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SWITZERLAND

Postby Scottish » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:02 am

Switzerland has been experiencing a boom in attendances even if last season’s figures are about 1,500 per game down on the record established two years previously. Swiss gates are still 3,000 per game up on a decade ago and almost double what they were at the turn of the century - despite the bankruptcies in that time of two leading sides in the shape of Servette and Xamax.

There can be little doubt that improved playing standards have something to do with it. Currently Switzerland has five European entries, including one direct Champions League entry and another qualifying spot. It’s also fast becoming an attractive league for players with almost fifty different nationalities represented in the Super League last season.

The national side have played their part too, qualifying for the past three World Cups and taking Switzerland from an era when they couldn’t move into the top forty in the FIFA rankings (and sometimes lower than eighty) into top twenty regulars with occasional forays into the top ten.

The downside is that Switzerland is swiftly resembling an alpine Old Firm. Six different sides won the title between 1992-2002. In the past eleven seasons only two clubs (Basel and FC Zürich) have done so and Basel have won the last five in succession and at the time of writing are eight points clear (of Zürich of course) at the halfway stage in 2014-15.

That domination may be one reason why crowds, though superb by historic standards, have slipped from their peak. Basel are 84th worldwide. The highest attendance last season was 34,172 and the lowest 1,050. The average of 10,772 leaves Switzerland 20th in the world and 11th in Europe.

The format isn’t the most attractive either. It’s one many Scots will still be familiar with. Ten clubs playing each other four times – thirty six games per club, 180 for the league – with just one going down and no play-offs.

AVERAGES
27841 Basel
17553 Young Boys
13388 St Gallen
11291 Luzern
9564 FC Zürich
7235 Grasshoppers Zürich
6122 Sion
5605 Thun
5413 Aarau
3709 Lausanne-Sport

The second level Challenge League has an identical format to the Super League with the winners promoted and last relegated with no play-offs. Liechtenstein side Vaduz were the champions last season. The average of 1,456 left Switzerland in 29th place. Highest was 4,155, lowest 260.

AVERAGES
3013 Servette
1972 Winterthur
1736 Lugano
1580 Schaffhausen
1448 Vaduz
1419 Wil 1900
1063 Biel/Bienne
955 Wohlen
804 Chiasso
568 Locarno

The third level 1. Liga Promotion is a recent development (2012-13) and despite having sixteen teams last season, only the champions were promoted with two relegated (one without kicking a ball after going bust). The average was 263 with a high of 1,320 and a low of fifty-five.

AVERAGES
628 Brühl
357 Delémont
332 Kriens
324 Tuggen
308 Breitenrain
299 Köniz
266 Stade Nyonnais
227 Etoile Carouge
202 St Gallen 2
193 Le Mont
188 Old Boys Basel
181 Zürich 2
165 Basel 2
144 YF Juventus Zürich
125 Sion 2

The fourth and fifth Swiss tiers are dealt with on the respective threads for those levels.
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