The 2016–17 Swiss Cup is the 92nd season of Switzerland's annual football cup competition. The competition started on 13 August 2016 with the first games of Round 1 and will come to an end on 25 May 2017 with the Final. Winners will qualify for the group stage of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.
In 2016, the relegated team FC Zurich qualified in the Europa League after winning the Swiss Cup for the ninth time in their history. And there was a hint of revenge in the air as Zurich beat Lugano 1-0 in the final -- the team that finished immediately above them in the Swiss League. Senegalese midfielder Sangone Sarr scored the only goal of the match in the 41st minute. It was the third time a relegated side had won the Cup after Wil in 2004 and Lucerne in 1992.
The competition has its quarterfinals scheduled at the beginning of March 2017.
FC Basel did not face difficulties with the second selection in the Cup against Tuggen for the qualification to the quarter-final draw. With four goals in the first half the FCB created the difference in the 4: 1 victory early. As expected, the second Basel suit (and the unfamiliar mix of black-red-blue shirt and white trousers) also sufficed to get rid of the duty of the promoter's representative. And unlike the 3: 1 victory in the stadium on the Linthstrasse three years ago, when the Tuggner were able to hold the 0-0 for 50 minutes, the Basler dominance was manifested early on the scoreboard. In the quarterfinals, FC Basel will play against the defending champions, FC Zurich.
Basel against Zurich is the hit and long-running most exciting match par excellence in the Swiss Cup. The historic duel will be held on the 1st March. The encounter between the teams, which are clearly in the Super League and the Challenge League, will also be a duel between the former FCZ coach Urs Fischer near Basel and the current Zurich coach Uli Forte. Forte personally would be a delightful goal to win the competition after the cup win with the Grasshoppers (2013 against Basel) with the second Zurich club.
The other pairings in the quarter-finals are: Sion against Kriens Young Boys against Winterthur and Aarau - Luzern.
FC Luzern will be in the Cup quarter-finals after a 1: 1 after 120 minutes with a 5: 4 in Penalty shooting against Promotion League club Köniz. Köniz had eliminated Grasshoppers in the 2016 edition of the Cup and defeated another club from the Super League, just few weeks ago before the qualification into the quartefinals, Lausanne-Sport. Against Lucerne, the geek from the Bernese suburb stood close to the next surprise.
The last big duel between Winterthur and YB is over 41 years ago. In the semifinals of 1975 "Winti" won in the home game against the Berner 1: 0. The return in the Wankdorf ended goalless, although YB had come to many chances. Sergeant Muhmenthaler, who came later, scored the bar for YB. The duel which is scheduled to repeat in this edition will definitely offer an unforgettable battle.