Fabian Schär

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Fabian Schär
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Schär playing for Switzerland in 2015
Personal information
Full name Fabian Lukas Schär[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Wil, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 5
Youth career
1999–2009 FC Wil 1900
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 FC Wil 1900 52 (9)
2012–2015 FC Basel 73 (9)
2015– 1899 Hoffenheim 30 (1)
National team
2010–2011 Switzerland U20 3 (0)
2012 Switzerland U21 5 (1)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 3 (0)
2013– Switzerland 27 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2016 (UTC)

Fabian Lukas Schär (German pronunciation: [ʃɛːr]; born 20 December 1991) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a centre back for 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

Formed at FC Wil 1900, he transferred to FC Basel in 2012, winning the Swiss Super League in all three of his seasons before his move to 1899 Hoffenheim.

After playing at the 2012 Olympics, he made his senior debut for Switzerland in 2013. Schär represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]


Born in Wil, Canton of St. Gallen, Schär began his playing career at hometown club FC Wil and rose through the youth ranks, soon playing regularly for Wil's reserve team. He eventually made his league debut on 29 November 2009 against FC Stade Nyonnais, coming on as a late substitute. He scored his first Swiss Challenge League goal in an away win against Yverdon-Sport FC on 30 October 2010.


On 4 July 2012, Schär transferred to FC Basel on a three-year contract with the option of a fourth.[2][3] He made his Swiss Super League debut on 29 September in a 1–1 away draw against FC Lausanne-Sport.[4] He scored his first goal for his new club on 7 October in the St. Jakob-Park during the 3–2 home win against Servette, heading an equaliser following a corner from Fabian Frei.[5]

At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Schär won the Championship title[6] and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[7] 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 matched and being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[8]

At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Schär won his second league championship with Basel.[9] 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.

The season 2014–15 was a very successful one for Basel and for Fabian Schär. Basel won the championship for the sixth time in a row that season.[10] In the 2014–15 Swiss Cup they reached the final, but for the third season in a row, they finished as runners-up, losing 0–3 to FC Sion in the final. Basel entered the Champions League in the group stage and reached the knockout phase as on 9 December 2014 they managed a 1–1 draw at Anfield against Liverpool.[11] But then Basel then lost to Porto in the Round of 16. Basel played a total of 65 matches (36 Swiss League fixtures, 6 Swiss Cup, 8 Champions League and 15 friendlies). Under trainer Paulo Sousa Schär totaled 46 appearances, 30 League, 4 Cup, 7 Champions League, as well 5 in friendlies. He scored 1 league goal in these matches.[12]


On 4 June 2015, Schär signed for 1899 Hoffenheim.[13]

International career[edit]

Schär was a Switzerland youth international having played at under-20 and under-21 level. Schär made his international debut for the Swiss U-20 team in a game against Poland U-20 on 17 November 2011. He played his first game for the Swiss U-21 on 29 February 2012 in the 1–2 defeat against the Austrian U-21. He scored his first goal for the Swiss U-21 during his fourth appearance for them on 10 September 2012 in a match against Estonia U-21[14] This was the final game in the qualification to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Switzerland finished in second position and entered the play-offs. In the first leg of the qualification play-offs on 12 October 2012 against the German U-21 team Schär was shown the red card after he fouled Sebastian Polter as last man. Despite the goal from the penalty spot the game ended in a 1–1 draw.[15]

He 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 the first two games of the tournament, but the team were knocked out, finishing in fourth position of their Group.

On 6 September 2013, Schär scored his first goal for the Swiss senior team in a 4–4 home draw against Iceland. Four days later, on 10 September, Schär scored two more goals in a 2–0 away win over Norway.[17]

On 13 May 2014, Schär was named in Switzerland's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[18] He made his tournament debut as a starter in the team's third match, replacing the injured Steve von Bergen and helping Switzerland to a clean sheet in a 3–0 defeat of Honduras.[19]

In Switzerland's first game of UEFA Euro 2016, Schär headed Xherdan Shaqiri's corner kick after five minutes for the only goal against Albania in Lens.[20]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2016. Switerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Schär goal.[21]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 September 2013 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland 2  Iceland 2–1 4–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 10 September 2013 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway 3  Norway 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 2–0
4 15 November 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland 9  Lithuania 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
5 27 March 2015 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland 11  Estonia 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6 11 June 2016 Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France 21  Albania 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016
7 10 October 2016 Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella, Andorra 27  Andorra 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification




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  2. ^ "Olympia-Teilnehmer Schär zum FCB". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Der FCB verpflichtet Innenverteidiger Fabian Schär vom FC Wil 1900" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Weber, Dominik (29 September 2012). "FCB kommt bei Lausanne-Sport nicht über ein 1:1-Remis hinaus" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Meister, Remo (7 October 2012). "Der FCB holt gegen Servette den fünften Liga-Sieg, Tor-Premiere für Schär" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Schifferle, Michael (10 June 2013). "Season review: Switzerland". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Fina" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Haylett, Trevor (3 May 2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Grossenbacher, Sacha (2014). "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  10. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Der Meisterfreitag im bunten Zeitraffer". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2015-05-29.  (German)
  11. ^ "Liverpool 1 Basel 1". BBC Sport. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Zindel, Josef (2015). Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4. 
  13. ^ "Fabian Schär kommt vom FC Basel zur TSG". TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Switzerland triumph over Estonia". uefa.com. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Drmic intervention saves ten-man Switzerland". uefa.com. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Schweiz mit Behrami, Benaglio und Klose an die Olympischen Spiele". Schweizerischer Fussballverband (in German). 4 July 2012. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. 
  17. ^ Aarre, Eivind (10 September 2013). "Schär leaves Switzerland with one foot in Brazil". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "World Cup 2014: Pajtim Kasami on standby for Switzerland". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Switzerland 3-0 Honduras". BBC. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Tweedale, Alistair; Liew, Jonathan (11 June 2016). "Switerzland down 10-man Albania as Xhaka derby is settled by Fabian Schar header". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  21. ^ Fabian Schär at Soccerway
  22. ^ a b "F. Schär". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Deutlicher Sieg gegen Düsseldorf zum Auftakt des Uhrencups" (in German). www.fcb.ch. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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