Ricardo Cabanas

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Ricardo Cabanas
Ricardo Cabanas 2006
birthday 17th January 1979
place of birth ZurichSwitzerland
Size 173 cm
position midfield
Years station
SCI Juventus Zurich
until 1997 Grasshopper Club Zurich
Years station Games (goals) 1
1997-2003 Grasshopper Club Zurich 143 (29)
2003-2004 EA Guingamp 17 0(0)
2004–01 / 06 Grasshopper Club Zurich 54 (15)
01 / 06-2007 1. FC Cologne 41 0(2)
2007–2012 Grasshopper Club Zurich 86 (19)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2002-2008 Switzerland 51 0(4)
1 Only league games are given.
Ricardo Cabanas before the match between Switzerland and Brazil on November 15, 2006

Ricardo Cabanas (born January 17, 1979 in Zurich ) is a former Swiss football player . He played in midfield.

Club career

Cabanas, son of Spanish parents, was almost fifteen years old when he was close to the end of his career because he suffered from arthritis in his right knee.

He began his professional career at Grasshopper Club Zurich , then in 2003 it led him to the then French first division club EA Guingamp . From January 2004 Cabanas, who speaks five languages ​​(German, English, Spanish, French and Italian), played again for the Grasshoppers, where he was also appointed captain. In January 2006, he followed his former coach Hanspeter Latour into the German Bundesliga and signed a contract with 1. FC Köln that ran until the end of the 2009/2010 season; the transfer fee was 650,000 euros. In Cologne he was nicknamed Kabänes , a bitters that is well known in the area. On June 13, 2007 he dissolved his contract with Cologne and went back to the Swiss club Grasshoppers Zurich, where he received a five-year contract. After its expiry in the summer of 2012, he ended his active career as a footballer.

With the Grasshopper Club, Cabanas celebrated three times winning the Swiss football championship .

National team

After Cabanas took on Swiss citizenship in 1998 , he was initially used in the U-21 national team. With her he reached the semifinals at the European Championships in Switzerland in 2002 . After the EM he was used in the Swiss national team and took part in the 2004 EM in Portugal.

In the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup , he was voted best outfield player in the Swiss away game in France on March 26, 2005 at the Stade de France by the sports newspaper L'Équipe . Another success in his national team career was Switzerland's qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany . There he reached the round of 16 with his team, which was unfortunately lost on penalties against Ukraine. Cabanas missed his penalty as did his teammates Streller and Barnetta .

He scored four goals in 51 international matches. At the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, he was last on the Swiss squad .

Achievements and Awards


Cabanas is married and has two children.

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