Swiss teams booted out of Uefa Cup

All three Swiss football teams who qualified for the Uefa Cup – Young Boys, Bellinzona and FC Zurich – have been eliminated from the competition in the first round.

This content was published on October 3, 2008 - 09:59

Three games, three defeats, one goal – Thursday's result is a bitter pill for Swiss football, adding to a spate of poor results this season.

Zurich lost 1-0 to AC Milan – 4-1 on aggregate – while Young Boys of Bern failed to shine in a 2-0 defeat to Bruges, going down 4-2 on aggregate. Bellinzona faced Galatasaray in Istanbul where they lost 2-1, the impressive 6-4 aggregate scoreline counting for nothing.

The Uefa Cup is the second-most important international competition for European football clubs after the Uefa Champions League, for which Basel is Switzerland's sole representative.

On Wednesday Basel lost their second match in Group C of the Champions League against Sporting of Portugal. The away defeat leaves the Swiss champions with no points at the bottom of their group.

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