SC Basel Nord A vs FC Pratteln

By 11/10/2015

Recap

SC Basel Nord A 4-1 FC Pratteln

 

Basel Nord- FC Pratteln 4:1 (3:0)

Zuschauer: 14

Aufstellung BN: Stöckli; Mati, Kaiser, Leuggi, Rene; Nacho, Dan, Joe, Brian, Heutschi; Milan

Einwechslungen: Mike, Juan, Armands,

Tore BN: 1:0 Heutschi, 2:0 Joe (Milan), 3:0 Heutschi (Milan), 4:0 Brian

Bemerkungen: BN ohne Luca, Nino, Luli, Jock, Andi, Measor

Nach einem durchzogenen Start mit 6 Punkten aus 5 Spielen sahen sich die ausgepufften Trainer Rolli und Studi dazu veranlasst, erstmals in dieser Saison von ihrem bevorzugten System mit zwei Stürmern abzusehen und stattdessen in einem 4-5-1 System zu agieren, welches aber sehr offensiv (mit zwei offensiven Mittelfeldspielern) interpretiert werden sollte. Dieses System wurde in den vergangenen Jahren auch schon mehr oder weniger erfolgreich gespielt und schien mit dem vorhandenem Spielermaterial eine sehr gute Alternative zu sein. Der erste Schock erfolgte dann allerdings bereits während des Warmmachens. Jock, welcher für das Spiel als einzige Sturmspitze prädestiniert ist, musste verletzt Forfait geben. Für ihn rückte der ungarische Internationale Milan in die Startelf und übernahm die Position als Einmannstürmer.

Dieser kurzfristige Wechsel schien die Eisbären aber überhaupt nicht zu schockieren und dies obwohl mit dem FC Pratteln ein Gegner auf der anderen Seite stand, welcher bisher noch kein Spiel verloren hat und die Tabelle bis anhin souverän anführte.

BN setzte die Gäste mit ihrem aggressiven Spiel von Beginn weg unter Druck und verstand es selber immer wieder, sich gefährlich vor das gegnerische Tor zu kombinieren. Nacho vergab die erste grosse Chance nach einem Doppelpass mit Heutschi als er freistehend vor dem Tor am Keeper scheiterte, den Abpraller bekam Heutschi mit dem Kopf nicht unter Kontrolle. Milan hatte auch eine gefährliche Abschlussmöglichkeit, Joe ebenfalls und wiederum Heutschi, welcher mit seinem linken Fuss allerdings am Torwart scheiterte.  Nach 25 Minuten war es dann soweit und Heutschi traf zur längst überfälligen Führung. Einen Freistoss aus der halblinken Position schlenzte er schön in Richtung des zweiten Pfostens, Freund und Feind verpassten und auch der Torwart konnte den Ball nicht mehr erreichen, welcher genau in der rechten Ecke einschlug. Auch nach diesem Führungstreffer blieben die Eisbären am Drücker, Pratteln hatte seine gefährlichste Szene mit einem heimtückischen Kerzenschuss, welcher geschätzte 24 Metern in die Luft flog, bevor er sich mit Schnee auf der Oberfläche in Richtung Tor der Eisbären bewegte und Torwart Stöckli vor leichte Probleme stellte, was allerdings folgenlos blieb.

Ganz anders die Eisbären. Nach einem Eckball von Heutschi kam Milan frei zum Kopfball, legte für Joe auf und dieser traf mit seiner ganzen coolness und Klasse zum 2:0. Damit aber noch nicht genug der eisbärischen Glückseligkeit in dieser ersten Halbzeit. Berauscht vom eigenen Auftritt legten sie in der 43. Minute sogar noch einen drauf: Balleroberung im Mittelfeld, Milan sah im Augenwinkel Heutschi starten, welcher seinen Gegenspieler abschüttelte und mit seinem linken Fuss gar noch zum 3:0 traf. Dies war gleichzeitig das Pausenresultat und mancher Beobachter rieb sich verwundert die Augen. Nicht nur das klare Resultat war erstaunlich, auch die Art und Weise der Dominanz gegen den bisherigen Leader überraschte doch. Das 3:0 schmeichelte zu diesem Zeitpunkt nämlich eher der zurückliegenden Mannschaft, welche sich auch über einen 0:5 Rückstand nicht hätte beklagen dürfen.

Der Start in die zweite Halbzeit war nicht mehr ganz so berauschend aus Sicht der Eisbären wie dies noch die erste war. Trotzdem blieb man klar spielbestimmend und liess in der Defensive nichts anbrennen. Im Gegenteil, man hatte weitere Tormöglichkeiten. Nachos Hereingabe fand nach einem schönen Spielzug in der Mitte keinen Abnehmer und der Schiedsrichter schien Mitleid mit den Gästen zu haben, als er nach einem glasklaren Foul an Heutschi nicht auf Strafstoss entschied. Das 4:0 fiel dann doch noch: nach einem Eckball und einem Getümmel im Strafraum traf der schottische Import Brian mit einem wuchtigen Schuss unter die Latte. Auch in der Folge hätten noch weitere Tore fallen können (müssen) um das Skore noch weiter auszubauen. Aber entweder agierte man zu überhastet (Armands) der Torwart reagierte gut (Juan) oder man hatte schlicht Pech wie Milan, welcher seinen Abschluss vom einen Torpfosten zum anderen springen sah und von dort zurück ins Spielfeld.

Einziger Schönheitsfehler beim tollen Auftritt der Eisbären blieb das unnötige Gegentor zum 4:1 und die konsequentere Chancenverwertung.

Ansonsten bleibt festzustellen, dass die 4-5-1 Formation den Eisbären momentan mehr entgegenkommt als das 4-4-2. Torwart Stöckli hatte nur wenige Möglichkeiten sich auszuzeichnen, die Abwehr um den neuen Abwehrchef Leuggi agierte sehr souverän und liess den gegnerischen Stürmern keine Luft zum Atmen, das zentrale Mittelfeld mit Joe, Dan und dem etwas offensiveren Heutschi harmonierte hervorragend, die Flügelzange (Brian, Nacho) überlief ihre Gegenspieler immer wieder gekonnt und war sich auch nicht zu schade in der Defensive auszuhelfen. Und Milan stellte als einzige Sturmspitze mit seiner Geschwindigkeit immer wieder die ganze Defensive von Pratteln vor grosse Probleme.

Der Auftritt gegen Pratteln war mehr als nur ein Schritt in die richtige Richtung. Nun folgen in den nächsten Wochen Partien gegen eher schwächer einzustufende Gegner. Dass diese für die Jungs von BN aber meist die schwierigsten Partien sind, haben sie schon zur Genüge bewiesen…

SC Basel Nord A. – A drinking team with a football problem

“Hey, wir wollen die Eisbären sehen (oooohooohoooohohoooo)

Denn unser Leben wäre so leer ohne Bären.

Wir haben die Eisbären so gern.”

Ringing out through Alschwill last Friday you would of heard the Bears in full voice, songs were sang, bier was drank, and, more bier was drank. The Bears were a sight to behold and looked a far-cry from the sorry faces found after a bad day last week. Still, a day is a day is a day. It is neither good nor bad, its just a measurement of time. Bollocks. Last week was a bad result and a bad day for the Bears, but there is always a next time and we collectively looked forward to Sunday. A chance at redemption, and the best thing about the future is that it cannot be wasted, it simply lies there waiting in advance, perfect and unspoiled. Every hour, minute and second in the future, a chance to turn things around, redeem yourself, be whoever it is that you want to be. This Sunday was the chance to be a football team, a winning one at that.

Without further ado, let us advance, there is a story of redemption to be told, a story about a good day, and plus if I don’t start talking about football there will be ten pages written about Dan Measors performance on Friday night, let me just say, if you haven’t been found face-down naked on your sofa having had an entire football team eating out of the palm of your hand (we should clarify they were female) you have not had a night as good as his.

Grey sky greeted the Bears faithful at their Rankhof home, dew on the grass and little bite in the wind was a reminder that the Indian summer was over and it wouldn’t be long before the hat and scarf would be coming out of the cupboard. Unless of course you were anything other than British and had been wearing them for the past month. 4-5-1 was to be the order  of the day with Nacho coming back into the starting line-up on the left with Bryan starting in a preferred midfield role, albeit on the right of midfield. Captain Joe was partnered by Hunt in the middle alongside Heutschi who sat slightly in front of them in a more advanced role. The defence remained unchanged from last week in front of Stockli who was celebrating his birthday, in the interest of self-preservation, we wont be noting his age at any point in this article. Jock was to start upfront but still suffering from an injury last week had to be taken out prior to kick  off and replaced with Milan who coming off the back of two good performances, seemed full of confidence.

The opposition today were unbeaten Pratteln who sat comfortably top of the league having won five of their opening 6 league games, drawing the other. Naturally confident and appearing relaxed they started the game maintaining possession, unhurried in defence. The Bears these days under the tutelage of Rolli and Studi look very organised and disciplined. Their shape was strong and they were under very little pressure. Within five minutes, the midfield trio of the Bears started to gain control, physically untroubled and playing short, sharp passes, confidence grew throughout the team.

This growth in confidence was most personified by Milan, our Hungarian export who leads a treble life, one as a simple pharmaceutical worker, one as a slender Schwarzernegger stunt-double and one as bass player in a massive (in Hungary) nu-metal rock band. Looking to get on the ball at every opportunity and run at the Pratteln defence, his first effort, although slightly weak, forced a sale from their goalie. After 25 minutes the deadlock was finally broken, a clear foul on Heutschi led to a freekick being awarded around 30 yards out from quite a tight angle on the left. Hunt who had taken a freekick five minutes previously leading to a great effort by Nacho, was adamant he should take this freekick. A shake of the head from Heutschi was possibly the best decision he made all day as he then stepped up and whipped in a great ball aimed at the far post. Caught in no-mans land, the goalie didn’t know whether to come or go and although the ball was missed by the Basel Nord attackers, the pace and accuracy on the strike saw it find its way inside the back post.

BaselNord 1 – 0 Pratteln.

Pratteln attempted to galvanise but it was to no avail, their creative players nullified by a very disciplined but aggressive defensive performance especially with the two creative Pratteln centre midfields, being simply overran from the three in the Bears centre. Around the 40th minute mark, Nacho fancied getting himself involved in the action and found Milan with a fantastic ball, Milan shooting across the goal forced a save from the goalkeeper which led to a corner. The resulting corner curled in deep, just past the back post, Milan finding himself free powered a header back across, which striking a defender on the line popped up a single yard from goal. The BaselNord captain does not miss them. Close to goal with little challenge and an open net – this is where our captain eats. Doubling his tally for the season and keeping up an impressive run in front of goal since his move into midfield, Joe buried the ball into the net and sent the BaselNord touchline into raptures.

BaselNord 2 – 0 Pratteln.

Almost immediately after, what could be said to be seen as the final nail in the coffin came for Pratteln. Just before half-time, Milan again at the heart of the Bears best work found Michi with a good through-ball. As composed and reliable as ever,  BaselNord legend Heutschi carried the ball ahead of the helpless Pratteln defence and put the ball past the approaching goalkeeper with his left-foot.

BaselNord 3-0 Pratteln

Half-Time

A lot of strong words and changes for Pratteln was contrasted starkly by the palpable air of relief and confidence surrounding the Bears half-time team talk. As good as a performance in the first half as the Bears have ever produced came with the simple message – keep going. However it was noted on various occasions from various people on the touchline that if any team was capable of stupidly throwing away a lead in a game – then the Bears definitely have that in their locker.

One-way service resumed. Any initial attempt to get back into game was dealt with and the fight and motivation apparent at the start of the second half from Pratteln quickly dissipated as Milan found more and more space with Bryan and Nacho beginning to really come into the game. Leuggi, a recent convert to centre-half was marshalling the defence well and was winning everything in the air. Kaiser looked as calm and assured as he has ever been alongside Rene with Matti continuing his great run of form with a more concentrated and careful performance.

65 minutes into the game saw Scottish veteran Bryan step-up on cue and smash home a fourth for the Bears. With a fantastic record in front of goal when playing in a more advanced role, he continued where he left off last season. The vampire playing in goal for Pratteln had another panic attack when he saw a cross, this corner coming from Michi saw Joe challenge the goalie, as the ball dropped down to the side of the goal, the goalkeeper currently lying on his back had no chance as Joe pulled the ball back to the penalty spot for Bryan to try and burst the net as his left foot buried the ball into the roof of the net. The goalie seeing the ball hit the net decided his best option was to keep lying on his back muttering something about his fear of crosses and Scottish people. There was screams of foul play but the referee had nothing to do with these sour grapes and the Pratteln players trudged unhappily back towards the halfway line, unused to such a beating.

“Tha ones fur me wee bairn, al tell him aboot tha times his paw scored such a wee belta leek today”. Bryans cry echoed through the stadium before clarifying after the match “and aye ov corse me weef Pia, a can nee furget hur”.

BaselNord 4 – 0 Pratteln

As is customary at 70 minutes, Hunt with his little legs and those big pitches made way for the big Latvian Armands. Was he unhappy with this change? Of course not. Has his substitutions coincided with the Bears conceding goals? Absolutely not. Did he write these last sentences? Categorically no. Everyones favourite Argentinian/Bolivian/Mexican/Chilean/Cuban Juan took to the pitch instead of Rene. The team changed about with Bryan coming into left-back instead of Rene, Armands replaced Milan upfront who came to the right as Juan stepped into the centre of midfield. I think, these were confusing times. Mike did a straight swap with Nacho and came onto the left.

Immediately the newcomers had a positive effect, Juan coming especially close with a good free-kick, Armands also getting on the end of a great pass had a chance. Michi fired in another couple of shots on his left and Milan continued to search for that elusive goal. Finally his moment arose, marauding down the right he went past a defender and finally bared down on the Pratteln goal from the right hand side at an angle. Having warranted a goal in the past few games through his performance levels and amount of effort he has put in, this was his moment and through sheer force of will and determination everyone was sure he was about to score. Or not. His shot went straight under the goalkeeper and smashed one post before rolling agonisingly across the line to hit the other post and bounce out of the goal.

“My shooting guidance systems are obsolete. My cyberdyne systems need an update from Skynet. I’ll be back”. – Milan was very brief and frank in his assessment of his performance in front of goal.

Now,  we are talking about BaselNord here, a perfect game with no mistakes and a clean sheet? Yeah, good luck with that. The arrival of Bryans wife to watch him was the catalyst for one of our famous BaselNord Magic Moments. Bryan for reasons unknown around the 80th minute decided to whip in a delicious ball right into the danger zone creating a golden opportunity a striker couldn’t miss. Shame it wasn’t our striker. Still, a great assist is still a great assist even if you have just sliced a ball straight back into your own box.

A thoughtful Rolli looked into the ground at this moment, whilst Studi decided a more positive approach was to start screaming at the BaselNord players “AYAYAYAAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA ++!%%!%/!%%+%%!%%+!%+% Scottish “!%!%/!!/+%%+”!!%%+%+! AYAYAYAYAYAYA !/!+%!%!%!+%!+ Scottish”. Translation unavailable.

Pia who had just turned up to the game was obviously a lot more supportive of her husband “what is that stupid Scottish **** doing now? Wait until he gets home”.

BaselNord 4 – 1 Pratteln

The game was nigh on done when Canadian Mike attempted to surgically remove the Pratteln right-midfielders right leg from just below the knee using nothing but both sets of his studs. The less said the better. The whistle blew.

Full-Time

BaselNord 4 – 1 Pratteln

Today was a good day. Not because we won, not because 37 (oops) years previously a little Stockli came into the world and not because both Armands and Stockli brought bier for after the game so there was extra. Those things helped, but it was a good day because everyone played as they could and as they should, and we were all together. Grey skies, carrying the goals out when your hands are cold, soaking wet boots and smelly kit, sitting in silence after you’ve lost a game, grabbing whoever has scored like you’ll never see them again, a little pat on the back after a game and a nod, offering a hand to pull up one of the boys after you’ve lost a game, sharing five thousand pints at Oktoberfest. Victories get sweeter, defeats get easier, all these moments are better when we are together.

Is the BaselNord bandwagon rolling again? All aboard.

dh

Ground

Stadion Rankhof
Grenzacherstrasse 405, 4058 Basel, Switzerland