Margairaz playing with Switzerland (left) in 2006
|Date of birth||7 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Rances, Switzerland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2009||→ Zürich (loan)||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.
In May 2007, Margairaz signed a three-year contract with Spanish side CA Osasuna, 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; 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. 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. In January 2012, he moved to FC Sion on a three-and-a-half year contract, leaving in June of the following year.
- Duo boost Osasuna forward line; UEFA.com, 19 June 2007
- Margairaz se lesiona de gravedad y se perderá la Eurocopa (Margairaz seriously injured, will miss Euro 2008); Marca, 27 February 2008 (Spanish)
- Margairaz zurück im FC Zürich (Margairaz returns to Zürich); NZZ Online, 14 January 2009 (German)
- Ronaldo has Madrid up and running; UEFA.com, 15 September 2009
- Xavier Margairaz va quitter Sion (Xavier Margairaz to quit Sion); Le Matin, 2 June 2013 (French)
- «Je suis devenu mature sur le tard» («I matured a bit late»); La Région, 10 September 2014 (French)
- Xavier Margairaz ou la bataille contre l’oubli (Xavier Margairaz or the battle against oblivion); La Région, 5 November 2014 (French)