Diego Benaglio

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Diego Benaglio
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Benaglio in 2008
Personal information
Full name Diego Orlando Benaglio
Date of birth (1983-09-08) 8 September 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Zürich, Switzerland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club VfL Wolfsburg
Number 1
Youth career
1993–1997 Spreitenbach
1997–1999 FC Baden
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Grasshopper 23 (0)
2002–2005 VfB Stuttgart 0 (0)
2003–2005 VfB Stuttgart II 37 (0)
2005–2008 Nacional 69 (0)
2008– VfL Wolfsburg 189 (0)
National team
2001 Switzerland U19 3 (0)
2002 Switzerland U20 1 (0)
2003–2005 Switzerland U21 15 (0)
2006– Switzerland 52 (0)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2013

Diego Orlando Benaglio (born 8 September 1983) is a Swiss footballer who plays for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, as a goalkeeper.

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.

Benaglio gained more than 50 caps for Switzerland, representing the nation in two World Cups and Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Nacional[edit]

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.

Wolfsburg[edit]

On 22 January 2008, Benaglio returned to Germany, signing for VfL Wolfsburg.[1] 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.[2]

International career[edit]

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),[3] including a 1–0 win against Spain who later won the tournament.[4]

Honours[edit]

Grasshopper
Wolfsburg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EURO aim brings Benaglio to Wolfsburg". UEFA.com. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Benaglio extends with Wolfsburg". Bundesliga. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Diego BenaglioFIFA competition record
  4. ^ "Swiss happy to accept Spanish 'gift'". FIFA.com. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 

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