Margairaz playing with Switzerland (left).
|Date of birth||7 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Rances, Switzerland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2009||→ Zürich (loan)||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
In May 2007 Margairaz signed a three-year contract with Spanish side CA Osasuna, where he struggled with first-team opportunities. In late February 2008, in a friendly match with SD Eibar, he suffered a serious knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament, internal lateral ligament and external meniscus). After a successful surgery in Geneva he missed UEFA Euro 2008, as his recovery process was estimated to be of at least eight months; this happened a week after another serious knee-injured central midfielder of the Navarrese club, Javad Nekounam, began training.
On 14 January 2009 Margairaz moved back to FC Zürich on loan, until the end of the season. In June, after he helped the team to another league title and Osasuna received €400.000, the move was made permanent.
On 15 September 2009 Margairaz became Zürich's first scorer in the UEFA Champions League, scoring in a 2–5 home loss against Real Madrid in the group stage. In January 2012 he moved to FC Sion, on a three 1/2-year contract. In 2014 he joined Swiss side Servette. Later that year, Margairaz went on trial with their English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, appearing for their Under 21 side in a derby match against the U21 side of local rivals Sheffield United. Margairaz was substituted at half time.
Margairaz's brother, Sascha, is also a footballer. He played mainly in the lower leagues and amateur football.
- Duo boost Osasuna forward line; UEFA.com, 19 June 2007
- Margairaz se lesiona de gravedad y se perderá la Eurocopa (Margairaz seriously injured, will miss Euro 2008); Marca, 27 February 2008 (Spanish)
- Margairaz zurück im FC Zürich (Margairaz returns to Zürich); NZZ Online, 14 January 2009 (German)
- Ronaldo has Madrid up and running; UEFA.com, 15 September 2009
- FC Zürich profile (German)
- Xavier Margairaz on the website of the Swiss Football League
- Xavier Margairaz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Xavier Margairaz – FIFA competition record
- Soccerway profile