Stephan Lichtsteiner’s peerless stamina and tenacity have seen the wing-back become an indispensable part of the Juventus setup. The Swiss’ boundless energy and positional sense give him the weapons to be dangerous in the final third as well as consistently solid in defence.
Starting out in the youth teams of local sides Adligenswil and Lucerne, Lichtsteiner was soon on the move to Grasshopper. At the age of 18, the defender had established himself as a first-team regular at Switzerland’s most successful club, becoming a national champion in 2002/03.
In 2005, he headed for Lille and featured for the first time in the Champions League. After more than 100 appearances in France, Lichtsteiner made his move to Italy three seasons later. Lazio it was who swooped for the full-back, and he quickly adapted to life in Serie A, lifting the TIM Cup at the end of his first season and then the Italian Super Cup in Beijing.
The Swiss featured in Pavel Nedved’s last game (Juventus v Lazio, 31 May 2009), and his career then followed a similar path to that of the Bianconeri legend, swapping Rome for Turin in 2011. At Juventus, the defender has collected four consecutive Scudetto titles, a Coppa Italia and three Super Cups.
Lichtsteiner is also a key member of the Swiss national squad, having represented his nation in Euro 2008 and the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.