The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Switzerland

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This page contains a list of the greatest Swiss Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 145 of which were born in Switzerland. This makes Switzerland the birth place of the 21st most number of Soccer Players behind Czechia and Poland.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Swiss Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Swiss Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Swiss Soccer Players.

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1. Roberto Di Matteo (1970 - )

With an HPI of 65.51, Roberto Di Matteo is the most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 44 different languages on wikipedia.

Roberto Di Matteo (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto di matˈtɛːo]; born 29 May 1970) is an Italian professional football manager and former player. During his playing career as a midfielder, he played for Swiss clubs Schaffhausen, Zürich and Aarau before joining Lazio of Italy and Chelsea of England. Born in Switzerland to Italian parents, he was capped 34 times for Italy, scoring two goals, and played in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 following injury problems.Di Matteo began his managerial career with Milton Keynes Dons, who he took to the League One playoffs in 2008–09 before leaving to return West Bromwich Albion to the Premier League. As caretaker manager of Chelsea, he steered the club to double title success, winning both the FA Cup and the club's first UEFA Champions League title in 2012, but was dismissed later that year. He then went on to coach Schalke 04 until May 2015 when he departed after seven months in charge, and had four months as manager of Aston Villa in 2016.

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2. André Abegglen (1909 - 1944)

With an HPI of 65.14, André Abegglen is the 2nd most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

André "Trello" Abegglen (7 March 1909 – 8 November 1944) was a Swiss football forward. He played for Grasshopper Club Zürich, the French club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and the Swiss national team, for whom he appeared in two World Cups. He is the brother of Max Abegglen and Jean Abegglen, both players of the Swiss national team. In France, with Sochaux, he was the league champion in 1935 and 1938, and was the top goalscorer of the 1935 tournament, with 30 goals in 28 appearances.Abbeglen played in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, scoring one goal, and in the 1938 FIFA World Cup, where he scored a hat-trick in the first round replay match against Germany, won by Switzerland 4–2. In total, he scored 29 goals in 52 matches for the Swiss team. He died in 1944, at the age of just 35.

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3. Ivan Rakitić (1988 - )

With an HPI of 63.93, Ivan Rakitić is the 3rd most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 70 different languages.

Ivan Rakitić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan rǎkititɕ]; born 10 March 1988) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for La Liga club Sevilla. Rakitić started his professional career at Basel and spent two seasons with them before he was signed by Schalke 04. After spending three-and-a-half seasons in the Bundesliga, he was signed by Sevilla in January 2011. Two years later, Rakitić was confirmed as the club captain and captained the team to UEFA Europa League triumph. In June 2014, Barcelona and Sevilla reached an agreement on the transfer of Rakitić. In his first season with Barça, he won the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. He scored the first goal of the 2015 Champions League Final and became the first player ever to win the Champions League a year after winning the Europa League while playing for two clubs. After appearing in 310 games and winning ten more trophies with Barcelona, Rakitić returned to Sevilla in 2020. Born in Switzerland to parents from Yugoslavia, Rakitić played for Switzerland at youth level, but decided to represent Croatia at senior level. He made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and has since represented the country at the UEFA Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup, reaching the final of the latter. He retired from international duty in September 2020, having made 106 appearances. At the time of his retirement, he was the fourth most capped player in the history of Croatia.

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4. Leopold Kielholz (1911 - 1980)

With an HPI of 62.90, Leopold Kielholz is the 4th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Leopold "Poldi" Kielholz (9 June 1911 – 4 June 1980[1]) was a Swiss football striker. He participated in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, scoring 3 goals, and also in the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Historically, he was the first Swiss international to score a goal for his country in a World Cup tournament. He was wearing glasses during games.

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5. Josef Hügi (1930 - 1995)

With an HPI of 62.73, Josef Hügi is the 5th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Josef "Seppe" Hügi (23 January 1930, in Riehen – 16 April 1995, in Basel) was a Swiss international footballer who played as a striker during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.

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6. Oliver Neuville (1973 - )

With an HPI of 61.74, Oliver Neuville is the 6th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Oliver Patric Neuville (German pronunciation: [ˈɔlivɐ nøːvil], born 1 May 1973) is a German former footballer who played as a striker. During an 18-year professional career he played mainly for Bayer Leverkusen (five seasons) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (six), amassing Bundesliga totals of 334 games and 91 goals. Neuville appeared nearly 70 times for the German national team during one full decade, representing his adopted nation in two World Cups and at Euro 2008.

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7. Roger Courtois (1912 - 1972)

With an HPI of 61.35, Roger Courtois is the 7th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Roger Courtois (30 May 1912 – 5 May 1972) was a French football player and manager. He played as a striker.

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8. Max Abegglen (1902 - 1970)

With an HPI of 61.20, Max Abegglen is the 8th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Max "Xam" Abegglen (11 April 1902 – 25 August 1970) was a Swiss footballer who played as a forward. Throughout his career, he played for FC Lausanne until 1923 when he transferred to Grasshopper Zurich. He was the brother of André 'Trello' Abegglen and Jean Abegglen, both also players of the Swiss national team. Abegglen played for the Switzerland national team 68 times, scoring 34 goals. He was the sole leading goalscorer for the team until Kubilay Türkyilmaz's 34th goal in his 62nd and final international in 2001. Their records were broken on 30 May 2008 with Alexander Frei's 35th goal.Abegglen scored a hat-trick in his first international, against the Netherlands in Bern on 19 November 1922. His only other hat-trick was in the Football at the 1924 Summer Olympics on 24 May 1924, with three in a 9–0 win over Lithuania. The Swiss won the silver medal after losing the final 3–0 to Uruguay. Abegglen missed the 1934 FIFA World Cup. In his final match, he was captain as Switzerland lost 1–0 to Nazi Germany on 2 May 1937.The club Neuchâtel Xamax, twice Swiss champions in the 1980s, is named after "Xam" Max Abegglen. He also competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics and the 1928 Summer Olympics.

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9. Stephan Lichtsteiner (1984 - )

With an HPI of 61.12, Stephan Lichtsteiner is the 9th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (German pronunciation: [lɪçtʃtaɪnər]; born 6 October 1984) is a Swiss former professional footballer. An attacking right-back or wing-back, he was known for his energetic runs down the right wing, as well as his stamina and athleticism, which earned him the nicknames "Forrest Gump" and "The Swiss Express".He began his professional career with Grasshopper, winning a league title in 2002–03, and moved to Lille in 2005, helping the French club to Champions League qualification in his first season with the team. In 2008, he joined Italian club Lazio, and won both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana the following year. In 2011, he signed for Juventus for a fee of €10 million. He played 257 total games for the Turin side over seven years and won 14 trophies, including the Serie A title in each of his seasons with the team. In the summer of 2018, he was signed by Premier League side Arsenal, where he spent a season before moving to German club Augsburg the following summer. Lichsteiner announced his retirement from football after a season at the club. A full international from 2006 to 2019, Lichtsteiner earned over 100 caps for Switzerland, making him their third most capped player of all time. He represented his country at two UEFA European Championships and three FIFA World Cups. In 2015, he was named Swiss Footballer of the Year. He is currently on the board of directors of HC Lugano.

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10. Charles Antenen (1929 - 2000)

With an HPI of 60.77, Charles Antenen is the 10th most famous Swiss Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Charles Antenen (3 November 1929 in La Chaux-de-Fonds – 20 May 2000) was a Swiss football player, who was nicknamed Kiki.

Pantheon has 145 people classified as soccer players born between 1902 and 1998. Of these 145, 127 (87.59%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Roberto Di Matteo, Ivan Rakitić, and Oliver Neuville. The most famous deceased soccer players include André Abegglen, Leopold Kielholz, and Josef Hügi. As of October 2020, 37 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Robert Ballaman, Roger Vonlanthen, and Lauro Amadò.

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