Season review: Switzerland

FC Basel 1893 made it six Swiss championships in a row but failed for the third successive year in the cup final where FC Sion kept up their remarkable 100% record.

Basel players celebrate with the retiring Marco Streller (left)
Basel players celebrate with the retiring Marco Streller (left) ©AFP/Getty Images

Champions: FC Basel 1893
The Swiss Super League championship was Basel's with three games to play, clinched by a 0-0 home draw with second-placed BSC Young Boys. It was a title that looked destined for St. Jakob-Park all season long, making it 18 in the club's history, second only to Grasshopper Club Zürich's 27. It was also Basel's sixth successive championship, a Swiss record.

Cup final: FC Basel 1893 0-3 FC Sion
Sion continued their remarkable 100% Swiss Cup final record, winning the competition for the 13th time in their 13th showpiece appearance. By contrast, highly favoured Basel lost for the third year running as Portuguese midfielder Carlitos – who set up the first two before scoring the last goal himself – ran the show for Sion. It was a disappointing send-off for retiring Rot-Blauen forward Marco Streller in his farewell match. "It is easier to leave after such a defeat, as it was thoroughly deserved," said the 33-year-old. "Hats off to Sion, who were better than us in every respect."

European places*
FC Basel 1893 – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
BSC Young Boys – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
FC Sion – UEFA Europa League group stage
FC Zürich – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
FC Thun – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round

*subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Fabian Frei celebrates scoring against Liverpool
Fabian Frei celebrates scoring against Liverpool©Getty Images

Player of the year: Fabian Frei (FC Basel 1893)
The central midfielder was the decisive figure in Paulo Sousa's team, turning heads in Europe, most notably with his eye-catching strike that secured a draw at Liverpool FC and, with it, a UEFA Champions League knockout berth. Only goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík made more top-flight outings than the 26-year-old for the champions, and the vice-captain – alongside Egyptian Mohamed Elneny – was key to the league's best central midfield.

One to watch: Breel Embolo (FC Basel 1893)
The 18-year-old forward rose through the Basel ranks, making his senior bow in the UEFA Europa League against FC Salzburg last season. He became far more prominent and impressive this term, eliciting a first international call-up – and cap, it transpired – from coach Vladimir Petković for Switzerland's friendly against the United States.

Leading scorer: Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel 1893) – 22 goals

Relegated: FC Aarau

Promoted: FC Lugano

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