Karl Odermatt

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Karl Odermatt
Personal information
Full name Karl Odermatt
Date of birth (1942-12-17) 17 December 1942 (age 74)
Place of birth Lucerne, Switzerland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
1954–1962 FC Concordia Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962 FC Concordia Basel 72 (20)
1962–1975 FC Basel 312 (80)
1975–1980 BSC Young Boys 24 (8)
Total 408 (108)
National team
1965–1973 Switzerland 50 (10)
Teams managed
1992 FC Basel
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Karl Odermatt (born 17 December 1942 in Lucerne) is a Swiss former footballer who played for FC Basel and BSC Young Boys throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He played as a midfielder or striker and is generally regarded as one of the best players ever to have worn the FC Basel shirt. He played through, what is now thought to be, Basel's golden years under trainer and manager Helmut Benthaus with team-mates such as Paul Fischli, René Hasler and Ottmar Hitzfeld.


As a small child “Karli” Odermatt grew up in Lucerne and later his family moved to Basel. A coach from the FC Concordia Basel youth system discovered him on a school football field, invited him to a club training and just a few days later he started playing in their youth team. Later he played in their first team in the 1. Liga.

“Karli” Odermatt signed for FC Basel in 1962 and in his debut, in September, against FC Lugano he scored two goals. In his first professional season, under manager Jiří Sobotka the mainly amtature team lifted the Swiss Cup, winning the final 2:0 against the favorites Grasshopper Club Zürich. Two more cup wins were to follow during Odermatts time at the St. Jakob Stadium. During the summer of 1965 Helmut Benthaus was signed as player-manager and Odermatt won his first league-winners medal in 1967. Four more league titles followed, in the years 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973.

In 1975 he transferred to BSC Young Boys and helped them win the Swiss Cup 1977 before he retired.

Odermatt was also a Swiss internationalist, and earned 50 caps in his ten-year international career. He played mainly in centre midfield alongside Köbi Kuhn, and played in all three games at the 1966 World Cup. He scored his first of ten international goals against England at Wembley Stadium on November 10, 1971.[1]

Personal Information[edit]

During 1992 he was appointed as caretaker manager of Basel for a short time, together with Bruno Rahmen, after Ernst August Künnecke was sacked and before Friedel Rausch took over.

His biography «Karli none Gool!» was published in 2002.[2]

Odermatt has two daughters (Jacqueline and Patricia) from his first marriage and two sons (Andreas and Daniel) from his second wife.



Young Boys



  1. ^ Switzerland - Record International Players "Switzerland - Record International Players" Check |url= value (help). rsssf. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  2. ^ Haller, Susanne; Matti, René (2002). ""Karli, none Gool!" Die Basler Fussball-Legende Karl Odermatt" (in German). christoph-merian-verlag. Retrieved 2010-11-16.