2013–14 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2013–14 season
Chairman Bernhard Heusler
Manager Murat Yakin
Ground St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Super League Champions
Swiss Cup Runners-up
Champions League Eliminated after
Group stage
Europa League Eliminated after
Quarterfinals
Top goalscorer League: Valentin Stocker (13)
All: Marco Streller (19)
Highest home attendance Swiss League: 34,172
vs. Grasshopper Club
(27 April 2014)
Champions League: 35.208 vs. Chelsea
(26 November 2013)
Lowest home attendance Champions League Qualification: 12,353
Maccabi Tel Aviv
(30 July 2013)
Swiss League: 24,951
vs. Lausanne-Sport
(27 July 2013)

The 2013–14 FC Basel season is the 121st season in club history and the club's 19th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football. Basel are the reigning Super League champions. They started their season with various warm-up matches against teams from Switzerland, Serbia and Germany. Their 2013–14 Swiss Super League season began on 13 July with the home tie against FC Aarau and after the first six rounds they occupied just the fourth position in the league table, six points behind the leader Young Boys Bern. Beating the Young Boys in the seventh round, Basel started a run of 29 league games without defeat. At the end of the season Basel won the league championship for the fifth time in a row. They started in the 2013–14 Swiss Cup first round on 17 August with the away game against BSC Old Boys. Beating the Old Boy (1-0 after extra time) and after beating Münsingen 1–0 in the next round, they faced Tuggen in the third round, winning 3–1. In the quarterfinals they played in against FC Le Mont, winning 6–1 and qualified for a semifinal home tie in St. Jakob-Park against Luzern on 26 March. They reached the final, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time.

Basel's 2013–14 UEFA Champions League season started on 30 July 2013 in the third qualifying round with the tie in St. Jakob-Park against Maccabi Tel Aviv. After defeating Maccabi, they defeated Ludogorets Razgrad in the play-off round and qualified for the group stage. There they were drawn into Group E together with Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Steaua București. The group stage for Basel began on 18 September with the away game in Stamford Bridge where they notched a 2–1 win over Chelsea. Basel finished in third position in the league table and thus they qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League round of 32. Here the eliminated Maccabi Tel Aviv and in the round of 16 they beat Red Bull Salzburg thus advancing to the quarter-finals only to be knocked-out by Valencia.

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

First team manager is Murat Yakin. His assistants are Marco Walker and Markus Hoffmann and Massimo Colomba is the Goalkeeper coach. Massimo Ceccaroni was appointed as head of the FCB Youth System. Coach of the Youth Team (U–21) is Thomas Häberli.

Position Staff
Manager Switzerland Murat Yakin
since 15 October 2012
1 Assistant manager Switzerland Marco Walker
2 Assistant manager Austria Markus Hoffmann
Goalkeeper Coach Switzerland Massimo Colomba
Team Administration Switzerland Gustav Nussbaumer
Youth Team Coach Switzerland Thomas Häberli
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Roland Heri

Last updated: 1 July 2013
Source: FCB Official Site

Further information[edit]

Chairman Switzerland Mr Bernhard Heusler
Vice Chairman Switzerland Mr Adrian Knup
Finances Switzerland Mr Stephan Werthmüller
Sportdirector Switzerland Mr Georg Heitz
Marketing Switzerland Mr René Kamm
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (38,512[1])
(37,500 for international matches)[2] / 120x80 m)

Last updated: 1 July 2013
Source: FCB Official Site

Overview[edit]

Offseason and preseason[edit]

Basel's biggest signings at the beginning of the season were two players who had already played for the club before, Behrang Safari, who returned from RSC Anderlecht, and Matías Delgado who was signed on a free transfer from al-Jazira Club. Giovanni Sio from VfL Wolfsburg was a further signing and the fourth main signing was Ivan Ivanov who transferred in from Partizan[3] to replace Aleksandar Dragović who transferred to Dynamo Kyiv.[4] Park Joo-Ho left the club and signed for 1. FSV Mainz 05. Three further players, Cabral to Sunderland AFC, Markus Steinhöfer to Real Betis and Jacques Zoua to Hamburger SV, left the club on free transfers.

Midseason[edit]

In August Raul Bobadilla (following a personal incident with the traffic police) was sold off, in a hurry and cheap, to Augsburg into the Bundesliga. During the winter break Basel met an agreement with Aarau and the players Davide Callà (in) and Stephan Andrist (out) were exchanged. Mohamed Salah was transferred out to Chelsea for an estimated £13 Million. Basel also made an agreement with Spartak Moscow, receiving centre back Marek Suchý on loan until the end of the season.

The Campaign[edit]

Domestic League[edit]

Basel's priority aim for the season was to win the league championship for the fifth time in a row. Basel's 2013–14 Swiss Super League season began on 13 July 2013 with the away tie against FC Aarau which was won 3–1.[5] Basel are renowned for their slow starts into the new season and following two home wins and two away draws they promptly lost their third home match against FC Zürich 1-2. After the first six games they occupied only fourth position in the league table, six points behind the then leader Young Boys Bern, who they beat 2-1 in the seventh round.[6] But after the twelfth round (following five wins and a draw) they had turned the table and led the league two points ahead of the Grasshoppers. As it came to the winter break Basel were table leaders one point above Luzern. Basel had a run of 29 league games without defeat. At the end of the season Basel won the league championship seven points clear of their nearest rivals with a goal difference of +26. Thus Basel achieved their main priority aim that they had set for the season. This was their seventeenth title and the fifth title in a row.

Domestic Cup[edit]

Basel's clear aim for the Swiss Cup is to regain the title, in the last season they ended as runners-up. They started in the 2013–14 Swiss Cup first round on 17 August with the away game against BSC Old Boys. Beating the Old Boy (1-0 after extra time) and after beating Münsingen 1-0 in the next round, they faced Tuggen in the third round, which was played on 9 November 2013, Basel won the away tie 3-1. In the quarterfinals they should have played in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne against FC Le Mont on 5 December 2013. However, the game was postponed due to the weather and later rescheduled to be played in St. Jakob-Park, on 5 February 2014, but remaining as a home tie for Le Mont.[7] The quarterfinal game ended in 6–1 win for Basel and they qualified for a semifinal home tie against Luzern scheduled for 26 March which was won 1–0 and they qualified for the final. The final was held in the Stade de Suisse in Bern on 21 April 2014. Basel were beaten by Zürich 2–0 after extra time.

Champions League[edit]

Because Basel entered the Champions League in the qualifying phase their initial aim was to reach the group stage. Their 2013–14 UEFA Champions League campaign started on 30 July 2013 in the third qualifying round with the home tie in St. Jakob-Park against Maccabi Tel Aviv which ended with a 1-0 victory. The return tie ended in a 3-3 draw and after defeating Maccabi, they defeated Ludogorets Razgrad in the play-off round, 4-2 in Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, and 2-0 at home, thus qualifying for the group stage. With this result they achieved their initial aim.

In the group stage they were drawn into Group E together with Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Steaua București. Their next aim was to remain in the competition and reach the knockout phase. The group stage for Basel began on 18 September with they away game in Stamford Bridge where they notched up a surprising 2-1 win over Chelsea. Despite the fact that they followed this up with a 1-0 home win in the return fixture at St. Jakob-Park, Basel finished in the Group E the league table in just third position, because of the two defeats against Schalke and because they did not manage a win against Steaua. Thus they qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League round of 32 and their second aim was therefore not fully achieved.

Europa League[edit]

In the knockout phase of the Europa League Basel were drawn against the team that they had eliminated during the qualifying phase of the Champions League Maccabi Tel Aviv. The away tie, scheduled for 20 February, ended in a goalless draw and the second leg, played on 27 February 2014, was won by Basel 3–0. In the round of 16 Basel were drawn against Red Bull Salzburg. The fist leg in Basel on 13 March 2014 ended in a goalless draw and the second leg, played a week later in the Red Bull Arena was decided by two goals from Streller and Sauro after RB Salzburg had taken an early lead.

The Quarter-finals draw paired Basel with Valencia. The first leg a home tie was won 3–0, but the away tie in Mestalla ended in a 3–0 win for the Spaniards who the won after extra time (5–3 on aggregate) after Díaz and Gastón Sauro both saw the red card within just a few minutes. Despite this defeat, Basel's European aims were achieved, in fact they can be described as another successful one.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

The following is the list of the Basel first team squad. It also includes players that were in the squad the day the season started on 13 July but subsequently left the club after that date.

As of 15 March 2014 [8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Yann Sommer
4 Switzerland DF Philipp Degen
5 Switzerland DF Arlind Ajeti
6 Austria DF Aleksandar Dragović
7 Switzerland MF David Degen
8 Ivory Coast MF Serey Die
9 Switzerland FW Marco Streller (Captain)
10 Argentina MF Matías Delgado
11 Argentina FW Raul Bobadilla
13 Bulgaria DF Ivan Ivanov
14 Switzerland MF Valentin Stocker
15 Switzerland DF Kay Voser
16 Switzerland DF Fabian Schär
17 Switzerland MF Endogan Adili
18 Switzerland GK Germano Vailati
19 Sweden DF Behrang Safari
20 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei
No. Position Player
21 Chile MF Marcelo Díaz
22 Egypt MF Mohamed Salah
23 Switzerland GK Mirko Salvi
24 North Korea FW Pak Kwang-Ryong
25 Czech Republic DF Marek Suchý
26 Argentina DF Gastón Sauro
27 Switzerland DF Naser Aliji
28 Switzerland MF Stephan Andrist
30 Ivory Coast FW Giovanni Sio
32 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Admir Seferagić
33 Egypt MF Mohamed Elneny
34 Switzerland DF Taulant Xhaka
35 Switzerland DF Fabian Ritter
36 Switzerland FW Breel Embolo
37 Switzerland DF Simon Dünki
38 Switzerland FW Albian Ajeti
39 Switzerland MF Davide Callà

Out on loan[edit]

24 North Korea FW Pak Kwang-Ryong (at Vaduz[9] until 19 August 2013[10] and again from 1 January until 30 June 2014)[11]
- Switzerland MF Pascal Schürpf (at Vaduz until 30 June 2014)[12]
- Switzerland DF Simon Grether (at Winterthur until 30 June 2014)[9]
- Switzerland MF Stjepan Vuleta (at Wacker Innsbruck until 30 June 2014)[13]
25 Switzerland MF Darko Jevtić (at Wacker Innsbruck from 2 September 2013 until 30 June 2014)[14]
35 Switzerland DF Fabian Ritter (at Winterthur until 30 June 2014)[15]
- Switzerland DF Thibault Corbaz (at Biel until 30 June 2014)[15]

Transfers Summer 2013[edit]

In[edit]

34 Switzerland DF Taulant Xhaka (return from loan to Grasshoppers)[16]
10 Argentina MF Matías Emilio Delgado (from Al Jazira Club, free transfer)[17]
13 Bulgaria DF Ivan Ivanov (from Partizan)[3]
19 Sweden DF Behrang Safari (from RSC Anderlecht, n/a)[18]
30 Ivory Coast FW Giovanni Sio (from VfL Wolfsburg)[19]

Out[edit]

3 South Korea DF Park Joo-Ho (to 1. FSV Mainz 05, n/a)[20]
6 Austria DF Aleksandar Dragović (to Dynamo Kyiv, €9 million)[4]
24 Cape Verde MF Cabral (to Sunderland AFC, free transfer)[21]
27 Germany DF Markus Steinhöfer (to Real Betis, free transfer)[22]
31 Cameroon FW Jacques Zoua (to Hamburger SV, free transfer)[23]
11 Argentina FW Raul Bobadilla (to FC Augsburg, n/a)[24]

Transfers winter 2013/14[edit]

In[edit]

25 Czech Republic DF Marek Suchý (on loan from Spartak Moscow)[25]
39 Switzerland MF Davide Callà (from Aarau n/a but estimated CHF 500,000)[26]

Out[edit]

22 Egypt MF Mohamed Salah (to Chelsea,[27] n/a but estimated £13 Million)
28 Switzerland MF Stephan Andrist (to Aarau free transfer)[26]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Legend[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Friendly matches[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Uhrencup[edit]

The Uhrencup is a club football tournament, held annually in Grenchen.

Winter break[edit]

Swiss Super League[edit]

Kickoff times are in CET

First half of season[edit]

Second half of season[edit]

League table[edit]

Results summary[edit]
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
36 19 15 2 70 34 +36 72 11 6 1 41 18 +23 8 9 1 29 16 +13

Last updated: 18 May 2014.
Source: Fussballdaten.de

Swiss Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013–14 Swiss Cup

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Basel won 4–3 on aggregate.

Play-off round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
England Chelsea 6 4 0 2 12 3 +9 12
Germany Schalke 04 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 10
Switzerland Basel 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
Romania Steaua București 6 0 3 3 2 10 −8 3

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

The draw was held on 16 December 2013.[30] The first legs were played on 20 February and the second legs were played on 27 February 2014.[31]

Basel won 3–0 on aggregate.

Round of 16[edit]

The draw was held on 16 December 2013.[30] The first legs were played on 13 March and the second legs were played on 20 March 2014.

Basel won 2–1 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw was held on 21 March 2014.[33] The first leg played on 3 April and the second leg played on 10 April 2014.[34]

Valencia won 5–3 on aggregate.

Notes
  1. ^ The Basel v Valencia match was played behind closed doors due to punishment by UEFA.[35]

Squad Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Super League Swiss Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Switzerland GK Yann Sommer 27 0 17 0 0 0 10 0
18 Switzerland GK Germano Vailati 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
23 Switzerland GK Mirko Salvi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
4 Switzerland DF Philipp Degen 17 1 10 0 3 0 4 1
5 Switzerland DF Arlind Ajeti 20 1 13 1 2 0 5 0
13 Bulgaria DF Ivan Ivanov 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
15 Switzerland DF Kay Voser 27 1 17 1 1 0 9 0
16 Switzerland DF Fabian Schär 25 5 15 3 0 0 10 2
19 Sweden DF Behrang Safari 18 0 10 0 1 0 7 0
26 Argentina DF Gastón Sauro 12 0 5 0 3 0 4 0
27 Switzerland DF Naser Aliji 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 Switzerland DF Taulant Xhaka 27 2 15 2 2 0 10 0
35 Switzerland DF Fabian Ritter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 Switzerland MF David Degen 10 0 6 0 3 0 1 0
8 Ivory Coast MF Serey Die 11 0 7 0 0 0 4 0
10 Argentina MF Matías Delgado 21 1 13 0 2 1 6 0
14 Switzerland MF Valentin Stocker 26 5 14 4 2 0 10 1
20 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei 31 2 18 1 3 0 10 1
21 Chile MF Marcelo Díaz 18 4 9 1 1 1 8 2
28 Switzerland MF Stephan Andrist 9 1 5 1 3 0 1 0
33 Egypt MF Mohamed Elneny 23 0 16 0 1 0 6 0
Forwards
9 Switzerland FW Marco Streller 23 9 14 8 1 0 8 1
30 Ivory Coast FW Giovanni Sio 18 7 9 4 2 1 7 2
- Switzerland FW Admir Seferagic (U-21 Team) 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Basel but are no longer at the club
6 Austria DF Aleksandar Dragovic 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
11 Argentina FW Raul Bobadilla 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 0
22 Egypt MF Mohamed Salah 29 10 18 4 1 1 10 5
24 North Korea FW Pak Kwang-Ryong 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0

Last updated: 26 January 2014, 18:05 (UTC)
Source: Squad statistics and Start formations
Only competitive matches.
Using the most used start formation.
Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).

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