2012–13 Swiss Super League

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Swiss Super League
Season 2012–13
Champions Basel
Relegated Servette
Champions League Basel
Grasshopper
Europa League Zürich
St. Gallen
Thun
Matches played 180
Goals scored 462 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Ezequiel Scarione
(21 goals)
Biggest home win St. Gallen 5–0 Sion
(11 May 2013)
Biggest away win Thun 0–4 Zürich
(10 March 2013)
Luzern 0–4 Basel
(1 April 2013)
Sion 0–4 Grasshopper
(16 May 2013)
Highest scoring Young Boys 6–2 Servette
(30 September 2012)
Highest attendance 35,171[1]
Basel 2–0 Lausanne-Sport
(16 May 2013)
Lowest attendance 2,379[1]
Servette 3–4 Luzern
(1 June 2013)
Average attendance 12,019[2]

The 2012–13 Swiss Super League, also known as Raiffeisen Super League for sponsoring purposes,[3] was the 116th season of top-tier football in Switzerland. It began on 14 July 2012 and ended on 2 June 2013.[4] Basel successfully defended their title.

The league comprised the best eight sides from the 2011–12 season, the 2011–12 Swiss Challenge League champions FC St. Gallen, and FC Sion, the winners of the relegation/promotion play-off between the ninth-placed Super League team and the Challenge League runners-up.

Since Switzerland climbed from sixteenth to fourteenth place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2011–12 season,[5] the league regained its second spot for the UEFA Champions League. In other changes, the league abolished the relegation/promotion play-off from this season after a structural change at lower tiers of the Swiss football league pyramid.[citation needed]

Teams[edit]

No team were relegated on competitive grounds at the end of the 2011–12 season after Neuchâtel Xamax were expelled from the league over financial irregularities midway through the campaign. The club went into administration soon afterwards and was eventually liquidated.[citation needed] Its successors Neuchâtel Xamax 1912 were subsequently inserted into the fifth-tier 2. Liga Interregional.[citation needed] Xamax were replaced by 2011–12 Challenge League champions FC St. Gallen, who immediately returned to the highest football league of Switzerland.

A further spot in the league was contested in a relegation/promotion playoff between ninth-placed FC Sion and Challenge League runners-up FC Aarau. Both teams played a two-legged series, which was won by Sion, 3–1 on aggregate. The club from Valais thus remained in the league despite having received a 36-point deduction for fielding ineligible players during the season.[6]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of the 2012–13 Swiss Super League teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Basel Basel St. Jakob-Park 38,512
Grasshopper Zürich Letzigrund 23,605
Lausanne-Sport Lausanne Stade Olympique de la Pontaise 15,850
Luzern Lucerne Swissporarena 17,500
Servette Geneva Stade de Genève 30,084
Sion Sion Stade Tourbillon 16,500
St. Gallen St. Gallen AFG Arena 19,694
Thun Thun Arena Thun 10,000
Young Boys Bern Stade de Suisse 31,783
Zürich Zürich Letzigrund 23,605

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Basel Switzerland Murat Yakin Switzerland Marco Streller adidas Novartis
Grasshopper Switzerland Uli Forte Switzerland Vero Salatić Puma FROMM/Feldmann Bau AG
Lausanne-Sport France Laurent Roussey Spain Gabri adidas Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Luzern Switzerland Carlos Bernegger Switzerland Florian Stahel adidas Otto's
Servette Switzerland Sébastien Fournier Switzerland Lionel Pizzinat 14fourteen Journal GHI
Sion Switzerland Michel Decastel Italy Gennaro Gattuso Erreà Baldini Transports
St. Gallen Luxembourg Jeff Saibene Switzerland Philippe Montandon Jako St. Galler Kantonalbank
Thun Switzerland Urs Fischer Switzerland Roland Bättig Erima Panorama Center/Sky Work
Young Boys Switzerland Bernard Challandes Switzerland Marco Wölfli Jako Bauhaus
Zürich Switzerland Urs Meier Switzerland Philippe Koch Nike TalkEasy

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Basel (C) 36 21 9 6 61 31 +30 72 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Grasshopper 36 20 9 7 48 32 +16 69
3 St. Gallen 36 17 8 11 54 36 +18 59 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
4 Zürich 36 16 7 13 62 48 +14 55 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Thun 36 13 9 14 44 46 −2 48 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
6 Sion 36 13 9 14 40 54 −14 48
7 Young Boys 36 11 10 15 48 50 −2 43
8 Luzern 36 10 12 14 41 52 −11 42
9 Lausanne-Sport 36 8 9 19 32 51 −19 33
10 Servette (R) 36 6 8 22 32 62 −30 26 Relegation to the 2013–14 Swiss Challenge League

Source: Swiss Super League (German)
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.

Results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[7]
1 Argentina Ezequiel Scarione St. Gallen 21
2 Switzerland Marco Streller Basel 14
3 Switzerland Josip Drmić Zürich 13
Switzerland Marco Schneuwly Thun 13
5 Equatorial Guinea Anatole Ngamukol Grasshopper / Thun 12
6 Tunisia Amine Chermiti Zürich 10
7 Switzerland Mario Gavranović Zürich 9
Switzerland Raphael Nuzzolo Young Boys 9
9 Switzerland Izet Hajrović Grasshopper 8
Brazil Léo Itaperuna Sion 8
Republic of the Congo Chris Malonga Lausanne-Sport 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zuschauer". Hattrick.ch (in German). Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Zuschauerzahlen – Raiffeisen Super League". Swiss Super League (in German). Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Football League, Swiss. "Main Page of Swiss Football League". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Super League, Swiss. "Swiss Super League schedule". Swiss Super League. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2012". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "FC Sion 36-point penalty ends Man Utd hopes of European reprieve". BBC News. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Torschützenliste – Raiffeisen Super League". Swiss Super League (in German). Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

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