Football Club Basel 1893, usually known as FC Basel, was first established in November 1893. They are amongst the most successful teams in Switzerland and have consistently played continental football over recent years, enhancing their reputation throughout Europe. Traditionally, the cities of Basel and Zürich have had a strong sporting rivaly. As a result, FC Basel's biggest rivals are usually said to be the major Zürich-based teams, Grasshopper and FC Zürich.
The club's first golden era spanned the late 1960s, the 1970s and the early 1980s. Over the course of this time, Basel won seven Swiss league titles and several domestic cup competitions. In 1974, the side reached the quarter final stage of the European Cup, which remains their best performance to date. A second golden era has taken place since the turn of the 21st century, which has included league title wins in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012–13, Basel reached the semi finals of the UEFA Europa League.
In total, the club have been crowned Swiss champions on fifteen occasions, which makes them the second most successful team in the league's history, behind Grasshopper. Further success has come in the domestic cup competitions, with Basel having lifted the Swiss Cup eleven times and the Swiss League Cup on one occasion. In addition, they have made the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League of any side from Switzerland.
Basel are well known for the quality of their youth academy, which has produced a number of international talents, such as Alexander Frei, Gökhan İnler and Philipp Degen. Other notable players to represent the club include Josef Hügi, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Hakan Yakin and Murat Yakin.
The team play their home matches at St. Jakob-Park, which opened in 2001. The venue is rated as a 4-star venue by UEFA and hosted several matches during the 2008 European Championships. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 38,512 spectators.