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Benjamin Huggel

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 6
  • Date of birth: 7 July, 1977 (33 years old)
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Benjamin Huggel
0|0 Benjamin Huggel
0 As substitute
10|15 Total Switzerland
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
3 Total Switzerland
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Benjamin Huggel
0 Benjamin Huggel
1 Total Switzerland
0 Total Switzerland
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
5|0 Benjamin Huggel
0|0 Benjamin Huggel
52|38 Total Switzerland
8|1 Total Switzerland
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Switzerland games played

  1. Spain 0-1 Switzerland
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  2. Chile 1-0 Switzerland
    Monday, 21 June Match report
  3. Switzerland 0-0 Honduras
    Friday, 25 June Match report

Player Profile

The imposing defensive midfielder has been named Swiss Footballer of the Year ahead of his first World Cup finals.

He missed the 2006 tournament while serving a four-match ban, reduced from six on appeal, imposed by Fifa for kicking the assistant manager of Turkey during a mass brawl at the end of their World Cup play-off.

Huggel enjoyed the most prolific goal-scoring form of his career in 2009/10. His 11 goals – including three penalties – helped Basel clinch a 13th league title, five of which have been won with Huggel in the side.

He also scored the final goal in the 6-0 Swiss Cup win over Lausanne as Basel completed the double.

He has spent all but two seasons of his career at Basel, returning to the club in 2007 after a stint at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Despite making his Switzerland debut in 2003, Huggel has only become a regular since Ottmar Hitzfeld became head coach after Euro 2008.

Huggel scored the team’s 1,000th goal with a header in the qualifier against Luxembourg in October.

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