Remo Freuler

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Remo Freuler
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Freuler in 2016
Personal information
Full name Remo Marco Freuler[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Ennenda, Switzerland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2005 FC Hinwil
2005–2010 FC Winterthur
2010–2011 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 FC Winterthur 2 (0)
2010–2011 Grasshopper 12 (1)
2011–2014 FC Winterthur 70 (8)
2014–2016 FC Luzern 63 (9)
2016– Atalanta 74 (11)
National team
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 4 (2)
2013–2014 Switzerland U21 8 (1)
2017– Switzerland 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2018

Remo Marco Freuler (born 15 April 1992) is a Swiss footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Atalanta B.C. and the Switzerland national team.

Club career

Freuler began his youth career with FC Hinwil and moved to fellow Zürich side FC Winterthur in 2005. Freuler made his professional debut with Winterthur at the age of 18 in 2010, making 2 substitute appearances at the end of the 2009–10 Swiss Challenge League. That summer, Freuler was transferred to Grasshopper Club Zürich, where he spent most of the season with the under-21 side. He did spend a stint with the professional club toward the beginning of the Super League season, and got on the scoresheet against rivals FC Zürich. Freuler was frozen out of the team the following season, and was loaned back to Winterthur in the winter break.[2]

Winterthur

Freuler joined a Winterthur side in tenth place in the Challenge League after the first half of the season, just two points above the relegation zone. He made 14 appearances that season for Winterthur, highlighted by his first career goals for the club in the form of a brace against Kriens on 4 March 2012, and Winterthur finished in fourth place. Freuler started all but two games in the 2012–13 season as Winterthur finished in third. Freuler's contract with Winterthur was made permanent in the summer, and he made 21 more appearances with the club the next season before moving to Super League side FC Luzern.

Luzern

On 18 February 2014, Freuler was transferred to Luzern, and he made his club debut on 2 March against St. Gallen under manager Carlos Bernegger. Freuler scored his first goal for the club against Young Boys on 6 April, and Luzern finished the 2013–14 season in fourth place.

Freuler scored seven goals and provided five assists the following season for Luzern, who made a resurgence under new manager Markus Babbel following a mid-season sacking of Bernegger and finishing the first half of the season bottom of the table. Freuler started every game of the new season under Babbel before being transferred to Italian club Atalanta.

Atalanta

On 19 January 2016, Freuler moved to Atalanta B.C. for a €2 million transfer fee, and he made his Serie A debut on 7 February against Empoli. After being substituted off against Sampdoria the next week, Freuler was an unused substitute by manager Edy Reja the next seven matches until making his return to the starting eleven two months later against Roma.[2] After the match, an Italian journalist gave him the nickname Iceman, which Freuler said was "because I was so calm on the ball".[3] He scored his first goal for the Bergamo side on 2 May against eventual runners-up Napoli.

Freuler made 29 starts in the 2016–17 season, in which Atalanta finished fourth in the table, a nine place improvement under first-year manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Atalanta also qualified for the group stages of the Europa League for the first time in their history. Freuler found his name on the scoresheet five times, and also provided four assists. On 28 April, Freuler scored a late equaliser at home to eventual champions Juventus, derailing their chance to clinch the Scudetto that weekend.[4]

Freuler made his first Europa League group stage appearance against English side Everton F.C., playing the full 90 minutes in a surprising 3–0 victory over the Toffees. He had previously played in a second round qualification two-legged tie against Scottish club St Johnstone for Luzern. He opened his scoring account in the 2017–18 season with Atalanta in dramatic fashion against Fiorentina, scoring an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time on 24 September 2017.[5]

International career

Freuler came through the youth setup in Switzerland before being called up to the senior squad for the first time during Switzerland's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. He was included in the Switzerland national football team 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[6]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 20 May 2018[7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Winterthur 2009–10 Swiss Challenge League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Grasshopper 2010–11 Swiss Super League 5 1 2 1 0 0 7 2
2011–12 7 0 2 1 0 0 9 1
Total 12 1 4 2 0 0 16 3
Winterthur 2011–12 Swiss Challenge League 14 2 1 0 0 0 15 2
2012–13 35 3 2 1 0 0 37 4
2013–14 21 3 1 0 0 0 22 3
Total 70 8 4 1 0 0 74 9
Luzern 2013–14 Swiss Super League 12 1 1 0 0 0 13 1
2014–15 33 7 3 0 2 0 38 7
2015–16 18 1 4 0 0 0 22 1
Total 63 9 8 0 2 0 73 9
Atalanta 2015–16 Serie A 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2016–17 33 5 2 0 0 0 35 5
2017–18 35 5 3 0 8 1 46 6
Total 74 11 5 0 8 1 87 12
Career total 220 29 21 3 10 1 262 33

International

As of 22 June 2018[8]
Switzerland
Year Apps Goals
2017 7 0
2018 3 0
Total 10 0

References

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Arn, Martin (25 April 2017). "Freuler herrscht! Mamma mia – ein Nati-Neuling mischt Italien auf". Blick. 
  3. ^ Tedesco, Eva (8 November 2016). "In Italien nennen sie ihn "Iceman"" [In Italy they call him "Iceman"]. 20 Minuten. 
  4. ^ "Late Remo Freuler goal gets Atalanta a point and denies Serie A leaders Juventus". Eurosport. 29 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Remo Freuler rescues a point for Atalanta with late leveller at Fiorentina". Daily Mail. 24 September 2017. 
  6. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/sports/dcunited/switzerland-opts-for-experience-in-world-cup-squad/2018/06/04/86572ee2-680a-11e8-a335-c4503d041eaf_story.html
  7. ^ "R. Freuler". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Remo Freuler". European Football. 24 June 2018. 

External links

  • Remo Freuler at Soccerway
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