Ramon Vega

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Ramon Vega
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-06-14) 14 June 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Olten, Switzerland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
FC Olten
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Grasshoppers 169 (13)
1996–1997 Cagliari 14 (0)
1997–2001 Tottenham 64 (7)
2000–2001 Celtic (loan) 18 (2)
2001–2002 Watford 27 (1)
2002–2003 Créteil 23 (4)
Total 315 (27)
National team
1993–2001 Switzerland 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ramon Vega (born 14 June 1971) is a Swiss retired footballer of Spanish descent who played as a central defender.

During his 13-year professional career he was best known for his spell in England at Tottenham Hotspur, but also had another stint in the United Kingdom, playing in Scotland for Celtic.

Early life[edit]

Vega was one of five children to Spanish immigrants. He was born in Olten near Zürich, with the remaining siblings already born in his parents' native city of Madrid.

Vega attended school in Trimbach and went on to study for a degree in banking and management, at the Zürich Business School.[1]

Club career[edit]

Vega began his professional career in with local Grasshopper Club Zürich in 1989, being a defensive mainstay from his second season onwards. He was essential in two of the three leagues he actually conquered, playing in 67 games combined and scoring seven goals.

In the 1996 summer Vega moved to Italy with Cagliari Calcio, in the Serie A. However, after only seven months, he signed with England's Tottenham Hotspur, for a transfer fee of £3.75 million. He was used mostly as a backup with his new side, helping it win the Football League Cup in 1999; in the final, a 1–0 win over Leicester City, he broke his ankle, and could never regain his previous form with the Spurs.[2]

In mid-December 2000, Vega moved on loan to Celtic – in the previous off-season, he rejected a move to the club[3]– where he played a significant part in the winning of three trophies, in a short six-month spell. In his debut, on the 17th, he netted twice in the home demolition of Aberdeen (6–0);[4] he also scored a brace against Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup.[5]

Released by Tottenham in June 2001, after also having refused the Scottish club's offer of an additional year,[6] Vega moved back to England with Watford, penning a three-year deal with the Championship outfit. One of the side's best-paid players under manager Gianluca Vialli, he was released after just one season, as the club underachieved for a final 14th position;[7] for the Hornets he netted three times, once in the league against Norwich City[8] and twice in the League Cup, against Bristol City[9] and Bradford City.[10]

Vega retired in 2004 aged 33, after one season with lowly US Créteil-Lusitanos in France.

International career[edit]

Vega first played for Switzerland in 1993, but was overlooked for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

Two years later, he was picked – and started – for the squad at UEFA Euro 1996 in England, helping to a 1–1 draw against the hosts. His career brought him a total of 23 caps, and he also captained the side on occasion, scoring in the 1–1 friendly match with England – who were preparing for the 1998 World Cup – in Bern.[11]

Honours[edit]

Grasshoppers
Tottenham
Celtic

Career statistics[edit]

As of January 2004
Club Country Season League League Cup¹ League Cup² Total
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Cagliari Italy 1996–97 Serie A 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
Tottenham England 1996-97 Premier League 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 1 1
1997-98 25 3 6 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 3 7 1
1998-99 16 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 25 3 3 0
1999-2000 5 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 1 0
2000-01 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 0 3 0
Celtic (loan) Scotland 2000-01 Scottish Premier League 18 2 0 0 6 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 4 1 0
Watford England 2001-02 First Division 27 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 33 3 5 1
Créteil France 2002-03 Ligue 2 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 4 0 0
Career total 146 14 16 3 16 2 3 0 18 3 2 0 180 19 21 3

¹ include Coppa Italia, FA Cup, Scottish Cup,and Coupe de France .

² include Football League Cup, Scottish League Cup,and Coupe de la Ligue.

Personal/Post-retirement[edit]

  • Vega is fluent in five languages.[1]
  • After his retirement, he became a founding member of the Duet Group (2002), a financial group specialising in asset management and private equity. In 2006 Vega also founded the Matterhorn Capital Rosalp, a Swiss real estate company focusing on the development of luxury hotels worldwide, opening the first facilities in Verbier, Switzerland. He also opened "Ramon Vega's Soccer School" in Marbella, Spain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Were you there ...?". BBC Sport. 15 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Graham blocks transfer plunge". BBC Sport. 21 September 2000. 
  3. ^ "Vega rejects Celtic's overtures". BBC Sport. 23 August 2000. 
  4. ^ "Celtic hit Dons for six". BBC Sport. 17 December 2000. 
  5. ^ "Celtic sweep Dunfermline aside". BBC Sport. 7 March 2001. 
  6. ^ "Vega set to quit Celtic". BBC Sport. 19 June 2001. 
  7. ^ "Watford release Vega". BBC Sport. 18 June 2002. 
  8. ^ "Norwich 3-1 Watford". BBC Sport. 18 September 2001. 
  9. ^ "Bristol City 2-3 Watford". BBC Sport. 12 September 2001. 
  10. ^ "Watford sting Bantams". BBC Sport. 9 October 2001. 
  11. ^ "England's track record". BBC Sport. 27 May 2004. 
  12. ^ Lawton, Matt (16 February 2009). "Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega spurred on for Fratton Park bid". London: Daily Mail. 
  13. ^ "Portsmouth reject buy-out approach from former Spurs defender Vega". London: The Guardian. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Wilson, Jeremy (27 February 2009). "Portsmouth turn down Ramon Vega's takeover bid". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 

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