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Fabian Schär

Fabian Schär
Personal information
Full name Fabian Lukas Schär[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991
Place of birth Wil, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Basel
Number 16
Youth career
1999–2009 FC Wil 1900
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 FC Wil 1900 52 (9)
2012– FC Basel 56 (9)
National team
2010–2011 Switzerland U20 3 (0)
2012 Switzerland U21 5 (1)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 3 (0)
2013– Switzerland 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24:00, 9 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2014

Fabian Lukas Schär (born 20 December 1991) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a centre back for FC Basel. He was selected to play in the Swiss football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Club career

Schär began his playing career at FC Wil and rose through the youth ranks, soon playing regularly for Wil's reserve team. He eventually made his league debut on 29 November 2009 against FC Stade Nyonnais, coming on as a late substitute. He scored his first Swiss Challenge League goal in an away win against Yverdon-Sport FC on 30 October 2010.

On 4 July 2012, it was announced that Schär had transferred to FC Basel.[2] He signed a three-year contract with a one year option.[3] He made his Swiss Super League debut on 29 September 2012 in a 1–1 away draw against FC Lausanne-Sport.[4] He scored his first goal for his new club in the St. Jakob-Park during the 3–2 home win against Servette. It was a header to the 1–1 equaliser following a corner from Fabian Frei.[5]

At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Schär won the Championship title[6] and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[7] In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced as far as the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but they were knocked out losing both matched and being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[8]

At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Schär won his second league championship with Basel.[9] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. During the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel reached the group stage and finished the group in third position. Thus they qualified for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.

International career

Schär was a Switzerland youth international having played at under-20 and under-21 level. Schär made his international debut for the Swiss U-20 team in a game against Poland U-20 on 17 November 2011. He played his first game for the Swiss U-21 on 29 February 2012 in the 1–2 defeat against the Austrian U-21. He scored his first goal for the Swiss U-21 during his fourth appearance for them on 10 September 2012 in a match against Estonia U-21[10] This was the final game in the qualification to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Switzerland finished in second position and entered the play-offs. In the first leg of the qualification play-offs on 12 October 2012 against the German U-21 team Schär was shown the red card after he fouled Sebastian Polter as last man. Despite the goal from the penalty spot the game ended in a 1–1 draw.[11]

He was selected to represent Switzerland in the men's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics as part of the Swiss under-23 team.[12] He played over 90 minutes in the first two games of the tournament, but the team were knocked out, finishing in fourth position of their Group.

On 6 September 2013, Schär scored his first goal for the Swiss senior team in a 4–4 home draw against Iceland. Four days later, on 10 September, Schär scored two more goals in a 2–0 away win over Norway.[13]

On 13 May 2014, Schär was named in Switzerland's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[14] He made his tournament debut as a starter in the team's third match, replacing the injured Steve von Bergen and helping Switzerland to a clean sheet in a 3–0 defeat of Honduras.[15]

International goals

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 September 2013 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland  Iceland
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 10 September 2013 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 15 November 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Lithuania
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
Last updated 15 November 2014[16]




  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Olympia-Teilnehmer Schär zum FCB". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Der FCB verpflichtet Innenverteidiger Fabian Schär vom FC Wil 1900" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Weber, Dominik (29 September 2012). "FCB kommt bei Lausanne-Sport nicht über ein 1:1-Remis hinaus" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Meister, Remo (7 October 2012). "Der FCB holt gegen Servette den fünften Liga-Sieg, Tor-Premiere für Schär" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Schifferle, Michael (10 June 2013). "Season review: Switzerland". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Fina" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Haylett, Trevor (3 May 2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Grossenbacher, Sacha (2014). "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in Deutsch). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  10. ^ "Switzerland triumph over Estonia". 10 September 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Drmic intervention saves ten-man Switzerland". 12 October 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Schweiz mit Behrami, Benaglio und Klose an die Olympischen Spiele". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Aarre, Eivind (10 September 2013). "Schär leaves Switzerland with one foot in Brazil". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "World Cup 2014: Pajtim Kasami on standby for Switzerland". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Switzerland 3-0 Honduras". BBC. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Switzerland - F. Schär". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

External links

  • Fabian Schär on the website of the Swiss Football League
  • Profile at FC Basel Website
  • Player page on World Football
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