Mario Frick (footballer)
Frick captaining Liechtenstein in 2015
|Full name||Mario Frick|
|Date of birth||7 September 1974|
|Place of birth||Chur, Switzerland|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2017–||FC Vaduz U18|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Mario Frick (born 7 September 1974) is a Swiss-born Liechtensteiner retired professional footballer who is currently a manager for FC Vaduz's under-18 squad, as well as for Liechtenstein's under-18 and under-19 national teams. He has earned 125 caps and scored a national record 16 goals for his country from his international debut in 1993 until his retirement in 2015. Mainly a striker, Frick was also deployed as a centre-back on occasion.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 International goals
- 4 Honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In 1994, Frick played abroad for the first time in his career. The destination was the country where he has half-citizenship, Switzerland.
A.C. Arezzo signed him to play the 2000–01 season, where he scored an impressive 16 goals in just 23 matches.
It was under the management of Italian manager Alberto Malesani, who employed a 3–4–3 attacking formation, with Frick being one of the three forwards in the manager's tactics. His two partners in attack were the future big-names, Adrian Mutu (currently playing for ASA Tärgu Mureș), and Mauro Camoranesi (later signed by Juventus, now playing for Club Atlético Lanús).
However, after the club's three-year stay in Serie A since 1999, their last stint ended in 2002. Verona was relegated to Serie B. Frick and other international talents such as Adrian Mutu, Mauro Camoranesi, Alberto Gilardino, Martin Laursen, Massimo Oddo, Marco Cassetti and coach Alberto Malesani failed to keep the club in the top flight.
With Ternana, Frick played a total of 133 games, with 44 goals scored, a personal record for Frick in terms of goals and appearances for a single club. He stayed for 4 seasons at the club, before Ternana's relegation from Serie B in 2006.
Return to Switzerland
Grasshopper Club Zürich
Following a year and a half long stint with St. Gallen, Frick moved onto Grasshopper Club Zürich in January 2011.
Return to Liechtenstein
Frick decided to end his professional career and go part-time, returning to his first club FC Balzers in July 2011. Frick retired as a player following the 2015-2016 season.
Frick made his Liechtenstein debut in October 1993 in a friendly against Estonia, and established himself almost immediately as a key player for the Liechtenstein national football team. Frick had a falling out with both the national coach, Ralf Loose, and the Liechtenstein Football Association near the end of the 2002 World Cup qualification stages, and he was left out of the team. This episode is chronicled in Charlie Connelly's book, Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup. After changes concerning both the Liechtenstein Football Association and the coach, Frick returned to be part of the squad, which included playing in both games against England.
Frick announced his retirement from international football in October 2015, at the age of 41, after 125 appearances and 16 goals for the Liechtenstein national side. He made his final international appearance for Liechtenstein in a 3–0 defeat to Austria in a European qualifying match on 12 October 2015.
- Scores and results list Liechtenstein's goal tally first.
- Sabino Palermo (13 October 2015). "Frick, il "10" dei record si ritira: il Liechtenstein saluta il capitano" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Austria ease past Liechtenstein to finish unbeaten". UEFA.com. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Statistik:Liechtensteiner Fussballverband" (in German). Liechtensteiner Fussballverband. Archived from the original on 1 August 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- "Die Bisherigen Fussballer des Jahres" (in German). Fussballer des Jahres. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
- "Jungspund Yanik Frick eifert Vater Mario nach".
- La Gazzetta dello Sport profile (in Italian)