Swiss Cup (football)
|Swiss Cup (men)|
|Full name||Helvetia Swiss Cup|
|Game mode||Knockout system|
|Title holder||FC Basel 1893|
Grasshopper Club Zurich
|Qualification for||UEFA Europa League|
The Helvetia Swiss Cup is since 1925 annually discharged Cup competition the Swiss club teams in the men's game . It is organized every year by the Swiss Football Association and is the second most important national title in Swiss club football after the Swiss championship .
With seven final pairings, the Grasshoppers and Servette Geneva faced each other most often.
The forerunners of the Swiss Cup from 1909/10 to 1912/13 were the Anglo Cup (named after the Zurich sports magazine “Anglo-American”) and in 1920/21 and 1921/22 the Och Cup (named after the sporting goods company “Och Frères” ). In 1925, on the initiative of Eugen Landolt, the then President of FC Baden , the competition under the name "Swiss Cup" was organized by the Swiss Football and Athletics Association (SFAV), as the Swiss Football Association once called itself . The trophy, a cup weighing almost seven kilograms, was donated by the Lausanne banker Auréle-Gilbert Sandoz.
The Swiss Cup received a new concept for the 2003/2004 season. The field of participants was reduced from 196 to 64 teams and the workload cut from eight to six main rounds. The most important innovation was the participation of the national league clubs (Super League and Challenge League) in the first main round.
The main round of the Swiss Cup begins with the 1/32 finals, i.e. with 64 teams, and is carried out according to the knockout system . There are no return legs.
All teams in the Super League and Challenge League (formerly National League A and B) are directly qualified for the main round. The remaining participants are determined by qualification and regional cups. In theory, all teams up to the 5th league are eligible to start. Up to and including the round of 16, a lower-class club automatically has home rights, from the quarter-finals the club drawn first receives home rights.
The finals of the Swiss Cup were almost exclusively played in Bern's Wankdorf Stadium. Since its demolition and replacement by the Stade de Suisse , the games have either taken place there on artificial turf or in Basel's St. Jakob-Park on natural grass.
In addition to Bern as the venue (70 finals), Basel (8 ×), Zurich (6 ×), Lausanne and Geneva (2 × each), as well as Lugano were also featured.
All final pairings at a glance
- In the 88th minute, when the score was 1: 1, the referee whistled a controversial penalty kick for Basel (Grobéty had pushed Hauser slightly in the back, whereupon he dropped). After the 2-1 result for Basel, the Vaudois refused to resume the game and demonstratively sat down on the lawn. The referee had to stop the game, Basel won 3-0 forfait . The situation can be seen here on YouTube.
Cup winners and finalists
|rank||society||Cup wins||Final participation|
|1||Grasshopper Club Zurich||19th||32|
|5||FC Lausanne Sports||9||17th|
|6th||Servette FC Genève||7th||19th|
|7th||BSC Young Boys||6th||14th|
|8th||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds||6th||7th|
|11||FC St. Gallen||1||4th|
|14th||Urania Genève Sport||1||2|
|Young Fellows Zurich||1||2|
|19th||FC Nordstern Basel||-||2|
Winner of the previous competitions
- 1909/10 FC Young Boys
- 1910/11 FC Young Boys
- 1911/12 FC Young Boys
- 1912/13 FC Basel
The Swiss Football and Athletics Association (the name of the SFV from 1919 to 1955) announced the following in an annual report: “ The well-known sports company Och Frères has provided the football department with a cup called the Och-Cup. This cup is intended to replace the earlier 'Anglo Cup' and to be played according to the English Cup system. »Today the trophy is owned by Och Sport Zürich.
- 1920/21 FC Bern
- 1921/22 Concordia Basel
- Walliser Bote (Ed.): Reform in the Swiss Cup . October 11, 2002, p. 35 .
- After 64 years back in the final: FC Thun defeated FC Luzern and made it to the cup final. Retrieved April 25, 2019 (Swiss Standard German).
- Och Sport Zurich: Company history (self-reported)