Swiss football championship began last week second phase continuing today July 21, 2013. In one of three games scheduled Grasshopper will host the Basel, the dispute will begin at 2:45 p.m.. The duel will put face to face two ranked first in the last championship, three points which closed the distance with Basel in the face ” locusts’.
Both teams have respected the status of favorite and won in the first round, Grasshopper 2: 0 in St. Gallen and Basel 3: 1 at home to Aarau.
Despite busy place team in Zurich has been some changes on the bench, being brought Michael Stebbe technician who can boast four years at the helm of the national team of Germany. Its objective is probably Champions League qualification and definitely stop the dominance of FC Basel.
Grasshopper tried to consolidate offensive this summer by bringing Johan Vonlanthen forward who after four seasons mark ten times for FC Zurich fellow-citizen. ” Locusts’ instead lost a major player in defensive gear, starting right at Talant Xhaka opponent in this game. Another brand is the loss of midfielder Steven Zuber, scorer of six goals in the last championship, sold for 3.6 million euros from CSKA Moscow.
Basel was more active on the stone transfers. Besides Xhaka has been brought defender Behrang Safari (ex Anderlect), midfielders Stepehan Andrist (returned after loan to Luzern) and Matias Delgado, the player who has played here in the 2005/2006 season. Cameroon’s Jacques Zoua was given for one million euros to Hamburg. Given that marked (it forward) only one goal in the last championship we can say that was made a good deal by selling it. Much harder will hang Adilson Tavares Varela’s departure ” Cabral ‘, Ivorian will evolve for Sunderland. Two other important pieces come from the left defensive Markus Steinhofer reaching Betis, while Joo-Ho Park will play for Mainz.
In 2013 we already had three confrontations between the two teams and Basel still failed to know the taste of victory. In the championship we have witnessed a first draw ” white ” after the ‘locusts’ have won the cup on penalties after less than three months, also in Zurich, Grasshoppper was imposed in overtime by a Ngamukol goal scorer.