Benaglio in 2008
|Full name||Diego Orlando Benaglio|
|Date of birth||8 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Zürich, Switzerland|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Current club||VfL Wolfsburg|
|2003–2005||VfB Stuttgart II||37||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
He spent most of his professional career in Germany, with Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, appearing in more than 200 official games with the latter and winning the 2009 league championship. He also spent three years in Portugal with Nacional.
Early years / Nacional
Born in Zürich, Benaglio started his career with hometown side Grasshopper Club Zürich. Still in his teens he moved to Germany and joined VfB Stuttgart, but appeared exclusively for the reserves during his three-year spell.
For the 2005–06 season Benaglio moved to Portugal's C.D. Nacional, soon gaining favour over Henrique Hilário and becoming the Madeira side's undisputed first-choice after the veteran left for Chelsea. It was also during his first year that the club qualified for the UEFA Cup.
On 22 January 2008, Benaglio returned to Germany, signing for VfL Wolfsburg. He made his club debut eight days later, helping his team advance to the quarter-finals of the German Cup after a penalty shootout win over FC Schalke 04.
In the 2008–09 campaign, Benaglio only missed three matches as Wolfsburg were crowned Bundesliga champions for the first time in the club's history. In the following year he appeared significantly less, due to injury.
On 23 January 2013, Benaglio signed a contract extension with Wolfsburg, keeping him at the club until 2016.
A Swiss international since 2006, Benaglio was called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as third-choice, behind Pascal Zuberbühler and Fabio Coltorti. With consistently good club performances in the following years, he was promoted to the starting line-up for UEFA Euro 2008 played on home soil, and became first-choice onwards.
As the national team qualified to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Benaglio played in all three group stage matches in an eventual group stage exit (one goal conceded), including a 1–0 win against Spain who later won the tournament.
- "EURO aim brings Benaglio to Wolfsburg". UEFA.com. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Benaglio extends with Wolfsburg". Bundesliga. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Diego Benaglio – FIFA competition record
- "Swiss happy to accept Spanish 'gift'". FIFA.com. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- Wolfsburg official profile (German)
- Diego Benaglio at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Diego Benaglio at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website (German)