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After 22 long years of waiting, FC Basel have won their 9th Swiss title and their 1st under the split-season format which has been in operation since 1986 :cool: :proud: :happy:

Zurich has long being the powerbase in Swiss football (the German speaking part in particular) with Grasshoppers being the dominant force but this title could be the start of big things for FC Basel and football in this German speaking region :hopefull:

I think the success of FC Basel has been the integrating of the best of Switzerland (most notebly the Yakin Brothers, Zwissig & Zueberhuler (sp?) ) with astute purchases of value for money foreign talent from all Corners of the globe. A look through their squad and you will find players from as far afield as South Africa (Koumantarakis), Cameroon (Tum, Atouba), Argentina (Giminez), Spain(Varela), Serbia (Ergic) and of course Australia :proud: (Chipperfield). And amongst the Swiss players in the squad, all three language groups are represented. The other major reason behind the success has been Christian Gross. Despite the fact he may have failed in England with Spurs, he has done well with GCZ in the past (taking them into the CL when there was only 16 teams & one group phase) and now with Basel and has Basel playing attractive and effective football with a 4-3-1-2 formation, but has the players to change formations from time to time to suit the opposition and perhaps tactically outwit them.


Now the UEFA European Champions league awaits :excited: (if they get past the qualifiers). Switzerland has a country coefficient ranking of 17th which means they only get one CL spot (need to be in the top 15 to get two spots). Therefore, FC Basel get the only CL spot and will enter the competition at the 2nd qualifying round. Unfortunately they have a low team ranking (172nd) due to a low team coefficient (14.312pts). Therefore they may not be seeded in the 2nd round and if they progress to the 3rd round they definetely WON'T be seeded. So if FCB want to make the CL, they'll have to do it the hard way :nervous: :excited: :hopefull:
 

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Honour should be given only when it is earned.
Basel, newly crowned swiss champions have earned it, and earned it with style!
 

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Honour should be given only when it is earned.
Basel, newly crowned swiss champions have earned it, and earned it with style!

They certainly have :cool:. In winning their latest title, they have set a record by winning the league under the current format in the quickest time (with 3 games still in hand :star: ). The way they have done it by playing attractive, attacking football and playing to their strengths (i.e in a physical yet technically acceptable style) also deserves credit.

I think the defining moment(s) in their season were the two games against Grasshopper in the finalrunde. In the first away to GCZ in the hardturm (1-0 loss and their only loss in the championship round to date), they looked out of their depth against a talented GCZ outfit and looked particularly frail in defence and struggled without Hakan Yakin as the playmaker. However they put things right back home in St.Jakob park and their 4-1 demolition of Grasshoppers was impressive. However a successfull season is not made on performances against a certain team and the reason FCB are champions is because of their consistently good performances against ALL the teams


BTW are you a fan of Swiss football sebastien or were you just making an observation?
 
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