|Date of birth||20 May 1953|
|Place of birth||Grenchen, Switzerland|
|Playing position||Midfielder and Striker|
|until 1972||FC Grenchen|
|until 1972||FC Grenchen|
|1972–1975||BSC Young Boys|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
May 20, 1953 |
|1988–1999||Swiss Nationalliga A||Referee|
Serge Muhmenthaler (born 20 May 1953 in Grenchen) is a retired Swiss football player and referee. He played as a midfielder and defender during the 1970s and 1980s. As referee he is known for having refereed a Swiss Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and one match in the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship.
Career as player
Muhmenthaler was brought up in Grenchen and started his football with the youth teams of the local football club FC Grenchen. He also played in their first team in the Nationalliga B and they won promotion to the Nationalliga A in the 1970–71 season. The team also won the Uhrencup that year and Muhmenthaler scored the first goal in the final, as they beat FC Basel 3:1. In the summer of 1972 Muhmenthaler transferred to BSC Young Boys and he played there as Striker for three years. With the Young Boys Muhmenthaler won the Uhrencup 1973 and he scored a goal in the semifinal against his previous club Grenchen.
In 1975, Muhmenthaler transferred with a two-year contract to FC Basel. He made his team debut in the 5:1 home win against Grasshopper Club Zürich and Muhmenthaler scored three of the goals. He was part of the title winning team in the 1976–77 football season. During a cup match in February 1976 he suffered a meniscus rupture. Nevertheless, Basel extended his contract despite the fact that Muhmenthaler had to undergo three operations within the following two years. Muhmenthaler reached his third Uhrencup Final with his third club in 1977 but was unable to repeat the success, the final ended in a 6:1 defeat against Neuchâtel Xamax. Reaching the final again in the next year, Basel won the 1978 Uhrencup 2:1 against the same finalists.
Muhmenthaler was forced to terminate his playing career early due to his injury.
Career as referee
After his time as an active player Muhmenthaler became referee in the Swiss Football League. His career in brief: 1980/81: 3. Liga. 1981 to 1984: 2. Liga. From the season 1984/85: referee in the Swiss Football Association. From 1989: FIFA-Referee.
From 1980 until the end of his career in December 1997 he conducted about 250 Swiss and some 75 international games. Amongst these he describes as one of his personal highlights the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification match on 11 November 1997 between Italy and Russia (1–0) in front of 80 000 spectators at the Stadio San Paolo, Naples. As part of the then practiced German-Swiss referee exchange 1988–1990, Muhmenthaler led four games in the Bundesliga.
Honours and titles
BSC Young Boys
- Uhrencup Winner: 1973
- Swiss Referee of the Year: 1989, 1998
- 15 May 1989 Swiss Cup Final: Grasshopper Club Zürich – FC Aarau (2:1)
- 1 May 1996 UEFA Cup Final: Bayern Munich – FC Girondins de Bordeaux (2:0)
- 11 June 1996 1996 UEFA European Football Championship Group D: Turkey – Croatia (0:1)
- 5 February 1997 1996 UEFA Super Cup Second leg: Juventus Turin – Paris Saint-Germain (3:1)
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- "Der Fussball ist professioneller geworden" (in German). Oltner Tagblatt. 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
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