Name: Pascal Zuberbühler
Born: Frauenfeld, 08/01/71
International Caps: 51
International Goals: 0
Previous clubs: Grasshoppers, FC Basel, FC Aarau (loan), Bayern Leverkusen (loan), West Bromwich Albion, Neuchatal Xamax.
Signed: Free, 06/08/2008
Debut : v Burnley (a), 23/09/2008
Pascal Zuberbuhler is an experienced Swiss goalkeeper, who is largely back-up for Mark Schwarzer, and was a surprise signing in the summer of 2008 having completed a successful trial with the club. Zuberbuhler has only made a single appearance for Fulham’s first team – in the League Cup defeat at Burnley in September 2008.
The veteran keeper has a wealth of experience from a career than spans eighteen years. He made 187 appearances for his first club Grasshopper Zurich between 1991 and 1999, winning three league championships and one Swiss Cup. He was then part of the famous FC Basel side that was so successful in the Champions’ League and produced a brilliant display in a draw with Liverpool during that competition. Whilst at St. Jakob-Park, Zubi won three more league titles and two more Swiss Cups. He picked up more European experience on loan at Bayer Leverkusen.
Zuberbuhler’s first taste of English football was largely forgettable and he admits that he feels he has unfinished business over here after a disappointing spell with West Brom. Despite a bright start, as he kept a clean sheet on debut against Hull, Zuberbuhler’s form faded and he was immediately dropped by new manager Tony Mowbray and became a bit of a joke figure amongst the Baggies fans.
Zuberbuhler, fearing for his Euro 2008 chances after Mowbray brought in Dean Kiely, signed an eighteen month contract with Neuchatal Xamax. He has a great deal of international experience having won 51 games for Switzerland and been part of the Swiss squad at Euro 2004, the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008. During the World Cup in Germany, Zuberbuhler didn’t concede a goal in 463 minutes of football against France, South Korea, Togo and the Ukraine. The Swiss ended up losing on penalties to the Ukrainians and they were the only side in the history of the competition not to let in a goal during normal time. Zuberbuhler announced his international retirement after keeping goal in the hosts’ final group game against Portugal at Euro 2008.