Mario Frick (footballer)
Frick captaining Liechtenstein in 2009
|Full name||Mario Frick|
|Date of birth||7 September 1974|
|Place of birth||Chur, Switzerland|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mario Frick (born 7 September 1974) is a Swiss-born Liechtensteiner football striker, who plays for the Liechtensteiner side FC Balzers in the Swiss 1st League. He has a record of 119 caps and 16 goals for his country since his international debut in 1993.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 International goals
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In 1994, he played abroad for the first time in his career. The destination was the country where he has half-citizenship, Switzerland.
A.C. Arezzo signed him to play the 2000–01 season, where he scored an impressive 16 goals in just 23 matches.
It was under the management of Italian manager Alberto Malesani, who employed a 3–4–3 attacking formation, with Frick being one of the three forwards in the manager's tactics. His two partners in attack were the future big-names, Adrian Mutu (currently playing for ACF Fiorentina), and Mauro Camoranesi (later signed by Juventus, now playing for Club Atlético Lanús).
Frick and other international talents such as Adrian Mutu, Mauro Camoranesi, Alberto Gilardino, Martin Laursen, Massimo Oddo, Marco Cassetti and coach Alberto Malesani failed to keep the club in the top flight.
With Ternana, Frick played a total of 133 games, with 44 goals scored, a personal record for Frick in terms of goals and appearances for a single club. He stayed for 4 seasons at the club, before Ternana's relegation from Serie B in 2006.
Frick moved to A.C. Siena in July 2006.
He wore the number 7 as one of the club's starting formation, playing in the Serie A once again.
In May 2009, he left Siena.
Return to Switzerland
Grasshopper Club Zürich
Following a year and a half long stint with St. Gallen, Frick moved onto Grasshopper Club Zürich in January 2011.
Return to Liechtenstein
Frick decided to end his professional career and go part-time, returning to his first club FC Balzers in July 2011.
Frick made his Liechtenstein debut in October 1993 in a friendly against Estonia and established himself almost immediately as a key player for the Liechtenstein national football team. Frick had a falling out with both the national coach, Ralf Loose, and the Liechtenstein Football Association near the end of the 2002 World Cup qualification stages, and he was left out of the team. This episode is chronicled in Charlie Connelly's book, Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup. After changes concerning both the Liechtenstein Football Association and the coach, Frick returned to be part of the squad, which included playing in both games against England.
- Liechtenstein score first
Frick and his wife, Isabelle, have three children: Yanik, Noah and Alessia Giovanna.
- La Gazzetta dello Sport profile (Italian)