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Switzerland side Neuchatel Xamax return to top division six years after bankruptcy, collapse

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland -- Swiss team Neuchatel Xamax are back in the top division six years after disbanding midseason amid bankruptcy under a Chechen owner later convicted of criminal mismanagement.

Xamax were promoted Sunday when second-place Schaffhouse lost, making their 20-point lead unassailable.

The two-time Swiss champion, who count former FIFA head Sepp Blatter among their honorary presidents, has worked their way back from regional amateur soccer. Their coaching staff includes former Liverpool...

Arsenal Leicester Southampton scout Basel's Mohamed Elyounoussi - sources

Arsenal, Leicester and Southampton are weighing up moves for Basel star Mohamed Elyounoussi, sources have told ESPN FC.

All three Premier League clubs watched Elyounoussi put in a man-of-the match performance during Basel's shock 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Norway international Elyounoussi scored Basel's equaliser against City before going on to set up the winner for Michael Lang in the second half to cap a fine individual performance.

The 23-year-old...

Manuel Akanji joins Borussia Dortmund from Basel in €21.5m deal

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's latest disciplinary issue at Dortmund, the FC crew examine the possibility of him moving to Arsenal.
Raphael Honigstein tests US soccer star Christian Pulisic on his German having spent three years with Borussia Dortmund.
Fresh off spending time with Christian Pulisic in Marbella, Raphael Honigstein believes it's unlikely the U.S. international will leave next summer for the Premier League.

Borussia Dortmund have signed former Liverpool target Manuel Akanji from Basel for a reported €21.5 million fee including bonuses.

Akanji, a former target for Liverpool, became the club's first signing of the January transfer window when he agreed a deal until 2022.

The Switzerland international defender was in Dortmund on Sunday to witness the club's goalless draw with Wolfsburg and a day later put pen to paper on his contract.

"With his performances, Manuel appeared on the radar of...

Basel expect Manuel Akanji bids amid Borussia Dortmund links

Cristiano Ronaldo set another UCL record, but it was Lucas Vazquez who netted the game winner in Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Dortmund.

Basel have said they expect to receive offers for defender Manuel Akanji amid speculation he is a target for Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc scouted Akanji, 22, in Basel's Champions League meeting with Manchester United last month and publications including Blick and kicker have suggested they are planning to make a move in January.

The Switzerland international, who has also been linked with Dortmund's Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig, is under contract until 2021 but Basel...

Swiss club Lausanne-Sport to be taken over by British-owned chemical firm

Lausanne-Sport
Lausanne-Sport are currently sixth in the Swiss Super League.

British-owned multinational chemical firm INEOS has agreed to buy Swiss club Lausanne-Sport.

INEOS director David Thompson says he is targeting a return to European club competition for the club within four years.

Lausanne, coached by former Switzerland midfielder Fabio Celestini, are sixth in the 10-team Swiss Super League and last played in the Europa League in 2010 as a second-tier club.

Thompson, who is set to become CEO, says Lausanne aim to add a technical director and up to four experienced...