2008–09 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2008–09 season
Chairman Switzerland Gisela Oeri
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Swiss Super League 3rd
Swiss Cup Semi-finals
UEFA Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
Australia Scott Chipperfield (12)
All:
Switzerland Eren Derdiyok (14)
Highest home attendance 37,500 vs Spain Barcelona
(22 October 2008)
Lowest home attendance 15,730 vs Aarau
(4 December 2008)

The 2008–09 FC Basel season started off with various warm-up matches against Swiss lower league teams as well as German Bundesliga, Ukrainian Vyscha Liha and Polish Ekstraklasa clubs. The goals for FC Basel during the 2008-09 season were to regain their league and cup titles as well as qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Overall season[edit]

After last season, where Basel dominated on the domestic front, winning both the Swiss Super League and Swiss Cup, and reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup. This season they will have the opportunity to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. To prepare for the 2008/09 season, FCB added to their squad 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 Bern 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 Ullevi 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-Park; 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. Afonso Henriques, on August 13, ended honours even, in a 0-0 draw. The second leg took place on August 27 at St. Jakob-Park 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-Park on September 16 against Shakhtar. Fernandinho put the Ukrainians 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 Alvalade. 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 Nou, 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.

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Assistant manager Switzerland Fritz Schmid
until 13 January 2009[1]
Conditioning Coach Switzerland Marco Walker
from 16 January2009[2]
Fitness Coach Switzerland Thomas Grüter
Fitness Coach Switzerland Romain Crevoisier
Youth Team Coach Switzerland Patrick Rahmen
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Sandro Kamber

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

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Nike
Sponsor(s): Novartis

Home[3]
Away

Source: Official Site

Other information[edit]

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

Source: Official Site

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 30 January 2009, accounting for official transfers:[4] 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 (Captain)
3 Switzerland DF Ronny Hodel
6 Argentina MF Marcos Gelabert
7 Germany MF Jürgen Gjasula
8 Switzerland MF Benjamin Huggel (Vice-captain)
9 Switzerland FW Marco Streller
10 Serbia MF Marko Perović
11 Australia MF Scott Chipperfield
14 Switzerland MF Valentin Stocker
15 Argentina FW Federico Almerares
16 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei
17 Chile FW Eduardo Rubio
19 Argentina DF David Abraham
20 Sweden DF Behrang Safari
No. Position Player
21 France DF François Marque
22 Serbia MF Ivan Ergić
23 Brazil FW Eduardo
25 Switzerland GK Jayson Leutwiler
26 Switzerland MF Daniel Unal
27 Switzerland GK Yann Sommer
28 Switzerland DF Beg Ferati
29 Switzerland FW Orhan Mustafi
30 Portugal MF Carlitos
31 Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok
32 Switzerland DF Reto Zanni (Vice-captain)
33 Turkey DF Serkan Şahin
35 Switzerland GK Oliver Stöckli

Multiple Nationality[edit]

2008–09 Summer transfers[edit]

In[edit]

5 Germany MF Jürgen Gjasula (from FC St. Gallen - free transfer)
6 Argentina MF Marcos Gelabert (from FC St. Gallen - 644.000 SFr)
10 Serbia MF Marko Perović (from Red Star Belgrade - 1.288.000 SFr)
13 Switzerland MF Daniel Unal (from AS Roma)
15 Argentina FW Federico Almerares (from River Plate)
17 Chile FW Eduardo Rubio (loan from Cruz Azul with buy-out option)
17 Switzerland DF Patrik Baumann (loan return from FC Concordia Basel)
19 Argentina DF David Abraham (from Gimnàstic de Tarragona)
20 Sweden DF Behrang Safari (from Malmö FF - 644.000 SFr)
25 Republic of Macedonia FW Orhan Mustafi (from FC Zürich - free transfer)
26 Switzerland MF Pascal Schürpf (from Basel U-21)
33 Switzerland MF Samet Gündüz (from Basel U-21)

Out[edit]

5 Sweden DF Daniel Majstorović (to AEK Athens F.C.)
6 Japan DF Kōji Nakata (to Kashima Antlers)
7 Switzerland MF David Degen (loan return to Borussia Mönchengladbach)
12 Senegal MF Papa Malick Ba (contract not re-newed)
15 Liechtenstein MF Franz Burgmeier (Mutual Consent)
18 Liberia GK Louis Crayton (to DC United)
19 Czech Republic FW Vratislav Lokvenc (loan return to FC Red Bull Salzburg)
29 Switzerland MF Simone Grippo (to Chievo Verona)

Out on loan[edit]

24 Switzerland MF Cabral (on loan to Sevilla FC)
33 Switzerland MF Samet Gündüz (on loan to FC Wil)
-- Switzerland DF Patrik Baumann (on loan to FC Concordia Basel)
-- Switzerland GK Yann Sommer (on loan to FC Vaduz)

Starting 11[edit]

No.
Pos
Nat
Name
MS Notes
1 GK  ARG Costanzo 28
20 LB  SWE Safari 34
21 CB  FRA Marque 22
19 CB  ARG Abraham 33
32 RB   SUI Zanni 32
8 DM   SUI Huggel 33
14 LW   SUI Stocker 32
11 CM  AUS Chipperfield 24
22 CM  SER Ergić 30
30 RW  POR Carlitos 22
31 FW   SUI Derdiyok 25

Last updated: 20 November 2008
Source: Squad stats and Start formations.
Only competitive matches.
Using the most used start formation.
Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).

Overall[edit]

Basel participated in the following major competitions: the Swiss Super League, the Swiss Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Swiss Super League 3rd 18 July 2008 29 May 2009
Swiss Cup Round 1 Semi-final 20 September 2008 13 April 2009
UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage 30 July 2008 9 December 2008

Source: Competitions

Pre-season/First Half Season friendlies[edit]

Date Competition Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
23.Jun.2008 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland Lugano
1
Basel
3
Ergic (19'), Burgmeier (22'), Carlitos (81')
28.Jun.2008 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland FC Wil
1
Basel
2
Ergic (33'), Boumelaha (90')
2.Jul.2008 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland BSC Old Boys
1
Basel
3
Carlitos (44'), Ergic (57'), Mustafi (75')
5.Jul.2008 Pre-Season Friendly Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
3
Basel
2
Stocker (32'), Ergic (36')
10.Jul.2008 Uhrencup Poland Legia Warszawa
1
Basel
6
Gjasula (15'), Carlitos (44', 56'), Schürpf (67'), Mustafi (85', 89')
12.Jul.2008 Uhrencup Germany Borussia Dortmund
2
Basel
2
Sanata (19' og), Gjasula (65')
15.Jul.2008 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland FC Oberdorf
1
Basel
7
Derdiyok (29', 45'), Carlitos (36'), Stocker (70'), Mustafi (78', 86'), Gjasula (91')
9.Sept.2008 Season Friendly Switzerland SV Muttenz
0
Basel
5
Abraham (10'), Gjasula (26'), Eduardo (51'), Almerares (81', 87')
14.Oct.2008 Season Friendly Basel
3
Switzerland FC Concordia Basel
3
Mustafi (51', 57'), Almarares (93')

Swiss Super League 2008–09 (first half of season)[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Super League 2008–09

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
1 18.Jul.2008 Young Boys
1
Basel
2
Perovic (69'), Huggel (87')
2 23.Jul.2008 Basel
1
Grasshoppers
0
Perovic (45')
3 26.Jul.2008 Basel
2
Bellinzona
0
Chipperfield (8'), Ergić (75')
4 2.Aug.2008 Sion
2
Basel
0
5 9.Aug.2008 Basel
4
Vaduz
0
Zanni (17'), Mustafi (56', 63'), Rubio (77')
6 17.Aug.2008 Zürich
1
Basel
4
Stocker (13'), Chipperfield (21'), Carlitos (54', 90')
7 23.Aug.2008 Basel
4
Xamax
3
Huggel (24'), Derdiyok (27', 33'), Carlitos (43')
8 30.Aug.2008 Aarau
0
Basel
2
Chipperfield (45'), Gelabert (63')
9 13.Sep.2008 Basel
2
Luzern
0
Huggel (16'), Chipperfield (84')
10 27.Sep.2008 Basel
1
Young Boys
2
Gelabert (79')
11 5.Oct.2008 Grasshoppers
1
Basel
1
Rubio (46')
12 26.Oct.2008 Bellinzona
2
Basel
3
Streller (54'), Perovic (56'), Huggel (93')
13 1.Nov.2008 Basel
3
Sion
0
Perovic (9'), Huggel (pen 45'), Stocker (63')
14 9.Nov.2008 Vaduz
0
Basel
2
Derdiyok (75', 93')
15 16.Nov.2008 Basel
1
Zürich
1
Huggel (pen 15')
16 30.Nov.2008 Xamax
2
Basel
0
17 5.Dec.2008 Basel
3
Aarau
0
Ergic (3'), Perovic (49'), Frei (67')
18 14.Dec.2008 Luzern
5
Basel
1
Frei (32')

2008–09 Winter transfers[edit]

In[edit]

27 Switzerland GK Yann Sommer (from FC Vaduz - Loan return)
33 Turkey DF Serkan Şahin (from Basel U-21)

Out[edit]

4 Switzerland DF Michel Morganella (to US Palermo)

Out on loan[edit]

27 Switzerland MF Pascal Schürpf (on loan to FC Concordia Basel)
33 Switzerland MF Samet Gündüz (on loan to FC Concordia Basel)

Winter Break/Second Half Season friendlies[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
13.Jan.2009 Basel
4
Switzerland Servette FC
0
Carlitos (14'), Carlitos (22'), Derdiyok (25'), Bratic (26' o.g.)
13.Jan.2009 Switzerland FC Lausanne
3
Basel
4
Marque (14'), Carlitos (15'), Almerares (18'), Rubio (22')
15.Jan.2009 Switzerland FC Concordia Basel
4
Basel
3
Gelabert (31'), Mustafi (49'), Chipperfield (50')
17.Jan.2009 Basel
3
Switzerland FC Solothurn
2
Ferati (50'), Derdiyok (54'), Almerares (68')
22.Jan.2009 Basel
4
China Tianjin Teda FC
0
Frei (18', 53'), Derdiyok (62'), Stocker (88')
25.Jan.2009 Poland Wisła Kraków
1
Basel
1
Derdiyok (19')
28.Jan.2009 Basel
3
Russia FC Dynamo Moscow
1
Stocker (4'), Streller (17', 50')
31.Jan.2009 Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax
2
Basel
0
01.Feb.2009 Basel
4
Switzerland FC Locarno
1
Gjasula (22'), Carlitos (36'), Huggel (53'), Ergic (66')
10.Feb.2009 Switzerland FC Wohlen
3
Basel
3
Streller (41'), Ergic (45'), Almarares (47')
17.Feb.2009 Basel
3
France FC Sochaux
1
Chipperfield (4'), Almarares (21', 31')
24.Feb.2009 Basel
2
Switzerland FC Winterthur
0
Chipperfield (50'), Eduardo (71')

Swiss Super League 2008–09 (second half of season)[edit]

for standings, see Swiss Super League 2008–09

Game No. Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
19
07.Feb.2009 Young Boys
3
Basel
2
Streller (64'), Derdiyok (70')
20
15.Feb.2009 Basel
0
Grasshoppers
0
21
22.Feb.2009 Basel
2
Zürich
1
Gjasula (55'), Chipperfield (78')
22
01.Mar.2009 Luzern
1
Basel
2
Gjasula (22'), Chipperfield (92')
23
07.Mar.2009 Basel
3
Aarau
1
Huggel (pen 77'), Lapisarda (og 82'), Stocker (85')
24
14.Mar.2009 Sion
0
Basel
4
Mustafi (41', 80'), Chipperfield (45'), Perović (82')
25
21.Mar.2009 Basel
5
Vaduz
0
Chipperfield (8', 28', 54'), Streller (18'), Derdiyok (70')
26
05.Apr.2009 Bellinzona
1
Basel
1
Stocker (45')
27
09.Apr.2009 Basel
3
Xamax
0
Chipperfield (13', 66'), Stocker (90')
28
19.Apr.2009 Xamax
2
Basel
3
Perovic (24'), Streller (35'), Derdiyok (64')
29
22.Apr.2009 Basel
1
Bellinzona
1
Streller (33')
30
26.Apr.2009 Vaduz
0
Basel
1
Huggel (17')
32
02.May.2009 Basel
2
Sion
2
Huggel (74'), Bühler (og 77')
33
09.May.2009 Aarau
3
Basel
1
Huggel (42')
31
12.May.2009 Basel
2
Luzern
0
Zanni (59'), Perovic (72')
34
17.May.2009 Zürich
1
Basel
3
Gelabert (38'), Streller (71'), Derdiyok (93')
35
24.May.2009 Grasshoppers
4
Basel
1
Derdiyok (36')
36
29.May.2009 Basel
0
Young Boys
3

Basel's League Goalscorers/Assists in the 2008–09 Season[edit]

Updated to games played 29 May 2009

UEFA Champions League[edit]

For more information, see UEFA Champions League 2008-09

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
QR2 Leg 1 30.Jul.2008 Sweden IFK Göteborg
1
Basel
1
Huggel (26')
QR2 Leg 2 6.Aug.2008 Basel
4
Sweden IFK Göteborg
2
Huggel (26'), Chipperfield (71'), Ergic (pen 82', 90')
QR3 Leg 1 13.Aug.2008 Portugal Vitória Guimarães
0
Basel
0
QR3 Leg 2 27.Aug.2008 Basel
2
Portugal Vitória Guimarães
1
Stocker (12'), Derdiyok (54')
GS1 16.Sep.2008 Basel
1
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
2
Abraham (90')
GS2 1.Oct.2008 Portugal Sporting Lisbon
2
Basel
0
GS3 22.Oct.2008 Basel
0
Spain Barcelona
5
GS4 4.Nov.2008 Spain Barcelona
1
Basel
1
Derdiyok (82')
GS5 26.Nov.2008 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
5
Basel
0
GS6 9.Dec.2008 Basel
0
Portugal Sporting Lisbon
1

Basel's European Goalscorers/Assists in the 2008–09 Season[edit]

Updated to games played 26 November 2008

Swiss Cup 2008–09[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Cup 2008–09

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
Round 1 20.Sep.2008 FC Schötz
0
Basel
1
Mustafi (79')
Round 2 17.Oct.2008 FC Bulle
1
Basel
4
Chassot (og 14'), Rubio (16'), Streller (57'), Gjasula (90')
Round 3 22.Nov.2008 FC Thun
0
Basel
4
Derdiyok (22', 29', 63'), Gjasula (91')
Quarter Final 18.Mar.2009 FC Zürich
0
Basel
1
Huggel (pen 67')
Semi Final 13.Apr.2009 BSC Young Boys
0
Basel
0
aet, lost 3-2 on penalties.

Basel's Swiss Cup Goalscorers/Assists in the 2008–09 Season[edit]

Updated to games played 13 April 2009

Basel's Total Goalscorers/Assists in the 2008–09 Season[edit]

Updated to games played 29 May 2009

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2009). "FCB und Assistenztrainer Fritz Schmid beenden Zusammenarbeit". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2009-01-13.  (German)
  2. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2009). "Marco Walker ergänzt Trainerteam beim FCB". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  (German)
  3. ^ (German) FC Basel. "Das neue Heimtrikot" (in German). Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  4. ^ [1]

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