Swiss Footballer of the Year

The Swiss Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the best footballer based in Switzerland and the best Swiss national team player.

From the 1972–73 season until the 1997–98 season, the award was chosen by the now defunct Swiss newspaper Sport. Since the original award could only be won by a Swiss national, there was also a Foreigner of the Year award from 1973–74 until 1997–98.

Since 1998, two Player of the Year trophies have been awarded each year; one to the best player in the Swiss Super League known as the Axpo Swiss Super League Player of the Year and the other to the best national team player known as the Credit Suisse Player of the Year.[1][2][3]

Award winners[edit]

Swiss Super League Player of the Year[edit]

Awarded annually to the best player in the Swiss Super League.

Year Player Nationality Club Ref.
1998 Stefan Rehn  Sweden Lausanne-Sport [1][3]
1999 Alexandre Rey   Switzerland Servette [1][3]
2000 Charles Amoah  Ghana St. Gallen [1][3]
2001 Stéphane Chapuisat   Switzerland Grasshoppers [1][3]
2002 Murat Yakin   Switzerland Basel [4]
2003 Hakan Yakin   Switzerland Basel [5]
2004 Stéphane Chapuisat (2)   Switzerland Young Boys [1][3]
2005 Ricardo Cabanas   Switzerland Grasshoppers [1][3]
2006 Matías Delgado  Argentina Basel [6]
2007 Mladen Petrić  Croatia Basel [7][8]
2008 Hakan Yakin (2)   Switzerland Young Boys [1][3]
2009 Seydou Doumbia  Ivory Coast Young Boys [9]
2010 Seydou Doumbia (2)  Ivory Coast Young Boys [9]
2011 Alexander Frei   Switzerland Basel [10]
2012 Alexander Frei (2)   Switzerland Basel [10][11]
2013 Mohamed Salah  Egypt Basel [12]
2014 Shkëlzen Gashi  Albania Grasshoppers [13]
2015 Breel Embolo   Switzerland Basel [14]
2016 Guillaume Hoarau  France Young Boys [15]
2017 Michael Lang   Switzerland Basel [16]
2018 Kevin Mbabu   Switzerland Young Boys [17]
2019 Jean-Pierre Nsame  Cameroon Young Boys [18]
2020 Jean-Pierre Nsame (2)  Cameroon Young Boys [18]
2021 Arthur Cabral  Brazil Basel [19]
2022 Fabian Rieder   Switzerland Young Boys [20]
2023 Meschak Elia  DR Congo Young Boys [21]

Swiss Player of the Year[edit]

Awarded to the best player of the Swiss national team.

Year Player Club Ref.
1998 Wicky, RaphaëlRaphaël Wicky Germany Werder Bremen [22]
1999 Sforza, CiriacoCiriaco Sforza Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern [22]
2000 Sesa, DavidDavid Sesa Italy Lecce [22]
2001 Henchoz, StéphaneStéphane Henchoz England Liverpool [22]
2002 Henchoz, StéphaneStéphane Henchoz (2) England Liverpool [22]
2003 Stiel, JörgJörg Stiel Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach [22]
2004 Frei, AlexanderAlexander Frei France Rennes [22]
2005 Frei, AlexanderAlexander Frei (2) France Rennes [22]
2006 Senderos, PhilippePhilippe Senderos England Arsenal [22]
2007 Frei, AlexanderAlexander Frei (3) Germany Borussia Dortmund [8]
2008 Barnetta, TranquilloTranquillo Barnetta Germany Bayer Leverkusen [22]
2009 Benaglio, DiegoDiego Benaglio Germany VfL Wolfsburg [23]
2010 Huggel, BenjaminBenjamin Huggel Switzerland Basel [24]
2011 Shaqiri, XherdanXherdan Shaqiri Switzerland Basel [25]
2012 Shaqiri, XherdanXherdan Shaqiri (2) Switzerland Basel [26]
2013 Benaglio, DiegoDiego Benaglio (2) Germany VfL Wolfsburg [27]
2014 Ricardo Rodríguez Germany VfL Wolfsburg [28]
2015 Lichtsteiner, StephanStephan Lichtsteiner Italy Juventus [29]
2016 Sommer, YannYann Sommer Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach [30]
2017 Xhaka, GranitGranit Xhaka England Arsenal [31]
2018 Sommer, YannYann Sommer (2) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach [2]
2019 Seferovic, HarisHaris Seferovic Portugal Benfica [32]
2020 Not awarded[citation needed]
2021 Sommer, YannYann Sommer (3) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach [33]
2022 Xhaka, GranitGranit Xhaka (2) England Arsenal [34]
2023 Xhaka, GranitGranit Xhaka (3) Germany Bayer Leverkusen [21]

By player[edit]

Rank Player Wins
1 Frei, AlexanderAlexander Frei 3
Sommer, YannYann Sommer
Xhaka, GranitGranit Xhaka
4 Benaglio, DiegoDiego Benaglio 2
Henchoz, StéphaneStéphane Henchoz
Shaqiri, XherdanXherdan Shaqiri

Sport Nationalliga A awards[edit]

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Nationalliga A Foreigner of the Year

1989 award recipient Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Sport Association football
League Nationalliga A
Awarded for best performing foreign player over the course of a season in the Nationalliga A.
Presented by Sport
History
First award 1975; 49 years ago (1975)
Editions 24
Final award 1998; 26 years ago (1998)
First winner Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Katić
Most wins Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jurica Jerković (3 wins)
Most recent Democratic Republic of the Congo Shabani Nonda

1975−1998: Foreigner of the Year[edit]

Previously awarded annually to the best foreign player in the Nationalliga A.[35]

Season Player Nationality Club
1975 Ilija Katić  Yugoslavia Zürich
1976 Ilija Katić (2)  Yugoslavia Zürich
1977 Eigil Nielsen  Denmark Basel
1978 Martin Chivers  England Servette
1979 Jurica Jerković  Yugoslavia Zürich
1980 Piet Hamberg  Netherlands Servette
1981 Robert Kok  Netherlands Lausanne Sports
1982 Jurica Jerković (2)  Yugoslavia Zürich
1983 Jurica Jerković (3)  Yugoslavia Zürich
1984 Raúl Nogués  Argentina La Chaux-de-Fonds
1985 Charly Herberth  Germany FC Aarau
1986 Lars Lunde  Denmark Young Boys Bern
1987 Robert Prytz  Sweden Young Boys Bern
1988 John Eriksen  Denmark Servette
1989 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  Germany Servette
1990 Ivan Zamorano  Chile FC St. Gallen
1991 Edwin Gorter  Netherlands FC Lugano
1992 Igor Dobrovolski  Russia Servette
1993 Sonny Anderson  Brazil Servette
1994 Giovane Élber  Brazil Grasshoppers
1995 Petar Aleksandrov  Bulgaria Neuchâtel Xamax
1996 Viorel Moldovan  Romania Neuchâtel Xamax
1997 Viorel Moldovan (2)  Romania Grasshoppers
1998 Shabani Nonda  DR Congo Zürich
Nationalliga A Swiss Footballer of the Year

Inaugural award recipient Karl Odermatt
Sport Association football
League Nationalliga A
Awarded for best performing Swiss player over the course of a season in the Nationalliga A.
Presented by Sport
History
First award 1973; 51 years ago (1973)
Editions 25
Final award 1998; 26 years ago (1998)
First winner Karl Odermatt
Most wins Heinz Hermann (5 wins)
Most recent Kubilay Türkyilmaz

1973−1998: Swiss Footballer of the Year[edit]

Previously awarded to the best Swiss player playing in the Swiss Super League.[35][3]

Season Player Club
1973 Karl Odermatt Basel
1974 Not awarded
1975 Umberto Barberis Grasshoppers
1976 Köbi Kuhn Zürich
1977 Hansjörg Pfister Servette
1978 Rudolf Elsener Grasshoppers
1979 Umberto Barberis (2) Grasshoppers
1980 Umberto Barberis (3) Grasshoppers
1981 Heinz Lüdi Zürich
1982 Claudio Sulser Grasshoppers
1983 Lucien Favre Servette
1984 Heinz Hermann Grasshoppers
1985 Heinz Hermann (2) Grasshoppers
Rolf Osterwalder Aarau
1986 Heinz Hermann (3) Neuchâtel Xamax
1987 Heinz Hermann (4) Neuchâtel Xamax
1988 Heinz Hermann (5) Neuchâtel Xamax
1989 Peter Nadig Luzern
1990 Andy Egli Grasshoppers
1991 Adrian Knup Luzern
1992 Jean-Paul Brigger Sion
1993 Ciriaco Sforza Grasshoppers
1994 Thomas Bickel Grasshoppers
1995 Nestor Subiat Grasshoppers
1996 Kubilay Türkyilmaz Grasshoppers
1997 Kubilay Türkyilmaz (2) Grasshoppers
1998 Kubilay Türkyilmaz (3) Grasshoppers

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