2019–20 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2019–20 season
FC Basel Logo
ChairmanSwitzerland Bernhard Burgener
ManagerSwitzerland Marcel Koller
GroundSt. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland

The 2019–20 FC Basel season is the 126th season in club history and the club's 25th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football. The domestic league season starts on the weekend of 19–21 July 2019. Basel were runners-up in the previous Super League season and are therfore qualified for 2019–20 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.



Marcel Koller is the first team manager, Thomas Janeschitz and Carlos Bernegger his assistants and Massimo Colomba is Goalkeeper Coach.

Position Staff
Manager Switzerland Marcel Koller
Assistant manager Austria Thomas Janeschitz
Assistant manager Switzerland Carlos Bernegger
Goalkeeper Coach Switzerland Massimo Colomba
Team leader Switzerland Gustav Nussbaumer
Youth Team Coach Switzerland Arjan Peço
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Toni Membrino
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Michaël Bauch

Further information[edit]

The FC Basel 125th annual general meeting took place on Tuesday 4 June 2019. The board of directors under president Bernhard Burgener with sportdirector Marco Streller, Peter von Büren, financial manager, Patrick Jost, marketing as well as Reto Baumgartner, Dominik Donzé and Benno Kaiser remained on the board. Roland Heri was voted onto the board as COO. On 14 June Streller quit as sportdirector and on 20 June Ruedi Zbinden was named as his successor.

Chairman Switzerland Bernhard Burgener
Sportdirector Switzerland Marco Streller until 14 June 2019
Switzerland Ruedi Zbinden from 20 June 2019
COO Switzerland Roland Heri
Finances Switzerland Peter von Büren
Marketing Switzerland Patrick Jost
Direktor Switzerland Reto Baumgartner
Direktor Switzerland Dominik Donzé
Direktor Switzerland Benno Kaiser
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (38,512[1]
(37,500 for international matches)[2] / 120x80 m)

Updated to match played 22 June 2019
Source: FCB Official Site


Offseason and preseason[edit]

The Campaign[edit]

Domestic League[edit]

The season starts on the weekend of 20–21 July 2019. Basel's priority aim for the new season is to win the league championship.

Domestic Cup[edit]

Basel's clear aim for the cup is to win the title. The first round of the Swiss Cup will played on the week-end _. Basel play their first-round game on _ away from home against lower classed _.

Champions League[edit]


First team squad[edit]

The following is the list of the Basel first team squad. It also includes players that were in the squad the day the season started on 19 July 2019 but subsequently left the club after that date.

As of 6 July 2019[3]

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 Jonas Omlin (vice-captain)
3 Greece DF Konstantinos Dimitriou
4 Switzerland DF Eray Cömert
5 Switzerland DF Silvan Widmer
6 Paraguay DF Omar Alderete
7 Switzerland MF Luca Zuffi
8 Serbia MF Zdravko Kuzmanović
9 Netherlands FW Ricky van Wolfswinkel
10 Switzerland MF Samuele Campo
11 Switzerland FW Noah Okafor
13 Serbia GK Đorđe Nikolić
14 Switzerland MF Valentin Stocker (captain)
15 Paraguay DF Blás Riveros
18 Switzerland FW Julian Von Moos
No. Position Player
19 Angola FW Afimico Pululu
20 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei
22 Switzerland FW Albian Ajeti
23 Colombia DF Éder Álvarez Balanta
26 France MF Aldo Kalulu
28 Italy DF Raoul Petretta
30 Kosovo MF Edon Zhegrova (on loan from Genk)
32 Switzerland MF Yannick Marchand
33 Switzerland MF Kevin Bua
34 Albania MF Taulant Xhaka (vice-captain)
36 Switzerland MF Robin Huser
43 Switzerland DF Yves Kaiser
44 Switzerland GK Jozef Pukaj
98 Brazil FW Arthur Cabral (on loan from Palmeiras)
99 Germany FW Kemal Ademi

Other players under contract[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
29 Switzerland DF Alessandro Stabile
No. Position Player
41 Switzerland FW Tician Tushi

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 Switzerland FW Dimitri Oberlin (at Zulte Waregem until 30 June 2020)
26 France MF Aldo Kalulu (at Swansea City until 30 June 2020)
31 Switzerland MF Dominik Schmid (at Wil until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
35 Portugal DF Pedro Pacheco (at Rapperswil-Jona until 30 June 2019)
38 Switzerland MF Martin Liechti (at Aarau until 30 June 2019)
Kosovo MF Gëzim Pepsi (at Aarau until 30 June 2020)

Transfers summer 2018[edit]


6 Paraguay DF Omar Alderete (from Huracán)
37 France FW Afimico Pululu (returned end of loan)
98 Brazil FW Arthur Cabral (on loan from Palmeiras)


17 Czech Republic DF Marek Suchý (End of contract)
19 Switzerland FW Dimitri Oberlin (out on loan to Empoli)
20 Ivory Coast MF Serey Dié (End of contract)

Results and fixtures[edit]

Kickoff times are in CET.


  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Friendly matches[edit]


Swiss Super League[edit]

First half of season[edit]

Second half of season[edit]

Swiss Cup[edit]

The draw for the first round was held in June 2018. The Super League and Challenge League clubs were seeded and could not be drawn against each other. The lower division teams were granted home advantage and Basel were therefore drawn away. The home advantage was also granted to the team from the lower league in the second and third rounds.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Qualifying phase[edit]

Basel were qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League in the qualifying phase (League Path) in the second qualifying round. The draw for this round was held on 19 June 2019.

After winning the second qualifying round, Basel qualified for the third qualifying round. The draw for this round was held on 22 July 2019.

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Following their elimination in the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase, Basel were qualified for the Europa League group stage.

Group table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BSL GET KRA TRA
1 Switzerland Basel (A) 4 3 1 0 10 3 +7 10 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 5–0 12 Dec
2 Spain Getafe 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6[a] 0–1 12 Dec 1–0
3 Russia Krasnodar 4 2 0 2 6 8 −2 6[a] 28 Nov 1–2 3–1
4 Turkey Trabzonspor (E) 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5 1 2–2 28 Nov 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated.
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Getafe 3, Krasnodar 0.

See also[edit]

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The largest stadium in Switzerland". FC Basel 1893. 2015. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  2. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/StatDoc/competitions/UCL/01/67/63/78/1676378_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  3. ^ "Die 1. Mannschaft" [The 1st team] (in German). FC Basel. 6 July 2019.

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