Mario Frick (footballer)

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Mario Frick
Mario Frick (footballer).jpg
Frick captaining Liechtenstein in 2009
Personal information
Full name Mario Frick
Date of birth (1974-09-07) 7 September 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Chur, Switzerland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Balzers
Number 7
Youth career
1982–1990 Balzers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Balzers (49)
1994–1996 St. Gallen 60 (11)
1996–1999 Basel 80 (30)
1999–2000 Zürich 41 (7)
2000–2001 Arezzo 23 (16)
2001–2002 Verona 24 (7)
2002–2006 Ternana 133 (44)
2006–2009 Siena 88 (13)
2009–2011 St. Gallen 41 (5)
2011 Grasshopper 8 (1)
2011– Balzers 29 (6)
National team
1993– Liechtenstein 113 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 March 2014

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 113 caps and 16 goals for his country since his international debut in 1993.

Club career[edit]

Liechtenstein[edit]

Born in Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland, Frick started his career with the youth team at Liechtensteiner club FC Balzers, in which he then played 4 seasons in the first team within the early 1990s.

Switzerland[edit]

In 1994, he played abroad for the first time in his career. The destination was the country where he has half-citizenship, Switzerland.

Each FC St. Gallen, FC Basel, and FC Zürich once experienced his services.

He played there until the turning of the millennium, which marked a giant leap in his career by moving to one of the best football leagues in the world, the Italian Serie A.

Italy[edit]

Arezzo[edit]

He began his Italian journey by holding the status of the first Liechtensteiner to play in Italy.

A.C. Arezzo signed him to play the 2000–01 season, where he scored an impressive 16 goals in just 23 matches.

Hellas Verona[edit]

Frick's adventure in the country's top flight began when he signed a contract with the then Serie A team Hellas Verona F.C.

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).

However, after the club's three year stay in Serie A since 1999, their last stint ended in 2002. Verona was relegated to Serie B.

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.

At the end of the 2001–02 season, he signed with the another Serie B team Ternana Calcio.

Ternana[edit]

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.

Siena[edit]

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[edit]

St. Gallen[edit]

On 22 June 2009, FC St. Gallen signed the Liechtensteiner forward on a free transfer until June 2010.

Grasshopper Club Zürich[edit]

Following a year and a half long stint with St. Gallen, Frick moved onto Grasshopper Club Zürich in January 2011.

Return to Liechtenstein[edit]

FC Balzers[edit]

Frick decided to end his professional career and go part-time, returning to his first club FC Balzers in July 2011.

International career[edit]

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.

During a Euro 2008 qualifier against Latvia, Frick netted the only goal of the game which brought Liechtenstein their first win over a side that had qualified for a major tournament.

International goals[edit]

  • Liechtenstein score first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 1997 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Romania 1–7 1–8 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
2. 14 October 1998 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Azerbaijan 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
3. 7 June 2000 Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany  Germany 2–2 2–8 Friendly match
4. 21 August 2002 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 1–3 Friendly match
5. 20 August 2003 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  San Marino 1–0 2–2 Friendly match
6. 13 October 2004 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 3–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
7. 17 November 2004 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Latvia 1–1 1–3 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
8. 7 September 2005 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Luxembourg 1–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
9. 6 September 2006 Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden 1–1 1–3 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
10. 6 October 2006 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Austria 1–0 1–2 Friendly match
11. 28 March 2007 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Latvia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
12. 22 August 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 1–3 1–3 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
13. 17 October 2007 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Iceland 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
14. 6 June 2009 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 1–0 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
15. 7 September 2010 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–0 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying
16. 17 November 2010 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
Correct as of 8 September 2013

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Personal life[edit]

Frick and his wife, Isabelle, have three children: Yanik, Noah and Alessia Giovanna.

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistik:Liechtensteiner Fussballverband" (in German). Liechtensteiner Fussballverband. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Die Bisherigen Fussballer des Jahres" (in German). Fussballer des Jahres. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 

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