BSC Young Boys


BSC Young Boys

Football club infobox
clubname = Young Boys


fullname = Berner Sport Club
Young Boys
founded = March 14, 1898
ground = Wankdorf
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manager = Vladimir Petkovic
league = Swiss Super League
season = 2007-08
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BSC Young Boys (officially: Berner Sport Club Young Boys 1898) is a Swiss sports club based in Berne. The name is often abbreviated to "YB" or "BSC", but the Y is pronounced as "E". Abroad, YB is often referred to as "Young Boys Berne". The association's colors are yellow and black.

The club is best known for its football teams. The first team plays in the Swiss Axpo Super League and has won 11 Swiss league championships and six Swiss Cups. In 1957 YB was named the Swiss team of the year. YB is one of the most successful Swiss football clubs internationally, and in 1959 advanced to the semi-finals of the European Cup.

Since 2005, the first football team has played its home games at the Stade de Suisse, at the former site of the Wankdorf Stadium. The Young Boys Berne are among the best known and most storied soccer clubs in Switzerland. The Swiss BSC have an active and loyal fan community and have a long-time membership in the association. YB also has a large junior department. The U21 team (YB II) plays in the 1st League (third level).

The club also includes hockey, bowling, and senior football programs. The women's hockey team also plays in the highest Swiss League.

History

1898 to 1902: The founding

In 1897 the brothers Max and Oscar Schwab, Hermann Bauer, and Franz Kehrli studied at the University of Bern. After hosting a game of football with the Basel Old Boys Association playing against FC Bern Dermassen, they founded FC Young Boys on 14 March 1898. The four of them chose yellow and black to be the club colors. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.bscyb.ch/yb-about/yb-about-geschichte.htm|title=Geschichte des BSC Young Boys|accessdate=2008-07-08] [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.ybfans.ch/ybfans_2005/geschichte.htm|title=Geschichte von YB|accessdate=2008-07-08]

The slightly older FC Bern submitted an offer to the YB leadership to provide grounds, changing rooms, and equipment if these students would play as a team affiliated with FCB. YB would still have its own leadership and its own statutes. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.bscyb.ch/yb-about/yb-about-geschichte.htm|title=Geschichte des BSC Young Boys|accessdate=2008-07-08] [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.vfsw.ch/?id=6|title=1898 bis 1902|accessdate=2008-07-08] This offer was accepted.

According to club chronicles the first game was a victory on 17 June 1898 against FC Viktoria. The first official game was on 29 June 1898 against the Institute Grünau. The team had in its ranks a number of prominent players, but the game ended in a tie, and the return game on 17 October went 1:0 for the young Bernese club. Some of the Young Boys appeared increasingly in the FC Bern first team, affecting the incumbent Bern players. On 30 December 1898, the Young Boys held an election to either combine with FC Bern or strike out on their own. The vote by a large majority was to abandon the merger, leading to a bitter rivalry, especially on the part of FC Bern.

Successes in the spring games in 1900 showed that YB was on a successful path. However, many were still convinced that FC Bern was the stronger team. For this reason, the organisers of the Federal Schwingfests arranged a game between the rivals. The game took place on 26 August before some 3,000 people who had mostly come to see an "exotic" sport on display. The game ended, however, with an indecisive score of 1:1. On 17 August, nine days earlier, YB was admitted in the Swiss Football Association.

The two teams were increasingly separated from each other, and their venues also became ever further apart. FC Bern played in the southwestern part of the city, while FC Young Boys place almost in the center. The newly selected sports ground on Schwellenmätteli, however, had its advantages and disadvantages. Due to its location adjacent to the Aar River, the grounds were often flooded and marshy. Because of its central location, however, the club was followed by many Bern residents. With an agreement on 14 October 1901, the club leased its grounds from the city of Bern for three years. The entire area encompassed 10,975 square meters for only 257 francs per month. Therefore, the requirements for a regular playing field were finally fulfilled. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.vfsw.ch/?id=6|title=1902 bis 1920|accessdate=2008-07-08]

1902 to 1925: The beginnings

YB began to be successful very early on. Against Lausanne they celebrated a surprising 2:2 draw and on 26 October 1902 a 7:0 victory over Fortuna Basel. In these years YB also came out from the shadow of FC Bern. YB beat their city rivals away 3:1 and on 8 March 1903 5:0 at home. YB won the championship of the Central League and were invited to play in the finals of the Swiss championship. On 22 March was the first final against FC Zurich. YB played, among others, the two Schwab brothers, and they beat Zurich 3:1. On 29 March YB faced the West champion FC Neuchâtel. The guests from Neuchatel were the clear favorites, because the Berne club had lost to them one month before 1:4. This caused Neuchâtel to make the error of underestimating the Young Boys. The Neuchâtel defense completely broke apart when the YB striker Walter Frey found the net shortly after halftime to post a 1:0 lead. The game ended with a one-sided 5:0 result, and YB after only five years of existence had won their first Swiss football championship.

After having trained for the early years on the Schwellenmätteli, below the Kirchenfeld bridge, YB played from the year 1904 at Spitalacker-Platz. In subsequent seasons the Young Boys did not win the championship but were always in the top three in the regional group. It took six years for YB to achieve further successes. In 1909, the Berners defeated FC Winterthur in Basel in the finals 1:0. The next year, the Young Boys won the championship finals against FC Aarau 3:1 and against FC Servette Geneva 2:1. Again in 1911, Servette Geneva and FC Zurich could not prevent YB's fourth championship overall and third in a row. It was the first title hat trick in the history of the Swiss Football Association. YB was also in 1910 and the two following years the champion of the "Anglo-cup", the predecessor of today's Swisscom Cup.

At the time, the fans spoke of a time all opponents dreaded, the "YB Quarter Hour" fifteen minutes before the end of the game. The players sustained their efforts throughout the 90 minutes so effectively that the opponents began to run down after about 75 minutes. An example is the 1910 finals between the YB and Aarau, where until the 80th minute the score stood at 1:1. Similarly, in the game against Servette in the final round in 1911, up through the 72nd minute the game was a 1:1 draw, but three goals in the last 18 minutes turned the result decisively for YB to clinch the title hat trick.

In 1913, the English football instructor Reynold Williams became the first coach of the club. Shortly thereafter the First World War erupted, and Spitalacker-Platz was converted to a potato field. YB arranged to rent facilities at Kirchfeld for 1400 francs per year. The military also made space available at the barracks for the team's use. Despite these hardships, the club won Swiss league championship again in 1920.

After the war, the team again played on the Spitalacker-Platz. However, the ground no longer suited the requirements of the Young Boys, so they searched for alternatives. They found space at the northeastern border of the city at the Wankdorffeld, and construction was initiated.

1925 to 1951: New name and new stadium

In 1925, the association's name was changed from FC Young Boys to Berner Sport Club Young Boys. This year was also the last game on the old Spitalacker-platz. In October, the new Wankdorf Stadium by the architects Scherler & Berger was opened with a tournament. It was attended by the Old Boys from Basel, Servette Geneva, and the Young Boys. The new sports complex included a main grandstand with 1,200 covered seats, a restaurant, changing rooms, a training hall and a training ground. In total, the new stadium held 22,000 spectators, including covered standing room for 5,000. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.vfsw.ch/?id=6|title=1921 bis 1925|accessdate=2008-07-08] YB now had a large and modern stadium, which intensified the rivalry with FC Bern, because the older association continued to play at the small and outdated Neufeldplatz. The two clubs went so far as to negotiate a contract, facilitated by Central President Schlegel, to prevent discord.

In 1929, YB once again progressed to the final round of the Swiss championship. The first game, on a Sunday, pitted Urania Geneva Sport against YB, the second a week later Grasshoppers against Urania GC, and on the third Sunday in the final YB-GC. The first game in Geneva ended with a 0:0 draw, which satisfied the Bernese. When the Grasshoppers beat Geneva in Zurich 3:0, the chances for YB to win the title decreased tremendously. In the third game, the guests from Zurich needed only a draw to win the championship for the third time in a row. For this final on the 30th June, the Young Boys used replacement goalkeeper Erich Jung in the offensive midfield due to staff shortages. Striker Johan Baumgartner also scored a goal and YB prevented the championship hat trick with a 2:0 win.

On 10 February 1930 the club purchased an additional strip of land from the community, having noted that the stadium was too small, increasing the entire area of the Wankdorf stadium ground to 35,585 square meters. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.vfsw.ch/?id=6|title=1926 bis 1950|accessdate=2008-07-08] The 1930 Young Boys became the first to celebrate a Swiss Cup championship. The Swiss Cup had been initiated only five years earlier following the discontinuation of the Anglo Cup at the First World War. With 30,000 spectators crowding Wankdorf YB beat FC Aarau 1:0. In the following 15 years, YB won neither a league title nor a cup championship. However, the team was also rarely in the bottom half of table.

During this time, Wankdorf continued to expand. The capacity of the stadium increased by building an extension to 42,000 spectators, costing the association an additional 300,000 francs. Furthermore, another training field was added.

Towards the end of 1930s the world economic crisis started and Swiss football felt the effects. The attendance figures fell steadily, and the Sportplatz Spitalacker could no longer meet its financial obligations. After the outbreak of the Second World War, the club considered selling the stadium. However, through a debt-reduction and the help of the city of Bern in 1943, the finances of the club were rehabilitated. At that point, the stadium group changed its name to "Verein Fussball-Stadion Wankdorf". [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.vfsw.ch/?id=6|title=1926 bis 1950|accessdate=2008-07-08]

During the Second World War, the Bernese succeeded but could not claim a title. Only in 1945, at the end of the war, came the next success: YB won the second Cup against FC St. Gallen with a 2:0 victory at Espenmoos. Two seasons later the Bernese were relegated to the National League B. It would be three seasons until they returned to the highest league where they would then remain for over 50 years.

1951 to 1964: The golden years under Coach Albert Sing

In 1951 Norbert Eric Jones was replaced after only one year as the manager by the previously unknown Albert Sing. At that time, no one anticipated the successful years YB would experience under the German coach. Sing acted initially as a player-coach before he decided to become a trainer only. During his tenure YB experienced its most successful period. The team was reinforced by high-level transfers such as Eugene "Geni" Meier. Considerable success during this period was also attributed to the goalkeeper Walter Eich, who was one of the best in the history of the Young Boys. Later, the team consisted of top players like Heinz Schneite and Ernst Wechselberger. [cite web|language=German |url=http://emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/article/index.cfm?fuseaction=OpenArticle&aoid=97273&coid=110&lang=DE|title=Walter Eich - eine Berner Legende ist 80|accessdate=2008-07-08]

For the 1954 World Cup, the capacity of the Wankdorf stadium was increased from around 30,000 to more than 60,000 seats.

In the spring of 1953 the Young Boys again advanced to the Cup. YB met Grasshoppers Zürich in the final pairing, and the clubs drew 1:1. Five weeks later the teams met in a replay, which went to the Bernese 3:1. In the summer of that year YB was invited to tour North America. The team played there against some American teams, Liverpool (1:1), and the Irish national team (a 4:1 win for YB). YB produced impressive results overseas for Swiss football and was enthusiastically received by thousands upon their return to Bern. From 1957 and 1960, YB were Swiss champions four times in a row, a feat that no other team has accomplished since. During this time YB became one of the more successful teams in European football and was superior to all Swiss opponents. 1958 brought yet another Cup, when YB defeated GC in a final replay 4:1.

Young Boys also achieved success in European competition. At their first appearance in the European Championship they were politically disadvantaged, however. The Bernese drew the Vasas Budapest, the Hungarian club of the Interior Ministry. Some Swiss politicians demanded that no Swiss sports club should have contacts with the Hungarian football club, especially in Bern, the capital. The leaders of Servette Geneva, made their Charmilles Stadium available for one game. 20,000 spectators supported YB in Geneva during a 1:1 draw against the Hungarians. In the return match the Young Boys fell 1:2. The following year, their opponents in the European Cup were once again from Hungary, this time MTK Budapest. YB won the leg in the Nep Stadium 2:1. 26 November 1958 saw the European premiere in Wankdorf; 28,000 spectators celebrated the Young Boys' 4:1 victory. In the second round, YB met the East German champions SC Wismut Chemnitz and the Wankdorf was filled with 32,000 spectators. The teams drew 2:2 after a 2:0 lead for the Young Boys. A week later, the teams met in the GDR. The game ended 0:0, which at that time required a deciding game. This took place on 1 April 1959 in the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium before 35,000 spectators, and YB won 2:1. Thus the Young Boys qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championship. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.ybfans.ch/ybfans_2005/geschichte.htm|title=Geschichte von YB|accessdate=2008-07-08] [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.espace.ch/artikel_3896.html|title=Die Geschichte von YB|accessdate=2008-07-08] Their opponents in the semi-finals were Stade de Reims.

The game of games in the history of the yellow and black took place on 15 April 1959, a rainy Wednesday. 60,000 spectators packed into Wankdorf, but the crowd may have exceeded the official count. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.vfsw.ch/?id=9|title=64'000 Zuschauer am Spiel YB-Stade Reims|accessdate=2008-07-08] After an impressive performance YB won 1:0 on a Geni Meier goal in the 13th minute. The game was a legend in Berne. Stade Reims received the Bernese in the return match at the Parc des Princes in Paris, where the Frenchmen won 3:0 and thus reached the final. No other Swiss team besides FC Zurich has since found as much success in an international competition as the BSC Young Boys did in this season.

In 1960, YB played internationally once again. In the first round they met Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt won the first game in Berne 4:1 before 36,000 spectators; in the return game in Frankfurt's Waldstadion YB at least managed a 1:1 draw. In 1961, the team first went to Ireland where they met Limerick F.C.. YB won on the island with an impressive 5:0 showing, then again 4:2 in front of 22,000 spectators at Wankdorf in the return leg. In the second round YB met Hamburger SV, with their star striker Uwe Seeler, in what was the first European Cup game in that team's history. 45,000 spectators were at the game in the Wankdorf, where Hamburg stunned YB with a 5:0 victory. In Hamburg, the Bernese improved upon their previous performance, earning a 3:3 draw before 40,000 spectators in the Volkspark Stadium. It would be the last appearance in Europe for YB for a long time.

After four league titles, a European Cup run and many successes the Young Boys traveled 31 days through the Far East. In five weeks, the Bernese visited ten countries and played several friendly matches against Asian teams.

Albert Sing left BSC Young Boys in 1964 and is still the most successful coach in the history of the club.

1964 to 1984: Descent to a normal club

The successor to Albert Sing had large shoes to fill; average performance was no longer acceptable to the discriminating Bernese supporters. Heinz Bigler and Hans Grütter took over the training until Hans Merkle ultimately succeeded Sing. Merkle had the misfortune to be measured agains the championships of his predecessor. Although Geni Meier, Ernst Wechselberger and other players from the championship years continued to play, it mattered little. Merkle was a hard coach of the German school, however, and was able to keep YB in the top half of the table, with finishes of second, fifth, and seventh. The mixture of old and young players did not provide the results the Bernese sought, however. Otto Messerli, then a junior in the first team squad, who in later years would be captain of the Young Boys, described the situation: "There were many good ideas, but FC Basel and FC Zurich remained unattainable for us." This was also no different for the Merkle successors Skiba, Schneiter und Eich, Brülls, Peters and Linder: The Young Boys reached big games on occasion (such as the Cup final against Basel that brought 52,000 spectators to the Wankdorf), but over the long term their performance was unspectacular. Still, some YB players rose to national recognition. The Dutchman Bert Theunissen replaced Meier and Wechselberger in 1964 as "gunner" and he became Swiss scoring champion before he left YB. A good replacement for him was found, however: the Bernese bought Dieter Brenninger from FC Bayern Munich. Another new transfer, Walter "Wale" Mueller, played between 1967 and 1972 for YB, and was a dreaded striker for opposing defenders.

In the late sixties and the seventies the Bernese met with little success. As YB were runners-up in the 1974/75 season, they finally returned to European competition. In the first round of the UEFA Cup they faced Hamburger SV once again. In the first leg before 17,000 spectators in the Wankdorf, the two teams played to 0:0. HSV won at home in their Volkspark Stadium 4:2, and the Young Boys were bounced from the competition early. The Young Boys' side for these games included Jakob Brechbühl and Karl Odermatt among others.

It took until 1977 before YB would again win a title. Under coach Kurt Linder the Cup was brought to Bern for the fifth time. Thanks to this title, YB qualified for the preliminary round of the Cup Winners' Cup. The Bernese faced a daunting challenge in the form of the Rangers of Glasgow. In Ibrox Park YB played strongly and lost only 0:1. The return game in front of 17,000 spectators at Wankdorf ended 2:2, and Rangers advanced. The Young Boys again underwent a change of coaches when René Hüssy replaced Linder. 1979 again saw YB (as losing cup finalists) in the European Cup Winners' Cup. On 19 September 1979, only 6,700 spectators came to Wankdorf to see the game against Steaua Bucharest, which ended 2:2. Before this game, YB had lost three consecutive championship games, which may have contributed to the lack of fans. The goals were scored by Stoica, Zwygart, Lordanesen and Schönenberger. Two weeks later, the Young Boys lost in Bucharest 0:6.

1984 to 1991: The Mandziara Era

Turbulent times continued in the Wankdorf. After many coaching changes, in 1984 Alexander Mandziara was engaged as the manager. The quiet Pole with a German passport played offensive football and was known for hard training sessions. In his first years, the Young Boys reached only ninth place. In the next season, 1985-86, not all went for YB but the team still managed to finish the preliminary round in fifth. During the winter break, the Swede Robert Prytz joined the YB midfield as a playmaker alongside Georges Bregy, and YB achieved an incomparable return round. The point advantage of the leaders Xamax slowly melted round by round. On 24 May 1986 the showdown came in Neuchâtel Maladière, before a crowd of 21,500 including visiting YB spectators. The Young Boys came away with a 4:1 result. Lars Lunde, Danish scoring champion, and Dario Zuffi each connected twice and YB after 26 years finished in championship position.

In the first round of the European championship, the Bernese drew Real Madrid, with their top stars such as Hugo Sanchez and Emilio Butragueño. 32,000 spectators descended on Wankdorf, despite torrential rain, for the 17 September 1986 match. Urs Bamert headed in a goal to provide the 1:0 margin of victory against the guests from Spain. For the return leg, 75,000 spectators occupied Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. Until the 75th minute, the advantage stood at only 1:0 for the home side. But the 2:0 by Jorge Valdano broke the defense of the Young Boys, and Real Madrid went on to win 5:0.

In 1987 YB won the Cup for the sixth time. In the finals they defeated FC Servette Geneva 4:2 in a replay. In the first round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Young Boys traveled to Dunajska Streda in Czechoslovakia, where the Czechs won their home leg 2:1. Before 8,100, YB prevailed in Bern 3:1 and qualified for the second round. In the round of 16 the Bernese visited FC Den Haag, where they lost 1:2. In the return match in Bern only 6,400 spectators braved the icy chill of the Wankdorf. A 1:0 YB victory was enough to progress into the quarter-finals. The next opponent was again from Holland, this time Ajax of Amsterdam. For the 9 March 1988 match, temperatures of minus 6 caused Wankdorf to be rather sparsely occupied with only 7,686 spectators. Ajax won the game 1:0. The return leg in Amsterdam before 30,000 spectators saw the Bernese lose again 1:0 and they were eliminated from the competition.

1991 to 2001: Down and up

A highlight of the nineties was the Cup finale against FC Sion in 1991. The Wankdorf stadium was packed with 50,000 spectators, with both teams contributing to the atmosphere. At halftime, the Bernese led 2:0, but Sion shot back in the second half with three goals to win the Cup. In 1993, YB qualified for the UEFA Cup and met Celtic F.C. of Scotland in the first round. Only 7,300 spectators came to the stadium for the home leg, and the game ended 0:0. The Young Boys fell in Celtic Park in Glasgow before 21,500 spectators in extra time 1:0 with André Baumann netting an own goal in the 105th minute.

In the mid-nineties the former football powerhouse increasingly experienced problems. The BSC Young Boys developed financial difficulties, and in 1997 for the first time since the 1946-47 season YB was relegated to the National League B (today's Challenge League). New Swedish coaches Roland Andersson and Thomas Sjöberg helped the club recover, placing first and earning promotion again, with Robert Schober and Admir Smajic taking over on the bench. The following NLA season began with a surprise victory over the reigning champion Grasshoppers. Many defeats, however, forced the Young Boys back into the relegation playoffs. The economic and sporting emergency ended in the dismissal of coach Claude Ryf. The BSC Young Boys organization stood very close to bankruptcy and few thought it still possible to salvage YB. A Lucerne investment company saved the club from ruin, although by 1999 the debt was over 1.7 million Swiss francs (about 1.08 million euros).

Almost the whole squad left the capital and YB competed with the shell of a team the next season. The result was disastrous: third-last place after the 1999 qualification/descent round. The possibility of further relegation to the 1st League (third tier) threatened. Marco Schällibaum took over as manager and brought in reinforcements, which had a positive impact and enabled the club to stay up. On 17 December 1999, the BSC Young Boys AG was established with capital of CHF 500,000 (about 320,000 euros). [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.bscyb.ch/yb-about/yb-about-geschichte.htm|title=YB Geschichte|accessdate=2008-07-08] The AG took over the operations of the 1st Team and increased the share capital. The remaining operation remains under the previous organization.

The next championship was contested with a more powerful team with new players such as Harutyun Vardanyan and Gürkan Sermeter. YB won victory after victory in the autumn and inspired the loyal fans with attractive offensive football. The team earned the top place in the table and participation in the promotion playoffs, ultimately returning to the top division.

New enthusiasm developed in Bern, and the attendance figures rose significantly. The first game of the 2001-02 season was the final game in old Wankdorf stadium. YB drew FC Lugano 1:1 before 22,200 spectators, and the last goal for the Bernese in the old Wankdorf was tallied by Reto Burri.

2001 to 2005: In the Neufeldstadion

The Young Boys played at the Neufeldstadion at the east end of town until the new, multi-functional Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Berne was opened in 2005.

In the autumn of 2001, with a 1:3 home defeat against Grasshoppers, a series of 25 home games without defeat came to an end. However, with a 1:0 victory in the last game against FC St. Gallen on 9 December 2001 the BSC Young Boys qualified for the final round for the first time in seven years. The start of the final round was very promising. YB played exciting football and contended for a place in an international competition but ultimately finished in seventh position. The team also reached the semi-finals of the Swiss Cup before falling in a penalty shootout to FC Basel.

In 2002, YB finished the qualifying round in seventh and the final round in fourth place, earning the Young Boys an entry in an international competition (the UEFA Cup) for the first time in ten years. This season also saw Stéphane Chapuisat moved to the club. Chapuisat is considered one of the best strikers in Swiss history. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.ybfans.ch/yb-news_2001-2002.htm|title=04.05.2002 - Chapuisat zu YB|accessdate=2008-07-08] [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.berneroberlaender.ch/artikel_118057.html|title=Das YB-Allstar Team|accessdate=2008-07-08]

In 2003, the league was completely reformed, including the names and sizes of the two highest leagues. For the 2003-04 season, Hans-Peter Zaugg was named as the new head coach. The played in the first "Super League", taking second place. As a result the team qualified for the 2004-05 Champions League, where they fell to Red Star Belgrade 5:2 on aggregate. The domestic season 2004-05 found them finishing in fourth place.

2005 to now: In the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Bern

In the summer of 2005, YB was able to begin using the newly built Wankdorfstadion, the Stade de Suisse, after several years of construction. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.bscyb.ch/yb-stadion.htm|title=Das Wankdorf Stadion|accessdate=2008-07-08] [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.derbund.ch/artikel_46035.html|title=Das neue Wunder von Bern|accessdate=2008-07-08]

Only a few months later Gernot Rohr signed as a coach. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.sf.tv/sfsport/artikel.php?catid=sportfussballartikel&docid=20051018_04|title=Rohr wird Zaugg-Nachfolger|accessdate=2008-07-08] Although team maintained a defensive football strategy, the club succeeded with him at its head, advancing to the Cup final, but losing on a penalty shoot-out to FC Sion. The first season at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, YB finished in third place, qualifying for the UEFA Cup. The Bernese defeated FC MIKA of Armenia 4:1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round to set up a very attractive matchup with French giants Olympique Marseille, but narrowly lost the tie on away goals with draws 3:3 at home and 0:0 away. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.fussballdaten.de/uefa/2007/qualifikation/qualifikationsrunde2/bern-marseille/|title=Klassenunterschied auch auf Kunstrasen|accessdate=2008-07-08]

Coach Gernot Rohr was succeeded by Martin Andermatt. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.fussball.ch/Martin+Andermatt+unterschrieb+bis+Sommer+2008/254950/detail.htm|title=Martin Andermatt unterschrieb bis Sommer 2008|accessdate=2008-07-08] The debut of Andermatt was promising, as YB defeated their canton rivals FC Thun 5:1 to open 2006-07 league play. The team finished the season in fourth place, once again returning to the UEFA Cup. On 14 April 2007, the club president Peter Mast announced that he would resign his position at the end of the season, although he immediately joined the board of directors. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.news.ch/Peter+Mast+tritt+als+YB+Verwaltungsrat+zurueck/272852/detail.htm|title=Peter Mast tritt als YB-Verwaltungsrat zurück|accessdate=2008-07-08] His post as president was assumed by Thomas Grimm on 17 April 2007. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.news.ch/Thomas+Grimm+neuer+YB+Verwaltungsratspraesident/273041/detail.htm|title=Thomas Grimm neuer YB-Verwaltungsratspräsident|accessdate=2008-07-08] Incidentally, in this season, with an average of 15,517 spectators in the championship, the club celebrated its highest attendance average in club history. Also at the end of the 06-07 season, the club switched outfitters from GEMS to Puma. [cite web|language=German |url=http://www.bscyb.ch/yb-news/yb-news-detail.htm?id=12155|title=PUMA – neuer Ausrüster für die Berner Young Boys|accessdate=2008-07-08]

The UEFA Cup campaign would once again see them fall to French competition in the second qualifying round, this time to RC Lens 6-2 on aggregate. The 2007-08 domestic season began well though for the Young Boys: In the fourth game they defeated favorites FC Basel at home by a convincing 5:1 to stand at the top of the table. Basel would get the best of them over the course of the season, but the Young Boys took second place, four points behind the champions, once again securing a UEFA Cup berth.

In 2008 a feeder club in west bridgford nottingham was set up, named 'FA Young Boys'

Stadium

Since the year 2005, the Young Boys have played at the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf, Berne. The stadium can seat 31,783 spectators and is thus the second largest soccer stadium in Switzerland (after St. Jakob-Park). The construction cost of 350 million francs is more than any other building in Switzerland.fact|date=July 2008|fact requires substantiation Officially, there are only stadium seats, but standing tickets are also sold.

The name arises from the fact that the Stade de Suisse acts as a National Stadium. However, as one of the few stadiums with artificial turf, matches are rarely held there. For the European Championships in 2008 a natural grass field was to be laid, as three group games took place there.

The stadium is also the largest stadium-integrated solar power plant in the world. [cite web|language=German |url=http://sport.ard.de/euro2008/teams_spieler_stadien/stadien/stade-de-suisse-bern.jsp|title=Wankdorf - Ort des Mirakelspiels|accessdate=2008-07-12] On the roof of the Stade de Suisse are enough solar cells to generate 700,000 kWh. The electricity powers the stadium and some houses around the Wankdorf area. Just below the playing field is one of the largest shopping centers in Switzerland and a parking facility with over 700 seats. The stadium also includes schools, homes, a fitness center, several gyms and some restaurants. The stadium is near a highway interchange and only a few minutes' drive from the main railway station in Bern and only a few minutes' walk from the new Wankdorfquartier station. Furthermore, there are both a bus and a tram stop near Wankdorf.

Honours

*Swiss Super League:
**Winners (11): 1903, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1920, 1929, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1986

*Schweizer Cup:
**Winners (6): 1930, 1945, 1953, 1958, 1977, 1987

*European Cup:
**Semifinals (1): 1959

*UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
**Quarterfinals (1): 1986

*Coppa delle Alpi
**Winners (1): 1974

European results

As of August 14, 2008 [cite web|url=http://www.mogiel.net/EC/intertoto-history/intertoto-history.php|title=History of the Intertoto Cup|accessdate=2008-07-14]

References

External links

* [http://www.bscyb.ch/ Official website]
* [http://www.epitch.co.uk/swiss-axpo/bsc-young-boys/ News & match fixtures]


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