Stephan Lichtsteiner Biography
Stephan Lichtsteiner is a Swiss professional footballer. He plays for English club Arsenal and the Switzerland national team as an attacking right-back or wing-back.
He began his professional career with Grasshopper Zürich, winning a league title in 2002–03, and moved to Lille in 2005, helping the French club to Champions League qualification in his first season with the team. In 2008, he joined Italian club Lazio, and won both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana the following year. In 2011, he signed for Juventus for a fee of €10 million. He played 257 total games for them over seven years and won 14 trophies, including Serie A in each of his seasons.
Stephan Lichtsteiner Arsenal
Lichtsteiner signed for Arsenal on a free transfer on 5 June 2018.
Lichtsteiner has played in the 1999 U16 and the 2004 U21 European Championships. He was first called up to the senior squad on two occasions in 2005 but was an unused substitute both times. On 11 November 2006, he made his senior debut in a friendly against Brazil.
In May, Köbi Kuhn named him in the squad for the Euro 2008. He played every match at the tournament and eventually replaced Degen as first choice right back. He retained his starting place under new manager Ottmar Hitzfeld and played every minute in 8 of the 10 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Before the 2016 European Championships Lichtsteiner was made captain after long-time captain Gokhan Inler was dropped from the squad due to the lack of playing time at club level.
He has captained his country since 2016 and was included in the Switzerland national football team 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Stephan Lichtsteiner Age
Stephan Lichtsteiner was born on 16 January 1984 in Adligenswil, Canton of Lucerne.
Stephan Lichtsteiner Wife
Lichtsteiner is married to Manuela Markworth, an economist and fitness instructor. They have a daughter and a son.
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Stephan Lichtsteiner News: Arsenal sign Juventus and Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner
Arsenal have announced the signing of the Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus.
The 34-year-old attacking full-back, who becomes Unai Emery’s first signing at the club, won the domestic title in each of his seven seasons at Juve and made 27 Serie A appearances in the campaign that has just finished despite the arrival of Mattia De Sciglio from Milan.
He is closing in on a century of caps for Switzerland, appearing at two European Championships and two World Cups.
Emery said: “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”
Lichtsteiner told his new club’s official website: “It is a great moment for me, after Juventus, to come to Arsenal. It is a project to come back into the Champions League, it is hard to see a club like Arsenal that is not playing in the Champions League if you see the players, the club, the stadium. The big objective is to come back on the highest level.”
Stephan Lichtsteiner News: Arsenal to sign defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus
Arsenal are set to sign defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer.
The right-back, 34, spent seven years at Juventus, making 257 appearances and winning Serie A seven times in a row.
Lichtsteiner, who captains Switzerland, will become manager Unai Emery’s first signing since succeeding Arsene Wenger.
“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to us. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude,” said Emery.
“Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”
Lichtsteiner said moving to Arsenal represented a “challenge” and that he was “really positive” the club would “do great things” under Spaniard Emery.
The Gunners will play in the Europa League this season having missed out on a place in the Champions League as a result of their sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
It is the second successive year they will not feature in Europe’s elite competition, and before 2016-17 they had last missed out in the 1997-98 season.
Lichtsteiner said: “I hope I can bring a lot of experience, a lot of mentality and, together with my team, come back to the highest level of the Champions League.”
Lichtsteiner has played 99 times for his country and is part of their squad for the World Cup, which begins on 14 June in Russia.
He will complete his move to Emirates Stadium when Arsenal conclude the regulatory process required.
Having started his career at Grasshopper Zurich, Lichtsteiner moved to Lille in 2005. He then joined Lazio in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Rome club, winning the Coppa Italia in 2009.
He moved to Juventus in 2011 and, in addition to his seven league titles, won the Coppa Italia a further four times.
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