1st July 2013 - 6th August 2015
In July 2013, Uli Forte embarked on a new adventure with BSC Young Boys, the club from the Swiss capital, Bern. The team were looking back on a catastrophic season in which they had ranked seventh in the ten-team Super League. In his first year, Forte led them to third place overall, enabling them to take part in the third qualifying round of the 2014/15 Europa League. Following a confident performance in the two elements of this round (third qualifying round and play-off), they entered the group stages of the 2014/15 Europa League. The draw in Monte Carlo saw BSC Young Boys pitted against some impressive names: SSC Napoli, Sparta Prague and Slovan Bratislava – but the team emerged from the group stage with twelve points (four wins and two defeats) in second place behind SSC Napoli, earning them a spot in the last-16 finals of the Europa League. Here, BSC Young Boys achieved a key victory at their home stadium, the Stade de Suisse, against Rafa Benitez's SSC Napoli, but a face-off against Roberto Martinez and Romelu Lukaku's Everton FC from the English Premier League proved to be the team's final stop in what was a thrilling Europa League campaign. During his time in Bern, Forte was able to add several young and talented home-grown players to the first team. Names such as Yvon Mvogo, Florent Hadergjonaj, Grégory Wüthrich and Leonardo Bertone are now key members of BSC. Michael Frey currently plays for Lille OSC in the French Ligue 1, while Josef Martinez plays for Torino FC in the Italian Serie A. At BSC, Forte won the U21 Trophy in the Super League for the second time (following his success with Grasshopper Club Zürich) with the youngest team of the 2014/15 season. Despite the many young players, the season ended with the team earning the runner-up title behind the league champions, FC Basel. This second-place ranking secured BSC Young Boys Bern a place in the third qualifying round of the 2015/16 Champions League. Unfortunately, the first match against Leonardo Jardim's AS Monaco buried any Champions League dreams and meant the end of Forte's era with the team. He was let go after three matches in the Super League (three draws) and a defeat in the Champions League qualifying round against AS Monaco.