Stephan Lichtsteiner decided to end his active sports career. The Swiss right-back was not offered a new contract in Augsburg.
Former captain of the Swiss national team Stefan Lichtsteiner has ended his career. The 36-year-old right-back made the decision after it was revealed that Augsburg was not offering a new contract. Lichtsteiner, who has made 108 appearances for the Swiss national team, officially confirmed the end of his career on Wednesday.
Lichtsteiner had a rather impressive career. He first appeared in Grasshoppers in 2001, after which he moved to Lille and played for the French club until 2008. Then there was Lazio (3 seasons) and the peak of his career at Turin’s Juventus, where he spent seven years (2011-2018). With the Turin Grand, he became the Italian champion 7 times. After Juve, Lichtsteiner played for Arsenal for a while, and the last club of his career was the German Augsburg. In total, Lichtsteiner has won 17 titles in his career – 14 of them at Juventus.
It is noteworthy that only Heinz Hermann (118) and Alan Geiger (112) have played more matches than Lichtsteiner for the Swiss team. Stefan has competed in 5 big tournaments (European and World Championships) with the national team jersey.
“When you have played more than 100 matches for your national team, you can be proud. Each game was a great honor for the Swiss first team. “I was as motivated in every game as I was when I made my debut,” Lichtsteiner said. Now is the time to take a new path. I had a very cool time in active sports. I am satisfied with everything. ”