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Swiss football : Swiss Super League 2016/2017 season preview

Basel win seventh successive Swiss title

Basel clinched their seventh successive Swiss title with five games to spare last season. Basel have had five different coaches since their seven-title run began and the title was the first for Urs Fischer, who replaced Paulo Sousa at the end of last season. Grasshoppers remain Switzerland's most successful club domestically with 27 league titles, followed by Basel on 19. Four days after being relegated to the second tier in Switzerland, Zurich bounced back by claiming their ninth Swiss Cup title. Here is the short summary for the 2015/16 season:

  • Champions: Basel (Champions League group stage)
  • Runners-up: Young Boys (Champions League QR3)
  • Third place: Luzern (UEFA Europa League QR3)
  • Fourth place: Grasshoppers (UEFA Europa League QR2)
  • Cup winners: Zurich (UEFA Europa League group stage)
  • Vaduz (UEFA Europa League QR1)
  • Relegated: Zurich
  • Promoted: Lausanne

Vaduz qualified for the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2015/16 Liechtenstein Cup.

teamtitles11/1212/1313/1414/1515/16
Grasshoppers2792284
Basel1911111
Young Boys1127322
Lausanne77910--
Lugano3----9
Sion296875
St. Gallen2-3767
Luzern128453
Thun-55646
Vaduz----98

The table shows the overall number of titles for each club in Swiss Super League since the 1897/98 season and their league standings in the last five campaigns.

This page is introduction to the 2016/2017 Swiss Super League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Switzerland page.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Basel835026-5-5 (36)
2Young Boys693120-9-7 (36)
3Luzern54915-9-12 (36)
4Grasshoppers53915-8-13 (36)
5Sion50314-8-14 (36)
6Thun41-910-11-15 (36)
7St Gallen38-2510-8-18 (36)
8Vaduz36-167-15-14 (36)
9Lugano35-299-8-19 (36)
10Zurich34-237-13-16 (36)

Swiss Super League standings for the 2015/2016 season.

Basel favourites to defend title

Basel will be aiming for their eighth consecutive Swiss Super League title when they kick off the season at home to Sion on July 24th. Bookmakers have every confidence that they will win the crown again this season. The club reached the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League twice, as well as the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League over the last five years. Basel's main title rivals will be Young Boys and Grasshoppers.

teamoddsteamodds
Basel1.2Lausanne67
Young Boys7St. Gallen151
Grasshoppers11Thun151
Luzern26Vaduz201
Sion41Lugano301

Preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2016/17 Swiss football league.

Swiss Cup finals in last five seasons

2016   Zurich - Lugano   1:0
2015   Sion - Basel   3:0
2014   Zurich - Basel   2:0   (aet)
2013   Grasshoppers - Basel   1:1   (5-4 on penalties)
2012   Basel - Luzern   1:1   (4-3 on penalties)

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Basel

Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik (4); Defense: Marek Suchy (4.5), Michael Lang (4.3), Eder Balanta (4); Midfield: Taulant Xhaka (4), Luca Zuffi (4), Renato Steffen (4), Birkir Bjarnason (3.5), Jean-Paul Boetius (2.8); Forward: Seydou Doumbia (12), Andraz Sporar (2.5).

Grasshopper

Goalkeeper Joel Mall (0.8); Defense: Nemanja Antonov (1), Levent Gulen (0.9), Alban Pnishi (0.5), Jan Bamert (0.5); Midfield: Lucas Andersen (2), Caio (1.8), Kim Kallstrom (1.5), Marko Basic (1); Forward: Ridge Munsy (1.5), Florian Kamberi (1).

Lausanne

Goalkeeper Thomas Castella (0.4); Defense: Elton Monteiro (0.4), Nicolas Getaz (0.4), Jeremy Maniere (0.4); Midfield: Yeltsin Tejeda (1.5), Ming-Yang Yang (0.8), Olivier Custodio (0.8), Xavier Margairaz (0.5); Forward: Gabriel Torres (0.9), Kwang-Ryong Pak (0.8), Andi Zeqiri (0.6).

Lugano

Goalkeeper Mirko Salvi (0.5); Defense: Frederic Veseli (0.8), Fulvio Sulmoni (0.8), Vladimir Golemic (0.4); Midfield: Mattia Bottani (1), Antonini Culina (1), Mario Piccinocchi (0.8), Jonathan Sabbatini (0.8), Domen Crnigoj (0.8); Forward: Ofir Mizrahi (0.5), Karim Rossi (0.5).

Luzern

Goalkeeper David Zibung (0.4); Defense: Jerome Thiesson (0.9), Francois Affolter (0.8), Claudio Lustenberger (0.7); Midfield: Jakob Jantscher (1.5), Hekuran Kryeziu (1), Nicolas Haas (1), Jahmir Hyka (1), Markus Neumayr (0.8); Forward: Marco Schneuwly (1), Tomi Juriae (0.8).

Sion

Goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin (1.5); Defense: Leo Lacroix (3), Pa Modou (1.3), Arthur Boka (1); Midfield: Edimilson Fernandes (4.5), Geoffrey Bia (2.5), Carlitos (1.3), Veroljub Salatic (1), Daniel Follonier (1); Forward: Moussa Konate (6.3), Ebenezer Assifuah (2.5).

St. Gallen

Goalkeeper Daniel Lopar (0.8); Defense: Martin Angha (1), Roy Gelmi (1), Silvan Hefti (1), Alain Wiss (0.9); Midfield: Gianluca Gaudino (2.5), Danijel Aleksic (1.8), Yannis Tafer (1.3), Nzuzi Toko (1.2); Forward: Roman Buess (1), Seifedin Chabbi (0.4).

Thun

Goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre (0.8); Defense: Enrico Schirinzi (0.6), Sven Joss (0.6), Stefan Glarner (0.5), Marco Burki (0.4); Midfield: Dennis Hediger (1), Simone Rapp (1), Matteo Tosetti (0.5), Carlinhos (0.5), Joel Geissmann (0.4); Forward: Christian Fassnacht (0.4).

Vaduz

Goalkeeper Peter Jehle (0.3); Defense: Simone Grippo (0.8), Mario Buhler (0.6), Axel Borgmann (0.4); Midfield: Stjepan Kukuruzovic (0.8), Nicolas Hasler (0.7), Moreno Costanzo (0.7), Pascal Schurpf (0.6), Diego Ciccone (0.5); Forward: Albion Avdijaj (0.4), Yones Felfel (0.2).

Young Boys

Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo (3); Defense: Florent Hadergjonaj (3), Loris Benito (2.5), Milan Vilotic (1.5), Gregory Wuthrich (1.5); Midfield: Denis Zakaria (4), Yoric Ravet (3), Miralem Sulejmani (3), Sekou Sanogo (2.5); Forward: Michael Frey (2.5), Alexander Gerndt (2).

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