Raphael Spiegel

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Raphael Spiegel
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Personal information
Full name Raphael Simon Spiegel[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Rüttenen, Switzerland
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
2001–2007 Rüttenen
2007–2009 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Grasshopper II 41 (0)
2010–2012 Grasshopper 0 (0)
2011Wil (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012Brühl (loan) 17 (0)
2012–2017 West Ham United 0 (0)
2014Crawley Town (loan) 0 (0)
2014Barnet (loan) 1 (0)
2015Carlisle United (loan) 2 (0)
2017–2018 Boavista 0 (0)
2018– Winterthur 35 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Switzerland U17 2 (0)
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 5 (0)
2013 Switzerland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:52, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:18, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Raphael Simon Spiegel (born 19 December 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper for Winterthur.

Club career[edit]

Early career in Switzerland[edit]

Spiegel began his early career with hometown club FC Rüttenen before being snapped up by Swiss Super League-side Grasshopper Club of Zürich in August 2007. At Grasshopper he rose through the youth ranks at the club, soon playing regularly for the reserves. He was unable to establish himself in their first team and was sent out on a short loan to FC Wil early in the 2011–2012 season though he did not make an appearance for the team. Spiegel returned to Grasshopper only to be sent on loan again, this time to SC Brühl for the rest of the season. He made his debut for Brühl on 6 November 2011 against FC Locarno in a 2–1 away loss. After a successful run in the first team during his loan at Brühl, Spiegel returned to Grasshopper.

West Ham United and loans[edit]

On 23 July 2012, Spiegel signed for West Ham United after their return to the English Premier League, for an undisclosed fee.[3] After joining West Ham United, Spiegel featured in games for the Under-21 squad and was a reserve goalkeeper, working as an understudy to Jussi Jääskeläinen and Adrián.

On 18 July 2014 he signed for Crawley Town on a one-month loan deal until 16 August 2014[4] before returning to West Ham without having played for Crawley.[5] On 25 November 2014 he signed on a one-month loan for Barnet making his debut the same day in a 2–1 away defeat to Bristol Rovers.[6] This was his only appearance before his loan spell was cut short due to injury.[7]

On 20 February 2015 Spiegel signed for Carlisle United on an initial one-month loan deal.[8] He made his debut the following day in a 3–2 home defeat by Wycombe Wanderers.[9] He returned to West Ham on 23 March 2015 having made two appearances for Carlisle.[10]

Spiegel was part of the West Ham U23 team that won promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1 via the 2016-17 Play Offs, defeating Newcastle Utd U23's in the final.


It was announced in June 2017 that Spiegel's contract with West Ham would be terminated by mutual consent.[citation needed] A few days later he signed with Portuguese Primeira Liga team Boavista.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Spiegel is currently a Switzerland youth international. In 2009, he was part of the Swiss under-17 team that won the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup beating the host nation Nigeria 1–0 in the final. He remained an unused substitute throughout the tournament though, unable to displace Swiss first choice Benjamin Siegrist who would go on to win the Golden Glove.[11]



  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Raphael Spiegel". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Hammers snap up Swiss goalkeeper". ESPN Transfer News. ESPN.com. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Raphael Spiegel: Crawley sign West Ham keeper on loan". BBC Sport. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Games played by Raphael Spiegel in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Spiegel joins Barnet on loan". www.whufc.com. 25 November 2014. Archived from the original on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Martin makes a team announcement ahead of today's FA Trophy clash against Concord Rangers". www.barnetfc.com. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Raphael Spiegel: Carlisle sign West Ham keeper on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Carlisle 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Raphael Spiegel returns to West Ham". www.carlisleunited.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Awards galore in Abuja". FIFA U-17 World Cup. FIFA.com. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2012.

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