2009–10 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2009–10 season
FC Basel Logo
ChairmanSwitzerland Gisela Oeri
ManagerGermany Thorsten Fink
Swiss Super LeagueChampions
Swiss CupWinners
UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stage
Top goalscorerLeague:
Switzerland Marco Streller (21)

Switzerland Marco Streller (30)
Highest home attendance27,087 vs Young Boys
(30 August 2009)
Lowest home attendance20,239 vs FC St. Gallen
(23 September 2009)

FC Basel began their 2009–10 season with various warm-up matches against Swiss lower league, Ukrainian Vyscha Liha, and Super League Greece clubs. The goals for FC Basel during the 2009–10 season were to take back the league and cup titles as well as to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

Overall season[edit]

The pre-season started with several major changes, the biggest being the sacking of coach Christian Gross, who was replaced by the German Thorsten Fink. Fink was appointed as Basel's new manager on 9 June 2009.[3] The new manager let several players go by not extending their contracts. These were Ronny Hodel, Jürgen Gjasula, Ivan Ergić and Eduardo. Star striker Eren Derdiyok was sold to Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Eduardo Rubio returned to Cruz Azul because his loan was not made permanent. A number of players were brought into the first team from the under-21 squad to replace them, including Xherdan Shaqiri, Marco Aratore and Oliver Klaus. A number of new players were signed, the highest profile being Alexander Frei from Borussia Dortmund. Others new signings included Turkish Çağdaş Atan from Energie Cottbus, Ghanaian Samuel Inkoom from Asante Kotoko, Massimo Colomba from rivals Grasshopper, Brazilian Antônio da Silva on loan from Karlsruher SC and Cabral who returned after being on loan to Sevilla.

Basel entered the Europa League in the second qualifying round and were drawn against Andorrans Santa Colma. The first leg was at home in the St. Jakob-Park, in front of over 25'000 spectators, and ended 3–0 in Basel's favour, with Serkan Şahin, Marco Streller and Federico Almerares getting on the score sheet. The second leg at Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall ended with a 4–1 victory for Basel, thus victors with a 7–1 on aggregate. Streller (2), Marcos Gelabert and Almerares scored the goals the second time around. FCB were then drawn against KR Reykjavík of Iceland in the third qualifying round. The first leg took place at KR-völlur on 30 July, and ended in a 2–2 draw. Early goals from Gudmundur Benediktsson and Grétar Sigurdsson gave the home side a 2–0 lead, before Scott Chipperfield and Almerares drew Basel level. The second leg in Switzerland ended with a 3–1 win for Basel, meaning they won 5–3 on aggregate and progressed to a two-legged play-off against FK Baku of Azerbaijan. Alexander Frei (2) and Xherdan Shaqiri scored for FCB and Björgólfur Takefusa scored for the Icelanders. At the Tofik Bakhramov Stadium in Baku, Fernando Nestor Pérez put the locals 1–0 ahead just after half time. Basel turned it around, however, and won 3–1 scoring three goals in six minutes, these coming from Streller (2) and Benjamin Huggel. The second leg at home ended with Basel winning 5–1 on the night and 8–2 on aggregate, meaning that they qualified for the Europa League group stage. Almerares, Gelabert, Frei, Shaqiri and Orhan Mustafi all contributed with Basel's goals while Felipe Almeida Félix scored for the away side.

In the group stage FCB were then drawn into Group E alongside A.S. Roma (Italy), Fulham (England) and CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria). Basel started in the group with an impressive 2–0 win over Roma at home – Carlitos and Federico Almerares scoring the goals on 17 September 2009 – before narrowly losing their second match 1–0 in a tight encounter with Fulham at Craven Cottage on 1 October. Their third match took place on 22 October and was against CSKA Sofia at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. Frei scored two goals there to send Basel home with a 2–0 win. They also won the return leg, on 5 November 3–1. Frei again scoring two goals, with Gelabert scoring the other. Todor Yanchev scored for the visitors. After this, they lost 2–1 to Roma away, leaving their fate hinging on the final match against Fulham at home. In a close game, the English club narrowly won 3–2, sending Basel out with third place in the Group Table.

In domestic affairs, Basel swept the board, despite a poor start to the season (after the eighth round they were only ninth position in the league table). During the seasons winter break they were thirteen points behind the leaders, but FCB came back with 14 victories in the las 16 games, to win the title on the last day of the season. This match was in Bern at the Stade de Suisse against favourites BSC Young Boys. Young prospect Valentin Stocker and club legend Scott Chipperfield gave Basel the goals in the 2–0 win on 16 May.

In the 2009–10 Swiss Cup final, on 9 May, FC Basel achieved an outstanding 6–0 victory over FC Lausanne-Sport, with Stocker scoring twice, and Shaqiri, Zoua, Chipperfield and Huggel also getting onto the scoreboard. The win secured FC Basel's tenth Cup win to date.


Other information[edit]

Chairman Switzerland Mrs Gisela Oeri
Vice Chairman Switzerland Mr Bernhard Heusler
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (38,512[5])
(37,500 for international matches[6] / 120x80 m)

Source: Official Site

First team[edit]

As of 7 October 2009, accounting for official transfers:[7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Franco Costanzo (Captain)
3 Algeria DF Sabri Boumelaha
4 Turkey DF Çağdaş Atan
5 Switzerland DF Dominik Ritter
6 Argentina MF Marcos Gelabert
7 Switzerland MF Pascal Schürpf
8 Switzerland MF Benjamin Huggel (Vice-captain)
9 Switzerland FW Marco Streller
10 Serbia MF Marko Perović
11 Australia MF Scott Chipperfield
13 Switzerland FW Alexander Frei
14 Switzerland MF Valentin Stocker
15 Argentina FW Federico Almerares
17 Switzerland MF Xherdan Shaqiri
18 Germany GK Stefan Wessels
No. Position Player
19 Argentina DF David Abraham
20 Sweden DF Behrang Safari
21 France DF François Marque
22 Ghana DF Samuel Inkoom
23 Switzerland GK Massimo Colomba
24 Switzerland MF Cabral
25 Brazil MF Antônio da Silva
26 Switzerland MF Daniel Ünal
27 Switzerland MF Marco Aratore
28 Switzerland DF Beg Ferati
30 Portugal MF Carlitos
31 Cameroon FW Jacques Zoua
32 Switzerland DF Reto Zanni (Vice-captain)
33 Turkey DF Serkan Şahin
35 Switzerland GK Oliver Klaus

Multiple Nationality[edit]

2009–10 Summer transfers[edit]


3 Algeria DF Sabri Boumelaha (from Basel U-21)
4 Turkey DF Çağdaş Atan (from Energie Cottbus – Free)
5 Switzerland DF Dominik Ritter (loan return from Concordia Basel)
7 Switzerland MF Pascal Schürpf (loan return from Concordia Basel)
13 Switzerland FW Alexander Frei (from Borussia Dortmund – 6.4 million SFr)
17 Switzerland MF Xherdan Shaqiri (from Basel U-21)
18 Germany GK Stefan Wessels (Free Agent)
22 Ghana DF Samuel Inkoom (from Asante Kotoko[8] – 800,000 SFr)
23 Switzerland GK Massimo Colomba (from Grasshopper Club Zürich – Free)
24 Switzerland MF Cabral (loan return from Sevilla)
25 Brazil MF Antônio da Silva (Loan from Karlsruhe – 450,000 SFr)
27 Switzerland MF Marco Aratore (from Basel U-21)
31 Cameroon FW Jacques Zoua (from Cotonsport Garoua)
35 Switzerland GK Oliver Klaus (from Basel U-21)


2 Switzerland DF Ronny Hodel (to FK Ventspils – Free)
7 Germany MF Jürgen Gjasula (to FSV Frankfurt – Free)
17 Chile FW Eduardo Rubio (loan return to Cruz Azul)
22 Serbia MF Ivan Ergić (to Bursaspor – Free)
23 Brazil FW Eduardo (contract not re-newed)
31 Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok (to Bayer 04 Leverkusen – 7.4 million SFr)
35 Switzerland GK Oliver Stöckli (retired)

Out on loan[edit]

16 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei (on loan to St. Gallen)
18 Switzerland GK Jayson Leutwiler (on loan to Yverdon Sport)
27 Switzerland GK Yann Sommer (on loan to Grasshopper)
29 Switzerland FW Orhan Mustafi (on loan to FC Aarau)



Basel participated in the following major competitions: the Swiss Super League, the Swiss Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Swiss Super League Winner 12 July 2009 16 May 2010
Swiss Cup Round 1 Winner 20 September 2009 9 May 2010
UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Group stage 16 July 2009 16 December 2009

Source: Competitions

Results and Fixtures[edit]


Pre-season/First Half Season friendlies[edit]

Date Competition Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
22.Jun.2009 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland FC Gossau 1 Basel 3 Almerares (11'), Mustafi (38'), Aratore (71')
24.Jun.2009 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland FC Wohlen 0 Basel 2 Gelabert (10'), F. Frei (73')
24.Jun.2009 Pre-Season Friendly Switzerland AC Bellinzona 2 Basel 2 Mustafi (7'), Schindelholz (88')
26.Jun.2009 Pre-Season Friendly Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0 Basel 5 Almerares (7'), Huggel (33'), Mustafi (69'), Perović (84'), Gelabert (88')
30.Jun.2009 Pre-Season Friendly Basel 2 Switzerland FC Grenchen 0 Gelabert (53'), Almerares (57')
6.Jul.2009 Uhrencup Greece Panathinaikos FC 0 Basel 2 Almerares (65'), Huggel (86')
8.Jul.2009 Uhrencup Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 3 Basel 0
4.Sep.2009 Friendly Switzerland FC Biel 1 Basel 3 Almerares (41'), Kulcar (44'), Xhaka (64')
5.Oct.2009 Friendly Germany SV Rust 1 Basel 5 Almerares (22', 41', 76', 89'), Unal (62')
13.Oct.2009 Friendly Switzerland SV Sissach / FC Gelterkinden 1 Basel 12 Almerares (29'), Streller (42', 49'), Shaqiri (51', 71'), Aratore (58'), Da Silva (63', 72', 80'),
Osmani (68', 82'), Unal (73')
13.Nov.2009 Friendly Basel 2 Germany SC Freiburg 3 Zanni (pen 39'), Perović (88')
24.Nov.2009 Friendly Basel 3 Switzerland FC Basel U21 2 Unal (21'), Gelabert (35'), Aratore (45')

Winter Break/Second Half Season friendlies[edit]

Date Competition Home Team Score Away Team Score Basel's Goal Scorers
09.Jan.2010 Friendly Germany SC Freiburg 1 Basel 2 Stocker (11'), Almerares (pen 57')
11.Jan.2010 Friendly Basel 3 Switzerland FC Basel U21 0 Ferati (32'), Ritter (62'), Almerares (75')
12.Jan.2010 Friendly Basel 1 Germany FC Bayern Munich 3 Streller (10')
16.Jan.2010 Friendly Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 2 Basel 0
18.Jan.2010 Friendly Republic of Macedonia FK Pelister 1 Basel 5 Huggel (7', 12'), Xhaka (75'), Schürpf (82'), Almerares (84')
22.Jan.2010 Friendly Norway Viking Stavanger 0 Basel 4 Almerares (23', 72'), Huggel (70'), Shaqiri (74')
26.Jan.2010 Friendly Basel 2 Switzerland FC Wohlen 1 Frei (34', 62')
31.Jan.2010 Friendly Basel 0 Switzerland FC Wil 2
3.Feb.2010 Friendly Switzerland FC Nordstern Basel 1 Basel 7 Achache (13'), Hasler (23', 27'), Almerares (35', 44'), Perović (77'), Schürpf (88')
10.Feb.2010 Friendly Basel 2 Switzerland FC Thun 0 Almerares (54'), Perović (84')
17.Feb.2010 Friendly Basel 3 Switzerland FC Gossau 1 Schürpf (43', 52'), Almerares (77')
24.Feb.2010 Friendly Basel 1 Switzerland Yverdon-Sport FC 2 Chipperfield (75')
3.Mar.2010 Friendly Basel 3 Switzerland FC Winterthur 0 Almerares (18', 19', 73')
10.Mar.2010 Friendly Switzerland BSC Old Boys 0 Basel 5 Almerares (38'), Schürpf (49', 69'), Zoua (81'), Aratore (85')
17.Mar.2010 Friendly Basel 2 Switzerland FC Liestal 0 Almerares (9'), Zoua (70')
28.Apr.2010 Friendly Switzerland FC Aesch 0 Basel 5 Almerares (17', 35'), Zoua (25'), Carlitos (56'), Gelabert (67')

Swiss Super League 2009–10[edit]

For more information, see Swiss Super League 2009–10

First half of season[edit]

Second half of season[edit]

Swiss Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2009–10 Swiss Cup

Swiss Cup 2009–10[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

For more information, see 2009–10 UEFA Europa League

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Basel won 7–1 on aggregate.

Basel won 5–3 on aggregate.

Basel won 8–2 on aggregate.

Group stage, group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Roma 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 13
England Fulham 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Switzerland Basel 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3 9
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10 1
  1. ^ Played in Baku at Tofik Bakhramov Stadium as Karabakh's Guzanli Olympic Stadium did not meet UEFA criteria.
  2. ^ CSKA Sofia played their home group matches at Vasil Levski National Stadium as their Balgarska Armiya Stadium did not meet UEFA criteria.

Statistics in the 2009–10 Season[edit]

League Goalscorers/Assists[edit]

Updated to games played 16 May 2010

Swiss Cup Goalscorers/Assists[edit]

Updated to games played 9 May 2010

European Goalscorers/Assist[edit]

Updated to games played 16 December 2009

Total Goalscorers/Assists[edit]

Updated to games played 16 May 2010


  1. ^ "www.tribalfootball.com – Chipperfield named FC Basel Player of the Year". Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  2. ^ "www.fcb.ch – Scott Chipperfield ist FCB-Spieler der Saison 2009/2010!" (in German). Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Thorsten Fink appointed new FC Basel manager". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in German) FC Basel. "Das neue Heimtrikot" (in German). Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Figures and facts". FC Basel 1893. 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  6. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/StatDoc/competitions/UCL/01/67/63/78/1676378_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  7. ^ Football.ch – Transfers ‹See Tfd›(in German)
  8. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2009). "FCB verpflichtet Nationalspieler aus Ghana". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 29 April 2009.

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