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FC Sion win 13th Swiss Cup football title

Underdogs FC Sion defeated FC Basel 3-0 to claim their 13th Swiss Cup on Sunday in front of more than 35,600 spectators.

FC Sion win 13th Swiss Cup football title
Sion players celebrate receiving the trophy. Photo: SRF

The team from the canton of Valais dominated their opponents, who have just come off winning the Super League championship, and it did so on Basel’s home ground, Saint Jakob-Park.

Valais, egged on by a large contingent of supporters in the stands, were superior in all the domains, “magic quite simply”, state broadcaster RTS reported.

Moussa Konaté opened the scoring for Sion in the 18th minute.

The second goal came five minutes into the second half when Edimilson Fernandes made it 2-0.

Carlitos notched the third goal in the 60th minute with a header.

The victory for Sion is the 13th out of 13 Swiss cup finals that it has competed in, matching the number of stars on the flag of the canton of Valais, which is this year celebrating its 200th anniversary in the Swiss confederation.

The win automatically qualifies Sion to play next year in the Europa Cup.

Fans gathered in Sion to greet the team when it arrived from Basel on Sunday night.

Red and white bunting, the team’s colours, adorned streets in the city centre, where supported watched the game on a large video screen.

In Basel, police said after the match ended they fired rubber bullets to quell clashes between supporters from the two teams in various areas of the city centre, including the underpass of the St. Jakobsstrasse.

One man was injured and taken to hospital, while two people were arrested and two officers were treated for injuries, police said.

Founded in 1925, the Swiss Cup is similar to England’s FA Cup, with a round-robin playoff system involving 64 professional and amateur teams.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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