Legends: Stephane Chapuisat (Switzerland)
To help mark UEFA’s Jubilee, each national association was asked to nominate its most outstanding player of the past 50 years. Switzerland chose Stephane Chapuisat.
Although Switzerland have produced several world-class players over the past decades, there is little doubt as to who has done most to raise the country’s football profile. Chapuisat has always been the epitome of a true professional and remained one of the top strikers in his homeland until his retirement last year.
He made his national-team debut in 1989 and 15 years later he celebrated his 100th cap, fittingly against Germany — the country in which he has experienced most success — before Euro 2004 provided him a just setting end his career spanning 103 games and 21 goals.
He was an important member of Roy Hodgson’s team that achieved Switzerland’s greatest success of the past 50 years when they reached the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup. He also took part in Euro 1996, and was joined by Alexander Frei and Hakan Yakin in an attacking trident that helped fire the Swiss to Euro 2004.