Johann Vogel

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Johann Vogel
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Personal information
Full name Johann Louis François Vogel
Date of birth (1977-03-08) 8 March 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1992 Meyrin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Grasshoppers 133 (13)
1999–2005 PSV 169 (7)
2005–2006 Milan 14 (0)
2006–2007 Betis 17 (0)
2008–2009 Blackburn Rovers 7 (0)
2012 Grasshoppers 3 (0)
Total 343 (20)
National team
Switzerland U21 7 (0)
1995–2007[1] Switzerland 94 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Johann Louis François Vogel (born 8 March 1977 in Geneva) is a former Swiss footballer.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vogel joined Swiss amateur club Meyrin in his youth, but made the cut into professional football by joining Grasshoppers. In his time at Grasshoppers, he usually played central defence or rightback although on occasion, he could be called to feature in a central defensive midfield role.

In his role as a defensive midfield player, in which he uses his ability to pass accurately and to effectively retain possession of the ball, Vogel can be counted on to add depth to either defence or attack.

PSV and Milan[edit]

Dutch club PSV sought his services in 1999 and he became a prominent member of the team until he decided to leave to join Milan at the end of the 2004–05 season. In his final season with PSV, he was noted for forming a formidable midfield partnership with Mark van Bommel and Phillip Cocu where the club managed to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League tournament.

Real Betis[edit]

On 31 August 2006, he joined Real Betis in an exchange deal for Ricardo Oliveira. Vogel made his Betis debut against Athletic Bilbao on 10 September 2006 at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, which Betis won 3–0.

Vogel made his last La Liga appearance for Betis on 19 May 2007 against Tarragona. On 27 December 2007, he agreed to leave Betis after suing them.

Everton confirmed they were in talks to sign the player after being told he could leave his then club Real Betis in July 2007.[2] However the deal hit problems due to Real Betis wanting payment for him.[3]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 18 March 2008, he agreed a two and a half year contract (with Blackburn having an option for a further year) with Mark Hughes' Blackburn Rovers.[4][5] Vogel joined fellow Swiss footballers Stéphane Henchoz and Bruno Berner at Ewood Park, as well as his former PSV-colleague André Ooijer. After receiving International clearance to play for Blackburn Rovers on 25 March, he was given the number 8 shirt[6] by Mark Hughes, the shirt vacated by Robbie Savage after his move to Derby County.

Vogel made his debut for Rovers on 5 April against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, in the 2008–09 season, Vogel found himself frozen out at Ewood Park. He came on as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat by Liverpool.

On 7 April 2009, his contract was terminated by Blackburn Rovers with immediate effect and by mutual consent.[7] After that, he announced his retirement from professional football.

Grasshoppers comeback[edit]

Two and a half years after his retirement, Vogel decided to return to the field again. He made comeback with Grasshoppers where he made his professional debut and appeared in the starting line-up against FC Thun on 5 February 2012. After appearing in another two league matches, he retired for the second time.

International career[edit]

Vogel made his debut for Switzerland on 8 March 1995 in a 1–1 draw against Greece. Vogel has played in Euro 1996, Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup and has made 94 appearances in total for his country. He scored his first goal on 10 March 1999 in a friendly against Austria.

Until 8 March 2007, he was the captain of Switzerland.

Career statistics[edit]

[8]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992–93 Grasshoppers Super League 3 0 3 0
1993–94 4 0 4 0
1994–95 23 0 23 0
1995–96 24 0 24 0
1996–97 28 3 28 3
1997–98 24 5 1 0 25 5
1998–99 27 5 27 5
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 PSV Eredivisie 31 2 4 0 35 2
2000–01 30 1 1 0 10 0 41 1
2001–02 25 1 8 0 33 1
2002–03 32 1 6 0 38 1
2003–04 24 1 7 0 31 1
2004–05 27 1 13 0 40 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Milan Serie A 14 0 3 0 5 0 22 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2006–07 Betis La Liga 17 0 1 0 18 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 6 0 6 0
2008–09 1 0 1 0
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Grasshoppers Super League 3 0 3 0
Total Switzerland 136 13 1 0 137 13
Netherlands 169 7 1 0 48 0 218 7
Italy 14 0 3 0 5 0 22 0
Spain 17 0 1 0 18 0
England 7 0 7 0
Career total 343 20 2 0 54 0 399 20

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 March 1999 Espenmoos, St. Gallen  Austria 1–1 2–4 Friendly
2. 15 August 2001 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Grasshopper
1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
1994
PSV Eindhoven
1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
2004–05
2000, 2001, 2003
Individual
2001

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