2006–07 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2006–07 season
Chairman Switzerland Mrs Gisela Oeri
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Swiss Super League Runners-up
Swiss Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Group Stage
Top goalscorer League:
Croatia Mladen Petrić (19)
Croatia Mladen Petrić (36)
Highest home attendance 34,070 vs Zürich
Lowest home attendance 0 vs Schaffhausen
0 vs Grasshoppers
11,643 vs Tobol

The 2006–07 season is Fussball Club Basel 1893's 114th in existence and the club's 13th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football. FC Basel started the season of with various warm-up matches. These included teams from the Swiss lower league as well as teams from France, Croatia and the Ukraine. The FC Basel aims for the 2006–07 season were to win back the league and cup titles as well as to stay in the UEFA Cup over the winter break.


Following the last minute loss of the 2005–06 Swiss Championship as a result of the 1-2 home defeat against FC Zürich on 13 May 2006 and the subsequent riots, the so-called Basel Hooligan Incident, the club had to carry consequences. As well as the big fine, the first two home games of the 2006–07 Swiss Super League season were held completely without fans, as so called "ghost matches". The following three matches were held with just a part of the stadium capacity, without the fans from the "Muttenzer Kurve" (the eastern fan block).

Ahead of the 2006–07 Swiss Super League season Basel made a number of transfers. The most notable was the replacement of Swiss international goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler, who transferred to West Bromwich Albion, with the Argentinian international Franco Costanzo. Delron Buckley was signed on loan from Borussia Dortmund. Franco Costanzo was voted to player of season[1] Zdravko Kuzmanović left the club during the Winter break for Fiorentina.

The Campaign[edit]

Domestic League[edit]

Following a very poor start to the season, five defeats in the first ten rounds, Basel were ten championship points behind the table leaders. They started a catch up race after the winter break and finished the league campaign as runners-up, just one point behind champions FC Zürich. This was despite the fact that they defeated Zürich in three of the four direct matches during that league season. Basel missed their championship aim.

Domestic Cup[edit]

In the early rounds of the 2006–07 Swiss Cup Basel were draw with away games against lower league teams. In the first round against local team FC Liestal and in the second against FC Lugano. Basel clearly won both ties. However, in the third round game against FC Baulmes extra time was needed before the tie was decided. The quarterfinal was a home tie against FC Aarau and the semifinal an away tie against FC Wil. Both were mastered and Basel won the Cup by beating FC Luzern 1–0 in the Final. The winning goal in the Final came from the penalty spot through Daniel Majstorović in the 93rd minute. Basel achieved their aim.


FC Basel's European campaign started in the first qualifying stage of the UEFA Cup, here they beat Kazakhi side FC Tobol 3–1 on aggregate. In the second qualifying round they drawn against FC Vaduz from Liechtenstein, narrowly progressing on the away goals rule after a 2–2 aggregate draw. In the first round of the competition Basel were drawn against Macedonians FK Rabotnički. Basel won 6–2 at St. Jakob-Park and 1–0 at the Skopje City Stadium. Thus they qualified for the group stages where they faced tough opposition, Blackburn Rovers of England, AS Nancy of France, Feyenoord of The Netherlands and Wisła Kraków of Poland. Basel's first game was at home against Feyenoord. This ended with a respectable 1–1 draw. Their next group match was an away tie at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers. Basel played reasonably well but shaky defending towards the end of the game sealed their downfall.

Their next opponents were AS Nancy, a home game on 23 November. Basel went behind twice, but were able to draw level both times. Basel were pushing for the winning goal, as during the last minute of the game they were caught by a counterattack. Goalkeeper Franco Costanzo was only able to stop the Nancy attack by fouling Issiar Dia, which resulted in his sending off and a penalty against him. Basel had already used all three substitutes, therefore striker Mladen Petrić donned the goalkeeper shirt and stood between the posts. He was able to save the penalty kick taken by Mickaël Chrétien, thus helping his team to the 2–2 draw.[2]

Basel's last group game was against Wisła Kraków at the Wisła Stadium. FCB needed a win to qualify but their poor European campaign came to an end after losing 3–1 despite taking an early lead. Basel missed their aim to remain in European competition over the winter break.


The Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Assistant manager Switzerland Fritz Schmid
Fitness Coach Switzerland Thomas Grüter
Fitness Coach Switzerland Romain Crevoisier
Youth Team Coach Switzerland Heinz Hermann
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Sandro Kamber

Last updated: 17 May 2008
Source:[citation needed]


Supplier: Nike
Sponsor(s): Novartis


Source: Homepage FCB

Other information[edit]

Chairman Switzerland Mrs Gisela Oeri
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (42,500 / 120x80 m)

Source: Homepage FCB


First team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Franco Costanzo
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Damir Džombić
4 Switzerland DF Michel Morganella
5 Sweden DF Daniel Majstorović (vicecaptain)
6 Japan DF Kōji Nakata
8 Australia MF Mile Sterjovski
9 Serbia MF Marko Perović
10 Croatia FW Mladen Petrić
11 Australia MF Scott Chipperfield
12 Senegal MF Papa Malick Ba
15 Liechtenstein MF Franz Burgmeier
17 Croatia MF Ivan Rakitić
18 Liberia GK Louis Crayton
19 South Africa DF Delron Buckley
No. Position Player
20 Ecuador MF Filipe Caicedo
21 France DF François Marque
22 Serbia MF Ivan Ergić (captain)
23 Brazil FW Eduardo
28 Switzerland DF Patrik Baumann
29 Switzerland DF Simone Grippo
30 Switzerland DF Boris Smiljanić
31 Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok
32 Switzerland DF Reto Zanni (vicecaptain)
34 Switzerland GK Oliver Stöckli
Georgia (country) MF Mikhail Kavelashvili
Brazil MF Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues
Serbia MF Zdravko Kuzmanović
Argentina FW César Carignano

Multiple Nationality[edit]

Transfers summer 2006[edit]


Liechtenstein MF Franz Burgmeier (from FC Aarau)
1 Argentina GK Franco Costanzo (from Deportivo Alavés)
Brazil MF Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues (from Roda JC)
South Africa DF Delron Buckley (from Borussia Dortmund on loan)


Switzerland GK Pascal Zuberbühler (to West Bromwich Albion)
Switzerland MF Djamel Mesbah (to FC Aarau – Free)
Switzerland MF Samuele Preisig (to FC Aarau – Free)
Argentina MF Matias Emilio Delgado (to Besiktas Istanbul – n/a)[4]

Transfers winter 2006-07[edit]


Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok (from Basel U-21)
France DF François Marque (from FC Baulmes)[5]


Serbia MF Zdravko Kuzmanović (to Beşiktaş – n/a)
Georgia (country) MF Mikhail Kavelashvili (end of contract)

Results and Fixtures[edit]


Pre-season/First Half Season friendlies[edit]

Winter Break/Second Half Season friendlies[edit]

Swiss Super League 2006–07[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Super League 2006–07

First half of season[edit]

Second half of season[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Zürich (C) 36 23 6 7 67 32 +35 75 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Basel 36 22 8 6 77 40 +37 74 2007–08 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
3 Sion 36 17 9 10 57 42 +15 60
4 Young Boys 36 17 8 11 52 42 +10 59 2007–08 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
5 St. Gallen 36 14 13 9 47 44 +3 55 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
6 Grasshopper Club Zürich 36 13 11 12 54 41 +13 50
7 Thun 36 10 7 19 30 58 −28 37
8 Luzern 36 8 9 19 31 58 −27 33
9 Aarau 36 6 8 22 28 55 −27 26 Relegation play-off
10 Schaffhausen (R) 36 4 13 19 27 58 −31 25 Relegation to the 2007–08 Challenge League

Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Swiss Cup[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Cup

Swiss Cup 2006–07[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2006–07 UEFA Cup

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Basel won 3–1 on aggregate.

2-2 on aggregate, Basel win on away goals

Basel won 7–2 on aggregate.

Group stage / Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Blackburn Rovers 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10
France Nancy 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7
Netherlands Feyenoord 4 1 2 1 4 5 −1 5
Poland Wisła Kraków 4 1 0 3 6 8 −2 3
Switzerland Basel 4 0 2 2 4 9 −5 2


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  2. ^ "Petric haelt Penalty". YouTube (in German). 23 November 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b (Italian) FC Basel. "FC Basel - Sito Ufficiale - Prima Squadra" (in German). Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  4. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2006). "FCB gibt Matias Emilio Delgado an Besiktas Istanbul ab" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2006-06-28. 
  5. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2013). "Berner nach Blackburn ? Marque ab sofort beim FCB" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 

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