THE JUVE STORY's WORLD CUP PROFILE | LICHSTEINER

The Swiss Express| Stephan Lichsteiner

Stephan Lichsteiner is part of the small select group of Juventus players that took part in all seven consecutive championship wins from 2012-2018. He is also the first ever player to get on the score sheet at Allianz stadium in Turin (formerly Juventus Stadium). Although he will be making his Arsenal debut next term, his outstanding service in the Black and White Striped jersey certainly  makes him 'forever Juventino'! 

(illustration by Marco and Mauro La Villa)


PROFILE

AGE |34

POSITION | Rightback 

JUVENTUS NO. | 26

SWITZERLAND NO. | 2

ORIGINS

BORNJanuary 16, 1984

BIRTH CITY Adligenswil, Switzerland 

PRE-JUVE TEAM | Lazio

HONORS

JUVENTUS | Serie A Scudetto (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 2016, 2017, 2018), Coppa Italia (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Supercoppa Italiana(2012, 2013, 2015)

Lazio: Coppa Italia(2009), Supercoppa Italiana(2009)


Stephan Lichsteiner | forever Juventino.

On 27 June 2011, Juventus confirmed that Lichtsteiner had undergone a medical in Turin and reached an agreement with Lazio to pay €10 million in three installments. The transfer was confirmed on 1 July 2011. He marked his debut on 11 September 2011 against Parma by scoring the first goal in the 4–1 home victory, the first league goal to be scored in Juventus' new stadium. Juventus went on to win the Scudetto and he played a vital part in their strong defensive record, only missing a handful of matches through injury and suspensions. Lichtsteiner repeated his opening matchday feat the following season by converting his left-sided counterpart Kwadwo Asamoah's pass in the 2–0 win. He played fewer matches during 2013–14 season due to injuries but contributed three goals in all competitions and won his third consecutive Serie A title. His crossing and ball-playing ability from the right flank, as well as his ability to make attacking runs to get on the end of Andrea Pirlo's long passes, came to the fore as a right-sided wing-back in Conte's 3–5–2 formation. As a result, he finished the season as Juventus's top assist-maker in the league, alongside Paul Pogba, with eight.

 On 6 June 2015, Lichtsteiner started for Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final as the team were defeated 3–1 by Barcelonaat Berlin's Olympiastadion; he was involved in Álvaro Morata's temporary equalising goal. On 23 September 2015, Lichtsteiner was substituted at half time during a league match against Frosinone due to breathing difficulty. It was later necessary for heart surgery to be performed to correct cardiac arrhythmia, which caused him to be out for a month. On 3 November 2015, Lichtsteiner returned from injury, starting against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2015–16 Champions League and scoring the equalizing goal in the 44th minute of a 1–1 away draw; the goal was later voted one of the best goals of the tournament that season. (Source: Wikipedia / Read more here.)