Ricardo Cabanas

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Ricardo Cabanas
Cabanas lining up for Switzerland in November 2006
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Cabanas-Rey
Date of birth (1979-01-17) 17 January 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Zürich, Switzerland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1986–1992 SCI Juventus Zürich
1992–1997 Grasshoppers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2006 Grasshoppers 198 (42)
2003–2004Guingamp (loan) 17 (0)
2006–2007 1. FC Köln 41 (2)
2007–2012 Grasshoppers 86 (20)
Total 342 (64)
National team
2000–2008 Switzerland 51 (4)
2005–2008 Galicia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ricardo Cabanas-Rey (born 17 January 1979) is a Swiss former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.[1][2] He played 51 international matches for the Switzerland national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Zürich, Cabanas started his career with Grasshoppers Zürich and played there for several seasons, winning two league titles, before moving to 1. FC Köln. During this period, he also enjoyed a loan spell at En Avant de Guingamp.[3]

In June 2007, 1. FC Köln announced that Cabanas was to return to his previous club Grasshoppers for an undisclosed fee.

International career[edit]

Cabanas is a member of the Switzerland national team and was called up to the squad which participated in the 2006 World Cup[4] and the Euro 2008. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup he missed a spot-kick during his side's penalty shootout against Ukraine, who emerged victorious. Cabanas has also played for the (non-official) Galicia national team against Iran[5] and against Uruguay.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His father, also called Ricardo Cabanas, played for Bellinzona, and for SC Kriens[7] in the 1980–81 season. His brother, Christian Cabanas Rey,[7] also briefly played in the professional league. His cousin, Raúl Cabanas, played with Ricardo at Grasshoppers.

He has two children with his wife Deby.[8]


  1. ^ "Ricardo Cabanas". ZeroZeroFootball. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Ricardo Cabanas: Official Website". Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Ricardo Cabanas". BBC Sport. 25 May 2005. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  4. ^ Ricardo CabanasFIFA competition record
  5. ^ "Zurück zu den Wurzeln" (in German). Blick.ch. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Un gallego con una Suiza de Calidad" (in Spanish). elcorreogallego.es. 5 June 2006. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Ricardo Cabanas: The Rocky Road to Soccer Stardom". credit-suisse.com. 9 May 2006. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Cabanas wurde zum zweiten Mal Vater" (in German). bluewin.ch. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009.

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