We’re halfway through the Super League season… and we want to award our “Oscars”!

Let’s get started…


And the Oscar for the BEST TEAM goes to…

BSC Young Boys

Frankly speaking, who else would deserve this Oscar more than Young Boys?! There weren’t even other candidates than the Super League’s steamrollers! The current league leaders are by far the best team of the league and are by now certain they’ll win a second consecutive title for the first time since the end of the ‘50s… that is, since when they won four consecutive titles between 1956 and 1960!

Maybe, if Young Boys played without goalkeepers for the remaining 18 matches the opponents still would have a chance for the title. Um… right, “maybe”!

And the Oscar for THE BEST PLAYER goes to…

Raphaël Nuzzolo (Neuchâtel Xamax FCS)

(our Oscar’s candidates were: Guillaume Hoarau, Miralem Sulejmani and Raphaël Nuzzolo)

This oscar was not an easy one to award… however, after careful consideration, we decided to award this oscar to “evergreen” Raphaël Nuzzolo! The striker of Neuchâtel Xamax never ceases to amaze and is the newly-promoted side real leader. He scored 10 goals and added 9 assists in 18 matches… in other words, he’s been involved in 19 of the 26 goals scored by Xamax. Or again, in other words, he’s been involved in the 73% of his team’s goals!

The 35 years old Raphaël Nuzzolo is like good wine… He’s improved with age!

And the Oscar for THE BEST COACH goes to…

Gerardo Seoane (BSC Young Boys)

Marc Schneider is doing wonders in Thun… but Gerardo Seoane is proving to be a golden goose! During the second part of last season he helped Luzern to go from “relegation contender” to an incredible qualification to the Europa League preliminary rounds! During the first part of this season then, he turned Young Boys from “almost unstoppable” into a real steamroller! Moreover, it’s impressive the way he’s been able to handle the tight schedule that included “Super League – Champions League – Swiss Cup”… the players were always totally focused and in great shape!

There were those saying that it would be very difficult to take Adi Hütter’s place… well, Gerardo Seoane is doing great and is seriously making a name for himself!

And the Oscar for THE SENSATION goes to…

FC Thun

As always, on the eve of the season Thun were listed among the relegation contenders. And as always, as the season goes by, Thun prove everyone wrong a prove that they’re worthy the Swiss football top tier. This season, moreover, the Berner Oberland’s based side is doing even more… probably also because of the fact that the squad didn’t change much compared to last season, Thun are exceeding themselves and are currently – deservedly – third placed!

Recently though, Marc Schneider’s troops seemed a little bit tired… in this regard, the winter break comes as a real godsend!

And the Oscar for “I WANT TO GROW UP QUICKLY” goes to…

FC Basel

Basel are like one of those teenagers who want to grow up quickly… however, as for all the teenagers, there are moments you have to slow down and accept the fact that there is no choice but to proceed step by step. The Rotblau have every intention to get back on top of Swiss football (like when a teenager wants to become an adult…) but considering what’s happened – especially off the pitch – during the last year and a half… they must be patient. We mean, there is no guarantee that Basel can “turn 18” very fast…

And let’s not forget, haste is not a good helper… Basel have all it takes – structures and money – to get back on top. But they need to move one step at a time. Best wishes!

And the Oscar for “MANY FACES” goes to…

FC Zürich

Zürich are capable of everything and its opposite. They’re capable of delivering outstanding performances but also of delivering embarassing performances. They’re capable of standing up to Young Boys (see the 3-3 draw) and of winning against Bayer Leverkusen… but then they’re capable of earning only 1 point in 2 games against Lugano, two games during which Magnin’s troops were able to shot only 5 times on target in 180 minutes.

We mean, we’re talking “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde” here… Zürich’s coach has excellent and innovative ideas. If he can just square the circle…

And the Oscar for TACTIC goes to…

FC Luzern

Luzern are having a season made of ups and downs… One thing must be said though, most of the times coach René Weiler is able to make his players play very well when it comes to tactic! We mean, if we’re talking about pure tactic, Luzern are second to no one and this is something that bodes well for the future.

Then again, if Luzern could earn wins more regularly… well, we’re pretty sure that the fans wouldn’t be offended.

And the Oscar for THE LACK OF CONSISTENCY goes to…

FC St. Gallen

St. Gallen are great, they’re capable of playing a very entertaining, attacking-minded and effective football. Without forgetting that when it comes to intensity play, they’re second to no one. Everything is perfect then? Nope… the problem is, that St. Gallen are only halfway to being a good side. We mean, we can count the amount of great performances all over-the-arc of 90 minutes on half of one hand… normally, St. Gallen are good only for one half. The latter fact, has cost a lot of points.

Dear Santa, please give these guys a hand and help them become a little more consistent… both from one match to another and over-the-arc of 90 minutes.

And the Oscar for “FENDANT FOOTBALL” goes to…

FC Sion

Sion had a good Autumn-Winter in terms of results… We mean, Murat Yakin’s work started to pay off. Then again, if you ever expect Sion to play “Champagne football” we would advise you to make your peace with this… it would probably never happen. We’re in Valais, after all. That is, where people usually prefer the concretness of “Fendant” compared to the bubbles of “Champagne”. Therefore, keep it up!

Then again… who said that “Champagne” football is better than a good solid “Fendant” football?! We mean… for football passionates, also a tactically perfect performance is good football!

And the Oscar for “DESERTIFICATION” goes to…

FC Lugano

Lugano are not having a terrible season. The Bianconeri earned 19 points in 18 games and are only 6 points behind the 4th placed Zürich (against which they earned 4 points in 2 games) and only 9 points behind 3rd placed Thun (against which they earned also 4 points in 2 games). Considering the circumstances (financially but not only…), Angelo Renzetti is working wonders even only to keep this team in the Super League. Without forgetting that Angelo – together with his staff – is always able to build a competitive squad. It’s only a pity that the attendance at the Cornaredo is so dramaticaly low…

We mean, we think that the club would deserve much more support and a few persons more at the Cornaredo Stadium!

And the Oscar for the “TELENOVELA” goes to…

Grasshopper Club Zürich

Do you know those boring telenovela that never seems to end?! We mean, there is nothing to do… Grasshopper aren’t able to warm their fans hearts for too long… Oftentimes, the Hoppers’ performances are poor and the current 9th place on the table is nothing but the logical consequence of their level of football. Coach Thorsten Fink tries so hard… he’s agitating on the sideline and is trying really hard to motivate his players. However, the current results are good enough only for the “barrage”…

We mean, let’s put this “telenovela” to an end! Or let’s change something very soon… because like this, GC are a very “sad” team. And it’s sad to see such a historical club struggling like this.

And the Oscar for “DEAR DRAW, GET AWAY FROM ME” goes to…

Neuchâtel Xamax FCS

Neuchâtel Xamax knew it would be a difficult season and right now it’s pointless to beat around the bush: they’re the nr. 1 relegation candidate. However, oftentimes, Michel Decastel’s troops proved very much alive and proved they have every intention to fight until the end to survive! Then again, if only they could turn a few draws (6 in the last 9 matches!) into wins… life would be a lot easier.

We mean, dear “draw”… get off this team and leave room for some wins. A win that, by the way,has been missing since late September…

And the Oscar for SKETCH OF THE YEAR goes to…

Angelo Renzetti (President, FC Lugano)

“That’s enough with these passes… that’s enough!”. Ok, let’s face it… Lugano’s President Angelo Renzetti shouldn’t have reproached his coach by visiting him on the bench during a match. However, Angelo simply expressed the thoughts that probably most of the fans have had…. and as we all know, Angelo Renzetti is a serious President acting like a fan in every way. Take it or leave it!

Then again… let’s leave aside politically correctness. The sketch of Renzetti shouting at Abascal… with all due respect, was fun!

And finally, the Oscar for “US” goes to…

Well, to us… 🙂 www.leading-sport.com

Come on guys, let us award ourselves for once 🙂

In our own little project, we’re doing our best. We make mistakes… our english must improve (we’d say it has already improved 🙂 )… perhaps you disagree with our views… maybe this is the first – or the last time – you read our thoughts…

Yet, as we said, we’re doing our best… therefore, we also deserve a little oscar, right?! Come on, be gentle now that Christmas is approaching!

After all, there are more and more of YOU following us. Thank you very much for this!

Damiano Cansani, Barbara Kurdziel

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