Remo Freuler

Remo Marco Freuler (born 15 April 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Nottingham Forest and the Switzerland national team.

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 30)[1]
Place of birth Ennenda, Switzerland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 23
Youth career
2001–2005 Hinwil
2005–2010 Winterthur
2010–2011 Grasshoppers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Winterthur 2 (0)
2010–2011 Grasshoppers 12 (1)
2011–2014 Winterthur 70 (8)
2014–2016 Luzern 63 (9)
2016–2022 Atalanta 203 (18)
2022– Nottingham Forest 16 (0)
International career
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 4 (2)
2013–2014 Switzerland U21 8 (1)
2017– Switzerland 53 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:57, 21 January 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:53, 6 December 2022 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

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 two 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.[3]

WinterthurEdit

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.

LuzernEdit

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 B.C.

AtalantaEdit

 
Freuler captaining Atalanta in 2020

On 19 January 2016, Freuler moved to Atalanta 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.[3] After the match, an Italian journalist gave him the nickname Iceman, which Freuler said was "because I was so calm on the ball".[4] 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 since 1990. 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.[5]

Freuler made his first Europa League group stage appearance against English side Everton, playing the full 90 minutes in a 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 against Fiorentina, scoring an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time on 24 September 2017.[6]

Nottingham ForestEdit

On 14 August 2022, Freuler joined newly-promoted Premier League club Nottingham Forest, leaving Atalanta after six and a half seasons.[7]

International careerEdit

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 team 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.[8]

In May 2019, he played in 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals, where his team finished 4th.[9]

Freuler was named in the 26-man Swiss squad for the postponed UEFA Euro 2020.[10] On 2 July 2021, in the quarter-final against Spain, he contributed the assist for Xherdan Shaqiri's equalizing goal, but was later sent off in the 77th minute following a decision many pundits thought was too harsh.[11] The match ended 1–1 and went to a penalty shoot-out, in which Spain progressed to the semi-finals.[12]

Style of playEdit

Freuler mainly plays as a central midfielder for club and country. He is considered an effective and versatile player who recovers the ball, tackles well and has a good range of passing. Il Giorno correspondent Fabrizio Carcano described him as "the conductor of the orchestra" due to his high footballing intelligence.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 1 February 2023[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Winterthur U21 2008–09 Swiss 1. Liga 1 0 1 0
2009–10 9 2 9 2
Total 10 2 10 2
Winterthur 2009–10 Swiss Challenge League 2 0 0 0 2 0
Grasshoppers U21 2010–11 Swiss 1. Liga 19 7 19 7
2011–12 5 1 5 1
Total 24 8 24 8
Grasshoppers 2010–11 Swiss Super League 5 1 2 1 0 0 7 2
2011–12 7 0 2 1 9 1
Total 12 1 4 2 0 0 16 3
Winterthur 2011–12 Swiss Challenge League 14 2 1 0 15 2
2012–13 35 3 2 1 37 4
2013–14 21 3 1 0 22 3
Total 72 8 4 1 76 9
Winterthur U21 2013–14 Swiss 1. Liga 1 1 1 1
Luzern 2013–14 Swiss Super League 12 1 1 0 13 1
2014–15 33 7 3 0 2[c] 0 38 7
2015–16 18 1 4 0 22 1
Total 63 9 8 0 2 0 73 9
Atalanta 2015–16 Serie A 6 1 0 0 6 1
2016–17 33 5 2 0 35 5
2017–18 35 5 3 0 8[c] 1 46 6
2018–19 35 2 4 0 5[c] 0 44 2
2019–20 31 2 1 0 8[d] 1 40 3
2020–21 34 2 5 0 7[d] 0 46 2
2021–22 29 1 2 0 12[e] 1 43 2
Total 203 18 17 0 40 3 260 21
Nottingham Forest 2022–23 Premier League 16 0 0 0 5 0 21 0
Career total 401 47 33 3 5 0 42 3 481 53
  1. ^ Includes Swiss Cup, Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Six appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, six appearances in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of match played 6 December 2022[15]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Switzerland 2017 7 0
2018 7 0
2019 7 1
2020 4 2
2021 15 1
2022 13 2
Total 53 6
Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Freuler goal.[16]
List of international goals scored by Remo Freuler
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 2019 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland   Denmark 1–0 3–3 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
2 13 October 2020 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany   Germany 2–0 3–3 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A
3 14 November 2020 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland   Spain 1–0 1–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A
4 15 November 2021 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland   Bulgaria 4–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 27 September 2022 Kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland   Czech Republic 1–0 2–1 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A
6 2 December 2022 Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar   Serbia 3–2 3–2 2022 FIFA World Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of Players: Switzerland" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Remo Freuler". Atalanta B.C. Archived from the original on 25 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Arn, Martin (25 April 2017). "Freuler herrscht! Mamma mia – ein Nati-Neuling mischt Italien auf". Blick.
  4. ^ Tedesco, Eva (8 November 2016). "In Italien nennen sie ihn "Iceman"" [In Italy they call him "Iceman"]. 20 Minuten.
  5. ^ "Late Remo Freuler goal gets Atalanta a point and denies Serie A leaders Juventus". Eurosport. 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Fiorentina vs. Atalanta - 24 September 2017 - Soccerway".
  7. ^ "Nottingham Forest FC – Remo Freuler signs for The Reds". Nottingham Forest F.C. 14 August 2022. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  8. ^ "- The Washington Post". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ "Pickford the hero in England shootout win". BBC Sport.
  10. ^ The Athletic Staff. "Switzerland's full 26-man Euro 2020 squad". The Athletic. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  11. ^ Barker, Gabby (3 July 2021). "The controversy of Switzerland-Spain: it is just the direct red to Freuler". Sports Finding. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Spain beat Switzerland on penalties to reach Euros semis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Are Liverpool set to face Europe's most underrated player?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  14. ^ "R. Freuler". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Remo Freuler". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Remo Freuler". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 30 March 2019.

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