Basel secure Swiss title with three games to spare

FC Basel 1983 secured their sixth successive Swiss Super League title thanks to a 0-0 draw with rivals BSC Young Boys that provided captain Marco Streller with an emotional triumph.

Coach Paulo Sousa led Basel to their sixth straight Swiss title
Coach Paulo Sousa led Basel to their sixth straight Swiss title ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Basel 1893 clinched their sixth successive Swiss Super League title with three games to spare after a goalless draw with rivals BSC Young Boys.

Winning the division appeared a fitting finale for influential captain Marco Streller, who is set to retire at the end of the season. "It's a wonderful day," he said. "We will celebrate and this is well deserved. Paulo Sousa is a top coach; I'm also happy for him and his staff. For me it was a difficult moment; I'm aware that this is my last championship."

Sousa added: "I am very proud of my players. I demanded a lot of them, but they implemented my ideas. Now they will celebrate."

Basel's 18th title success moved them a step closer to Grasshopper Club Zürich's record haul of 27 triumphs and means they can look forward to another season in the UEFA Champions League. Their run in this year's competition took them to the round of 16, where they exited to FC Porto having survived a challenging group that included Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC.

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