1977–78 FC Basel season
|Ground||St. Jakob Stadium, Basel|
|Swiss League Cup||Semi-finals|
|European Cup||Round 1|
|Coppa delle Alpi||Group stage|
|Top goalscorer||Roland Schönenberger (16)|
The Fussball Club Basel 1893 1977–78 season was their 84th season since the club was founded. It was their 32nd consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football after they won promotion during the season 1945–46. They played their home games in the St. Jakob Stadium.
Helmut Benthaus was first team manager for the twelfth consecutive season. Basel played in the 1977–78 Nationalliga A They ended the qualification round in fourth position and ended the Championship Group in third position with 27 points, two behind Grasshopper Club and one behind Servette. They scored a total of 74 goals conceding 48 in 32 games. Roland Schönenberger was the teams top goal scorer with 16 league goals, Erni Maissen and Jörg Stohler both scored 9 goals each.
In the first round of the Swiss Cup Basel were drawn against FC Lerchenfeld Thun, this was the first time that these two teams had played against each other. In the first round of the Swiss League Cup Basel were drawn against Wettingen. Both these cup competitions ended for Basel in the respective semi finals.
As reigning swiss champions Basel were qualified for the 1977–78 European Cup and in the first round they were drawn against austrian champions FC Wacker Innsbruck. After a home defeat and an away win, this competition was concluded after the first round, Wacker won 3–2 on aggregate. In the Coppa delle Alpi Basel played in group B together with Bastia, Olympique Lyonnais and Lausanne-Sport. But with only one win and three defeats they ended the group stage in last position in the table.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|1||Grasshopper Club Zürich||22||15||4||3||60||27||+33||34||To championship round|
|2||Servette FC Genève||22||14||5||3||44||20||+24||33|
|7||Neuchâtel Xamax||22||8||3||11||32||42||−10||19||To playout round|
|8||BSC Young Boys||22||7||5||10||27||45||−18||19|
|10||FC St. Gallen||22||5||7||10||27||38||−11||17|
|11||Étoile Carouge FC||22||5||3||14||22||40||−18||13|
|12||Young Fellows Zürich||22||1||2||19||14||58||−44||4|
|1||Grasshopper Club Zürich||10||4||4||2||17||12||+5||17||29|
|2||Servette FC Genève||10||3||5||2||10||10||0||17||28|
Swiss League Cup
St. Gallen won 5–4 on penalties.
- First round
|14 September 1977 First leg||Basel||1 – 3||Wacker||St. Jakob Stadium, Basel|
|von Wartburg 22'||Report||Welzl 41', 45' (pen.)
|Referee: Achille Verbecke|
|28 September 1977 Return leg||Wacker||0 – 1||Basel||Stadion Lehen, Salzburg|
|Report||Maissen 62'||Referee: Adolf Prokop|
Wacker won 3–2 on aggregate.
Coppa delle Alpi
- Group B
NB: teams did not play compatriots
- Group table
- 1 bonus point awarded for victory by 3 or more goals
Sources and references
- Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. Publisher: FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4
- Switzerland 1977–78 at RSSSF
- Swiss League Cup at RSSSF
- Cup of the Alps 1977 at RSSSF