Benjamin Huggel

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Benjamin Huggel
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birthday 7th July 1977
place of birth DornachSwitzerland
Size 190 cm
position midfield
Years station
1987-1996 FC Münchenstein
1996-1998 FC Arlesheim
Years station Games (goals) 1
1998-2005 FC Basel 153 (31)
2005-2007 Eintracht Frankfurt 53 0(1)
2007–2012 FC Basel 142 (30)
2012 FC Basel U-21 1 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2003-2010 Switzerland 41 0(2)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2012-2013 FC Basel U-21 (Assistant)
2013-2014 FC Basel U-14
2014-2015 FC Luzern U-16
2015-2016 FC Black Stars Basel
1 Only league games are given.

Benjamin "Beni" Huggel (born July 7, 1977 in Dornach ) is a former Swiss football player and today's coach. His position was the defensive midfield . He is a citizen of Münchenstein and grew up there too. Huggel became a footballer relatively late at the age of 21. He had previously completed his training as a landscape gardener . He soon won a regular place at FC Basel , won the Swiss championship seven times , won the Swiss Cup five times and played in the UEFA Champions League several times . Huggel now works for Swiss television as a sports expert and co-commentator, and has been accompanying the games of the Swiss national team as an expert since January 2018.

Club career

Huggel began playing football at FC Münchenstein and also played for FC Arlesheim for two years. He moved to FC Basel in 1998 and only turned professional relatively late at the age of 21. He soon won a regular place at FC Basel and with it he became a Swiss champion seven times, Swiss cup winner five times and played in the UEFA Champions League several times .

From 2005 to 2007 Huggel was under contract with German first division club Eintracht Frankfurt . After he was initially a regular player, he lost his place in the starting XI again. After he got used to the pace of the Bundesliga, he managed to regain his lost regular position in defensive midfield, aided by injuries to several teammates. On May 5, 2007 in the game against Alemannia Aachen , he scored his first Bundesliga goal in his 51st game.

For the 2007/08 season, Huggel moved back to FC Basel for an estimated 400,000 euros , with whom he signed a three-year contract until 2010. This was prematurely extended by two years on November 18, 2009.

At the end of the 2011/12 season Huggel won the championship title with FCB and with the cup victory also his fourth double and ended his career as a professional footballer.

Between 2012 and 2013 he was the assistant coach of the U-21 team at FCB and was also eligible to play there as an amateur player. He held his first head coaching position with a senior team between July 2015 and February 2016, when he was responsible for the first team at FC Black Stars Basel.

National team

Huggel has played 41 games for the Swiss national football team since August 20, 2003 . On the occasion of the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on October 10, 2009, he scored the 1000th goal of the Swiss national football team. On November 14, 2009 Huggel took over the captain's armband for the first time after Alexander Frei had been substituted and Christoph Spycher had been absent . Benjamin Huggel was voted the best Swiss national player of the year 2009 on the “Night of Swiss Football” in 2010. After the 2010 World Cup in South Africa , Huggel announced his resignation from the national team.


After the scandalous incidents in the decisive World Cup qualifier against Turkey, Benjamin Huggel was banned from FIFA for six competitive national team matches on February 7, 2006 . This suspension was subsequently reduced, as it was for other players, so that Huggel was only suspended for four games. Since Switzerland had qualified for the second round of the 2006 World Cup , this suspension had already been served. He was thus eligible to play again at the 2008 European Championship in his own country and was part of the Swiss squad . This stake would have been at risk if there had been six game suspensions, as Switzerland, as the organizer, did not have to play any qualifying matches. On March 26, 2008 Huggel was used for the first time since the scandal in an international match for Switzerland: He came on in the 88th minute in the international match against Germany.

titles and achievements


Web links

Commons : Benjamin Huggel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. On my own account - Benjamin Huggel becomes an expert for the national team . In: Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) . ( [accessed on January 23, 2018]).
  2. ^ Eintracht Frankfurt: Huggel returns to Basel on faz-Online
  3. FCB signs Benjamin Huggel ( memento of July 30, 2012 in the web archive ) on FC Basel - The official website
  4. FCB extends contract with Huggel and Aratore on BAZ-online
  5. Remo Meister: The 15th championship title for FCB - the result of a terrific season . 2012. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved on April 29, 2012.
  6. 's Telegram FC Basel 1893 5: 3 FC Luzern . 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  7. Schweizer Huggel stops. (No longer available online.) March 30, 2012, formerly in the original ; Retrieved March 30, 2012 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  8. Basellandschaftliche Zeitung: FC Black Stars dismisses coach Benjamin Huggel ( Memento from February 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on February 11, 2016
  9. How was the 1000th goal? , 20 minutes, October 12, 2009
  10. Doumbia and Huggel are Player of the Year on Swiss TV from May 24, 2010
  11. Benjamin Huggel resigns from his national team on Swiss television on July 30, 2010
  12. ^ Turkey-Switzerland game: Harsh punishments after beatings - World Cup 2006 on Focus Online from February 8, 2008
  13. Scandal game - Fifa reduces punishment against Turkey on SZ-Online from June 24, 2006