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The St. Jakob Stadium was a football stadium in Basel, Switzerland and the former home of Swiss club FC Basel. It was built in 1954, and as well as serving as a club stadium, it hosted several important matches, including a 1954 FIFA World Cup semi-final and four Cup Winners' Cup finals.

St. Jakob Stadium
Joggeli
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LocationBasel, Switzerland
Coordinates47°32′29″N 7°37′12″E / 47.54139°N 7.62000°E / 47.54139; 7.62000Coordinates: 47°32′29″N 7°37′12″E / 47.54139°N 7.62000°E / 47.54139; 7.62000
OwnerGenossenschaft Stadion St. Jakob-Park
Capacity51,500 (1954) – 36,800 (1998)
Record attendancec. 60,000[citation needed]
Construction
Built1953–1954
Opened24 April 1954
Closed1998
Tenants
FC Concordia Basel, FC Basel (1964–1998)

Tickets and posters for a planned Madonna concert on August 31, 1987, were printed, but the event never materialised, because of failed negotiations between Madonna's management and the Swiss concert promoter. A gig in Nice, France was instead organised for that date.

Tina Turner performed here 5 times during her Break Every Rule Tour on 27 June 1987, Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour on 16 and 17 June 1990, What's Love? Tour on 3 September 1993, Wildest Dreams Tour on 5 July 1996.

Michael Jackson performed in front of 50.000 people during his Bad World Tour in June 16 1988. Actress Elizabeth Taylor and singer Bob Dylan attended the show. Jackson planned a Dangerous World Tour concert in Basel on September 11, 1992 but the show was cancelled because the singer was ill. Jackson performed in Basel his last Swiss concert on July 25, 1997 in front of over 48.000 people during his HIStory World Tour.

The St. Jakob-Park has been built in its place. It was nicknamed "Joggeli" by Basel supporters.

Important gamesEdit

1954 World Cup GamesEdit

During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, St. Jakob Stadium hosted 4 group stage matches, one quarter-final match, and one semi-final match.

Hungary  8 – 3  West Germany
Kocsis   3',   21',   67',   78'
Puskás   17'
Hidegkuti   50',   54'
J. Tóth   73'
(Report) Pfaff   25'
Rahn   77'
Herrmann   81'
Basel, St. Jakob Stadium
Ref: Ling (England)
Attendance: 56,000

Uruguay  7 – 0  Scotland
Borges   17',   47',   57'
Míguez   30',   83'
Abbadie   54',   85'
(Report)  
Basel, St. Jakob Stadium
Ref: Orlandini (Italy)
Attendance: 43,000

England  4 – 4 (a.e.t.)  Belgium
Broadis   26',   63'
Lofthouse   36',   91'
(Report) Anoul   5',   71'
Coppens   67'
Dickinson   94' (o.g.)
Basel, St. Jakob Stadium
Ref: Schmetzer (West Germany)
Attendance: 40,000

Switzerland   4 – 1  Italy
Hügi   14',   85'
Ballaman   48'
Fatton   90'
(Report) Nesti   67'
Basel, St. Jakob Stadium
Ref: Griffiths (Wales)
Attendance: 30,000

Uruguay  4 – 2  England
Borges   5'
Varela   39'
Schiaffino   46'
Ambrois   78'
(Report) Lofthouse   16'
Finney   67'
Basel, St. Jakob Stadium
Ref: Steiner (Austria)
Attendance: 35,000

West Germany  6 – 1  Austria
Schäfer   31'
Morlock   47'
F. Walter   54' (pen),   64' (pen)
O. Walter   61',   89'
(Report) Probst   51'
Basel, St. Jakob Stadium
Ref: Orlandini (Italy)
Attendance: 58,000

European Cup finalsEdit

Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1969 / match report
Succeeded by
Prater Stadium
Vienna
Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1975 / match report
Succeeded by
Heysel Stadium
Brussels
Preceded by
Parc des Princes
Paris
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1979 / match report
Succeeded by
Heysel Stadium
Brussels
Preceded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1984 / match report
Succeeded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam