Why Is The Swiss Club Called Young Boys? The Answer Will Make A Man Out Of You

Young Boys will be young boys.

If you watched Tuesday's Champions League match between Young Boys and Valencia, perhaps you were wondering why Michy Batshuayi wasn’t cracking one off his own face, or why Dani Parejo has forgotten how to play football this season. Or perhaps you were wondering: Why is the club called Young Boys? 

Founded in 1898, Young Boys is one of the oldest clubs in Switzerland, and with 12 Swiss Super League championships to its name (to go along with a semifinal appearance in the 1958-59 European Cup), one of the most successful. 

The clubs name has its origins in its founders and their first-ever match. In 1897, brothers Max and Oscar Schwab along with Hermann Bauer and Franz Kehrli — all students at the University of Bern — decided to host a football match by combining with Basel Old Boys Association (commonly known as BSC Old Boys) to play against FC Bern.

After, the four decided to found Fussballclub Young Boys to differentiate themselves from Old Boys. It wasn’t long before the club grew in stature and began playing at the beautifully named Wankdorf Stadium in Bern. That stadium was demolished in 2001 and replaced by the Stade de Suisse, which seats 32,000 spectators. 

Besides being a FIFA favorite of high schoolers everywhere, Young Boys has a pretty impressive record in Europe, including trips to the Round of 32 in both the 2010-11 and 2014-15 Europa Leagues. 

Tuesday's match finished level at 1-1, with both clubs registering their first goals of the group stage. 

Batshuayi scored the opener in the 26th minute after some slack defending from Young Boys. 

But Parejo’s rash challenge in the box led to a Young Boys penalty and Guillaume Hoarau converted for the reigning Swiss champions. 

In the end, the draw really helps both Juventus and Manchester United at the top of Group H. Valencia remains in third and on course for a transfer to the Europa League with two points. 

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