Max Abegglen

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Max "Xam" Abegglen (born April 11, 1902 , † August 25, 1970 in Zermatt ) was a Swiss football player .

Abegglen was considered a top player in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Hardly anyone could fulfill the position of runner better than he. With a total of 32 goals for the national team, he is still the third most successful goalscorer in the Swiss national team ( Alexander Frei heads this list with 42 goals). André "Trello" Abegglen , the seven years younger brother of Max, was also a very successful Swiss national player.

The club career

Max Abegglen began his career in 1918 at FC Cantonal Neuchâtel . At the end of the season he then moved to Lausanne-Sports . He stayed in Lausanne until the 1923 season before moving to the Grasshoppers . With the GCZ he was six times Swiss champion and five times Swiss cup winner. Abegglen is immortalized in the name of the Neuchâtel Xamax football club , of which he was a co-founder. The Xamax palindrome goes back to his nickname Xam .

The national player

Between November 1922 and May 1937 Abegglen was a member of the Swiss national football team . He scored three goals in his first international match against the Netherlands in 1922. In 68 international matches, he scored a total of 32 goals.

He celebrated the greatest success with the Swiss team in 1924 at the Summer Olympics in Paris , when the team won the silver medal in the Olympic football tournament. He scored six goals over the course of the tournament, making him the best Swiss goalscorer at the Olympic Games.

  • Debut: November 1922 Switzerland - Netherlands 5: 0 (where he scored three goals)
  • Farewell: May 1937
  • Statistics: 68 games - 32 goals


  • 1 × silver medal with Switzerland at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • 6 × Swiss champions with GC 1927, 1928, 1931, 1937, 1939 and 1942.
  • 5 × Swiss Cup winners with GC 1926, 1927, 1932, 1937 and 1940.

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