The Super League championship starts this weekend, with two favorites: Basel and Young Boys. If two French-speaking clubs, Servette and Sion, are at the starting line, neither should end up being champion. It is now 23 years since our region last won the title. Because? How? Attempts to explain Sport Première.
It’s a long shortage, too long no doubt, and it should be lengthened a little more. Francophone football has been drinking black bread since 1999, when it had lived its golden age. Think, in fact, that between 1985 and 1999, our region won 7 titles out of 15 and each of the seasons during this period saw at least one French-speaking club rise to the podium of what was called the National League A. From , only Sion (2007) and Servette (2021) have ever finished in the top three. This shows the extent to which the rest of Switzerland has taken the lead.but why are we here?
Basel was aided by patrons and took over. YB was also able to regain prominence thanks to investors. There is a fervor in French-speaking Switzerland
Champion with Sion in 1997 i, Johann Lonfat has the peculiarity of having won the last 2 French-language titles. If on a personal level he is happy with this anecdote, the Valais regrets that no one has succeeded in the grenade, crowned on June 2, 1999 in Lausanne. “We are waiting for a renewal, of courseresponds as part of our Sport Première radio program. I remember that in my time, with both Zion and CFS, our title was mostly the success of a collective, because I’m not convinced we were the best team on paper. It must be remembered that Grasshopper was the great club, the great navy. Among us, on the other hand, there was a good mood, reinforced by the punctual contribution of good foreign players. That was enough for us. Since then, although the Romans continue to work well with the young, Basel has been helped by patrons and has taken over. YB was also able to regain prominence thanks to investors. There is a fervor in French-speaking Switzerland. Maybe the new formula of the championship will give us the opportunity …“
It must be said that in 23 years all the clubs in Romandia have experienced their problems, at a time when others have been able to make the European turn. This is what Christian Constantin, president of FC Sion, insists: “If Servette or Lausanne had had access to the Champions League, they would have had the money to advance, but we had to get that place. Having more money allows you to attract better players. And without the European Cups, this money is hard to find and the feats tricky to get. “
If Servette or Lausanne had had access to the Champions League, they would have had the money to advance, but we had to get that place. Without Europe, this money is hard to find …
Over the years, the head of Tourbillon has seen disparities widen. “Until the late 80s, the players were still semi-professional, budgets were close, stadiums were aging everywhere. The general framework was more or less similar for everyone. In 1994, for example, we were still one of the clubs, with Barcelona and Milan, with 7-8 players in the World Cup. We could also compete for extraordinary European posters, the ingenuity still allowed us to make blows. “
So Zion and the other Romans have seen the European train and the German Swiss train slip between the crampons. “The 1995 Bosman ruling did not help eithercontinues Johann Lonfat. He gradually prevented the local youngsters from opening the doors of his club’s first team. It got complicated“A speech agreed by Raffaele Poli, PhD in humanities at the CIES and head of the football observatory:”Bosman lowered the level of the championship. The best players are no longer there and in the early 2000s, Basel settled alone in CL. He thus had the means that others could no longer have.. “
Bosman’s stop dragged the championship level down. The best players no longer stay there and, in the early 2000s, Basel settled alone in the CL. He thus had the means that others could no longer have.
The Romans no longer saw profitable Europe, sank into management concerns, and sailed in sight. “It has been a vicious circleadds Poly. There was no more stability, therefore fewer sports projects. Despite the good young people, Servette and Lausanne could no longer act as locomotives and their nuggets went abroad or to German-speaking Switzerland, because they could no longer rely on long-term planning. While with the money, Basel and YB were able to anticipate, plan, and so on.»
We have understood: French-speaking Switzerland is still far from the big names. But from here to not believing in it, there is a step that our interlocutors do not believe. “On the contrary, there is always a little hope, because in every French-speaking club there are experienced technicians who work to take care of young people.Claude Ryf, member of the ASF, spoke. But we can still do better! Motivation and skills are needed, all multiplied by financial means. And then remember that Basel was 5 years in LNB, that YB took over 30 years to regain a title. “
There is always a ray of hope! But you need motivation and skills, all multiplied by financial means. And then, remember that Basel was 5 years in LNB, that YB took more than 30 years to regain a title …
Given the seeds sown in French-speaking Switzerland, there is no reason why one of “our” clubs should not return to the top. “In the selection, we have 4 players trained in the SFCanalyzes Gérard Castella, today at YB. This means that we have the players, but then they have to be able to evolve to a certain level. What the SFC couldn’t offer Denis Zakaria at the time. “
The last word goes to Christian Constantin: “Servette is lucky to have the Rolex Foundation behind him and Geneva also has potential that could allow the SFC to one day become champion of Switzerland if all the stars line up. In Zion, on the other hand, we are the guerrillas and the other armies … But that’s what Michel Blanc says. (Editor’s note: playing his character Jean-Claude Dusse in “Les Bronzés font du ski”)in a misunderstanding we can do it… “
Mathieu Germanier, web adaptation Arnaud Cerutti