Uhrencup


The Uhrencup is a club football tournament, held annually in Grenchen and Biel in Switzerland. The Uhrencup is seen as a testament to the major influence that is exercised by the local industry on the cultural lives of the areas residents. The tournament usually features four teams (sometimes more), each playing two matches, and is held in July as a friendly tournament, the format of which tends to be fluid. For the teams taking part, the tournament is a welcome opportunity to prepare for the upcoming football season.

Uhrencup
Tournament details
Host countrySwitzerland
Dates10–14 July
Teams4 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st title)
Runners-up Feyenoord
Third place Young Boys
Fourth place FC Basel
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored15 (3.75 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bonatini, Mir, van Persie
(2 goals each)

Origin


Founded in 1962 by representatives of Grenchen's watchmaking industry, the first Uhrencup was held to celebrate the inauguration of the new grandstand at the local Brühl stadium. Due to the tournament's reverberating success it was repeated the following year and, thanks to the sponsoring from the local watch industry, it continues to be held annually (with the exception of 1967, 1974 and 2012).

History


Established as an international tournament (1962–1968)

The first Uhrencup in 1962 already featured an international line-up. Together with the two local clubs FC Grenchen and FC Biel-Bienne, the Belgian team Cercle Brügge and Italian team AC Como also took part in the tournament. Due to its success and because it attracted about 20,000 spectators, it was repeated the following year.

The English side Ipswich Town won the tournament in 1963 and the Dutch team Sparta Rotterdam was the second international representative. A year later German club Karlsruher SC and the French team Nîmes Olympique competed in the Uhrencup. In 1965 Lanerossi Vicenza won the competition, Maccabi Tel Aviv also took part. In 1966 and again in 1968 FC Sochaux took part, winning the first of the two competitions, but not being at all successful two years later. In 1967 the competition was not held.

Uhrencup as regional event (1969–2002)

At the end of the 1967–68 Nationalliga A season Grenchen were relegated and therefore the tournament lost its international significance. From here on it was mainly Swiss sides that took part in the Uhrencup and it turned into a regional event. FC Basel took part for the first time in 1969 and won the cup 5–3 in the final against Biel-Bienne, Wenger, Hauser (twice), Balmer and Odermatt scoring the Basel goals. A year later Basel defended the title with an 8–7 win after penalties following a 5–5 at full-time.

The next year the home team Grenchen won the cup for the second time, winning 3–1 against reigning Swiss Champions Basel, local boy Serge Muhmenthaler scoring one of the Grenchen goals. Neuchâtel Xamax won the Uhrencup 1972. Young Boys won the title 1973, Serge Muhmenthaler scoring a goal and winning his second Uhrencup title this time with his new team. In 1974 the competition was not held. Young Boys (1975) and Zürich (1976) were the next two cup winners. Serge Muhmenthaler reached his third Uhrencup Final with his third club in 1977 but was unable to repeat the success, the final ended in a 6–1 defeat against Neuchâtel Xamax. However reaching the final again in the next year Muhmenthaler won the 1978 Uhrencup with FC Basel 2–1 against the same finalists.

Basel won the title six times (1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988), Grenchen won it three times (1981, 1982, 1985), Servette (1984) and Young Boys (1987) during the following years. As international teams were again invited to participate Partizan Belgrade (1989), Górnik Zabrze (1990) and 1. FC Köln (1991) competed and won the tournament.

During the following years (1992 to 2002) the Uhrencup returned to being a Swiss-Internal tournament. The winners being FC Zürich (three times), Grenchen (twice) and FC Solothurn, Grasshoppers and Sevette each once. FC Subingen, a team from the 2. Liga (then fourth tier of the Swiss Football League) won Uhrencup in 1997.

New edition as an international tournament (2003–2011)

In 2003 a new organising committee took over the marketing of the Uhrencup and with added financial help it was again possible to invite international teams. Casino SW Bregenz, FC Schalke 04, 1. FC Kaiserslautern (twice), 1. FC Köln, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Celtic Glasgow, Borussia Dortmund, Legia Warsaw and Panathinaikos Athens have participated during this period, but only Trabzonspor (2005) and Shakhtar Donetsk (2009) were able to win the title.

2010 was a truly international affair, with only one club (Young Boys) originating from Switzerland. The remaining competitors were Deportivo de La Coruña from Spain, the Dutch side Twente Enschede and the eventual winner VfB Stuttgart from Germany.

Basel won the competition for the twelfth time. In the 2011 event, they beat Hertha Berlin 3–0, and then went on to defeat West Ham 2–1 in their second game. The second Swiss team, Young Boys Bern, also won both matches against the international teams, but had a lower overall goal score with 6–3. To celebrate the 50th edition of the tournament, the current German champion Borussia Dortmund played a friendly game against the Swiss vice champion FC Zürich, which ended with a 1–1 tie.

Since 2013

In 2012 the tournament was not held, but was held in 2013 between 5 and 9 July with Basel and Grasshopper Club Zürich taking part.[1] For Basel it was be the 29th time that they would take place; they have won the competition thirteen times. The tournament again took a hiatus, this time of three years before returning in 2016.[2][3]

2011


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 Basel 2 2 0 0 0 5 1 +4 6 2011 Uhrencup Champions
2 Young Boys 2 2 0 0 0 6 3 +3 6
3 West Ham United 2 0 0 0 2 2 4 2 0
4 Hertha Berlin 2 0 0 0 2 2 7 5 0
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Goal ratio

Matches

Young Boys 4–2 Hertha Berlin
Report

All Stars
Final
Borussia Dortmund 1–1 FC Zürich
Report

Young Boys 2–1 West Ham United
Report

Basel 3–0 Hertha Berlin
Report

Basel 2–1 West Ham United
Report

2013


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 FC Basel 2 2 0 0 0 5 1 +4 6 2013 Uhrencup Champions
2 Red Star Belgrade 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 3
3 Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 0 1 0 1 2 4 2 2
4 Grasshopper Club Zürich 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 2 1
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Goal ratio

Matches

FC Basel 3–0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Report

Grasshopper Club Zürich 0–1 Red Star Belgrade
Report

FC Basel 2–1 Red Star Belgrade
Report

Grasshopper Club Zürich 1–1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Report
Penalties
5–6

2015


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 Biel 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 +2 3 2015 Uhrencup Champions
2 B. Mönchengladbach 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
3 Sion 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0
4 A. Salzburg 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Goal ratio

Matches

B. Mönchengladbach 2–1 Sion
Report

Biel 2–0 A. Salzburg
Report

2016


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP D LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 Galatasaray 2 1 0 1 0 0 4 1 +3 4 2016 Uhrencup Champions
2 Zürich 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 2 3
3 Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 0 1 0 0 1 5 5 0 2
4 Young Boys 2 0 0 1 1 0 4 5 1 2
Source: Uhrencup
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Goal ratio[4]

Matches


Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–2 Zürich
Hahn  59'
Attendance: 1,952[6]
Referee: San Fedayi (Switzerland)[6]

Galatasaray 3–0 Zürich
Report
Referee: San Fedayi (Switzerland)[7]

Young Boys 1–1 Galatasaray
Lecjaks  84' Report Bruma  14'

2017


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 Stoke City 2 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 5 2017 Uhrencup Champions
2 BSC Young Boys 2 1 0 1 0 7 4 +3 4
3 S.L. Benfica 2 1 0 0 1 3 5 2 3
4 Neuchâtel Xamax 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 0
Source:

Results




S.L. Benfica 1–5 BSC Young Boys
Jonas  22' Report

2018


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 2 0 0 0 6 1 +5 6 2018 Uhrencup Champions
2 Feyenoord 2 1 0 0 1 5 3 +2 3
3 BSC Young Boys 2 1 0 0 1 3 4 1 3
4 FC Basel 2 0 0 0 2 1 7 6 0
Source:

Results


BSC Young Boys 3–0 Feyenoord
Report

FC Basel 0–5 Feyenoord
Report

BSC Young Boys 0–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Report

2019


Standings

Pos Team Pld W WP LP L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 BSC Young Boys 2 2 0 0 0 7 1 +6 6 2019 Uhrencup Champions
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 2 1 0 0 1 4 6 2 3
3 Crystal Palace 2 0 1 0 1 2 3 1 2
4 FC Luzern 2 0 0 1 1 2 5 3 1
Source:

Results


BSC Young Boys 5–1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Report

FC Luzern 1–3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Report

Uhrencup winners by year


 Year Placements
Winner2nd Place3rd Place4th place
1962 FC Grenchen Cercle Brugge K.S.V. Calcio Como FC Biel-Bienne
1963 Ipswich Town FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne Sparta Rotterdam
1964 BSC Young Boys Karlsruher SC Nîmes Olympique FC Grenchen
1965 Lanerossi Vicenza FC Grenchen BSC Young Boys Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.
1966 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard FC Grenchen Lanerossi Vicenza FC Biel-Bienne
1967 Not held
1968 FC Biel-Bienne BSC Young Boys FC Sochaux-Montbéliard FC Grenchen
1969 FC Basel FC Biel-Bienne FC Grenchen FC Lausanne-Sport
1970 FC Basel BSC Young Boys FC Biel-Bienne FC Grenchen
1971 FC Grenchen FC Basel FC Lausanne-Sport FC Biel-Bienne
1972 Neuchâtel Xamax FC Biel-Bienne FC Grenchen FC Basel
1973 BSC Young Boys FC Biel-Bienne Neuchâtel Xamax FC Grenchen
1974 Not held
1975 BSC Young Boys FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne FC La Chaux-de-Fonds
1976 FC Zurich BSC Young Boys FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne
1977 Neuchâtel Xamax FC Basel FC Biel-Bienne FC Grenchen
1978 FC Basel Neuchâtel Xamax FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne
1979 FC Basel FC Grenchen FC La Chaux-de-Fonds FC Luzern
1980 FC Basel FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne FC Luzern
1981 FC Grenchen FC Basel FC Luzern FC Biel-Bienne
1982 FC Grenchen FC Basel FC Aarau FC Biel-Bienne
1983 FC Basel FC Zurich FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne
1984 Servette FC FC Basel FC Biel-Bienne FC Grenchen
1985 FC Grenchen FC Basel FC Biel-Bienne Servette FC
1986 FC Basel Grasshopper Club Zürich FC Grenchen FC Biel-Bienne
1987 BSC Young Boys FC Grenchen Górnik Zabrze FC Basel
1988 FC Basel FC Grenchen FC Nitra FC Twente
1989 FK Partizan FC Grenchen FC Basel FC Zurich
1990
0
0
Górnik Zabrze FC Basel FC Lugano FC Aarau
Eliminated (with the other two) as the last of group 1: FC Grenchen
Eliminated as severed bottom of Group 2: FC Zurich
1991 1. FC Köln FC Sion Olimpia Poznań FC Grenchen
1992 FC Zurich SR Delémont FC Basel FC Grenchen
1993 FC Zurich FC Basel FC Grenchen SR Delémont
1994 FC Zurich SR Delémont FC Grenchen FC Schaffhausen
1995 FC Aarau FC Solothurn BSC Young Boys FC Grenchen
1996 FC Grenchen FC Solothurn SV Lyss FC Biel-Bienne
1997 FC Subingen FC Biel-Bienne FC Grenchen SV Lyss
1998 FC Solothurn SR Delémont FC Subingen FC Grenchen
1999 FC Grenchen FC Solothurn FC Langenthal FC Thun
2000 BSC Young Boys Neuchâtel Xamax FC Solothurn FC Grenchen
2001 Grasshopper Club Zürich BSC Young Boys FC Solothurn FC Grenchen
2002 Servette FC BSC Young Boys FC Aarau FC Grenchen
2003 FC Basel BSC Young Boys Grasshopper Club Zürich SC Bregenz
2004 BSC Young Boys 1. FC Kaiserslautern FC Basel FC Schalke 04
2005 Trabzonspor 1. FC Kaiserslautern BSC Young Boys FC Basel
2006 FC Zürich/FC Basel BSC Young Boys Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1. FC Köln (both third)
2007 BSC Young Boys FC Basel FC Red Bull Salzburg Celtic F.C.
2008 FC Basel Borussia Dortmund FC Luzern Legia Warsaw
2009 FC Shakhtar Donetsk BSC Young Boys FC Basel Panathinaikos F.C.
2010 VfB Stuttgart BSC Young Boys FC Twente Deportivo de La Coruña
2011 FC Basel BSC Young Boys West Ham United Hertha BSC
2012 Not held
2013 FC Basel Red Star Belgrade Fortuna Düsseldorf Grasshopper Club Zürich
2014 Not held
2015 FC Biel-Bienne B. Mönchengladbach FC Sion A. Salzburg
2016 Galatasaray FC Zurich BSC Young Boys B. Mönchengladbach
2017 Stoke City BSC Young Boys S.L. BenficaNeuchâtel Xamax
2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers Feyenoord BSC Young Boys FC Basel
2019 BSC Young Boys Eintracht Frankfurt Crystal Palace FC Luzern

Titles by team


Team Years won Titles
FC Basel 1969, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013 13
BSC Young Boys 1964, 1973, 1975, 1987, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2019 8
FC Grenchen 1962, 1971, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1996, 1999 7
FC Zurich 1976, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2006 5
FC Biel-Bienne 1968, 2015 2
Neuchâtel Xamax 1972, 1977 2
Servette FC 1984, 2002 2
1. FC Köln 1991 1
FC Aarau 1995 1
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2009 1
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1966 1
FC Solothurn 1998 1
FC Subingen 1997 1
FK Partizan 1989 1
Galatasaray 2016 1
Grasshopper Club Zürich 2001 1
Górnik Zabrze 1990 1
Ipswich Town 1963 1
Lanerossi Vicenza 1965 1
Stoke City 2017 1
Trabzonspor 2005 1
VfB Stuttgart 2010 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2018 1

Participation by club


Team Participant
FC Grenchen39
FC Basel30
BSC Young Boys24
FC Biel-Bienne23
FC Zurich10
FC Solothurn6
Neuchâtel Xamax6
FC Luzern5
FC Aarau4
Grasshopper Club Zürich4
SR Delémont4
Servette FC3
1. FC Kaiserslautern2
1. FC Köln2
Borussia Dortmund2
Borussia Mönchengladbach2
FC La Chaux-de-Fonds2
FC Lausanne-Sport2
FC Sion2
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard2
FC Subingen2
FC Twente2
Górnik Zabrze2
Lanerossi Vicenza2
SV Lyss2
Bayer 04 Leverkusen1
Calcio Como1
Celtic F.C.1
Cercle Brugge K.S.V.1
Crystal Palace1
Deportivo de La Coruña1
Eintracht Frankfurt1
FC Langenthal1
FC Lugano1
FC Nitra1
FC Red Bull Salzburg1
FC Schaffhausen1
FC Schalke 041
FC Shakhtar Donetsk1
FC Thun1
Feyenoord1
FK Partizan1
Fortuna Düsseldorf1
Galatasaray1
Hertha BSC1
Ipswich Town1
Karlsruher SC1
Legia Warsaw1
Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.1
Nîmes Olympique1
Olimpia Poznań1
Panathinaikos F.C.1
Red Star Belgrade1
SC Bregenz1
S.L. Benfica1
Sparta Rotterdam1
Stoke City1
SV Austria Salzburg1
Trabzonspor1
VfB Stuttgart1
West Ham United1
Wolverhampton Wanderers1

See also


References


  1. "FC Basel und Grasshopper Club Zürich am Uhrencup 2013" (in German). bielertagblatt.ch. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. "Media Release". Uhrencup (in German). 14 April 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  3. "Uhrencup 2016". Uhrencup. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. "Modus". Uhrencup. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. "Auftaktsieg beim Uhrencup". Borussia Mönchengladbach (in German). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. "1:2-Niederlage gegen Zürich beim Uhrencup". Borussia Mönchengladbach (in German). 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  7. "Uhrencup - Galatasaray: 3-0 FC Zürich". Galatasaray S.K. (in Turkish). 17 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  8. "Uhrencup'ta Şampiyon Galatasaray!". Galatasaray S.K. (in Turkish). 19 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.