Fabian Frei

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Fabian Frei
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Fabian Frei (June 2011)
Personal information
Full name Fabian Frei
Date of birth (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
1. FSV Mainz 05
Number 20
Youth career
1998–2000 Frauenfeld
2000–2004 Winterthur
2004–2006 FC Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 FC Basel II 31 (11)
2007–2015 FC Basel 172 (15)
2009–2011 St. Gallen (loan) 64 (13)
2015– 1. FSV Mainz 05 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Switzerland U16 11 (4)
2005–2006 Switzerland U17 14 (10)
2006–2007 Switzerland U18 5 (2)
2007–2008 Switzerland U19 7 (5)
2008 Switzerland U20 3 (0)
2008–2011 Switzerland U21 18 (4)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 4 (0)
2011– Switzerland 7 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 July 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 July 2015

Fabian Frei (born 8 January 1989 in Frauenfeld) is a Swiss footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga, after an eight year spell at FC Basel. Until June 2011 he was player in the Swiss U-21 team. He gave his international debut for Swiss senior team on 7 October 2011. He was selected to represent Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is of no relation to former club and country team mate Alexander Frei.[1]

Football career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Frei started his youth football by FC Frauenfeld and FC Winterthur, but he came through the ranks at FC Basel. With Basel he was Swiss Champion at both U-16 and U-18 levels. During the 2006–07 season, Frei played in the U-21 team, he played so well that he was given a professional contract.[2] Because he was one of the best midfielders in the U-21 side, ahead of the 2007–08 season Frei was called into the first team squad.[3]

Frei played his first team debut on 22 July 2007 in the 1–0 home win against FC Zürich. He played a major part in Basel's title and cup win in the 2007–08 season. He scored his first goal for the club on 4 December 2008 during Basel's 3–1 win over FC Aarau in the St. Jakob-Park Stadium. Frei played his first Europa League game, as substitute, on Thursday, 16 August 2007 in the Qualifier against SV Mattersburg. He played his UEFA Champions League debut for Basel on 26 November 2008 in the 5–0 away defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk.[4]

In July 2009, due to the fact that Basel strengthened their squad for the beginning of the 2009–10 Swiss Super League season, Basel's new trainer Thorsten Fink loaned Fabian Frei to FC St. Gallen. During his two year loan in St. Gallen he played 64 league games in which he scored 13 goals.

For the start of the 2011–12 Swiss Super League season he was recalled to Basel, the reigning Swiss Champions, and he immediately won his place in the starting eleven. Frei scored his first Champions League goal for Basel on 14 September 2011 in the Group C 2–1 home win against Oțelul Galați,[5] his second on 27 September in the 3–3 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United[6] and his third on 22 November in the Arena Națională, in Bucharest, as Basel won the away game against Oțelul Galați 3–2.[7] At the end of the 2011–12 season, Frei won the Double, the League Championship title[8] and the Swiss Cup[9] with Basel.

At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Frei won the Championship title[10] and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[11] In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced as far as the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but they were knocked out, losing both home and away tie, beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[12]

At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Frei won his fourth league championship with Basel.[13] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. During the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel reached the group stage and finished the group in third position. Thus they qualified for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals. In their season 2013–14 Basel played a total of 68 matches (36 Swiss League fixtures, 6 Swiss Cup, 6 Champions League and 10 Europa League and 10 test matches). Frei totaled 66 appearances, 34 League, 6 Cup, 6 Champions League and 10 Europa League as well all 10 in the test games.[14]

On December 9, 2014, Frei scored the only goal for FC Basel against Liverpool FC to help Basel to the 2nd round of the UEFA Champions League 2014-15.

On 23 June 2015, Frei joined German Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05.[15]

International career[edit]

Frei represented Switzerland at various age levels. He played his Swiss Under-16s debut on 12 October 2004 in the 3–1 away win against the Belgium Under-16s. In 14 games for the Switzerland U-17 team he scored ten goals.

Between 2008 and 2011 Fabian Frei played 18 games for the Switzerland U-21 team. His Under-21s debut was on 19 November 2008 in the 1–1 away draw against the Greece Under-21 team. His last game was the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final on 25 June 2011.

Following this he was called into the Swiss national football team by trainer Ottmar Hitzfeld. Frei gave his international debut for Switzerland on 7 October 2011 in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game in the Liberty Stadium against Wales.

Frei was selected to represent Switzerland in the men's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics as part of the Swiss under-23 team.[16] He played over 90 minutes in all three games in the tournament, but the team were knocked out, finishing in fourth position of their Group.


FC Basel
  • U18 Swiss Champion: 2005–06[17]
  • U19 Swiss Cup: 2005–06[17]


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  3. ^ Weber, Dominik (25 June 2007). "FCB-Transfers im Sommer 2007" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vereinsspiele" (in German). weltfussball.ch. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Steven (14 September 2011). "Freis double up as Basel beat Oţelul". uefa.com. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Hart, Simon (27 September 2010). "United strike late to deny Basel famous win". uefa.com. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Haylett, Trevor (22 November 2011). "Basel hang on to set up United showdown". uefa.com. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
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  9. ^ "Matchtelegram FC Basel 1893 5:3 FC Luzern" (in German). football.ch. 16 May 2012. [dead link]
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  11. ^ "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Haylett, Trevor (3 May 2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". uefa.com. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Grossenbacher, Sacha (2014). "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
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  15. ^ "Frei kommt für vier Jahre". 1. FSV Mainz 05. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Schweiz mit Behrami, Benaglio und Klose an die Olympischen Spiele". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. [dead link]
  17. ^ a b "Zwei weitere Titel für FCB-Nachwuchs" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

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