Ludovic Magnin

Ludovic Magnin

Magnin lining up for Switzerland in 2006
Personal information
Full name Ludovic Magnin
Date of birth (1979-04-20) 20 April 1979
Place of birth Lausanne, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
FC Zürich (U-19 manager)
Youth career
1987–1996 FC Echallens
1996–1997 Lausanne-Sports
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Yverdon Sport 96 (2)
2000–2002 Lugano 47 (0)
2002–2005 Werder Bremen 45 (4)
2005–2009 VfB Stuttgart 103 (2)
2010–2012 FC Zürich 56 (1)
Total 347 (9)
National team
2000–2010 Switzerland 63 (3)
Teams managed
2016– FC Zürich (U-19).

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ludovic Magnin (French pronunciation: [maɲɛ̃]; born 20 April 1979 in Lausanne) is a Swiss football manager and a former defender. He is the manager of the Under-19 squad of FC Zürich.[2]

Club career

Youth teams

Magnin started his career at Echallens, where he played until 1996. He spent one season at Lausanne Sports before joining second-tier Yverdon Sports.

Professional career: Switzerland and Germany

In 1999, he made his professional debut for Yverdon Sports. In the summer of 2000, he transferred to Ticino side AC Lugano, then playing in the first-tier Axpo Super League.

In the beginning of 2002, Magnin made his biggest career move by joining Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for the transfer sum of approximately 1 million Swiss Francs. He won the double (German Championship and German Cup) with the Northern German side in 2004, but had bad luck with many injuries and played only 45 games in four years in Bremen.

In 2005, he transferred to Southern Germany, to Swabian side VfB Stuttgart. There Ludo, as he is being called by Stuttgart fans, became a first-team regular within the first season and was a key player for his team in the following 2006–07 season, when he became German champion for the second time in his career. In early 2008, he extended his contract until June 2010.[3] When his starting position in the team began to erode in the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Magnin decided to leave Stuttgart in order to keep his chances of playing for the Swiss national squad at the 2010 World Cup. Therefore, he returned to his native country in January 2010, joining FC Zürich.[4] With 103 games and two goals within four and a half years, Magnin had a successful stint for VfB.

On 27 August 2012, Magnin announced that he decided to end his playing career. Having suffered a back injury before the 2012–13 season, he expected to play until the end of the season, but shortly after admitted that it is impossible to remain as a player. He also mentioned that he would serve as an assistant coach of FC Zürich junior team.[5]

International career

Magnin has acquired 61 caps and scored three goals for the Swiss national team since his debut in 2000. He has been called up to the 2008 European Football Championship, where he has inherited the captaincy due to an injury to Alexander Frei and currently is the vice-captain after Frei. He also participated at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2004.

Magnin was initially omitted from the Swiss squad for the 2010 World Cup but was later called up to replace the injured Christoph Spycher.

International goals

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 February 2002 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol  Hungary 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 8 October 2005 Wankdorfstadion, Bern  France 1–1 1–1 2006 World Cup qualifier
3. 11 September 2007 Wörtherseestadion, Klagenfurt  Japan 1–0 3–4 Friendly


With Werder Bremen:

With Stuttgart:


  1. "Ludovic Magnin" (in German). Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  2. "FC Zürich 2016-17 UEFA Youth League squad". UEFA. 26 September 2016.
  3. "Magnin stays in Stuttgart". 4 February 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  4. "Heading home". 18 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  5. "Ludovic Magnin beendet Profikarriere" (in German). 27 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
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