Servette FC

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Servette FC
Basic data
Surname Servette Football Club
Genève 1890
Seat Geneva
founding March 20, 1890
Colours Garnet red
owner Fondation 1890
president Pascal Besnard
Board Constantin Georges
First soccer team
Head coach Alain Geiger
Venue Stade de Genève
(in Lancy )
Places 30,084
league Super League
2019/20 4th Place
Coat of arms of the city of Geneva
Servette FC (Switzerland)
Geneva - home of Servette FC

The Servette Football Club Genève 1890 , Servette FC for short or simply Servette , also known as Servette Geneva , is a football club from the Servette district of the same name in the Swiss city ​​of Geneva . The sports club founded in 1890 initially played rugby ; at the turn of the century, the club switched to association football . Servette won the third most Swiss championships behind the record champions Grasshoppers and FC Basel . The team is also called Grenats because of the garnet red dress . The club plays in the first-class Super League in the 2019/20 season and plays its home games at the Stade de Genève in Lancy .


Founded in 1890

Servette FC 1892

The Football Club de la Servette was founded on March 20, 1890 when a young Briton got an oval ball from his father, who had just returned from a trip from England, and wanted to start a team. Football rugby was now played on the Pré Wendt terrain. Servette was not the first club to be founded in Geneva . Some international institutes had already played football in 1869.

The players had to move to the Prairie terrain first. The number of members rose steadily, and they got official permission to move to the Plainpalais . Nevertheless, they had to sit out there for two years because of the national exhibition. Since Servette was still playing rugby and hadn't switched to football, they weren't there when the Swiss Football Association (SFV) was founded on April 7, 1895. The association was only able to survive thanks to the solidarity of the members. When the club was resumed in 1898, it became increasingly difficult to find rugby opponents in Switzerland , which is why he had to orient himself more and more towards France . The then Servette captain, Déjerine, is largely responsible for setting up the football department; besides rugby, he also played football. Before Servette founded the football section in 1899 , the club was able to play against the great Olympique Lyon in front of 3,000 spectators . Servette played the first football game on December 3, 1899 against FC Excelsior Zurich and won it 2-1. In 1900, Servette FC also won their second game against FC Excelsior 2-0. In the same year Servette won the Sunday Cup initiated by Captain Déjerine against FC Neuchâtel, after beating Aigle 17-0 and FC Genève 2-0. Football was an immediate success in Calvinstadt, and so Servette became a member of the SFV in 1900. In the same year, FC Fire Flies Zurich and FC Baden were included in the SFV. Servette had to move again, this time to the premises of the Pré Cayla tennis club. Pré Cayla later became the Parc des Sports. The Parc des Sports - with a grandstand for the women and the members of the committee - was inaugurated on March 31, 1901 on the occasion of a rugby game. This stadium was located on the site of the later Stade des Charmilles .


Master team Servette FC 1917/18

After the opening of the Parc des Sports, Servette continued to improve. In 1902 Servette already had over 100 members. In the same year the first grandstand was built, but it was reserved for the women and the board. In 1902 Servette also played his first international football game, playing 2-2 against Racing-Club Paris . At that time, the Swiss championship was still divided into three groups. Servette won the French-speaking Switzerland group for the first time in 1904 and qualified for the finals. This could also be achieved in 1905, but again not prevail.

In 1907 they qualified again for the finals, which FC Basel also achieved as winners of the Zentral group and the Young Fellows Zurich for the Eastern Switzerland group. After a 5-2 win over FC Basel and a 1-0 win after extra time against the Young Fellows Zurich, Servette FC's first championship title was a reality.

From 1908 onwards, only two groups were played. At the end of the season, Servette had the same number of points as the Young Boys from Bern . The Barragespiel lost the Geneva but thus were unable to defend their first league title. The stadium was expanded to 200 seats in 1908. In the same year, the first international match took place in the Parc des Sports. However, Switzerland (with Servette goalie Dreyfuss) lost against France 2-1.

In 1912, Aimé Schwob , who had served as President of Servette for twelve years, declared that he would not stand for re-election. Until the mobilization because of the First World War , Servette was able to win his group three times, but not get a championship title. The First World War marked the end for the rugby division of Servette, which could not travel abroad and found no opponents in Switzerland. Moreover, that was football more popular.

Under the new president, Gabriel Bonnet , Servette became the measure of all things in Swiss football. A total of four championship titles (1918, 1922, 1925 and 1926) adorn his tenure at Servette. Gabriel Bonnet was appointed Vice President of FIFA in 1923 . In 1927, he was the one who submitted the proposal to the FIFA Executive Committee for a World Cup to be played at the same interval as the Olympic Games . In 1930 the first World Cup took place in Uruguay .


Master team Servette FC 1924/25

Teddy Duckworth , who was once a Servette player, returned to Servette in 1921. Due to a knee injury, he had to end his career as a player and coached Servette. In his first year as a coach, Servette won the third championship title in the club's history. In the finals, Servette beat FC Blue Stars Zurich 1-0 on May 28, 1922 , and on June 25, 1922 they were also able to defeat FC Luzern 2-0. In 1923 and 1924 Servette was group winner of the French-speaking Switzerland group. In 1923, however, no national finals were played, and in 1924 you lost in the final round in both games against Nordstern and Zurich.

Numerous Servette player took for Switzerland at the 1924 Olympics in Paris in part where Teddy Duckworth as coach of the Swiss national football team acted. The team had to admit defeat against Uruguay 3-0 in the final, making them the best European team.

With Servette Duckworth had to wait until 1925 before he could celebrate another league title. After a draw against the Young Fellows Zurich, a 1-0 win against FC Bern was enough. Servette's fourth championship title also falls on the 35th anniversary of the club, which now numbered over 600 members and had ten teams in the various categories.

Another highlight in Servette's history was 1926. After the French-speaking Swiss group had won for the ninth time, Servette, the Young Boys and the Grasshopper Club Zurich were in the finals. After both Servette and Grasshopper Club Zurich had won against the Young Boys, the decisive game came. GC took a 2-0 lead until halftime, but Servette was able to level the game in the last 25 minutes. Thus, for the first time in Swiss football history, there was a decider to determine the Swiss champions . In the second game on July 4, 1926, the Grasshopper Club Zurich were 2-0 up, but Servette equalized again and finally prevailed 3-2. Thus, the Servette FC could secure the championship for the fifth time.

In addition to these championship titles, Servette also managed to win the club's first cup win under Teddy Duckworth. On March 25, 1928 in Geneva they won 5-1 against the favorites Grasshopper Club Zurich.


Master team Servette FC 1929/30

Paul Addor , who took over the presidium of the club in 1929, decided against opposition from his own board of directors that a new stadium should be built. Also in 1930, the Swiss Football Association decided that the teams that were in 1st and 2nd place in the two groups could take part in the finals. This year Servette got off to a very bad start to the season, and coach Frido Barth was soon replaced by the well-known Teddy Duckworth , who returned. Under Duckworth Servette managed in the last game to qualify for the finals. There they shone thanks to four victories: on May 11, 1930, a 4: 2 against Young Boys , on May 19, 1: 0 against Grasshopper Club Zurich (both in the Parc des Sports), on May 25, 3: 1 against Lugano and on June 1 3-0 against FC Basel . Unbeaten in the finals, Servette was able to celebrate the championship title again.

The Stade des Charmilles was opened on June 28, 1930 . On the occasion of the opening, Paul Addor and the banker Gustave Hentsch organized the international tournament “ Coupe des Nations 1930 ”. This tournament is still regarded today as the "foundation" of the Champions League (formerly the national champions' cup). Eight national champions and two cup winners played in Geneva at the time: SpVgg Fürth ( Germany ), First Vienna ( Austria ), RCS Brugge ( Belgium ), Real Unión Irún ( Spain ), FC Sète ( France ), FC Bologna ( Italy ), Go Ahead Eagles ( Netherlands ), Újpest Football Club ( Hungary ), Slavia Prague ( Czechoslovakia ) and of course Servette as Swiss champions. Servette finished this tournament in 3rd place.

The 1930/31 season marked the dawn of a new era for Swiss football. The SFV changed its structures for the purpose of professionalization. But this was also the beginning for the financial problems of many clubs. At Servette, Paul Addor resigned as president and Edouard Fulliquet took over. Fulliquet hired a player who historically would have been of inestimable value for Servette and Swiss football: Karl Rappan . Servette won her first title with Rappan in the 1932/33 season. On July 2nd in Bern Servette won the 7th title against the Grasshopper Club Zurich. This after Servette had narrowly escaped relegation in the preseason. The player-coach Rappan had meanwhile switched to defense and invented the famous "bolt", which was later developed into the catenaccio in Italy .


Master team Servette FC 1933/34

With the 1933/34 season, the SFV also changed the game mode. The regional groups were merged to form the new national league with 16 teams. Servette seemed to like the new mode. The Grenats won the championship and became a cup finalist. But something else bothered the club this year.

As already mentioned, the SFV changed its structures in 1931. Until 1934, Servette only knew sporty turbulence, even if it was never too great. Servette was the only team that had never been relegated from the top division in Switzerland. Success was a steady guest with the Grenats; the eight championship titles and the cup win made the club a crowd favorite in Geneva .

But in 1934 the president Maurice Herren had to deposit the club's balance sheet; this overshadowed this excellent season. Although very successful, the club accumulated large debts. The club could count on the support of the Geneva society, as the club was very important to the city. The bankruptcy was averted by the former President of Servette and Vice-President of FIFA Gabriel Bonnet . Ultimately, Gustave Bétemps and Fred Greiner led the club out of the crisis. This was not to be Servette's last crisis in history.


Master team Servette FC 1939/40

In the following years fewer and fewer teams played in the national league. In the 1934/35 season there were only 14 teams. Two years later only their 12th Servette went through a more unsuccessful period in terms of sport. They placed themselves in ranks 7, 6 and 4, and they lost the Cup final twice, in 1936 against the Young Fellows Zurich and in 1938 against the Grasshopper Club Zurich . André Abegglen came to Servette as a player-coach for the 1937/38 season . This had helped FC Sochaux to their first championship title two seasons earlier.

The World Cup also took place in 1938 . There were also five Servettiens in the Swiss national football team : André Abegglen, Georges Aeby , Ernest Lörtscher , Genia Walaschek and Dody Guinchard . There you could celebrate some of the greatest successes in Swiss football history (including a 1: 1 and a 4: 2 against Germany).

In the 1939/40 season , 14 teams were in action for the Swiss championship despite the general mobilization. In the end Servette was able to prevail against the other teams and won the championship title with a lead of 13 points. From a possible 44 points, the team under player-coach Abegglen scored a total of 41 points (19 wins and 3 draws). You never had to leave the field as a loser in the entire championship. It was already the ninth championship title, and this on the 50th anniversary of Geneva. After four seasons with Servette, André Abegglen moved to FC La Chaux-de-Fonds , and Servette was only able to come close to another championship title with second place in 1944 , but Lausanne-Sports finally prevailed .

Jacques Fatton first stepped onto the lawn in Geneva in 1946 . He was to become one of the most colorful characters in Servette FC in the years to come. Servette was able to celebrate the tenth championship title this year. It was the epoch of the whirlwind “Quintet Belli-Facchinetti-Tamini-Pasteur-Fatton, driven by their dazzling, inspiring, subtle, clever and mischievous boss Lulu Pasteur” (statement: J.-J. Tillmann). Also in the 1945/46 season , the training grounds and the tennis courts behind the stadium were sold, so that Servette FC could settle all debts in one fell swoop.

The offensive and enchanting football that Fernand Jaccard's players had played for five seasons was finally rewarded with a trophy: the Swiss Cup was won in 1949 , and another championship title followed in 1950 on the 60th birthday of Servette FC. So Servette was fine. Training was now in the Center de Balexert , which could also be bought through the sales in 1946. In Charmilles Stadium additional grandstands were built to make the existing stadium a British-style. The stadium then held 30,000 spectators.

After the championship title on his 60th birthday, a whole decade followed in which Servette could no longer celebrate a title. In the seasons from 1951 to 1953, Servette placed twice in 6th place and once in 4th place.


For the 1953/54 season , the Frenchman Albert Châtelain, a well-known coach in Geneva, was brought in. Châtelain was already a player at Étoile Carouge FC and player-coach at UGS . But even he could not end the negative spiral. Servette was only ranked 5th. Jaccard was again followed by Karl Rappan as coach, but he could not celebrate any more success in his third term of office.

In the following years from 1955 to 1960 they continued to place themselves in the middle of the field. But there are two notable events in these years. On the one hand, the first ever European Cup took place in 1955 , in which Servette FC (although not champions) was the first Swiss team to take part. In the first round they immediately met the eventual winners Real Madrid , against whom they had no chance with an overall score of 7-0. The second important event dates back to 1956, when six young Hungarians (including Péter Pázmándy , Didier Makay and Valér Nemeth ) fled to Switzerland after completing a stage with Hungary's junior national team . Coach Karl Rappan was happy to receive them at Servette's. But they have not yet brought the desired success.

Jean Snella , who had taken over the coaching post in the 1959/60 season , redeemed Servette FC with the championship title in 1961 after 10 years without winning the title. In addition to the young Hungarians, there were also other well-known players in the Servette FC squad, including Jacky Fatton , Jacques Barlie , André Bosson and Walter Heuri . The record was terrific with 46 points in 26 games and 77 scored compared to only 29 goals received. In the coming season, the players also wanted to show off at the European level. In a crazy game and thanks to a hat-trick from Jacky Fatton and a goal from Giuliano Robbiani , Servette was able to convert a 1: 3 into a 4: 3 and beat Dukla Prague in front of 26,000 spectators at Charmilles FK Dukla . But this round of 16 was the end of the line, because for political reasons the Hungarians were missing in the second leg and Servette lost 2-0 in the Czech Republic. The championship title could also be defended thanks to the two new signings Rolf Wüthrich and Giulio Robbiani . Jacky Fatton, who scored 25 goals and thus became the top scorer for the third time in a row, had a major influence.

After the departure of the successful coach Jean Snella in 1963, Lucien Leduc took over the Servettiens. Leduc had become French champions a year earlier with AS Monaco and won the cup. But he was unable to build on these achievements in Geneva. The cup finals in 1965 (2: 1 against FC Sion ) and 1966 (1: 0 against FC Zurich ) remained his greatest "successes", in the championship he ranks 4, 3 and 2. He was successful, but could never win a title with Servette. The 1966/67 season followed with many coach changes, so Roger Vonlanthen , Bela Gutmann and Gilbert Dutoit were all coaches during this season. So it came as no surprise that a tried and tested coach was then used again and that Jean Snella was hired again as a coach in the 1967/68 season . But Snella was never able to lead Servette FC beyond 7th place in the next four championships. In the 1970/71 season , however, he managed to end the long dry spell in cup victories. Servette FC beat FC Lugano with goals from Michel Desbiolles and Valér Nemeth.

This victory in the cup brought a ticket for the European Cup Winners' Cup , where one could experience another chapter of Servette history. Because it was none other than Liverpool FC who came to Geneva in the Stade des Charmilles . On September 15, 1971 Servette defeated the great Liverpool 2-1. Bernd Dörfel and Frantz Barriquand met for the Servettiens in front of 20,000 spectators. So one could hope to create the sensation on Anfield Road . In front of 38,500 spectators, however, the Servette FC lost 2-0 in a hard-fought game, which meant that Liverpool FC moved into the next round.

Jean Snella did not finish the season as manager of Servette FC. Henri Gillet (coach of the 2nd team) took over on an interim basis until the return of Jürgen Sundermann , who had just won two championships with FC Basel . He brought some young talents into the team, but the 3rd and 4th places in the championship and the elimination in the cup against CS Chênois (with a certain Peter Pazmandy as neo-coach) were otherwise unsatisfactory. In his last season in 1975/76 he was able to give a sign of life again with the 2nd place in the championship and the cup final. But it wasn't enough for a title.

1978/79 season

After narrowly missing out on the championship title twice in a row, Servette FC achieved what was previously unattainable in Switzerland in the 1978/79 season : Servette won four trophies with his coach Péter Pázmándy and his president Roger Cohannier . The crowd supported the team and flocked to the games en masse. 22,500 spectators were present at the Charmilles when FC Zurich was defeated 1-0 (goal by Marc Schnyder after a pass from Umberto Barberis ). This was one of 10 final round wins. In the cup final, the Young Boys were defeated 3-2 (goals by Weber, Hamberg and Barberis) in the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern in front of 35,000 spectators. Two other trophies were in Ligacup and Alpenpokal be won.

Only half the failure at European level dampened the joy of this outstanding season. After the Grenats had succeeded in the exploit of first eliminating PAOK Saloniki and then Michel Platini's AS Nancy , they played against Fortuna Düsseldorf in the quarter-finals . Without losing a game (0-0 in the first leg and 1-1 in Charmilles, goal by Hamberg), the quarter-final was the end of the line.


Between 1977 and 1983 the Charmilles was modernized under Presidents Roger Cohannier and Carlo Lavizzari : spotlights, an electronic display board and roofs over the stands behind the gates were installed. In the summer of 1980, some top performers such as Umberto Barberis ( AS Monaco ) or Piet Hamberg (back to Holland) were allowed to move to Geneva . However, the new players who were brought in as replacements could not compensate for the departures in any way. So they were eliminated early in the following 1980/81 season in both the UEFA Cup and the Swiss Cup. That season also ended Roger Cohannier's tenure as President of Servette, and Carlo Lavizzari took over the post. In the 1981/82 season , many tech-savvy players followed President Lavizzari's call, and a team with illustrious names such as Lucien Favre , Michel Decastel and Erich Burgener could be filled. You could shine with excellent football. But after the winter break the collapse came and they gave up a title that had already been believed to be safe. Many quarrels prevented the championship title, for example Péter Pázmándy had to vacate the coaching chair for his assistant Guy Mathez . In 1984 and after three great years in Monaco , Umberto Barberis returned to his old place of work. Under coach Guy Mathez, the goal, the championship title, was missed due to a controversial penalty decision by referee Daina in the 109th minute of the play-off against Grasshopper Club Zurich in Bern . After all, the cup final against Lausanne was won 1-0 (goal by Geiger in front of 38,000 spectators) four days earlier at the same location . A year later the season started again with trouble, because Umberto Barberis had to pass his number 10 on to Lucien Favre, who had this contractually guaranteed. He would also have loved to acquire the captain's armband, where President Lavizzari intervened hard and so it stayed with the extremely important Marc Schnyder . This all happened before the first game; so not a good omen for the team. But the 1984/85 season should end very forgiving for Servette FC. Although they were eliminated in the Cup against their arch rivals from Sion , they were finally able to secure their 15th championship title thanks to 19 wins, compared to only 3 defeats.

The seasons 1985-89 could not be made as successful as 1985. This also for the reason that after the championship Umberto Barberis stopped and left a huge hole in the midfield. 1986/87 was, after all, John Eriksen pick the top scorer trophy to Geneva thanks to 28 goals. Nevertheless, they had to be content with fourth place that year. And in the cup final they lost 4-2 in extra time against Young Boys Bern. A season later, Inter Milan brought Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to Servette, who let his career end in Geneva. Even today, many people think of him when they hear Servette. In the 1988/89 season , President Carlo Lavizzari was elected National League President, which he remained until 1994.


One had to wait for the takeover - and financial rescue of the club - by the popular Paul-Annick Weiller until the 16th Swiss championship title could be celebrated in 1994 . Players like Sonny Anderson (11 goals in 6 months), Oliver Neuville (16 goals), José Sinval (7 goals and 11 assists), Bosko Djurovski , along with Aeby and Barea from Geneva, have written a beautiful page in club history. The title was secured with the last game only: the Young Boys were in Wankdorf with 1: 4 (three goals of Neuville and one of Sinval) be defeated, while the competitors who Grasshoppers, only 1: 1 against the FC Aarau played . That was a nice reward for coach Ilija Petković , who had to do without Anderson for the second half of the season and opted for an offensive style of play with three strikers.

In December 1996 Servette was taken over by the French group Canal + after the president had to give up the scepter due to a serious illness - but without paying all debts beforehand. Up to the 17th Swiss championship title in 1999 things went steadily upwards. Gérard Castella from Geneva led Eric Pédat and Sébastien Fournier's team to a 2: 5 (three goals by Edwin Vurens and two by Petrov) in a crazy (rain) game in Lausanne . In 2001 this team became Swiss Cup winners. Lucien Favre's team beat Yverdon-Sport 3-0 (goals by Frei, Lonfat and Petrov) in front of 15,000 spectators in Basel . The last big success in the Stade des Charmilles could be celebrated at European level in the 2001/02 season: Slavia Prague , Real Saragossa and Hertha BSC were defeated first - before the last sixteen against Valencia CF was the final destination. The collective joy after Wilson Oruma's goal in the 87th minute at Servette against Real Saragossa and the clear 3-0 win in Berlin remain the unforgettable moments of this season. The Stade des Charmilles was then finally closed on December 8, 2002 with the farewell game against the Young Boys. After three goals in the last quarter of an hour, Servette was able to achieve a 4: 4 and thus delight the audience for the last time in this magical place.


The move to the other bank to the new stadium de La Praille might have saved Servette - who has been burdened with financial problems for several years - but this was not enough. Despite the mixed results (3rd place as the best place), more spectators came to the stadium (over 10,000 on average), but the bankruptcy could not be avoided due to the excessive expenditure (February 2005). The “club rescuer” Marc Roger had driven the club into ruin; he was arrested on March 16, 2005 and subsequently released on bail. He then fled from Switzerland to France and was only arrested again in Spain. Marc Roger was found guilty on September 9, 2008. Geneva now no longer had a team in the top Swiss league and had to re-establish itself in the Praille and in the 1st division. With more than a thousand subscribers and an ambitious club management team, the club was able to count on great support. The values ​​of the new President Francisco Viñas included financial rigor, work, honesty and transparency. The club has moved into the Center sportif de Balexert, where all Servette's teams had trained in the past. Servette rose to the Challenge League after the first season . The first ascent in the club's history was mainly thanks to the great talent Julian Esteban and the former Pizzinat, Londono, Barea and Bratic.

Until the bankruptcy in 2004, Servette was the only club in Switzerland that had never been relegated; he had also produced countless national players.


In the 2008/09 season, Majid Pishyar, an ambitious president, took over the club. He wanted to professionalize it on all levels and bring the Grenats back to the Super League as soon as possible . He also wanted Servette FC to renew its glorious past. “Tous unis dans la légende” became the club's slogan. The Stade de Genève in 2008 was also a venue for the 2008 European Football Championship in Switzerland and Austria.

The president Majid Pishyar and the club management decided unanimously to found the "Servette Football Club 1890 AG" in December 2008. The Servette FC also decided to get involved outside of sport. A partnership with the “Courir… Ensemble” association was signed in January 2009.

There was now a lot of work behind the scenes, but the Geneva fans were also moving. Around 10,000 spectators were counted at the championship game between Servette FC and Lausanne-Sport at the Stade de Genève.

In 2011, the Servette FC celebrated promotion to the Super League after five years in the Challenge League after finishing the season in second place and thereby qualifying for the barrage games against AC Bellinzona . In the first leg at the Stadio Municipale in Bellinzona , Servette FC had to give the hosts a 1-0 win. But in the second leg in front of 23,338 spectators at the Stade de Genève, a 3-1 win (goals: Marcos de Azevedo , two times Patrik Baumann ) celebrated the return to the top division of Switzerland.

2012 until today

Under Majid Pishyar , who took over Servette FC in 2008, the club had to file its balance sheet with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce on March 1, 2012 after a little more than three years. After Admira Wacker's bankruptcy a few years earlier, this was the second bankruptcy filing for an association chaired by Pishyar within a relatively short time. The traditional club was finally saved by the Canadian Hugh Quennec , who already presides over the local ice hockey club Genève-Servette HC . He took over Servette FC for a symbolic price of one Swiss franc . Under Hugh Quennec, the biggest financial problems could be resolved, and the Servette FC finished the season despite these problems still in 4th place, which also brought the first international games with it. In the first qualifying round for the UEFA Europa League you could prevail against the Armenian club Gandsassar Kapan . In the second round you had to admit defeat to Rosenborg Trondheim . After the 1-1 draw in Geneva, the team in Trondheim did not make it past a 0-0, which is why they were eliminated from the competition due to the away goal regulation. It was even worse for Servette FC in the 2012/2013 championship. You had to wait until the 14th round before the first victory could be celebrated. From the Swiss Cup they were eliminated in the first round against the first division club SC Cham .

The provisional end of Servette FC in the Super League was sealed in the Léman derby against FC Lausanne-Sport with a 3-0 win in Pontaise . Servette was relegated from the top division for the first time in its 123-year history. Until then, Servette was the only team that had never been relegated from the top Swiss league.

Some departures had to be accepted for the 2013/14 season, but Servette FC announced a change in strategy and gave many young players the chance to gain a foothold in the first team. The squad was completed with experienced Super League players. During the preparation for the season, long-time captain Lionel Pizzinat announced his retirement from professional sport; The figurehead of Servette FC, suffering from chronic back pain, had been back with Servette since relegation in 2005 and helped the club back into the top division.

After a very poor start (5 points from 5 games) into the 2013/14 season, which did not match the demands of the board and the fans for promotion, coach Sébastien Fournier was dismissed after the 5th match day. He was replaced by Jean-Michel Aeby , who was previously an assistant coach and was able to bring the Grenats back onto the road to victory despite their rather defensive football. At the end of the preliminary round, the team had recovered a bit and took second place, four points behind the leader from Vaduz . However, the second half of the season was catastrophic for a candidate for promotion. After an embarrassing home defeat against relegation candidate FC Wohlen (1: 5), Servette FC separated from Jean-Michel Aeby with immediate effect. Mario Cantaluppi and José Sinval took over the team on an interim basis until the end of the season. At the same time, Servette also hired a new CEO. Julian Jenkins , who had previously worked for Cardiff City in the English Premier League , took over this position on July 1, 2014. Kevin Cooper from England was confirmed as the new coach .

Servette, again with big rise ambitions, took under new coach and with the storm hope and recent European Football Championship -Torschützen Johan Vonlanthen the season 2014/15 in attack. At halftime, the Grenats were in third place, at the end of the season they missed promotion with seven points behind the table leaders FC Lugano .

On June 1, 2015, things got even worse and Servette FC was not allowed to play in the Challenge League in the second instance. The reason for this was again financial problems. Debts of around 5 million had accumulated with the Grenats, which resulted in a forced relegation to the third-rate Promotion League . The third decline in the club's history after 2005 and 2012 was a fact. For the second time you got off via the “green table”. The club was about to go bankrupt within 10 years. But the "Fondation 1890" under the leadership of Didier Fischer saved the association at the last minute and paid off the accumulated debts. Thus a relegation to the 2nd league could be prevented interregionally. Although Kevin Cooper initially held on to the club, he moved to FC Wil during the season . He was replaced by Anthony Braizat . Under the new head coach, the Servette FC managed to get promoted again, they were able to celebrate as promoted 5 rounds before the end on May 1st, 2016. The championship title of the Promotion League was secured in the penultimate round thanks to the 3-0 home win over SC Brühl St. Gallen . After two further changes in coaching position, the ex-Servette player and ex-international Alain Geiger took over the coaching position in Geneva in May 2018, and he was able to celebrate successes in his first season. With first place in the 2018/19 season , Servette achieved the second promotion in the club's history to the first-class Super League 3 years after promotion to the Challenge League.

After advancement, Alain Geiger's team was able to establish itself immediately in the Super League and took 4th place in the promotion season and thus also a Europa League place.

Squad 2020/21

The 1st team

As of August 31, 2020. Servette FC professional players on loan to another club are not listed.

No. Nat. player In the team since Last club
1 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo Joël Kiassumbua 2018 FC Lugano
32 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jérémy Frick 2016 FC Biel-Bienne
40 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Edin Omeragic 2020 Own youth
2 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Anthony Sauthier 2015 FC Sion
4th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Steve Rouiller 2018 FC Lugano
7th FranceFrance SenegalSenegal Moussa Diallo 2020 SO Cholet
12 FranceFrance Alexis Martial 2020 Own youth
19th FranceFrance Yoan Severin 2018 SV Zulte Waregem
23 FranceFrance Vincent Sasso 2019 Belenenses Lisbon
24 SenegalSenegal Arial Mendy 2020 RC Lens
30th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Noah Henchoz 2020 Own youth
33 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Nicolas Vouilloz 2020 Own youth
0 FranceFrance PortugalPortugal Quentin Vieira 2020 Etoile Carouge
5 SwitzerlandSwitzerland BoliviaBolivia Boris Cespedes 2017 Own youth
8th FranceFrance Timothé cognate 2018 Olympique Lyon
9 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Miroslav Stevanović 2017 FK Željezničar Sarajevo
14th ItalyItaly Andrea Maccoppi 2018 FC Lausanne Sports
17th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Castriot Imeri 2017 Own youth
22nd SwitzerlandSwitzerland PortugalPortugal Ricardo Azevedo 2019 Own youth
26th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Mathis Holcbecher 2019 Own youth
27 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Alexis Antunes 2020 FC Chiasso
29 CameroonCameroon Gaël Ondoua 2019 Anzhi Makhachkala
0 SwitzerlandSwitzerland GhanaGhana Tehophilious Opoku-Mensah 2020 Own youth
10 NetherlandsNetherlands Alex Schalk 2018 Ross County
11 GermanyGermany Varol Tasar 2019 FC Aarau
18th Ivory CoastIvory Coast Koro Koné 2018 US Boulogne
20th SwitzerlandSwitzerland KosovoKosovo Alban Ajdini 2020 Own youth
25th FranceFrance Grejohn Kyei 2019 Stade Reims
0 SwitzerlandSwitzerland ItalyItaly Matteo Regillo 2020 Own youth
0 FranceFrance Emmanuel Samba 2020 Own youth
0 FranceFrance Alexis Guérin 2020 Own youth

Staff / supervisory staff

As of August 18, 2020.

Name first Name function
Alain Geiger Chief trainer
Bojan Dimic Assistant coach
Philippe Senderos Sports director
Lionel Pizzinat Team manager
Anthony Garnier Fitness trainer
Mathieu Degrange Fitness trainer
Daniel Blanco Goalkeeper coach
Frederic Dubrana Advanced trainer
Matthieu Feigean Video analyst
Abdel Hanachi Intendant
Jean Campart Material manager
Dr Finn Mahler Chief medical team
Bastien Veillard Physiotherapist
Christophe Hartmann Physiotherapist
Emmanuel Bonvin chiropractor
Gérard Bonneau Chief scout
Carlos Varela Scout
Yoan Loche Scout

Transfers 2020/21

As of August 31, 2020


Surname Former association Transfer period
Moussa Diallo SO Cholet S.
Arial Mendy RC Lens S.


Surname New club Transfer period
Robin Busset FC Kriens (loan) S.
João Castanheira Etoile Carouge S.
Michael Gonçalves FC Winterthur S.
Dennis Iapichino Without Club S.
Steven Lang Without Club S.
Jung-am Park Without Club S.
Christopher Routis FC Stade-Lausanne-Ouchy S.
Rayan Souici AS Saint-Etienne B (end of loan) S.
Sébastien Wüthrich Without Club S.

S = summer W = winter


Stade des Charmilles

After several relocations, Servette FC found a new home in the Stade des Charmilles . From June 20 to July 8, 1930, the “Coupe des Nations” took place on the occasion of the stadium opening . In the official opening game, Servette FC played against the Viennese club First Vienna FC . At that time, standing room only cost CHF 1.90, and the grandstand cost CHF 6.35. In 1946 the stadium was extended and from then on it offered space for 30,000 fans. On October 14, 1951, the attendance record was set with 40,000 fans for the international match between Switzerland and France . On June 11, 1956, the stadium received a floodlight system and from then on could also host night games. In 1983 the grandstands behind the gates were covered; from now on the entire stadium was covered. In 1984, then President Carlo Lavizzari spoke for the first time of a stadium project with a shopping center, parking lots and 1,250 apartments. In 1985 the number of viewers was reduced to 20,000. In 1995, Grandstand A was closed by the SFV because it was too dangerous. One year later, renovation work was carried out and 14 boxes were set up. In June 1998 the entire stadium was equipped with seats due to the European standard. From then on it only had space for 9250 spectators. On December 8, 2002, the last game took place in the legendary Stade des Charmilles.

Stade de Genève

In July 2000, construction began on the new Stade de Genève to replace the Stade des Charmilles . The stadium has 30,000 seats, which until now were only sold out at the opening and at international matches. The costs totaled around CHF 230 million, with some planned construction projects around the stadium being dispensed with. Only the stadium and the «La Praille» shopping center were built. The train connection has not yet been implemented, so the spectators have to travel to the match via Lancy-Pont-Rouge station or tram.

The official opening of the stadium took place on April 30, 2003 with the international match between Switzerland and Italy (1: 2).

In view of the European Football Championship in Switzerland and Austria in 2008 , the stadium was built in dimensions that are otherwise not needed. It has a natural turf and is approved for all Swiss football leagues. The playing field is 105 m long and 68 m wide.

In June 2015, the Geneva government council approved a sum of 5.6 million for the renovation of the Stade de Genève. Days before, however, the club was forcibly relegated, with an amount of around 5 million missing to save the club. Which is why the redevelopment plans, although urgently needed, also called on some opponents. It is still unclear when the gradual renovation will start.

Average audience

season average All in all league Games Rank / League * League average
2003/04 9'200 165'602 ASL 18th 2/10 8,990
2004/05 8,587 77'280 ASL 9 ** 3/10 8,304
2005/06 1'560 23,402 1st League 15th 1/16 344
2006/07 2,356 40,044 ChL 17th 2/18 1,357
2007/08 1,488 25,304 ChL 17th 4/18 1127
2008/09 2,427 36,407 ChL 15th 3/16 2,017
2009/10 3,584 53,764 ChL 15th 1/16 1,212
2010/11 6,008 90,121 ChL 15th 1/16 1,680
2011/12 10,697 181,848 ASL 17th 4/10 11,872
2012/13 6,666 119,992 RSL 18th 8/10 12,019
2013/14 3,013 54'230 BCL 18th 1/10 1,459
2014/15 4,123 74,215 BCL 18th 1/10 1,860
2015/16 1'522 22,833 PL 15th 1/16 419
2016/17 2,445 44'005 BCL 18th 5/10 2,806
2017/18 2,206 39,708 BCL 18th 4/10 1,746
2018/19 4,327 77,880 BCL 18th 1/10 2'155
2019/20 4,729 85,128 RSL 18th 7/10 7,469

* Ranking based on the average number of viewers in the league

** Servette FC bankruptcy

Status: According to the 2019/20 season

Training ground

Servette has two training grounds, Stade de la Fontenette and Stade de Balexert.

Stade de la Fontenette

The Stade de la Fontenette has 5 spaces. The main square is cleared for games in the Challenge League; in terms of safety and visitor numbers, however, the Stade de Genève is preferred. The main square, like the Stade de Genève, measures 105 m / 68 m. The site has existed since 1980; it was renewed in 2007/08.

Étoile Carouge FC is also based in the Stade de la Fontenette . Only the games of the mixed teams (Servette FC / Etoile Carouge) will be played in the Stade de la Fontenette.

Stade de Balexert

The Stade de Balexert site has 4 spaces. The main pitch has been artificial turf since 2007, the remaining pitches are natural turf. Place no. 4 is not allowed for games. The remaining spaces (100 m / 64 m and 97 m / 60 m) have the necessary dimensions. The places are released interregionally up to the 2nd league. The Stade de Balexert has existed since 1901.

All M-teams (equivalent to U-teams) play their games in the Stade de Balexert.

League affiliation

Until 2013, Servette was the only team that had never been relegated from the top league. In 2005 it was relegated to the first division at the “green table” , but one year later it was promoted directly to the Challenge League and in 2011 celebrated its return to the top division ( Super League ).

Eternal table

Servette is currently in 4th place in the all-time Super League table .


Master team 1907
Master team 1918
National International

League shooting kings

When Servette FC is about top scorers, there is no way around Jacques Fatton at Servette FC . No Servettia has often been the top scorer in the top Swiss league.

season player Gates
1933/34 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Leopold Kielholz 40
1939/40 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Georges Aeby 22nd
1948/49 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jacques Fatton 21st
1949/50 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jacques Fatton 32
1961/62 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jacques Fatton 25th
1963/64 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Michel Desbiolles 23
1982/83 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jean-Paul Brigger 23
1986/87 DenmarkDenmark John Eriksen 28
1987/88 DenmarkDenmark John Eriksen 36
1988/89 GermanyGermany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 24
1991/92 DenmarkDenmark Miklos Molnar 18th
1992/93 BrazilBrazil Sonny Anderson 20th
1998/99 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Alexandre Rey 19th

Soccer player of the year

From 1973 to 1998 the trophy was awarded to the footballer of the year , after which it was replaced by the two titles Axpo Player of the Year (players from Swiss leagues) and Credit Suisse Player of the Year (only national players). A total of five trophies for Footballer of the Year went to Servettiens, two of them to Umberto Barberis ; he is the current record holder at Servette.

As of May 28, 2019

year player position
1977 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Joko Pfister Storm
1979 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Umberto Barberis midfield
1980 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Umberto Barberis midfield
1983 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Lucien Favre midfield
1999 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Alexandre Rey Storm

Internal record holder

When it comes to records, there is no getting around Jacques "Jacky" Fatton at Servette FC , who holds both the record for most appearances for Servette FC (440 appearances) and the record for the most successful goalscorer (307 goals).

Cup finals

Servette FC has already won the Swiss Cup seven times . The “fear opponent” of the Cup so far has been the Grasshopper Club Zurich , against whom they were eliminated ten times (four times in the finals) and won only five times (three times in the finals). Cup “favorite opponents” are the Bernese Young Boys : Servette was able to prevail nine times, but also suffered four defeats against the Bernese (one time each in the final).

All cup finals that Servette FC has contested so far:

Cup winner Servette FC 1927/28
year match result
1928 Servette FC - GC 5: 1
1934 GC - Servette FC 2-0
1936 Young Fellows Zurich - Servette FC 2-0
1938 GC - Servette FC 2: 2 a.d. 5: 1 *
1941 GC - Servette FC 1: 1 n.V. 2: 0 *
1949 Servette FC - GC 3-0
1959 FC Grenchen - Servette FC 1-0
1965 FC Sion - Servette FC 2: 1
1966 FC Zurich - Servette FC 2-0
1971 Servette FC - FC Lugano 2-0
1976 FC Zurich - Servette FC 1-0
1978 Servette FC - GC 2: 2 n.v. 1: 0 *
1979 Servette FC - Young Boys 1: 1 a.d. 3: 2 *
1983 GC - Servette FC 2: 2 n.v. 3: 0 *
1984 Servette FC - Lausanne Sport 1: 0 a.d.
1986 FC Sion - Servette FC 3: 1
1987 Young Boys - Servette FC 4: 2 a.d.
1996 FC Sion - Servette FC 3: 2
2001 Servette FC - Yverdon-Sport 3-0

* Replay after a draw instead of the penalty shootout as is the case today.

Club logos

European Cup balance sheet

Servette has played a total of 99 games at international level so far. The Grenats were the first Swiss team to qualify for an international competition. The biggest win came on September 6, 1961 in a 5-0 home win against the Hibernians Paola . The biggest defeat was on October 12, 1955 in Madrid when they were 0-5 against Real Madrid . Marc Schnyder , who played 33 international matches for the Grenats, had the most international appearances for Servette FC . The top scorer is Jean-Paul Brigger , who scored a total of nine goals.

season competition round opponent total To Back
1955/56 European Champions Cup 1 round Spain 1945Spain real Madrid 0: 7 0: 2 (H) 0: 5 (A)
1961/62 European Champions Cup Preliminary round MaltaMalta Hibernians Paola 7: 1 5: 0 (H) 2: 1 (A)
1 round CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Dukla Prague 4: 5 4: 3 (H) 0: 2 (A)
1962/63 European Champions Cup Preliminary round NetherlandsNetherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 5: 7 1: 3 (H) 3: 1 (A)
1: 3 n.V. in Düsseldorf
1963/64 Exhibition cities cup 1 round CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Spartak Brno ZJŠ 1: 7 0: 5 (A) 1: 2 (H)
1964/65 Exhibition cities cup 1 round Spain 1945Spain real Madrid 3: 8 2: 2 (H) 1: 6 (A)
1965/66 Exhibition cities cup 2nd round SwedenSweden AIK Solna 5: 3 1: 2 (A) 4: 1 (H)
3rd round Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany TSV 1860 Munich 2: 5 1: 1 (H) 1: 4 (A)
1966/67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round FinlandFinland Åbo IFK 3: 2 1: 1 (H) 2: 1 (A)
2nd round NetherlandsNetherlands Sparta Rotterdam 2: 1 2: 0 (H) 0: 1 (A)
Quarter finals BulgariaBulgaria Slavia Sofia 1: 3 1: 0 (H) 0: 3 (A)
1967/68 Exhibition cities cup 1 round Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany TSV 1860 Munich 2: 6 2: 2 (H) 0: 4 (A)
1971/72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2: 3 2: 1 (H) 0: 2 (A)
1974/75 Uefa cup 1 round EnglandEngland Derby County 2: 6 1: 4 (A) 1: 2 (H)
1976/77 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Cardiff City (a)2: 2 ( a ) 0: 1 (A) 2: 1 (H)
1977/78 Uefa cup 1 round Spain 1977Spain Athletic Bilbao 1: 2 1: 0 (H) 0: 2 (A)
1978/79 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round GreeceGreece PAOK Thessaloniki 4: 2 0: 2 (A) 4: 0 (H)
2nd round FranceFrance AS Nancy 4: 3 2: 1 (H) 2: 2 (A)
Quarter finals Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany Fortuna Dusseldorf (a)1: 1 ( a ) 0: 0 (A) 1: 1 (H)
1979/80 European Champions Cup 1 round BelgiumBelgium KSK Beveren 4: 2 3: 1 (H) 1: 1 (A)
2nd round Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR BFC Dynamo 3: 4 1: 2 (A) 2: 2 (H)
1980/81 Uefa cup 1 round FranceFrance FC Sochaux 2: 3 0: 2 (A) 2: 1 (H)
1982/83 Uefa cup 1 round LuxembourgLuxembourg FC Progrès Niederkorn 4-0 1: 0 (A) 3: 0 (H)
2nd round Poland 1980Poland Śląsk Wrocław 7: 1 2: 0 (A) 5: 1 (H)
3rd round CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Bohemians ČKD Prague 3: 4 2: 2 (H) 1: 2 (A)
1983/84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round LuxembourgLuxembourg FC Avenir Beggen 9: 1 4: 0 (H) 5: 1 (A)
2nd round Soviet UnionSoviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk 1: 3 0: 1 (A) 1: 2 (H)
1984/85 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round Cyprus RepublicRepublic of Cyprus APOEL Nicosia 6: 1 3: 0 (A) 3: 1 (H)
2nd round GreeceGreece AE Larisa 2: 3 1: 2 (A) 1: 1 (H)
1985/86 European Champions Cup 1 round Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Linfield FC 4: 3 2: 2 (A) 2: 1 (H)
2nd round ScotlandScotland Aberdeen FC 0: 1 0: 0 (H) 0: 1 (A)
1988/89 Uefa cup 1 round AustriaAustria SK Sturm Graz 1-0 1: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
2nd round NetherlandsNetherlands FC Groningen 1: 3 0: 2 (A) 1: 1 (H)
1993/94 Uefa cup 1 round Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Crusaders FC 4-0 0: 0 (A) 4: 0 (H)
2nd round FranceFrance Girondins Bordeaux 1: 3 1: 2 (A) 0: 1 (H)
1994/95 UEFA Champions League 1 round RomaniaRomania Steaua Bucharest 2: 5 1: 4 (A) 1: 1 (H)
1998/99 Uefa cup 2nd qualifying round BelgiumBelgium Germinal beerschot 5: 3 4: 1 (A) 1: 2 (H)
1 round BulgariaBulgaria CSKA Sofia (a)2: 2 ( a ) 2: 1 (H) 0: 1 (A)
1999/2000 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round AustriaAustria SK Sturm Graz 3: 4 1: 2 (A) 2: 2 (H)
1999/2000 Uefa cup 1 round GreeceGreece Aris Thessaloniki 2: 3 1: 1 (A) 1: 2 a.d. (H)
2001/02 Uefa cup 1 round Czech RepublicCzech Republic Slavia Prague 2: 1 1: 0 (H) 1: 1 (A)
2nd round SpainSpain Real Zaragoza 1-0 0: 0 (A) 1: 0 (H)
3rd round GermanyGermany Hertha BSC 3-0 0: 0 (H) 3: 0 (A)
Round of 16 SpainSpain Valencia CF 2: 5 0: 3 (A) 2: 2 (H)
2002/03 Uefa cup qualification ArmeniaArmenia Araks Ararat 5-0 2: 0 (A) 3: 0 (H)
1 round PolandPoland Amica Wronki (a)4: 4 ( a ) 2: 3 (H) 2: 1 (A)
2004/05 Uefa cup 2nd qualifying round HungaryHungary Újpest Budapest 1: 5 1: 3 (A) 0: 2 (H)
2012/13 UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying round ArmeniaArmenia Gandsassar Kapan 5: 1 2: 0 (H) 3: 1 (A)
3rd qualifying round NorwayNorway Rosenborg Trondheim (a)1: 1 ( a ) 1: 1 (H) 0: 0 (A)
2020/21 UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round SlovakiaSlovakia MFK Ružomberok 0 0 (H) 0
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record: 99 games, 36 wins, 24 draws, 39 defeats, 141: 140 goals (goal difference +1)

Swiss League Cup victories

In total, Servette FC won the Swiss League Cup three times.


Servette FC Neuchâtel Xamax
Servette FC
May 3, 1977 in Lausanne ( Stade Olympique de la Pontaise )
Result: 2: 0 (0: 0)
Neuchâtel Xamax

Engel, Schnyder, Guyot, Bizzini, Martin, Barberis, Thouvenel, Andrey, Pfister, Chivers, Kurt Müller
Trainer: Péter Pázmándy HungaryHungary SwitzerlandSwitzerland
goal1: 0 Kurt Müller (50th)
goal2: 0 Thouvenel (75th)


FC Basel Servette FC
FC Basel
May 5, 1979 in Basel ( St. Jakob-Park )
Result: 2: 2 [3-4 pen] (1: 2)
Servette FC

Schönenberger, Stohler, Maradan, von Wartburg, Tanner Engel, Guyot, Valentini, Trinchero, Bizzini, Coutaz, Barberis, Dutoit (85 Martin), Schnyder, Hamberg, Peterhans
Trainer: Péter Pázmándy HungaryHungary SwitzerlandSwitzerland

goal1: 1 Schönenberger (18th)

goal2: 2 Schönenberger (87th)
goal0: 1 Peterhans (5th)

goal1: 2 Barberis (37th)
penalties shoot
Penalty converted1: 0 Stohler

Penalty converted2: 1 Maradan

Penalty missed2: 2 Schönenberger

Penalty converted3: 2 from Wartburg

Penalty missed3: 3 Tanner

Penalty converted1: 1 Schnyder

Penalty converted2: 2 Barberis

Penalty missed2: 2 Guyot

Penalty converted3: 3 Trinchero

Penalty converted3: 4 Engel


Servette FC Grasshopper Club Zurich
Servette FC
May 6, 1980 in Biel ( Gurzelen Stadium )
Result: 3: 0 (1: 0)
Grasshopper Club Zurich

Engel, Guyot, Valentini, Trinchero, Bizzini, Schnyder, Barberis (Guy Dutoit), Andrey, Sarrasin, Cicinotta, Radi (Ch. Matthey)
Trainer: Péter Pázmándy HungaryHungary SwitzerlandSwitzerland
goal1: 0 Cucinotta (12th)
goal2: 0 Schnyder (46th)
goal3: 0 Barberis (49th)

Alpine Cup victories

Servette at the Coupe des Nations 1930


total First leg Return leg
RC Strasbourg  FranceFrance 2: 5 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Servette FC 1: 2 1: 3
Stade Reims  FranceFrance 4: 5 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Servette FC 4: 1 0: 4


total First leg Return leg
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2: 2 FranceFrance Olympique Nîmes 2: 1 0: 1
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 7: 4 FranceFrance CA Bastia 3-0 4: 4
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 3-0 SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Basel final


total First leg Return leg
FC Metz  FranceFrance 5: 6 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Servette FC 3: 3 2: 3
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 4: 2 FranceFrance FC Nantes 3: 2 1-0
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2: 1 FranceFrance Olympique Nîmes final


total First leg Return leg
RC Strasbourg  FranceFrance 3: 6 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Servette FC 1: 2 2: 4
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2: 3 FranceFrance OGC Nice 2: 1 0: 2
Servette FC  SwitzerlandSwitzerland 4-0 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Lausanne sport final


number Surname Term of office
1 EnglandEngland Teddy Duckworth 1921-1929
2 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Frido Barth 1929
3 EnglandEngland Teddy Duckworth 1929-1931
4th AustriaAustria Karl Rappan 1931-1935
5 HungaryHungary Leo Weisz 1935-1936
6th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Robert Pache 1936-1937
7th AustriaAustria Otto Höss 1937
8th SwitzerlandSwitzerland André Abegglen 1937-1942
9 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Léo Wionsowski 1942-1943
10 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Fernand Jaccard 1943-1948
11 AustriaAustria Karl Rappan 1948-1953
12 FranceFrance Albert Châtelain 1953-1954
13 AustriaAustria Karl Rappan 1954-1957
14th HungaryHungary Jeno Vincze 1957-1958
15th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Frank Séchehaye 1958-1959
16 FranceFrance Jean Snella 1959-1963
17th FranceFrance Lucien Leduc 1963-1966
18th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Roger Vonlanthen July – Oct. 1966
19th HungaryHungary Béla Guttmann October 1966 – March 1967
20th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Gilbert Dutoit March – July 1967
21st FranceFrance Jean Snella July 1967 – Sept. 1971
22nd SwitzerlandSwitzerland Henri Gillet Sept. 1971 – Jan. 1972
23 GermanyGermany Jürgen Sundermann Jan. 1972 – July 1976
24 HungaryHungarySwitzerlandSwitzerland Péter Pázmándy Jul. 1976 - May 1982
25th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Guy Mathez May 1982-July 1985
26th FranceFrance Jean-Marc Guillou July 1985 – Sept. 1986
27 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Thierry De Choudens Sept. 1986 – Jan. 1988
28 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jean-Claude Donzé Jan. 1988 – July 1989
29 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Péter Pázmándy July 1989 – March 1990
30th FranceFrance Gilbert Gress July 1990-July 1991
31 BelgiumBelgium Jean Thissen July – Sept. 1991
32 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Bernard Mocellin Sept-Oct 1991
33 BelgiumBelgium Michel Renquin October 1991-March 1993
34 YugoslaviaYugoslavia Ilija Petković March 1993-March 1995
35 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Bernard Challandes March – October 1995
36 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Umberto Barberis Oct 1995-July 1996
37 YugoslaviaYugoslavia Vujadin Boškov July 1996 – Jan. 1997
38 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Gérard Castella July 1997 – Oct. 1999
39 YugoslaviaYugoslavia Bosko Djurovski Oct. – Nov. 1999
40 FranceFrance René Exbrayat Nov 1999-July 2000
41 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Lucien Favre July 2000-July 2002
42 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Roberto Morinini July 2002-March 2003
43 RomaniaRomania Adrian Ursea March-July 2003
44 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Marco Schällibaum July 2003 – Aug. 2004
45 RomaniaRomania Adrian Ursea Aug. – Oct. 2004
46 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Stefano Ceccaroni Oct. 2004 – Jan. 2005
47 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jean-Michel Aeby Jan. 2005 – Aug. 2008
48 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Michel Sauthier Aug. – Sept. 2008
49 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Gérard Castella Sept. 2008 – March 2009
50 SwitzerlandSwitzerland William Niederhauser March – October 2009
51 PortugalPortugal João Alves Oct. 2009 – Nov. 2011
52 PortugalPortugal João Carlos Pereira Nov 2011 – April 2012
53 PortugalPortugal João Alves April – Sept. 2012
54 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Sébastien Fournier Sept. 2012 – Aug. 2013
55 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Jean-Michel Aeby Aug 2013 – April 2014
56 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Mario Cantaluppi + José Sinval *BrazilBrazil April – June 2014
57 EnglandEngland Kevin Cooper June 2014 − Sept. 2015
58 SwitzerlandSwitzerland William Niederhauser * Sept. 2015 – Jan. 2016
59 FranceFrance Anthony Braizat Jan. 2016-Dec. 2016
60 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Meho Kodro Dec. 2016-March 2018
61 SerbiaSerbia Bojan Dimic * March 2018-May 2018
62 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Alain Geiger May 2018-
Karl Rappan 1931-35, 1948-53, 1954-57
Béla Guttmann 1966–67
Gérard Castella 1997-99, 2008-09
Kevin Cooper 2014-2015

* ad interim

Well-known former players from A to Z.

Servettias in the Swiss national dress

Servette and the Swiss national football team have a long tradition; Servette players have made a total of 1106 appearances (as of September 24, 2013) in the senior national team while they also played for Servette. A noticeable number of talents made the step into the national team during their time at Servette. Jacques «Jacky» Fatton made the most national team games during his time at Servette FC with 52 appearances. Many foreign players also played in the national teams of their countries. The following Servette players had the most appearances in the national team:

Status: May 28, 2019 / Only players with at least 50 national team appearances.

Number of games (*) Name first Name National years
117 (15) Heinz Hermann 1978-1991
112 (32) Alain Geiger 1980-1996
84 (14) Alexander Frei 2001-2011
81 (2) Patrick Muller 1998-2008
80 (2) Severino Minelli 1930-1943
77 (19) Andy Egli 1979-1994
64 (19) Erich Burgener 1973-1986
60 (10) Kubilay Türkyilmaz 1988-2001
56 (22) Christophe Ohrel 1991-1997
55 (40) Marco Pascolo 1992-2001
54 (37) Umberto Barberis 1976-1985
53 (52) Jacques Fatton 1946-1955
52 (15) André Abegglen 1927-1943

* In brackets, stakes during the time at Servette.


number Surname Term of office
1 Emile Bally 1890-1891
2 Paul Ackermann 1891-1893
3 Pierre Lugon 1893-1894
4th André Perrenoud 1894-1895
5 John Bévand 1895-1897
6th Marc Perrenod 1897-1900
7th Dr. Aimé Schwob 1900-1912
8th Pierre Carteret 1912-1913
9 André Vierne 1913-1915
10 Gabriel Bonnet 1915-1927
11 Fred Greiner 1927-1928
12 Fernand Lilla 1928-1929
13 Paul Addor 1929-1931
14th Edouard Fulliquet 1931-1933
15th Maurice gentlemen 1933-1934
16 Gabriel Bonnet 1934-1935
17th Gustave Bétemps 1935-1936
18th Fred Greiner 1936-1946
19th André Rosset 1946-1950
20th Edmond Moreau 1950-1951
21st Clément Piazzalunga 1952-1957
22nd Marcel Righi 1957-1969
23 Emile Dupont 1969-1974
24 Roger Cohannier 1974-1980
25th Carlo Lavizzari 1980-1989
26th Dominique Warluzel 1989-1990
27 Richard Ambrosetti 1990-1991
28 Paul-Annik Weiller 1991-1996
29 Christian Hervé 1997-2000
30th Thierry Gilardi 2000
31 Christian Hervé 2000-2001
32 Michel Coencas 2001-2002
33 Oliver Mouse 2002
34 Christian Lüscher 2002-2004
35 Marc Roger 2004-2005
36 Francisco Viñas 2005-2008
37 Majid Pishyar 2008–2012
38 Hugh Quennec 2012-2015
39 Didier Fischer 2015-2019
40 Pascal Besnard 2020-
Maijd Pishyar 2008-12


Puma has been Servette FC's official supplier since the 2019/20 season . In the previous crisis years, the Swiss label Fourteen had appeared as a supplier to the Servettias for a long time. Traditionally, the servettias' home dress is always garnet red, while the away dress is white.

Rivalries / friendships

FC Sion

The rivalry between FC Sion and Servette FC has been going on for a long time. Servette and Sion are the two most successful clubs in western Switzerland . The fan rivalry between the two clubs has shifted to the two clubs over the years, and a club rivalry developed. Although Lausanne is geographically closer, it is mainly this encounter that is considered the derby.

Lausanne sport

The well-known Léman derby of the two Lake Geneva clubs Servette FC and Lausanne-Sport is also often explosive. The name Léman-Derby comes from Lac Léman , on which both cities are located. The games are high risk games; The last major incident was the riots in Lausanne after Servette FC had been relegated for the first time after their defeat against Lausanne-Sport.


In 2012 the club announced a partnership with Fluminense FC from Rio de Janeiro . Other good relationships exist with Étoile Carouge FC and Stade Nyonnais , with whom talents and unneeded players are often exchanged.

In the junior area, a cooperation agreement was signed with FC Barcelona in July 2016 . This in order to jointly improve the development of the training centers and specifically promote young players.

The Servette fans maintain a friendship with the fans of FC Lugano .


Servette fans

Servette FC has a large number of fans spread all over Switzerland . For a club that lies at the end of French-speaking Switzerland, Servette FC also has many German-speaking fans.

The following fan groups are currently active:

Only fan groups with at least 40 members are considered.

Geneva fan clubs

Section Grenat

Since 1988, Section Grenat has followed Servette FC across Europe. The aim is to support the team at home and away. The Grenat Section is the driving force behind the Kop and regularly organizes choreos to receive the players on the field. She organizes car rides to away games and sells fan articles to finance her investments. It has a large selection of articles to heat up the atmosphere in the stadium (flags, posters, drums, megaphones). It has about 100 members.

North fans

The North Fans were founded with the move to the new stadium. Its aim is to actively support Servette, to offer an alternative to Section Grenat and to make Servette known outside the stadium. The North Fans also sell fan merchandise, and the proceeds are used to finance their activities. The North fans also organize car trips to away games. You own a few banners and posters. They number about 60 members.

Vieille Guard

The Vieille Garde brings together the over 30-year-olds who were present in the Charmilles on the Tribune West and in the Praille on the Tribune North. Their activities have been greatly reduced. But they are present in practically every match. It's more of a round-up of friends than a fan group. Today it has about 40 members.

100th Club

This association is not very well known. She supports the club financially and with volunteer work. Its members are not all wealthy people; some of them are simple enthusiasts who want to help the club differently. You have a local (a bar) in the back of the main stand.

German-Swiss fan clubs

Servette fans - banners


The Maroons were founded in 2002 by former members of the German-speaking Switzerland '86 fan club. You meet the “Marooners” not only in German-speaking Switzerland, but also at every game in Geneva. Most of the time they travel to the games by train. Sometimes car or bus trips are organized. You replaced the German-speaking Switzerland '86 fan club, where activities have been greatly reduced in recent years. Today you have about 100 members.

Servette Fan Club German-speaking Switzerland '86

A German-Swiss group that is present at the matches in German-speaking Switzerland, but also in Geneva. It has existed since 1986. Its aim is to enable Servette fans from German-speaking Switzerland to attend Servette games. This fan club organizes car rides from St. Gallen with stops in various German-Swiss locations. They also sell fan articles (stickers, patches, etc.) to finance their activities. After reaching up to 150 members, there are only around 50 today. Activity has decreased significantly in recent years.

More teams

Women's team

For the 2017/18 season, Servette FC took over the existing women's team from FF Chênois Genève and has been running the team since then under the name Servette Football Club Chênois Féminin (SFCCF for short). The team plays in the National League A . Several junior teams are also affiliated with the club.


The second team of Servette FC, the Servette FC M-21, currently plays in the 2nd interregional league . The second team, like the first, is legally incorporated into the Servette Football Club 1890 SA.

number player nationality vintage


0 Joao Castanheira * SwitzerlandSwitzerland PortugalPortugal 1998
0 Dylan Vazquez Ferreira SwitzerlandSwitzerland SpainSpain 1999
0 Toby Larsen EnglandEngland 2001
0 Edin Omeragic SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2002


0 Matteo Mazzolini FranceFrance 2001
0 Alexis Martial FranceFrance 2001
0 Nicolas Vouilloz * SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2001
0 Mathis Magnin SwitzerlandSwitzerland FranceFrance 2001
0 Robin Busset * SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2000
0 Oscar Wieland SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2001
0 Lucas Monteiro Fernandes SwitzerlandSwitzerland BrazilBrazil 2001
0 Nolan Golay SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2001
0 Bertrand Tusiama SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2000


0 Mathis Holcbecher * SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2001
0 Ricardo Azevedo SwitzerlandSwitzerland PortugalPortugal 2001
0 Alban Ajdini KosovoKosovo AlbaniaAlbania 1999
0 Yannis Vidakovic CroatiaCroatia 2000
0 Natan Girma SwitzerlandSwitzerland EritreaEritrea 2001
0 Granite Haliti SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2000


0 Wanis Bendimered FranceFrance 1998
0 Glodie Kiowa Tamfutu FranceFrance DR CongoDR Congo 1999
0 Ibrahima Diallo SwitzerlandSwitzerland GuineaGuinea 2001
0 Joâo Oliveira Pinto PortugalPortugal 2001
0 Alexis Guérin FranceFrance 2000

As of December 30, 2019

More junior teams

Servette works closely with other Geneva clubs (such as the Étoile Carouge FC ) in the youth department . William Niederhauser (coach of the 1st team March – October 2009) is the current junior coordinator. The following junior teams are currently run at Servette:

  • M-18 Servette FC
  • M-16 Servette FC
  • M-15 Servette FC
  • FE-14 (11/11) Servette FC
  • FE-14 (11/11) Partenariat Genève
  • FE-13 Servette FC
  • Juniors D / 9 Servette FC 1
  • Juniors D / 9 Servette FC 2
  • FE-12 Cellule Servette FC
  • Juniors E Servette FC 1
  • Juniors E Servette FC 2

The M-teams, synonymous with U-teams in German, play in the corresponding U-leagues. The Juniors D + E play in the normal Geneva junior leagues. The junior teams are incorporated into the legally independent organization “Association du Servette FC”.

Other sports

Other sports groups have also been formed from Servette FC:

BC Servette Genève

The BC Servette Genève was a successful Swiss basketball club between 1930 and 1940. It was four times Swiss champions (1934–37) and four times Swiss cup winners (1933, 1936, 1941 and 1955). It no longer exists today.

Genève-Servette HC

The ice hockey club from Geneva also emerged from the Servette sports club. He currently plays in the National League A . The Genève-Servette HC ice hockey team also comes from the Servette district, but is no longer legally linked to the football club.

Servette Rugby Club de Genève

The founding sport of rugby is also carried on. However, Servette is affiliated with the French association there, as there were too few opponents in Switzerland.

Servette Genève eSports

Since spring 2018, Servette Genoa has provided a team in the computer game: Rocket League .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of Servette FC ( Memento of October 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), Servette FC website (French).
  2. ^ History of Servette FC ( memento of October 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), on (French).
  3. ^ History of Servette FC with pictures , on (German).
  4. ^ Servette 1962–1963 (Interview Jean Snella), RTS , August 24, 1962.
  5. ^ L'année 1979 (coverage 1978/79 season), RTS, June 17, 1979.
  6. ^ Aux mains de Canal + (Masters 1994), RTS, May 10, 1994.
  7. ^ Aux mains de Canal + (acquired by Canal +), RTS, 19 January 1997.
  8. Servette titré (Master 1999), RTS, June 2 1999th
  9. Geneva Winter Tales on the Spree (Servette - Hertha Berlin), NZZ , December 7, 2001.
  10. Les Charmilles (Stade des Charmilles), RTS, December 10, 2002.
  11. ^ Ex-Servette boss Roger arrested , NZZ, March 16, 2005.
  12. Marc Roger found guilty , NZZ, September 9, 2008.
  13. Football: Servette - Bellinzona (“sportaktuell”) ( Memento of the original from September 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Video),, May 31, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. ^ Servette files its balance sheet , Handelszeitung , March 1, 2012.
  15. Oliver Thommen: Does Pishyar lead Servette to ruin after Admira? Tages-Anzeiger , February 15, 2012.
  16. 3-1 victory in Armenia - Servette safely one lap ahead (Servette FC - Gandsassar Kapan), Blick , July 26, 2012.
  17. ^ Zero number in Norway - Servette fails because of Rosenborg (Servette - Rosenborg Trondheim), Blick , August 9, 2012.
  18. 0: 3 in Lausanne - Servette is relegated , Tages-Anzeiger , May 29, 2013.
  19. ^ Sébastien Fournier released from Servette , NZZ, August 20, 2013.
  20. 4-0 victory at Locarno - Servette is now the first Vaduz pursuer (winter break 13/14), Blick , December 9, 2013.
  21. Bang at Servette - Aeby gone immediately! Cantaluppi takes , look , April 2, 2014.
  22. ^ Julian Jenkins nommé Directeur Général du Servette FC ( Memento of April 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), Servette FC website, April 1, 2014.
  23. Official: Cooper new Will-Coach , website Blick, November 4, 2015.
  24. Training started under Anthony Braizat ( memento from January 12, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), website maroons, January 12, 2016.
  25. ^ Servette FC squad ( Memento from July 25, 2019 in the Internet Archive ), Servette FC website (French).
  26. ^ Staff des Servette FC ( Memento from February 9, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), Servette FC website (French).
  27. Transfers by Servette FC ( Memento of July 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), SFL,
  28. Stade de Genève , on
  29. ^ Official opening of the Stade de Genève ( Memento of September 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), SRF, April 30, 2003.
  30. a b c d e f g
  31. ^ History of Servette FC , on
  32. SFL atonement Lausanne and Servette (riots Lausanne - Servette), on, July 15, 2013.
  33. Conférence de presse du 3 juin 2013 ( Memento of December 2, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Fluminense partnership, Servette FC website, June 3, 2013 (French)
  34. Accord de collaboration entre le FC Barcelone et le Servette FC ( Memento from July 25, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) FC Barcelona cooperation agreement, Servette FC website, July 25, 2016 (French)
  35. Section Grenat , Homepage Section Grenat
  36. ^ Maroons , Maroons homepage
  37. SFCDS86 , Homepage Servette Fan Club Deutschschweiz '86
  38. ^ Incorporation of FF Chênois Genève ( memento of June 30, 2017 in the Internet Archive ), website Servette FC (French).
  39. ^ Servette FC U-21 , ACGF homepage (French).
  40. ^ Association du Servette FC , ACGF homepage (French).