2004–05 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2004–05 season
Chairman Switzerland Werner Edelmann
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Swiss Super League Champions
Swiss Cup Round 3
Champions League third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Round of 32
Top goalscorer Christian Giménez (27)
Highest home attendance 31,383 vs
Switzerland Thun
Lowest home attendance 19,212 vs
Switzerland Schaffhausen
15,895 vs
Russia Terek Grozny

The 2004–05 season was Fussball Club Basel 1893's 112th in existence and the club's 11th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football. FC Basel started the season of with various warm-up matches. These included teams from the Swiss lower league as well as teams from Liechtenstein, France and Germany. The FC Basel aims for the 2004–05 season were to defend their league title, to win the cup and as well as to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.


As reigning champions Basel were favourites to retain their title and as Swiss champions, they entered the UEFA Champions League in third qualifying round. Basel's biggest signing in advance of the 2004–05 season was Kléber from Hannover 96. But in the other direction the Cameroonian international Timothée Atouba and Swiss international Mario Cantaluppi left the club. During the winter break they signed Patrick Müller from Mallorca.

The Campaign[edit]

Domestic League[edit]

Basel's priority aim for the season was to win the league championship for the second time in a row. The season started somewhat difficult, of first four home matches only two were won. Nevertheless, Basel moved to the top of the league table and one of the season's highlights was the 8–1 home win against Grasshoppers in which Giménez scored four goals. During September the team lost two away games in a row, but despite this they led the league table by seven points by the winter break.

Basel completed the season's seventeen home ties undefeated, winning thirteen and drawing four. The highest home attendance being 31,383 in the 4–1 win against their title rivals Thun on 7 May 2005. Just four days later Basel secured the championship in their third last round of the season. At the end of the season they completed their championship aim, winning the title ten points clear of Thun, their nearest rivals.

Domestic Cup[edit]

Basel's clear aim for the Swiss Cup was to win it. In the first two rounds of the 2004–05 Swiss Cup Basel were drawn away games against lower league teams. In the third round they were drawn away against Thun but lost 5–4 after penalties. Thus Basel missed their aim.


Because Basel entered the Champions League in the third qualifying round their aim was to reach the group stage. However they were drawn against Internazionale and lost 5–2 on aggregate and were subsequently dropped into the UEFA Cup.

In the First Round of the UEFA Cup Basel defeated the Russian side FC Terek Grozny 3–1 on aggregate. In the Group Stage they faced considerabley tougher opponents, being drawn in Group E with Feyenoord Rotterdam, FC Schalke 04, Ferencvárosi TC and Heart of Midlothian. They drew 1–1 away to Schalke, but were defeated 2–1 at home by Hearts. In the away tie at the Stadium Puskás Ferenc they beat Ferencváros 2–1 and finally winning 1–0 at home against Feyenoord. They finished third in the group on seven points and qualified for the Round of 32 where they were defeated 2–0 on aggregate by Lille OSC. Despite this defeat, the aim for this campaign could be considered as achieved.


The Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Assistant manager Switzerland Fritz Schmid
Fitness Coach Switzerland Thomas Grüter
Fitness Coach Switzerland Romain Crevoisier
Youth Team Coach Switzerland Heinz Hermann
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Stefano Ceccaroni
Switzerland Sandro Kamber

Last updated: June 2004
Source:[citation needed]


Supplier: Nike
Sponsor(s): Novartis


Source: [1]

Other information[edit]

Chairman Switzerland Mr Werner Edelmann
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (33,433 / 120x80 m)

Source: Homepage FCB


First team squad[edit]

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 Pascal Zuberbühler
4 Switzerland DF Alexandre Quennoz
5 Switzerland DF Marco Zwyssig
6 Switzerland MF Benjamin Huggel
7 Croatia FW Mladen Petrić
8 Australia MF Mile Sterjovski
9 Argentina FW César Carignano
11 Australia MF Scott Chipperfield
12 Switzerland MF Sébastien Barberis
13 Argentina FW Christian Eduardo Giménez
14 Algeria MF Djamel Mesbah
15 Switzerland DF Murat Yakin
16 Switzerland DF Patrick Müller
No. Position Player
17 Switzerland MF Mario Cantaluppi
18 Switzerland GK Eric Rapo
19 Brazil DF Kléber
20 Argentina MF Matías Emilio Delgado
21 Switzerland MF David Degen
22 Serbia MF Ivan Ergić
23 Switzerland DF Philipp Degen
24 Cameroon DF Timothée Atouba
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Damir Džombić
30 Switzerland DF Boris Smiljanić
32 Switzerland DF Reto Zanni
33 Argentina FW Julio Hernán Rossi
35 Austria GK Thomas Mandl
Switzerland MF Baykal Kulaksızoğlu

Transfers Summer 2004[edit]


9 Argentina FW César Carignano (from Colón de Santa Fe)[1]
8 Australia MF Mile Sterjovski (from Lille)[2]
1 Austria GK Thomas Mandl (from Austria Vienna)[3]
19 Brazil DF Kléber (from Hannover 96)[3]
14 Algeria DF Djamel Mesbah (from Servette)[4]


Cameroon FW Hervé Tum (to FC Metz – n/a)[5]
Cameroon DF Timothée Atouba (to Tottenham Hotspurs – n/a)[6]
17 Switzerland MF Mario Cantaluppi (to 1. FC Nuremberg – n/a)[7]
Argentina FW Francisco Gabriel Guerrero (back to FC Zürich – end of loan)[2]
9 Switzerland FW Marco Streller (to VfB Stuttgart – n/a)

Transfers Winter 2004-05[edit]


16 Switzerland DF Patrick Müller (from Mallorca)[8]
32 Switzerland DF Reto Zanni (from Thun)[9]
Switzerland MF Baykal Kulaksızoğlu (from Thun)[10]


18 Switzerland GK Eric Rapo (to Stade Nyonnais – n/a)[11]

Results and Fixtures[edit]


Pre-season/First Half Season friendlies[edit]

Sempione Cup[edit]

The Sempione Cup was a club football tournament played in summer at Sportanlage Moos, Balsthal, during the years 1987 to 2004.[12]


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

Winter Break/Second Half Season friendlies[edit]

Swiss Super League 2004–05[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Super League 2004–05

First half of season[edit]

The Swiss Super League season 2004–05 was originally contested by ten teams.

Second half of season[edit]

On 4 February 2005 the parent company of Servette FC was declared bankrupt. It had run debts of over 10 million Swiss francs, having not paid the players since the previous November, and consequently the club suffered an exodus of players looking for paying clubs. As a consequence of the bankruptcy Servette FC had their license revoked, the club's second half matches were entirely cancelled. The second half of the season was therefore competed with only nine clubs. These each played another double round-robin schedule. Each of the nine clubs had played 34 matches at the end of the season.

Final league table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Basel (C) 34 21 7 6 81 45 +36 70 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Thun 34 18 6 10 69 42 +27 60 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Grasshopper Club Zürich 34 12 14 8 51 50 +1 50 2005–06 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
4 Young Boys 34 12 13 9 60 52 +8 49 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
5 Zürich 34 13 9 12 55 57 −2 48 2005–06 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round 1
6 Neuchâtel Xamax 34 10 8 16 36 48 −12 38 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
7 St. Gallen 34 8 12 14 51 60 −9 36
8 Aarau 34 7 11 16 42 64 −22 32
9 Schaffhausen 34 7 11 16 36 59 −23 32 Relegation play-off
10 Servette (R) 18 6 5 7 24 28 −4 20 Relegation to the 2005–06 Challenge League 2

Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 via 2004-05 Swiss Cup
2 Servette were docked three points for financial irregularities. Subsequently, the team was forced to withdraw from the championship at the end of the first round of the season and demoted to the Second Division.
(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.

Swiss Cup[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Cup

Swiss Cup 2004–05[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

For more information, see 2004–05 UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round[edit]

F.C. Internazionale Milano won 5 – 2 on aggregate.

UEFA Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2004–05 UEFA Cup

First round[edit]

Basel won 3 – 1 on aggregate.

Group stage / Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Netherlands Feyenoord 7 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3
Germany Schalke 04 7 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
Switzerland Basel 7 4 2 1 1 5 4 -1
Hungary Ferencváros 4 4 1 1 2 3 5 -2
Scotland Hearts 3 4 1 0 3 2 6 -4

Round of 32[edit]

Lille OSC won 2 – 0 on aggregate.

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2004). "Vierjahresvertrag für Argentinier César Carignano" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2004-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b FC Basel 1893 (2004). "Neuer Offensivspieler für den FCB" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2004-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b FC Basel 1893 (2004). "Torhüter und Verteidiger für den FCB" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2004-06-30. 
  4. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2004). "FCB verpflichet Mesbah" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2004-07-07. 
  5. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2004). "Hervé Tum nach Metz" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2004-06-25. 
  6. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2004). "Thimothée Atouba zu den Tottenham Hotspurs" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2004-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Freigabe für Cantaluppi" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 2004. Retrieved 2004-08-10. 
  8. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "FCB engagiert Patrick Müller" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-01-07. 
  9. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "FCB verpflichtet Reto Zanni" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-01-04. 
  10. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "FCB verpflichtet Baykal vom FC Thun" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-02-26. 
  11. ^ FC Basel 1893 i (2005). "Eric Rapo verlässt den FCB" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-01-06. 
  12. ^ Garin, Erik (2004). "Sempione Cup (Switzerland)". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2004-07-03. 
  13. ^ a b FC Basel 1893 (2005). "Definitiv kein Servette-Spiel" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-02-22. 
  14. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "Spiel gegen Xamax verschoben" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-02-28. 

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