2005–06 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2005–06 season
Chairman Switzerland Werner Edelmann
Manager Switzerland Christian Gross
Swiss Super League 2nd
Swiss Cup Round of 16
Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Matías Emilio Delgado (18)
All: Matías Emilio Delgado (27)
Highest home attendance 32,712 (vs. Zürich, 13 May 2006)
Lowest home attendance 12,947 (vs. Yverdon-Sport, 26 February 2006)

The 2005–06 season was Fussball Club Basel 1893's 113th in existence and the club's 12th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football.


FC Basel started the season with various warm-up matches. These included teams from the Swiss lower league as well as teams from France, Croatia and the Ukraine. The FC Basel aims for the 2005–06 season were to retain the league title, win the cup and as well as to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

As Swiss champions, Basel entered the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round against German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Basel's biggest signings of the 2005–06 season were defenders Daniel Majstorović and Kōji Nakata, who were brought in to replace Lyon-bound Patrick Müller and the retiring Murat Yakın. Forward Eduardo was signed permanently following his successful loan spell but Argentinian strikers Christian Giménez and Julio Hernán Rossi left the club.

Season summary[edit]


Basel's priority aim for the season was to win the league championship for the third time in a row. Despite the 3-0 defeat by FC Thun in the second round, Basel started the season well and led the championship right until the last day of the league campaign. On 26 February 2006, FC Basel broke their own club record of 52 unbeaten league games at St. Jakob Park, later extending it to 59. The unbeaten home run ended on the final day of the season with a last-minute goal from Zürich's Iulian Filipescu giving Zürich their first national championship since 1980–81. A 60th straight home league match undefeated would have made Basel champions for third time in a row. The final score was 1-2 in favour of Zürich. The last minute loss of the Championship and the subsequent riots, the so-called Basel Hooligan Incident, meant that the club suffer the consequences. As well as a huge fine, the first two home games of the 2006–07 Swiss Super League season were held completely without fans, behind closer doors. The following three matches were held with just a part of the stadium capacity, without the fans from the "Muttenzer Kurve" (the eastern fan block).


Basel's clear aim for the Swiss Cup was to win it. In the early rounds of the 2005–06 Swiss Cup Basel were drawn away against lower league teams. However, they were defeated in the third round in the away tie against FC Zürich.


Because Basel entered the Champions League in the third qualifying round, their aim was to reach the group stage. However they lost 4-2 on aggregate to Werder Bremen and subsequently dropped into the UEFA Cup where they met Bosnian club NK Široki Brijeg in the first round. Basel sealed a 6–0 aggregate win. They were then drawn into Group E alongside Strasbourg, Roma, Red Star Belgrade and Tromsø. With some luck they qualified for the knock-out stages. Here they defeated AS Monaco in the round of 32 and Strasbourgh in the round of 16 to qualify for the quarter-finals. They were drawn against Middlesbrough and won the first leg at home 2-0 before travelling to the Riverside Stadium. Here, despite Basel taking an early lead, Middlesbrough fought back to win the match 4–1 and the tie 4–3. In spite of being knocked out, the cup run was considered a success for Basel. Matías Emilio Delgado ended the 2005–06 UEFA Cup season as the contest's top goal scorer.



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 Sandro Kamber

Last updated: May 2006
Source:[citation needed]


Supplier: Nike
Sponsor(s): Novartis


Source: Homepage FCB

Other information[edit]

Chairman Switzerland Mr Werner Edelmann
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (42,500 / 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
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Damir Džombić
4 Switzerland DF Michel Morganella
5 Sweden DF Daniel Majstorović
6 Japan DF Kōji Nakata
8 Australia MF Mile Sterjovski
9 Argentina FW César Carignano
10 Croatia FW Mladen Petrić
11 Australia MF Scott Chipperfield
12 Senegal MF Papa Malick Ba
13 Argentina FW Christian Eduardo Giménez
14 Algeria DF Djamel Mesbah
15 Switzerland DF Murat Yakin
16 Switzerland DF Patrick Müller
No. Position Player
17 Croatia MF Ivan Rakitić
18 Liberia GK Louis Crayton
19 Brazil GK Kléber
20 Argentina MF Matías Emilio Delgado
21 Switzerland MF David Degen
22 Serbia MF Ivan Ergić
23 Brazil FW Eduardo
24 Switzerland DF Bruno Berner
25 Switzerland GK Riccardo Meili
27 Serbia MF Zdravko Kuzmanović
29 Switzerland MF Baykal Kulaksızoğlu
30 Switzerland DF Boris Smiljanić
32 Switzerland DF Reto Zanni
33 Argentina FW Julio Hernán Rossi



12 Senegal MF Papa Malick Ba (from CS Sfaxien)
23 Brazil FW Eduardo (from Toulouse)[2]
Switzerland MF Baykal Kulaksızoğlu (from FC Thun)[3]
Croatia MF Ivan Rakitić (from FC Basel U-21)[3]
Serbia MF Zdravko Kuzmanović (from FC Basel U-21)[3]
18 Liberia GK Louis Crayton (from FC Concordia Basel)[3]
Argentina GK Caicedo (from Rocafuerte Fútbol Club)[4]
Switzerland DF Sébastien Barberis (to FC Bulle – Free) [3]
Switzerland DF Philipp Degen (to Borussia Dortmund – n/a) [3]
13 Argentina FW Christian Giménez (to Marseille)[5]
Switzerland DF Benjamin Huggel (to Eintracht Frankfurt – n/a)[3]
Brazil DF Kléber (to Santos – (loan))[6]
Austria GK Thomas Mandl (to Admira Wacker Mödling – (loan)))[3]
Switzerland MF Djamel Mesbah (to FC Aarau – Free)[3]
Switzerland DF Marco Zwyssig (end of career)[3]


Georgia (country) MF Mikhail Kavelashvili
5 Sweden DF Daniel Majstorović (from Twente)[7]
6 Japan DF Kōji Nakata (from Marseille)[7]
24 Switzerland DF Bruno Berner (to Lyon)[8]
33 Argentina FW Julio Rossi (to Nantes)[9]




Winter break friendlies[edit]

Swiss Super League[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Super League 2005–06

First half of season[edit]

Second half of season[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Zürich (C) 36 23 9 4 86 36 +50 78 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Basel 36 23 9 4 87 42 +45 78 2006–07 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
3 Young Boys 36 17 11 8 60 46 +14 62 2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
4 Grasshopper Club Zürich 36 14 13 9 44 33 +11 55 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
5 Thun 36 14 7 15 50 53 −3 49
6 St. Gallen 36 11 7 18 51 56 −5 40
7 Aarau 36 8 11 17 29 63 −34 35
8 Schaffhausen 36 7 12 17 32 55 −23 33
9 Neuchâtel Xamax 36 9 6 21 41 70 −29 33 Relegation play-off
10 Yverdon-Sport (R) 36 9 5 22 38 64 −26 32 Relegation to the 2006–07 Challenge League

Source:[citation needed]
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.

Swiss Cup[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Cup

Swiss Cup 2005–06[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

For more information, see 2005–06 UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round[edit]

Werder Bremen won 4–2 on aggregate.

UEFA Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2005–06 UEFA Cup

First round[edit]

All times CET

Basel won 6-0 on aggregate.

Group stage / Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
France Strasbourg 8 4 2 2 0 7 3 +4
Italy Roma 7 4 2 1 1 7 6 +1
Switzerland Basel 6 4 2 0 2 7 9 -2
Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade 4 4 1 1 2 7 8 -1
Norway Tromsø 3 4 1 0 3 7 9 -2

Round of 32[edit]

Basel won 2–1 on aggregate.

Round of 16[edit]

Basel won 4-2 on aggregate.


Middlesbrough won 4-3 on aggregate.

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Italian) FC Basel. "FC Basel - Sito Ufficiale - Prima Squadra" (in German). Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "FCB verpflichtet brasilianischen Stürmer aus Toulouse". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j FC Basel 1893 (2005). "Transfers in der Super League". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-06-06. 
  4. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "Absichtserklärung mit Stürmer Caicedo" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-07-19. 
  5. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "Vertrag mit Christian Gimenez aufgelöst". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-08-24. 
  6. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2005). "Kléber aus privaten Gründen zurück nach Brasilien". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2005-08-31. 
  7. ^ a b FC Basel 1893 (2006). "Zwei neue Nationalspieler für den FCB". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2006-01-31. 
  8. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2006). "Patrick Müller zu Olympique Lyon". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2006-01-26. 
  9. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2006). "Julio-Hernan Rossi verlässt den FCB". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2006-01-12. 

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