With its 12th cup title in total, FC Basel not only achieved the championship and cup double but also became the first team ever to beat FC Sion in a cup final (FC Sion had previously never lost in 13 finals).
“Karli” Odermatt, a Basel football legend, and Jean-Paul Brigger, delegate of the Board of Directors at FC Basel, received the award as Helvetia Swiss Cup team of the year on behalf of the team. Benjamin Thoma, Head Event Management at Helvetia, met them both for a brief interview.
Karli Odermatt: It is an honour for us to represent FC Basel here and to receive such a prize. But it wasn’t us who won it; it was the team. As they are already in the middle of their preparations for the Champions League and the championship, we are delighted to be able to receive this award on their behalf.
FC Basel took a well-deserved win in the game between the best Swiss team at the moment and cup specialists Sion. The game was so clear-cut that the victory is perfectly OK.
The cup is special in that it is a knockout competition. For the loser there is no second chance. The same applies in the final. only the win counts. It’s always a bitter pill to swallow for the loser of the final, as I know to my cost.
I come from a little village club and I played my way up, step by step, to bigger clubs. First I ended up at FC Sion, then at Servette, and then I made the leap into the Swiss national team. What fascinates me about the cup is that it’s a proper duel between two opponents. None of the other competitors are involved – it’s a matter of the here and now! Every game starts nil-nil, so even the outsider has a chance. The sport is characterised by these David and Goliath meetings.
Karli Odermatt: Of course we hope that we’ll win it again. But in the end it will probably be some team from the Super League or the Challenge League.