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A few facts on...BSC Young Boys

Posted on 6 August 2010  - 12:00

Swiss club BSC Young Boys provide the opposition for perhaps the biggest two games in our recent history later this month - here's all you need to know about them...

A few facts on...BSC Young Boys

Swiss club BSC Young Boys provide the opposition for perhaps the biggest two games in our recent history later this month - here's all you need to know about them...

Founded: 1898
Home ground: Stade de Suisse, Bern
Manager: Vladimir Pletkovic
Colours: Yellow and Black

Honours
Swiss League: 1903, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1920, 1929, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1986
Swiss Cup: 1930, 1945, 1953, 1958, 1977, 1987
European Cup: Semi-finalists, 1959
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Quarter-finalists, 1988

The team
Captained by their goalkeeper, Marco Wolfli, Young Boys boast a predominantly Swiss side, including 2010 World Cup squad member Christoph Spycher, with their main goal-threat coming from Cameroonian forward Henri Bienvenu, who scored the all-important winner at Fenerbahce in the last round of the competition.

They also have an Englishman in their ranks - and a Spurs-supporting one no less! Scott Sutter was born in Enfield and was formerly on the books of Millwall, Barnet, Aston Villa and Charlton before moving to Swiss football in 2003.

The twin brother of Liverpool full-back Phillipp Degen, David, also plays for Young Boys, and was himself a member of Switzerland's 2006 World Cup squad.

Former players include current Bolton full-back Gretar Steinsson, current Hull defender Kamil Zayatte, and ex-Premier League midfielder Lars Bohinen.

Young Boys have twice been managed by former England assistant coach Tord Grip (1988-1990 and 1997), as well as Englishman Eric Jones (1949-50).

Route to the Champions League Play-Off
Third Qualifying Round v Fenerbahce
1st Leg (h)
2-2
Goals: Dudar, Costanzo

2nd Leg (a)
1-0
Goal: Bienvenu

Did you know?
The Stade de Suisse sports an artificial playing surface and solar panels on its roof generate around 1m kWh of energy per year.