Léo Seydoux avec la coupe de Proximus League, la deuxième division belge.

Football: These three Swiss managed to get promoted to the first division

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This season, three Swiss, including two from French-speaking Switzerland, have been promoted to the first division with their respective clubs in very different roles.

Léo Seydoux with the Proximus League Cup, the Belgian second division club.

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Léo Seydoux, Haris Tabakovic and Maxime Dominguez have all played in a European second division this season, in Belgium, Austria and Poland respectively. In different roles and positions, they have all tasted the joy of the title and promotion to the top flight.

Leo Seydoux – KVC Westerlo

Léo Seydoux has been promoted with KVC Westerlo, the club he has been with since January 2021.

Léo Seydoux has been promoted with KVC Westerlo, the club he has been with since January 2021.

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Shut out by competition at Young Boys, Léo Seydoux made the decision in January 2021 to leave the capital to sign with KVC Westerlo in the Belgian second division. In his first six months in Flanders, the full-back made 12 appearances and was an integral part of his club, which finished fourth in the Proximus League.

The dream season for KVC Westerlo is coming in 2021-2022. The Flemish club won the league ahead of Molenbeek and, after ten years of purgatory, reclaimed their place in the elite of Belgian football. Despite winning the third title of his career, Léo Seydoux didn’t have the expected role in the rise. With 15 games played, just six of them in the starting XI, the Freiburg native was a victim of his side’s large numbers and had to bite the brakes for a good part of the season. “I’ve been benched more than I thought and the season hasn’t been easy for me. That said, it wasn’t catastrophic either. If my calculations are correct, I’m the most frequently used substitute by the coach,” he said freedom last April.

Léo Seydoux, who is under contract until June 2024, should therefore, unless he is transferred in the summer, discover the hard-fought Jupiler League next season. “I hope to have more playing time and be more important to the team and the coach,” he said freedom.

Haris Tabakovic – Austria Lustenau

Haris Tabakovic, Austria Lustenau's top scorer for two seasons, is moving to Austria Wien.

Haris Tabakovic, Austria Lustenau’s top scorer for two seasons, is moving to Austria Wien.

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Haris Tabakovic has been the misfortune of all Austrian second division defenses for two years with amazing numbers. In 45 games played, the forward trained at Young Boys and never managed to win in the Super League, scoring 44 goals. Best trigger of the 2021/2022 financial year With his 26 successes, the Solothurn native played a key role in Austria Lustenau’s promotion to the Bundesliga.

For the player, this happiness comes after difficult times and many injuries. While he had a good season in Hungary for his first experience abroad (20 games, 12 goals 2017-2018), he was deprived of the entire 2018-2019 season due to a serious knee injury. The almost 28-year-old centre-forward seems to be at his best and has earned another chance to establish himself in the top flight.

Bad luck for Austria Lustenau, whose stadium is just meters from the border with Switzerland, returns to the Bundesliga without its striker after 22 years of waiting. Haris Tabakovic has actually signed with Austria Wien for the 2022-2023 season.

Maxime Dominguez – Miedz Legnica

Miedz Legnica and Maxime Dominguez won promotion to the Ekstraklasa.

Miedz Legnica and Maxime Dominguez won promotion to the Ekstraklasa.

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Like Haris Tabakovic, Geneva’s Maxime Dominguez played a key role in his team’s Miedz Legnica rise to the top of Polish football. An undisputed starter, the attacking midfielder scored six goals and provided seven assists during the season to the delight of his team-mates and spectators.

While Poland still looked like a fantastic destination a few months ago, the 26-year-old has won his bet since completely restarting his career and regaining confidence in his new team after a complicated season at Neuchâtel Xamax. “My worst season was torture,” he explained Geneva grandstand last December. In Poland, the midfielder and Miedz Legnica flew over the championship, conceding just three defeats (note: one day left) and relegating Widzew Lodz to 15 points.

With just nine Super League games in his career, Maxime Dominguez will finally have the opportunity to show his talent in a Premier League championship. With the benefit of a contract still valid for next season, the left-hander discovers the Ekstraklasa with Miedz Legnica, who will play the second practice of his history in this league.


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