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Michael Rico Lang (born 8 February 1991) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a defender for German Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Switzerland national team.

Michael Lang
Switzerland national football team World Cup 2018 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Michael Rico Lang[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Egnach, Switzerland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Number 3
Youth career
2000–2006 FC St. Gallen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 FC St. Gallen 57 (3)
2011–2015 Grasshopper 127 (12)
2015–2018 Basel 87 (16)
2018– Borussia Mönchengladbach 17 (1)
National team
2005–2007 Switzerland U-16 11 (1)
2007–2008 Switzerland U-17 19 (2)
2008–2009 Switzerland U-18 7 (0)
2009–2010 Switzerland U-19 16 (3)
2010–2012 Switzerland U-20 11 (3)
2013– Switzerland 29 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:28, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

St. Gallen, GrasshopperEdit

Lang began his professional career at FC St. Gallen in the Swiss Super League. He played his first league match at age 16, making him one of the youngest debut players in the Swiss Football League. In the summer 2011 he signed a four-year contract with Grasshopper Club Zürich, the Swiss record football champion. In the 2012–13 season he won the Swiss Cup with the club in the final against FC Basel. The Grasshopper club played two years in a row the qualification for the Champions League. But they lost their games against Olympique Lyon (2013) and OSC Lille (2014).

BaselEdit

On 1 June 2015, Lang joined Basel on a free transfer.[3] He made his first team league debut on 19 July 2015 in the 2–0 home win against Vaduz.[4] He scored his first goal for his new club just one week later on 25 July during the away game against his old club Grasshopper Club. It was the last goal of the game and Basel won 3–2.[5] Under trainer Urs Fischer Lang won the Swiss Super League championship at the end of the 2015–16 Super League season[6] and again at the end of the 2016–17 Super League season. For the club this was the eighth title in a row and their 20th championship title in total.[7] They also won the Swiss Cup for the twelfth time, which meant they had won the double for the sixth time in the club's history.[8]

Lang scored his first Champions League goal in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage home game on 27 September against Benfica. It was the first goal of the game that Basel won 5–0.[9] Following this, on 22 November, in the home game against Manchester United he scored the winning goal in the 89th minute as Basel won 1–0.[10] In the knockout phase, when playing Manchester City, Lang again scored the winning goal in the 71st minute as Basel won 2–1 and ended a 15-month unbeaten home run of their opponent.[11]

Borussia MönchengladbachEdit

In June 2018, Lang joined Borussia Mönchengladbach for the 2018–19 season having agreed a four-year contract. The transfer fee paid to Basel was reported as €2.8 million.[12]

International careerEdit

Lang made his first senior international appearance for Switzerland on 14 August 2013 in the friendly against Brazil.[13] He came on as a second-half substitute for Stephan Lichtsteiner as the team won 1–0 at St. Jakob-Park.[13] He scored his first goal in his second appearance later on 11 October in the 2–1 win against Albania in match 9 of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Group E; this win clinched Switzerland's place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[14]

Lang was called by manager Ottmar Hitzfeld in the squad of 23 players for the final tournament.[15] He played his first and only match of the campaign in the final Group E game against Honduras, entering in the final 13 minutes.[16] Switzerland was eventually knocked out of the tournament by Argentina in the round of 16.[17]

He was included in Switzerland's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[18] He was sent off in Switzerland's 1-0 defeat to Sweden in the round of 16.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 18 May 2018[19]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St. Gallen 2009–10 Swiss Super League 22 1 2 1 24 2
2010–11 31 2 1 0 32 2
Total 53 3 3 1 56 4
Grasshopper 2011–12 Swiss Super League 26 1 2 0 28 1
2012–13 33 3 3 0 38 3
2013–14 34 3 3 1 4[a] 0 41 4
2014–15 35 5 3 0 4[b] 1 42 6
Total 128 12 11 1 8 1 147 14
Basel 2015–16 Swiss Super League 22 5 1 0 14[c] 2 37 7
2016–17 31 6 4 3 5[d] 0 40 9
2017–18 34 5 2 2 8[d] 3 44 10
Total 87 16 7 5 27 5 121 26
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2018–19 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 267 32 21 7 35 6 323 45
  1. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Four appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, ten appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of 15 October 2018[20]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Switzerland 2013 4 1
2014 4 0
2015 5 1
2016 7 0
2017 1 0
2018 8 1
Total 29 3

International goalsEdit

As of 15 October 2018. Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lang goal.[20]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 2   Albania 2–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 9 October 2015 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland 10   San Marino 1–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3 15 October 2018 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 29   Iceland 2–0 2–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "FCB verpflichtet Nationalspieler Michael Lang". FC Basel. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Auftakt geglückt – 2:0 Sieg gegen den FC Vaduz". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Der FCB gewinnt bei GC ein unterhaltsames Spiel mit 3:2". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  6. ^ Marti, Casper (2016). "Es ist vollbracht ! Der FCB ist zum 19. Mal Meister". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ Marti, Casper (2017). "Der Saisonabschluss im Zeitraffer". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Swiss football: FC Basel wins 3-0 over Sion in Geneva; police extra vigilant after game and also scored the winning goal against Manchester united". allaboutgeneva.com. 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2017). "5:0 – ein entfesselter FCB landet gegen Benfica einen Kantersieg". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  10. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2017). "Grandios! Lang schiesst den FCB in letzter Minute zum Sieg". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  11. ^ UEFA (2018). "City ease through but Basel loss mutes celebrations". UEFA. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  12. ^ ""Schnäppchen" Lang unterschreibt bis 2022 in Gladbach". kicker Online (in German). 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Switzerland 1-0 Brazil: Alves own goal hands Hitzfeld's men famous win". Goal.com. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  14. ^ "World Cup qualifier: Switzerland book World Cup spot with 2-1 win over Albania". Sky Sports. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  15. ^ "World Cup 2014: Pajtim Kasami on standby for Switzerland". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  16. ^ Alan Smith (25 June 2014). "Switzerland ease past Honduras courtesy of Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  17. ^ Ian Herbert (1 July 2014). "Argentina vs Switzerland match report World Cup 2014: Angel di Maria leaves it late to breach the Swiss red wall". Independent. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ Michael Lang at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Michael Lang – National Football Team Player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Swiss football: FC Basel wins 3-0 over Sion in Geneva; police extra vigilant after game". allaboutgeneva.com. 25 May 2017.

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