2011–12 Swiss Super League

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Swiss Super League
Season 2011–12
Champions Basel
15th title
Relegated Neuchâtel Xamax
Champions League Basel
Europa League Luzern
Young Boys
Servette
Matches played 162
Goals scored 405 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Alexander Frei (24)
Biggest home win Zürich 6–0 Grasshopper
Basel 6–0 Lausanne
Biggest away win Servette 0–4 Basel
Sion 0–4 Servette
Highest scoring Basel 6–3 Grasshopper

The 2011–12 Swiss Super League season was the 115th season of top-tier football in Switzerland. It began on 16 July 2011 and ended on 23 May 2012.[1]

Basel successfully defended their title. No team was directly relegated after Neuchâtel Xamax were expelled midway through the season over severe financial irregularities.

The league comprised the best eight sides from the 2010–11 season, the 2010–11 Swiss Challenge League champions Lausanne-Sport, and Servette, the winners of the relegation/promotion play-off between the ninth-placed Super League team and the Challenge League runners-up.

Since Switzerland dropped from thirteenth to sixteenth place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2010–11 season,[2] the league lost its second spot for the UEFA Champions League. The league champions will now enter the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 tournament, while the runners-up and third-placed sides will enter the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

Season events[edit]

Teams[edit]

FC St. Gallen were relegated after finishing in last place of the table after the 2010–11 season. The club thus completed a two-year tenure in the Super League. St. Gallen were replaced by 2010–11 Challenge League champions FC Lausanne-Sport, who returned to the highest football league of Switzerland after a nine-year absence.

A further spot in the league was contested in a relegation/promotion playoff between ninth-placed AC Bellinzona and Challenge League runners-up Servette FC from Geneva. Both teams played a two-legged series, which was won by Servette, 3–2 on aggregate. The Geneva side thus returned to the Super League after six years, while Bellinzona were relegated to the Challenge League after three years in the highest Swiss football league.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in the 2011–12 Swiss Super League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
FC Basel Basel St. Jakob-Park 38,512
Grasshopper Club Zürich Zurich Letzigrund 23,605
FC Lausanne-Sport Lausanne Stade Olympique de la Pontaise 15,850
FC Luzern Lucerne Swissporarena 17,500
Neuchâtel Xamax Neuchâtel Stade de la Maladière 12,000
Servette FC Geneva Stade de Genève 30,084
FC Sion Sion Stade Tourbillon 16,500
FC Thun Thun Arena Thun 10,000
Young Boys Bern Wankdorf 31,783
FC Zürich Zürich Letzigrund 23,605

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Basel (C) 34 22 8 4 78 32 +46 74 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Luzern 34 14 12 8 46 32 +14 54 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
3 Young Boys 34 13 12 9 52 38 +14 51 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
4 Servette 34 14 6 14 45 53 −8 48
5 Thun 34 11 10 13 38 41 −3 43
6 Zürich 34 11 8 15 43 44 −1 41
7 Lausanne-Sport 34 8 6 20 29 61 −32 30
8 Grasshopper 34 7 5 22 32 66 −34 26
9 Sion (O) 34 15 8 11 40 35 +5 017 Relegation play-offs
10 Neuchâtel Xamax (DQ) 18 7 5 6 22 22 0 026 Demotion to the 2012–13 2. Liga interregional

Updated to games played on 20 May 2012.
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Because 2011–12 Swiss Cup winners Basel qualified for the Champions League, and runners-up Luzern qualified for the Europa League through league position, the distribution of the Europa League spots reverted back to league position.
Sion were deducted 36 points for fielding ineligible players.[3]
Neuchâtel Xamax's license was revoked with immediate effect and they were expelled from the Swiss Football League on 18 January 2012 after not providing necessary financial documents and guarantees.[4] The first-half results of the club will be kept while any matches in spring involving Xamax were cancelled.[5]
(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]

The ninth-placed Super League team played a two-legged play-off against the 2011–12 Challenge League runners-up for a spot in the 2012–13 season.

26 May 2012
15:00 CEST
Sion 3 – 0 Aarau
Mrđa Goal 58'81'
Margairaz Goal 67'
Report
Stade Tourbillon, Sion
Attendance: 10,800
Referee: Stephan Studer

28 May 2012
17:00 CEST
Aarau 1 – 0 Sion
Gashi Goal 55' Report

Sion won 3 – 1 on aggregate.

Results[edit]

All ten clubs played twice against each other during the first half of the season, once at home and once away, for a total of 18 matches. As Neuchâtel Xamax had their license revoked during the winter break, the club's second-half matches were entirely cancelled. The second half of the season thus was competed by only nine clubs, which played another double round-robin schedule; each of these nine clubs hence had played 34 matches at the end of the season.[5]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[6]
1 Switzerland Alexander Frei Basel 24
2 Switzerland Marco Streller Basel 13
3 Zambia Emmanuel Mayuka Young Boys 9
Hungary Vilmos Vanczák Sion 9
Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri Basel 9
Switzerland Matías Vitkieviez Servette / YB 9
7 Switzerland Goran Karanović Servette 8
Republic of the Congo Matt Moussilou Lausanne-Sport 8
Switzerland Christian Schneuwly Thun 8
Ghana Ishmael Yartey Servette 8
Switzerland Steven Zuber Grasshopper 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Datenplan 2011/12". Swiss Football League. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2011". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "FC Sion 36-point penalty ends Man Utd hopes of European reprieve". BBC News. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Disziplinarkommission entzieht NE Xamax die Lizenz". Official website (in German). Swiss Football League. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Resultate / Ranglisten - Axpo Super League". Official website (in German). Swiss Football League. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Swiss Football League goalscorers list

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