(Translated by Thomas Snaith)
As referee Alain Bieri ended the fixture between FC Basel and FC Sion, St.Jakob-Park erupted with joy. Matías Delgado and Birkir Bjarnason paved the way to the 2:1 victory against FC Sion. Veroljub Salatic did score in stoppage time, ending the fixture, 2:1 but this had no influence on Basel collecting their 19th league title in club history and 7th consecutive league title. In the 31st fixture of the season, FCB were rewarded for their hard work and dedication.
FC Basel 1989 already impressed as the 2015/2016 season kicked off. The “Bebbi” won their first eight fixtures, creating a basis for their 7th consecutive league title. Basel 1st defeat of the season was to BSC Young Boys, losing 3:4 in Bern. It was the side from the capitol city who managed to chase FCB for the longest; they were only beaten by FCB in the 2nd half of the season and managed to overtake the Grasshoppers in the table, making sure that the point difference between FCB and the Young Boys did not get much larger.
Consistency; the key to succes
FCB proved not only to play consistently well at the beginning of the season but throughout. FCB are so far unbeaten in the Super League, in 2016. The last piece of the puzzle was to beat FC Sion, which was achieved through hard work. The visiting team played well and had several chances to score as the fixture kicked off. A brilliant Tomas Vaclik and the fact that Geoffrey Bias only hit the crossbar, where reasons which led FCB to the club´s 19th league title.
There were no major setbacks throughout the season as FCB were always able to react accordingly. After the defeat to BSC Young Boys, FCB took revenge a month later, beating YB 1:0 at home. At the end of 2015 FCB lost to both to Grasshoppers Club Zurich and FC St. Gallen, but since then FCB remain unbeaten.
It is impressive how Urs Fischer´s team have continuously proved to be successful. FCB score an average of 2.5 goals per fixture. After 31 league games this season, FCB won a total of 24, drawn 4 and lost 3.
It took a while foir Urs Fisher to show up to the scheduled press conference at St. Jakob-Park´s media center after the victory against FC Sion. Following initial celebrations with his team, he took a moment to comment: “Of course I feel great but in need time to digest what just happened. It was the team´s consistency throughout the entire season that significantly contributed to our success”. Fischer wasn’t able to make any more statements as his players attacked him with a shower of isotonic drinks and beer. He did comment that his aim is to end the season with dignity. Five more fixtures and the season is over.
FC Basel 1893 – FC Sion 2:1 (1:0)
St. Jakob-Park. – 32‘244 Supporters. – Referee Alain Bieri.
Goals:¨ 24. Delgado 1:0 (Penalty). 67. Bjarnason 2:0 (Aliji). 92. Salatic 2:1.
FCB: Vaclik; Xhaka (20. Aliji), Suchy, Samuel, Traoré; Fransson, Zuffi; Steffen, Delgado (70. Callà), Bjarnason; Embolo.
FCS: Mitryushkin; Rüfli, Ndoye, Ziegler, Zverotic; Salatic, Sierro; Assifuah (75. Follonier), Bia, Zeman (64. Carlitos); Gekas (64. Konaté).
Notes: FCB without Akanji, Degen, Hoegh, Hunziker, Janko, Lang, Safari and Sporar (all injured). FCS without Adao Cmelik, Fernandes, Kouassi, Lacroix, Mboyo, Pa Modou and Voser (alle verletzt). Substitutes FCB: Aliji, Boëtius, Callà, Cümart, Itten, Pickel and Vailati. – Yellow Cards: 11. Salatic (Foul). 30. Steffen (Foul). 85. Embolo (Foul). 87. Carlitos (Foul). – 21. Bia hits the crossbar.
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