Kurt Thalmann

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Kurt Thalmann
Personal information
Full name Kurt Julius Thalmann
Date of birth (1931-11-03)3 November 1931
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Date of death 9 January 2018(2018-01-09) (aged 86)
Place of death Basel
Playing position Midfielder and Forward
Youth career
until 1950 Concordia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1951 Concordia
1951–1956 Basel
1956–1957 Cantonal Neuchâtel
1957–1958 Biel-Bienne
1958–1963 Solothurn
National team
1954–1957 Switzerland reserves 5 (0)
1956–1957 Switzerland 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kurt Thalmann (3 November 1931 – 9 January 2018) was a Swiss footballer.

Football career

Club football

In 1951 Thalmann moved from his youth club Concordia Basel to FC Basel where he played as midfielder or forward as semi-profession footballer. Thalmann spent the four years playing for RotBlau, he played in 107 matches and scored 22 goals.[1] His biggest success was the championship title in Basel's 1952–53 season. He was one of the youngest players in the team at that time and was known for his dribbling and his assists for Josef "Seppi" Hügi to score his goals.

In the summer of 1956 he transferred to Cantonal Neuchâtel for one season, then spent another season playing for Biel-Bienne, before playing another four seasons for Solothurn.

National team

Thalmann never made it to an appearance in the Swiss national football team, however, he did play five games for the reserve team.

Private life

Thalmann married Suzanne and they had four children. He left Basel, because the FC Basel team management would not help him find work and moved to Neuchâtel because the Cantonal Neuchâtel management were able to give him work at the local gas works. Later the family returned to Basel as Walter Fust offered Thalmann work in his electrical shop. Years later, after Fust fired him, Thalmann ended his working days as a receptionist for the bank Credit Suisse. His children announced that after a happy football orientated life, Thalmann passed away at his home in Basel on 9 January 2018.[1]

Honours

Basel

Sources and References

  • Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2017/2018. Publisher: FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2189-1
  • 1952–53 at RSSSF
  1. ^ a b Zindel, Josef (2018). "Kurt Thalmann ist gestorben". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2018-01-09.

See also

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