2016–17 FC Basel season

The 2016–17 FC Basel season is the 124th season in club history and the club's 22nd consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football. Basel are the reigning Swiss Super League champions. They prepared their season with various warm-up matches against teams from Germany, Russia and France as well as from Switzerland. The 2016–17 Swiss Super League season started on the week-end 23/24 July, the last round was played on 2 June 2017. Basel started with a home game against Sion.

FC Basel
2016–17 season
FC Basel Logo
OwnerFCB Holding
ChairmanSwitzerland Bernhard Heusler
ManagerSwitzerland Urs Fischer
GroundSt. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Super League1st (champions)
Swiss CupWinners
Champions LeagueGroup stage
Top goalscorerLeague:
Seydou Doumbia (20)

Seydou Doumbia (21)
Highest home attendance30,817 vs Young Boys 9 April 2017[1]
Lowest home attendance23,339 vs Sion 18.05.17
Average home league attendance26,484[2]

Basel were qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League in the Group stage. The draw was held on 25 August 2016, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Basel were drawn into Group A along with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Ludogorets Razgrad. The first game was at home against Razgrad on 13 September and the last being the home game against Arsenal on 6 December.

The draw for the first round of the 2016–17 Swiss Cup was held on 1 July 2016. The Super- and Challenge League clubs were seeded and could not be drawn against each other. The lower division teams were granted home game advantage. The first round was played on the week-end 13/14 August 2016. The final was played in Stade de Genève on 25 May 2017.


FC Basel Holding AGEdit

The FC Basel Holding AG owns 75% of FC Basel 1893 AG and the other 25% is owned by the club FC Basel 1893 members. The shareholders of the Holding AG were Bernhard Heusler, Stephan Werthmüller and Georg Heitz. The club FC Basel 1893 functions as a base club independent of the holding company and the AG. FC Basel 1893 AG is responsible for the operational business of the club, e.g. the 1st team, a large part of the youth department and the back office are affiliated to the AG. All decisions that affect the club FC Basel 1893 are made within the AG.

Club managementEdit

The FC Basel AGM took place on 18 June 2016. The board of directors under president Bernhard Heusler with vice-president Adrian Knup, sport director Georg Heitz, financial manager Stephan Werthmüller and marketing manager René Kamm, and the three directors Reto Baumgartner, Dominik Donzé and Benno Kaiser were willing to continue as before. They were all re-elected unanimously.[3]

Chairman   Mr Bernhard Heusler
Vice Chairman   Mr Adrian Knup
Finances   Mr Stephan Werthmüller
Sport Director   Mr Georg Heitz
Marketing   Mr René Kamm
Director   Mr Reto Baumgartner
Director   Mr Dominik Donzé
Director   Mr Benno Kaiser
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (38,512[4])
(37,500 for international matches)[5] / 120x80 m)

Updated to match played 18 June 2016
Source: FCB Official Site

Team managementEdit

Urs Fischer had a running three-year contract as first team manager, which started in June 2015. His assistants were Werner Leuthard, Marco Walker and Markus Hoffmann. Massimo Colomba was the Goalkeeper coach. Massimo Ceccaroni was head of the FCB Youth System. The new coach of the Youth Team (U–21) was Raphaël Wicky.

Position Staff
Manager   Urs Fischer (since 18 June 2015)
1 Assistant manager   Werner Leuthard
2 Assistant manager   Markus Hoffmann
3 Assistant manager   Marco Walker
Goalkeeper Coach   Massimo Colomba
Team Administration   Gustav Nussbaumer
Youth Team Coach   Raphaël Wicky (from July 2016)
Youth Team Co-Coach   Romain Villiger

Last updated: 23 July 2016
Source: FCB Official Site


Offseason and preseasonEdit

At the end of the 2015–16 FC Basel season Philipp Degen ended his football career and retired from professional football. Between the years 2001 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016 Degen played a total of 333 games for Basel scoring a total of 18 goals. 158 of these games were in the Swiss Super League, 22 in the Swiss Cup, 39 were in a UEFA European-competitions (Champions League, UEFA Cup, Europa League and UIC) and 114 were friendly games. He scored eleven goals in the domestic league, one in the cup, one in the Champions League and the other five were scored during the test games. During his career with FCB Degen won the Swiss championship eight times and the domestic cup twice.[6]

Also, during the previous season Behrang Safari decided to return to Sweden due to family reasons at the end of the season. He signed for Malmö FF.[7] Between the years 2008 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2016_ Safari played a total of 291 games for Basel scoring a total of 3 goals. 157 of these games were in the Swiss Super League, 14 in the Swiss Cup, 59 were in a UEFA European-competitions (Champions League and Europa League) and 61 were friendly games. He scored one goal in the domestic league, the other two were scored during the test games. During his six seasons with FCB Safari won the Swiss championship five times and the domestic cup once.[8]

At the end of the 2015–16 FC Basel season Walter Samuel also ended his football career. Behrang Safari left the club to continue his career by his home club Malmö FF. Breel Embolos transfer to Schalke 04 was confirmed by both teams on 26 June.[9][10] Despite the fact that he still had a valid contract Naser Aliji joined 2. Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a free transfer.[11]

Basel announced on 31 August that the contract between them and the 26-year-old Egyptian international Ahmed Hamoudi had been resolved on mutual consent with immediate effect.[12] On 2 September Basel announced that Nicolas Hunziker had been loaned out to the Grasshoppers to gain playing experience.[13] That far during the current season Hunziker had played four games in the Promotion League with the FCB U-21 team, scoring five goals.

On 4 May Basel announced that they had signed 18 year old Paraguayan defender Blás Riveros from Olimpia Asunción on a five-year deal. Due to Riveros commitments with the Paraguay national football team and the Copa America, he was not expected to join the Basel first team until the beginning of July.[14] On 10 May Basel also announced that they had signed Egyptian defender Omar Gaber from Zamalek on a four-year deal.[15][16] On 15 June Serbian goalkeeper Đorđe Nikolić transferred in from Jagodina, signing a four-year contract.[17] Basel announced on 28 June that they had signed Seydou Doumbia on loan from Roma until 30 June 2017.[18] Three further transfers in were Mohamed Elyounoussi[19] who signed in from Molde, Kevin Bua[20] who came from Zürich and Éder Balanta[21] who transferred in from River Plate. Each of whom signed a four-year deal. One former player transferred back in from VfB Stuttgart, Geoffroy Serey Die,[22] who had left the club a year and a half before due to differences with the former team manager Paulo Sousa.

Mid-season breakEdit

On 25 January 2017 Basel announced that Birkir Bjarnason had transferred out[23] and Aston Villa confirmed the move.[24] On 31 January 2017 Basel announced that Jean-Paul Boëtius was loaned out to K.R.C. Genk until the end of the season.[25]

The CampaignEdit

Domestic LeagueEdit

First half of season

Basel's priority aim for the new season is to win the league championship for the eighth consecutive time. The 2016–17 Swiss Super League season started on the week-end 23/24 July. Basel played at home game against Sion. Four of the new signings, Gabar, Balanta, Elyounoussi and Doumbia made their first team league debuts in the 3–0 home win.[26] Doumbia scored his first goal for his new club in the same game and just one week later on 31 July during the away game against Vaduz he scored his second. It was the last goal of the game and Basel won 5–1.[27] Basel took first position in the league table from the very beginning. In fact they started the season very well, winning each of their first seven games, scoring at least three goals in each fixture. After these seven games they were nine points clear of BSC Young Boys in second place and Luzern in third. They had scored 24 goals conceding just five. By the winter break Basel had extended their lead to 12 points ahead of the Young Boys who were in second place in the league table, winning 15, drawing two and only one defeat, scoring 49 and conceding just 15 goals in their 18 matches.

Second half of season

The second half of season began on 4 February 2017. In their first game Elyounoussi scored a hat trick for Basel during the home game against Lugano. These were the first three goals and were scored during the first 36 minutes of the game that Basel won 4–0.[28] Basel won nine, drawing three during February, March and April to move clear at the top of the table. Despite that they suffered a defeat in the Stade de Suisse in round 34 against second placed Young Boys, Basel ended the season 17 points clear of their rivals.

Basel were victors in 26 matches, drew eight and suffered only two defeats in the 36 Super League matches, gaining a total of 86 points. The team scored 92 goals (league's highest scorers) with 35 goals against (league's best defence) and ended with a goal difference of +57. Basel's Seydou Doumbia was the club and the Super League top goalscorer with 20 goals. Marc Janko scored 13, both Matías Delgado and Mohamed Elyounoussi ended the season with ten goals. Elyounoussi was the team's top final pass giver with 13 assists.

Domestic CupEdit

Basel's clear aim for the 2016–17 Swiss Cup is to regain the title that they last won in 2011–12. The draw for the first round was held on 1 July 2016. In the first-round teams from Super League and Challenge League were seeded and could not play against each other. In a match, the home advantage was granted to the team from the lower league, if applicable.

Rapperswil-Jona (14 August 2016)

Basel were drawn away against Rapperswil-Jona who at that time played in the 1. Liga Promotion, the third tier in the Swiss football pyramid. The match was played in the Stadion Grünfeld in Rapperswil with an attendance of 4,350 fans and this was a stadium record. The underdogs started well into the game and the visitors had problems getting into their game. Until the interval the few opportunities that FCB created were all wasted or the ball was saved by the well reacting goalkeeping. Even after the break the favourites had problems with themselves. But in the end the minimum margin was enough for FCB to the advance to the next round. Midfielder Jean-Paul Boëtius, so far without a single minute of play in the league, saved the team from possibly malicious comments, with the only goal of the game. The leader of the Promotion League braced themselves with flying colours and tactical skill against the Champions League participants, who, however, only made the minimum of efforts. The FCRJ defended flawlessly until the 58th minute, before the Dutch Boëtius beat the brilliant amateur goalkeeper Diego Yanz for the only time.[29][30]

Zug 94 (18 September 2016)

Teams from Super League were seeded in round 2 and the home advantage was granted to the team from the lower league. Basel were drawn against Zug 94, who at that time played in the 1. Liga, the fourth tier of Swiss football. The match was played in the Herti Allmend Stadion in Zug with an attendance of 4,200 spectators. The FCB coach Urs Fischer rested the entire first team, bringing in eleven new players compared with their last match. The only goal of the match was scored by Daniel Hoegh with a header in the 45th minute. Following corner from Jean Paul Boëtius to the rear post, the central defender jumped the highest to score an unsavable goal. The lower-class team tried everything to make up for this narrow deficit, but realistic opportunities to do so were hardly to be seen. Basel again had to be content with a minimal 1–0 win away against Zug 94. FCB's second formation did not do more than required to advance. Apart from the always committed Geoffroy Serey Die, one or the other player's ambition to play in the starting line-up was completely missing.[31][32]

Tuggen (26 October 2016)

There was no seeding in round 3, but the home advantage was still granted to the team from the lower league. Basel were drawn against Tuggen, who at that time played in the 1. Liga Promotion, the third tier of Swiss football. Referee of the natch held in the Linthstrasse in Tuggen with an attendance of 4,150 fans was Sascha Amhof. The FCB coach Urs Fischer had announced in advance that he would not rest the entire first team against Tuggen, as he did in the last round. Tuggen started well into the match and the underdogs had the first big chance of the game, but the shot went wide. Basel's first chance came on eight minutes, a cross from Michael Lang was headed away by the defence but the ball landed at Jean-Paul Boëtius feet and his cross-goal shot made it 1–0 for the visitors. Ten minutes later, the Dutchman doubled up from the penalty point after Lang had been fouled in the area. Lang scored the 3–0 in the 35th minute after a corner from Luca Zuffi. Shortly before the break, Eder Balanta made it 4–0 following another corner Zuffi. Four minutes after the break Birkir Bjarnason's shot was deflected and landed on the top of the cross bar. After an hour FCB started to take things easier, changing a gear lower and so saved the lower-tier team from a runaway defeat. The motto was live and let live or rather play and let play. Tuggen's captain Shala had a good header, but over the top, Serey Die's long-range hammer was punched away by Tuggen keeper Waldvogel. Tuggen came better into play and after two/three chances eventually scored the consolation goal through Jusuf Shala in stoppage time. The FCB moved confidently into the quarter-finals.[33][34]

Zürich (2 March 2017)

In the draw to the quarter-final Basel were matched against Zürich, who were the cup holders and had at the same time been relegated to the second tier. The draw had given Basel home advantage and the St. Jakob-Park was full of atmosphere with an attendance of 25,259 fans, but the mood changed quickly as Oliver Buff put the visitors in front in the third minute. The atmosphere on the pitch was equally rough, referee Alain Bieri pulled his cards regularly. A yellow card for Basel's Renato Steffen after 8 minutes (but it could also have been red), for Zürich's Alain Nef and Cédric Brunner in the 14th minute and for Basel's Taulant Xhaka on 28 minutes. But football was also played, Basel's Marc Janko marked the equaliser per head on 20 minutes after a cross from Michael Lang. Following a Basel free kick, the Züricher defence cleared the ball to the right, Lang controlled the ball on the by-line and hit it low to the centre, keeper Andris Vaņins stooped to pick it up, but it bounced into the net from his leg. Taulant Xhaka was shown the second yellow card on 56, but even with one player less, the hosts were better. Renato Steffen scored with a long range left foot effort on 75 minutes and Basel earned themselves the 3–1 win to qualify for the semi-final.[35][36]

Winterthur (5 April 2017)

The draw for the semi-final gave Winterthur a home tie in the Schützenwiese with an attendance of 9,400 fans sold-out and these saw an attractive match between the actual bottom club in the Challenge League and the Super League leaders. Ball possession was level, but Winterthur created the better opportunities in the first period. Basel keeper Tomáš Vaclík pushed one effort from Gianluca Frontino in extremis against the post and he made three further big saves before the break. Renato Steffen had the best chance for Basel in the 20th minute. In the 51st minute referee Sascha Amhof awarded a penalty for Basel and this gave ground for many discussions after the match, because Winterthur's Captain Patrik Schuler played ball and man, in that order. Matías Delgado converted the spot-kick. But the game remained dramatic, until the 85th minute, when Basel netted their second goal following a set piece. The free-kick from the right was brought high into the area, the ball was headed towards the left, Delgado played it backwards towards Luca Zuffi, his shot was blocked by keeper Matthias Minder, but the ball fell for Manuel Akanji who scored from close distance. Of all people Akanji, the former Winterthur youth and first team player. But just two minutes later Tomáš Vaclík restored the dramatic. Not under pressure he made an error playing the ball out, it rolled to Arxhend Cani, who converted side footed from 25 metres out. In added time Alexander Fransson scored the 3–1 result for Basel.[37][38]

Sion (25 May 2017)

The cup final in the 2016–17 Swiss Cup took place in Stade de Genève in Lancy, Geneva between Basel and Sion on Ascension Thursday, a public holiday in Switzerland. Basel had reached the cup final 21 times in the club's history and won the trophy on 11 occasions to this date. A sidenote to here, is that they had ended the cup competitions as runners-up in their last three finals, in 2013 against GC, in 2014 against Zürich and 2015 against today's opponents Sion. Sion had reached 13 finals in their history and had won on all 13 occasions. A side note here, is that the town Sion is the capital of the Canton of Valais and the coat of arms of the Canton has 13 stars in it.

Arbitrator in the final was Stephan Klossner and as he blew his whistle for kick-off, he did this in front of 26,500 fans. It was immediately clear that there was a lot at stake in this match. Both teams were fully commitment right from the start. Therefore, they neutralized each other and even if there was a lot of tempi in play, there were no dangerous scenes for a long time. After half an hour it was FCB who had the first good opportunity, following a Matías Delgado corner Mohamed Elyounoussi's header went slightly wide of the post. This remained the only dangerous scene in the weakly played and largely unemotional first period. The second half began quite different, after just two minutes, Elyounoussi benefited from a mistake by Pa Modou and played to Seydou Doumbia, who found Delgado in a perfect finishing position, and the Argentine gave FCB the lead. The Basel team had to survive a dangerous scene shortly afterwards, but Reto Ziegler's free kick from a favourable position flew well past the goal. Then it was FCB's turn again and became dominant. After about an hour of play Renato Steffen's effort was blocked, but Adama Traoré was well positioned and from close range he poked the ball between keeper Anton Mitryushkin's legs to make it 2–0. There were no real dangerous moments in front of the FCB goal and in the end, the Basel team then made a visual treat with the last move of the game and to the 3–0 win. Marc Janko headed a cross on to Michael Lang, who struck home directly from an acute angle.[39][40]


It went wrong in their 14th final, the Sion team was defeated by a dominant FCB and lost a cup final for the first time in the club's history. The Sion cup myth was broken. From a FCB point of view, the club's cup aim to reach the final and win the trophy was achieved. By this date the league championship had mathematically been decided and so with this trophy Basel had achieved the domestic double.

Champions LeagueEdit

Basel entered into this season's Champions League in the Group stage. The draw was held on 25 August 2016, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Basel were drawn into Group A along with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Ludogorets Razgrad. The first game was at home against Ludogorets on 13 September and the last being the home game against Arsenal on 6 December. The club's initial aim was to remain in the competition after the group stage or else their minimum aim was third position and a transfer to the Europa League knockout phase.

Ludogorets Razgrad (13 September 2016)

The first game was played in St. Jakob-Park with an attendance of 30,852 spectators. Basel took control of the game from the start. But despite a few chances early in the game, Bjarnason on 2 minutes, Steffen 6th minute and Delgado 7th minute, Basel were not able to create many good chances against the massive Ludogorets Razgrad defence. Ludogorets waited for counterattacks. Basel's Janko injured himself and was replaced by Doumbia in the 40th minute. Ludogorets went into the lead just before half time, a breakaway goal by Brazilian forward Cafu. He ran on to a measured pass from Marcelinho, he turned Marek Suchý inside out and slotted in a low shot past Tomáš Vaclík on 45 minutes. Basel dominated the second period. But they created only few clear scoring opportunities, but were then given their chance to equalize as Ludogorets goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov flapped at defender Michel Lang's long cross. The ball fell into Steffen's path and he volleyed into an unguarded net from a tight angle (79).[41][42]

Arsenal (28 September 2016)

Basel's second game was away from home in the Emirates Stadium in front of 59,993 spectators as guests of Arsenal Football Club. This was the first ever meeting between the clubs in European competition. Arsenal made two changes to the side that had beaten Chelsea in the Premier League on the previous Saturday, with David Ospina replacing Petr Čech between the posts. Replacing the injured Francis Coquelin in the centre of midfield, Granit Xhaka started against the team he began his career with and also faced his brother Taulant for the first time in club football. Mohamed Elneny was also brought on as a substitute against his former side. Urs Fischer, on the other hand, had shuffled his pack from their visit to St. Gallen at the weekend, with his front four completely changing. Theo Walcott scored a first half double, with a brace in assists from Sánchez securing a 2–0 win.[43] The first was a lightning break from Arsenal, a ball over the top found Alexis Sánchez in acres of space in the right hand channel and he deftly whipped in a volleyed cross which the Englishman made no mistake with, burying his header past Vaclík. The second was almost too easy for Arsenal, as they waltzed through the Basel defence again. Walcott strolled up to the edge of the box unchallenged, played a perfect one-two with Alexis Sánchez, who was standing with his back to goal, and clinically dispatched the return ball into the far corner, off the post. The home team were all over the visitors, and their one touch passing was sublime to watch. Walcott and Özil played back to Sánchez, but his shot was incredibly saved by Vaclík. Bellerín had a chance and again Vaclík did brilliantly to parry. It was completely and utterly one sided in North London and Basel looked shell shocked, especially during the first half.[44]

Paris Saint-Germain (19 October 2016)

Basel's second away game in the third round was in the Parc des Princes with an attendance of 46,448 fans as visitors to Paris Saint-Germain. This was also the first ever meeting between these two clubs in European competition. In the 5th Minute Delgado took a corner kick which was headed on to the middle by Bjarnason and then Lang headed the ball onto the cross bar. Lang, Steffen and Doumbia missed further good chances. Another chance for the visitors in the 36th minute and Doumbia's angled header hit the post. In the 40th minute Blaise Matuidi's low cross was touched off by Edinson Cavani and Ángel Di María thundered his right-foot strike the ball into the roof of the net. Lucas Moura put the hosts two goals up on 62 minutes. Suchý had a chance in the 66th minute but his header hit the cross bar, this was the third time that Basel struck the ball against woodwork. In the 93rd minute referee Deniz Aytekin from the German Football Association saw Cavani fall after a light touch from Basel defender Lang and awarded a penalty. Cavani converted the spot-kick to make the result a very unlucky 0–3 for the visitors.[45]

Paris Saint-Germain (1 November 2016)

The return game was played two weeks later at the St. Jakob-Park with an attendance of 30,852 fans. Omar Gaber played his Champions League debut for the home team. PSG found better into the game and they had the early goal chances, but these were not enough to beat keeper Tomáš Vaclík. After about 20 minutes Basel got into the match better, getting support up for their sole striker Seydou Doumbia. But Paris struck with impeccable timing as half-time approached. A corner was not properly cleared and Thomas Meunier pounced onto the loose ball, driving a fierce shot at goal through the crowd of bodies gathered in the middle. One of those was the unmarked Blaise Matuidi who, probably unintentionally, flicked the ball into the net in the 43rd minute. After the half-time break Basel searched for their chances but had no luck. Just as it looked like a goal would not come from anywhere for Basel, it came practically out of nowhere. Substitute Luca Zuffi took aim from almost 40 metres out and suddenly everything had the desired impact. The substitute way out on the by-line tried to pick out Marc Janko in the area with a cross, but instead he drifted a ball in that sailed over goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and into the net (76 minutes). In the 84th minute Serey Dié received a second yellow card and was dismissed. Despite this, only two minutes later Janko had the best chance for a winner for Basel but he missed the crossed ball. Thomas Meunier, however, scored that for Paris in the last minute of the game.[46][47]

Ludogorets Razgrad (23 November 2016)

The return game against Ludogorets Razgrad was played in Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia, because their regular stadium, Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad does not reach UEFA requirements. Basel fielded their strongest team, but Ludogorets had to withdraw midfielder Marcelinho with a hamstring injury. Ludogrets had 55% ball possession, but Basel created the most and the better chances. Goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov made several fine stops to keep Basel at bay. However, the game ended goalless and both teams collected their second point in the group stage. Basel coach Urs Fischer said after the match; "We gave our best, we had a good game, but we failed to convert our chances. There is one more game left, but it could have been much better if we had won tonight. We tried everything, I played with all my forwards, but that was not enough, unfortunately."[48][49]

Arsenal (6 December 2016)

The situation before this last group stage match was clear, Basel had to obtain more points than Ludogorets Razgrad to qualify for the Europa League knock out stage and Arsenal had to obtain more points than Paris Saint-Germain to win the group. Two former Basel players were in the Arsenal team, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka whose elder brother Taulant lined up for the home team. The game was decided early, two defending mistakes soon after the kick-off gave Arsenal two goal scoring chances. Both of which were taken with ease and the visitors were leading by two goals after just quarter of an hour. Lucas Pérez's hat-trick in the 47th minute inspired Arsenal to a 4–1 triumph, with Alex Iwobi adding the fourth goal after 53 minutes. Basel substitute Seydou Doumbia managed a fine consolation goal for hosts, but this came on 78 minutes and was too late to make any change in the result. Paris's 2–2 draw with Ludogorets meant Arsenal win Group A, Basel finished bottom and were eliminated from the European competitions.[50][51]


In advance of the group stage it was clear that Basel's two games against Ludogorets would be their most important games in the group stage, considering their realistic objective of finishing third. With only a draw at home on matchday 1, things started disappointingly. The away tie against Arsenal was decided early in the game. The away game against Paris Saint-Germain can be written off as unlucky because of the woodwork. Matchday 4 against PSG was a close affair and can also written off as unlucky because the deciding penalty goal came in added time. The goalless draw with Ludogorets on matchday 5 must be described as ineffective and helpless. The final game against Arsenal was a clear defeat. Basel missed not only their initial aim of remaining in the competition after the group stage, but they also missed their minimum aim for third position and the transfer to the Europa League knockout phase.


First team squadEdit

The following is the list of the Basel first team squad. It also includes players that were in the squad the day the season started on 23 July but subsequently left the club after that date.

As of 23 July 2016[52]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   CZE Tomáš Vaclík
3 DF   CIV Adama Traoré
4 DF   EGY Omar Gaber
5 DF   SUI Michael Lang
6 MF   CIV Serey Die
7 MF   SUI Luca Zuffi
8 MF   ISL Birkir Bjarnason
9 FW   SVN Andraž Šporar
10 MF   ARG Matías Delgado (Captain)
11 MF   SUI Renato Steffen
13 GK   SRB Đorđe Nikolić
15 MF   SWE Alexander Fransson
16 DF   SUI Manuel Akanji
17 DF   CZE Marek Suchý (vice-captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 GK   SUI Germano Vailati
20 MF   SUI Dereck Kutesa
21 FW   AUT Marc Janko
23 DF   COL Éder Álvarez Balanta
24 FW   NOR Mohamed Elyounoussi
25 DF   PAR Blás Riveros
26 DF   DEN Daniel Høegh
29 MF   SUI Charles Pickel
30 DF   SUI Eray Cümart
33 FW   SUI Kevin Bua
34 MF   ALB Taulant Xhaka
35 FW   SUI Nicolas Hunziker
39 MF   SUI Davide Callà
77 FW   NED Jean-Paul Boëtius
88 FW   CIV Seydou Doumbia


In on loanEdit

88 FW   CIV Seydou Doumbia (on loan from Roma until 30 June 2017)[18]

Out on loanEdit

30 MF   SUI Cedric Itten (on loan at Luzern until 30 June 2017)[53]
22 MF   SRB Zdravko Kuzmanović (on loan at Málaga until 30 June 2017)[54]
23 GK   SUI Mirko Salvi (on loan at Lugano until 30 June 2017)[55]
20 MF   SRB Veljko Simić (on loan at Chiasso from 26 July 2016 until 30 June 2017)[56]
35 FW   SUI Nicolas Hunziker (on loan at Grasshopper Zürich until 30 June 2017)[13]
77 FW   NED Jean-Paul Boëtius (on loan at K.R.C. Genk from 31 January until 30 June 2017)[25]
30 DF   SUI Eray Cümart (on loan at Lugano from 8 March until 30 June 2017)[57]

Transfers summer 2016Edit


4 DF   EGY Omar Gaber (from Zamalek)[16]
6 MF   CIV Serey Die (from VfB Stuttgart)[22]
13 GK   SRB Đorđe Nikolić (from Jagodina)[17]
23 DF   COL Éder Álvarez Balanta (from River Plate)[21]
24 FW   NOR Mohamed Elyounoussi (from Molde)[19]
25 DF   PAR Blás Riveros (from Olimpia Asunción)[14]
33 FW   SUI Kevin Bua (from Zürich)[20]


4 DF   SUI Philipp Degen (end of career)[58]
6 DF   ARG Walter Samuel (end of career)
19 DF   SWE Behrang Safari (to Malmö FF free transfer)
24 FW   EGY Ahmed Hamoudi (contract resolved)[12]
27 DF   ALB Naser Aliji (to Kaiserslautern)[11]
36 FW   SUI Breel Embolo (to Schalke 04 for reportedly €25m)[10]

Transfers winter 2016-17Edit


8 MF   ISL Birkir Bjarnason (to Aston Villa)[23]
29 MF   SUI Charles Pickel (to Grasshopper Club)[59]

Results and fixturesEdit

Kickoff times are in CET


  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Friendly matchesEdit

Pre- and mid-seasonEdit

25 June 2016 Pre-season Basel   2 – 4   St. Gallen Langensteinstadion, Waldshut-Tiengen
15:30 Callà   32' (1:1)
Traoré   27'   62'
Manzambi   71' (2:3)
FCB summary   29' (0:1) Tafer
  37' Hefti
  42' (1:2) Bunjaku
  47' (1:3) Aleksić
  86' Mutsch
  90+2' (2:4) Chabbi
Attendance: 400
Referee:   Robert Kempter
1 July 2015 (2015-07-01) Pre-season 1860 München   1 – 1   FC Basel Isarau Stadium Geretsried (Germany)
20:00   83' (1:1) Mölders
  86' Mölders
FCB summary   66' (1:0) Høegh
  88' Callà
Attendance: 1,100
Referee:   Robert Hartmann
8 July 2016 Pre-season Basel   2 – 3   Lausanne-Sport Youth Campus Basel, Münchenstein
18:30 Cümart   4' (1:0)
Elyounoussi   49' (2:1)
FCB summary   46' (1:1) Carlos Henrique
  58' (2:2) Margairaz
  59' Araz
  87' Carlos Henrique
Attendance: 1,000
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
13 July 2016 Pre-season Basel   1 – 4   Zenit Saint Petersburg Stade St-Germain, Savièse
19:00 Callà   69' (1:2) FCB summary   15' (pen. 0:1) Dzyuba
  35' (0:2) García
  54' Ryazantsev
  75' (1:3) Ryazantsev
  90' (pen. 1:4) Kerzhakov
Attendance: 300
Referee:   Lukas Fähndrich
16 July 2016 Pre-season Basel   0 – 1   AS Monaco Stade de Chailly, Montreux
15:00 FCB summary   33' (0:1) Boschilia Attendance: 700
Referee:   Sébastien Pache
Note: Fair game, no yellow cards
19 July 2016 Pre-season Basel   3 – 3   VfL Wolfsburg St. Jakob-Park, Basel
18:30 Janko   69' (1:2)
Høegh   72' (2:2)
Elyounoussi   82' (3:3)
Janko   88'
FCB summary   29' (0:1) Dost
  55' (0:2) Kruse
  74' (2:3) Brekalo
  88' Möbius
  88' Guilavogui
Attendance: 7,619
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
31 August 2016 Mid-season Basel   2 – 3   FC Wohlen Nachwuchs-Campus, Basel
16:30 Šporar   12' (1:0)
Ambre Nsumbu   36' (2:0)
FCB summary   56' (pen. 2:1) Schultz
  85' (2:2) Marvin Graf
  89' (2:3) Yannick Schmid
Attendance: 350
Referee:   Urs Schnyder
Note: Fair game, no yellow cards

Winter breakEdit

10 January 2017 Winter break friendly Basel   2 – 1   Le Mont Youth Campus Basel, Münchenstein
16:00 Šporar   44' (1:1)
Manzambi   90+1' (2:1)
FCB summary   14' (0:1) Touré Attendance: 100
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
Note: Fair game, no yellow cards
14 January 2017 Training camp Basel   1 – 2   St. Pauli Marbella Football Center, San Pedro de Alcántara
17:00 Steffen   13' (1:0) FCB summary   44' (1:1) Flum
  87' Gonther
Attendance: 150
Referee:   Moreno Munoz
Note: Fair game, no yellow cards
19 January 2017 Training camp Basel   2 – 1   Lokomotiv Moscow Marbella Football Center, San Pedro de Alcántara
16:00 Janko   32' (1:1)
Manzambi   70'
Šporar   85' (2:1)
FCB summary   18' Miranchuk
  35' Mykhalyk
  60' Galadzhan
Attendance: 150
Referee:   José Maria Sánchez
25 January 2017 Winter break Basel   2 – 0   Chiasso Youth Campus Basel, Münchenstein
15:00 Bua   52' (1:0)
Manzambi   85' (2:0)
FCB summary Attendance: 200
Referee:   Stephan Klossner
Note: Fair game, no yellow cards
28 January 2017 Friendly Basel   1 – 0   Esbjerg fB Youth Campus Basel, Münchenstein
14:30 Elyounoussi   13' (1:0) FCB summary Attendance: 500
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
Note: Fair game, no yellow cards

Swiss Super LeagueEdit

First half of seasonEdit

24 July 2016 Round 1 Basel 3 – 0 Sion St. Jakob-Park, Basel
16:00 Suchý   9'
Delgado   37' (pen. 1:0)
Doumbia   44' (2:0)
Delgado   57' (3:0)
FCB summary   37' Konaté
  83' Ziegler
  88' Lacroix
Attendance: 27,924
Referee:   Stephan Klossner
31 July 2016 Round 2 Vaduz 1 – 5 Basel Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
13:45 Grippo   19'
Grippo   31' (1:2)
Strohmaier   25'
FCB summary   4', 0:1' Janko
  19' (pen. 0:2) Delgado
  40' Balanta
  42' (1:3) Elyounoussi
  89' (1:4) Steffen
  90+1' (1:5) Doumbia
Attendance: 5,680
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
7 August 2016 Round 3 Luzern 2 – 3 Basel Swissporarena, Luzern
13:45 Hyka   18' (1:1)
Hyka   29' (2:1)
Kryeziu   33'
FCB summary   4' (0:1) Suchý
  20' Xhaka
  70' (2:2) Janko
  74' (2:3) Janko
Attendance: 14,486
Referee:   Fedayi San (Gebenstorf)
10 August 2016 Round 4 Basel 3 – 0 Young Boys St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:30 Traoré   35'
Zuffi   55' (1:0)
Bjarnason   59' (2:0)
Vilotić   71' (o.g. 3:0)
FCB summary   88' Bertone Attendance: 29,523
Referee:   Alain Bieri (Solothurn)
20 August 2016 Round 5 Basel 4 – 1 Lugano St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Xhaka   19'
Balanta   37'
Suchý   45' (1:0)
Steffen   48' (2:0)
Doumbia   53' (3:0)
Lang   60' (4:0)
Delgado   80'
FCB summary   66' (4:1) Rosseti
  88' Golemić
Attendance: 26,012
Referee:   Pascal Erlachner
28 August 2016 Round 6 Thun 0 – 3 Basel Stockhorn Arena, Thun
16:00 Bürki   33'
Sorgić   82'
FCB summary   4' (0:1) Lang
  13' (0:2) Janko
  19' (0:3) Zuffi
  78' Callà
Attendance: 5,793
Referee:   Sébastien Pache
10 September 2016 Round 7 Basel 3 – 1 Grasshopper Club St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Bjarnason   29' (1:0)
Doumbia   31' (2:0)
Doumbia   86' (3:1)
FCB summary   45+1' Sigurjónsson
  57' Bamert
Attendance: 28,825
Referee:   Stephan Studer
21 September 2016 Round 8 Lausanne-Sport 1 – 2 Basel Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
20:30 Margiotta   36' (1:0)
Margiotta   48'
Margairaz   90'
FCB summary   67' (1:1) Bjarnason
  73' Balanta
  90+3' (1:2) Balanta
Attendance: 6.154
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet
24 September 2016 Round 9 St. Gallen 1 – 3 Basel kybunpark, St. Gallen
20:00 Toko   1'
Aratore   14' (1:0)
Haggui   77'
Gelmi   89'
FCB summary   26' (1:1) Delgado
  33' Traoré
  55' Callà
  76' (o.g. 1:2) Gelmi
  90' (pen. 1:3) Doumbia
Attendance: 14,257
Referee:   Stephan Klossner
1 October 2016 Round 10 Basel 1 – 1 Thun St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Callà   90' (1:1) FCB summary   35' (0:1) Tosetti
  44' Hediger
  56' Faivre
  92' Facchinetti
Attendance: 26,942
Referee:   Fedayi San (Gebenstorf)
15 October 2016 Round 11 Basel 3 – 0 Luzern St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Doumbia   25' (1:0)
Lang   55' (2:0)
Elyounoussi   89' (3:0)
FCB summary   68' Lustenberger Attendance: 27,261
Referee:   Stephan Klossner
22 October 2016 Round 12 Lugano 2 – 2 Basel Cornaredo, Lugano
20:00 Aguirre   38'
Mariani   63' (1:1)
Alioski   75' (pen. 2:1)
Salivi   85'
Jozinović   90+2'
FCB summary   51' (0:1) Delgado
  88' (pen. 2:2) Callà
  90+2' Callà
Attendance: 4,406
Referee:   Lukas Fähndrich
29 October 2016 Round 13 Grasshopper Club 0 – 2 Basel Letzigrund, Zürich
20:00 Bašić   6'
Källström   86'
FCB summary   17' (0:1) Delgado
  20' Lang
  21' (pen. 0:2) Delgado
Attendance: 7,000
Referee:   Sandro Schärer
5 November 2016 Round 14 Basel 2 – 1 Lausanne-Sport St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Xhaka   41'
Suchý   90+1' (1:1)
Janko   90+3' (2:1)
FCB summary   8' Gétaz
  42' (0:1) Margiotta
  86' Monteiro
Attendance: 25,372
Referee:   Urs Schnyder
19 November 2016 Round 15 Basel 6 – 0 Vaduz St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Doumbia   10' (1:0)
Elyounoussi   19' (2:0)
Doumbia   51' (3:0)
Lang   74' (4:0)
Bjarnason   77' (5:0)
Callà   90' (6:0)
FCB summary   3' Muntwiler Attendance: 24,846
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
27 November 2016 Round 16 Sion 1 – 2 Basel Stade Tourbillon, Sion
16:00 Salatić   19'
Sierro   52'
Karlen   72' (1:1)
FCB summary   34' (0:1) Delgado
  50' Steffen
  70' Serey Die
  77' (1:2) Janko
  52'   89' Janko
Attendance: 13,200
Referee:   Nikolaj Hänni (Gams SG)
3 December 2016 Round 17 Young Boys 3 – 1 Basel Stade de Suisse, Bern
20:00 Hoarau   6' (1:0)
Nuhu   45'
Hoarau   51' (2:0)
Mbabu   71' (3:1)
FCB summary   66' (pen. 2:1) Delgado Attendance: 20,216
Referee:   Harald Lechner
10 December 2016 Round 18 Basel 1 – 0 St. Gallen St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Janko   48' (1:0)
Xhaka   57'
FCB summary   42' Al. Ajeti
  55' Buess
Attendance: 26,242
Referee:   Pascal Erlachner

Second half of seasonEdit

4 February 2017 Round 19 Basel 4 – 0 Lugano St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Elyounoussi   2' (1:0)
Elyounoussi   23' (2:0)
Elyounoussi   36' (3:0)
Balanta   45'
Janko   85' (4:0)
FCB summary   11' Alioski Attendance: 23,439
Referee:   Fedayi San (Gebenstorf)
11 February 2017 Round 20 Thun 0 – 2 Basel Stockhorn Arena, Thun
17:45 Schindelholz   29'
Facchinetti   34'
Rapp   56'
FCB summary   73' Xhaka
  74' Elyounoussi
  79' (o.g. 0:1) Schindelholz
  90+2' Vaclík
  90+3' (0:2) Doumbia
Attendance: 5,707
Referee:   Lukas Fähndrich
19 February 2017 Round 21 Basel 4 – 3 Lausanne-Sport St. Jakob-Park, Basel
13:45 Doumbia   11' (1:1)
Doumbia   71' (2:3)
Akanji   74' (3:3)
Janko   84' (4:3)
FCB summary   68' (pen. 1:3) Kololli
  15' Gétaz
  39' (1:2) Campo
  68' (pen. 1:3) Kololli
Attendance: 23,974
Referee:   Sascha Amhof
26 February 2017 Round 22 Basel 3 – 1 Luzern St. Jakob-Park, Basel
13:45 Suchý   19' (1:0)
Janko   34' (2:0)
Steffen   67'
Janko   81' (3:1)
FCB summary   19' Grether
  36' (2:1) Affolter
  75' Neumayr
  76' Itten
Attendance: 24,894
Referee:   Nikolaj Hänni (Gams SG)
5 March 2017 Round 23 Vaduz 1 – 1 Basel Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
13:45 Avdijaj   31' (1:1)
Muntwiler   59'
Bühler   83'
FCB summary   27' (0:1) Zuffi
  90+2' Doumbia
Attendance: 4,345
Referee:   Lionel Tschudi
12 March 2017 Round 24 Sion 0 – 1 Basel Stade Tourbillon, Sion
16:00 Konaté   61' FCB summary   48' Traoré
  55' (0:1) Lang
Attendance: 12,300
Referee:   Dominik Ouschan
18 March 2017 Round 25 Basel 1 – 0 Grasshopper Club St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Zuffi   6' (1:0)
Xhaka   89'
FCB summary   27' Dabbur
  57' Lavanchy
Attendance: 26,027
Referee:   Stephan Klossner
1 April 2017 Round 26 St. Gallen 0 – 3 Basel AFG Arena, St. Gallen
20:00 Barnetta   58' FCB summary   7' (0:1) Akanji
  20' (0:2) Janko
  27' Steffen
  41' Riveros
  55' (0:2) Akanji
Attendance: 18,509
Referee:   Daniel Stefanski
9 April 2017 Round 27 Basel 1 – 1 Young Boys St. Jakob-Park, Basel
16:00 Xhaka   24'
Elyounoussi   54' (1:1)
Riveros   75'
Akanji   90'
FCB summary   18' (0:1) Ravet
  51' Frey
  75' Assalé
Attendance: 30,817
Referee:   Alain Bieri (Solothurn)
15 April 2017 Round 28 Lausanne-Sport 0 – 4 Basel Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
20:00 FCB summary   37' (0:1) Lang
  40' (0:1)Elyounoussi
  45' Steffen
  59' (0:3) Šporar
  82' (0:4) Elyounoussi
Attendance: 5,855
Referee:   Urs Schnyder
22 April 2017 Round 29 Basel 2 – 2 Vaduz St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:00 Suchý   39'
Delgado   41' (1:1)
Elyounoussi   63'
Janko   86'
Doumbia   90+2' (2:2)
FCB summary   11' (0:1) Brunner
  60' Borgmann
  78' (1:2) Kukuruzović
Attendance: 23,999
Referee:   Adrien Jaccottet (Basel)
28 April 2017 Round 30 Luzern 1 – 2 Basel Swissporarena, Luzern
19:45 Costa   41'
M. Schneuwly   88' (1:2)
FCB summary   3' (0:1) Doumbia
  36' Traoré
  71' (0:2) Steffen
  76' Suchý
Attendance: 14,823
Referee:   Fedayi San (Gebenstorf)
7 May 2017 Round 31 Lugano 2 – 2 Basel Cornaredo, Lugano
13:45 Alioski   60' (pen. 1:2)
Sadiku   79' (2:2)
Sadiku   78'   80'
FCB summary   12' (0:1) Fransson
  54' (0:2) Zuffi
  56' Zuffi
  68' Callà
Attendance: 6,151
Referee:   Sandro Schärer
14 May 2017 Round 32 Basel 3 – 3 Thun St. Jakob-Park, Basel
13:45 Steffen   20'
Steffen   24' (1:1)
Janko   45'
Elyounoussi   76' (2:2)
Serey Die   79'
Suchý   86'
Serey Die   90' (3:2)
FCB summary   17' (0:1) Sorgić
  64' (1:2) Sorgić
  68' Tosetti
  86' Facchinetti
  90+4' (3:2) Sorgić
Attendance: 26,844
Referee:   Lukas Fähndrich
Note: Debut for Neftali Manzambi[60]
18 May 2017 Round 33 Basel 2 – 2 Sion St. Jakob-Park, Basel
19:45 Janko   33' (1:0)
Doumbia   89' (2:1)
FCB summary   39' (1:1) Akolo
  63' Konaté
  72' Akolo
  73' Bia
  84' Maceiras
  90+4' (2:2) Constant
Attendance: 23,339
Referee:   Markus Hameter
21 May 2017 Round 34 Young Boys 2 – 1 Basel Stade de Suisse, Bern
16:00 Assalé   9' (1:1)
Schick   53' (2:1)
FCB summary   3' (0:1) Doumbia Attendance: 18,383
Referee:   Sascha Amhof
Note: Fair game no yellow cards
28 May 2017 Round 35 Grasshopper Club 1 – 3 Basel Letzigrund, Zürich
16:00 Sigurjónsson   21'
Caio   64' (1:1)
Caio   65'
FCB summary   42' (0:1) Akanji
  86' (1:2) Doumbia
  88' (1:3) Doumbia
Attendance: 7,000
Referee:   Nikolaj Hänni (Gams SG)
2 June 2017 Round 36 Basel 4 – 1 St. Gallen St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:30 Doumbia   14' (1:0)
Steffen   58' (2:1)
Doumbia   87' (3:1)
Janko   90+1' (4:1)
FCB summary   26' (1:1) Danijel Aleksić Attendance: 30,657
Referee:   Fedayi San (Gebenstorf)
Note: Fair game no yellow cards

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Basel (C) 36 26 8 2 92 35 +57 86 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Young Boys 36 20 9 7 72 44 +28 69 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Lugano 36 15 8 13 52 61 −9 53 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[b]
4 Sion 36 15 6 15 60 55 +5 51 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
5 Luzern 36 14 8 14 62 66 −4 50 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
6 Thun 36 11 12 13 58 63 −5 45
7 St. Gallen 36 11 8 17 43 57 −14 41
8 Grasshopper 36 10 8 18 47 61 −14 38
9 Lausanne-Sport 36 9 8 19 51 62 −11 35
10 Vaduz (R) 36 7 9 20 45 78 −33 30
Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
Relegation to the Swiss Challenge League
Source: Swiss Super League, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Draw.[61]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
  1. ^ Vaduz qualified for the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2016–17 Liechtenstein Cup.
  2. ^ Since the winners of the 2016–17 Swiss Cup, Basel, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the Swiss Cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the third-placed team, the spot awarded to the third-placed team was passed to the fourth-placed team, and the spot awarded to the fourth-placed team was passed to the fifth-placed team.

Swiss CupEdit

The draw for the first round was held on 1 July 2016. The Super- and Challenge League clubs were seeded and could not be drawn against each other. The lower division teams were granted home advantage and Basel were therefore drawn away, in Rapperswil. The home advantage was also granted to the team from the lower league in the second and third rounds.

14 August 2016 Round 1 Rapperswil-Jona 0 – 1 Basel Stadion Grünfeld, Rapperswil
15:30 Polverino   72'
Kllokoqi   72'
Teixeira   85'
FCB summary
ASF/SFV summary
  58' Boëtius
  82' Suchý
Attendance: 4,350 (Stadium record)
Referee:   Urs Schnyder
18 September 2016 Round 2 Zug 94 0 – 1 Basel Herti Allmend Stadion, Zug
15:30 Florim Mani   48'
Erick Ntsika   90+2'   90+4'
FCB summary
ASF/SFV summary
  45' Høegh Attendance: 4,200
Referee:   Fedayi San (Gebenstorf)
26 October 2016 Round 3 Tuggen 1 – 4 Basel Linthstrasse, Tuggen
19:30 Zverotic   37'
Erzan Murtisi   38'
Dominik Schiendorfer   45+1'
Jusuf Shala   90' (1:4)
FCB summary
ASF/SFV summary
  8' (0:1) Boëtius
  16' (pen. 0:2) Boëtius
  35' (0:3) Lang
  44' (0:4) Balanta
Attendance: 4,150
Referee:   Sascha Amhof
2 March 2017 Quarterfinal Basel 3 – 1 Zürich St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:30 Steffen   8'
Janko   20' (1:1)
Lang   41' (2:1)
Xhaka   28'   56'
Steffen   78' (3:1)
FCB summary
ASF/SFV summary
  3' (0:1) Buff
  14' Nef
  15' Brunner
  58' Voser
  82' Schönbächler
Attendance: 25,259
Referee:   Alain Bieri (Solothurn)
5 April 2017 Semifinal Winterthur 1 – 3 Basel Schützenwiese, Winterthur
18:45 Gazzetta   24'
Cani   88' (1:2)
Hebib   89'
FCB summary
ASF/SFV summary
  54' (pen. 0:1) Delgado
  56' Janko
  85' (0:2) Akanji
  90+4' (1:3) Fransson
Attendance: 9,400
Referee:   Sascha Amhof
25 May 2017 Final FC Basel 3 – 0 Sion Stade de Genève, Lancy
16:00 Doumbia   44'
Delgado   47' (1:0)
Traoré   62' (2:0)
Lang   77'
Lang   89' (3:0)
Xhaka   79'
FCB summary
ASF/SFV summary)
  37' Salatic
  90+5' Lüchinger
Attendance: 26,500
Referee:   Stephan Klossner[62]

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

Basel were qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League in the Group stage. The draw was held on 25 August 2016, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Basel were drawn into Group A along with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Ludogorets Razgrad. The first match was at home game against Razgrad.

13 September 2016 (2016-09-13) Round 1 Basel   1 – 1   Ludogorets Razgrad St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:45 Steffen   65'
Steffen   80' (1:1)
UEFA report
FCB summary
  45' (0:1) Cafu
  67' Wanderson
  77' Natanael
Attendance: 30,852[63]
Referee:   Aleksei Kulbakov
28 September 2016 (2016-09-28) Round 2 Arsenal   2 – 0   Basel Emirates Stadium, London
20:45 Walcott   7' (1:0)
Walcott   26' (2:0)
UEFA report
FCB summary
  21' Suchý
  85' Elyounoussi
Attendance: 59,993[64]
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
19 October 2016 (2016-10-19) Round 3 Paris Saint-Germain   3 – 0   Basel Parc des Princes, Paris
20:45 Di María   40' (1:0)
Lucas   62' (2:0)
Rabiot   64'
Cavani   90+3' (pen. 3:0)
UEFA report
FCB summary
  66' Steffen
  76' Lang
Attendance: 46,488[65]
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
1 November 2016 (2016-11-01) Round 4 Basel   1 – 2   Paris Saint-Germain St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:45 Steffen   45+2'
Zuffi   76' (1:1)
Serey Die   77'   85'
UEFA report
FCB summary
  43' (0:1) Matuidi
  86' Verratti
  88' Kurzawa
  90' (1:2) Meunier
Attendance: 34,639[66]
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
23 November 2016 (2016-11-23) Round 5 Ludogorets Razgrad   0 – 0   Basel Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia[A]
20:45 Xhaka   63'
Suchý   81'
Traoré   87'
UEFA report
FCB summary
  40' Anicet Abel
  91' Cicinho
Attendance: 20,821[67]
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
6 December 2016 (2016-12-06) Round 6 Basel   1 – 4   Arsenal St. Jakob-Park, Basel
20:45 Balanta   66'
Doumbia   78' (1:4)
UEFA report
FCB summary
  8' (0:1) Pérez
  16' (0:2) Pérez
  47' (0:3) Pérez
  36' Gibbs
  53' (0:4) Iwobi
Attendance: 36,000[68]
Referee: Jorge Sousa (Portugal)
  1. ^
    Ludogorets Razgrad play their home matches at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia instead of their regular stadium, Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad.
Final group table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Arsenal 6 4 2 0 18 6 +12 14 Advance to knockout phase
2   Paris Saint-Germain 6 3 3 0 13 7 +6 12
3   Ludogorets Razgrad 6 0 3 3 6 15 −9 3 Transfer to Europa League
4   Basel 6 0 2 4 3 12 −9 2
Source: UEFA

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