Xavier Hochstrasser

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Xavier Hochstrasser
Personal information
Full name Xavier Daniel Hochstrasser
Date of birth (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Onex, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Luzern
Number 20
Youth career
1999–2003 FC Onex
2003–2005 Étoile Carouge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005-2006 Servette 26 (2)
2006–2011 Young Boys 123 (12)
2011 Padova (loan) 6 (0)
2011– Luzern
National team
2007–2011 Switzerland U21 19 (2)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 July 2010

Xavier Daniel Hochstrasser (born 1 July 1988 in Onex, Switzerland), is a Swiss footballer who currently plays for FC Luzern as a defensive midfielder or a winger. He is known for his superb crossing and ability to set up goals, and specializes in corner kicks.

He has 8 caps and 2 goals for the Switzerland national under-21 football team, earning his first cap in 2007 and completing his transition to the senior level Switzerland national football team in October 2009, when he was called up to the squad that would be expected to take part in the exhibition games leading up to and the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was not used by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld for any of these games however, and duly failed to make the squad that took part in the tournament in South Africa in summer 2010.

Hochstrasser played both legs (a 3–2 home win in which he scored and a 4–1 away loss) of Young Boys' 2010–11 UEFA Champions League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur. They were knocked out by the club, emerging from the two games having amassed an aggregate score of 6–4 in Spurs' favor.

Youth career[edit]

Xavier enjoyed a productive and ultimately successful development into a senior player with BSC Young Boys, playing with the youth teams of his hometown club FC Onex and then later Etoile Carouge. Between 2005 and 2006, he also spent one year on the books of Swiss giants Servette, scoring 31 goals in 68 games whilst playing as a winger for their reserve team but failing to make the grade as a senior with the club.

BSC Young Boys[edit]

Xavier's form with Servette's B-team attracted the attentions of BSC Young Boys, who upon learning of Servette's plans to release him at the end of the 2005/2006 Super League season signed the teenager on a free transfer in June 2006. He made an instant impact, scoring a fine goal during only his fourth league appearance and finishing his début season with 1 goal from 17 Super League appearances, playing predominately as right winger, and an impressive tally of eleven assists. He would go on the better this in the 2009/2010 Super League season, when in just 34 matches he set up an incredible 15 goals for his team mates (the most assists by a single player in Europe that season) and also scored four himself in what still remains his most productive season to date.

Career totals[edit]

Since his début season in the Swiss Super League with BSC Young Boys, Xavier has gone on to record the following totals,[1] correct as of 4 October 2010:

Season Domestic League Apps Domestic League Goals Domestic League Assists Team
2006–2007 17 1 11 BSC Young Boys
2007–2008 29 2 9 BSC Young Boys
2008–2009 31 5 5 BSC Young Boys
2009–2010 34 4 15 BSC Young Boys
2010–2011 6 4 1 BSC Young Boys
TOTALS 117 16 41 BSC Young Boys

Personal life[edit]

Xavier married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah (b. 1989), aged just 20. They have one child together, Tobias Matias (b. 2009).

Xavier's father Daniel Zaza (b. 1958) is of part Sami descent. Xavier also has an older brother, Steve (b. 1986), who plays for AC Ajaccio's reserve team in Corsica, France.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats centre | Football | guardian.co.uk". Guardian.touch-line.com.