2005–06 FC Basel season
The 2005–06 season
was Fussball Club Basel 1893's
113th in existence and the club's 12th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football.
FC Basel started the season with various warm-up matches. These included teams from the Swiss lower league
as well as teams from France, Croatia and the Ukraine. The FC Basel aims for the 2005–06 season were to retain the league
title, win the cup
and as well as to qualify for the UEFA Champions League
As Swiss champions, Basel entered the UEFA Champions League
third qualifying round against German Bundesliga
club Werder Bremen
Basel's biggest signings of the 2005–06 season were defenders Daniel Majstorović
and Kōji Nakata
, who were brought in to replace Lyon
-bound Patrick Müller
and the retiring Murat Yakın
. Forward Eduardo
was signed permanently following his successful loan spell but Argentinian
strikers Christian Giménez
and Julio Hernán Rossi
left the club.
Basel's priority aim for the season was to win the league
championship for the third time in a row. Despite the 3-0 defeat by FC Thun
in the second round, Basel started the season well and led the championship right until the last day of the league campaign. On 26 February 2006, FC Basel broke their own club record of 52 unbeaten league games at St. Jakob Park
, later extending it to 59. The unbeaten home run ended on the final day of the season with a last-minute goal from Zürich
's Iulian Filipescu
their first national championship since 1980–81. A 60th straight home league match undefeated would have made Basel champions for third time in a row. The final score was 1-2 in favour of Zürich
. The last minute loss of the Championship and the subsequent riots, the so-called Basel Hooligan Incident
, meant that the club suffer the consequences. As well as a huge fine, the first two home games of the 2006–07 Swiss Super League
season were held completely without fans, behind closer doors. The following three matches were held with just a part of the stadium capacity, without the fans from the "Muttenzer Kurve" (the eastern fan block).
Basel's clear aim for the Swiss Cup
was to win it. In the early rounds of the 2005–06 Swiss Cup
Basel were drawn away against lower league teams. However, they were defeated in the third round in the away tie against FC Zürich
Because Basel entered the Champions League in the third qualifying round, their aim was to reach the group stage
. However they lost 4-2 on aggregate to Werder Bremen
and subsequently dropped into the UEFA Cup
where they met Bosnian
club NK Široki Brijeg
in the first round. Basel sealed a 6–0 aggregate win. They were then drawn into Group E alongside Strasbourg
, Red Star Belgrade
. With some luck they qualified for the knock-out stages. Here they defeated AS Monaco
in the round of 32 and Strasbourgh
in the round of 16 to qualify for the quarter-finals. They were drawn against Middlesbrough
and won the first leg at home 2-0 before travelling to the Riverside Stadium
. Here, despite Basel taking an early lead, Middlesbrough fought back to win the match 4–1 and the tie 4–3. In spite of being knocked out, the cup run was considered a success for Basel. Matías Emilio Delgado
ended the 2005–06 UEFA Cup
season as the contest's top goal scorer
First team squad
Winter break friendlies
Swiss Super League
First half of season
Second half of season
Final league table
2005–06 Swiss Cup
UEFA Champions League
For more information, see 2005–06 UEFA Champions League
Third qualifying roundWerder Bremen won 4–2 on aggregate.
All times CETBasel won 6-0 on aggregate.
Group stage / Group E
Round of 32Basel won 2–1 on aggregate.
Round of 16Basel won 4-2 on aggregate.
Quarter-finalsMiddlesbrough won 4-3 on aggregate.
Sources and references
Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. Publisher: FC Basel Marketing AG.
[http://www.rsssf.com/tablesz/zwit06.html Switzerland 2005–06 at RSSSF]