2018–19 Swiss Super League

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Swiss Super League
Season2018–19
ChampionsYoung Boys
13th title
Champions LeagueYoung Boys
Matches played90
Goals scored310 (3.44 per match)
Top goalscorerGuillaume Hoarau (18)[1]
Biggest home winYoung Boys 7–1 Basel
Biggest away winXamax 1–5 Thun
Highest scoringYoung Boys 7–1 Basel[2]
Longest winning runYoung Boys (9 games)
Longest unbeaten runYoung Boys (9 games)
Longest winless runXamax (6 games)
Longest losing runSion
Xamax (5 games each)
Highest attendance31,120
Young Boys 7–1 Basel
[2]
(23 September 2018)
Total attendance593,387[3]
Average attendance11,868[3]
2019–20 →
All statistics correct as of 7 October 2018.

The 2018–19 Swiss Super League (referred to as the Raiffeisen Super League for sponsoring reasons) is the 122nd season of top-tier competitive football in Switzerland and the 16th under its current name and format.

A total of 10 teams compete in the league: the 9 best teams from the 2017–18 season and the 2017–18 Swiss Challenge League champion Xamax. The season started on the weekend of 21–22 July 2018 and is scheduled to end on 25 May 2019 with a break between 17 December 2018 and 2 February 2019.[4]

In May 2018, the Swiss Football League voted in favor of reintroducing the relegation play-offs, starting from the 2018–19 season. At the end of the season, the 9th-placed team of the Swiss Super League will face the 2nd-placed team of the Swiss Challenge League in a two-legged play-off to determine which of the two will compete in the Super League the following season.[5]

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of the 2018–19 Swiss Super League teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Basel Basel St. Jakob-Park 37,994[6]
Grasshopper Zürich Letzigrund 26,104[7]
Xamax Neuchâtel Stade de la Maladière 11,997[8]
Lugano Lugano Stadio Cornaredo 6,390[9]
Luzern Lucerne Swissporarena 16,490[10]
Sion Sion Stade Tourbillon 14,283[11]
St. Gallen St. Gallen kybunpark 19,456[12]
Thun Thun Stockhorn Arena 10,014[12]
Young Boys Bern Stade de Suisse 31,789[13]
Zürich Zürich Letzigrund 26,104[14]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Basel Switzerland Marcel Koller Czech Republic Marek Suchý Adidas Novartis
Grasshopper Germany Thorsten Fink Iceland Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson Puma Fromm
Lugano Switzerland Fabio Celestini Uruguay Jonathan Sabbatini Acerbis AIL
Luzern Switzerland René Weiler Switzerland Claudio Lustenberger Adidas Otto’s
Sion Switzerland Murat Yakin Switzerland Kevin Fickentscher Macron Capital Markets Consulting
St. Gallen Germany Peter Zeidler Switzerland Silvan Hefti Jako St.Galler Kantonalbank
Thun Switzerland Marc Schneider Switzerland Dennis Hediger Nike Panorama Center, Schneider Software AG
Xamax Switzerland Michel Decastel Switzerland Laurent Walthert Erima Groupe E, Banque cantonale neuchâteloise
Young Boys Switzerland Gerardo Seoane Switzerland Steve von Bergen Nike Obi
Zürich Switzerland Ludovic Magnin Iceland Victor Pálsson Nike

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
St. Gallen Netherlands Boro Kuzmanovic End of interim 15 May 2018 Pre-season Germany Peter Zeidler 15 May 2018[15]
Young Boys Austria Adi Hütter Signed by Eintracht Frankfurt 16 May 2018[16] Switzerland Gerardo Seoane 1 June 2018[17]
Luzern Switzerland Gerardo Seoane Signed by Young Boys 1 June 2018[17] Switzerland René Weiler 21 June 2018[18]
Basel Switzerland Raphaël Wicky Sacked 26 July 2018 6th Switzerland Alex Frei (interim) 26 July 2018[19]
Switzerland Alex Frei End of interim 2 August 2018 8th Switzerland Marcel Koller 2 August 2018[20]
Sion Italy Maurizio Jacobacci Sacked 14 September 2018[21] 8th Switzerland Murat Yakin 17 September 2018[22]
Lugano Spain Guillermo Abascal 1 October 2018[23] 6th Switzerland Fabio Celestini 2 October 2018[24]
Luzern Switzerland René Weiler Sacked 17 February 2019[25] 7th Switzerland Thomas Häberli 21 February 2019[26]
Grasshopper Germany Thorsten Fink 4 March 2019[27] 10th Croatia Tomislav Stipić 6 March 2019[28]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Young Boys (C) 30 25 3 2 79 28 +51 78 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
2 Basel 30 15 11 4 55 39 +16 56 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Thun 30 10 10 10 53 48 +5 40 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
4 Lugano 30 8 13 9 42 42 0 37 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
5 Sion 30 10 7 13 45 47 −2 37 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
6 Luzern 30 11 4 15 44 52 −8 37
7 St. Gallen 30 10 6 14 41 51 −10 36
8 Zürich 30 8 10 12 36 44 −8 34
9 Xamax 30 8 8 14 38 56 −18 32 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
10 Grasshopper 30 5 8 17 27 53 −26 23 Relegation to the Swiss Challenge League
Updated to match(es) played on 22 April 2019. Source: Swiss Super League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Away goals scored; 6) Draw.[29]
(C) Champion.

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536
Young Boys211111111111111111111111111111111111
Basel68522374534222242222222222222222222
Thun858645223423533233333333333333
Lugano379786676866679888888887767864
Sion7425689107788887577766678886445
Luzern1097974568677766765677764555786
St. Gallen463352354555455656455545678557
Zürich524437432234344344544456444678
Xamax1368101010991010109101010101010109999999999
Grasshopper Club Zürich9101010998810999109899999101010101010101010101010
2019–20 UEFA Champions League play-off round
2019–20 Champions League second qualifying round
2019–20 Europa League third qualifying round
2019–20 Europa League second qualifying round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2019–20 Swiss Challenge League
Source: Swiss Football League

Note: If a team wins the Swiss Cup, they will qualify for the Europa League group stage, unless they have already qualified for the Champions League through league position. In this case, the Europa League group stage berth will be given to the third-placed team, and both Europa League qualifying round spots will be moved one step down, to 4th and 5th respectively.

Results[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Young Boys 351,895 31,120 20,238 25,135 +14.4%
2 Basel 371,656 29,491 20,717 24,777 −4.2%
3 St. Gallen 187,571 18,790 9,824 12,505 −0.9%
4 Zürich 162,241 16,372 7,769 10,816 +0.8%
5 Luzern 140,398 13,626 7,298 9,360 −6.9%
6 Sion 134,600 12,800 7,000 8,973 −9.6%
7 Grasshopper 96,000 16,400 3,500 6,000 −14.5%
8 Thun 87,678 9,021 4,129 5,845 −1.1%
9 Xamax 85,273 12,000 3,004 5,685 +63.6%1
10 Lugano 49,950 4,364 2,049 3,330 −11.1%
League total 1,667,262 31,120 2,049 11,115 −0.6%

Updated to games played on 22 April 2019
Source: www.sfl.ch
Notes:
1: Played last season in Challenge League.

Season Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played on 14 April 2019.[30]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 France Guillaume Hoarau Young Boys 18
2 Switzerland Dejan Sorgic Thun 15
3 Switzerland Raphaël Nuzzolo Xamax 13
4 Switzerland Albian Ajeti Basel 12
Cameroon Jean-Pierre Nsame Young Boys
6 Netherlands Ricky van Wolfswinkel Basel 10
Nigeria Blessing Eleke Luzern
Switzerland Vincent Sierro FC St. Gallen
Switzerland Marvin Spielmann Thun
10 Brazil Carlinhos Lugano 9
Switzerland Christian Fassnacht Young Boys
Kosovo Benjamin Kololli FC Zurich

Top assists[edit]

As of matches played on 14 April 2019.[31]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Switzerland Raphaël Nuzzolo Xamax 13
2 Serbia Miralem Sulejmani Young Boys 11
3 Austria Thorsten Schick Young Boys 9
Ivory Coast Roger Assalé Young Boys
Switzerland Pascal Schürpf FC Luzern
6 Sweden Alexander Gerndt Lugano 8
Switzerland Albian Ajeti FC Basel
Switzerland Christian Schneuwly FC Luzern
9 Ghana Majeed Ashimeru FC St. Gallen 7
Albania Ermir Lenjani Sion
Switzerland Matteo Tosetti Thun
Switzerland Marvin Spielmann Thun
Switzerland Silvan Widmer FC Basel

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
France Guillaume Hoarau Young Boys FC St. Gallen 3–1 (A) 31 March 2019

References[edit]

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