2020–21 Swiss Challenge League

The 2020–21 Swiss Challenge League (referred to as the Brack.ch Challenge League for sponsoring reasons) is the 18th season of the Swiss Challenge League, the second tier of competitive football in Switzerland, under its current name. The season started on 18 September 2020 and is scheduled to end on 30 May 2021.[2] The start of the season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland. The league will be on winter break between 22 December 2020 and 23 January 2021.

Swiss Challenge League
Season2020–21
ChampionsGrasshoppers
RelegatedChiasso
Matches played180
Goals scored503 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerRodrigo Pollero (19 goals)
Biggest home winWil 7–0 Aarau
Biggest away winXamax 0–3 Schaffhausen
Xamax 0–3 Thun
Grasshoppers 1–4 Xamax
Highest scoringWil 7–0 Aarau
Kriens 5–2 Grasshoppers
Schaffhausen 5–2 Chiasso
Winterthur 5–2 Aarau
Highest attendance2'870 Xamax 1–0 Grasshoppers
All statistics correct as of 20 May 2021[1].

Participating teamsEdit

A total of 10 teams participate in the league. 2019–20 Swiss Challenge League champions FC Lausanne-Sport and runner-up FC Vaduz were promoted to the 2020–21 Swiss Super League. They were replaced by Neuchâtel Xamax FCS, who got relegated after finishing last-placed in the 2019–20 Swiss Super League, and FC Thun, who lost the relegation game. No team was relegated due to the cancellation of the 2019–20 Swiss Promotion League caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Locations of clubs in the 2020–21 Challenge League
Team Location Stadium Capacity
FC Aarau Aarau Stadion Brügglifeld 8,000
FC Chiasso Chiasso Stadio Comunale Riva IV 5,000
Grasshopper Club Zürich Zürich Letzigrund 26,104
SC Kriens Kriens Stadion Kleinfeld 5,360
FC Stade Lausanne-Ouchy Lausanne Stade Olympique de la Pontaise[a] 15,850
Neuchâtel Xamax FCS Neuchâtel Stade de la Maladière 11,997
FC Schaffhausen Schaffhausen LIPO Park Schaffhausen 8,200
FC Thun Thun Stockhorn Arena 10,014
FC Wil 1900 Wil IGP Arena 6,958
FC Winterthur Winterthur Schützenwiese 8,550
  1. ^ Stade-Lausanne-Ouchy's home stadium Stade Juan-Antonio-Samaranch in Lausanne can not accommodate SLO for the Challenge League. SLO will play at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne.[3]

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aarau   Stephan Keller   Elsad Zverotić gpard Swiss Red Cross, Credit Suisse
Chiasso   Baldassare Raineri   Younes Bnou Marzouk Macron Caffè Chicco d'Oro, Autoronchetti
Grasshoppers   Zoltán Kádár (caretaker)   Aleksandar Cvetković Puma none (No to Racism)
Kriens   Bruno Berner   Elia Alessandrini Joma MVM AG
Lausanne-Ouchy   Meho Kodro   Andy Laugeois 14Fourteen none
Neuchâtel   Martin Rueda   Laurent Walthert Erima Groupe E, Briq
Schaffhausen   Murat Yakin   Imran Bunjaku Puma Pistoleros, doc-oliday
Thun   Carlos Bernegger   Nicola Sutter Macron Schneider Software AG
Wil   Alexander Frei   Philipp Muntwiler Erima Planet Pure
Winterthur   Ralf Loose   Davide Callà gpard Keller, Init7

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Thun   Marc Schneider Resigned 5 October 2020 9th   Carlos Bernegger 11 October 2020[4]
Xamax   Stéphane Henchoz Sacked 13 December 2020 9th   Martin Rueda 13 December 2020[5]
Grasshoppers   João Carlos Pereira Sacked 5 May 2021 1st   Zoltán Kádár (caretaker) 5 May 2021[6]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Grasshoppers (C, P) 36 19 8 9 60 43 +17 65 Promotion to 2021–22 Swiss Super League
2 Thun (Q) 36 19 7 10 57 46 +11 64 Qualification to promotion/relegation play-offs
3 Lausanne-Ouchy 36 15 13 8 57 39 +18 58
4 Schaffhausen 36 16 10 10 59 46 +13 58
5 Aarau 36 17 7 12 66 59 +7 58
6 Winterthur 36 11 10 15 50 52 −2 43
7 Wil 36 10 9 17 43 52 −9 39
8 Kriens 36 9 11 16 40 48 −8 38
9 Xamax 36 10 6 20 36 58 −22 36
10 Chiasso (R) 36 9 9 18 35 60 −25 36 Relegation to Swiss Promotion League
Updated to match(es) played on 20 May 2021. Source: Swiss Challenge League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Away goals scored; 6) Draw.[7]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 20 May 2021
Rank Player Club Goals[8]
1   Rodrigo Pollero Schaffhausen 19
2   Filip Stojilković Aarau 15
3   Louis Mafouta Neuchâtel Xamax 14
  Ivan Prtajin Schaffhausen
5   Yanis Lahiouel Lausanne-Ouchy 12
6   Roman Buess Winterthur 11
  Saleh Chihadeh Thun
  Zeki Amdouni Lausanne-Ouchy
  Léo Bonatini Grasshoppers
10   Shkelqim Demhasaj Grasshoppers 10

AwardsEdit

Promotion play-offsEdit

The ninth-placed team of the 2020–21 Swiss Super League, Sion, played against the runners-up of the 2020–21 Swiss Challenge League, Thun.

First legEdit

Thun1–4Sion
Report
Attendance: 100

Second legEdit

Sion2–3Thun
Report
Attendance: 100
Referee: Fedayi San

Sion won 6–4 on aggregate.


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SAISON-STATISTIK 2020/21". www.sfl.ch (in German). Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Rahmenterminplan 2020-21" (PDF). www.sfl.ch (in German and French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  3. ^ Verdon, Emilien (11 February 2020). "Football: SLO jouera la saison prochaine à la Pontaise" (in French). LFM. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  4. ^ "FC Thun: Carlos Bernegger wird neuer Trainer". www.nau.ch.
  5. ^ "Xamax: Martin Rueda remplace Stéphane Henchoz pour la fin de l'année". www.arcinfo.ch.
  6. ^ "GC feuert Trainer Pereira". www.blick.ch.
  7. ^ "Reglement für den Spielbetrieb der SFL" (PDF) (in German). sfl.ch. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 September 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "TORSCHÜTZENLISTE 2020/21". SFL. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Nsame und Abubakar sind die Besten des Jahres 2020". sfl.ch. Retrieved 23 January 2021.

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