St. Gallen

Founded In
St. Gallen, Switzerland

About St. Gallen

Fussballclub St. Gallen 1879, usually known more simply as St. Gallen, was first formed back in April 1879. They hold the distinction of being the oldest Swiss football club still in operation. Over the course of their long history, St. Gallen have achieved some significant success. However, in terms of their levels of success and their overall popularity, they remain below the country's truly elite clubs.

The team enjoyed success very early on, winning a Swiss championship at the culmination of the 1903–04 season. However, for most of the subsequent decades, St. Gallen could be defined as a mid-table side, who struggled to make a major impression in the league.

After losing in the final of the Swiss Cup in 1945, the team bounced back and lifted the trophy in 1969. The club reached two more finals in 1977 and 1998, but lost on both occasions. However, they were successful in the 1978 Swiss League Cup final. In the 1999-00 season, St. Gallen claimed their second league title, finishing eight points ahead of their nearest rivals, FC Basel. Since that time, the team have struggled to build upon their success and have declined sharply. At the end of both the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons, St. Gallen were relegated from the top division, returning at the first attempt on both occasions.

Marc Zellweger is perhaps the team's most notable former player. The Swiss international defender enjoyed two spells at club during the 1990s and 2000s and played over 500 league games in a St. Gallen shirt. The club have retired his squad number, 17, in his honour.

The team play their home matches at AFG Arena. The venue, which has also been used for international matches, was opened in 2008. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 19,694 supporters.

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