2008–09 Swiss Super League

The 112 Swiss Football Championship for Men found on 18 July 2008 to 30 May 2009 in Switzerland and in Liechtenstein place. Champion of FC Zurich, which thus became his 12th title.

In the Axpo Super League played a total of ten teams, each team completed a total of 36 games. The FC Vaduz Liechtenstein, the first foreign club in the Swiss Super League, the top division, played, climbed after just one season in the top flight again. FC Basel and BSC Young Boys were able to qualify for the Europa League. The last but one place that required to participate in the Barragespielen was occupied by FC Lucerne. In the Challenge League, the second division, the FC St. Gallen to rise and FC Lugano to Barrageplatz secured. The SC Kriens and FC Le Mont- sur -Lausanne won the play-offs 1st League, the third highest division.

  • 2.1 Transfers
  • 2.2 The champion team of FC St. Gallen
  • 2.3 tables 2.3.1 final table
  • 2.3.2 Cross Table
  • 4.1 Group 1
  • 4.2 Group 2
  • 4.3 Group 3
  • 4.4 Qualifying Round
  • 4.5 Final Round

Super League

Course of the season

First round

On 18 July 2008, the first season game took place between BSC Young Boys and last year's champion FC Basel, which Basel won 2-1. FC Aarau had four wins and a draw the best season start since 1980 and stood for the first five games on the first place in the table. After Basel took over after a 4-1 away win at FC Zurich the lead, Aarau, however, remained the only team unbeaten until the seventh round. The BSC Young Boys took the first three games, only one point and then sacked his coach Martin Andermatt. On August 10, Vladimir Petković was introduced as the new coach of the Berne after the assistant coach Erminio Piserchia meanwhile took over the team. One day later the FC Luzern dismissed his coach Ciriaco Sforza because of unsuccessful start to the season. The team had been able to win any of the first five games.

New coach at Lucerne, Roberto Morinini. In the following rounds Basel was able to hold the lead for himself before Zurich on 11 Gameday for the first time in the season was on the first place due to goal difference. After Lucerne had still won at the end of the 12th matchday not a game, the board also dismissed the second coach and turned to Rolf fringer, then Lucerne won his first season 1-0 against Bellinzona. On 15 Round the top match between Basel and Zurich was fought, which ended with a draw 1:1; so that Basel was able to maintain his lead. At the next round Basel but lost in Neuchâtel Xamax 0-2, and since Zurich won against FC Sion 1-0, it came back to a change at number one. In the last game of the year, there was an unexpected result, as the table last Lucerne against FC Basel won 5-1. This was the FC Zurich with four points ahead of Basel and a ten-point lead over third-placed BSC Young Boys Winter champion.

Second round

The dormant since December 15 game operation was resumed on 7 February 2009. In the first round after the winter break playing the league leaders in Zurich's city derby against Grasshopper Club Zurich 2:2, but could his lead over Basel nevertheless build on five points, as the second-placed away defeated by the BSC Young Boys 2:3. This projection was 21 on game day, however, reduces to two points after Basel won the top match against Zurich 2-1. On 23 Round Zurich Zurich was was in the game in Lucerne long in arrears, was like five minutes before closing and was able to turn the game into a 3-1 win. In the following round, the Young Boys Bern were made ​​in Vaduz defeated with 1:3 and thereby lost the connection to the table top. On the 25th matchday of the FC Basel took over the championship lead. Zurich lost in Bern with 2:4, while Basel home Vaduz defeated 5-0. A success in a relegation battle Get your FC Luzern, when he conquered the AC Bellinzona 4-2.

At the next round Zurich conquered after a 2-1 victory against Aarau again the table top, as Basel Bellinzona played in only 1:1. In the next round Lucerne won another victory, FC Vaduz was defeated 3-1. The two teams played a week later again against each other, this game also won Lucerne and marched thus before the Barrageplatz. FC Basel won 3-2 in Neuchâtel and benefited from Zurich draw against Sion and thus took the lead. On the 29th matchday of the league leaders against Basel Bellinzona had to settle for a draw and because Zurich won his match in Aarau 3-0, it could advance to the first place again. In the relegation battle Lucerne Sion defeated 1-0, which gave the Lucerne Barrageplatz to Sion. One lap later, the two teams exchanged again Places, Lucerne lost in Bellinzona, Sion won against Aarau. On the 32nd Round none of the first three teams won their game: Zurich came to Lucerne does not go beyond a 1-1, but could still extend his lead to four points, because Basel lost 3-1 against expectations in Aarau. For Bern there was also a defeat, the game in Bellinzona was lost with 1:2. Thus theoretically Bern had no chance of winning the championship. The guide kept Zurich next even on game day after a 5-3 win in Vaduz.

With a game later, it came to the big game between Zurich and Basel, which Basel won 3-1 and thereby drew near to a counter to Zurich. Vaduz lost in Bellinzona 1:3, thus the descent of Liechtenstein was sealed. The decisions of the season fell on the 35th game day. Basel lost away against Grasshopper Club Zurich 1:4, Zurich won in Bellinzona after a goal by Alexandre Alphonse 31 minutes into the 1-0 and thus won the championship. The Barrageplatz went to Lucerne, the 2:5 lost in Bern, Sion, however, won in Vaduz 5-1 and was therefore unable to secure the league. On the final day was pushed back from Basel Bern in the final game of Christian Gross as manager of the Basel after a 0-3 defeat to third place. Bellinzona, the second climber who played a strong second half and landed finally on the sixth. Also Aarau played a good season and was placed on the fifth closing rank. The Grasshopper Club Zurich, however, played a rather inconspicuous season and ended up in fourth place, but with 22 points behind the third place in the table. Seventh place was occupied by Neuchâtel.


Particularly active in the transfer market were the AC Bellinzona and Neuchâtel Xamax, which recorded 15 and 14 new additions to the summer of 2008. 14 players left in the summer of 2008 to FC Luzern, Bellinzona twelve outlets had to be recorded. Also particularly active FC Vaduz concerned in dealing with new signings, there were twelve players under contract. With the AC Bellinzona and FC Sion translated two of the ten teams early in the season on a new head coach. The Ticinese Marco Schällibaum took over as the successor of migrated to the BSC Young Boys Vladimir Petković as coach, the Valais committed Uli Stielike as a replacement for the sacked Alberto Bigonville. Under the player additions in the summer were found among other things, Behrang Safari, Marcos Gelabert, David Abraham, Federico Almerares (all to FC Basel), Seydou Doumbia ( to BSC Young Boys), Olivier Monterrubio (for FC Sion), Nelson Ferreira, Milan Gajic, Elsad Zverotić (all for FC Lucerne), Davide and Senad Lulic Callà (both for Grasshopper Club Zurich ).

Among the departures were among other things, Hakan Yakin ( Al - Gharafa ), Kamil Zayatte ( to Hull City ), Pascal Zuber Buhler ( to Fulham ), Frank Feltscher ( for U.S. Lecce ), Daniel Majstorovic ( AEK Athens) and Koji Nakata ( to Kashima Antlers ).

In the winter transfer period at the beginning of 2009, significantly fewer transactions were carried out. The FC Vaduz committed seven players, while the Grasshopper Club Zurich and AC Bellinzona five new entries committed. The FC Zurich FC Vaduz and FC Luzern gave six disposals known. Neuchatel Xamax and FC Sion also took the rest of the season with a new head coach in attack. The New burgers Alain Geiger replaced the Argentine Néstor Clausen, Sion took Umberto Barberis as the successor of Uli Stielike sacked as coach.

Among the players entrances in winter included, among other things, Emiliano Dudar ( for AC Bellinzona ), Roland Linz, Alain Schultz (both for Grasshopper Club Zurich ), Xavier Margairaz (for FC Zurich ), Mark Rudan and Thorsten Kirschbaum (both for FC Vaduz). The disposals included Michel Morganella ( for U.S. Palermo), Demba Touré ( to Stade Reims ), Germano Vailati (for FC Metz), Emra Tahirović ( to Örebro SK) and Beto ( to Ergotelis ).

The champion team of FC Zurich

( Players with at least 5 missions were considered, and in brackets the matches and goals are specified)


Ending table


Venues and viewers

Overall, matches were played during the season in nine stages. The biggest stadium has been the St. Jakob-Park in Basel with a capacity of 38,500 seats, it was also the most visited stadium with an average of 21'043 spectators per game and a total of 378'791 spectators. Two stages had an artificial turf surface, namely the Stade de Suisse in Bern and the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchâtel. The Letzigrund in Zurich was used by two clubs, FC Zurich and from Grasshopper Club Zurich because the Hardturmstraße, the actual stadium of Grasshopper-Club, was torn down due to its poor condition during the season. Four of the stages had more than 20,000 seats, except the stadiums in Basel, Bern and Zurich, this was also the Stade de Tourbillon in Sion. The stadium Allmendfeld in Lucerne completed his last season, in the summer of 2009 it was demolished. A stadium with 10,000 seats was exactly the Stadio Comunale in Bellinzona. Two stages, the stadium Brügglifeld and the Rhine Park Stadium in Vaduz were below this capacity, the stadium in Vaduz was with a capacity of 7'838 seats, 2,178 spectators per game and 39'185 viewers overall the smallest and least visited Stadium of the championship. It was also the only stadium is located abroad and the only National Stadium.

The largest number of spectators resulted on November 16, 2008 at the home game of FC Basel against FC Zurich than 30'149 spectators attended the game. The spectator record low was reached on 24 May 2009, in the game of FC Vaduz against FC Sion. Only 850 spectators attended the game in Vaduz. The Super League was attended by a total of 1,614,089 spectators each game an average of 8,967 spectators.

Kick-off times and transfers

In the 2008 /09 season, the individual encounters game day were usually as follows kicked off:

  • Two meetings on Saturday at 17.45 clock
  • Three meetings on Sunday at 16.00 clock

However, the kick-off times have been handled very flexibly, with TV broadcasts the matches were partially successful already at 14.15 clock or only at 20.15 clock. A total of televised 145 of 180 regular season games, but they were seen with a few exceptions only in the pay - TV Tele Club and Bluewin TV. Individual encounters selected as the top match between FC Basel and FC Zurich have been broadcast on free TV on SF and two HD suisse. The Barragespiele between FC Luzern FC Lugano and were broadcast live on free TV on SF zwei, TSR and TSI 2 2.


At the Night of Swiss Football awarded the Swiss Football Association and the Swiss Football League several awards, which included the Super League. The audience vote as the best player in the Super League won the top scorer Seydou Doumbia before Almen Abdi, Eric Hassli and Gürkan Sermeter. The also decided by audience vote via the Internet Award for goal of the season won with his Fabian Frei scored on 5 December 2009 against Aarau goal. Three other Super League concerned Awards were determined by a panel of experts. Bernard Challandes won the award for best coach, Valentin Stocker, the young as the best player and Massimo Busacca as the best referee.

Challenge League

In the Challenge League, the second division, played in 2008/ 09 only 16 instead of 18 teams. The first standings of the season took together the team FC Biel -Bienne and FC Lugano who won their matches 4-1 each. One lap later, Lugano was the sole leader, but five more teams were equal on points. After the next game, there was already the third leader; relegated St. Gallen, at Yverdon -Sport FC took this position after a 4-0, after all other teams equal on points with the exception of FC Winterthur lost points. However, Winterthur lost the next game and so was St. Gallen after Matchday still the only loss- free team point. The first loss of points for St. Gallen there were in round seven after a 2:4 in Thun, thus Lugano could advance to the first place. As a result, the two teams broke more and more from the other teams. On 14 Gameday the top game between St. Gallen and Lugano took place, which was able to win St. Gallen 2-1. This was St. Gallen again on the first place and wintered on this.

Already at that time, St. Gallen and Lugano, the only ascension candidates. Even after the winter break, which lasted from December 9, 2008 to 20 February 2009, it went on like that. After the 19th round, St. Gallen, Lugano could dissociate because Lugano lost to Wil and St. Gallen to FC Locarno won. After the draw of St. Gallen with a game later and the simultaneous victory of Lugano, this projection, however, shrank back to a point, but already one lap later this was again three points, because this time Lugano played a draw and won St. Gallen. On the 24th matchday of the lead grew after the goalless match against Lugano Yverdon on five points. This projection stopped and 28th matchday he was after a 1-0 win at FC Concordia Basel definitely. Had the 1-3 defeat at Lugano on the penultimate day of no importance, total lost of St. Gallen only two games. Lugano failed to qualify for the Barrage.

The season had no sporting relegated, the last place Gossau and the penultimate Locarno were allowed to stay in the league. Concordia Basel announced his withdrawal from professional football due to the failed stadium project and financial problems. The FC La Chaux -de-Fonds permit withdrawn for financial reasons. Both teams started the next season in the 2nd Regional League, the fifth- highest league in Switzerland.


In the Challenge League noticeably more transactions were made in comparison to the Super League. Particularly active in the transfer market were the FC La Chaux- de-Fonds and FC Wil, which recorded 19 or 15 new members in the summer of 2008. The 15 players left in the summer of 2008 to FC Winterthur and FC La Chaux -de-Fonds. Many of the new entries came from the own youth department, in contrast to the Super League clubs League was increasingly placed on youth work and players pulled up from the second team in the Challenge. A total of seven teams set at the beginning of the season on a new head coach. At FC St. Gallen Uli Forte took over the succession to the sacked Krassimir Balakov, FC Thun committed Hans Ruedi Baumann as a replacement for the Dutchman René van Eck. Also Yverdon-Sport FC, FC Wil, Servette FC, ​​FC Schaffhausen and FC Biel took to start the season a new head coach under contract. Under the player additions in the summer, there were, among others, Mario Gavranović (for Yverdon -Sport FC ), Michael Diethelm (for FC Wohlen ), Yao Aziawonou (for FC Winterthur ), David Blumer (for FC Thun ), Mario Cáceres, Moustapha Dabo, Moreno Merenda (all to FC St. Gallen ), David case ( for FC Schaffhausen ), Carlos Da Silva, Philippe Montandon (both for FC Lugano), Adrian Dante Senger (for FC Locarno ), Vincenzo Zinna ( to FC Gossau ) and Christian Schneuwly (for FC Biel).

Among the departures were among other things, Luca Ferro ( Neuchatel Xamax ), Gelson Rodrigues ( to APEP Kyperounda ), Tito Tarchini (for FC Zurich ), Hervé Bochud (for FC Carl Zeiss Jena), Francisco Aguirre ( to Omonia Nicosia), Davide Callà (for Grasshopper Club Zurich ) and Marwin Hitz ( VfL Wolfsburg).

In the winter transfer period at the beginning of 2009, significantly fewer transactions were carried out. The FC Gossau committed eight players, while FC Winterthur and FC Wohlen committed six recruits. The FC Gossau were nine disposals known, FC Wil recorded seven disposals. At the beginning of 2009, no head coach has been replaced during the transfer period.

Among the players entrances in winter included, among others Pascal Schürpf Loan Boumelaha (both for FC Concordia Basel ), Christian Giménez (for FC Locarno ), Eudis (for Servette FC Genève ), Enrico Schirinzi (for FC Lugano) and Sven Lüscher ( to FC Winterthur). The disposals included Enes Fermino (for FC Sion), Ari Nyman ( Inter Turku ), Ezequiel Scarione (for FC Lucerne ), Alain Schultz (for Grasshopper Club Zurich ) and Juan Sara ( for Club Cerro Porteño ).

The champion team of FC St. Gallen

There are all players who contested in the 2008 /09 season at least one insert for FC St. Gallen listed. In brackets the number of bets as well as the goals achieved are called.

Nico Abegglen ( 4/0 ) | Reto Bolli (1/0 ) | Mario Cáceres (19/ 7) | Diego Ciccone (23/ 2) | Moreno Costanzo ( 27/14 ) | Moustapha Dabo (22/ 9) | Fernando ( 29/ 0 ) | Norbert Frrokaj (1/0 ) | Juan Pablo Garat (19/ 2) | Marco Hammerli (17/ 1) | Pa Modou Jagne (5/ 0 ) | Sebastian Kollar (25/ 1) | Jiří Koubský ( 8/0 ) | Michael Lang (9/ 1) | Daniel Lopar (29/ 0 ) | David Marazzi ( 2/0 ) | Ivan Martic (1/0 ) | Moreno Merenda (27/ 22) | Philip Muntwiler (28 / 7) | Yves Oehri (1/0 ) | Lukas Schenkel (29/ 0 ) | Murat Ural (1/0 ) | Zé Vitor (24/ 1) | Thomas Weller ( 24/3 ) | Adrian Winter (17/ 5) | Marc Zellweger (28 /1).

  • Trainer: Uli Forte


Ending table

Cross Table

Venues and viewers

Overall, matches were played during the season in 16 stages. The biggest stadium was the Stade de Geneve in Geneva with a capacity of 30'084 places. The venue of the FC Gossau, the sports complex Buechenwald, had a capacity of 3,000 seats and was the smallest stadium in the Challenge League. All the clubs had their own stadium. Seven of the stadiums had more than 10,000 places, among which were next to the Stade de Genève and the AFG Arena, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Stadium Gurzelen and Stadio di Cornaredo offered space with at least 15,000 spectators.

By far the highest average attendance was the FC St. Gallen have, the league games were attended by an average of 12'469 spectators. With FC Thun Servette FC Genève and FC Winterthur only three other teams had an average of over 2,000 spectators.

The largest number of spectators resulted on 30 May 2009 at the home game of FC St. Gallen to FC Winterthur than 19,500 spectators attended the game. The spectator record low was reached on 28 March 2009 at the Game FC La Chaux -de-Fonds to FC Lugano. Only 172 spectators attended the game in La Chaux -de-Fonds. The Challenge League was attended by a total of 484'315 spectators each game an average of 2,018 spectators.

Kick-off times and transfers

Unlike in Super League, the kick-off times were often distributed in the Challenge League to eight games per round to three days, that mostly either one or two games on Friday night or Saturday night were held. Kick-off times were just designed to be very flexible as in the Super League and also several games were postponed depending on the space.

On Monday evening at 20.15 clock was transferred to the Swiss Sports Television each week a game of the Challenge League live.


The Barragespiele were between the second-bottom of the Super League, FC Luzern, and the second in the Challenge League, FC Lugano, discharged. The first Barragespiel was held in Lugano on June 10, 2009. The only goal scored while Pascal Renfer for Lugano in the 15th minute. Lucerne finished the game with ten men just after Dušan Veškovac was expelled shortly before half- time after an emergency by the red card of the game field.

The return match took place three days later in Lucerne, it was also the last game in the stadium Allmendfeld. Lucerne was the dominant team and won as 5:0. Lugano had only one scoring opportunity, but Vincenzo Rennella missed a penalty at Lucerne's goalkeeper David Zibung. The victory of Lucerne was, however briefly on the brink, because after the 1:0 Lucerne fans set fire to fireworks and the assistant referee Christoph Erhard was hit by a throwing object at the ear and can be treated medically had. Only Lucerne club president Walter Stierli could convince the supporters to stop.

By the result of both clubs remained in their league.

1st League

The first league, the third- highest division was divided into three groups. The groups were divided according to the geographical location of the teams in each group played 16 teams, they played in a round-trip round twice each against each other. U-21 teams of professional teams were not allowed to participate in the rise of games, so took from the group 2, only two teams to play the rise in part because the U-21 team of the FC Basel won in this group. After the group stage, it first came to quarter -finals with a back and a leg, the overall winner moved into the semi-finals. The two winners of the semi-final rounds thereby qualified for the following season of the Challenge League.

Group 1

The blue highlighted teams qualified for the promotion games that went red in the 2nd League from interregional. Rebellion. stands for the newly promoted from the second league interregional, Abst for the relegated from the Challenge League, R for laps completed, S for Win, U for the draw, N for Loss and Diff. for the goal difference.

Group 2

The blue highlighted teams qualified for the promotion games that went red in the 2nd League from interregional. Rebellion. stands for the newly promoted from the second league interregional, Abst for the relegated from the Challenge League, R for laps completed, S for Win, U for the draw, N for Loss and Diff. for the goal difference.

Group 3

The blue highlighted teams qualified for the promotion games that went red in the 2nd League from interregional. Rebellion. stands for the newly promoted from the second league interregional, Abst for the relegated from the Challenge League, R for laps completed, S for Win, U for the draw, N for Loss and Diff. for the goal difference. Note: The clearance between the Grasshopper Club Zurich U- 21 and U -21 FC St. Gallen was canceled when the score was 0:0 for Fanausschreitungen and not be counted.

Qualifying round

Final round