2008–09 Swiss Super League

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Swiss Super League
Season 2008–09
Champions FC Zürich
(12th Swiss title)
Relegated FC Vaduz
UEFA Champions League FC Zürich
UEFA Europa League FC Basel
BSC Young Boys
FC Sion (via domestic cup)
Goals scored 525 (after 35 matchdays)
Average goals/game 3
Top goalscorer Seydou Doumbia (20)
Biggest home win Young Boys 6–0 Vaduz
Biggest away win Vaduz 1–7 Zürich
Highest scoring Bellinzona 6–2 Grasshopper
Vaduz 3–5 Zürich
Vaduz 1–7 Zürich

Swiss Super League 2008–09 is the 112th season of top-tier football in Switzerland. The competition is officially named AXPO Super League due to sponsoring purposes. It began on 18 July 2008 with a match between Young Boys Bern and reigning champions FC Basel, which the latter won by 2–1. The last matches were played in May 2009.

Teams[edit]

FC Thun were relegated after finishing in 10th and last place in Swiss Super League 2007-08. They were replaced by Challenge League 2007–08 champions FC Vaduz, who are the first team from Liechtenstein participating in Switzerland's top football league.

9th placed FC St. Gallen and Challenge League runners-up AC Bellinzona competed in a two-legged relegation play-off after the end of last season. Bellinzona won 5–2 on aggregate and thus earned promotion, while St. Gallen were relegated.

Location of teams in the 2008–09 Swiss Super League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
FC Basel Basel St. Jakob-Park 42,500
BSC Young Boys Berne Wankdorf 31,783
FC Zürich Zürich Letzigrund 23,605
Grasshopper Club Zürich Zürich Letzigrund 23,605
FC Sion Sion Stade Tourbillon 16,500
FC Lucerne Lucerne Stadion Allmend 13,000
Neuchâtel Xamax Neuchâtel Stade de la Maladière 12,000
FC Aarau Aarau Stadion Brügglifeld 9,249
AC Bellinzona Bellinzona Stadio Comunale Bellinzona 8,740
FC Vaduz Vaduz Rheinpark Stadion 6,127

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Zürich (C) 36 24 7 5 80 36 +44 79 UEFA Champions League 2009–10 Third qualifying round
2 Young Boys 36 22 7 7 85 46 +39 73 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 Basel 36 22 6 8 72 44 +28 72 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Grasshopper 36 12 14 10 57 48 +9 50
5 Aarau 36 11 11 14 35 51 −16 44
6 Bellinzona 36 11 10 15 44 51 −7 43
7 Neuchâtel Xamax 36 10 10 16 50 57 −7 40
8 Sion 36 9 10 17 44 60 −16 37 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
9 Luzern 36 9 8 19 45 62 −17 35 Relegation play-off
10 Vaduz (R) 36 5 7 24 28 85 −57 22 Relegation to Challenge League 2009-10 2

Source: axposuperleague.ch (German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Sion won the Swiss Cup 2008–09 and thereby qualified for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.
2Being a Liechtenstein club, Vaduz are not eligible for qualification to European competitions via the Swiss league system. They did, however, qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League by winning their domestic Liechtenstein Cup 2008–09.
(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.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

FC Lucern as 9th-placed team of the Super League will play a two-legged play-off against Challenge League runners-up AC Lugano.

10 June 2009
20:15 CEST
AC Lugano 1–0 FC Lucern
Renfer Goal 15'
Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano
Attendance: 7,200

13 June 2009
18:45 CEST
FC Lucern 5–0 AC Lugano
Renggli Goal 14'

Chiumiento Goal 52' (pen.)

Paiva Goal 77', Goal 83'

Scarione Goal 80'

Stadion Allmend, Lucerne
Attendance: 12,500

Results[edit]

Teams play each other four times in this league. In the first half of the season each team played every other team twice (home and away) and then do the same in the second half of the season.

First half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AAR BAS BEL GCZ LUZ NX SIO VAD YB ZÜR
Aarau 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–1
Basel 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 4–3 3–0 4–0 1–2 1–1
Bellinzona 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–3
Grasshopper 0–0 1–1 3–1 4–2 1–0 3–1 3–0 0–1 2–2
Luzern 3–0 5–1 1–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–3
Neuchâtel Xamax 0–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 1–0 3–3 2–2 2–3 1–2
Sion 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–3
Vaduz 0–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–7
Young Boys 3–3 1–2 3–0 1–3 6–1 2–1 5–0 0–0 2–2
Zürich 4–0 1–4 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1

Source: axposuperleague.ch (German)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AAR BAS BEL GCZ LUZ NX SIO VAD YB ZÜR
Aarau 3–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–3
Basel 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 5–0 0–3 2–1
Bellinzona 1–2 1–1 6–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–1
Grasshopper 1–1 4–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–3 2–2
Luzern 4–0 1–2 4–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–3 1–3
Neuchâtel Xamax 3–1 2–3 1–0 4–1 3–3 3–2 3–1 2–3 0–1
Sion 2–0 0–4 2–2 1–4 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 0–1
Vaduz 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–4 1–5 3–1 3–5
Young Boys 4–0 3–2 3–0 3–1 5–2 0–0 2–1 6–0 4–2
Zürich 2–1 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 5–0 3–0

Source: axposuperleague.ch (German)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Last updated: 24 May 2009; Source: football.ch (German)

20 goals
19 goals
17 goals
13 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals

Awards[edit]

External links[edit]