Remo Freuler


Remo Marco Freuler (born 15 April 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Atalanta and the Switzerland national team.

Remo Freuler
Freuler in 2016
Personal information
Full name Remo Marco Freuler[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Ennenda, Switzerland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2005 Hinwil
2005–2010 Winterthur
2010–2011 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Winterthur 2 (0)
2010–2011 Grasshopper 12 (1)
2011–2014 Winterthur 70 (8)
2014–2016 Luzern 63 (9)
2016– Atalanta 174 (17)
National team
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 4 (2)
2013–2014 Switzerland U21 8 (1)
2017– Switzerland 32 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:10, 24 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:25, 20 June 2021 (UTC)

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 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.[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 B.C..

Atalanta

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.[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 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.[4]

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.[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 team 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.[6]

In May 2019, he played in 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals, where his team finished 4th.[7]

Career statistics


Club

As of match played 23 May 2021[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Winterthur 2009–10 Swiss Challenge League 20000020
Grasshopper 2010–11 Swiss Super League 51210072
2011–12 70210091
Total 1214200163
Winterthur 2011–12 Swiss Challenge League 1421000152
2012–13 3532100374
2013–14 2131000223
Total 7084100749
Luzern 2013–14 Swiss Super League 1211000131
2014–15 3373020387
2015–16 1814000221
Total 6398020739
Atalanta 2015–16 Serie A 61000061
2016–17 3352000355
2017–18 3553081466
2018–19 3524050442
2019–20 3121081403
2020–21 3425070462
Total 1741715028221719
Career total 3213531330238240

International

As of 20 June 2021[9]
Switzerland
YearAppsGoals
201770
201870
201971
202042
202170
Total323
Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.[10]
List of international goals scored by Remo Freuler
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
126 March 2019St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland Denmark1–03–3UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
213 October 2020RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany Germany2–03–32020–21 UEFA Nations League A
314 November 2020St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland Spain1–01–1

References