Xavier Margairaz

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Xavier Margairaz
Margairaz playing with Switzerland (left) in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-07) 7 January 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Rances, Switzerland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
1991–1996 Rances
1996–2000 Yverdon Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Lausanne-Sport 46 (3)
2003–2005 Neuchâtel Xamax 34 (5)
2005–2007 Zürich 78 (20)
2007–2009 Osasuna 13 (0)
2009 Zürich (loan) 13 (2)
2009–2012 Zürich 80 (16)
2012–2013 Sion 35 (5)
2014 Servette 10 (0)
2015– Lausanne-Sport 42 (3)
National team
2005–2010 Switzerland 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.

Xavier Margairaz (born 7 January 1984) is a Swiss footballer who plays for FC Lausanne-Sport as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Margairaz was born in Rances. After beginning professionally with FC Lausanne-Sport and Neuchâtel Xamax, he was part of the 2005–06 and 2006–07 Super League-winning teams of Fussballclub Zürich.

In May 2007, Margairaz signed a three-year contract with Spanish side CA Osasuna,[1] where he struggled with first-team opportunities. In late February 2008, in a friendly match with SD Eibar, he suffered a serious knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament, internal lateral ligament and external meniscus). After a successful surgery in Geneva, he missed UEFA Euro 2008 as his recovery process was estimated to be of at least eight months;[2] this happened a week after another serious knee-injured central midfielder of the Navarrese club, Javad Nekounam, began training.

On 14 January 2009, Margairaz moved back to FC Zürich on loan until the end of the season.[3] In June, after he helped the team to another league title and Osasuna received 400.000, the move was made permanent.

On 15 September 2009, Margairaz became Zürich's first scorer in the UEFA Champions League, netting in a 2–5 home loss against Real Madrid in the group stage.[4] In January 2012, he moved to FC Sion on a three-and-a-half year contract, leaving in June of the following year.[5]

International career[edit]

A member of the Swiss national team since 2005, Margairaz was called up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he had two late substitute appearances.

Personal life[edit]

Margairaz's older brother, Sascha, was also a footballer. He played mainly in the lower leagues and amateur football.[6][7]



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