|Full name||Fabian Lukas Schär|
|Date of birth||20 December 1991|
|Place of birth||Wil, Switzerland|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1999–2009||FC Wil 1900|
|2009–2012||FC Wil 1900||52||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24:00, 17 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Schär began his playing career at FC Wil and rose through the youth ranks, soon playing regularly for Wil's reserve team. He eventually made his league debut on 29 November 2009 against FC Stade Nyonnais, coming on as a late substitute. He scored his first Swiss Challenge League goal in an away win against Yverdon-Sport FC on 30 October 2010.
On 4 July 2012, it was announced that Schär had transferred to FC Basel. He signed a three-year contract with a one year option. He made his Swiss Super League debut on 29 September 2012 in a 1–1 away draw against FC Lausanne-Sport. He scored his first goal for his new club in the St. Jakob-Park during the 3–2 home win against Servette. It was a header to the 1–1 equaliser following a corner from Fabian Frei.
At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Schär won the Championship title and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel. In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced as far as the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but they were knocked out losing both matched and being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.
Schär was a Switzerland youth international having played at under-20 and under-21 level. Schär made his international debut for the Swiss U-20 team in a game against Poland U-20 on 17 November 2011. He played his first game for the Swiss U-21 on 29 February 2012 in the 1–2 defeat against the Austrian U-21. He scored his first goal for the Swiss U-21 during his fourth appearance for them on 10 September 2012 in a match against Estonia U-21 This was the final game in the qualification to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Switzerland finished in second position and entered the play-offs. In the first leg of the qualification play-offs on 12 October 2012 against the German U-21 team Schär was shown the red card after he fouled Sebastian Polter as last man. Despite the goal from the penalty spot the game ended in a 1–1 draw.
He was selected to represent Switzerland in the men's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics as part of the Swiss under-23 team. He played over 90 minutes in the first two games of the tournament, but the team were knocked out, finishing in fourth position of their Group.
On 6 September 2013, Schär scored his first goal for the Swiss senior team in a 4–4 home draw against Iceland. Four days later, on 10 September, Schär scored two more goals in a 2–0 away win over Norway.
On 13 May 2014, Schär was named in Switzerland's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his tournament debut as a starter in the team's third match, replacing the injured Steve von Bergen and helping Switzerland to a clean sheet in a 3–0 defeat of Honduras.
Honours and titles
- Swiss Super League champion (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
- Swiss Cup runner up (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
- Uhren Cup winner (1): 2013
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- "Olympia-Teilnehmer Schär zum FCB". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Der FCB verpflichtet Innenverteidiger Fabian Schär vom FC Wil 1900" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Weber, Dominik (29 September 2012). "FCB kommt bei Lausanne-Sport nicht über ein 1:1-Remis hinaus" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Meister, Remo (7 October 2012). "Der FCB holt gegen Servette den fünften Liga-Sieg, Tor-Premiere für Schär" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Schifferle, Michael (10 June 2013). "Season review: Switzerland". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Fina" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Haylett, Trevor (3 May 2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Switzerland triumph over Estonia". uefa.com. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Drmic intervention saves ten-man Switzerland". uefa.com. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Schweiz mit Behrami, Benaglio und Klose an die Olympischen Spiele". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 4 July 2012.[dead link]
- Aarre, Eivind (10 September 2013). "Schär leaves Switzerland with one foot in Brazil". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "World Cup 2014: Pajtim Kasami on standby for Switzerland". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Switzerland 3-0 Honduras". BBC. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- Fabian Schär on the website of the Swiss Football League
- Profile at FC Basel Website
- Player page on World Football