Manchester United open Champions League action in Switzerland and then return home to face the 2021 Europa League champions, Villarreal. We have already featured Villarreal during their Europa League title run, so now let Groundhopper Soccer Guides introduce you to BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League.
UPDATED Sept. 15: After 1st Champions League group stage game.
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Introduction to Berner Sports Club Young Boys
BSC Young Boys is the most successful domestic club from Switzerland, and the first to win 15 Swiss league championships in addition to six Swiss Cups. The club has won the last four Swiss Super League titles.
BSC Young Boys History
The club was founded in 1898, and the origin of the name was to mimic that of neighboring Basel’s Old Boys. The Young Boys went on to enjoy way more success than the Old Boys, as that club was relegated from the professional level to amateur status and now play in the Second Group of Swiss 1. Liga, the fourth tier of Swiss football.
The golden years for the Young Boys came in 1951-1964. Not only did they double the capacity of their home grounds from 30,000 to 60,000, but the club reached the semifinals of the 1958-59 European Cup, now known as the Champions League.
The 2020-21 season marks the eighth straight season the Young Boys will be seeing action in the Champions League, but only the second time the club has advanced to the group stage. In the 2018-19 season, Young Boys also drew in Manchester United’s group, but dropped both matches (0-3, 0-1).
BSC Young Boys’ Stadium, Wankdorf Stadium
The second largest stadium in Switzerland, the 32,000-seat Wankdorf Stadium opened in 2005. It was built on the grounds of the former stadium which was demolished in 2001.
In addition to home games for the Young Boys, the stadium hosted games during Euro 2008 and when Switzerland played World Cup Qualifiers ahead of the 2006 and 2014 tournaments.
One unique feature, in a stadium where all the seats are black and yellow, there is just one red seat. It was the first seat installed, and no tickets are available for it but a dignitary with Young Boy ties often occupies it.
The City of Bern, Switzerland
Bern is referred to as Switzerland’s ‘federal city’, and is the fifth-largest city in the country. The official language is German.
Bern was originally built on a hilly peninsula with the Aare River surrounding much of it, but as the city grew so did the town. Now the picturesque sight of all the bridges offers many photo opportunities.
One of the best stories about the town is the actual origin of the name. Local legend has it the founder of Bern, the Duke of Zahringen, said he would name the region after the first animal he met on the hunt. That turned out to be a bear, and Bern was born.
2021-2022 Champions League Schedule
Group F – Young Boys, Manchester United, Villarreal (Spain), Atalanta (Italy)
Here at the matchups between Young Boys and Manchester United:
- September 14 – at Young Boys – Won 2-1
- December 8 – at Manchester United (We sell tickets to all Man U home games.)
How to Watch Champions League Games in the U.S.
We have a separate post about how to watch all the Champions League fixtures on TV in the U.S., but your best resource is Paramount+. fuboTV also offers live streaming for a huge number of games around the world.