SC Basel Nord A vs FC JTV Basel

By 10/04/2016

Recap

SC Basel Nord a 0-0 FC JTV Basel

Zuschauer: 19

Aufstellung BN: Stöckli; Mati, Kaiser, Leuggi, Dan; Measor, Joe, Andi, Nacho, Heutschi; Milan

Einwechslungen: Jock, Brian

Tore BN: Fehlanzeige

Bemerkungen: BN ohne Luca, Rene, Mike (kein Einsatz), Armands, Luli (verletzt), Juan

Es war das absolute Spitzenspiel der Runde. Der Kracher. Das Derby. Das Duell des Tabellenzweiten gegen den Leader, wobei der Verfolger (Basel Nord) noch ein Nachholspiel ausstehend hat und nach Verlustpunkten die Tabelle anführt. Die Stadt stand in den Tagen vor dem Spiel still, die Stimmung war elektrisierend. Es gab nur ein Thema auf den Schulplätzen von Basel. Von Unverbesserlichen wurden Farbanschläge auf jüdische Lebensmittelgeschäfte verübt und diverse Rabbis riefen zum Boykott gegen Nicht-Jüdische Organisationen auf.

Gut, dass an diesem Sonntag wieder das wesentliche im Vordergrund stand: der Fussball. Dieser wurde dann auch gespielt und wenig überraschend hatten die Eisbären mehr Interesse daran etwas spielerisches zu produzieren als die Gäste. Eine erste gute Möglichkeit vergab Nacho nach einer Ballstafette mit Dan und anschliessendem Solo. Leider scheiterte unser spanischer Schönling am gegnerischen Torhüter. Ansonsten blieben Chancen Mangelware. BN war bemüht die gegnerischen Abwehrreihen zu durchbrechen, agierte in der gefährlichen Zone oftmals zu ungenau. JTV wiederum hinterliess nicht den Eindruck als wollten sie auf Biegen und Brechen den Führungstreffer suchen. So hatten sie bis zur Halbzeit nicht einen gefährlichen Torversuch zu verzeichnen. Die Eisbären hingegen kamen noch zweimal zu guten Möglichkeiten. Heutschi setzte seinen volley aber neben das Gehäuse und Andi scheiterte nach einem Steilpass von Heutschi am gut reagierenden Torwart der Gäste.

So blieb es bis zur Pause beim 0:0 wobei BN die aktivere Mannschaft stellte.

Das Bild änderte sich auch in der zweiten Halbzeit nicht wirklich, Tormöglichkeiten blieben eine Seltenheit. Dies heisst aber nicht, dass es für die mindestens 19 euphorischen Zuschauer am Spielfeldrand keine gute Begegnung war. Im Gegenteil, taktisch, von der Intensität und auch von der spielerischen Komponente her bot das Spiel einiges. Wohl zu recht stehen die beiden Teams ganz oben in der Tabelle. Nach 60 Minuten eröffnete sich Nacho nach einem Heutschi Pass erneut eine gute Möglichkeit, leider verzog er mit seinem linken Fuss aber, so dass der Ball am Tor vorbei flog ohne dass der Torwart hätte eingreifen müssen. Ansonsten blieb die Begegnung ausgeglichen. Die mit Abstand beste Chance hatte JTV nach 75 Minuten mit einem wunderschönen Freistoss an den Innenpfosten. Torwart Stöckli wäre machtlos gewesen.

Aus dem Spiel heraus wollte in der Folge beiden Teams nicht mehr viel gelingen. BN wirkte müde und JTV machte das ganze Spiel den Eindruck als ob Sie mit einer Punkteteilung mehr als nur zufrieden seien.

Trotzdem eröffnete sich für die Eisbären kurz vor Schluss nochmals eine grosse Chance. Nach einer schönen Flanke aus dem Halbfeld von Andi, brachte Nacho seinen Kopfball aus bester Position erneut nicht im Tor unter. Damit blieb es bis zum Schluss beim 0:0.

Bezeichnenderweise stachen die Abwehrspieler in diesem Abnützungskampf mit ihrer Leistung hervor. Schon seit mehreren Spielen wirkt die Abwehr von BN um Leuggi und Kaiser bestechend sicher. Gegen JTV ausserdem ganz stark präsentierte sich unser englisch- bärtiges Kampfschwein Measor, welche mit seiner kompromisslosen Art seine Gegenspieler zur Verzweiflung brachte.

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In 1664 Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity.

In 1905 Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity.

In 1928 Sir Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin.

In terms of scientific breakthroughs this might not be at the top of the tree, but on a beautiful Sunday morning on the 10th of April 2016, scientists finally had proof what had long been suspected – diamond is not the world’s hardest naturally occurring substance.

That honour belongs to the head of Christian Kaiser.

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                          Stockli

Matti        Leuggi        Kaisi      Hunt                          Mike, René, Bryan, Luca, Jock

Andi         Meas         Joey(c)       Nacho

                      Heutschi

                        Milan

The Bears went into the game two points behind but with a game in hand on our Jewish friends FC JTV who were sat top of the table. Full of confidence after their performance at Espanyol, the Bears came into the game ready to take three points and reclaim top spot.

Spoiler: If you’ve come here looking for goals, you’ve came to the wrong place.

The game started and finished 0-0. My apologies for the anti-climax but if I had to describe the game it would be more of a noise than anything, a ‘pfffftt’ or ‘meh’ as I exhale. Quite simply, it was ridiculously tight. The first half opened, JTV had a good goalkeeper who played more like a sweeper. There captain at centre-half was very big and strong and marshalled their defence well and they looked to get the ball forward long and quickly to their young, quick and aggressive strikers. Leuggi and Kaisi were as resolute as ever and dealt with anything aerial. Meas who came in for Juanito who was away on a ‘’holiday’’ (clearly Cartel business), was everywhere and seemed a different class, Heutschi and Joey next to him allowing JTV no time to play and looking to get the ball down themselves.

There was a few chances here and there for the Bears, a few good pieces of play involving Nacho and Milan down the left and also Michi and Andi on the right couldn’t quite get past their goalie. By and large the possession and attempts on goal stats would look favourably upon the home-team Basel Nord.

Half-time

Second half commenced in a similar vein albeit with the Bears starting to look increasingly dangerous. Jock replaced Milan upfront and started to get the ball down and looked to involve Nacho and Andi. A powerful run from Nacho saw him burst past their final defender, with the ball bouncing down in front of him on the six yard line, it looked for all the world that everyone’s favourite Spaniard would put us ahead but the shot blazed just over the bar.

At this point, JTV decided to bring on a wonderkid, by wonderkid I mean, I wonder how this kid could play football. Last seen sharing a cot with Bryan’s daughter Alva, he was possibly the youngest player to ever grace the Rankhof turf. ‘’This kid hasn’t even done his homework man, hey kid! You should be at home finishing your f*cking long division sums’’ – Mike was in usual mind-games Mike mode, leading the mental charge for the Bears.

A long ball up the pitch saw Leuggi, Kaiser and Stockli do their own version of Keystone Cops, as Leuggi headed the ball back to Stockli who then ran straight past it. Thankfully Kaiser came flying over to clear the ball and end their 10 second Benny Hill tribute. Byran came on to replace Matti and swapped sides with Hunt to go to left-back.

The first yellow card of the day came for stalwart Kaiser, gracing the Bears as a fresh-faced youngster 16 years ago, back when rumours are he still had hair, Kaiser has been a cult hero amongst the Basel Nord faithful. With the ability to head the ball further than he can kick it, Kais sees himself as a cultured centre-half in the Beckenbauer mould as you can see by his words after the game – ‘’KAISI DO HEAD, HE HEAD FAR, KAIS LIKE HEAD BALL, KAIS PUT FACE WHERE NORMAL MAN NO PUT FOOT, KAIS IS GOOD BOY WITH STRONG HEAD, KAIS LOVE BEARS BUT HAVE NOT SO MUCH JEW FRIEND’’. Another long ball saw Kaiser head both the ball and the striker of JTV, whilst the striker rolled around in agony, Kaiser stood up looking confused, as this looks like his normal state no-one realised he was concussed until the referee stopped him. He may or may not have referred to the ref as ‘the biggest idiot in the world’ and earned himself a yellow.

(A quick honourable mention to 30 years old Daniel Measor, playing a fantastic game, in his new found old age Meas has become a poster boy for fair play and professionalism since his wild days as a youngster. Seeing that the number 17 was writhing in pain and holding his head he screamed at Luca to bring on water. As Luca Corleone entered the pitch with water Meas stopped him – ‘’where you going Luca?’’, ‘to bring the water for the guy who is dying on the floor’, ‘f*ck him mate I’m thirsty!’ Heart of gold that lad).

The Bears got a bit sloppy then, an advancing winger tried to go past a couple of players and found himself on the receiving end of a reckless tackle from Hunt. ‘’You take me strong on my pole’’ he said whilst pointing to his ankle, Hunt was said to be confused and decided to stop marking him as tightly as before. The resulting free-kick was whipped over the wall and rattled the join of the crossbar and post whilst Stockli looked on. A lucky escape for the Bears. Thankfully, Hunt had learnt his lesson, regained his composure and two minutes later having took a ball to the face, through the snot and tears decided to execute a perfect slide tackle. Not so perfect. Another free-kick in a dangerous position and earned himself a nice yellow card and a fine.

The Bears had more possession and were pushing on in the dying moments of the game. Andi taking the ball down the right wing, whipped in a perfect cross, over the head of the helpless centre-half, only for an unlucky Nacho to head over.

Final whistle 0-0.

The JTV players cheered on hearing the final whistle which tells its own tale, whilst the Bears although disappointed could take heart from a good fight, fought well. As they drank beer in the sunshine afterwards, led by the President of the Bears Alex who was drinking water, they pondered the important questions in life –

What is stronger, a header from Kaiser or a short pass from Matti? Is it true that Kaiser’s role in the Swiss army is in being used as a battering ram to open enemy doors? Is the length of Joeys fringe dependent upon how much he is in love?

All those questions and more will be answered another day. Stay tuned sports fans.

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Ground

Stadion Rankhof
Grenzacherstrasse 405, 4058 Basel, Switzerland