In Profile: St Gallen

By SFC Media Sun 09 Jul Pre-season
Photo by Getty Images | St Gallen fans

Learn more about Swiss club St Gallen, who Southampton will face in their first friendly of the summer, on Saturday 15th July.

WHERE DO THEY PLAY?

St Gallen’s home matches take place at the Kybunpark, which opened in 2008 and has a capacity of just under 20,000.

Their pre-season clash with Saints, however, will take place at the nearby Sportanlage Kellen ground, which is the home of FC Goldach.

HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?

St Gallen finished seventh in the ten-team Swiss Super League in 2016/17.

WHO IS THEIR MANAGER?

St Gallen have a new man at the helm for the coming season, following the departure of Josef Zinnbauer at the end of the last campaign.

Giorgio Contini, who used to play for the club as a striker, while also previously having been their assistant coach, was installed as his replacement, following a five-year spell in charge of FC Vaduz.

WHO ARE THE PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR?

Swiss Under-21 international Albian Ajeti was the club’s top scorer last term, netting 11 times for them, while Yannis Taffer bagged eight.

Midfielder Marco Aratore is also a notable threat, as is Serbian Daniel Aleksić, who has earned senior international honours with his country.

DID YOU KNOW?

St Gallen is the oldest remaining football club not only in Switzerland, but also mainland Europe, having been founded in 1879.

Saints and St Gallen met each other during pre-season in 2011, with the Swiss club winning 1-0, thanks to a Kristian Nushi goal.

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