Surely you heard of FC Sion, the Swiss team that was excluded this season from the Europe League, by the UEFA, due to financial and transfer problems. The chiefs of the club which was founded in 1909 are still judging with the football international organizations, even though their behavior may attract a suspension of all Swiss football teams from every official competition (the national federation gave them a 36 points sanction)!
A short and unpleasant presentation of a team that even has a Romanian player, George Ogararu. Sion isn’t coming from a big town and doesn’t even have too many trophies, as in 102 they only won two league championships (1992 and 1997). But FC Sion won 12 Swiss Cups. A significant number if we consider it the second in the history of Switzerland, after Grasshoppers’ 18 and more than FC Basel (10). Still, the real performance of these trophies doesn’t stay in the number, but on the fact that Sion won 12 Cups in 12 finals in which they played! Practically, they won all the finals, a unique performance in professional football.
Below, are all the 12 finals that Sion won until now:
1965: Sion – Servette Geneva 2-1
1974: Sion – Neuchatel Xamax 3-2
1980: Sion – Young Boys Bern 2-1
1982: Sion – FC Basel 1-0
1986: Sion – Servette Geneva 3-1
1991: Sion – Young Boys Bern 3-2
1995: Sion – Grasshoppers Zurich 4-2
1996: Sion – Servette Geneva 4-2
1997: Sion – Luzern 3-3, 5-4 p.s.o.
2006: Sion – Young Boys Bern 1-1, 5-3 p.s.o.
2009: Sion – Young Boys Bern 3-2
2011: Sion – Neuchatel Xamax 2-0
The same situation, but on a different continent, we can say if we think about the Argentinean Independiente Avellaneda. OK, the South-American squad didn’t win 12 out of 12, but 7 out of 7. Still, those 7 turn to be more prestigious than Sions’12 national Cups. Independiente managed to be the most successful team in the history of the Copa Libertadores, the UEFA Champions’ League, in South – American way, even though their last title was obtained in 1984! But the team from Avellaneda has seven trophies from seven finals, finals which all were played in double matches! So, it results that the Argentinean side didn’t lost one single final and below is a list with all those matches, just for you to see what big performance did a team that is quite small comparing to Boca Juniors or River Plate (which by the way, has only two such trophies!):
1964: Nacional Montevideo – Independiente 0-0, 0-1
1965: Independiente – Penarol Montevideo 1-0, 1-3, 4-1
1972: Universitario Lima – Independiente 0-0, 1-2
1973: Independiente – Colo Colo Santiago 1-1, 0-0, 2-1
1974: Sao Paolo – Independiente 2-1, 0-2, 0-1
1975: Union Espanola – Independiente 1-0, 1-3, 0-2
1984: Gremio Porto Algre – Independiente 0-1, 0-0
Independiente’s fortune was that in the past, in the South American knock-out phases it didn’t matter the number of goals scored or the away goal rule, but the final result. So, we see that the club from Avellaneda would have lost the finals 1965 and 1973. Still, judging this way, the Argentineans may have won the trophies in 1974 and 1975, without playing a quite useless play-off match.