|Cup||1/4-Finals out (vs. Biel)||04||03||00||01||09:04|
|International||Europa-League - out in the 1/16-Finals (vs. Sp. Moskow)||02||00||01||01||03:04|
|Champions League - out in der Groupe stage||06||02||00||04||08:10||06|
|Champions League Qualification||04||04||00||00||09:01|
|What is more difficult than wining a Championship? Correct, to defend the title the following year! In the spring of 2011 FC Basel 1893 achieved this feat, winning the title by the narrowest of margins (1 point) over FC Zurich. This secured the 14th Championship in the club’s history. It was also the second in a row for Thorsten Fink and his team of coaching staff. In the end they were responsible for ensuring that FCB players “had the final word”.
Although the then 13 time Swiss Champions needed to devote a great deal of energy to perform well in the Champions League, against the likes of Bayern Munich, AS Roma and CFR Cluj, they always stayed near to the top of the Swiss Super League.
In the first half of the season FC Basel experienced some rather difficult times, losing to teams like Bellinzona, Luzern, Thun and GC. Nevertheless the team of Thorsten Fink lay in second place at the time of the winter break. The foundation for the 14th title was built when FC Basel won 8 games in a row in the second half of the season; there was only one more loss recorded against FC Sion.
Towards the end of the season FC Basel were leading FC Zurich by seven points and still at one stage were even overtaken by their rivals. Their decisive head to head encounter was in Zurich on March 11th 2011. FC Zurich played brilliantly – the same could not be said of FCB – and in the end they had to settle for a 2:2 draw. This may have ‘turned the tide’ in favour of FC Basel. In the last game, with the defending Champions one point ahead of FC Zurich, the team fielded by Fink beat Luzern convincingly 3:0 in front of 37’500 spectators at St Jakob-Park. The city of of Basel was assured another glittering night of Championship celebrations.
The collective strength and depth of the Basel squad was decisive. In addition, the quality of players such as Alex Frei with his 27 goals in the Championship and Franco Constanzo (who has now moved on) with his many fabulous saves. These are but two of many great FCB players. It takes a lot of character from a team when they have to cope with injuries to so many leading players such as Benjamin Huggel, Xherdan Shaqiri, Behrang Safari or Valentin Stocker, and yet, to defend your Championship title in the end.
|Cup||CUP WINNER (vs. Lausanne)||06||06||00||00||20:04|
|International||Europa League - out in the Groupe stage||06||03||00||03||10:07||09|
|Europa League Qualification||06||05||01||00||20:06|
After a difficult start to the season under their new Head Coach Thorsten Fink, FCB makes remarkable progress and climbs up the Championship table with purpose.
|Cup||1/2-Final out (vs. Young Boys)||04||03||00||01||12:04|
|International||Champions League - out in the Group stage||06||00||01||05||02:16||01|
|Champions League Qualification||04||02||02||00||07:04|
|In 2009 FCB are unable to win the Swiss Championship title. After ten years at the helm, the enormously sucsessful Head Coach Christian Gross will be replaced by German, former FC Bayern Munich player Thorsten Fink.
|Cup||CUP WINNER (vs. Bellinzona)||06||06||00||00||23:06|
|International||UEFA Cup 1/16-finals||10||06||02||02||17:08|
FCB celebrate another Swiss Cup triumph with a comfortable 4:1 win against AC Bellinzona. A twelfth Championship title of FCB’s history is secured on 10th May with victory in the last round of games over BSC Young Boys Berne.
|Cup||CUP WINNER vs. FC Luzern||06||06||00||00||18:06|
|International||UEFA Cup out after group stage||10||03||03||04||15:14|
In the Swiss Cup final FCB defeat FC Lucerne 1:0.
|Cup||1/8-Final out vs. Zürich||03||02||00||01||13:06|
|International||CL qualification out against Werder Bremen||02||00||01||01||02:04|
|UEFA Cup out against Middlesbrough||12||07||02||03||21:15|
FCB establishes a new Swiss record on 26th February 2006; 53 Swiss Championship games in a row undefeated. FCB cruises to a 2:1 home victory against Yverdon and FCB improves its own record from 1968 to 1972 when the club (under Head Coach Helmut Benthaus) was undefeated for 52 home games of the Swiss Championship in a row. It is only on 13th May 2006 FCB loses its first home game, which is the last game of the season, 1:2 against FC Zurich. The second goal against FCB is scored in the 93rd minute and results in the heartbreaking loss of the Swiss Championship to opponents FC Zurich. In the aftermath of the game there are ugly scenes as several hundred supporters take out their frustrations from this defeat.
|Cup||1/8-Final out vs. Thun||03||02||00||01||10:05|
|International||CL qualifcation out against Inter Milano||02||00||01||01||02:05|
|UEFA Cup out against OSC Lille||08||03||03||02||08:07|
For the 2004/2005 season, FCB makes five notable signings to strengthen the squad. These are national players from Argentina (César Andrés Carignano), Brazil (Kléber), Croatia (Mladen Petric), Australia (Mile Steriovski) and Austria (Thomas Mandl). In addition, the transfer of the promising French youngster Djamel Mesbah is secured.
On 16th June 2005 FCB resumes pre-season training for the 2005/2006 season. Good news comes shortly after when Head Coach Christian Gross, in charge since 1999, renews his contract with FCB for another 3 years, until 30th June 2009.
|Cup||1/8-Final out vs. Grasshopper Club||03||02||00||01||09:03|
|International||UEFA Cup out against Newcastle||04||01||00||03||05:05|
FC Basel starts the ’03/04 as part of the new Swiss league of ten teams called “Super League”. FCB again breaks new ground in Swiss football; the first woman is appointed as Head of Transfers of a Swiss professional club and with 26’000 season tickets sold, FCB establishes a new Swiss record for ticket sales.