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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