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Fussball Club Basel 1893, widely known as FC Basel is a Swissmarker football club based in Baselmarker.

Basel is one of the most successful clubs in Swiss football, having won the Swiss Super League 12 times, the third most for any Swiss club. They were most successful in the late 1960s and 1970s, winning the title a total of seven times between 1967 and 1980. The 1980s saw hard times for Basel as they had an absence from European competition for many years and they were relegated in 1987. In the 2000s Basel returned to the top of Swiss football; winning their first title for 22 years in 2002 and another three titles 2004, 2005 and 2008.

They have competed in European competition every season since 1999-2000. In the 2001-02 season the club reached the UEFA Intertoto Cup final, losing to Aston Villa, in the 2002/03 season they qualified for the Second Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League and in the 2005/06 season they reached the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Cup.


The Early Years

FC Basel was started by an advertisement on the 12 November 1893 that appeared in the Basler national newspaper requesting that a football team be formed and that anyone that wished to join should meet up the next Wednesday at 8:15. So, on the 15th of November 1893, FC Basel was born in the city of Baselmarker, Switzerlandmarker. One of the early club captains was Joan Gamper, who later founded FC Barcelona in Spain. FC Basel did not have much of an early footballing success; it took them 40 years to win their first trophy, winning the Swiss Cup in 1933 when they defeated arch-rivals and reigning cup-holders Grasshopper-Club Zürich 4-3, in what is now considered to be one of the best cup finals in Swiss football history. They also won the cup in 1947 when they beat Lausanne Sports, who also finished runners-up the previous year, 3-0. Basel won their first league title in 1953, with club legend René Bader as manager. They finished three points above BSC Young Boys.

Rise and Fall

Basel won their first trophy of the new decade in 1963; with Czechoslovakianmarker manager Georges Sobotka at the helm, Basel stormed to Swiss Cup glory by overcoming Grasshopper-Club Zürich 2-0 in the final. But, FCB (which is pronounced "Eff Tsay Bay" in Swiss German) came to prominence in the late 1960s under the management of Helmut Benthaus and with quality players such as René Hasler, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Karl Odermatt. Benthaus' first league win as Basel manager was in 1967, finishing a single point above FC Zürich. A cup final victory over Lausanne Sports also came later in the season. This led to Basel qualifying to play in the European Cup, for the first time, in 1968. Basel were knocked out of the tournament in the First Round, however, by Danish side Akademisk Boldklub. Basel's next league win came in 1969, when they once again finished just one point above the runners-up, who this time were Lausanne Sports. This meant that Basel could embark on another European adventure, but they, once again, failed to overcome the first hurdle, who were Celtic of Scotland. In the 1969/70 season, Basel won the league by one point over Lausanne Sports, once again. The European Cup was a little kinder to Basel in 1970, as they reached the Second Round, losing to Ajax, after defeating Soviets Spartak Moscow in the First Round. Basel did not retain their title the next season despite finishing with the same amount of points as the winners, Grasshopper-Club Zürich, who won it on head-to-head. After a trophy-less season, Basel then won two league titles in-a-row, in 1972 and '73. They also won the League Cup in 1973. In Europe, Basel failed to impress, once again, in 1972, as they were sent crashing out at the first stage by Hungary's Újpesti Dózsa SC but in the 1973/74 season they excelled; eliminating Icelanders Fram Reykjavík and Club Brugge of Belgium, before narrowly exiting in the Quarter-Finals to Celtic 5-6 on aggregate. Despite Basel's improvement on the European stage, they did not retain the league for another four years, but they did manage to lift the Swiss Cup in 1975, beating FC Winterthur 2-1 after extra time. Basel's long awaited title-win came in 1977 as they triumphed over Servette FC in a playoff. This meant that Basel returned to play in the European Cup but they were defeated in the First Round, once more, by FC Wacker Innsbruck of Austria, after showing so much promise on their last European outing. After the success of the 1976/77 season, Basel endured two seasons of below-par performances and mid-table finishes until glory returned in in 1980, as Basel won the Nationalliga A title through the playoff. However, legendary manager Helmut Benthaus left in 1982 and in the following seasons, Basel's final league positions started to drop until their relegation into the Nationalliga B in 1988. Several managers came and went at St. Jakob Stadiummarker between then and when Basel finally returned to Nationalliga A in 1994, under Claude Andrey. Basel avoided relegation by three points in their first season back at the top-flight, but Andrey left and was replaced by Karl Engel. Engel led Basel to a fifth-place finish in his first season in charge and a solid mid-table finish in 1997, but he was sacked after a poor start to the 1997/98 campaign, in which Basel finished second-bottom. Jörg Berger then took over, but lasted only a year in charge before Christian Gross came. Gross' appointment went hand-in-hand with the financial backing that had just been put into the club and it was not long until Basel returned to the top.

Return of the Glory Days

Basel's famous 2002/03 team

When St. Jakob-Parkmarker was opened in 2001, success returned. In 2002 FCB won the Double (Swiss Championship and Swiss Cup) and reached the final of the UEFA Intertoto Cup. In the following season they were the second Swiss team to ever play in the Champions League. Their first game was in the Second Qualifying Round against MŠK Žilina of Slovakiamarker. They won 4-1 on aggregate. In the next round they faced Scottishmarker giants Celtic F.C.. In the first leg at Celtic Parkmarker the home side won 3-1, but in the second leg at St. Jakob-Parkmarker, FCB came away with a famous 2-0 victory. This meant Basel progressed on the away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate draw. In the First Group Stage, FCB were drawn into Group B with Valencia CF, Liverpool F.C. and FC Spartak Moscow. On Matchday One, Basel defeated Spartak 2-0 at home. Then on Matchday Two, FCB travelled to Anfieldmarker where they managed to draw 1-1 against Liverpool. After a great start to the group stage, FCB were brought back down to earth when they were defeated 6-2 by Valencia at the Estadio Mestallamarker. They bounced back, however, and held Valencia to a 2-2 draw in the next fixture. Basel were now sitting in second place in the group but they would still need to win at least one of their last two games and hope that Liverpool would not pick up more than two points to secure that place. In Matchday Five, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Valencia and FCB won 2-0 against Spartak at the Luzhniki Stadiummarker. Basel's place in the last 16 was all but secured, although they still had to make sure they did not lose to Liverpool in the last game of the first group stage. On the last Matchday Basel were 3-0 at half-time through goals from Julio Hernán Rossi, Christian Eduardo Giménez and Thimothée Atouba. The second half was a different story, though, and Liverpool fought back to draw 3-3. This was still enough for FCB to qualify for the Second Group Stage. In the last 16, Basel faced Manchester United F.C., Juventus F.C. and Deportivo de La Coruña. They had a poor start, losing back to back games against Manchester United at home and Juventus away. FCB then faced Deportivo in a double-header, with the home side winning 1-0 in both games. Arguably two of FCB's greatest games came next as they held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Traffordmarker and claimed a 2-1 victory over Juventus at St. Jakob-Parkmarker. Despite picking up the same number of points as second placed Juventus, Basel crashed out on goal difference. Basel finished second in the Swiss Super League that season and won the Swiss Cup after beating Neuchâtel Xamax 6-0 in the final.

After being the surprise package in Europe in the 2002/03 season, Basel could not bring this form into the UEFA Cup in 2003/04 as the were eliminated by Newcastle United F.C. in the second round after defeating Malatyaspor in the previous round.

The club did go on to achieve some success in the Europe in 2004/05, though, as they were dropped into the UEFA Cup after being eliminated by F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Qualification Stage of the UEFA Champions League. After they defeated Russianmarker side FC Terek Grozny in the First Round they faced considerabley tougher opponents Feyenoord Rotterdam, FC Schalke 04, Ferencvárosi TC and Heart of Midlothian in the Group Stage. They drew 1-1 away to Schalke, were defeated 2-1 at home by Hearts, beat Ferencváros 2-1 at Stadium Puskás Ferencmarker and won 1-0 against Feyenoord at home. They finished third in the group on seven points and qualified for the Round of 32 where they were defeated 2-0 on aggregate by Lille OSC. Basel also won the Domestic Title during the 2004/05 campaign.

2005/2006 Season

Basel's biggest signings of the 2005/06 season were defenders Daniel Majstorović and Kōji Nakata who were brought in to replace Patrick Müller, who was set to sign for Olympique Lyonnais, and the retiring Murat Yakın. Forward Eduardo was signed after a successful loan spell but Argentinianmarker goalscorers Christian Giménez and Julio Hernán Rossi left the club.

As Swiss champions, Basel entered the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round against German Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen. Basel won the first leg 2-1 at St. Jakob Parkmarker but lost 3-0 at the Weserstadionmarker in the second leg, the aggregate 4-2 in Werder's favour. Basel were then dropped into the UEFA Cup where they met NK Široki Brijeg of Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker in the First Round. Basel sealed a 6-0 aggregate win and were drawn into Group E alongside RC Strasbourg, A.S. Roma, Red Star Belgrade and Tromsø I.L.. FCB lost the first group match 2-0 against Strasbourg at home but won 2-1 away to Red Star, giving themselves an opportunity to progress to the next round if they won their next game against Tromsø. They did in a seven-goal thriller, winning 4-3 and securing 3rd place. The last match of the group was against Italianmarker giants Roma at the Stadio Olimpicomarker where the Serie A club won 3-1. In the Round of 32 FCB came up against AS Monaco who they beat 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 stalemate in Monacomarker and a 1-0 victory for Basel in Switzerlandmarker. As Basel progressed to the last 16 they played against Strasbourg once again. FCB won the first leg 2-0 and drew 2-2 in the second leg, winning 4-2 overall. In the Quarter-Finals the club came up against Middlesbrough F.C.. FCB won 2-0 at home and looked certain to progress as they travelled to the Riverside Stadiummarker. This was not the case, however, as the Englishmen fought back to win the match 4-1 and the tie 4-3.

On May 13 2006, the FCB lost a league game in the St. Jakob-Parkmarker for the first time since December 1, 2002, when they fell 1:2 against FC Zürich, resulting in riots and property damage by hooligans of both the FCB and their rival after the match (see 2006 Basel Hooligan Incident for more details).On February 26 2006 FC Basel broke their own club record of 52 unbeaten league games in the St. Jakob Parkmarker. The new record is 59, but the streak ended there on the final day of the season with a last-minute goal by Iulian Filipescu of FC Zürich, knocking Basel out of contention and giving Zürich their first national championship since 1980/81. A sixtieth straight home league match undefeated would have made Basel champions once again, but the final score was 1:2 in favour of Zürich.

2006/2007 Season

Various signings involving FCB took place during the 2006/07 Swiss Super League season. The most notable of these were the replacement of local hero Pascal Zuberbühler, who departed for West Bromwich Albion, with Argentine internationalist Franco Costanzo and the signing of Delron Buckley on loan from Borussia Dortmund. Zdravko Kuzmanović left the club during the Winter break for ACF Fiorentina.

FC Basel's European campaign started in the first qualifying stage of the UEFA Cup when they beat Kazakhimarker side FC Tobol 3-1 on aggregate. In the second round they played against Liechtensteinermarker team FC Vaduz, narrowly progressing on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate draw. They were then put up against Macedoniansmarker FK Rabotnički. Basel won 6-2 at St. Jakob-Parkmarker and 1-0 at the Skopje City Stadiummarker to qualify for the group stages where they faced tough opposition, Blackburn Roversmarker of Englandmarker, AS Nancy of Francemarker, Feyenoord of The Netherlandsmarker and Wisła Kraków of Polandmarker. Basel's first game came against Feyenoord at home. They came away with a respectable 1-1 draw. Their next group match was at Ewood Parkmarker against Blackburn Rovers. Basel played reasonably well but shaky defending became their downfall. AS Nancy, at home, were their next opponents and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Basel's last group game was against Wisła Kraków at the Wisła Stadiummarker. FCB needed a win to qualify but their poor European campaign came to an end after losing 3-1 despite taking an early lead through Mladen Petrić.

Basel won the Swiss Cup after beating FC Luzern 1-0. The winning goal came from the penalty spot through Daniel Majstorović in the 93rd minute.

FCB finished in second place in the Swiss Super League, just one point behind winners FC Zürich. This was despite the club defeating Zürich in all three of their meetings in that league campaign.

2007/2008 Season

At the beginning of the 2007/08 season FC Basel strengthened their team by signing Swiss internationalists Marco Streller from VfB Stuttgart, Benjamin Huggel from Eintracht Frankfurt and David Degen on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Fans' favourite Mladen Petrić joined Borussia Dortmund in a big-money deal and influential defender Boris Smiljanić returned to his former club Grasshopper-Club Zürich. Highly rated Switzerland Under-21 defender Beg Ferati arrived at St. Jakob-Parkmarker in January from feeder club FC Concordia Basel on a three-and-a-half year contract. He was joined by veteran striker Vratislav Lokvenc from Red Bull Salzburg and exciting midfielder Marko Perović from Red Star Belgrade who also arrived during the Winter break.

Basel were drawn against Bosniamarker minnows FK Sarajevo in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, a tie that Basel won 8-1 on aggregate. In the next round Basel faced a considerably tougher opponent in the form of SV Mattersburg of Austriamarker. Nonetheless, Basel finished the tie off with a 4-0 away win after a 2-1 victory at St. Jakob-Parkmarker. Basel were then drawn into a 'death group' of Group D alongside SK Brann, NK Dinamo Zagreb, Hamburger SV and Stade Rennais FC, all of which were ranked within the top 3 of their own leagues at the start of the stage. Basel won their first UEFA Cup group game against Rennes at home 1-0 thanks to a Marco Streller header. Their next game was away to Dinamo Zagreb in which Basel earned a valuable away point thanks to on form goalkeeper Franco Costanzo who kept the game at 0-0 for 90 minutes. They then faced Brann at St. Jakob-Parkmarker where they won 1-0 through a Carlitos free-kick and were highly praised for playing attractive and flowing football. Basel then went to Germany to face Hamburg at the HSH Nordbank Arenamarker where they were fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw. The goals came courtesy of captain Ivan Ergić and Hamburg's Ivica Olić. Basel then faced Sporting Clube de Portugal in the last 32 after qualifying 2nd in the group alongside 1st placed Hamburg and 3rd placed Brann. Sporting Lisbon finished third in their group in the UEFA Champions League, which is why they were dropped into the UEFA Cup. The first leg took place on the 13th of February in Lisbonmarker where the first choice goalkeeper, Franco Costanzo, was injured and Basel lost 2-0. The second leg did not fair any better for Basel. Costanzo remained injured and Basel lost 3-0 on the 21st of February in Baselmarker, resulting in the knock out of the UEFA Cup.

Basel's 2007-08 title-winning squad.

FC Basel won the Swiss Cup for the second consecutive season after beating second-tier side AC Bellinzona 4-1 at St. Jakob-Parkmarker on Sunday 6 April 2008. Eren Derdiyok gave Basel the lead in the first half before Bellinzona equalised through Christian Pouga in the second. Daniel Majstorović restored the lead for Basel with a header and Swiss internationalists Marco Streller and Benjamin Huggel scored one goal each to make the final scoreline 4-1 in Basel's favour.

Basel won the Swiss Super League for the first time since 2005 on the 10 May 2008 at St. Jakob-Parkmarker after a 2-0 win over title threats BSC Young Boys. It was the last game of the season and Basel only needed a point from the match to win the Championship but if Young Boys won then they would be champions, the exact same situation as the end of the 2005/06 season, only it was between Basel and FC Zürich then. The painful memories of losing the league on the last day of the season in 2006 seemed to spur FCB on as they took an early lead through Valentin Stocker before Marco Streller wrapped up the victory with the second.

This rounded off a highly successful season for Basel as they conquered on the domestic front, winning both the Swiss Super League and Swiss Cup, and reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup.

2008/2009 Season

Ahead of the 2008/09 season, FCB added to their squad by signing defenders Behrang Safari from Malmö FF and David Abraham from Gimnàstic de Tarragona, and midfielders Jürgen Gjasula and Marcos Gelabert from FC St. Gallen. Fans' favourite Daniel Majstorović left the club for AEK Athens F.C. and Kōji Nakata returned to Japan with Kashima Antlers, while Vratislav Lokvenc and David Degen's loan deals were not re-newed. Ivan Ergić resigned from being club captain before the start of the season, and Franco Costanzo was unveiled as the new captain a day before the season kicked off.

Basel played their opening game of the season in Bernmarker on 18 July 2008 against BSC Young Boys, which they won 2-1 with goals coming from substitutes Marko Perović and Benjamin Huggel after Eudis put the home side ahead.

Basel entered the Champions League in the Second Qualifying Round and were drawn against IFK Göteborg of Sweden. The first leg was on July 30 2008 at Ullevimarker and finished 1-1. Benjamin Huggel put Basel ahead before Thomas Olsson equalised for the home team. The second leg took place on August 6 at St. Jakob-Parkmarker; with Basel coming from behind twice to win 4-2. Pontus Wernbloom put Göteborg ahead on 19 minutes before Benjamin Huggel equalised soon after. Early in the second half Robin Söder restored Göteborg's lead. But Basel fought back, with Scott Chipperfield equalising. Then Basel got a penalty due to a supposed hands ball in the box. Replays showed that the referee had made the wrong decision. The penalty was scored, and eventually led to the victory. Basel then faced Vitória S.C. of Portugal in the Third Qualifying Round. The first leg at Estádio D.marker Afonso Henriquesmarker, on August 13, ended honours even, in a 0-0 draw. The second leg took place on August 27 at St. Jakob-Parkmarker where Valentin Stocker gave Basel an early lead on 11 minutes before João Alves was fouled in the penalty area by François Marque and João Fajardo dispatched the spot-kick, just four minutes later to draw Vitória level. In the second half, the away side started well but Eren Derdiyok gave FCB a 2-1 lead which they hung on to, to qualify for the UEFA Champions League Group Stages.

FCB were drawn into Group C alongside FC Barcelona, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Basel lost their opening game 2-1 at St. Jakob-Parkmarker on September 16 against Shakhtar. Fernandinho put the Ukrainiansmarker ahead on 25 minutes before Jádson doubled their lead just before half time. David Abraham scored a late consolation goal for the home team. Sporting Lisbon were the opponents on Matchday 2 (October 1) and despite defending well and causing a few scares at the other end of the park, Basel were defeated 2-0 at the Estádio José Alvalademarker. On Matchday 3 (October 22), Barcelona visited Basel and came away with a 5-0 win, but a fortnight later it was a different story as FCB came away with a respectable 1-1 draw at the Camp Noumarker, with Eren Derdiyok scoring a late equaliser after Lionel Messi put Barça ahead. On November 26, Basel travelled to Ukraine, to play Shakhtar, where they were thrashed 5-0. Basel then faced Sporting at home on the final Matchday (December 9) and were defeated 1-0.

On 16 April 2009, FCB were eliminated from the Swiss Cup in the Semi-Final after losing 3-2 on penalties to Young Boys. The score was 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra time.

Despite remaining in first or second position for most of the season, Basel finished in third place behind FC Zürich and Young Boys. On May 24 2009, Basel lost 4-1 against Grasshopper-Club Zürich, meaning that they could no longer win the Swiss Super League and that FC Zürich were crowned champions. Three days later, on May 27, FCB lost 3-0 to Young boys, therefore also surrendering the Vice-Championship. On May 27, Christian Gross was sacked from his role as FC Basel manager after ten years in the job.

2009/2010 Season

Germanmarker Thorsten Fink was appointed as Basel's new manager on June 9 2009. . The new manager let several players go by not extending their contracts. These were Ronny Hodel, Jürgen Gjasula, Ivan Ergić and Eduardo. Star striker Eren Derdiyok was also sold to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and Eduardo Rubio returned to Cruz Azul after his loan was not made permanent. A number of players were brought into the first team from the under-21 squad to replace them, however, and a number of other new players were signed; the most high profile being Alexander Frei from Borussia Dortmund. Others included Turkmarker Çağdaş Atan from Energie Cottbus, Ghanaianmarker Samuel Inkoom from Asante Kotoko, Massimo Colomba from rivals Grasshopper and Brazilianmarker Antônio da Silva on loan from Karlsruher SC.

Basel entered the Europa League in the second qualifying round and were drawn against Andorransmarker Santa Colma. The first leg at St. Jakob-Parkmarker ended 3-0 in Basel's favour, with Serkan Şahin, Marco Streller and Federico Almerares getting on the score sheet. The second leg at Estadi Comunal d'Aixovallmarker ended in Basel emerging 4-1 victors, and 7-1 winners on aggregate. Streller (2), Marcos Gelabert and Almerares scored the goals the second time around. FCB were then drawn against KR Reykjavík of Icelandmarker in the third qualifying round. The first leg took place at KR-völlurmarker on July 30, and ended in a 2-2 draw. Early goals from Gudmundur Benediktsson and Grétar Sigurdsson gave the home side a 2-0 lead, before Scott Chipperfield and Almerares drew Basel level. The second leg in Switzerland ended 3-1 to Basel, meaning they won 5-3 on aggregate and progressed to a two-legged play-off against FK Baku of Azerbaijanmarker. Alexander Frei (2) and Xherdan Shaqiri scored for FCB and Björgólfur Takefusa scored for the Icelanders. At the Tofik Bakhramov Stadiummarker in Bakumarker, Fernando Nestor Pérez put the locals 1-0 ahead just after half time. Basel turned it around, however, and won by three goals to one when they scored three goals in six minuted, coming from Streller (2) and Benjamin Huggel. The second leg at home ended with Basel winning 5-1 on the night and 8-2 on aggregate, meaning that they qualified for the Europa League group stage. Almerares, Gelabert, Frei, Shaqiri and Orhan Mustafi all contributed with Basel's goals while Felipe Almeida Félix scored for the away side.

FCB were then drawn into Group E alongside A.S. Roma (Italy), Fulham (England) and CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria). Basel started the group off with an impressive 2-0 win over Roma at home - Carlitos and Federico Almerares bagging the goals on September 17 2009 - before narrowly losing their second match 1-0 in a tight encounter with Fulham at Craven Cottagemarker on October 1. Their third match took place on October 22 and was against CSKA Sofia at the Bulgarian Army Stadiummarker. Frei bagged two goals there to send Basel home with a 2-0 win. They also won the return leg, on November 5, by 3 goals to 1. Frei again bagged two goals, with Gelabert scoring the other. Todor Yanchev scored for the visitors.

Supporters and Rivalries


FC Basel is well known for having a big and loyal local following. Usually when polls are made about the most passionate club football fans, FC Basel's fans usually make the top 20 if not top 10 in the world, resulting in what is by far the highest average attendance in Switzerlandmarker with around 23,500 fans attending every home game and with the new extension being built that number is expected to rise to around 40,000. The fans have also made themselves a name in numerous international matches in recent years.

Arguably, its most famous internationally recognisable fan is tennis star Roger Federer. The current World No. 1 is a Basel native and has supported the club since his youth. In one interview Federer said if he weren't as good of a tennis player as he is today, he would have without a doubt tried to play football. He went on to say that if he was successful in the beautiful game, he would have loved to play for FC Basel.


The city of Basel and the city of Zürichmarker have a long-standing rivalry. Therefore, FC Basel's most traditional and fiercest rivals are Grasshopper-Club Zürich and FC Zürich. In the past few seasons, the rivalry between FC Zürich and Basel and has been fueled by FC Zürich's league championship wins, which were won very narrowly over Basel. They continue to be the two leading championship favourites for the 2008/2009 season. Supporters from both sides have caused trouble in the past years. The worst incident happened in May 2006. FC Basel had won the league in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons and were set to make it three in a row if they won or drew against Zürich at home on the last day of the 2005/06 season. But if Zürich won, they would get the title. Zürich took the lead after a late goal from Iulian Filipescu and consequently won the match and the league. After the final whistle, players and fans from both teams started fighting on the pitch and in the stands. This incident has fueled hatred and bitterness between fans from FC Zürich and FC Basel. There is a controversy about which rivalry is bigger, the one with Grasshopper or FC Zürich. But it usually depends on the success of these teams. Thus there is a peculiar situation in Switzerland between the three clubs that the more successful team on the football pitch at a certain time period is usually considered the bigger rival as well. For the past few years the success of both FC Basel and FC Zurich means their rivalry is considered the most fierce.

Youth System

FC Basel is known throughout Switzerlandmarker for having the best youth system in the Super League. It is often compared to the youth systems of Ajax, Celtic and Real Madrid. It has produced Swiss internationalists such as Philipp Degen, Alexander Frei and Marco Streller. Also, in more recently times, young talents like the Ecuadorianmarker international youngster Felipe Caicedo, Croatianmarker Ivan Rakitić, Serbianmarker Zdravko Kuzmanović and the Swissmarker Yann Sommer along with Eren Derdiyok have risen through the ranks there. Some successful players who have come through the Basel youth system are:


St. Jakob-Park at night

FC Basel play their home games at the 42,500 capacity St. Jakob-Parkmarker which translates into English as St. Jacob's Park. UEFA have awarded the stadium a 4-star rating, the highest rating that could be given to a stadium of that capacity. St. Jakob-Park was opened in 2001, holding an attendance of 33,433, originally, but the stadium was upgraded to 42,500 due to Switzerlandmarker being co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008. The stadium is nicknamed "Joggeli" by the fans and has 2 restaurants called "Restaurant UNO" and "Hattrick's Sports Bar" and a shopping centre which opened on 1 November 2001. It also has parking space for 680 cars and has its own train station. St. Jakob-Park hosted 6 games during EURO 2008, including the opening game between Switzerland and Czech Republic and a semi-final between Germany and Turkey. The most interesting feature of the stadium is the translucent outer layer, which can be illuminated in different colours for impressive effects much like Bayern Munich's Allianz Arenamarker.


Affiliated Clubs

Colours and Logo

FC Basel's traditional kit is a red and blue shirt, blue shorts with gold trim and blue socks with red trim. From this comes the nickname "RotBlau" which is Swiss German and German for Red and Blue (literally "RedBlue"). Their away kit is all silver/platanium with blue trim. FC Basel's kits are manufactured by Nikemarker and sponsored by Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company which is based in the city of Baselmarker.

The famous "Blaugrana" colours of FC Barcelona are said to have originated from the "Rotblau" colours of FC Basel. FC Barcelona was founded by former FC Basel captain Joan Gamper. For the 2008/09 season, Basel changed their shirt to resemble the traditional Barcelona shirt (red and blue vertical stripes) and Barcelona changed theirs to resemble Basel's (one half of the shirt red, the other blue).

Old FC Basel logo without the star.
FC Basel's current logo is a shield, the left half red and the right half blue. The shield is outlined with gold and in the centre in gold letters it says FCB which stands for "Fussballclub Basel" or "Football Club Basel". The logo is worn in the centre of the shirt opposed to on the traditional left-hand side. Like the colours of FC Basel, the logo has a striking resemblance to that of FC Barcelona in Spainmarker. There are theories that suggest that the founder of FC Barcelona, being at one time the captain of FC Basel, reincorporated the logo of FC Basel on to that of FC Barcelona.The resemblances seem clear, both logos seem to incorporate the shield design, as do most other clubs. But most notably is the FCB acronyms on both logos and the Red-Blue colours, outlined in gold. Also the football that lies on the left side of the FC Basel logo seems to be the exact shape, type and colour as that of the FC Barcelona Logo in the bottom centre. Because of this, many people tend to say that FC Basel was the inspiration in the process of founding FC Barcelona in Spain.


Companies that FC Basel currently has sponsorship deals with include:


  • Highest stage reached in Champions League: Quarter-Finals (1973/74)
  • Highest stage reached in UEFA Cup: Quarter-Finals (2005/06)
  • Biggest European home win: FC Basel 7-0 S.S. Folgore (24.08.2000, UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg)
  • Biggest European away win: Fram 0-5 FC Basel (18.09.1973, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg)
  • Biggest European home defeat: FC Basel 0-5 FC Barcelona (22.10.2008, UEFA Champions League)
  • Biggest European away defeat: Celtic F.C. 5-0 FC Basel (09.10.1963, European Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round)
  • Most league appearances: Massimo Ceccaroni (398)
  • Most league goals: Christian Giménez (99)
  • Record number of home games unbeaten: 59
  • Highest home game attendance (St. Jakob Stadiummarker): 60,000
  • Highest home game attendance (St. Jakob-Parkmarker): 38,015
  • Most capped player: Teófilo Cubillas, 81 caps, Peru


Top Goalscorers
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Josef Hügi 1948-1962 244
2 Christian Giménez 2001-2005 99
3 Erni Maissen 1975-1982

4 Karl Odermatt 1963-1976 80
5 Matías Delgado 2003-2006 58

Most Appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Massimo Ceccaroni 1987-2002 398
2 Josef Hügi 1948-1962 320
3 Karl Odermatt 1963-1976 312
4 Erni Maissen 1975-1982

5 Mario Cantaluppi 1994-1996


Current squad

As of 7 October 2009

Out on loan

Multiple nationalities

Reserve team

The following players are listed by Basel's website as Under-21 players.






(*) : Also been in senior team squad.

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Thorsten Fink
Assistant Manager Heiko Vogel
Goalkeeping Coach Romain Crevoisier
Goalkeeping Coach Thomas Grüter
Fitness Coach Marco Walker
Athletic Coach Nikola Vidović

Notable former players





Bosnia and Herzegovina





Czech Republic





















South Africa





See also .

NOTE: Early history is largely unknown.

  • Percy Humphreys (1913-1914)
  • Max Breunig (1922-1923)
  • Gyula Kertész (1928-1930)
  • Gustav Putzendople (1930-1932)
  • Otto Haftel (1932)
  • Karl Kurz (1932-1933)
  • Josef Haist (1933-1934)
  • Richard Dombi (1934)
  • Alvin Riemke (1934-1936)
  • Heinz Körner (1936-1937)
  • Fernand Jaccard (1937-1939)
  • Walter Dietrich (1939)
  • Max Galler (1939-1940)
  • Eugen Rupf (1940-1943)
  • Willy Wolf (1943-1946)
  • Max Barras (1946)
  • Anton Schal (1946-1947)
  • Ernst Hufschmid (1947-1952)
  • René Bader (1952-1955)
  • Willy Dürr (1955)

Superleague Formula

FC Basel has a team in the Superleague Formula race car series where football teams lend their name to cars. GU-Racing International has operated the car for all seasons and Maximilian Wissel has drove the car in all the races. FC Basel and Wissel have won 1 race, in the 2009 season at Donington Parkmarker. The team have scored 3 other podiums in the series.

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