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Ramona Bachmann

Ramona Bachmann
Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland) ©Sportsfile

Ramona Bachmann

While youngsters Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan were the leading lights for 2009 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship winners England, it was perhaps irresistible Switzerland striker Ramona Bachmann that shone brightest in Belarus.

The 18-year-old harboured much of Switzerland's hopes as the squad arrived for their first finals in three seasons. She had been rated as one of the finest young talents in the game since being snapped up by Swedish giants Umeå IK in 2007, and represented her country at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup aged 16.

Having starred in a superb qualifying campaign, there was some concern Switzerland would not see the best of Bachmann in Belarus when she arrived with a back problem. It kept her out of the opening game – a 4-1 victory over the hosts – yet any fitness doubts were allayed emphatically next time out.

Coming into the tournament speculation about likely winners among the coaches brought the usual chorus of "Germany", but the five-time champions simply had no answer to the mesmerising Bachmann. Fast, skilful and supremely confident, the pocket-sized forward was simply too good for Germany as she caused problems throughout and scored in a 3-0 victory that ultimately spelt an early end for the favourites.

"At times it was Bachmann against my whole defence," said Germany coach Maren Meinert, herself one of the best forwards the women's game has seen. "They couldn't stop her." Nor, in truth, could the defences of France and semi-final opponents England.

Only a combination of brilliant goalkeeping and profligate shooting – perhaps a consequence of her injury-affected lack of practice – denied her more goals as she almost single-handedly led the line for a tiring Switzerland side. Her tears after the 3-0 defeat by England may have reflected regret for the misses but her glittering displays lit up the tournament, and a best ever finish for her nation and U-20 Women's World Cup spot provided some consolation.

Her rise has continued, proving crucial to Switzerland making the senior 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup play-offs. She was voted Swiss Female Footballer of the Year in 2009 and has had spells with FC Malters, where she was an U19 champion aged 13 and a senior player the next year, FC Luzern, Umeå, Atlanta Beat and, after a second Umeå spell in 2011 where she was Damallsvenskan player of the year, joined champions FC Malmö.

Last updated: 30/11/11 15.52CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 03/12/2014 21:03 CET
17.09.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageGermanyGermany4-1SwitzerlandSwitzerland9010
21.09.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland4-1RomaniaRomania9021
23.10.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSpainSpain3-2SwitzerlandSwitzerland9010
24.11.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland8-1KazakhstanKazakhstan6622
31.03.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland5-0TurkeyTurkey6211
05.04.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland0-6GermanyGermany9000
16.06.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland4-3SpainSpain9021
21.06.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageRomaniaRomania4-2SwitzerlandSwitzerland9001
15.09.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageTurkeyTurkey1-3SwitzerlandSwitzerland9020
19.09.2012UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageKazakhstanKazakhstan1-0SwitzerlandSwitzerland9000
21.09.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland9-0SerbiaSerbia9021
26.09.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundIcelandIceland0-2SwitzerlandSwitzerland9010
31.10.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundDenmarkDenmark0-1SwitzerlandSwitzerland8810
05.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland11-0MaltaMalta5310
10.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland1-1DenmarkDenmark9000
08.05.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland3-0IcelandIceland9000
14.06.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland9-0IsraelIsrael7221
19.06.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSerbiaSerbia0-7SwitzerlandSwitzerland9011
08.10.2014UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 32Ryazan-VDVRyazan-VDV1-3RosengårdRosengård9000
15.10.2014UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 32RosengårdRosengård2-0Ryazan-VDVRyazan-VDV6600
08.11.2014UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 16RosengårdRosengård2-1FortunaFortuna9000
13.11.2014UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 16FortunaFortuna0-2RosengårdRosengård6000

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General info

  • Name: Ramona Bachmann
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 25/12/1990 (24)
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Squad number: 10
  • Club: Rosengård ( SWE)

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Women's Champions League 2014/15
    • FIFA Women's World Cup 2013/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (Final)
    21/04/07: Umeå 0-1 Arsenal
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship (Second qualifying round)
    10/04/07: Switzerland 5-0 Serbia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Switzerland WOCO1511
Switzerland WU-1985

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 14/11/2014 01:07 CET
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