Tuesday, November 12, 2013
12 November 1893 - The Base Of Basel
The ad appeared in the Basler and encouraged anyone interested in forming a new club to show up for a meeting to be held the following Wednesday. Four men—Roland Geldner, Ferdinand Isler, Jean Grieder and Emil Abderhalden—attended that meeting and became the club's founding members. They recruited additional members and played their first match on 10 December 1893 (one of their early captains was Joan Gamper, who went on to help found FC Zurich and FC Barcelona).
Basel joined the Swiss national league for the 1898-99 season, but did not win their first league title until 1953. They won a second title in 1967 as part of a Double with the Swiss Cup, then were one of the country's dominant teams over the next decade, winning another six league titles through 1980.
A fallow spell followed, but they regained the league title in 2002, one of eight championships in the new millennium, including the last four from 2010 to 2013. Their overall total of sixteen is the third-most in league history, behind Grasshopper (27) and Servette (17).