1898–99 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
1898–99 season
Chairman Switzerland Charlie Volderauer
First team coach unknown
Ground Landhof, Basel
Serie A Eliminated 1st round

The FC Basel 1898–99 season was their sixth season since the clubs foundation on 15 November 1893. This was the first season in which they competed for the Swiss championship. The clubs chairman was Charlie Volderauer, who was chairman between 1896 and 1899. He was the third chairman in the clubs history, following Roland Geldner (1893–1896) and Emanuel Schiess (1896). FC Basel played their home games in the Landhof, in the Quarter Kleinbasel.


Although the first national championship in Switzerland took place in 1897–98 it is considered as unofficial because it was not organized by the Swiss Football Association (SFA; founded in 1895). FC Basel did not participate in this first championship, but did in the second edition during the season 1898–99.[1] The club did not compete in the following season either, but have participated in every season since 1900–01.

The 1898–99 championship was played as a knock out competition, divided into three regional groups, East (region Zürich) Central (regional north-west Switzerland) and West (Romandy). The winners of each group played the finals in a Round-robin tournament. Basel played in the central group against Old Boys. Because the game ended was drawn it required a replay, which was also drawn, despite an agreed two times 20 minutes extra time. Because the Old Boys complained that one of the two FCB goals had been scored by hand and protested, the SFA had to deal with the matter. Subsequently the protest was approved - and the disputed goal simply deducted from the final result.[2]


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Switzerland GK Paul Hofer
Switzerland DF Ferdinand Isler
Switzerland DF Ernst Gass
Switzerland MF R. Sommer
Switzerland MF Adolf Rittmann
Switzerland MF Otto Reber
Switzerland MF Ernst-Alfred Thalmann
No. Position Player
Switzerland FW Karl Schneider (Captain)
FW L. Montbaron
Switzerland FW Emanuel Schiess
Switzerland FW Hans Billeter
France Jules Gérard
Switzerland Georges Fürstenberger
Switzerland Rudolf La Roche
Switzerland Edmond Racle



  Win   Draw   Loss

Serie A[edit]

Central group[edit]

NB: Old Boys win after protesting to the SFA[2]

See also[edit]


  • Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2014/2015. Publisher: FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2027-6
  • Switzerland 1898-99 at RSSSF


  1. ^ gottfriedfuchs.blogspot.ch (2012). "FC Basel". gottfriedfuchs.blogspot.ch. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  2. ^ a b Daniel Schaub (2014). "Wie die Old Boys zu den ersten Forfait-Siegern der Schweizer Fussballgeschichte wurden". tageswoche.ch. Retrieved 2014-08-19.

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