Fact File: Ludogorets

Full Name: PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad Nation: Bulgaria Manager: Paulo Autuori Stadium: Ludogorets Arena UEL Record: P27 W12 D8 L7 GF34 GA24 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad is a Bulgarian football club based in Razgrad which competes in the First Professional Football League, the highest division in Bulgaria, but I’ll spare you any more of the Wikipedia […]

Young Boys vs. Manchester United

Young Boys vs. Manchester United UEFA Champions League September 18th, 2018 Stade de Suisse Bern September 17th 1986 September 19th 2018 When YB step out onto the Stade de Suisse for their historic and first-ever UEFA Champions League Group Stage match, it will be almost 32 years to the very day since the last major […]

Two-faced Switzerland stung by Rashford

International Friendly England 1-0 Switzerland September 11th, 2018 King Power Stadium Leicester Switzerland may not have had a better chance to shake their England hoodoo than in England’s rare jaunt to the East Midlands on Tuesday evening. It was their first visit to the King Power Stadium for 15 years but even in this part […]

Why Switzerland can beat England…

England vs. Switzerland International Friendly King Power Stadium Leicester Switzerland can beat England. Some of you will probably laugh at that statement. Switzerland are coming up against World Cup semi-finalists and a side they have only beaten once and drawn with a few times over the course of history and they are taking them on […]

Young Boys vs. Dinamo Zagreb

Young Boys vs. Dinamo Zagreb UEFA Champions League August 22nd | August 28th Stade de Suisse | Stadion Maksimir Bern | Zagreb Euphoric. There aren’t many better words that can be used to describe YB’s success last season in Switzerland. They were swashbuckling at times as they claimed their first Swiss title since 1986 and […]

A Wicky Situation

  The Wicky Experiment is over. FC Basel have decided to end the tenure of Raphael Wicky as their manager. The experiment failed and just one year after it’s beginnings, the former reigning champion of Swiss football is in a real sticky situation. I’ve had a lot to say over the past year about FC Basel […]

My Take: PAOK 2-1 Basel

The UEFA Champions League is a playground for the rich and for the lesser lights of European football, those outwith the very elite, it is becoming increasingly difficult to qualify for the competition. There are several examples of this on show this week with ties such as Celtic vs. Rosenborg. It wasn’t that long ago […]

Levski Sofia vs. Vaduz – Leg 2

Levski Sofia vs. Vaduz UEFA Europa League July 17th, 2018 Vivacom Arena Sofia It may only be mid-July but already we are at a crunch stage in the UEFA Europa League as the First Round qualifiers come to a close over a three-day period this week. FC Vaduz get the action started with their trip […]

Vaduz vs. Levski Sofia – Leg 1

Vaduz vs. Levski Sofia UEFA Europa League July 11th, 2018 Rheinpark Stadion Vaduz Wednesday evening marks the beginning of another UEFA Europa League campaign for Vaduz as they welcome Bulgarian side Levski Sofia to the Rheinpark Stadion. The club from the principality of Liechtenstein are about to embark on their eighteenth European journey and while […]

My Take: Sweden 1-0 Switzerland

You only need to take one look at the tournament brackets for the World Cup to see that the 21st edition of FIFA’s premier competition is different to it’s predecessors. There have been the almighty shocks and more drama than your average soap opera. It is different because it has not followed the status quo. […]

Sweden vs. Switzerland

Sweden vs. Switzerland July 3rd, 2018 Saint Petersburg Stadium Saint Petersburg June 14th 2018. It was a much simpler time. The beginnings of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. From the pundits to the armchair supporters, everyone had their predictions ahead of the first match. Some were fully on board with the strength-in-depth the French […]

My Take: Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica

Arriving in Nizhny Novgorod earlier this week, Switzerland couldn’t have dreamt of a much better scenario for themselves ahead of the final group match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They arrived in this city knowing that a win or draw against Costa Rica, the weakest side in the group, would be enough to see […]

Switzerland vs. Costa Rica

  Serbia vs. Switzerland June 22nd, 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Nizhny Novgorod It is within touching distance now. Four years ago in the middle of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Switzerland sealed qualification to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil by virtue of a 3-0 victory over Honduras. This time, it […]

My Take: Serbia 1-2 Switzerland

Kaliningrad. An ancient Russian city tucked away between Poland and Lithuania. A city that few will have ever heard of and a city that many will forget about once the impressive Kaliningrad Stadium has hosted it’s final game on June 28th. For fans of Switzerland and Serbia, however, it is unlikely that this place will […]

Serbia vs. Switzerland

Serbia vs. Switzerland June 22nd, 2018 Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad Matchday 1 in Rostov-on-Don represented, according to many, the hardest challenge in Group E for Switzerland in their quest to qualify into the last 16 as they went toe-to-toe with Brazil and with Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus just to name a few. Switzerland came through […]

My Take: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. We had already had our shock of the day with Mexico defeating the World Champions in Moscow. 959kms away in Rostov-on-Don however, Switzerland were keen to cause an upset of their own against a Brazilian starting eleven that boasted a 23-trophy haul from the season just past and […]

World Cup Preview

  Brazil vs. Switzerland June 17th, 2018 Rostov Arena Rostov-on-Don For Switzerland, June 17th 2018 will mark the conclusion of their journey that began back on September 6th 2016 in Basel vs. the newly-crowned European champions. 649 days will have passed since the first ball was kicked in earnest on the St. Jakob-Park soil with […]

My Swiss Football Story

Before I write my next article on FC Basel, it is important that I provide a little background about myself and how I came to be so involved in Swiss football. As my Twitter name suggests (FootballSwissUK), I am not from Switzerland. By being the only account on Twitter in English specific to Swiss football, […]

Swiss Football Round 24 Recap

  Round 24 reached it’s conclusion on Monday evening with the rarity of two Challenge League matches on the bill. This scenario came around after the original Winterthur vs. Neuchatel match scheduled for Friday was moved back given the weather conditions in Switzerland. A safety measure if you will, to make sure the game went […]

Swiss Football Round 23 Preview

Round 23 this weekend and it certainly whets the appetite for the Swiss Cup action to come in midweek. Basel travel to the Pontaise to play Lausanne with their title challenge hanging by a thread while Young Boys will be eyeing up three points when struggling Sion travel to the Stade de Suisse. Dropped points […]

Swiss Football Round 22 Recap

Round 22 may go down as the significant round in Switzerland for the 17/18 season. It may be the moment that is looked back upon as pivotal for both Young Boys and Neuchatel Xamax in their quest for their respective titles. Perhaps not, but this weekend certainly saw both take a giant step towards their […]

Swiss Football Round 21 Recap

It is the second week since the conclusion of the winter break and Swiss football is warming up once again as we approach the last few months of the season. For the first time in many seasons, we have a title race. Young Boys are making a real nuisance of themselves and Basel are wholly […]

Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland – Leg 2

   Switzerland vs. Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 2018 Playoff – Leg 2 November 12th, 2017 St. Jakob-Park, Basel It is the end of the road. After 434 days, 10 matches a piece and after being ousted in their groups, one by the European champions and the other by the World’s best, the journey ends […]

Zurich vs. Basel preview

FC Zurich vs. FC Basel Swiss Super League October 28th, 2017 Letzigrund, Zurich It was only just over a month ago that FC Zurich and FC Basel last did battle but one of the more hotly-anticipated games in the Swiss Super League calendar rolls around again just before Halloween. Second vs. third, with both sides […]

World Cup Qualifying Review + Northern Ireland

The dust has settled on Switzerland’s World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. More than a week has passed since a 2-0 defeat in Lisbon that consigned the Swiss to a play-off in November which they have since learned will be contested with Northern Ireland. The final chance to earn one of the 32 golden […]

Portugal vs. Switzerland Preview

Portugal vs. Switzerland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier – Group B October 9th, 2017 Estadio da Luz, Lisbon They said all roads would lead to Lisbon and in the end, they have. There have been times it looked like it may not be that way, when Switzerland scored late on to win in Budapest or […]

Switzerland vs. Hungary Preview

Switzerland vs. Hungary FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier – Group B October 7th, 2017 St. Jakob-Park, Basel They have yet to miss a step on the road to Russia for the 2018 World Cup and just two more steps remain before Switzerland can officially claim their place as one of the 32 teams at the […]

Swiss Super League Round 22 Preview

FC Thun – FC Vaduz Grasshopper – Young Boys Basel – Luzern Lausanne – Sion St. Gallen – Lugano As round 22 gets underway this evening, there will be a strange feeling of having to observe from afar once again. On the other hand, it will be accompanied by a greater sense of belonging having […]

Impressions of Switzerland

Last weekend I decided to take advantage of the half-term break to venture on a maiden trip to Switzerland. Although there was a professional element to the trip, namely to immerse myself in French and German (OK: Schwiizerdütsch!) loosely linked to CPD, there was little doubting that I would grasp the opportunity to attend a […]