FC Biel
9 Roman Buess September 21, 1992 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2019 Lausanne sport
14th Anas Mahamid April 26, 1998 IsraelIsrael Israel 2019 Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla FC


Transfers, based on information from the Swiss Football League (SFL) website , accessed on March 4, 2020

Surname donating club Transfer type Transfer period
Mido Bdarney Hapoel Iksal free transfer Summer 2019
Roman Buess Lausanne sport free transfer
Mario Bühler FC Vaduz free transfer
Kevin Costinha FC Winterthur U-21 own youth
Nuno da Silva FC Thun Borrow
Martin Liechti FC Basel Borrow
Anas Mahamid Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla free transfer
Gjelbrim Taipi Grasshoppers free transfer
Nils von Niederhäuser FC Vaduz free transfer
Roberto Alves Grasshoppers ? Winter 2020
Remo Arnold FC Luzern free transfer
Gezim Pepsi FC Basel ?
Luca Tranquilli FC Schaffhausen Borrow
Surname receiving club Transfer type Transfer period
Eris Abedini FC Wil Loan end ( FC Lugano ) Summer 2019
Roberto Alves Grasshoppers Lender
Remo Arnold FC Luzern Lender
Marin Cavar Chievo Verona ?
Karim Gazzetta Lausanne-Ouchy stadium free transfer
Mark Anders Lepik FC Flora Tallinn Lender
Denis Markaj FC Rapperswil-Jona free transfer
Liridon Mulaj Neuchâtel Xamax Lender
Marc Schmid FC Neftenbach free transfer
Taulant Seferi Neuchâtel Xamax Lender
Nicolas Stettler FC Rapperswil-Jona free transfer
Patrick Sutter SC Brühl St. Gallen Lender ( FC St. Gallen )
Sead Hajrovic FC Viktoria Cologne transfer Winter 2020
Gjelbrim Taipi FC Schaffhausen free transfer


  • 3 × Swiss champions ( 1906 , 1908 and 1916/17 )
  • 2 × League Cup finalist (1972, 1973)
  • 2 × Swiss Cup finalist (1968, 1975)
  • 5 × participants in the UEFA Intertoto Cup (1970–1975)

Eternal table

FC Winterthur is currently 17th in the all-time Super League table .


In partnership with FC Schaffhausen, the FCW is awarded the highest training label by the Swiss Football League (SFL) and the SFV .

The club's U-21 team plays in the 1st League Classic under the leadership of coach Roger Etter .

Schützenwiese stadium

View from the south (guest sector)

FCW has always played in the Schützenwiese stadium (pitch natural turf 105/68 m). This officially holds 9,400 spectators, with a maximum capacity of around 15,000. The stadium has belonged to the city of Winterthur since the 1980s, which at the time provided the money for a renovation. In 2005 the city took over the administration. Up to that date, this function was exercised by a cooperative, which in 1957 raised the money for the construction of today's main grandstand. The facility has five secondary / training pitches, four of which are natural grass pitches and, since 2016, one artificial turf pitch. The stadium is only a five-minute walk from the train station. Next to it is the Sulzer high-rise , which is striking for the entire city .

Talgut sports facility

The juniors train and compete at the municipal sports facility Talgut .

Players, coaches and officials

Known players

The following list shows all players who have played for FC Winterthur for more than one season and who meet one of the following criteria:

  • They are listed in the 2013 sticker album “Fußballhelden Winterthur Football Heroes”.
  • You played in the national team during your time at FC Winterthur.

Other players can be found in the category: Soccer players (FC Winterthur) .


The following is a list of all FC Winterthur coaches, based - unless otherwise stated - on the “FC Winterthur Archive” website.


Below is a list of all FC Winterthur presidents based on the “FC Winterthur Archive” website. From 1926 to 1946 there was a central president for the entire club, who served alongside the president of the football section. The central president is listed first in each of these years.

  • 1896 00000E. Köpplin
  • 1896–1897 Emil Bindschedler
  • 1897-1898 Arthur M. Ryley
  • 1897–1898 Paul Ilg
  • 1898 00000Max Arbenz
  • 1898 00000Hans Studer
  • 1899–1900 Hans Mettler
  • 1900–1902 Emil Rutishauser
  • 1902 00000Harry Wise
  • 1902 00000Rud. Heinrichs
  • 1902 00000G. König (ad interim)
  • 1902–1903 Eugen Diener
  • 1903–1904 Emil Frauenfelder
  • 1904 00000Hans Rietmann
  • 1904 00000David Witzig
  • 1904–1906 Hans Sporrer
  • 1906–1907 Hans Bär
  • 1907–1909 Georges Lang
  • 1909–1910 Jules Schwarz
  • 1910 00000Hans Bear
  • 1910–1911 Carl Dalber
  • 1911–1912 Fritz Frauenfelder
  • 1912–1913 Eugen Schuler
  • 1913–1916 Heinrich Müller
  • 1916–1918 Carl Ommerli
  • 1918-1919 Hans Koblet
  • 1919–1921 Carl Bürgi
  • 1921–1924 Heinrich Müller
  • 1924–1925 Hans Spahni
  • 1925–1926 Carl Egli
  • 1926–1927 Hans Koblet / Hans Kramer
  • 1927–1928 Heinrich Müller / Karl Egli
  • 1928–1929 Carl Ommerli / Ernst Arbenz
  • 1929–1930 Carl Ommerli / Hans Koblet
  • 1930–1932 Hermann Büeler / Louis Daurù
  • 1932–1932 Hermann Büeler / Carl Arbenz
  • 1934–1935 Hans Baer / Carl Arbenz
  • 1935–1936 Hans Spahni / Theodor Schällebaum
  • 1936–1937 Hans Spahni / Ernst Arbenz
  • 1937–1939 Hans Spahni / Hans Spahni
  • 1939–1944 Hermann Büeler / Emil Keller
  • 1944–1945 Hermann Büeler / Hans Huber
  • 1945–1946 Hermann Büeler / Emil Keller
  • 1946–1947 Peter Stierlin / Adolf Häberli
  • 1948-1949 F. Minder
  • 1949–1950 Hermann Büeler
  • 1950–1955 Hans Koblet
  • 1955–1958 Alvaro Frick
  • 1958–1971 Hans Wellauer
  • 1971–1975 Urs Nägeli
  • 1975–1976 Albert Frisch
  • 1976–1984 Georges Hardmeier
  • 1984–1987 Viktor Frank
  • 1987–1990 Urs Beugger
  • 1990–1994 Hans-Ueli Bühler
  • 1994–1998 Otto Niederhauser
  • 1998–1999 Heinrich Schifferle (ad interim)
  • 1999-2000 vacant
  • 2000-2001 Fredy Fehr
  • 2001–2015 Hannes W. Keller
  • 2015-2018 vacant
  • 2018 – today Mike Keller


  • Werner Brunner (Ed.): 50 Years of the Winterthur Football Club 1896–1946 . Anniversary font. Winterthur 1946.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b organizational chart. Retrieved March 27, 2020 .
  2. FC Winterthur in the Winterthur Glossary. . Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  3. Squad list 2019/20 season. Swiss Football League, accessed on March 4, 2020 .
  4. Transfers BCL 2019/20 (summer). Swiss Football League, accessed on March 4, 2020 .
  5. Transfers BCL 2019/20 (winter). Swiss Football League, accessed on March 4, 2020 .
  6. U21 1st division. FC Winterthur, accessed on November 18, 2018 .
  7. Trainer 1896 - today. In: FC Winterthur archive. Retrieved June 10, 2017 .
  8. a b Annual report 1932/33 of the football department . In: FC Winterthur (ed.): Cluborgan FC Winterthur . tape XI , no. September 9 , 1933, p. 14-15 ( fcwinterthur1896.com [accessed December 25, 2018]).
  9. ^ Presidents. In: FC Winterthur archive. Retrieved June 10, 2017 .