Adrian Knup

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Adrian Knup
birthday 2nd July 1968
place of birth Liestal, Switzerland
Size 185 cm
position striker
Years station
FC Basel
Years station Games (goals) 1
1986-1988 FC Basel 40 (11)
1988-1989 FC Aarau 33 (13)
1989-1992 FC Luzern 74 (20)
1992-1994 VfB Stuttgart 53 (20)
1994-1996 Karlsruher SC 39 (11)
1996 Galatasaray Istanbul 5 0(2)
1996-1998 FC Basel 29 0(8)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1989-1996 Switzerland 49 (26)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of career

Adrian Knup (born July 2, 1968 in Liestal ) is a former Swiss football player and current official at FC Basel . The striker, who often wore the number 9, was characterized primarily by his headball strength. He played 49 games for the Swiss national soccer team and scored 26 goals. His goals at the World Cup finals in the USA in 1994 , when he scored twice in the preliminary round in Switzerland's 4-1 win against Romania, will be remembered.


Knup has played in the offspring of FC Basel since childhood . He made the leap into the first team when he was brought into the professional squad by the U18 in the summer of 1986. In 1988 he moved to FC Aarau , and a year later to FC Luzern , where he made his breakthrough. In the Swiss Cup, Knup scored two goals to win the final. In the league itself, the club played long against relegation to the NLB. In the decisive relegation game, he missed a penalty and Lucerne was relegated. In 1991 he was voted Swiss Footballer of the Year by the newspaper Sport .

In 1992 Knup moved to VfB Stuttgart under coach Christoph Daum and later under Jürgen Röber and scored 20 goals in two seasons. In 1994 he signed with the league competitor Karlsruher SC , who was coached by Winfried Schäfer , and scored 11 goals there in two years. In 1996 he lost the final of the DFB Cup against Kaiserslautern with Karlsruher SC with 0: 1.

For the 1996/97 season he moved to Turkey to Galatasaray Istanbul for half a year and ended his career in Switzerland with FC Basel . He then worked in the private sector and worked as a co-commentator on broadcasts of games of the Swiss championship.

On May 25, 2007 he was appointed the new team manager of the Swiss national football team by the Swiss Football Association. After the European Football Championship in 2008 , his mandate expired and was not extended. Since 2009 Knup has been on the board of directors of FC Basel responsible for match operations and a member of the technical commission.


He is the father of a son from his first marriage and two girls from his current marriage.

He is the founder and owner of the company "Adrian Knup Consulting", which provides services in the sports and event sector.

Individual evidence

  1. (si): Adrian Knup is the new FCB board member . Basler Zeitung, 2009 (accessed June 23, 2009).
  2. Remo Meister: rotblau / FC Basel 1893 - The magazine . FC Basel Marketing AG, 2011.