Brighton & Hove Albion face FC St. Gallen in their first game of pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 campaign on Saturday at Kybunpark (kick-off 1pm UK time).
The Seagulls come up against the Swiss Super League side in their first outing of the close season, and we’ve profiled the home side ahead of the weekend’s contest.
Saturday’s opponents are the oldest club still in existence both in Switzerland and throughout Continental Europe as a whole.
FC St. Gallen have won the Swiss title on two occasions since being formed in 1879, most recently in the 1999/2000 campaign, as well as being Swiss cup winners in 1969.
In the 2013/14 season, their UEFA Europa League campaign saw the side contest group matches against Valencia, Kuban Krasnodar and Swansea City – they fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Welsh side at the Liberty Stadium through Wayne Routledge's goal, before winning the reverse fixture on home soil in the last game of the group stage by the same scoreline.
In 2016 they became a member of the ‘Club of Pioneers’ alongside the likes of Genoa, Cliftonville, Recreativo de Huelva and Royal Antwerp FC.
Who’s in charge?
Peter Zeidler became manager this summer after leaving French Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux after a season in charge of a team that finished the campaign in tenth position.
The 55-year-old has also had managerial spells with fellow Swiss top-flight side FC Sion and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
What’s the stadium like?
Kybunpark was completed in 2008 and has a capacity of just under 20,000, replacing the club’s former home at the Espenmoos Stadium.
The first game at the new venue saw Switzerland beat Lichtenstein 3-0 in front of a crowd of 18,000 in May 2008 and it has since hosted a selection of the country’s qualifying matches for both the 2016 UEFA European Championship and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In September it will see Switzerland host Iceland in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League - a game which will be the first for both sides following their respective FIFA World Cup exploits in Russia this summer.
How do I get there?
Kybunpark is located on an out of town retail park in between the cities of St Gallen and Gossau.
The stadium lies approximately 5.5 kilometres west of the centre of St Gallen, and 4 kilometres east of the centre of Gossau.
The stadium is situated adjacent to the A1 motorway. Take exit 80 St Gallen / Winkeln and turn almost immediately into the underground parking.
Kybunpark can be reached via the region’s rail system which connects the stadium with St Gallen and Gossau rail station. Take either line S1 or S5 and get off at stop SG Winkeln - from there it is a short walk to the stadium.
Alternatively, you can catch bus 151, which runs between the central rail stations of Gossau and St Gallen. The bus ride takes about just as long as the train (20 minutes), but the bus stops in front of the stadium.
Address: Zürcher Strasse 464, 9015 St. Gallen
Follow it live:
The live match centre will also be available to supporters throughout the afternoon here on the club's website.
Supporters will then be able to read a full match report from the contest at Kybunpark on BrightonandHoveAlbion.com, with post-match reaction also available after the final whistle.